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Thursday October 20, 2016
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TAMING OF THE COUP... Trump Team Struggles To Defend Election Threat... Absurd Talking Point: Al Gore Did The Same Thing!... No He Didn't... Trump Disqualified Himself From The Presidency Last Night... Conservatives Aghast: 'Disgraceful,' 'Beyond The Pale,' 'I Hope He Loses All 50 States'... 'A Statement Of Disloyalty Without Precedent' Since The Civil War... Andrew Sullivan: Unfit For 'Any Office In The United States'...

Trump Crosses a Red Line in 3rd Debate, Refusing to Say Whether He Would Accept Election Results
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 10/19/16

Donald Trump told Americans on Wednesday night they would have to wait and see if he would recognize the results of the presidential election, suggesting in 2016's last debate there may not be a peaceful transition of power if Hillary Clinton were declared the winner on November 8.

"I will look at it at the time," Trump said, when pressed by the debate moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News, before reciting one of the Republican Party's big and thoroughly debunked lies on voter fraud. "If you look at your voter rolls, you will find millions of people there that are registered that shouldn't be registered to vote." ... Read more

PBS | The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (10/19/16) [1:59:46]
*TYT News
TYT | The Third Presidential Debate | SUMMARY (10/19/16) [5:34]
TYT | The Third Presidential Debate | The Biggest WINNER Was... (10/19/16) [2:50]
TYT | The Third Presidential Debate | The Biggest Controversy Was... (10/19/16) [4:04]
TYT | The Third Presidential Debate | Media Reaction (10/19/16) [4:03]
*The Daily Show
Trevor Noah | Melania Trump Addresses Pussygate (10/18/16) [6:20]
Trevor Noah | The Final Clinton vs. Trump Debate (10/19/16) [11:39]
*The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Stephen Reacts LIVE To The Third Presidential Debate (10/19/16) [11:28]
Stephen Colbert | Nate Silver Explains Just How Bad Donald Trump's Night Actually Was (10/20/16) [4:37]
Stephen Colbert | Melania Trump Blames Everyone But Donald For His Locker Room Talk (10/19/16) [7:10]
The Executive Producer Of 'Veep' Says Trump Is Ruining Comedy, Too

Hedge Fund Managers Expect "Massive" Pay Cut In 2016 (GOOD!!!)
ZeroHedge | author | 10/20/16

Portfolio managers at hedge funds, facing an exodus of investors frustrated with high fees, are about to feel the pain from an estimated 34 percent reduction in their compensation. "2016 should prove to be a belt-tightening year. This pessimistic viewpoint is justified, given the poor industry performance." ... Read more

The Fed Has Made Another Massive Policy Error
ZeroHedge | author | 10/20/16

The Great Recession was a result of a massive monetary policy error. The Fed kept rates too low for too long, which - when coupled with lax or no regulation in the mortgage markets - resulted in a housing bubble and a crash. This then bled over to global markets. We are again suffering the effects of a massive monetary policy error. The error has already been committed, but we have just begun to endure the consequences. ... Read more

TRNN | In final presidential debate, host Chris Wallace challenged Clinton by saying a no-fly zone would lead to confrontation with Russia in Syria. Not a single word was said about climate change. (10/20/16) [18:14]
TRNN | A Bloodier Battle for Mosul Might Begin After the Ouster of ISIS (10/20/16) [14:41]
The competing territorial claims of the Turks, Kurds, and Iraqi central government could result in an ethno-sectarian conflict after the military offense, warns York University professor Sabah Alnasseri.
*TYT | Yemen's Civil War EXPLAINED (10/19/16) [5:28]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss friends of Bill (Clinton) and the remarkable fortunes they've made landing lucrative aid contracts. (E982) (10/20/16) [25:44]
In the second half, Max interviews Dr. Michael Hudson about his new book, J is for Junk Economics and about the US presidential candidates' economic plans.
RT | Homs in Ruins: 360 video of 'lifeless' Syrian city (10/19/16) [6:23]
Thom Hartmann -
ThomHartmann | Schilling Shilling for Trump (full show) (10/19/16) [57:23]
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*DR | Analysis Of The Third Clinton-Trump Debate (10/20/16) [1hr]
In the third and final presidential debate, Donald Trump made the stunning statement that he would not necessarily accept the results of the election. His words instantly became the headline across the country, drowning out praise for what otherwise might have been the candidate's best debate performance to date. Throughout last night's caustic event, Hillary Clinton and Trump staked out disparate positions on issues like abortion and the makeup of the Supreme Court. And they jabbed at each other's vulnerable spots. Join guest host Derek McGinty and his panel of experts for analysis of the final debate between Trump and Clinton, and how it could affect the election just weeks away.
*DR | The Daily Toll Gun Violence Takes On America's Youth (10/20/16) [1hr]
On November 23, 2013, nearly a dozen children and teens were shot and killed in the United States. This did not happen in a mass shooting, but in cities, suburbs and towns across the country -- like San Jose, California, where best friends played with a gun they thought was unloaded; Charlotte, North Carolina, where a disagreement escalated to gunfire; Dallas, Texas, where a case of mistaken identity left a 16-year-old dead on the street. These stories do not make this day remarkable. In fact, they make it a pretty average day in America. A new book tells the stories of these young people, and explores what their lives -- and deaths -- reveal about our country's relationship with guns.
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes -
All In with Chris Hayes | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Trump & Muslim-Americans (10/19/16) [4:59]
Rachel Maddow | Trump launches own pre-debate broadcast (10/19/16) [1:39]
As the Nation Watches the Presidential Debates, Nothing Really Changes
**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014 (problem is even worst now!)) [5:32]
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Wednesday October 19, 2016
News Articles

To The Surprise Of No One, NASA Predicts 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 10/19/16

Eleven of the past 12 months have set new high-temperature records.

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Google says the question "is Trump trying to lose?" has skyrocketed in popularity in the last few days.
Since I don't have Cable TV, I guess I will be watching on PBS (
1 In 4 Young Americans Prefer A 'Giant Meteor' To Trump Or Clinton As President

We Are Living in the Golden Age of Defense Waste and Corruption; Trump Will Make It Much Worse
AlterNet | David Morris | 10/18/16

In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military "much stronger than it is right now" without increasing military spending. "But you know what?" he declared, "We can do it for less."

In September 2016, as the Republican nominee, Donald Trump the politician dramatically reversed his position. He now proposes a massive increase in military spending. And instead of making the military more efficient by cutting Pentagon waste, Trump will "fully offset" the increase in military spending by reducing spending on non-defense programs through reducing their "government waste and budget gimmicks." ... Read more

Syrian Civil War
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Syrian Civil War on wikipedia
Syrian Presidency | Asma al-Assad gives first interview since start of the Syrian conflict (10/18/16) [33:20]
Syrian Presidency | Bashar al-Assad recent interview on the Syrian conflict (10/13/16) [40:52]
Another Bashar al-Assad interview (10/06/16) [29:27]

"There Will Be Panic"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/19/16

Legendary investor Doug Casey has a keen eye for capital markets, wealth preservation strategy and the many manipulations being used by financial elites to strip the wealth of entire nations. One year before global financial markets collapsed he warned that an economic and geo-political storm was coming. Now, nearly a decade on, he says that things are about to get a whole lot worse: ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 19 [9:11]
DN | "Ramshackle" Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Led by U.S. Despite Obama Vow Against Boots on Ground (10/19/16) [18:44]
*TRNN | Exxon Fighting to Shut Down Investigations Into Company's Foreknowledge of Climate Change (10/19/16) [15:32]
TRNN | The Nation's Ari Berman says: Fair Elections Under Attack, Just Not in the Way Donald Trump Wants You to Believe (10/18/16) [6:50]
TYT | The Young Turks Presidential Town Hall With Jill Stein. Friday (at 10/21/16) [1:06]
*RT | CrossTalk: A public lynching or a corporate media coup d'etat? There is no doubt the two major candidates running for the U.S. presidency are deeply flawed. (10/19/16) [24:39]
Thom Hartmann -
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*DR | Where And How The U.S. Military Is Fighting Islamist Insurgencies (10/19/16) [1hr]
In a speech two years ago at West Point, President Barack Obama laid out what has come to be known as the "Obama Doctrine" for fighting terrorism: aiding other countries militarily without leading the fight. This week, in what many say is the ultimate test of that strategy, U.S. special operations forces began assisting Iraqi troops in their battle to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. In Afghanistan, Libya and Somalia, American troops are also aiding government forces, conducting airstrikes and other operations against Islamist insurgents. Guest host Derek McGinty and guests discuss where and how U.S. troops are being deployed in the fight against terrorism around the globe.
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PBS | PBS NewsHour (full) (10/18/16) [54:29]
PBS | The economy is improving, yet these voters don't trust the data (10/18/16) [4:32]
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes -
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Widespread poll agreement over Clinton lead not likely an error (10/19/16) [14:54]
*MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Trump oblivious to Russia's actions in Syria (10/18/16) [5:21]
*MSNBC All In with Chris Hayes | Trump triggers women's memories of sexual assault (10/18/16) [4:08]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
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Tuesday October 18, 2016
News Articles
Whipping Boy: Trump Hints RYAN Wants Him To Lose... Trump Rally Chant: 'Paul Ryan Sucks'... MEANWHILE: Ryan Still Endorses...

Elizabeth Warren Drops Truth Bomb on Trump: Here's How Things Are Really 'Rigged'
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 10/17/16

"It's rigged for the Donald Trumps of the world!"

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren launched another attack on Donald Trump in Denver, Colorado during a campaign speech for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday. In perhaps her most effective takedown of the GOP nominee yet, Warren issued a scathing response to Trump's pathetic claims of the election being stolen from him due to a "rigged" system.

"Donald Trump has been talking a big game," Warren announced. "He's been talking about how the game is rigged. Well, I want to say this. He's right. The game is rigged. It's rigged for the Donald Trumps and billionaires of the world, and we're here to fight back!" ... Read more

Republicans May Block Any Of Clinton's Supreme Court Nominees, McCain Says (When will this end?????)
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate (10/16/16) [8:26]

Ralph Nader: How Plutocratic Forces Have Crippled Democracy, And Why It's Up to Us to Fight Back
AlterNet | Ralph Nader | 10/13/16

Again and again the tension between commercial imperialism and an ethical life has played out dramatically in American history.

In the 1920s, near the end of his spectacular career as our country's most prominent fighter for working people, labor leader, presidential candidate, orator, and all-around progressive Eugene Debs was asked by a reporter: "Mr. Debs, what do you regret the most in your lifelong struggle for justice?"

Debs looked at him and replied: "What do I regret the most? I regret that the American people can have almost anything they want under our Constitution, but they seem not to want much of anything at all." ... Read more

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | One Diagram Explains Every Conspiracy Against Donald Trump (10/18/16) [8:07]
Stephen Colbert | Bill O'Reilly On Mike Pence: Defending Trump Is Not Easy (10/18/16) [6:42], Part 2 [4:50]
Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy by Bradley C. Birkenfeld

As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US Government.

The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed.

His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.

A page-turning real-life thriller, Lucifer's Banker is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government's justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he ''hammers'' one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.
Some Fun News

Mom Uses Face-Painting Skills To Turn Kids Into 'Something Magical'
HP | Taylor Pittman | 10/12/16

Lynn Hetherington Becker of Columbus, Ohio, is a self-taught artist, muralist and face painter. After face painting for charity and church events, Becker decided to offer her skills professionally and learned she especially loves using people's faces as her canvas.

Becker said she loves using her face painting talent to turn kids into "something magical." The mom of three has painted her own kids' faces, as well as kids' faces at events. She said her favorite face-painting piece was for her friend's 3-year-old daughter in which she made her look older. Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 17 [8:53]
and Today
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 18 [9:54]
*TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discusses: After Mosul, will ISIS Whither? (10/18/16) [11:49]
*TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discusses: US-Russia Tensions Escalating Over Fate of Assad (10/18/16) [14:03]
*TYT | John Cusack Interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks (10/14/16) [59:33]
*TYT | Losing Badly, Trump Swears Election Is Rigged (10/17/16) [8:51]
*TYT | Gingrich And Giuliani: Black People Steal Your Elections! (10/17/16) [12:17]
*TYT | Trump Supporter Explains Hillary Assassination Plans To Camera (10/17/16) [7:10]
*RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss more warnings of global economic imbalances and the failings of neoliberalism. (E981) (10/18/16) [25:43]
Max and Stacy discuss more warnings of global economic imbalances and the failings of neoliberalism. Max talks to Mike Maloney of about his latest chapter in his online documentary on monetary history, Hidden Secrets of Money.
RT | Expedition 49/50 crew holds preflight press conference in Baikonur (10/18/16) [37:39]
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough,hold a preflight press briefing from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Thom Hartmann -
*ThomHartmann | Whistleblower, Bradley C. "Brad" Birkenfeld, Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy (10/18/16) [10:19]
*ThomHartmann | The Danger About Donald Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk (10/18/16) [6:15]
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*DR | Donald Trump's Unsubstantiated Claims Of A Rigged Election (10/18/16) [1hr]
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be doubling down on his claims that there will be voter fraud come election day. And he's called Republican party leaders who have strongly denied his accusations naïve. Presumably among those who are naïve is his own vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence. Trump offered no evidence to support his accusations, but many say he has already convinced a number of his supporters to question the integrity of the U.S. voting system. Why some say undermining confidence in the U.S. voting system is dangerous -- and assessing the actual risks of potential election fraud.
*DR | H.W. Brands: "The General Vs. The President" (10/18/16) [1hr]
In the years following World War II, Americans enjoyed a brief respite from global conflict. But in December of 1950, China entered the war against the U.S. and its allies in Korea. President Harry Truman assures the American people he will defend South Korea but also wants to avoid escalation into a third world war. His commander of forces in the Pacific is Douglas MacArthur, beloved hero of World War II. MacArthur wants to fight the Chinese and North Korean forces all the way out of Korea. The two leaders soon clash over strategy and President Truman ultimately fires MacArthur. Diane talks with historian H.W. Brands about the struggle for power between an untested president and a powerful general, and how it changed the course of history.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Building BRICS (10/16/16) [24:59]
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa form the bloc of emerging economies, but is it still relevant? For several years now, the most talked-about trend in the global economy has been the rise of developing markets.

Some economists expected Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to lead the world to new economic heights. But as the BRICS bloc met for its 8th summit in India's state of Goa, those hopes appeared to be fading.
Aljazeera | We the People - Jobs: End of the Line (10/17/16) [22:44]
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Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.

Monday October 17, 2016
News Articles

Industrial Production Contracts For 13th Straight Month - Longest Non-Recessionary Streak In US History
ZeroHedge | author | 10/17/16

For the 13th straight month US Industrial Production contracted year-over-year. The 1.00% annual drop extends the weakness to the longest non-recessionary streak in US history. Aerospace and Home Electronics saw the biggest drops in production with motor vehicles managing a modest increase as manufacturing beat expectations MoM. ... Read more

America at War with Itself by Henry A. Giroux

From poisoned water and police violence in our cities, to gun massacres and hate-mongering on the presidential campaign trail, evidence that America is at war with itself is everywhere around us. The question is not whether or not it's happening, but how to understand the forces at work in order to prevent conditions from getting worse. Henry A. Giroux offers a powerful, far-reaching critique of the economic interests, cultural dimensions, and political dynamics involved in the nation's shift toward increasingly abusive forms of power. His analysis helps us to frame critical questions about what can and should be done to turn things around while we can.

Reflecting on a wide range of social issues, Giroux contrasts Donald Trump's America with Sandra Bland's to understand who really benefits from politically fueled intolerance for immigrants, communities of color, Muslims, low-income families, and those who challenge state and corporate power. A passionate advocate for civil rights and the importance of the imagination, Giroux argues that only through widespread social investment in democracy and education can the common good hope to prevail over the increasingly concentrated influence of extreme right-wing politicians and self-serving economic interests.

Praise for America at War with Itself:
"This is the book Americans need to read now. No one is better than Henry Giroux at analyzing the truly dangerous threats to our society. He punctures our delusions and offers us a compelling and enlightened vision of a better way. America at War with Itself is the best book of the year."--Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times

"In this current era of corporate media misdirection and misinformation, America at War with Itself is a must read for all Americans, especially young people. Henry Giroux is one of the few great political voices of today, with powerful insight into the truth. Dr. Giroux is defiantly explaining, against the grain, what's REALLY going on right now, and doing so quite undeniably. Simply put, the ideas he brings forth are a beacon that need to be seen and heard and understood in order for the world to progress."--Julian Casablancas

WikiLeaks Releases Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Speeches
HP & Reuters | author | 10/15/16

Clinton has been criticized for not revealing details of her paid speeches before big business.

The documents showed comments by Clinton during question-and-answer sessions with Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein and Tim O'Neill, the bank's head of investment management, at three separate events in 2013 in Arizona, New York and South Carolina.

Some excerpts of Clinton's speeches had already been released. For more than a week, Wikileaks has published in stages what it says are hacked emails from the account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman. Clinton's campaign has declined to verify the emails. Goldman Sachs did not immediately provide any comment on Saturday. ... Read more

A child dies every other day from gun accidents in U.S.

Donald Trump Won't Stop Attacking Paul Ryan
HP | Marina Fang | 10/16/16

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continued his feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday, after Ryan distanced himself from Trump in response to the bombshell recording of Trump boasting about sexual assault.

In a series of tweets, Trump called Ryan "a man who doesn't know how to win," referring to his loss in 2012, when he was the GOP's vice presidential nominee, and said that the House speaker "does zilch" to help him defeat Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. ... Read more

Hey, Remember How The GOP Had A Bunch Of 2016 Candidates Who Weren't Serial Sexual Predators?

A Running List Of The Women Who've Accused Donald Trump Of Sexual Assault
HP | Catherine Pearson | 10/13/16

The Washington Post published footage from 2005 of serial misogynist Donald Trump bragging that as a famous man, he can get away with anything. Like kissing women without waiting for permission. And grabbing women by the pussy. Trump has defended these comments, repeatedly, as "locker room talk." When pressed by Anderson Cooper during the second presidential debate, he said that he absolutely had not sexually assaulted women.

But since Trump's remarks emerged ? and well before then ? women have shared their allegations of sexual abuse against the Republican presidential nominee. ... Read more

Cathy Heller
  • Her account: Heller, now 63, told The Guardian that the first and only time she interacted with Trump, "he grabbed her, went for a kiss, and grew angry with her as she twisted away." This was all while Heller was having Mother's Day brunch at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband, in-laws and children. She alleges that Trump said, "Oh, come on" when she protested and held her still while he kissed her on the side of the mouth before walking away. A relative who was seated at the table that day confirmed to The Guardian that Trump was "very forceful" and got "in her face."
  • Trump's response: Nothing yet.
  • When we found out: October 15, 2016
  • When she says it happened: Around 1997 (Heller says she is not 100 percent sure)

Summer Zervos
  • Her account: Zervos, a contestant on season five of "The Apprentice" (and a self-described Republican) said in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that Trump assaulted her on several occasions. She said the first time, she met with Trump in his office and he kissed her on the mouth, which Zervos rationalized as simply a strange greeting. On a separate occasion, she said she met with Trump at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss business opportunities. Instead Trump grabbed her while she sat next to him and began kissing her and touching her breasts, Zervos said in her statement. Trump later walked her into the bedroom, she told reporters, and "began thrusting his genitals." The two did go on to have dinner and discuss real estate, according to Zervos. When asked why she chose to come forward now, she said: "I want to be able to sleep when I'm 70."
  • Trump's response: Nothing yet.
  • When we found out: October 14, 2016
  • When she says it happens: 2007

Kristin Anderson
  • Her account: Anderson says she was out at a Manhattan nightclub with friends, sitting on a red velvet couch, when she felt Trump reach into her skirt and touch her vagina through her underwear, The Washington Post reports. She told the paper that the incident was brief, but that she and her friends were "very grossed out." Anderson was in her early 20s at the time, and an aspiring model.
  • Trump's response: A spokeswoman for Trump told The Washington Post that he "denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous." It's worth noting, though, that Anderson did not approach the Post with her story. She was contacted by a reporter who'd heard about her experience from other people, and reportedly deliberated for several days about whether or not to go public.
  • When we found out: October 14, 2016
  • When she says it happened: The early 1990s

Jessica Leeds
  • Her account: More than 30 years ago, Leeds was traveling for work when she sat next to Trump on a flight to New York. Leeds, who is now 74, told The New York Times that she and Trump spoke for a bit, then about 45 minutes into the flight he lifted the armrest between them and began to grab her breasts and put his hand up her skirt. "He was like an octopus," she told The New York Times. "His hands were everywhere."
  • Trump's response: Trump vehemently denied the story. An attorney representing him has called upon The New York Times to retract it and has threatened to sue the publication. (The New York Times responded.)
  • When we found out: October 12, 2016
  • When she says it happened: The early 1980s

Rachel Crooks
  • Her account: Crooks says she was assaulted by Trump in an elevator while working as a receptionist for a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower. She told The New York Times that upon meeting Trump, she introduced herself and shook his hand, but he would not let go. Trump began to kiss her on the cheeks, then directly on the mouth. "It was so inappropriate," she told the Times. "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that." Crooks was 22 at the time.
  • Trump's response: See above
  • When we found out: October 12, 2016
  • When she says it happened: 2005

Mindy McGillivray
  • Her account: McGillivray, 36, told the Palm Beach Post that Trump groped her while she was attending a concert at Mar-a-Lago, his estate-slash-private-club in Palm Beach, Florida. She was there to help a friend who was photographing the concert, when she says Trump groped her. "All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it's Ken's camera bag, that was my first instinct. I turn around and there's Donald," McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post. "This was a pretty good nudge. More of a grab,'' she continued. "It was pretty close to the center of my butt. I was startled. I jumped."
  • Trump's response: A day after the account was published, CNN reported that Trump's campaign was drafting a lawsuit against the paper.
  • When we found out: October 12, 2016
  • When she says it happened: 2003

Natasha Stoynoff
  • Her account: In a harrowing essay for People, Stoynoff ? a journalist ? described how Trump assaulted her while she was interviewing him and his wife, Melania, at their Palm Beach estate. She writes that Trump insisted on giving her a private tour of the grounds, at which point he pinned and kissed her: "Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds, he was pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat ... I was grateful when Trump's longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself."
  • Trump's response: At a campaign rally, Trump questioned her claims saying, "Look at her. ... I don't think so."
  • When we found out: October 12, 2016
  • When she says it happened: 2005

Jennifer Murphy
  • Her account: Murphy, a contestant on season four of "The Apprentice," told Grazia that Trump kissed her on the lips after a job interview. "He walked me to the elevator, and I said goodbye. ... When he pulled my face in and gave me a smooch. I was like 'OK,'" she told Grazia. "I didn't know how to act." Murphy also told the publication that she still plans to vote for Trump.
  • Trump's response: N/A
  • When we found out: October 12, 2016
  • When she says it happened: 2005

Temple Taggart McDowell
  • Her account: The year that Taggart McDowell was crowned Miss Utah, Trump had just taken ownership of the Miss USA pageant. She says that when she was first introduced to him, he kissed her. "He kissed me directly on the lips," Taggart McDowell told The New York Times when she came forward with her story. "I thought, 'Oh my God, gross.' He was married to Marla Maples at the time ... I was like 'Wow, that's inappropriate.'"
  • Trump's response: Trump told NBC he doesn't know who she is and denies he ever assaulted her.
  • When we found out: May 2016
  • When she says it happened: 1997

Cassandra Searles
  • Her account: Yahoo News reports that over the summer, Cassandra Searles ? Miss Washington 2013 ? posted a photo on Facebook of her fellow contestants and the question: "Do y'all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn't look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us lined up so he could get a closer look at his property?" In a follow-up comment on the post, she reportedly added: "He probably doesn't want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room."
  • Trump's response: N/A
  • When we found out: June 2016
  • When she says it happened: Not totally clear, but presumably in 2013

"Jane Doe"
  • Her account: In June, a California woman -- "Jane Doe" ? filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump raped her at a party when she was 13 years old. As Buzzfeed reported, an initial hearing in the case has been scheduled for December 2016.
  • Trump's response: Trump has vigorously denied the claims, saying that the lawsuit was designed to smear his presidential campaign.
  • When we found out: June 2016
  • When she says it happened: 1994

Jill Harth
  • Her account: Harth worked with Trump in the 1990s (she and her partner operated a competition called American Dream Calendar Girls), but it ended in a bitter legal battle. In a 1997 lawsuit, Harth alleged in court documents that Trump repeatedly sexually harassed her, at one point groping her under the table. (The documents were surfaced by The Boston Globe.) Though she eventually dropped that suit, she stands by her story. "How can people not believe me now?" she asked "Inside Edition" after footage of Trump saying he grabs women by the pussy emerged.
  • Trump's response: In a May New York Times article on Trump's treatment of women that also included Harth's account, Trump said it was, in fact, Harth who had pursued him.
  • When we found out: April 2016
  • When she says it happens: 1993

Ivana Trump
  • Her account: In a 1992 deposition during their divorce, Trump's first wife described an incident in which she says her then-husband forced her to have sex with him. (Spousal rape is still rape.) The deposition came to light in the 1993 Trump biography Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. Ivana later softened her claims, saying that she "felt violated" as the love and tenderness she was accustomed to from her husband was absent that night, but she was not accusing him of a crime. She followed-up with a statement obtained by CNN last June telling in which she said "the story is totally without merit."
  • Trump's response: He denies it ever took place.
  • When we found out: 1993
  • When she says it happens: 1989
American History Textbooks' Lies: Everything Your Teacher Got Wrong - Myths, Education (1995) [57:02]
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

This updated and revised edition of the American Book Award-winner and national bestseller revitalizes the truth of America's history, explores how myths continue to be perpetrated, and includes a new chapter on 9/11 and the Iraq War.

Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.

In this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today's climate and adds an eye-opening chapter on the lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.

Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country.

Empire Fed's Dead-Cat-Bounce Dies As New Orders, Labor Remain Weak
ZeroHedge | author | 10/17/16

Following September's mixed bag of disappointing regional Fed surveys, October has started off poorly with a big miss for Empire Fed (-6.8 vs +1.0 exp). June's dead cat bounce is officially over with the index sliding to 5 month lows led by continued deterioration in New Orders and workweek. Hope rose modestlywith new orders expected to pick up. ... Read more

DN | Is Trump's Rise a Result of America Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible? (10/14/16) [11:17]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
John Oliver | Third party candidates want to be serious contenders, so John Oliver considers them seriously as potential presidents (10/16/16) [18:38]
The Daily Show
Trever Noah | Donald Trump Faces Sexual Assault Allegations (10/13/16) [5:43]
TRNN | Clinton Emails Admit Counterrevolutionary Role of Saudi Arabia in Middle East (10/16/16) [10:50]
*TYT | Jesse Ventura Interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks. (10/14/16) [50:21]
*TYT | Ben Carson: Trump Sexual Assaults Don't Matter (10/14/16) [9:41]
TYT | Trump Supporter: Paul Ryan Leaked "Pu$$y Grabbing" Tape (10/15/16) [5:24]
RT | CrossTalk: 'Stunned Commoners' (E980). (10/15/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy are joined by Joel Benjamin, local authority debt audit campaigner with Debt Resistance UK, and Nigel Henderson, who lost his hotel business to RBS's restructuring division, to talk of the 'stunned commoners' in awe (at the brazenness) of the Royal . . . Bank of Scotland. Nigel recounts his own encounter with RBS's smash and grab unit which saw him lose his hotel in Scotland. They discuss the tens of billions in fines the bank, the taxpayer owned RBS, faces from US authorities for the bank's role in mortgage backed securities fraud and whether or not there will be anything left for compensation of the thousands of small and medium sized enterprises destroyed in the UK.
RT | CIA preparing cyberattacks against Russia -- US officials cited by NBC (10/15/16) [4:00]
RoF | Those Podesta Emails Will Haunt Democrats For Years. (10/17/16) [3:23]
Thom Hartmann -
ThomHartmann | Richard Wolff - The System-wide Crisis of Capitalism, Part 1 (10/14/16) [12:41], Part 2 [12:38]
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*DR | WikiLeaks, Russia And The 2016 Presidential Race (10/17/16) [1hr]
WikiLeaks has published thousands of Clinton campaign emails over the past week obtained by hackers. The content of the emails has led to embarrassing headlines about the Clinton Foundation, internal campaign disputes and talks with Goldman Sachs. The Clinton campaign is neither confirming nor denying the authenticity of the emails. John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman, alleges the Russian government is behind the hacks. U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating. WikiLeaks, Russia and the 2016 presidential race.
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Friday October 14, 2016
News Articles
Relentless Avalanche Of Accusations... Donor Heavies Demand RNC Cut Ties... GOP In Disarray... Ryan Done In By Trump?... House GOP Furious... Trump Takes Throne Of Alt-Right In His Scariest Speech Yet... Donald Has Crossed The Line With American Voters... Krauthammer: Attacks On Clinton An 'Affront To Elementary Democratic Decency'... Resorts To Poll Fantasies As Walls Close In... POLLS: Clinton 91 Percent!...

These Nuclear Launch Officers Are Scared By The Idea Of A Trump Commander-In-Chief
HP | Dave Jamieson | 10/13/16

If you're not frightened by the thought of Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear button, you should consider listening to these folks.

A group of former nuclear launch officers in the U.S. Air Force have signed an open letter saying they're disturbed by the idea of Trump standing over what's known as the "red button." The letter, with 10 signatories, was first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday.

"Only the president can order a nuclear launch. That order cannot be vetoed and once the missiles have been launched, they cannot be called back," the letter states. "The consequences of miscalculation, impulsive decision-making or poor judgment on the part of the president could be catastrophic." ... Read more

The Daily Show | Trevor Noah Disgusted By Trump Sex Allegations -- And His Defenders (10/13/16) [5:43]

Elizabeth Warren Asks Obama To Fire Top Wall Street Regulator For 'Brazen Conduct'
HP |Alexander C. Kaufman | 10/14/16

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Friday asked President Barack Obama to fire the government's top securities regulator for "brazen conduct" that "hurts investors, undermines administration policy, and willfully misinterprets congressional mandates."

Warren is taking aim at Securities and Exchange Chair Mary Jo White, a former prosecutor and corporate lawyer who has long supported limiting corporate disclosures to investors. White is an Obama appointee who identifies as a political independent and often sides with a Republican commissioner. She has been in Warren's crosshairs for years. ... Read more

Two speeches that defined a campaign: Donald Trump's conspiratorial ranting and Michelle Obama's inspiring call for decency
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 10/14/16

Everyone was anxiously waiting on Thursday morning to see how Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would react to the cascade of new accusations of sexual abuse, misconduct and inappropriate commentary that came down on Wednesday night. His lawyer had threatened The New York Times with a lawsuit and the word on the street was that the campaign had decided to go nuclear.

But before Trump could deliver his scheduled speech to a West Palm Beach crowd, first lady Michelle Obama delivered one of her own in New Hampshire that put the whole issue into perspective. Surprising everyone, she decided to not give her usual stump speech and instead addressed Trump's treatment of women head-on, delivering the most emotionally raw remarks of her public career. With a voice that uncharacteristically shook at times, she patiently explained to a reeling nation how Trump's language and behavior sounds to millions of women and proclaimed this truth: ... Read more

BBC | Michelle Obama and Donald Trump's duelling speeches (10/14/16) [2:34]
NBC | Michelle Obama On Donald Trump's Comments: 'Enough Is Enough' (full) (10/13/16) [20:53] PBS | Trump responds to new harassment allegations, attacks Clinton (full) (10/13/16) [48:19]
In the wake of new sexual assault allegations - Donald Trump has gone full Breitbart - and is now accusing the Clintons of being in cahoots with "a secret globalist cabal." Will the Republican Party survive this meltdown?
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 14 [11:59]
DN | Journalist James Risen: CIA Torture Methods Caused Long-Term Psychological Harm to Former Prisoners (10/13/16) [16:34]
US ops abroad motivate home-grown terrorism - FBI study (10/12/16) [1:57]
*TRNN | Professor Richard Sakwa discusses: We're Not in a New Cold War - It's Far Worse (10/14/16) [13:04]
TRNN | Journalist Doug Henwood says: Podesta Emails Show Hillary Is No Champion of Progressive Causes (10/13/16) [11:47]
*TYT | Elizabeth Warren: Disgraced Wells Fargo CEO Resigns (10/13/16) [9:12]
TYT | MORE Women Accuse Trump Of Sexual Assault (10/13/16) [12:53] RT | CrossTalk: It would appear Russia and the United States are moving down the path toward some kind of confrontation - even conflict. (10/14/16) [24:02]
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*ThomHartmann | Our Giant Experiment on "Greed is Good" Has Failed (10/13/16) [4:51]
ThomHartmann | Do We Need A Groper In Chief? (10/14/16) [9:25]
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (10/14/16) [1hr]
Major GOP donors call on the Republican National Committee to disavow Donald Trump. The Republican presidential nominee is defending himself against sexual assault accusations from multiple women. Trump has denied all of the allegations. WikiLeaks dumps another round of Hillary Clinton emails, this time from her campaign chairman John Podesta. Polls show the Democratic candidate leading in 6 of 13 battleground states, with less than a month to go before Election Day. The CEO of Wells Fargo resigns, in the wake of a fake bank accounts scandal. And Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in literature.
*DR | Friday News - International (10/14/16) [1hr]
Russian President Vladimir Putin cancels a visit to France over a disagreement on Syria. An American warship strikes Yemen. And Thailand mourns the death of its king, the world's longest-reigning monarch. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday October 13, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
ACCUSATIONS PILE UP... Groped In First Class... Kissed Receptionist On The Mouth... Grabbed Woman During A Photoshoot... 'PEOPLE' Mag Writer: He Attacked Me... FLASHBACK: 'Grabbed' Miss Washington's 'Ass'... '92 VIDEO: Don Points To 10-Year-Old, Says He'll Be 'Dating Her In 10 Years'... Trump Goes Nuclear On Clintons... Drafts Lawsuit Against New York Times...

Republicans Endorse, Unendorse And Then Re-Endorse Donald Trump
HP | Elise Foley | 10/12/16

Multiple Republicans who called for Donald Trump to step down as the Republican presidential nominee over the weekend are now saying they will still vote for him.

In an impressive bit of rhetorical gymnastics, some are also saying that they never technically un-endorsed Trump in the first place ? even though they all said that he should be replaced by his running mate Mike Pence as the Republican nominee for president.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) all confirmed on Tuesday that they will support the Republican ticket, even if it's led by Trump instead of Pence, the governor of Indiana. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said the same day that he would likely vote for Trump. ... Read more

Australian State Parliament Officially Calls Trump A 'Revolting Slug'

*WARREN GETS RESULTS: Wells Fargo CEO Resigns In Wake Of Bank Scandal
HP | author | date

Wells Fargo & Co's veteran chairman and chief executive officer, John Stumpf abruptly departed on Wednesday bowing to pressure over its sales tactics that has damaged the bank's reputation and put Wall Street under renewed scrutiny.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo said Stumpf, 63, was retiring and would be replaced as chief executive by President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Sloan, 56. ... Read more

Here's Why Trump Supporters Say the Groping Tape Is No Big Deal

"If he didn't talk like that, I'd think there's something wrong with him."

Hillary's Speech To Deutsche Bank: "The People Are Angry, She Isn't"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/13/16

"We live with a double standard."... "the remarks below make it sound like HRC DOESNT think the game is rigged -- only that she recognizes that the public thinks so. They are angry. She isn't." ... Read more

Trump Campaign Warns Bill Clinton: "We're Going To Turn You Into Bill Cosby"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/13/16

"We're going to turn him into Bill Cosby. He's a violent sexual predator who physically abuses women who he assaults. And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims." ... Read more

Raw Story | CNN Panel Can Hardly Contain Itself as Katrina Pierson Launches Into Insane Defense of Donald Trump (10/13/16) [13:32]
The Daily Show | Not Just Clowning Around (10/12/16) [7:04]
The Daily Show | Not Just Clowning Around (10/12/16) [7:04]
G. Edward Griffin
I like G. Edward Griffin and think his ideas are well thought out and presented. He was one of the first to expose the (FED) Federal Reserve with his book 'Creature From Jekyll Island'. His lectures on many topics are concise and well documented, using well know historians such as Carrol Quigley. If you think this all made up listen to the humorist (but sad) lecture done by Major George R. Jordan, State Department Whistleblower (1960's).
G. Edward Griffin
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 13 [11:42]
*DN | Leaked Hillary Clinton Emails: Could Bernie Sanders Have Won Primary If Leak Occurred Earlier? (10/12/16) [16:26]
*TRNN | Wikileaks Reveals How Wall Street Buys Influence in the Democratic Party (10/12/16) [11:41]
TRNN | Vera Paradee of the Climate Law Institute discusses: Why is the Airline Industry Exempt from the Paris Climate Agreement? (10/12/16) [11:09]
TYT | Weak Republicans Run Back To Trump (10/12/16) [10:48]
*TYT | HORRIFIC Factory Farming Footage Leaked (10/12/16) [13:35]
Full Program [51:02]
TYT | Woman Wears 'Grab My Pu$$y' Shirt To Trump Rally (10/12/16) [6:41]
TYT | Pro-Trump Christian Explains: Women Can't Be President, Cuz GOD (10/12/16) [6:06]
TYT | Rush Limbaugh: Sexual Consent Is Overrated (10/12/16) [5:57]
RT | Keiser Report: Hillary Speeches (E979) (10/13/16) [25:39]
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*DR | Why Sexual Assault And Harassment Are So Common And What That Says About Our Culture (10/13/16) [1hr]
Video footage of Donald Trump's lewd remarks is another example of something many women confront every day. Why sexual assault and harassment are so common and what that says about our culture.
*DR | Rep. John Lewis On His Graphic Novel Trilogy About The Civil Rights Movement (10/13/16) [1hr]
Congressman John Lewis on "March," his trilogy of graphic novels that tells the story of his experiences as a leader in the civil rights movement.
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Wednesday October 12, 2016
News Articles

Trump Trashes: 'I Don't Want' Ryan's Support - Donald Trump Keeps Burning GOP Bridges
HP | Marina Fang | 10/11/16

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday night unleashed a fresh round of anger on GOP leaders who have distanced themselves from him since he was caught on a recording bragging about sexual assault.

Trump, in a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly, continued his onslaught against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), criticizing Ryan's repeated denouncements of Trump's array of offensive remarks. Earlier Tuesday, Trump called Ryan "very weak and ineffective." ... Read more

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah | The Daily Show - Fallout from Donald Trump's P***ygate Scandal (10/11/16) [10:50]

There's an Arrest for Drug Possession Every 25 Seconds -- And Marijuana Arrests Exceed Those for All Violent Crimes
AlterNet | Phillip Smith | 10/12/16

Nearly a half century after Richard Nixon inaugurated the modern war on drugs, to criticize it as a failure as so common as to be banal. Yet even as marijuana prohibition falls in some states, the drug war rolls on, an assembly line of criminalization and incarceration, dealing devastating blows to the lives of its victims that linger far beyond the jail or prison cell.

And most of its victims are not capos or kingpins, but simple drug users. According to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), drug possession is the single offense for which the largest number of arrests are made in the U.S., totaling more than 1.25 million last year, and accounting for more than three-fourths of all drug arrests. Nearly half of those (more than 574,000) were for marijuana possession. This number alone exceeds the total number of arrests for all violent crimes, 505,681 for murder, manslaughter, rape robbery and assault, according to the report. ... Read more

Stephen Colbert | Donald Trump Asks The Terminally Ill For A Huge Favor (10/07/16) [8:54]

New Records Suggest Donald Trump Misled the Public About His Income
MotherJones | Russ Choma | 10/11/16

At the first presidential debate, when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was asked by moderator Lester Holt why he wouldn't release his tax returns, he declared that the personal financial disclosure form he had filed with the Federal Election Commission would tell voters all they need to know about his finances. And Trump bragged that this document showed that his income in 2015 was $694 million. He added, "If you would have told me I was going to make that 15 or 20 years ago, I would have been very surprised, but that's the kind of thinking that our country needs." ... Read more

Some Diane Rehm Commenters on Today Show: "How Economic Stagnation Is Reshaping Our Country And Its Future"

TeaKoolAid - Clinton will lower taxes for 80% of Americans. For the top 1%, who play by the rules, they see a 4% tax increase. Tax cheats who pay 0% like Trump will see their loopholes capped!!!

The GOP keep going on about gains only going to the top, why not tax the people who made all the gains and pay none of the taxes?

Clinton has proposed three individual income tax increases on high-income households:
  1. a 4% surcharge on adjusted gross income (AGI) in excess of $5 million
  2. a minimum tax of 30% of AGI phasing in between $1 and $2 million of income (i.e., the "Buffett Rule"); and
  3. a 28% limit on the tax benefit from specified deductions and exclusions (excluding charitable contributions)

Fredlinskip - These are great steps in right direction- especially over Trump's thinly outlined "plan" which would extend even greater breaks to wealthy and send the country into even greater debt,, but more steps like those you outlined need be made before it's going to have a negligible effect on our Nations current "debt problem".

PoliticsWatcher - Trump thinks he pays too much in taxes. And thinks you get too much in government services, too.

Truck O'Trolls - Trump tax plan:
  1. Lower top rate, the rate he pays.
  2. Suspend federal estate taxes that his estate will pay.
  3. Tax carried interest, a tax loophole that he does not participate.
Trump ignores reform of the tax benefits given to realestate developers. Trump is not the only one to have benefited. These abusive techniques allow commercial realestate developers to claim large beneficial paper losses for tax purposes while simultaneously gathering enormous personal wealth.

Fredlinskip - He's all about getting "free stuff" form the government... in his case more than a billion $ in tax breaks.

PoliticsWatcher - Nearly a billion in New York City alone.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 12 [9:42]
DN | Pre-Debate Roundtable: Rape Culture and the 2005 Trump Tape (10/11/16) [21:25]
DN | Lee Fang on "Cozy" Relationship Between Clinton Campaign & Press (10/11/16) [2:47]
*DN | Obama Is Killing Yemen: A Yemeni Journalist Speaks Out After U.S.-Backed Bombing Strikes Funeral (10/11/16) [12:31]
TRNN | CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin says: U.S. Weapon Sales Enable Saudi Arabia's Atrocities in Yemen (10/12/16) [10:01]
TRNN | Research fellow Yvette Arellano says: Protests Planned at Houston Headquarters of Dakota Access Pipeline Owners (10/12/16) [13:52]
TRNN | West Reneging on Promises Made to BRICS Countries During 2008 Crisis (10/12/16) [13:20]
TYT | Proof Wall Street Hates Elizabeth Warren (10/11/16) [10:11]
TYT | Donald Trump Death Spiral Begins (10/11/16) [6:04]
TYT | Alex Jones: Hillary Clinton Is An ACTUAL Demon (10/11/16) [8:02]
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ThomHartmann | Billionaires' Gov't Is Different Than Our Founders Gov't (10/11/16) [6:17]
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*DR | How Economic Stagnation Is Reshaping Our Country And Its Future (10/12/16) [1hr]
Many say rancor in the 2016 presidential campaign is in large part connected to widespread economic stagnation and the perception of diminished economic prospects: Quality of life, economic fairness, and the U.S. economy.
*DR | What's Behind The Increase In Maternal Deaths In The U.S. (10/12/16) [1hr]
While the rate at which women die during pregnancy or childbirth has fallen in many nations, maternal deaths have been rising in the U.S. over the last fifteen years, according to several new studies. But the mortality rate differs depending on the state. It doubled in Texas from 2000 to 2014, but decreased in California. A look at what's behind the increase in U.S. maternal mortality rates.
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Tuesday October 11, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
'Unshackled' Trump Goes Nuclear On GOP... Trump Tweetstorm: Paul Ryan 'Weak And Ineffective"... Attacks 'Disloyal' Republicans: 'They Don't Know How To Win'... Slams 'Foul-Mouthed' John McCain: He 'Begged For My Support'... 'COWARDS': Trump Supporters Revolt... MELTDOWN: Poll Gives Clinton Double-Digit Lead Over Trump...

Shep Smith Wonders If 'Almost Fascist' Trump Has Another Agenda
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 10/11/16

He says the GOP nominee's vow to jail Hillary Clinton "might have been bordering on unconstitutional."

Fox News host Shep Smith launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump Monday, questioning what the GOP presidential nominee's real motives are. Smith railed against Trump for pandering to his voter base by attacking his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during Sunday night's presidential debate. He also criticized the brash businessman for failing to court undecided voters who wanted to hear substantive arguments, as Trump vowed to jail Clinton if he were elected. ... Read more
Shep Smith Goes Off on Trump Over Debate Performance and Almost 'Fascist' Jail Line (10/10/16) [5:35]

Samantha Bee | This was not the October Surprise Trump expected, but it is the one he deserves. (10/10/16) [6:01], Part 2 [5:32]
Samantha Bee | Donald Trump took a break from grabbing at pussies to grasp at straws. (10/10/16) [6:30]
All Of America's Science Nobel Prizes This Year Were Won By Immigrants
TYT | Donald Trump Threatens Republicans (10/10/16) [10:48]
High ranking Republicans are jumping off the Trump train, and Donald isn't having it. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
TYT | Why Republican Voters Won't Abandon Trump (10/10/16) [7:55]
While Republican politicians are backing away from Trump, the GOP base is embracing him even more.

"The World Has Reached A Dangerous Point" - Gorbachev Sees Rising Threat Of Nuclear War
ZeroHedge | author | 10/11/16

"I think the world has reached a dangerous point. I don't want to give any concrete prescriptions but I do want to say that this needs to stop. We need to renew dialogue. Stopping it was the biggest mistake. Now we must return to the main priorities, such as nuclear disarmament, fighting terrorism and prevention of global environmental disasters. Read more

GOP Senator Says Grabbing A Woman's Genitals Is Not Sexual Assault

Barclays Warns The Party Is Almost Over As Payouts Exceed Cash Flow By $115 Billion
ZeroHedge | author | 10/11/16

Corporate buybacks plus dividends will surpass $1 trillion in 2016, for the first time ever, according to Barclays calculations. This means that payouts to shareholders will surpass total S&P500 cash flow by a whopping $115 billion. And with corporate balance sheets increasing encumbered, Barclays believes that the rate of payouts, rising at 20% in recent years, is about to grind to a halt, meaning that for stocks, the "party is almost over." ... Read more

REPORT: Wells Fargo Employee Informed Bank Of Fake Customer Accounts In 2006
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 11 [12:36]
DN | 1 Million in Haiti Urgently Need Humanitarian Assistance After Hurricane's "Apocalyptic Destruction" (10/11/16) [13:35]
DN | Bill Clinton's Trade Policies Destroyed Haitian Rice Farming, Now Haiti Faces Post-Hurricane Famine (10/11/16) [4:07]
DN | U.S.-Backed Saudi Forces Bomb Yemeni Funeral, Killing 140, Injuring 500 in Possible War Crime (10/11/16) [4:45]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
John Oliver | Donald Trump Threatens Republicans (10/10/16) [1:50]
John Oliver | John Oliver examines the legal and moral issues surrounding the military prison at Guantánamo Bay. (10/09/16) [20:40]
TRNN | Chris Hedges: It's Our Bombs, Not Trump's Comments, that Fuel Hatred Towards the United States (10/10/16) [15:03]
TYT | How Hillary Clinton Manipulates The Media (10/10/16) [13:27]
RT | Keiser Report: Business Death...Allegedly (E978) (10/11/16) [25:19]
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ThomHartmann | Are Exxon & Alec Running An Illegal Lobbying Scheme? (10/10/16) [9:41]
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*DR | Turmoil In The GOP: Trump's Defiant Strategy And What It Means For His Party (10/11/16) [1hr]
Yesterday, the highest-ranking Republican in the nation said something extraordinary: He would not defend or campaign for his party's nominee for president, Donald Trump. This came amidst a kind of mass panic within the GOP, after a tape revealed Trump making offensive comments about women and bragging about sexual assault. The Republican National Committee said yesterday that it stands with Trump, but many Congressional Republicans are distancing themselves. Chief among their concerns is the effect of all this on down-ballot races. Can Republicans hold on to control of Congress? We look at the GOP as it weighs its next steps following a crisis for the Trump campaign.
*DR | Bryan Cranston: "A Life In Parts" (10/11/16) [1hr]
It can be difficult to think of actor Bryan Cranston as anyone other than Walter White, the cancer-ridden science teacher-turned- meth cook chronicled in AMC's "Breaking Bad." But in a new memoir, "a life in parts," Cranston gives a candid look the many roles he's played on camera --Tim Whatley in "Seinfeld", Hal in "Malcom In The Middle" and Lyndon B Johnson on Broadway--and off, from chicken farmer to security guard and dating consultant. Actor Bryan Cranston talks with Diane about mega-stardom, telling stories and the necessary, hard work it takes to get it right.
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Monday October 10, 2016
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Donald Trump, Groper in Chief
NYTimes | Nicholas Kristof | 10/07/16

Jill Harth's first concern with Donald Trump's hands wasn't that they were small. It's that they were everywhere.

Harth and her longtime boyfriend were in meetings with Trump to forge a business partnership. "He was relentless," Harth recalled in an interview, describing how on Dec. 12, 1992, he took the couple to dinner and a club -- and then situated himself beside Harth and ran his hands up her skirt, to her crotch. "I didn't know how to handle it. I would go away from him and say I have to go to the restroom. It was the escape route." ... Read more

PBS | The second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (10/10/16) [1:56:52]
RT | Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump 2nd Presidential Debate (10/09/16)[1:57:32]
TYT | The Second Presidential Debate (10/10/16) [22:03]
TYT | The Second Presidential Debate | The Biggest Controversy Was... (10/10/16) [6:10]
TYT | The Second Presidential Debate | The Biggest FAIL (10/10/16) [2:36]
Jill Stein from the Green Party
TYT | Jill Stein Interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks (10/10/16) [13:17]
Weekend of Drama
Fox | Hillary's Wall Street Speeches Released By Wikileaks - The Kelly File (10/07/16) [37:38]

Goldman Tells Clients To Go To Cash As "Growth Shocks" Are Coming
ZeroHedge | author | 10/10/16

"In the recent environment of low volatility, and with high valuations across assets, we are inclined to keep cash reserves to take advantage of more attractive entry points in case of shocks. Potential 'growth shocks' continue to loom until year-end as political risks remain elevated, given the upcoming US presidential elections and Italian referendum, and the UK government's plan to trigger Article 50 by March 2017." ... Read more

The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards

A drumbeat is sounding among the global elites. The signs of a coming financial crisis, one exponentially bigger than the last, are unmistakable. This time, the elites have an audacious plan to protect themselves from the fallout: hoarding cash now and locking down the global financial system when a crisis hits.

Deep in the U.S. legal code, our government is granted emergency economic powers. Stock exchanges can be closed, ATMs shut down, money market funds frozen, asset managers instructed not to sell securities, negative interest rates imposed, and cash denied. In fact, FDR took equally drastic action in 1933 by closing banks and confiscating gold.

The global elites know that a crisis of even greater proportions is coming and that collaboration is the only way to survive. Since 2014, international monetary agencies have been issuing warnings to a small group of finance ministers, sovereign wealth funds, banks, and private equity funds in technical jargon that the average investor can't understand. But the message is simple: the supposed incredible comeback of the last eight years is artificial. Our government's cowardly choices not to prosecute J.P. Morgan and its ilk, and to bloat the economy with a $4 trillion injection of easy credit, are driving us headlong toward a cliff.

In preparation, the global elites have been noiselessly hoarding cash and hard assets over the past two years. Even now, legally unorthodox regulations are sliding quietly into place that allow regulatory agencies to freeze all assets with a few keystrokes in a self-proclaimed emergency.

New York Times bestselling author James Rickards sounded the alarm on currency manipulation in Currency Wars and correctly predicted that the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates for years in The Death of Money. In The New Case for Gold he predicted the rise of negative interest rates. Now, as he shows in this frightening, meticulously researched book, governments around the world have no compunction about conspiring against their citizens. As he writes, "Your money may be like a jewel in a glass case at Cartier; you can see it but not touch it."

The most potent form of protection is to arm yourself with knowledge. If you want to understand the risks ahead and to know how to plan for them, you'll need Rickards's cutting-edge synthesis of behavioral economics, history, and complexity theory. It's a guidebook to thinking smarter, acting faster, and living with the comforting knowledge that your wealth is secure.

The global elites don't want this book to exist. Their plan to herd us like sheep to the slaughter when a global crisis erupts -- and, of course, to maintain their wealth -- works only if we remain complacent and unaware. Thanks to The Road to Ruin, we don't need to be.
The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America by Alexander Zaitchik

2016 continues to be the most surreal and unpredictable election year in recent memory and this is due in large part to one Donald J. Trump and the millions of Americans who made him this year's Republican nominee for president. As Trump continues to succeed despite behavior that would cripple any other politician, whether it is questioning the patriotism of the Gold Star Khan family or banishing a baby from one of his press conferences, it is imperative to understand why so many continue to support him. And this is what makes The Gilded Rage so important; it provides insight into the forgotten Americans that continue to befuddle pundits and "experts" on CNN and FOX alike.

This grippingly intimate and heart-breaking book provides a portrait of the walking wounded who make up the base of the Trump movement. Desperate and angry, these are the Americans of the vanishing industrial heartland, depressed Appalachian coal country, and the no-man's land along the Southwestern border. These are coal miners, out of work construction workers, and small business owners, who have watched their fortunes dwindle with each passing year. They have no illusions about the grandstanding billionaire and his glaring flaws. But these men and women feel forgotten and screwed over by political, corporate and media elites...and they feel that Donald Trump, despite his flamboyant demagoguery, might well be their last chance for salvation. Reminiscent of Studs Terkel's Working, with a dash of Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik in this important book takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of America than any other chronicler of our times.
Trump and the Roots of Rage: The Republican Right and the Authoritarian Threat by Kevin O'Leary

"If you want to understand the deeper menace of Trumpism, read this book. Kevin O'Leary tells this complex and alarming story brilliantly. -- Robert Kuttner, co-editor of The American Prospect.

The United States is entering the final stretch of a presidential campaign like no other. Donald Trump is the focus of our attention, but his success is only a symptom of a deeper problem. Seasoned observers and ordinary citizens look at today's Republican Party and wonder: what has happened to American politics and how did we end up with a major party presidential nominee who is a know-nothing, bigoted demagogue? Kevin O'Leary's stunning new book provides answers and a path forward.

"The problem with our politics is not Donald Trump; it is the many who support him. Kevin O'Leary's book explains in great detail and with the clearest of prose, just how this crazy situation came about." -- Alan Wolfe, author of The Future of Liberalism.

Trump and the Roots of Rage explains how and why the United States confronts -- for the first time in its history -- classic reactionary politics. No other book has painted in as bold strokes the deep chasm that exists between America's liberal tradition and the far-right alternative that champions privilege, hierarchy, inequality, and exclusion -- values that violate the promise of American life.

The hard right that has captured the Republican Party is characterized by a hatred of modern liberals -- such as Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama -- and a hostility to the core liberal beliefs of the founders. For the right, either racism, bigotry, and male chauvinism are at the forefront (as with Donald Trump) or a hatred of government and love of the market leads (as with Ted Cruz). O'Leary defends liberals and traditional conservatives, such as Bob Dole and George F. Will, while excoriating the right represented by Trump, Cruz, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 10 [12:56]
DN | In Shocking Tape Trump Boasts of Sexually Assaulting Women: "When You're a Star...You Can Do Anything" (10/10/16) [5:28]
DN | Jill Stein Spars with Clinton & Trump in "Expanding the Debate" Special, Part 1 (10/10/16) [22:51], Part 2 [18:45], Part 3 [13:38], Part 4 [15:20]
TRNN | Second Presidential Debate | Recap and Analysis (10/10/16) [9:53]
TRNN | Phyllis Bennis discusses: Candidate's Posturing Lends No Credibility to US Policy in Syria (10/10/16) [11:41]
TRNN | Janet Redman and Chris Williams discusses: Clinton and Trump Promote Fossil Fuels During Second Presidential Debate (10/10/16) [11:02]
TYT | Things More Likely To Kill You Than Terrorists (10/09/16) [8:57]
TYT | Bees Are Now An Endangered Species (10/09/16) [5:37]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss how central bankers must be made to pay for their bubble economy sins. In the second half, Max interviews Jim Rickards, author of The Road to Ruin: The Global Elites' Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis. (E977) (10/08/16) [25:47]
RT | US election 2016: Clinton and Trump exchange blows during second debate (10/10/16) [3:26]
RT | Leaders speak at World Energy Congress 2016 in Istanbul (10/10/16) [2:18:41]
RT | CrossTalk: With Syria locked in a statement while Russia-US relations spiral downward, which party in this conflict is the barrier to peace and what needs to happen next? (10/10/16) [24:48]
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ThomHartmann | The Gilded Rage Exposed (10/06/16) [6:01]
ThomHartmann | Why Trump Won't End Up A Footnote in History, Part 1 (10/07/16) [12:44], Part 2 [12:27]
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*DR | Analysis Of The Second Clinton-Trump Debate (10/10/16) [1hr]
Analysis of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's second presidential debate in St. Louis: how the candidates perform in the debate's town hall setting and what it means for the final weeks of the campaign.
*DR | One Girl's Incredible Journey From War-Torn Syria In A Wheelchair (10/10/16) [1hr]
The civil war in Syria has killed 400,000 people and displaced millions. One of the displaced is a girl named Nujeen. Last year, at age 16, she fled her Syrian homeland. She joined the massive outflow of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa seeking a safe haven from war, extremist violence and repression. Like many others, Nujeen traveled several thousand miles on her journey to Europe. But Nujeen--who has cerebral palsy--made the journey in a wheelchair. Diane talks with Nujeen Mustafa and veteran foreign correspondent Christina Lamb, who together share Nujeen's story.
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Friday October 07, 2016
News Articles

Hurricane Matthew Batters Florida After Killing Hundreds In Caribbean
HP & Reuters | author | 10/06/16

The storm killed at least 339 people in Haiti, before moving on to the Bahamas and Florida.

The first major hurricane threatening a direct hit on the United States in more than 10 years lashed Florida on Friday with heavy rains and winds after killing at least 478 people in Haiti on its destructive march north through the Caribbean.

... The storm packed gusts of 100 miles per hour (160 kph) as it tracked north-northwest along Florida's east coast, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The storm's eye was 25 miles (40 km) east of Cape Canaveral, home to the nation's chief space launch site. ... Read more

Donald Trump Says 70 Percent Of Federal Regulations 'Can Go'
HP & Reuters | author | 10/07/16

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said as many as 70 percent of federal agency regulations could be eliminated if he is elected in November, just hours after an adviser said the candidate would seek to cut 10 percent.

Trump, who blamed regulations for stifling business, told a crowd at a town hall event in New Hampshire on Thursday night that regulations for the environment and safety would remain.

"We are cutting the regulation at a tremendous clip. I would say 70 percent of regulations can go," Trump said. "It's just stopping businesses from growing." ... Read more

'I did all the work': Ex-Trump accountant slaps down candidate's 'brilliant' knowledge of tax code
RawStory | Brad Reed | 10/05/16

Donald Trump's campaign has come up with an interesting way to spin revelations that he may not have paid income taxes for 18 years: Namely, that this shows he's a "brilliant" businessman who's uniquely qualified to fix our broken tax code.

However, Mediaite points out that Trump's former accountant appeared on Inside Edition this week to pour ice water on that particular talking point. "I did all the tax preparation," accountant Jack Mitnick told Inside Edition when asked if Trump played any role in doing his own taxes. "He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature... I'm the one who did all the work." ... Read more
TYT | Trump's Ex-Accountant: I Did All His Taxes, Trump No "Genius" (10/06/16) [6:29]

We Just Can't Back Donald Trump, 30 Former GOP Lawmakers Say In Letter
HP | Sam Stein | 10/06/16

... On Thursday, Clinton's endeavors got a boost ? though, apparently, through no effort of her own. Thirty Republicans who served in Congress signed a letter saying they couldn't vote for Trump in the general election.

"In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges," the letter reads. "He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation." ... Read more

Flash Crash of the Pound Baffles Traders With Algorithms Being Blamed
Bloomberg | Netty Idayu Ismail | 10/06/16

During two chaotic minutes of Asian trading, the pound plunged the most since the Brexit referendum in June, with traders saying computer-initiated sell orders exacerbated the slump.

The 6.1 percent drop drove sterling to a 31-year low of $1.1841, according to composite prices compiled by Bloomberg of contributions from dealers. Traders speculated the crash might have been sparked by human error, or a so-called “fat finger,” with algorithms adding to selling pressure at a time of day when liquidity is relatively low.

While the currency snapped back in Asia, it resumed its freefall during European hours, as concern welled up that Britain is headed for a so-called hard Brexit that would restrict its access to the European Union’s single market in return for gaining control of immigration. Read more

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  1. Pound struggles to recover after plunging 6% in 2 minutes (FT)
  2. Flash Crash of the Pound Baffles Traders With Algorithms Being Blamed (BBG)
  3. Pound Plummets Against Dollar in Chaotic Trading (WSJ)
  4. Two-Minute Mystery Pound Rout Puts Spotlight on Robot Trades (BBG)
  5. U.S. nonfarm payroll job growth seen pushing case for Fed hikes (Reuters)
  6. Qatar won't sell Deutsche Bank shares, might buy more (Reuters)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 07 [10:43]
DN | As Hurricane Matthew Lashes U.S., Are TV Networks the Last Bastion of Climate Denial? (10/07/16) [11:38]
DN | Reporter Cracks Serial Killer Cold Case After Receiving a Tip Based on His Democracy Now! Interview (10/07/16) [13:07]
*TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says: Economic 'Recovery' Feels Weak Because the Great Recession Hasn't Really Ended (10/07/16) [12:09]
*TRNN | Former NSA whistleblower William Binney says the August release of NSA source code might be tied to the arrest of Harold Thomas Martin (10/06/16) [6:36]
TRNN | ACLU's Ashley Gorski discusses: NSA Sweep of Yahoo Emails Reflects Vulnerability of Consumers' 4th Amendment Rights (10/05/16) [10:01]
*TYT | There Was One Group Trump Forgot To Offend: The Dying (10/06/16) [6:16]
TYT | Trump's Ex-Accountant: I Did All His Taxes, Trump No "Genius" (10/06/16) [6:29]
Some have said Donald Trump is a genius for not paying taxes for 18 years. Trump's former accountant disagrees. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Donald Trump's campaign has come up with an interesting way to spin revelations that he may not have paid income taxes for 18 years: Namely, that this shows he's a "brilliant" businessman who's uniquely qualified to fix our broken tax code.

However, Mediaite points out that Trump's former accountant appeared on Inside Edition this week to pour ice water on that particular talking point.
RT | security expert: 'No wonder US blaming Russians for cyber attacks' (10/07/16) [4:16]
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (10/07/16) [1hr]
Latest polls show Trump struggling as we approach the final month before the election...a worry to Republican members of Congress hoping to hold on to their seats in November. But might this morning's disappointing jobs numbers do them a favor? Reaction is still bubbling over the VP debate this week -- the one widely expected to be a snooze, but wasn't. We learn that the FBI secretly arrested an NSA contractor suspected of stealing secret intelligence. The Supreme Court starts a new term, still without a ninth justice. And all eyes are on Hurricane Matthew as it barrels down on the coast of Florida. A panel of journalists joins guest host John Donvan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (10/07/16) [1hr]
Russia warns the U.S. against military intervention in Syria and the Syrian regime gains control of a key area of the long-besieged city of Aleppo. More than 11,000 migrants – many from North Africa – are rescued this week trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe. Dozens don't make it. The president of Colombia wins the Nobel Peace Prize, but Colombian officials grapple with how to further a peace deal with rebels after voters rejected it. The president of the Philippines says President Obama should "go to hell." Hurricane Matthew kills as many as 300 people in Haiti. And the UN selects a new secretary general.
Aljazeera | The Hannibal Directive - Investigation of a secret order that allowed Israel's army to kill Palestinian civilians to stop the capture of a Israelian soldier. (10/07/16) [47:29]
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Thursday October 06, 2016
News Articles

Stumped by Trump's Teflon Popularity? 10 Reasons Fans Want a Faux-CEO in the White House
AlterNet | Lynne D. Schneider | 10/05/16

Trump's mystique lies in how reality TV conflates fact and fictitious people.

Fans of "The Apprentice" franchise form Trump's base, and their dogged allegiance and huuuuge numbers have mystified pundits. Despite constant gaffes, lies, tasteless quips, and insults from the Donald, his base pushes, pulls and sometimes punches, to put their reality TV star into the Oval Office.

Perplexed millions read his latest outrage and ask, how is this even happening? But for citizens of the United States of TV, Trump was no surprise. Liberals missed the viability of Trump's candidacy because it developed far outside public discourse, in faithful viewers' minds. ... Read more

TYT | Bernie Sanders Proposes Bill To Close Tax Loopholes For Wealthy (10/05/16) [10:18]
TYT | 'Donald Trump would be a disaster for US' - Bernie Sanders (10/06/16) [2:20]
*Leonardo DiCaprio Documentary: Before the Flood (trailer) (2016) [2:53]

Before the Flood website

Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary about the effects of climate change created by award winning American Actor/producer/writer Fisher Stevens and presented by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. First revealed at the Toronto film on September 9th the film which has been executive produced by Martin Scorsese will be first shown to the public on October 31st 2016 as it airs on the National Geographic Channel.

As well as being presented by the the globally recognisable Leonardo DiCaprio Before the flood features viewpoints from people with weighted voices such as Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and John Kerry.
Samantha Bee | Allana Harkin and Amy Hoggart spoke to folks who are convinced that this election is most definitely rigged, (10/05/16) [5:42]
Samantha Bee | Meet the man who was Trump before Trump was Trump. (10/05/16) [8:23]
Samantha Bee | At the VP Debate, two adult men argued loudly over one another while America sat, unenthused. (10/05/16) [5:47]
Deutsche Bank Dumped On Heavy Volume As German Government Denies Talks With US DOJ

"I Listened To A Trump Supporter... Now I Understand"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/06/16

I talked at length with a Trump supporter I grew up around. I wanted to understand. I respected her growing up. I wanted to know why a person as kind and compassionate as I remember her is voting for someone like Donald Trump.

She was a family friend, a good person. In rural Ohio, everything was tight. Money, jobs. If you really needed quick cash, she'd put you to work doing landscaping. She'd pay fairly and reliably for the area.

She's voting for Donald Trump. I disagree with her choice, but I understand why she rejects Clinton so fiercely, and why she's been swept up in Donald Trump's particular brand of right-wing populism. I feel that on the left, it's increasingly easy to ignore these people, to disregard them, to write them off as racists, bigots, or uneducated. I think that's a loss for everyone involved, and that sometimes listening can help you to at least understand why a person is making the choices they make, so you can work on the root causes. For her, the root cause isn't racism. In fact, I remember her as one of the only people in the area who proudly hired black workers, in a place where that was a huge issue. She fought over that choice.

But that's enough background. Let me relay a bit of what she told me. She's a person who built her business from the ground up. She wasn't rich, but was very comfortable for the area. She had a nice house, a nice car, and was stable. She achieved the American dream of not having to struggle. Things changed during the housing crisis. A landscaping business requires customers who need landscaping, and people who don't own homes just don't need landscaping. In some of these neighborhoods, one in five people lost their homes. That almost immediately turns a successful landscaping business into a struggling one.

Then there was a domino effect. She couldn't pay for her lawn-care equipment leases and loans. That hurt her work efficiency. Then, she lost her car. But that didn't stop the payments. Then, she lost her house. She slowly had to let go all of her employees, until it was just her, hand-mowing lawns for cash the way you might expect a high school student in the summertime.

She told me that every week, it seemed there was another default letter, another foreclosure, another bank demanding more blood from her dry veins. To her, that pile of default notices and demands for payment looked suspiciously similar to Hillary Clinton's top donor list.

She lost everything she worked so hard for. Obama swore he was going to help. The Wall Street bailout did seem to help Wall Street. But it did absolutely nothing for her. She turns on the news and sees how the Dow Jones is doing better than ever. But that didn't bring her house and livelihood back. Liberals insist that Obama's made her life better. But, now she's driving a car that falls apart randomly while having to pay those same banks for a car she doesn't own and never will. It's difficult to convince someone whose life is objectively worse that their life is better. And it's disingenuous to try. You can break down the specifics, sure. But when someone's hungry, and you're busy silencing their complaints by telling them how well world hunger is improving, you're just going to upset them.

This is not a person who is stupid or racist. She knows Bush caused the economy collapse with his irresponsible tax policies and wars. But she saw liberals as fighting for the banks' recovery, to hell with her needs. She sees in Hillary someone who celebrates that approach. Who measures US success by the success of multinational mega corporations?--?corporations who undercut and destroy local businesses. This is a person who grew up in a town with a friendly neighborhood general store, a locally-owned hardware store, farmers' markets, florists, and auto shops. All of these businesses closed when Walmart moved into town. All their owners now work at that Walmart for a fraction of their previous wages, no benefits, and no hope for something better, something of their own. And now, she sees a free trade supporting former Walmart executive about to come in to office, and it feels like salt in her community's wounds. ...
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, October 05 (1 day old) [10:08]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 06 [10:29]
*DN | VP Debate Roundtable: Lee Fang, Zaid Jilani on Records of Kaine & Pence (10/05/16, 1 day old) [19:39]
DN | VP Debate Roundtable: Andrew Bacevich: US Military Failures Aren't Getting Scrutiny During Election (10/05/16) [11:19]
DN | Special Expanded VP Debate with Pence, Kaine & Green Party Nominee Ajamu Baraka (10/05/16, 1 day old) [2:18:11]
*DN | Amid Media Blackout over Climate Change Links to Hurricane Matthew, Top Scientist Speaks Out (10/06/16) [11:07]
DN | Atmospheric Scientist: Donald Trump & Mike Pence are a Climate Change Denial Dream Team (10/06/16) [13:15]
The Tonight Show Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Did Mike Pence Upstage Trump With His Strong Debate Performance? (10/06/16) [11:12]
*TRNN | Lawrence Wilkerson says: Mike Pence and the Mainstream Media Wrong on Iran's Nuclear Weapons Capabilities (10/05/16) [12:50]
TRNN | Could a Pence Vice Presidency Unleash a Cheney-Style Foreign Policy? (10/05/16) [5:04]
TRNN | DEVASTATING Attack Ad Uses Mike Pence's Lies Against Him (10/05/16) [6:38]
*RT | Keiser Report: 'Trumped: A Nation on the Brink of Ruin... And How to Bring It Back', Part 2 (E976) (10/06/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy discuss how it is that 'everything is in a bubble and it will end in chaos'. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Ronald Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, author of 'Trumped: A Nation on the Brink of Ruin... And How to Bring It Back'. (See part 1 two days ago)

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*ThomHartmann | Bill Clinton Is Right On Obamacare (10/05/16) [4:40]
ThomHartmann | Pence Proves Trump Is Unfit For Office (10/05/16) [7:27]
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*DR | The Battle For Aleppo, Russia's Strategy In Syria And Debate Over The U.S. Response (10/06/16) [1hr]
The Syrian civil war has lasted five years and claimed more than 400,000 thousand lives. Since Russia entered the conflict a year ago, more than 3,000 civilians have been killed. Last week, a bombing of Aleppo by Syrian government forces killed hundreds, including more than 100 children. On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry ended peace talks following the Aleppo attack. In Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, Governor Mike Pence called for a tougher approach to Russia and for the establishment of "safe zones" inside Syria. And Hillary Clinton has called for a no-fly zone. Guest host Tom Gjelten and guests debate what to do about Russia's escalation in Syria and the humanitarian crisis there.
*DR | How Young Voters Could Affect The 2016 Race (10/06/16) [1hr]
For the first time, millennials make up as much of the electorate as baby boomers in this year's presidential race. But both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have struggled to earn their support. Why? Compared to the generations before them, millennials are less likely to identify with a political party, according to an exclusive IPSOS-Diane Rehm Show poll. They care more about character, and, by and large, changing the way we do politics. As the election approaches, millennials tell us what issues are important to them -- and what will motivate them to vote -- or not -- in 2016.
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Wednesday October 05, 2016
News Articles

Mike Pence To America: Trump Never Said Those Things He Said
HP | Nick Baumann | 10/04/16

Donald Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), spent much of the first and only vice presidential debate Tuesday night doing his damnedest to get Americans to forget all of the offensive things Trump has said.

Pence repeatedly tried to skirt around statements Trump actually said -- or simply shook his head and ignored the question. "I'm happy to defend [Trump]," Pence said.

But Pence rarely actually defended Trump. Instead, he dodged or outright denied his running mate's statements. Some examples: ... Read more
PBS | Watch the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine (full) (10/04/16) [1:56:50]

TYT | The Vice-Presidential Debate: The Young Turks SUMMARY (10/04/16) [11:38]
TYT | The Vice-Presidential Debate: The Biggest WINNER (10/04/16) [7:53]
TYT | The Vice-Presidential Debate: The Biggest CONTROVERSY (10/04/16) [8:27]
3,000 people died on 9/11

30,000 people die from gun violence every year.
More people die from slipping in the bathtub then from terrorism

Banks With $12 Trillion In Assets Threatened By Persistent "Shocks", IMF Finds
ZeroHedge | author | 10/05/16

The global economic recovery would still leave about a quarter of banks in developed countries too weak to support further growth and susceptible to future shocks. This means that banks controlling about $12 trillion of assets would remain vulnerable during a rosy economic environment marked by faster economic activity, rising interest rates and declining defaults ... Read more

Bill Blain: "If The ECB's Bond Buying Largesse Is Over Get Set For The European Debt Crisis Part Two"
ZeroHedge | author | 10/05/16/span>

With the rumor, or at least trial balloon, of an ECB taper rocking bond markets and pushing EM equities lower, a dire forecast has emerged from Mint Partners' head of capital markets Bill Blain who in his latest note warns that "if the ECB's trillion-billion bond buying largesse is over -- then get set for the European sovereign debt crisis Part Two as markets focus back on debt fundamentals." ... Read more

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World's Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered In The Czech Republic
HP | David Freeman | 10/03/16

Explorers in the Czech Republic have discovered that a flooded limestone chasm in the eastern part of the country is the world's deepest known underwater cave.

The cave, called Hranická Propast, is at least 404 meters (1,325 feet) deep. That's about 12 meters (39 feet) deeper than the previous record-holder, a flooded sinkhole northeast of Rome called Pozzo del Merro. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, October 04 (10/04/16) [12:18]
DN | Does Donald Trump Pay Taxes? Records Given to NYT Show How He May Have Avoided Taxes for 18 Years (10/04/16) [17:59]
DN | Trump Presidency Could End Press Freedom, Say Reporters Threatened for Reporting on Taxes, Part 1 (10/04/16) [14:02], Part 2 [9:54]
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Stephen Colbert | Uh Oh: Donald Trump May Have Broken The Law (10/01/16) [7:24]
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Seth Meyers Mocks 'Scam Artist' Donald Trump Over His Tax Returns (10/04/16) [8:59]
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The Daily Show - Vice Presidential Debate Wrap-Up (10/05/16) [11:20]
TRNN | Kate Aronoff & Bill Curry say: VP Debate: A Missed Opportunity to Highlight Mike Pence's Extremism? (10/05/16) [16:50]
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TYT | Jordan Interviews A Fresh Batch Of Trump Fans (10/04/16) [12:30]
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ThomHartmann | David Sirota says: Pence Bet Big On Gaming... After Big Donations (10/05/16) [10:42]
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*DR | VP Candidates Go Head-To-Head: Analysis Of Their Only Debate (10/05/16) [1hr]
Many previews of last night's Vice Presidential debate predicted a calm evening. Instead, it was a crackling contest in Virginia. Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence went head-to-head on everything from Taxes to Vladimir Putin, frequently talking over one another as moderator Elaine Quijano struggled to maintain control. Kaine was on the attack from the start. He quoted many of Trump's most controversial comments, while Pence managed to avoid directly defending most of them. But the two also had substantive debate over issues like policing and foreign policy. Our panel discusses the VP debate, and what it could mean for the presidential election.
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Tuesday October 04, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found
NYTimes | David Barstow | 10/01/16

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show. The 1995 tax records, never before disclosed, reveal the extraordinary tax benefits that Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, derived from the financial wreckage he left behind in the early 1990s through mismanagement of three Atlantic City casinos, his ill-fated foray into the airline business and his ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Tax experts hired by The Times to analyze Mr. Trump's 1995 records said that tax rules especially advantageous to wealthy filers would have allowed Mr. Trump to use his $916 million loss to cancel out an equivalent amount of taxable income over an 18-year period. ... Read more
Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades (10/01/16) []

Oil, Power and Money: The main driver of the conflict in the World and who has toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2, is the United States.

Julian Assange Disappoints, Fails To Reveal Material Information At Wikileaks Press Conference
ZeroHedge | author | 10/04/16

In what was a disappointment for anyone hoping for "devastating" disclosures, Julian Assange today held off releasing information about the US elections or Hillary Clinton, despite widespread expectation that he was poised to make a major release. The WikiLeaks founder said the organization would publish around one million documents related to the U.S. election and three governments, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton.

While Assange said the documents would be released before the end of the year, starting with an initial batch in the coming week, this came as a surprise to many following an unprecedented build up within the media that Wikileaks would release dramatic disclosures on its 10th anniversary. ... Read more
Assange speaks at WikiLeaks' 10th anniversary in Berlin (10/04/16) [1:55:35]

Oil, Power and Money: "Assad Must Go" | Mike Whitney | 10/01/16

Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria. -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Why the Arabs don't want us in Syria, Politico

The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation, just like Libya and Iraq were regime change operations. The main driver of the conflict is the country that's toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2. (See: Bill Blum here.) We're talking about the United States of course. ... Read more

Instances of the United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War. (* indicates successful ouster of a government)
  • China 1949 to early 1960s
  • Albania 1949-53
  • East Germany 1950s
  • Iran 1953 *
  • Guatemala 1954 *
  • Costa Rica mid-1950s
  • Syria 1956-7
  • Egypt 1957
  • Indonesia 1957-8
  • British Guiana 1953-64 *
  • Iraq 1963 *
  • North Vietnam 1945-73
  • Cambodia 1955-70 *
  • Laos 1958 *, 1959 *, 1960 *
  • Ecuador 1960-63 *
  • Congo 1960 *
  • France 1965
  • Brazil 1962-64 *
  • Dominican Republic 1963 *
  • Cuba 1959 to present
  • Bolivia 1964 *
  • Indonesia 1965 *
  • Ghana 1966 *
  • Chile 1964-73 *
  • Greece 1967 *
  • Costa Rica 1970-71
  • Bolivia 1971 *
  • Australia 1973-75 *
  • Angola 1975, 1980s
  • Zaire 1975
  • Portugal 1974-76 *
  • Jamaica 1976-80 *
  • Seychelles 1979-81
  • Chad 1981-82 *
  • Grenada 1983 *
  • South Yemen 1982-84
  • Suriname 1982-84
  • Fiji 1987 *
  • Libya 1980s
  • Nicaragua 1981-90 *
  • Panama 1989 *
  • Bulgaria 1990 *
  • Albania 1991 *
  • Iraq 1991
  • Afghanistan 1980s *
  • Somalia 1993
  • Yugoslavia 1999-2000 *
  • Ecuador 2000 *
  • Afghanistan 2001 *
  • Venezuela 2002 *
  • Iraq 2003 *
  • Haiti 2004 *
  • Somalia 2007 to present
  • Honduras 2009
  • Libya 2011 *
  • Syria 2012
  • Ukraine 2014 *
  • Why the Arabs don't want us in Syria
    Politico | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr | 09/16/16

    In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I've made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino, we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and ideology. Instead we should examine the more complex rationales of history and oil -- and how they often point the finger of blame back at our own shores.

    America's unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria -- little-known to the American people yet well-known to Syrians -- sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic jihadism that now complicates any effective response by our government to address the challenge of ISIL. ... Read more

    Trumped! A Nation on the Brink of Ruin... And How to Bring It Back by David A. Stockman

    In TRUMPED! A Nation on the Brink of Ruin... And How to Bring It Back, David Stockman brings us an insider-turned-iconoclast's report on how 30 years of financial and political misrule by the Washington/Wall Street elites have brought the U.S. to the brink of ruin.

    He shows that the Fed's destructive ZIRP and QE policies have buried Flyover America in debt while clobbering it with shrinking real wages and vanishing job opportunities. At the same time, the bicoastal elites have prospered mightily from the massive inflation of financial assets in the Wall Street casino and the debt-fueled expansion of Imperial Washington's domestic rackets and global interventions.

    Stockman argues that Donald Trump's improbable candidacy happened because Flyover America has had enough of a rigged system that benefits the few but has failed to delivery economic recovery and real prosperity at home and a safer and more stable world abroad.

    Stockman's book is no testimonial on behalf of Trump's candidacy, and contends that much of what he advocates is wrong-headed or downright reprehensible. But it does salute him as the rallying force for Main Street political insurrection because the existing regime of Bubble Finance on Wall Street and statist aggrandizement in Washington threatens incalculable harm.

    Stockman also argues that there remains a way forward. He suggests the "political outlaw" who considers himself to be the world's greatest dealmaker would need to "make ten great deals" to bring American back from the brink. These include a Peace Deal, a Jobs Deal, a Sound Money Deal, a Super Glass-Steagall Deal, A Liberty Deal and five more.
    DN | How ALEC & the Kochs Publicly Back Criminal Justice Reform & Privately Expand Mass Incarceration (10/03/16) [7:18]
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    Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down Donald Trump's Rant (10/04/16) [2:08]
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    Stephen Colbert | It Takes A Genius Like Donald Trump To Lose A Billion Dollars (10/04/16) [9:17] TRNN | David Cay Johnston: Trump Has Engaged in Lifelong Illegal Conduct (10/04/16) [12:13]
    TYT | Republicans: Trump Is A GENIUS For Not Paying Taxes (10/03/16) [5:04]
    TYT | Trump Lost So Much Money He Doesn't Have To Pay Taxes (10/03/16) [13:24]
    TYT | Giuliani: Hey Everybody Cheats! Anyway About Monica Lewinsky... (10/03/16) [9:49]
    TYT | Trump Foundation Hit With Cease And Desist (10/03/16) [10:42]
    RT | Keiser Report: Stealing is Legal in America (E975) (10/04/16) [23:34]
    Max and Stacy discuss how finance is ruining America. In the second half, Max interviews Ronald Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, author of 'Trumped: A Nation on the Brink of Ruin'... And How to Bring It Back.
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    ThomHartmann | The terrifying thing about the TPP is that it would be just as devastating to the environment as the economy - maybe even more. (10/04/16) [7:53]
    ThomHartmann | Is It Time To Start Talking About Doomsday Scenarios? (10/04/16) [4:07]
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    *DR | The Ongoing Vacancy At The Supreme Court And What It Means For High Profile Cases This Term (10/04/16) [1hr]
    The Supreme Court begins a new term this week with still, only eight justices on the bench. Last March President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But the Senate has, so far, declined to schedule a vote on Garland's nomination. The justices have chosen to hear fewer cases this term, and, some say, seem to pushing off some of the more controversial issues. Yesterday the Court decided not to reconsider President Obama's immigration ruling that would spare millions from deportation: Join us to talk about what's ahead for the Supreme Court and how the stakes will change after the election.
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    Monday October 03, 2016
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    Trump's 1995 Tax Records Suggest No Federal Taxes For 18 Years: New York Times
    Reuters & HP | author | 10/01/16

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns and the large tax deduction may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

    The Trump campaign, in a statement responding to the Times report, said that the tax document was obtained illegally and that the New York Times is operating as an extension of the presidential campaign of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

    The Times said it had obtained Trump's 1995 tax records and that they showed he received the large tax benefits from financial deals that went bad in the early 1990s. ... Read more

    *SNL | Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Debate (10/01/16) [9:45]
    SNL | Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Celebrity Family Feud (10/02/16) [8:25]
    World's first realistic solution to the 2016 election. (09/26/16) [2:00]

    **Big Data Exposes How Politically Connected Traders Cashed In During the Financial Crisis | Avi Asher-Schapiro | 09/28/16

    Big Data -- those sprawling algorithms that can track and predict patterns in human behavior -- often conjures up fears of a big-brother police state. But those same data-sets could be harnessed to uncover and expose Wall Street excesses.

    That's the implication of two new new academic studies about the financial crisis. One study suggests politically connected executives traded on non-public information about the government's subsequent bailout after the crisis hit. The other suggests that despite their claims to the contrary, many bank executives understood the risks they were taking in the lead-up to the crash, and sold their personal holdings in their firms before the crisis hit. ... Read more
    TYT | Government Secretly Warned Banker Friends Of Housing Crash (10/02/16) [8:05]

    The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

    Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, NY would become an entirely new, and complex, breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy.

    From the origins of his family's real estate fortune, to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career, to his whirlwind presidential bid, The Making of Donald Trump provides the fullest picture yet of Trump's extraordinary ascendency. Love him or hate him, Trump's massive influence is undeniable, and figures as diverse as Woody Guthrie (who wrote a scathing song about Trump's father) and Red Scare prosecutor Roy Cohn, mob bosses and high rollers, as well as the average American voter, have all been pulled into his orbit.

    Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who would be president.
    Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump by G. B. Trudeau

    "Doonesbury is one of the most overrated strips out there. Mediocre at best." --Donald Trump, 1989

    He tried to warn us. Ever since the release of the first Trump-for-President trial balloon in 1987, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau has tirelessly tracked and highlighted the unsavory career of the most unqualified candidate to ever aspire to the White House. It's all there--the hilarious narcissism, the schoolyard bullying, the loathsome misogyny, the breathtaking ignorance; and a good portion of the Doonesbury cast has been tangled up in it. Join Duke, Honey, Earl, J.J., Mike, Mark, Roland, Boopsie, B.D., Sal, Alice, Elmont, Sid, Zonker, Sam, Bernie, Rev. Sloan, and even the Red Rascal as they cross storylines with the big, orange airhorn who's giving the GOP such fits.
    Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection by Medea Benjamin

    The diminutive co-founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects the left and right studiously avoid. Sometimes, she does so in person--as at President Obama's speech at the National Defense College, or in Egypt, where she was assaulted by police. Here, she's researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

    In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin--cited by the L.A. Times as "one of the high profile members of the peace movement"--shines a light on one of the weirder, and most important, elements of our foreign policy. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home.

    Will the EU Banking Meltdown Trigger a 2008-Type Crash?
    ZeroHedge | author | 10/03/16

    On Friday stocks soared on rumors that the US Department of Justice would reduce its $14 billion fine on Deutsche Bank.

    Turns out the rumor was a fabrication. As the Wall Street Journal noted over the weekend, NO senior decision making people at either the DoJ or DB have even seen a potential deal yet. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, October 03 [13:53]
    DN | Medea Benjamin: If Americans Can Sue Saudis over 9/11, Drone Victims Should Be Able to Sue U.S. (10/03/16) [7:32]
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    *John Oliver | Police Accountability (10/02/16) [19:54]
    *TRNN | Economist Bill Black discusses: Deutsche Bank is Too Big to Fail, Too Big For Big Fines? (10/02/16) [9:34]
    *TRNN | David Cay Johnston: Trump Has Engaged in Lifelong Illegal Conduct (10/03/16) [12:13]
    TRNN | Tim Wise and Paul Jay discuss: Trump's Hypocrisy on NAFTA (10/02/16) [16:07]
    TRNN | Breaking Through Power: John Fox on Federal Tax Policy (10/03/16) [27:10]
    *TYT | America NEEDS An Alternative To The Democratic And Republican Parties (10/02/16) [5:04]
    TYT | Dutch Parliament Shuts Down ALL Coal-Fired Power Plants (10/02/16) [7:31]
    RT | Keiser Report: Haters or Losers (E974) (10/01/16) [25:48]
    Max and Stacy discuss losers and haters in the financial space: from George Osborne admitting quantitative easing (QE) makes the rich richer, to foreigners dumping Treasuries in a global loser economy and investors dumping Trump-supporting virtual reality entrepreneurs. In the second half, Max interviews author and credit analyst Chris Whalen (@rcwhalen) about Donald Trump's economic plans and Wells Fargo's latest crimewave.
    RT | CrossTalk: The crucible known as Syria: With Moscow and Washington trading less than diplomatic rhetoric surrounding Syria, the prospect of a head-to-head conflict loons. Is there stepping back from the abyss? (10/03/16) [24:12]
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    ThomHartmann | 40 Years of Reaganism Behind This Disastrous Train Crash (10/01/16) [5:44]
    *ThomHartmann | How the TPP Could Be A Death Sentence For Some Americans (10/01/16) [11:39]
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    *DR | How Citizen Activism Is Driving Key Ballot Measures This Fall (10/03/16) [1hr]
    Across the country, more than 200 million Americans could be affected by ballot measures up for vote this fall. They address issues like gun control, minimum wage and marijuana legalization. Key ballot measures and how citizens are driving many of them.
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    Friday September 30, 2016
    News Articles

    Worse than Sarah Palin! Joe Biden Goes to Town on Trump's Fact-Free Debate Disaster
    AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 09/30/16

    Vice President Joe Biden was horrified by Monday night's presidential debate. "I was watching by myself," he told "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon when asked about the heavily anticipated event, adding, "I've never quite seen anything like that." Given Donald Trump's tendency to lie, there was much emphasis placed on fact-checking, which Biden acknowledged certainly kept the Bloomberg folks busy.

    "I can tell you what, I've never seen anybody who knew so few facts," he said. Biden also rehashed his memories of debating Sarah Palin in 2008, which over 70 millon people watched.

    "It's not a joke! It's like, whoa!" Biden exclaimed. "We are in real jeopardy." ... Read more

    We Just Passed A Grim Carbon Dioxide Threshold, Possibly For Good
    HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 09/28/16

    CO2 levels surpassed 400 ppm in September. Scientists say we won't see a month below that symbolic benchmark "ever again."

    Scientists at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii announced in 2013 that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide reached a daily average above 400 parts per million for the first time in history. CO2 concentrations "haven't been this high in millions of years," said scientist Erika Podest at the time. "This milestone is a wake-up call."

    But the situation has only gotten worse. Worldwide, 400 ppm, which indicates the ratio of carbon dioxide to other gases in the atmosphere, started to be read more consistently and in more locations. Last March, global CO2 levels topped the symbolic benchmark for an entire month -- a first since record-keeping began. Antarctica, the last place on Earth without a 400 ppm reading, finally reached it in May. ... Read more

    How a Reclusive Hedge-Fund Boss and His Daughter Are Reshaping the Republican Party
    Time |Alex Altman | 09/29/16

    Robert and Rebekah Mercer have emerged as powerful players in Donald Trump's campaign, not to mention the fight for the GOP's future. What is it they want?

    ... Over the course of the 2016 presidential contest, the Mercers have become two of the most pivotal and least understood behind-the-scenes players in American politics. Robert Mercer is a reclusive figure who has never spoken publicly about his political beliefs. Daughter Rebekah, a former Wall Street trader who runs an online gourmet-cookie company with her sisters, is described as the activist investor behind the family's vast political concerns. Together they form a link between Trump's campaign and super PAC, armed with the cash and clout to shape everything from his staff to his data operation to his super PAC strategy. "It's hard to think of anybody like them," says Larry Noble of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. ... Read more

    Mothballing the World's Fanciest Oil Rigs Is a Massive Gamble
    Bloomberg | David Wethe | 09/19/16

    In a far corner of the Caribbean Sea, one of those idyllic spots touched most days by little more than a fisherman chasing blue marlin, billions of dollars worth of the world's finest oil equipment bobs quietly in the water.

    They are high-tech, deepwater drillships -- big, hulking things with giant rigs that tower high above the deck. They're packed tight in a cluster, nine of them in all. The engines are off. The 20-ton anchors are down. The crews are gone. For months now, they've been parked here, 12 miles off the coast of Trinidad & Tobago, waiting for the global oil market to recover.

    The ships are owned by a company called Transocean Ltd., the biggest offshore-rig operator in the world. And while the decision to idle a chunk of its fleet would seem logical enough given the collapse in oil drilling activity, Transocean is in truth taking an enormous, and unprecedented, risk. No one, it turns out, had ever shut off these ships before. ... Read more
    Off the coast of Trinidad, high-tech drillships are piling up. They were shut down to cut costs. Will they ever come back on? ()09/19/16) [4:07]

    How Donald Made a Fortune by Dumping His Debt on Other People
    motherJones | Max J. Rosenthal | 09/30/16

    Until the election, Mother Jones Magazine bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange but true stories, or curious scenes from the life of GOP nominee Donald Trump.

    In 1995, five years after his business empire nearly collapsed under massive debt, Donald Trump was finally righting the ship. He'd sold off costly assets like his mega-yacht and money-losing airline, gone through two bankruptcies, and gotten debt relief by giving his creditors partial ownership of some of his properties. But the three casinos he still controlled -- the Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza, and the Trump Castle -- were still deeply in debt.

    So Trump figured out a way to erase that debt -- at least for himself. He created Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, a publicly traded company that operated the Trump Plaza. For about six months, it was a success. The company's stock shot up from $14 to $35 a share, putting Trump back on the Forbes list of America's 400 wealthiest people and helping him pay down $88 million of his personal debt, according to the Washington Post's Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in their book, Trump Revealed. "The IPO of Trump Hotels was what finally fueled Trump's comeback," wrote Fortune this March. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 30 [12:56]
    DN | As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change. Part 1 (09/30/16) [10:56 ], Part 2 [17:34] *TRNN | Bill Black discusses: CEO John Stumpf faces grilling from Congress on How Wells Fargo Keeps Scamming Its Customers & Employees (09/30/16) [21:15]
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    As oppose to business entrepreneurs, most top executives don't care about their industry or closer yet their company. Their motto :"I'll Be Gone, You Will Be Gone"
    *TRNN | The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized (09/30/16) [22:31]
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    *TYT | Meet Trump's New Sugar Daddy (09/29/16) [20:08]
    Robert Mercer is a right-wing oligarch who loves bribing politicians so he can make more money at the expense of everyone else. He recently went ahead and bought himself a slightly used Trump campaign.

    Mercer, who first spent over $10 million trying to make Ted Cruz president,just gave $2 million to a Super PAC supporting Trump. Mercer is also a top investor in the Breitbart News Network. According to the Post, Mercer's daughter Rebekah nudged Trump to bring in Stephen Bannon, Breitbart's executive chairman, to run his campaign.
    TYT | LEAKED MEMO: Trump Campaign's Monica Lewinsky Strategy (09/29/16) [4:32]
    A leaked memo from the Trump campaign shows a plan to have his surrogates bring up the Monica Lewinsky scandal while praising Trump for not bringing it up. Trump's son went as far as to call him "courageous" for not using this line of attack in the debate.
    RT | Keiser Report: Invasion of Debt Snatchers (E 973) (08/29/16) [25:40]
    Max and Stacy discuss the Invasion of the debt snatchers as tech gets leveraged and mobile phone bills get collateralized. In the second half Max and Stacy continue their conversation with Karl Gray (@paradimeshift) about the cryptocurrency and blockchain investment space.
    RT | CrossTalk: Russia-US relations: Increased Tensions (08/30/16) [24:28]
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    *DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/30/16) [1hr]
    After the first presidential debate, polls show Donald Trump losing support from women in key battleground states. Congress acts to avoid a government shutdown. And a new report says the U.S. murder rate surged last year. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
    *DR | Friday News - International (09/30/16) [1hr]
    Heads of state attend the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres. Russia rejects Secretary Kerry's demands on Syria. And the U.S. plans to deploy 600 more troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State. A panel of journalists joins guest host Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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    Thursday September 29, 2016
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    Trump angry at allies conceding he lost debate
    CNN & HP | Gloria Borger | 09/29/16

    Donald Trump is angry that his aides and advisers have conceded to reporters -- largely without attribution -- that the Republican nominee struggled in his first presidential debate.

    In a conference call with surrogates Wednesday afternoon, Trump aides made clear the Republican nominee is upset that his allies publicly acknowledged they pushed him to change his preparation and tactics before his next bout with Hillary Clinton. And he wants them to stop it immediately. The message was "not subtle," a source familiar with the call said. ... Read more

    Trump Debate Excuses Tweet
    Believe me, I won. You didn't see it, but I won. Believe me. I was there. It was beautiful. I used big words. #TrumpDebateExcuses
    Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

    In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country--a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets -- among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident -- people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

    Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream--and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who ...
    *TYT | Elizabeth Warren Costs Wells Fargo Executives $60 Million (09/28/16) [16:09]
    Stephen Colbert | Elizabeth Warren Rips Wells Fargo's CEO A New One (09/29/16) [6:01]

    The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/16

    Deutsche Bank concerns just went to '11' as Bloomberg reports a number of funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche Bank AG have withdrawn some excess cash and positions held at the lender, a sign of counterparties' mounting concerns about doing business with Europe's largest investment bank. ... Read more

    Wells Fargo To Be Sanctioned By DOJ For Improperly Seizing Soldiers' Cars
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/29/16

    And the hits just keep on coming. The full court press on Wells Fargo continues, on the heels of California's sanctions, Bloomberg reports the bank is now facing a Justice Department sanction over improperly repossessing cars owned by members of the military, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 29 [12:26]
    What Drives Trump Supporters?: Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild on Anger & Mourning of the Right (09/28/16) [15:53 ]
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert | Elon Musk Wants To Fire Donald Trump Into Space (09/29/16) [8:52]
    *TRNN | Morris Pearl, the chairs of an association of millionaires: 'Patriotic Millionaires' Call for Higher Taxes and Wall St. Regulation (09/29/16) [21:05]
    *TRNN | David Turnbull of Oil Change International discusses: Report: Fossil Fuel Projects Must Be Phased Out Within 17 Years to Halt Global Warming (09/29/16) [11:44]
    *TRNN | Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Intelligence Agencies Are Gathering Information Against You in Case of Your Dissent (09/28/16) [6:37]
    TYT | Trump Foundation Is Donald Trump's Personal Piggy Bank, Not A Charity (09/28/16) [9:25]
    TYT | Germany PROVES We Can END Fossil Fuels (09/28/16) [3:22]
    RT | 'We'll sell launches, not promises': Russian firm joins space race with Sea Launch platform purchase (09/29/16) [2:57]
    RT | Reports: Syrian rebels may get weapons capable of downing planes (09/28/16) [6:26]
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    *ThomHartmann | Is Citizens United Coming to An End? (09/28/16) [8:05]
    ThomHartmann | "Trumped Up Trickle Down" Explained... (09/28/16) [12:45]
    ThomHartmann | We Have All Won An Oligarchy & Lost A Democracy (09/28/16) [6:09]
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    *DR | Congress Overrides President Obama's Veto Of A 9/11 Victims' Bill (09/29/16) [1hr]
    The Senate overrides President Obama's veto of a bill that would allow 9/11 victims' families to sue Saudi Arabia. How these lawsuits might work -- and how other nations might respond.
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    Wednesday September 28, 2016
    News Articles

    Republican Senators Call Trump's Debate Performance 'Interesting'
    HP | Laura Barron-Lopez | 09/27/16

    Senate Republicans came up with creative answers or gave up and ran away from reporters on Tuesday when asked about Donald Trump's performance during his first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    Out of several Republicans The Huffington Post asked about Trump's Monday night showing, three said it was "interesting" before escaping behind closed doors, one told HuffPost to "go away," three thought their nominee started out strong but couldn't keep up momentum, and another was just pleased "nobody was throwing anything." ... Read more

    Elon Musk to Make Us a Multiplanetary Species
    Bloomberg News | Dana Hull | 09/23/16

    When Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won't be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.

    Musk's keynote address, entitled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species," will tackle the technical challenges and "potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet," according to organizers. Translation: huge rockets, big spacecraft. No one has been anticipating the event more eagerly than Musk, who founded Space Exploration Technologies Corp., his rocket-launch company, 14 years ago with the express goal of putting humans on other planets to live and work. ... Read more
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk: Colonizing Mars Simulation (current) [7:49]

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils plans to 'colonize Mars' (09/27/16) [1:26:01]

    Elon Musk takes the stage of the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sept. 27, it won't be to rehash terrestrial concerns like a fatal Tesla autopilot crash or a poorly received merger proposal. Instead, the space and electric-car entrepreneur will be talking about realizing his boyhood dream: going to Mars.

    Obama Humiliated: Senate Overrides President's Veto Of "Sept 11" Bill In Crushing 97-1 Vote
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/28/16

    Moments ago, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override President Obama's veto of a bill letting the victims of the 9/11 attacks sue Saudi Arabia, striking a blow to the president on foreign policy weeks before he leaves office. The vote marks the first time the Senate has mustered enough votes to overrule Obama's veto pen. ... Read more

    "Russian Roulette" - Credit Suisse CEO Admits "EU Banks Not Really Investable"
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/28/16

    European banks are in a "very fragile situation" and are "not really investable as a sector" according to Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam. Speaking at a conference in London this morning, The FT reports, the CEO of Europe's 'other Deutsche Bank' said "only a fool would try to make a five-year prediction in a world that is so random," wishing John Cryan (DB CEO) well, "I hope that they come out of their current predicament." ... Read more

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    *DR | Who Pays Federal Income Taxes And Who Does Not (09/28/16) [1hr]
    In Monday's debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump boasted that he paid little or nothing in federal income taxes in some years. Tax experts say this is highly unusual for such a high earner, unless he operated his businesses at a net loss. In general, high-income Americans pay more federal income taxes than middle- or low-income households. About 43% of households do not pay any federal income taxes because they are too poor. High earners, including real estate developers like Trump, however, can use several techniques to minimize taxes, including tax deductions for depreciating property. Who pays federal income taxes, who does not -- and why.
    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 28 [10:25]
    DN | Jill Stein "Debates" Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Part 1 (09/27/16) [12:06 ], Part 2 [15:20 ], Part 3 [ 13:38], Part 4 [18:45], Part 5 [18:56], Part 6 [10:56]
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
    Samantha Bee | Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, A Match Made in Hell, Part 1 (09/19/16) [6:52], Part 2 [4:23]
    Samantha Bee | Donald Trump and the media: a terrifying, country-ending love affair, Part 1 (09/19/16) [5:13], Part 2 [4:57]
    TRNN | Bill Curry and Rania Khalek predict that the debate will lead to a Clinton victory over the neo-fascist Trump, but also say that Clinton takes progressive positions "like chess pieces" - only to remove them from the table later (09/27/16) [16:08]
    TRNN | Historian Gerald Horne: Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism (09/27/16) [15:41]
    TYT | Donald Trump Makes Excuses For Poor Debate Performance (09/27/16) [6:23]
    TYT | Trump Rally Launches New Birther Theory: Funny or Scary? (09/27/16) [4:12]
    TYT | Donald Trump Makes Excuses For Poor Debate Performance (09/27/16) [6:23]
    TYT | Trump Debate Snifflegate (09/27/16) [3:42]
    RT | US vs. Deutsche Bank: Another obstacle for Merkel in election year? (09/27/16) [6:06]
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    Tuesday September 27, 2016
    News Articles
    CHUMP... FINEMAN: Worst Debate Performance Ever... Trump 'Punches Himself Out'... 'Loses His Cool'... Fell For Clinton's Trap... LUNTZ PANEL: 17-3 For Hillary, 'Birther Question Destroyed Him'... CNN: 18-2 Hillary... Undecideds React Coolly To Trump... Even White Supremacists Agree!... Trump Held It Together For 10 Minutes -- Then Unraveled... 'Improvised His Way To Infamy'... Contrast 'As Stark As Any Presidential Debate In American History'... D E B A C L E... Trump Interrupts Hillary Dozens Of Times!... Boasts Of Taking Advantage Of U.S. Laws And Workers... Hillary's Strategy: Expose Trump As Fraud And Scam Artist...
    PBS News | Presidential Debate 9/26/16 Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton (full) (09/26/16) [1:33:21]
    TYT | Presidential Debate | Who Won? (09/26/16) [12:41]
    TYT | Why This Election Is SO Important. Wes Clark Jr. Vs. Jimmy Dore Debate (09/26/16) [13:01]

    Trump Is Only Kind Of A Global Warming Truther, Campaign Manager Says
    HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 09/27/16

    She offered fresh denials and explanations about the Republican nominee's science-denying tweets.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes climate change is a natural phenomenon, his campaign manager told CNN Tuesday morning. That's a fresh story ? and a fresh lie. During the presidential debate Monday night, Trump himself lied by denying that he had previously called global warming a man-made hoax. ... Read more

    Biographer Reveals There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire--He 'Just Makes It Up'
    AlterNet | David Ferguson / Raw Story | 09/26/16

    David Cay Johnston said that if Trump wasn't a presidential candidate, but just someone sitting next to you on a bar stool, "you'd quickly conclude, 'That's nuts.'"

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Making of Donald Trump author David Cay Johnston said in a new video that there is no evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump is actually the billionaire he claims to be.

    In 2015, Johnston said, Trump variously claimed his net worth to be $8.7 billion, $10 billion, $11 billion and higher, "even though there was nothing going on in the economy that would suggest that kind of gyrations of net worth." ... Read more
    There's Zero Evidence That Trump Is a Billionaire -- He 'Just Makes It Up' (09/27/16) [2:10]

    Hillary vs Donald: So Who Won?
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/27/16
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    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 27 [10:04]
    DN | WATCH: Clinton-Trump Debate & Democracy Now! Roundtable (full last night) (09/26/16) [2:59:04]
    DN | Expanding the Debate: Jill Stein Spars with Clinton & Trump in Democracy Now! Part 1 (09/27/16) [51:00], Part 2 [52:00]
    The Daily Show
    Trevor Noah | Trevor reacts to the first presidential debate! (09/27/16) [8:27]
    Trevor Noah | 44% users get their news from Facebook! Part 1 (09/27/16) [8:27], Part 2 [6:46]
    Trevor is awed by the raw fury of TheBlaze commentator Tomi Lahren, whose right-wing rants have made her an internet sensation.
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert | The First Presidential Debate Lives Up To the Hype (09/26/16) [9:44]
    TRNN | Glen Ford and Jeff Cohen discuss: Clinton vs Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous? (09/27/16) [25:54]
    TRNN | 24 Arrested For Demanding An Open Debate (09/27/16) [3:58]
    TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses: Trump's Position on Jerusalem Puts Him on the Side of the Settler Movement (09/27/16) [12:44]
    TYT | We Should Ask Donald Trump Tough Question About Money (09/26/16) [3:22]
    TYT | Presidential Debate | Was Hillary Clinton's Strategy Effective? (09/26/16) [4:47]
    RT | Keiser Report: Houdini's Magic Tricks in Modern Economy & Politics (E972) (09/27/16) [25:45]
    Max and Stacy discuss what Houdini could teach us about the modern economy and politics, from the totally fake vanishing acts like the Libor charity funds in the UK to the very real entertaining extravaganzas like the Trump campaign. In the second half, Max and Stacy talk to Karl Gray (@paradimeshift) about his investments in Aid:Tech and how the blockchain is actually being deployed in the real world to solve transparency issues.
    RT | Third party candidate Jill Stein responds to Clinton-Trump duel in real time (09/27/16) [6:24]
    RT | 'Wings for Love': Mountain freestyle World Cup 2016 kicks off in China (09/27/16) [1:11]
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    *DR | Analysis Of The First Clinton-Trump Debate (09/27/16) [1hr]
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-to-head last night in their first debate as presidential candidates. They sparred on jobs, trade deals, policing practices and race, as well as tax returns and combating terrorism. The debate was contentious, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton calling out for fact checkers more than once. Going into the debate, the candidates were virtually tied in the polls. Whether their performance on the stage tipped that balance is not yet clear. Diane and her guests talk about the first debate between the two major-party presidential candidates -- and whether either candidate won over undecided voters.
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    What It Will Take for Hillary to Win the Debate
    AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 09/25/16

    ... Despite the hype, the stakes are enormous. Unless Clinton finds a way to connect with voters, especially the nearly one in three millennials now flocking to libertarian Gary Johnson, she may end losing in November because she's hovering in polls in the low 40s. If she tries to present herself in ways not yet seen by most Americans, she will likely fuel critics who say she cannot be trusted. Clinton can only be herself: prepared, concerned, wonkly, formidable, and maybe a bit wry.

    Trump, in contrast, benefits from the biggest double-standard in recent American history. The public has grown used to his boasts, smears, over-promises, outright lies, and flailing antics. While the public expects Clinton to know everything about every topic and not be offputting, Trump will be let off the hook for an array of sloppy behaviors. Worse, if he doesn't loose his cool, his composure will likely be described by the GOP and pundits as a new sobriety, seriousness and debate victory. ... Read more

    Debate Battle Plan: Show Up, No Dick Jokes

    Here's Everything Donald Trump Has Promised to Do on His First Day as President
    MotherJones | Tim Murphy | 09/23/16

    1. "Repeal every single Obama executive order." (He has also pledged more specifically to "eliminate every unconstitutional executive order.")
    2. "Repeal Obamacare." (On Trump's campaign website, he's less bullish, promising only to "ask Congress" on day one to repeal Obamacare immediately.)
    3. "End the war on coal."
    4. "Begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country." (More specifically, Trump has promised to do this in his "first hour" in office, "day one, before the wall, before anything.")
    5. "Begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall."
    6. Meet with Homeland Security officials and generals to begin securing the southern border.
    7. "Notify all countries that refuse to take back dangerous illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in this country that they will lose access to our visa programs if they continue to do so."
    8. Convene his top generals and inform them they have 30 days to come up with a plan to stop ISIS.
    9. Fix the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    10. Call the heads of major companies who are moving operations oversea to inform them that they'll face 35 percent tariffs.
    11. "Contact countries and say...'Folks, we love protecting you, we want to continue to protect you but you're not living up to the bargain'...They're not paying what they're supposed to be paying -- which is very little, by the way."
    12. "Defend the unborn."
    13. "Withdraw from TPP."
    14. "Start taking care of our...military."
    15. Suspend Syrian refugee resettlement.
    16. "Notify our NAFTA partners of my intention to renegotiate the deal."
    17. "Designate China as a currency manipulator."
    18. "Direct every agency in government to begin identifying all wasteful job-killing regulations, and they are going to be removed."
    19. "Get rid of gun-free zones [in] schools" and "military bases" -- which would require repealing a 25-year-old federal law. ("My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones.")
    20. "Ask Congress to pass 'Kate's Law' -- named for Kate Steinle -- to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of illegal reentry receive strong mandatory minimum sentences."
    21. Learn the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas.
    22. It's shaping up to be a busy day! Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has made only a few day-one promises, none of which is as concrete as shaking down European heads of state:
    23. -----
    24. "Tackle the gun lobby to try to reduce the outrageous number of people who are dying from gun violence in our country."
    25. "Reach out to Republicans and say, 'This is your chance to help millions of families and show that your party, the party of Lincoln, is better than Donald Trump.'"
    26. "Work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II."
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    The Movie that Sparked Citizen United
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    Playing by different rules: The media lets Trump "get out of jail free" but won't let Clinton "pass go"
    Salon | Bob Cesca | 09/19/16

    The press slams Clinton based on pre-2016 political standards, while Trump is judged on a much lower bar

    The only explanation for the lopsided coverage of the election by the political press so far is that, for some mysterious reason-defying logic, there's a "false equivalence" at work. It's become an almost throw-away phrase, bearing little weight these days. The political press certainly doesn't take it too seriously, that's for sure. We're just gaming the refs, they say. Someone's always bitching about the media, they say. Whatever helps them sleep at night, I suppose.

    Nevertheless, according to what we're observing online and via cable news, Hillary Clinton's negatives appear eons more grievous than Donald Trump's missteps, even though they're not -- and this disparity unfairly elevates Trump and his poll numbers. This is how elections are tilted toward despots and undisciplined strongmen. They're legitimized and humanized despite their long menu of unprecedented gaffes, lies and treachery. ... Read more
    TYT | Harvard Study: Media Ignores Policy Substance, Facts (09/24/16) [10:33]

    The Avalon Village, Highland Park, MI
    It Takes a Village In the middle of one of Detroit's most blighted and abandoned neighborhoods, Shamayim 'SHU' Harris and her team of engineers, futurists, artists, urban farmers and their nationwide allies are reimagining public and private space. This is an invitation to step into the village (current) [4:49]
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    26 Incredible Facts About The Economy That Every American Should Know Before The Trump-Clinton Debate
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

    Are you ready for the most anticipated presidential debate in decades? There will likely be quite a few questions about the economy, and without a doubt this is an area where Trump and Clinton have some very sharp differences. The mainstream media would have us believe that the U.S. economy is in pretty good shape, and if that was true that would seem to favor Clinton. But is it actually true? ... Read more

    Will Deutsche Bank's Collapse Be Worse Than Lehman Brothers?
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

    DB is the proverbial "canary in the coalmine" for Europe. Perched atop one of the largest derivatives books in Europe, DB has ties to most major financial institutions in the region. ... Read more

    BofA Fined $12.5 Million For Creating At Least 15 Mini "Flash Crashes"
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/26/16

    The SEC announced that BofA/Merrill Lynch agreed to pay a $12.5 million penalty for "maintaining ineffective trading controls" that failed to prevent erroneous orders from being sent to the markets and causing at least 15 mini-flash crashes between 2012 and 2014. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 26 [13:51]
    DN | Keith Lamont Scott's Wife is Latest Black Woman Forced to Film State Violence Against a Partner (09/26/16) [7:45]
    DN | Marc Lamont: Activism Works: Charlotte Police Release Dashboard & Body Camera Video in Keith Lamont Scott Killing (09/26/16) [8:27]
    DN | Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Trump: "We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence" (09/26/16) [4:40]
    John Oliver
    John Oliver | The 2016 presidential race is teeming with scandals. (09/25/16) [21:15]
    John Oliver | Refugee Crisis: inappropriate analogy for the refugee crisis. (09/20/16) [10:31]
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert | Hillary Clinton Preps for Two Trumps at the Debate (09/22/16) [7:23]
    Stephen Colbert | Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (09/20/16) [11:04]
    TRNN | PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses: Why the Federal Reserve Needs To Go Beyond Interest Rate Policy (09/26/16) [13:21]
    TRNN | Ecuador's foreign minister Guillaume Long: Proposes Worldwide Elimination of Tax Havens (09/26/16) [25:13]
    TRNN | The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts (older) [14:18]
    James Henry, author of "Pirate Bankers," says Swiss Banks like HSBC, Credit Suisse, and UBS facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington.
    TYT | How The Debates Were Corrupted By The Democrats AND Republicans (09/25/16) [5:02]
    TYT | The Real Solution To America's Healthcare Problems (09/25/16) [3:56]
    TYT | Big Pharma Always Gets Their Way -- Quick Profits, Dead Patients (09/24/16) [4:57]
    The FDA's decision to approve a useless drug this week sent pharma stocks soaring and caused the resignation of a high-ranking FDA official who is sick of his agency acting as an arm of the pharmaceutical industry.
    RT | Keiser Report: Earthquakes & Economy (E971) (09/24/16) [25:46]
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    *DR | Shooting Video Released: The Latest From Charlotte (09/26/16) [1hr]
    Charlotte police release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott -- but questions and doubts remain. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery brings us the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina.
    *DR | Protecting Our Data In An Era Of Increasing State-Sponsored Cyberattacks (09/26/16) [1hr]
    500 million: that's the number of Yahoo users whose account information was stolen by hackers. The company recently revealed that it had discovered the 2014 hack -- said to be the largest to date of a single company's network. This comes as reports of state-sponsored hackings are on the rise in the U.S., and concerns are growing over intrusions by countries like Russia into one of our own country's most sacred systems: our elections. We'll get the latest on risks to our personal data and to the integrity of U.S. voting.
    Aljazeera | She is My Son: Afghanistan's Bacha Posh, when Girls Become Boys (09/25/16) [26:49]
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    Friday September 23, 2016
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    The Infuriating Reason Wells Fargo Got Away With Its Massive Scam For So Long
    HP | Emily Peck | 09/22/16

    How did Wells Fargo get away with ripping off its banking customers for so long? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the City of Los Angeles recently fined Wells Fargo $185 million for five years of misbehavior, but now congressional Republicans are asking why this didn't happen faster.

    Their bewilderment, however, is in itself rather bewildering, if not downright disingenuous. Not only has the GOP consistently opposed the very existence of the CFPB, but Republicans have more recently registered strong opposition to specific new rules proposed by the agency that would have helped bring Wells Fargo's misconduct into the open sooner. Read more

    Trump Tax Plan Turns the Donald into Trickle-Down King
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/23/16

    If George Bush Senior thought Reaganomics was "voodoo economics," he'd think the Trump tax plan was its kachina doll, and if GB Minor had been smoking weed while popping magic mushrooms when he made his eponymous tax cuts, the Bush Tax Cuts might have come out looking like the Wall-Street tax Fantasia that Trump's peeps have brewed up -- a plan that will make Donald Trump and the guests in his gold-plated penthouse much wealthier if enacted but will barely nudge the middle class. ... Read more

    Your Air Conditioner and Refrigerator Are Killing the Climate: What Are the Alternatives?
    AlterNet | Reynard Loki | 09/22/16

    Global temperatures are on pace to make 2016 another record-breaking year. It is feeding into a classic deadly environmental cycle: The hotter it gets, the more people want to buy air conditioners. And the more we use A/C, the more we emit greenhouse gases that, in turn, increase global warming.

    But the planet may get some help soon, if world leaders can come to an agreement on how to handle the greenhouse gas emissions of coolants found in air conditioners and refrigerators. The agreement they're currently working on is actually an attempt to close a loophole in a landmark, three-decade-old treaty that was originally meant to help the environment. ... Read more

    "It May Be Over For The BOJ" - Wall Street Throws Up On Kuroda's "Disastrous" New Policy
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/23/16

    Two days day after the BOJ unveiled its "QQE with Yield Curve Control" (but no fries), the sellside has had time to digest the central bank's latest proposal and the assessment, unlike that of Dan Loeb, is anything but glowing. In fact, it's downright "deplorable."

    We start with Goldman, which as we reported two days ago, admitted not only that what the BOJ is launching is tantamount to a "stealth taper", but more disturbingly, has no idea just how the central bank will effectively control the yield curve: Read more

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    *DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/23/16) [1hr]
    Ongoing protests in North Carolina over the police shooting of a black man. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clash on national security policy after the New York bombing. And lawmakers sharply question Wells Fargo's CEO over scam accounts. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
    *DR | Friday News - International (09/23/16) [1hr]
    Secretary of State Kerry accuses Russia of bombing an aid convoy in Syria. Hundreds are feared dead after a migrant boat capsizes off the Egyptian coast. And the U.S. allows Boeing to sell passenger planes to Iran. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 23 [10:21]
    *DN | Sen. Warren Calls for Wells Fargo CEO to Resign & Face Investigation Amid Growing Scandal (09/23/16) [13:20]
    DN | Protests over Tulsa & Charlotte Police Killings Stem from Economic Policies That Perpetuate Racism (09/23/16) [17:46]
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    Stephen Colbert | Reacts to the State of Emergency in Charlotte (09/23/16) [4:49]
    TRNN | Nick Buxton Discusses US National Security Policy for Climate Change Seeks Security for Corporate-Controlled Assets (09/23/16) [13:08]
    *TYT | Trump Campaign Chair Resigns After Racist Comments (09/22/16) [12:59]

    TYT | USA Columnist On Protesters: Run Them Down (09/22/16) [6:17]
    TYT | Donald Trump's Budget Would EXPLODE The Deficit (09/22/16) [5:32]
    TYT | Clintons Want Lower Corporate Tax Rates... And TPP (09/22/16) [9:31]
    RT | CrossTalk: Conflicting narratives and competing agendas - this is the tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Western media coverage is focused on forcing political outcomes. (08/23/16) [24:46]
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    ThomHartmann | Why Hillary Clinton Is In Serious Danger Of Losing To Trump (09/23/16) [5:44]
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    N.C. Governor Declares State Of Emergency Amid Violent Protests
    HP & Reuters | Greg Lacour | 09/21/16

    Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, woke up to a state of emergency and the National Guard and State Highway Patrol deployed to their city on Thursday after a second night of unrest sparked by the fatal police shooting of a black man.

    According to police, Keith Scott, 43, was shot and killed by officers on Tuesday after he refused to drop a handgun. His family and a witness to the shooting said Scott was holding a book, not a firearm.

    A peaceful rally in response to the shooting turned violent on Wednesday as protesters threw rocks and bottles at police in riot gear, smashed windows and doors and looted stores in downtown Charlotte. Officers fired rubber bullets, tear gas, flash-bang grenades and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. ... Read more

    Donald Trump's Tax Cuts Would Cause Deficit To Explode, Report Says
    HP | Jonathan Cohn | 09/22/16

    REPORT: Trump's Agenda Would Add $5.3 Trillion To Federal Debt

    Donald Trump's policies would make the federal deficit much bigger. Hillary Clinton's wouldn't. That's the most important takeaway of a new report, one that maybe should get a little attention this campaign season.

    The report comes from Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan think tank that, as the name suggests, focuses heavily on whether the government has enough resources to meet its financial obligations.

    Earlier this year, the committee published a thorough review of the Clinton and Trump agendas ? with a particular focus on how each would affect the deficit (the difference between what the government spends and takes in) and the debt (the total amount of money that the government owes). ... Read more

    Trump Voters Reveal Their Wildest Clinton Conspiracy Theories to 'The Daily Show'
    AlterNet | Sophia Tesfaye / Salon | 09/21/16

    Jordan Klepper of "The Daily Show" has done yeoman's work surveying Donald Trump supporters this election season, and his latest dispatch may provide the most hilarious (or depressing) insight into the base of the modern-day Republican Party yet.

    Klepper attended a rally for the Republican presidential nominee to ask some of his most ardent supporters about their crazy conspiracy theories surrounding Hillary Clinton's health. ... Read more
    Trump Voters Reveal Their Wildest Clinton Conspiracy Theories to 'The Daily Show' (09/22/16) [5:07]

    In Dramatic Twist, Wells Fargo Said To Retaliate, Fire Whistleblowers Who Exposed Bank's Illegal Practices
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/22/16

    While the recent congressional hearing targeting John Stumpf, in which Elizabeth Warren suggested he should resign and be criminally charged, was nothing more than a "kangaroo court" meant to refocus public anger on banks, with good reason, the reason why we concluded that nothing would actually change is that ultimately there was no evidence the bank's executive management was aware of the bank's illegal, fraudulent tactics involving the creation of some 2 million fake customer accounts to "sandbag" retail banking fees. That assumption, however, may need revision now that CNN reports that it has heard from former Wells Fargo workers - some of whom were named - around the country, who tried to put a stop to the bank's illegal tactics only to be met with harsh, prompt and severe retaliation by the bank.

    "Almost half a dozen workers who spoke with us say they paid dearly for trying to do the right thing: they were fired" ... Read more

    Just Plain Pathetic
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/22/16

    We are speaking, of course, of the Fed's decision to punt yet again, and for a reason that is not mysterious at all. To wit, our financial rulers are petrified of a stock market hissy fit, and will go to any length of dissimulation and double-talk to avoid triggering a crash of the very bubbles their policies have inflated. ... Read more

    Aljazeera | Inside Story - Rise of the 'superbugs': Is resistance futile? (09/22/16) [24:50]
    Hanjin shipping company goes under (09/22/16) [1:58]
    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 22 [7:38]
    DN | State of Emergency: Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting (09/22/16) [17:03]
    DN | Rashad Robinson: Let's Implement Stop-and-Frisk on White Billionaires Like Trump (09/22/16) [4:33]
    TRNN | Bill Black: SEC Accusations Against US Billionaire Highlights Centrality of Insider Trading to Hedge Fund Profits (09/22/16) [10:49]
    TRNN | Heidi Chow discusses: Dangers of the Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger (09/22/16) [10:49]
    TYT | Wells Fargo: Banker Fired For Doing The Right Thing (09/20/16) [6:07]
    TYT | Staggering Number Of Jail Deaths Occur Within 3 Days Of Arrest (09/21/16) [5:44]
    TYT | Protests And Riots In Charlotte After Police Kill Black Man (09/21/16) [11:01]
    RT | Keiser Report: Hippies vs Hipsters (E970) (09/22/16) [25:47]
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    *DR | Debate Over How Police Departments Are Addressing Deadly Force (09/22/16) [1hr]
    The governor has declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, after police and residents clashed and another person was shot in a second night of protests over the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Smith in Charlotte. His death came days after another black man, Terence Crutcher, was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were the latest in a deadly string of encounters between citizens and police across the country this summer. In 2016, at least 702 people have been shot by police, according to a database by the Washington Post -- 163 of them were African-American men. Two years after Ferguson, some say we need a reset on policing in America. Guest Host Amy Walter and a panel discuss what departments are doing -- and whether it's working.
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    Wednesday September 21, 2016
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    U2's Bono Says Trump 'Potentially the Worst Idea that Ever Happened to America'
    AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 09/21/16

    U2 lead singer Bono appeared on "CBS This Morning" to discuss a bunch of topics with co-host Charlie Rose, and inevitably, Donald Trump came up. Bono, who's never shied away from sharing his thoughts on politics suggested that the GOP contender for president, if elected, could devastate the country.

    "America is like the best idea the world ever came up with," the vocalist said. "But Donald Trump is potentially the worst idea that ever happened to America. Potentially. Could destroy it." ... Read more

    *On "The Daily Show" Trevor Noah Harnesses the Power of Skittles Metaphors Against Trump (09/21/16) [8:01]
    *Jimmy Kimmel Live | Lie Witness News - Trump's Tax Returns Edition (09/21/16) [3:32]

    The Economists Who Didn't See the Big Crash of 2008 Coming Still Don't Understand What Happened or How to Fix It
    AlterNet | Dean Baker / Truthout | 09/20/16

    Last week marked the eighth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the huge Wall Street investment bank. This bankruptcy sent financial markets into a panic with the remaining investment banks, like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, set to soon topple. The largest commercial banks, like Citigroup and Bank of America, were not far behind on the death watch.

    The cascade of collapses was halted when the Fed and Treasury went into full-scale bailout mode. They lent trillions of dollars to failing banks at below market interest rates. They also promised the markets that there would be "no more Lehmans" to use former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's term.

    This promise was incredibly valuable in a time of crisis. It meant that investors could lend freely to Goldman and Citigroup without fear that their loans would not be repaid -- they had the Treasury and the Fed standing behind them.

    The public has every right to be furious about this set of events eight years ago, as well what has happened subsequently. First, everything about the crisis caught the country's leading economists by surprise. Somehow, the country's leading economists both could not see an $8 trillion housing bubble, nor could they understand how its collapse would seriously damage the economy. This bubble was clearly driving the economy prior to the crash, it is difficult to envision what these economists thought would replace the demand lost when the bubble burst. ... Read more

    Trump's Giant Conflict of Interest Just Got Bigger
    MotherJones | Russ Choma | 09/21/16

    The US government is cracking down on Trump's largest financial backer. What will he do if elected president?

    Donald Trump came under fire last week for his financial ties to overseas investors, including controversial financiers and corporations, whose interests might not align with US foreign policy. But if elected president, Trump would face a tremendous conflict of interest regarding the hundreds of millions of dollars he owes Deutsche Bank, which is now in the crosshairs of US regulators.

    The US government has charged that the German banking giant misled investors into buying bad mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, and it is demanding that Deutsche Bank pay $14 billion to settle legal claims. The bank is reported to have planned for a settlement of $2 billion to $3 billion, and negotiations between it and the Department of Justice are likely to be contentious and last for months--possibly well into the next administration. Should Trump take the White House, what Deutsche Bank ends up paying for its alleged misdeeds might depend on how tough Trump's Justice Department will be with the bank to which he owes so much money. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 21 [13:00]
    DN | U.N. Summit for Refugees & Migrants Creates New Urgency for Global Crisis of 65 Million Displaced (09/21/16) [7:22]
    *DN | Holocaust Survivor: Trump Jr.'s Skittles Comment Brings Back Dark Images of Children Being Murdered (09/21/16) [7:04]
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    *Stephen Colbert | Donald Trump's eldest son may have attended top-flight schools, but his Skittles meme heavily implies that he failed English and Math. (09/21/16) [3:38]
    *Stephen Colbert | You Should Definitely Take the Donald Trump Debate Prep Survey (09/21/16) [6:10]
    *TRNN | Bill Black: Does a Golden Parachute Await Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf? (09/21/16) [18:35]
    TYT | Trump Jr: Syrian Refugees Are Just Like Skittles... (0920/16) [3:50]
    *TYT | Elizabeth Warren To Wells Fargo CEO: You Should Resign (09/20/16) [9:01]
    TYT | Trump Denies He Ever Wanted A Muslim Ban (09/20/16) [6:25]
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    *DR | The U.N. Takes Up The Threat Of The Growing Resistance To Antibiotics Worldwide (09/21/16) [1hr]
    Antibiotic resistance kills 700,000 people a year worldwide. For the first time, the U.N. General Assembly is considering taking action. The rise of superbugs and what to do about it.
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    Tuesday September 20, 2016
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    Stop Whining About 'False Balance'
    RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 09/16/16

    Everyone wants to blame reporters for the rise of Donald Trump. How about the media consumer?

    News media outlets are increasingly coming under fire for the sin of "false balance" or "false equivalency." The New York Times, one of the outlets most often accused of this offense, recently defined the term:

    "The practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a debate as equally credible, even when the factual evidence is stacked heavily on one side."

    The crime of The Times, according to some of its readers, has been its coverage of the Clinton email and Clinton Foundation stories. As one Times reader put it, "There's too much at stake in this election for the media to stoke the belief that Hillary's mistakes (which she has definitely made) are even close to par with Trump's." ... Read more

    Elizabeth Warren Slams Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf: "You Should Resign, You Should Be Criminally Investigated"
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/20/16

    As was widely expected, the main event during today's John Stumpf hearing before the Senate Banking Committee was the moments when anti-bank crusader, Elizabeth Warren would get to the mic. She did not hold back, and immediately launched into a full-blown attack on the one topic Americans find most disturbing: the utter lack of accountability, despite Stumpf's repeaeted protestations to the contrary.

    "Since this massive year's long scam came to light you have said 'I am accountable', but what have you done to hold yourself accountable? Have you resigned? Have you returned one nickel of the money you earned while this scandal was going on?" After Stumpf failed to respond, Warren replied in his stead: "I will take that as a no."

    When Stumpf confirmed that he has not fired a single senior executives, Warren slammed what he called "gutless leadership." ... Read more

    C-SPAN | Sen. Warren to Wells Fargo CEO: "You should resign." (09/20/16) [8:56]
    Fox News | Senate to grill Wells Fargo CEO over accounts scandal (09/19/16) [3:48]
    Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe by Charles Glass

    Since the upsurge of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Syrian civil war has claimed in excess of 200,000 lives, with an estimated 8 million Syrians, more than a third of the country's population, forced to flee their homes. Militant Sunni groups, such as ISIS, have taken control of large swathes of the nation. The impact of this catastrophe is now being felt on the streets of Europe and the United States.

    Veteran Middle East expert Charles Glass combines reportage, analysis, and history to provide an accessible overview of the origins and permutations defining the conflict. He also gives a powerful argument for why the West has failed to get to grips with the consequences of the crisis.

    These Are The Faces Of European Regions Facing Depopulation Today
    HP | Gaia Mellone | 09/20/16

    A demographic crisis is unfolding across Europe, with birth rates plummeting at alarming rates. For a photo project titled "Negative Zero," English-Swedish artist and journalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind grabbed her camera and embarked on a road trip to photograph some of the communities hardest hit by the disaster. Driving from London to the country of Georgia, Taylor-Lind visited a number of cities with declining populations in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and the Caucasus. Read more

    Former 'Star Wars' Star Moved to Psychiatric FacilityFormer 'Star Wars' Star Moved to Psychiatric Facility
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    Jake Lloyd, who played Anakin Skywalker in 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,' has been moved from a jail cell to a psychiatric facility. Jake's been behind bars since June for taking cops on a chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph. The actor's mom, Lisa, tells us authorities reached the conclusion he needed help more than punishment, because he suffers from schizophrenia ... thus the move. Read more

    Matthew Perry says past substance abuse has caused him to forget 'three years' of 'Friends'
    AOL | Alex Ungerman | 09/20/16

    During a recent interview on BBC Radio 2 in Britain, the 46-year-old actor found himself unable to recall his least favorite episode of Friends due to his admitted substance abuse at the time. "I think the answer is I don't remember three years of it," he candidly admitted. "So none of those... somewhere between season three and six."

    "You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it be solved in 28 days," adding, "Getting sober is a really hard thing to do." Read more

    'The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey': Everything We Learned From Part Two
    RollingStone | Rachel Brodsky | 090/20/16

    In conclusion of docuseries, CBS team suggests that Burke Ramsey is the killer -- but stop short of formally accusing him

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    *DN | A Debate on Empire: Is Donald Trump One Terrorist Attack Away from the Presidency? (09/19/16) [7:22]
    Ralph Nader, former presidential candidate, discusses what expanding the presidential debate to include third-party candidates would mean for the discussion of this weekend's attacks in New Jersey and New York. Nader says, "Brute force doesn't work. ... State terrorism kills far more people than stateless terrorism." He says Clinton is "more systemically hawkish" and Trump is "unpredictably belligerent." website
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
    Samantha Bee slammed NBC for propping up Donald Trump's celebrity and normalizing him to the point where voters aren't turned off by his rhetoric, Part 1 (09/20/16) [5:13], Part 2 [4:57]
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    Stephen Colbert | Did Trump End The Birther Controversy, Or Is That His Biggest Lie Yet? (09/20/16) [11:04]
    *TRNN | Chris Hedges: To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation of the Middle East (09/19/16) [8:54]
    TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Discusses: Record US Aid to Israel Reflects Growing Influence of Military-Industrial Complex (09/20/16) [12:08]
    *TRNN | Can a Lebanon-Style Solution End the Syrian War? (09/20/16) [11:27]
    The conflict will not come to an end until the US and Russia make their respective clients agree to an imposed settlement or else face an immediate arms embargo, says journalist Charles Glass
    TYT | NYC / Jersey Bomb Suspect Captured After Shootout (09/19/16) [3:26]
    TYT | Why Did CNN Edit Hillary's Bombing Comments? (09/19/16) [5:29]
    *RT | Keiser Report: Privilege of Unfairness for Bankers (E969) (09/20/16) [25:45]
    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the lessons from Calvin of Calvin & Hobbes fame on the exorbitant privilege of unfairness for bankers. They look at the game theory behind Deutsche Bank's too big to fail, too broke to punish sweet spot as it attempts to 'negotiate' with the U.S. Department of Justice. In the second half, Max interviews precious metals expert, Ned Naylor-Leyland of Old Mutual Global Investors about gold - the original denominator - and about return-free risk in the negative yielding bond markets.
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    *DR | Update On The Investigations Into NY/NJ Bombings And The Stabbing Attack In Minnesota (09/20/16) [1hr]
    Yesterday after a gunfight in Linden, N.J., 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, was taken into custody in connection with a bomb blast in lower Manhattan this weekend and the discovery of several other devices in the region. It's not yet clear if others may have been involved or what the motive may have been. And in Minnesota the man accused of stabbing several people at a mall was reported to be a Somali American, prompting members of that community to speak out. Join us to discuss the latest on the investigations and the anxieties these attacks have provoked.
    *DR | Why Maureen Dowd Calls 2016 "The Year Of Voting Dangerously" (09/20/16) [1hr]
    Maureen Dowd has been writing about politics for The New York Times for the past 30 years. Dowd is known for her acerbic style and seeming delight in mocking political foibles and hubris whenever she can. The 2016 race for president has offered up a mother lode of material for Dowd's weekly column. She skewers both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but is perceived by some to be harder on the latter. Many of her recent columns appear in a new book, along with essays from two of Dowd's conservative siblings and some fresh material of her own. Guest host Michel Martin sits down for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd.
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    Monday September 19, 2016
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    Sanitizing the 21st Century's Worst War Crime
    AlterNet | Rev. William Alberts / CounterPunch | 09/16/16

    ... "What are 'shock and awe'? " Those are the feelings the Iraqi people experienced when then President George W. Bush gave the order for 21,000-pound "mother of all bombs" and hundreds of cruise missiles to rain down on Baghdad and other cities. A Pentagon official, with knowledge of the first strike plan was quoted as saying, "There will not be a safe place in Baghdad. . . . The sheer size of this has never been seen before, never been contemplated before." The pre-emptive battle plan was to launch "airstrikes so devastating they would leave Saddam's soldiers unable or unwilling to fight." ("Iraq Faces Massive U.S. Missile Barrage," by Sue Chan, CBS News, Jan. 24, 2003)

    "What are 'shock and awe'?" Ask the families and friends of the estimated one million Iraqi civilians killed in a war that UN Secretary General Kobe Annan said was "illegal." Ask over one million widows in Iraq what "shock and awe" means to them. Ask some of the five million orphaned Iraqi children. Ask any of the over four million dislocated Iraqi people, fleeing for their lives when the bombs fell because "there was not a safe place in Baghdad." Their plight made worse by the American aggression triggering severe sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni citizens. Who, as reported, had lived in relative peace in Iraq, where, under Saddam Hussein, women enjoyed equal rights, and the country's education system flourished until the US-controlled UN economic sanctions had their deteriorating effect. (See "Was life for Iraqi Women Better Under Saddam?" By Rania Khalek,, March 19, 2913) ... Read more

    A Trump Presidency Would Likley Be Even Worse Than You Think: 11 Ways He Would Destroy the America We Know
    AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 09/18/16

    ... Keith Olbermann's recent video reels off hundreds of Trump's vicious attacks, lies, boasts, ego and dark fantasies. "The Republican Party has actually nominated for president an irresponsible, unrealistic, naive, petulant, childish, vindictive, prejudiced, bigoted, racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, fascistic, authoritarian, insensitive, erratic, disturbed, irrational, inhuman individual named Donald John Trump," he sums up. "This is madness!" ...

    1. Will there be a revival of American racism against non-whites? There has not been as openly bigoted, racist and pro-white major party presidential candidate in decades. ...
    2. Will police reform, criminal justice reform, gun control, be totally lost? Copying Richard Nixon's late 1960s 'dog whistle' bid for southern states, Trump has claimed that he represents the "silent majority" who want a "law and order" president, meaning more police, more aggressive policing and tougher courts. ...
    3. Will the use of force abroad grow like the embrace of force at home? The question is when and where would the White House send troops into action overseas, and what other weapons would be used. ...
    4. Will gains made by women be set back decades? Clearly, if Clinton wins, that would be a barrier-breaking milestone leading to many federal policies heeding gender differences. ...
    5. Will the economy be trashed by a debt-fed bubble? Trump has boasted that he would create more jobs than anyone, but apart from promising to vastly increase military spending, revive carbon producers (coal mining, offshore drilling, finishing the Keystone XL pipeline) renegotiate trade treaties (which has not been done), and cut business taxes, he's offered few specifics. ...
    6. Will climate change be ignored? Trump has infamously said that climate change was a hoax pushed by the Chinese government to get an marketplace advantage because the U.S. would have to tax and reel in industries making them less competitive. ...
    7. Will student debt and high tuition remain sky high? Trump has no plan for reducing higher education costs and it is not among his website's issues and positions. ...
    8. Will health care be recaptured by free-market predators? Trump wants to shrink the government's role, which he said would increase access to health care and lower consumer costs. That starts with repealing Obamacare, allowing insurers to sell policies across state lines and ending government health benefits for undocumented migrants, his website says. ...
    9. Will the rich keep getting richer? Trump has modified his tax proposals several times in the campaign, each time shrinking how much he'd cut federal revenues--but the bottom line is still a giant giveaway to the wealthiest Americans. Trump's proposals would consolidate the current system of seven income tax brackets, throw out the Obamacare surcharge on the wealthiest Americans, and sharply cut corporate tax rates. ...
    10. How far will civil rights be rolled back? Trump's pledge to round up and deport 11 million migrants lacking visas--and several million of their children born here--would unleash an unprecedented police state that would challenge American civil liberties to the core. But he also opposes same-sex marriage, and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Pence, has pushed some of the most oppressive "religious liberty" laws allowing anti-LGBT discrimination in the nation. ...
    11. Will right wingers control the Supreme Court for decades? The Supreme Court is one of the biggest issues in the election not getting the coverage it deserves. Whether there is progress or backtracking on every major issue depends on the ideological makeup of the justices ...
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    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 17 [14:57]
    DN | Two-Party Tyranny: Ralph Nader on Exclusion of Third-Party Candidates from First Presidential Debate (09/19/16) [7:07]
    DN | Nader: Trump is a Freeloading, Pontificating Empty Suit Who Has Cheated on Everything He's Done (09/19/16) [7:02]
    TRNN | New Brazilian Government Introducing 'Shock Doctrine' Against Social Programs (09/16/16) [12:02]
    TYT | Elizabeth Warren Grills FBI Director On Banksters (09/17/16) [7:44]
    TYT | War On Terror Is Costing You A Fortune (09/17/16) [11:44]
    TYT | FBI Director Puts Tape Over His Laptop's Webcams (09/17/16) [6:49] RoF | August Breaks Another Heat Record, Still No Climate Change Action From USA (09/19/16) [3:57]
    The Corporate Media Is A Complete and Unmitigated Disaster (09/18/16) [7:34]
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    *DR | The Latest On Possible Acts Of Terrorism in New York City, New Jersey And Minnesota (09/19/16) [1hr]
    The latest on the bomb investigation in New York City and New Jersey and the stabbings at a Minnesota mall as possible acts of terrorism.
    *DR | Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Turn Their Attention to the Upcoming Presidential Debates (09/19/16) [1hr]
    Most political scientists say presidential debates don't matter as much as we think they do in terms of their ability to change the outcome of the race. But history is rife with face-offs that allegedly decided elections: The debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. And Ronald Reagan's famous 'there you go again' line in his clash with President Jimmy Carter in 1980. And one week from today, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage in what many are predicting will be the most-watched debate ever. Guest host Michel Martin and a panel of guests discuss the first presidential debate, the issues likely to be discussed and what it could mean for the dynamics of the race for the White House. And we'll also hear from Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein on being left out of the upcoming debate.
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    Friday September 16, 2016
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    Newsweek Bombshell: Trump's 'Pay To Play' Presidency
    HP/Newsweek | Kurt Eichenwald | 09/14/16

    How the trump organization's foreign business ties could upend u.s. national security

    If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

    Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family's bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by -- or will further enrich -- Trump and his family if he wins the presidency. ... Read more

    Hillary Clinton On Donald Trump's Latest Birther Remarks: 'This Is Who He Is'
    HP | Elise Foley | 09/15/16

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton criticized her Republican opponent Donald Trump on Thursday for declining ? again ? to say President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

    Trump made the comments to The Washington Post in an article that came out just 20 minutes before Obama, the first black president, took the stage at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala, so Obama may not have seen them. Read more

    Elizabeth Warren Just Trolled Wells Fargo's CEO So Hard
    HP | Zach Carter | 09/16/16

    John Stumpf is the chairman of the Wells Fargo board of directors. This prestigious body is tasked with holding company executives accountable for misdeeds, and the chairmanship is its premier position. So it makes sense that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) would ask Stumpf what punishments the board is considering levying against company executives in the wake of a major scandal.

    Late last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau levied a $185 million penalty against Wells Fargo for creating literally millions of fake accounts for its own customers ? replete with bogus fees ? in an effort to meet aggressive internal sales targets. On Friday, Warren sent a letter to Stumpf asking if the board is considering clawing back pay to top executives as a result of the mess. ... Read more

    Pentagon's $1.1 Trillion Flying Money Pit, Is (Sort of) Ready for Duty
    AlterNet | Angelo Young / Salon | 09/15/16

    The lemon has liftoff! After 20 years, the most expensive weapon in history is being put into service.

    Twenty years since the Pentagon began taking bids from defense contractors, the F-35 fighter jet -- the most expensive weapon ever made -- is finally ready to see active duty over the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Marine Corps expects to deploy 16 of the stealthy high-tech warplanes early next year at Iwakuni Air Station in Japan. From there, U.S. pilots will begin testing the jets in regular noncombat operations from the Navy's USS Wasp amphibious assault vessel in what one commanding general has described as the "school of hard knocks." ... Read more

    Harvard Crushes The "Obama Recovery" Farce With 9 Simple Charts
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/16/16

    A couple of months back we posted 9 charts that, at least in our minds, debunked the myth of the "Obama Recovery" despite suggestions from the administration that any such efforts were just a futile attempt at "peddling fiction"

    In a recent study entitled "Problems Unsolved and a Nation Divided" (study can be viewed in its entirety at the end of this post), Harvard University points out that, despite claims of an "Obama Recovery," in fact, the U.S. economy has continued to deteriorate in the aftermath of the "great recession." Among other things, Harvard attributes the economic deterioration to a "lack of economic strategy, especially at the federal level" and a "political system was once the envy of many nations" but has now "become our greatest liability." ... Read more
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    Deutsche Bonds "Dropping Like A Stone" As 'Most Dangerous Bank In The World' Plummets
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/16/16

    "They are dropping like a stone," warns one European credit strategist as signals from the bottom of Deutsche Bank's capital structure signal a "huge increase in the potential for a coupon skip." With DB stock tumbling towards record lows again (EUR 11 handle), Bloomberg reports, the bank's 1.75 billion euros ($2 billion) of 6% additional Tier 1 bonds, the first notes to take losses in a crisis, are crashing... as the world's most systemically dangerous bank faces existential problems once again. ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, September 16 [12:04]
    DN | U.S. Foreign Policy for Sale? Behind the Trump Organization's Vast Financial Network (09/16/16) [13:00]
    A sweeping new investigation has raised questions about the little-known Trump Organization and potential conflicts of interest should Trump become president. The investigation published in Newsweek magazine reveals the Trump Organization is a vast financial network that stretches from New York City to India, Ukraine, China, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Russia. It's connected to Russian mining, banking and real estate billionaire Vladimir Potanin, who himself is closely tied to the Russian government. Trump's frequent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin has already sparked concern among national security experts about U.S. foreign policy under a possible Trump presidency. The report concludes, "If Donald Trump wins this election and his company is not immediately shut down or forever severed from the Trump family, the foreign policy of the United States of America could well be for sale." We speak with Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald, author of the new article, "How the Trump Organization's Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security."
    DN | What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under the Espionage Act? (09/16/16) [16:51]
    DN | Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden? (09/16/16) [12:36]
    TRNN | The Guardian Leaks Reveal $12 Million in Corporate Money Behind Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 Fight Against Unions (09/16/16) [9:32]
    TYT | Colin Powell Leaked Emails Reveal Harsh Truths (09/15/16) [11:58]
    TYT | Trump's Supreme Court Choice: Women Voting Was A Mistake (09/15/16) [9:14]
    TYT | Trump Takes Lead In Crucial States (09/15/16) [9:52]
    RT | Keiser Report: Lunatics & Economy (E967) (09/15/16) [25:46]
    Max and Stacy discuss negative interest rates, bans on cash and the one-percenters destroying dollar stores. In the second half, Max interviews James Turk of about the basket of deplorables that is the US economy. They also discuss gold standards and Special Drawing Rights.
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    *DR | Friday News - Domestic (09/16/16) [1hr]
    New polling of likely voters shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump nearly tied in the presidential race -- and indicates many voters believe electing either candidate would be risky for the country. Hillary Clinton gets back on the campaign trail after taking several days to recover from pneumonia, and both candidates release a doctor's letter about their health. The Justice Department investigates Wells Fargo, after revelations the bank's employees opened millions of fake bank accounts. And new Census Bureau data show middle class incomes saw the biggest jump in decades last year.
    *DR | Friday News - International (09/16/16) [1hr]
    Accusations of fighting by both sides threaten Syria's fragile ceasefire brokered by the U.S. and Russia. UN officials say Syria is delaying aid deliveries to civilians in violation of the agreement. Israel and the U.S. sign an unprecedented $38 billion military aid package. A former militiaman testifies the president of the Philippines presided over the killings of criminals and political opponents while he was mayor. And Obama pledges to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar.
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    Thursday September 15, 2016
    News Articles

    Oliver Stone Dives into the "Horrible Experience" of Making Snowden
    VanityFair | Yohana Desta | 08/30/16

    If you want to make a movie about one of the most famous whistle-blowers of all time, just know it's not going to be easy. Just ask Oliver Stone, director of Snowden--the upcoming biopic about N.S.A. whistle-blower Edward Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Assembling the production was a gargantuan task from start to finish, meticulously covered in a new report from The New York Times.

    The director jumped through innumerable hoops to get the movie made; it included an extra layer of difficulty because he wanted the actual Snowden to appear in the film. Stone managed this particular feat by meeting with Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden's lawyer in Russia--who had also, curiously, written a novel based on his client's life, titled Time of the Octopus. Stone bought the rights to the book for a reported $1 million in exchange for regular access to the whistle-blower. ... Read more
    Snowden by Oliver Stone (trailer) (04/27/16) [2:38]

    Director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

    Senator Dick Durbin Skewers GOP's Irrational Fear Of Refugees
    HP | Michael McAuliff | 09/14/16

    "For the record, 800,000 refugees have been accepted in the United States since 9/11," Durbin said. "Not one has been engaged in domestic terrorism. All right?"

    The senator appeared to be overlooking a handful of cases that could be tied to terrorism, but his larger point still stands: The number of refugees linked to terror activities in the United States is minuscule, according to an extensive analysis by the Cato Institute that found 20 examples of refugees linked to terrorism out of more than 3.2 million refugees admitted since 1975.

    Durbin said Republicans would be much better off focusing on the nation's massive flow of visitors who receive no background checks.

    "We have 20 million visa waiver visitors to the United States each year," he said. "If you want to talk about security and foreigners in this country, for goodness sakes, if we did a fingerprint, biometric investigation or evidence accumulation before they got on board the plane, [it's] not too much to ask, and it would make us safer." ... Read more

    He's Back: Keith Olbermann's Premiere Episode Absolutely Eviscerates 'Demonic Messiah' Donald Trump

    The Average American Consumes a Shocking Amount of Raw Materials
    AlterNet | Mary Hoff / Ensia | 09/14/16

    How much raw material does it take to support you? If you're an average African, about 3 metric tons (3.3 tons) -- the equivalent of an elephant's worth of biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and nonmetallic minerals -- per year. But if you're an average North American, make that a whopping eight elephants. ...

    ... The report reveals some startling patterns in the use of materials around the world. Total materials use tripled between 1970 and 2010, from 22 billion metric tons (24 billion tons) to more than 70 billion metric tons (77 billion tons). Even more unsettling, per capita materials use grew from 7 metric tons (7.7 tons) to 10 (11) in 2010. And overall material efficiency -- the amount of raw material needed per unit of GDP -- has actually decreased worldwide since 2000. ... Read more

    Apple Says Initial Quantities Of iPhone 7 Plus Sold Out Globally
    HP & Reuters | author | 09/15/16

    ... Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet black color, the company said.

    Customers who enter Apple Stores Friday, when the gadgets hit shelves, will not be able to purchase the sold-out phones on site, but they can continue to place orders for their desired models online, Apple said. ... Read more

    Frontrunning: September 15
    1. Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip (Reuters)
    2. Mobileye says Tesla was 'pushing the envelope in terms of safety' (Reuters)
    3. Donald Trump is a problem for the whole world, EU's Schulz says (Reuters)
    4. Stuck on Ship, One Gloomy Hanjin Crew Waits to Learn Its Fate (WSJ)
    5. U.K. Approves EDF's £18 Billion Hinkley Point Nuclear Project (BBG)
    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 15 [11:52]
    TRNN | Can Renewables Contain Extreme Weather Conditions Seen? (09/15/16) [14:33]
    TRNN | Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower (09/15/16) [9:47]
    TRNN | Phyllis Bennis and Rania Khalek say: Record US Military Aid to Israel Not About Security, But Prolonging the Occupation (09/15/16) [14:47]
    TYT | Bernie Sanders Joins Dakota Access Pipeline Protest (09/15/16) [7:27]
    TYT | Colin Powell Leaked Emails: TYT Supreme Court (09/15/16) [10:26]
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    ThomHartmann | Professor Vincent Hendricks, Center for Information and Bubble Studies (09/15/16) [7:54]
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    *DR | Middle-class Income Is Up And The Poverty Rate Is Down: Implications For American Families And Economic Policy (09/15/16) [1hr]
    U.S. household incomes soared last year. The gains were the largest in decades and were felt across racial and ethnic groups, and by women as well as men. The official poverty rate fell more sharply than it has since 1968. Most economists and labor experts welcomed the news -- contained in a Census Bureau report released yesterday. But many stressed that income growth has been too slow. And there are still far too many Americans living in poverty -- more than 43 million. Guest host A Martinez talks with a panel of experts about what the new data mean for American families and economic policy prescriptions.
    *DR | The Story Behind The Rise Of ADHD In The United States (09/15/16) [1hr]
    About 15 percent of children in the U.S. receive a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. That is about three times the rate most experts agree is appropriate. This over-diagnosis means millions of kids may be taking powerful medications for a psychiatric disorder they do not have, or are not getting the support needed for the real challenges they do face. Investigative reporter Alan Schwarz tells the story of how we got here in a new book, "ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic."
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    Wednesday September 14, 2016
    News Articles

    Newsweek Bombshell: Trump's 'Pay To Play' Presidency
    HP/Newsweek | Kurt Eichenwald | 09/14/16

    How the trump organization's foreign business ties could upend u.s. national security

    If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

    Throughout this campaign, the Trump Organization, which pumps potentially hundreds of millions of dollars into the Trump family's bank accounts each year, has been largely ignored. As a private enterprise, its businesses, partners and investors are hidden from public view, even though they are the very people who could be enriched by -- or will further enrich -- Trump and his family if he wins the presidency. ... Read more

    *Monsanto May Soon Cease to Exist
    MotherJones | Tom Philpott | 09/13/16

    In what would be the year's biggest deal so far, German pharma giant Bayer is poised to buy Monsanto.

    On Tuesday, marriage negotiations between seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and its suitor, German behemoth Bayer, got hotter than a corn field at high noon in late summer. Bayer sweetened its offer to $56.5 billion Tuesday afternoon, just as Monsanto's Board of Directors was scheduled to meet to consider the offer, according to Bloomberg News. The companies could agree to terms as early as Wednesday--but the merger could "still fall apart," the news service reported, adding that "if successful, it would lead to the biggest deal this year and the largest ever by a German company."

    In its current incarnation, Bayer is mainly a pharmaceutical company, with interests in prescription drugs, over-the-counter staples like aspirin, and animal medicines. But it also has a large division devoted to selling seeds and pesticides--and it has been itching for months to expand those business lines by taking over Monsanto. ... Read more

    Monsanto Is Selling Itself For $66 Billion In Pesticide Megamerger
    TYT | Who Will Win The 2016 Election? (09/14/16) [8:51]
    TYT | Kellyann Conway To CNN: Are You Calling Trump A Liar? (09/14/16) [3:33]

    White Privilege Has Enormous Implications for Policy -- But Whites Don't Think It Exists
    AlterNet | Natalia Khosla/Salon | 09/13/16

    Barack Obama's presidency has been defined by a new understanding by Americans that the country has yet to truly confront racism. His nomination was greeted with optimism which quickly turned sour, with 69 percent of Americans saying race relations are generally bad, levels equal to those following the Rodney King acquittal. Police violence and structural inequities have led to the Black Lives Matter movement, while on the right, racism propelled Trump to the GOP nomination. It's clear that solving America's many problems, from rampant levels of inequality to unemployment to lagging education systems to rising health care costs, will require us to understand how racism and privilege plays out in our society.

    Whites Don't Believe They Have Privilege ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 14 [11:06]
    *DN | Lawyer for Imprisoned Whistleblower Chelsea Manning: Ongoing Pattern of Abuse Led to Hunger Strike (09/13/16) [5:44]
    *DN | Obama's War on Whistleblowers Forced Edward Snowden to Release Documents, Says Wikileaks Editor (09/14/16) [7:25]
    *DN | Is Hillary Clinton's Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction from Real Issue of Surveillance? (09/14/16) [7:58]
    DN | "Pardon Snowden" Campaign Launches, Led by ACLU, Amnesty & Human Rights Watch (09/14/16) [3:24]
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    *Stephen Colbert | As The Lunghazi Scandal Rages, A Healthy Cartoon Hillary Speaks Out (09/14/16) [7:54]
    Stephen Colbert | 'Snowden' star Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses Oliver Stone's love of war movies (09/14/16) [4:00]
    Stephen Colbert | The star of 'Stranger Things' confesses her fears, and then gives Stephen a test to see if he's worthy to hang with her squad. (09/14/16) [8:20]
    TRNN | Historian Gerald Horne: How Bipartisan Economic Policy Fuels White Working Class Support for Trump (09/14/16) [6:14]
    TYT | How Fracking Is Destroying Our Environment (09/14/16) [3:50]
    *RT | Keiser Report: US Elections Toxic Soap Opera (E966) (09/13/16) [25:44]
    Discuss the basket of deplorables and the fistful of dollars that is the toxic soap opera called US Elections 2016 in which the "basket of deplorables" is not the bankers with the fistful of campaign dollars, but the schmuck voter. They look at one deplorable bank, Wells Fargo, which has had to fire 5,300 of their employees for engaging in yet another bout of systemic fraud.
    RT | CrossTalk: Is Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton physically fit to be president of the United States? (08/14/16) [23:54]
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    *ThomHartmann | Has the Fed Created a "False Economy?" (09/13/16) [11:47]
    Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Author of "Capitalism's Crisis Deepens" Discusses: Donald Trump is accusing Janet Yellen of playing politics with interest rates and creating a "false economy." (09/13/16) [11:47]
    ThomHartmann | Why Won't the Media Push Back On Liar Think Tanks & Experts? (09/13/16) [6:15]
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    *DR | What's Next For The Dakota Access Pipeline And The Fight For Tribal Rights (09/14/16) [1hr]
    At the Sacred Stone Camp, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation In North Dakota, thousands of people from more than 200 Native American tribes have joined the protest against a pipeline that would carry crude oil from the Dakotas through Iowa to Illinois. And more demonstrations have emerged across the country this week. They say the project would damage drinking water and sacred ground. The Texas company behind the pipeline says it poses no risk, and a judge ruled last week that the stakeholders went beyond their legal obligations to get approval for it. Meanwhile, an order from the Obama administration has halted construction of the pipeline around certain waterways near the reservation. The controversy has sparked a renewed conversation over how energy projects are approved -- and who is involved in the process. What's next for the Dakota Access Pipeline and how infrastructure decisions are made in the U.S.
    *DR | What's Gone Wrong With The Language of Politics? (09/14/16) [1hr]
    Public anger against conventional politicians and their parties is on the rise across the Western world. In Europe, right-wing, populist candidates are winning state-wide elections. And here in the U.S., it's the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose backers praise him for "telling it like it is." In a new book, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson warns that underneath this growing support for populist candidates is a breakdown of our public language, which he says is being misused and misunderstood. Guest host A. Martinez talks with Thompson about what's gone wrong with the language of politics and what to do about it.
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    Tuesday September 13, 2016
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    Paul Singer Warns It Is A "Very Dangerous Time" For Stocks, Prefers Gold
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/13/16

    Having previously warned that "the ultimate breakdown from this environment is likely to be surprising, sudden, intense, and large," Elliott Management's Paul Singer slammed the "amazing arrogance" of policy-makers who have "created a tremendous increase in hidden risk, risk that investors don't exactly know." As CNBC notes, Singer issued cautionary words for the path ahead, "it's a very dangerous time in the global economy and global financial markets," adding that gold was "under-represented" in investors' portfolios. ... Read more

    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
    Samantha Bee | If shooting yourself in the foot qualifies you to be president, then we have the most qualified candidates in years. (09/12/16) [5:25]
    Samantha Bee | Here's what's going on in Matt Lauer's neck of the woods...nothing. Part 1 (09/12/16) [3:47], Part 2 [5:19]
    Samantha Bee | We met the taco-truck guy before he was the taco-truck guy. (09/12/16) [6:02]

    Turkey Formally Asks U.S. To Arrest Cleric Gulen Over Coup Plot, Turkish Media Reports
    HP & Reuters | author | 09/13/16

    Turkey has made a formal request to the United States for the arrest of U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen on charges of orchestrating an attempted military coup on July 15, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Tuesday.

    Turkey blames members of Gulen’s religious movement for the failed putsch two months ago, in which rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighters jets, bombing parliament and seizing bridges in a bid to take over power. ... Read more

    120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric - The Man Accused of Inspiring Turkey's Coup
    TheAtlantic | Scott Beauchamp | older, 08/12/14

    120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric - The FBI is investigating a group of educators who are followers of a mysterious Islamic movement. But the problems seem less related to faith than to the oversight of charter schools.

    It reads like something out of a John Le Carre novel: The charismatic Sunni imam Fethullah Gülen, leader of a politically powerful Turkish religious movement likened by The Guardian to an “Islamic Opus Dei,” occasionally webcasts sermons from self-imposed exile in the Poconos while his organization quickly grows to head the largest chain of charter schools in America. It might sound quite foreboding -- and it should, but not for the reasons you might think. ... Read more

    ? The Man Accused of Inspiring Turkey’s Coup Is Behind the Largest Charter-School Chain in America
    TheNation | George Joseph | 07/19/16

    Until last Friday, most Americans had probably never heard of Fethullah Gülen—the controversial Sunni cleric now accused of fomenting a coup attempt in Turkey. But the aged cleric, currently exiled in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, has far greater influence on US society than most realize.

    Since 2002, Gülen-affiliated foundations have quietly built up the largest charter-school network in America, with over 130 schools in 26 different states nationwide. This rapid buildup is troubling, however, since financial records suggest the cleric’s charter-school network has routinely funneled public-education dollars to its own members, often with unclear benefit to students. ... Read more

    *Gülen movement schools - Wikipedia
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    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, September 13 [11:59]
    *DN | Rep. Barbara Lee: Repeal 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Cancel Blank Check for Endless War (09/13/16) [10:42]
    TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says: The Israel Factor in the Syrian Ceasefire, but does the Israeli leadership thinks that an endless war serves its interests (09/13/16) [13:56]
    *TRNN | The Empire Files: Rejecting Neoliberalism, an Interview with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Guillaume Long (09/13/16) [26:14]
    *TYT | Clinton Calls Trump Supporters ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ (09/12/16) [10:32]
    TYT | Why Media Loves ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ Comment? (09/12/16) [8:26]
    RT | CrossTalk: A new deal: a ray of hope for Syria? And, is Russia really trying to manipulate American elections? Also, Ukraine’s dark present and Gfuture. Finally, the optics of G20. (08/12/16) [24:08]
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    ThomHartmann | Bernie Joins Pipeline Fight. Hillary Still Silent. ... (08/12/16) [1:00:07]
    Media’s obsession with Hillary having pneumonia, Hillary calling Trump supporters deplorable, and the latest on the fight to protect Native land from a pipeline in North Dakota. Thom discusses the importance of the ceasefire in Syria with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and in tonight’ Daily Take Thom details why voting for Donald Trump because you want to get money out of politics is like smoking cigarettes to cure cancer.
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    *DR | Prospects For A Ceasefire In Syria And The Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid (09/12/16) [1hr]
    The U.S. -- Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria which went into effect at sundown on Monday is said to be, so far, mostly holding. Despite long odds for success Washington and Moscow hope their joint efforts can target the Islamic State and an Al Qaeda terrorist group while allowing for the delivery of humanitarian aid to thousands of increasingly desperate Syrian civilians: Join us for an update on the ongoing brutal conflict in Syria and prospects for this latest ceasefire agreement to hold.
    *DR | Scholar Akhil Reed Amar On Turning To The Constitution To Confront The Issue Of Our Time (09/13/16) [1hr]
    September 17th is Constitution Day. That’s not exactly Thanksgiving or the 4th of July in most people’s calendars, but for Akhil Reed Amar the day is a moment to celebrate and reflect on how the Constitution informs the most important issues of our day. Amar is a law professor at Yale University and he thinks of himself as constitutional journalist — someone who can quickly distill and explain news events for the public while also offering a set of enduring ideas. Guest host A Martinez talks to Amar about what the Constitution says about the issues of our era.
    Aljazeera | Inside Story - Could the latest deal on Syria bring peace? (09/10/16) [25:50]
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    Monday September 12, 2016
    News Articles

    Clinton Leaves 9/11 Ceremony Early After Feeling ‘Overheated’
    HP | author | 09/11/16

    Her doctor later said the nominee had pneumonia and became overheated at the event.

    Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton abruptly left a memorial event in New York City on Sunday morning. The Clinton campaign later said that she felt overheated and went to recuperate at her daughter’s apartment.

    “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” a statement from the campaign read. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.” ... Read more

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    The Oceans Can’t Protect Us Anymore -- Here’s Why
    NationalGeographics | Christine Dell'Amore | 09/05/16

    The oceans, which have borne the brunt of most of global warming, have finally hit their limit as dying corals and plummeting fish stocks signal that the seas are at a dangerous tipping point, according to the broadest ever look at the issue. And people are already experiencing direct consequences, such as more extreme weather events, including hurricanes, says the report, released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. ... Read more

    Tent Cities Full Of Homeless People Are Booming In Cities All Over America As Poverty Spikes
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/12/16

    Tonight, countless numbers of homeless people will try to make it through another chilly night in large tent cities that have been established in the heart of major cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis. Homelessness has gotten so bad in California that the L.A. City Council has formally asked Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a state of emergency. And in Portland the city has extended their “homeless emergency” for yet another year, and city officials are really struggling with how to deal with the booming tent cities that have sprung up… Read more

    Trump Slams Fed's "False Stock Market", Says Yellen Should Be "Ashamed"
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/12/16

    Even The New York Times admits that Trump is right... but suggests the politically-correct (and economically most effective) policy has been not to admit it publically...

    1. Trump is correct that the Fed is not independent. It's an arm of government. It is insulated from politics, but far from impervious.
    2. Moreover, the framework of a nation's monetary policy, like all policy, is appropriately and necessarily a subject for political debate.
    3. But history teaches clearly that central banks achieve the best results, economically speaking, when left to their technocratic devices.
    4. Since the Carter administration, presidents (and candidates) have generally avoided the kind of critique Trump is now making repeatedly.
    5. It came to be accepted that any short-term political benefits of attacking the Fed were outweighed by the long-term economic costs.
    6. It would be interesting to hear Trump explain why he disagrees.
    Read more

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    *DR | Concerns About Presidential Candidates’ Health (09/12/16) [1hr]
    Hillary Clinton canceled a scheduled trip Monday to California. This came after Clinton left a Sept.11 ceremony Sunday in New York and then stumbled getting into her vehicle. Shortly afterward, her campaign said she has been diagnosed with pneumonia. And Donald Trump pledged to release his own medical records. Guest host A Martinez and a panel discuss the growing pressure for the presidential candidates to disclose their medical records and the possible impact the information, or lack thereof, could have on the 2016 race.
    *DR | Why Murder Rates Are Rising In Some Cities And Decreasing In Others (09/12/16) [1hr]
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that crime is out of control across the nation. Yet many studies indicate homicide rates across the nation are much lower than they were in the 1990s. Several new studies of crime data show, however, indicate that murder rates are rising in dozens of cities. A new analysis compiled from police departments by the New York Times indicates that murder rates rose in 25 of the nation’s 100 largest cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Baltimore. Guest host A Martinez and a panel of guests discuss why murder rates are rising in some cities and decreasing in others.
    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, September 12 [13:36]
    DN | In Dramatic Reversal, White House Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Under Missouri River (09/12/16) [17:58]
    To discuss Friday’s district court ruling in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. government to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, and the White House’s dramatic intervention less than an hour later, we go to Standing Rock to speak with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault. We are also joined by attorney Jan Hasselman, who brought the tribe’s case to federal court.
    DN | Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama's Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle (09/12/16) [5:59]
    TRNN | Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley discusses still unanswered questions about the lead up to 9/11 (older 10/23/09 [12:39]
    TRNN | Sen. Bob Graham: FBI Covered Up Role of Bandar and Saudis in 9/11 Attacks, Part 1 (09/11/16) [38:11], Part 2 [13:27]
    TYT | Chris Wallace: I’ll Let Candidates Lie To You (09/11/16) [6:52]
    TYT | College Republicans Make Surprise Endorsement (09/11/16) [9:10]
    TYT | Oceans Have Been Slowing Global Warming… Until Now (09/10/16) [11:05]
    TYT | Louie Gohmert: Hillary Clinton Has Special Needs (09/11/16) [14:42]
    RT | The Peace We Lost (documentary) (09/11/16) [27:34]
    RT | Keiser Report: Leprechaun Economics (E965) (09/10/16) [25:45]
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    Friday September 09, 2016
    News Articles

    Trump's shot at top brass rankles military circles
    Politico | Bryan Bender | 09/08/16

    Donald Trump's broadside against the top military brass is drawing warnings of a crisis in civilian-military relations should he become commander in chief and begin bypassing generals and admirals now serving under President Barack Obama.

    "It would be unprecedented," said Mackubin Thomas Owens, a retired Marine colonel and former instructor at the Naval War College. "This would be making the military into a partisan prize. The idea you are going to come in and fire all the generals and admirals would be nearly impossible for a variety of reasons, but would also be stupid." ... Read more

    TYT | Media Turns On Matt Lauer After Trump Interview (09/08/16) [6:17]
    TYT | Trump's Very Repeated Words Add Up Very Very Much (09/08/16) [6:54]
    TYT | Was Matt Lauer Sexist Against Hillary Clinton? (09/08/16) [7:28]
    TYT | Trump Still Defending Putin (09/08/16) [3:59]

    Former intelligence officers alarmed by Trump's briefing readout
    Politico | Sarah Wheaton | 09/08/16

    Donald Trump's decision to offer up a politicized readout of his confidential national security briefings has set off alarm bells in the intelligence community, with some high-profile former officials warning the Republican nominee crossed a "red line."

    During the NBC's Commander-in-Chief forum on Wednesday night, Trump said "there was one thing that shocked me" from the briefings he received, going on to say that he could tell that government officials were unhappy with President Barack Obama for not following expert advice. ... Read more

    Clinton And Trump Are The Byproduct Of Crony Capitalism Run Amok
    HP | Senior writer, | 09/09/16

    Greasing The Outstretched Palms Of The Candidates

    The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder.

    Call it low cuisine. And it doesn't get any lower than what we've seen during this wretched campaign season -- a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits "the unethical versus the unhinged." ... Read more

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    13 Academics Who Have Become Shills for Corporate Giants in the Food, Agrochemical and Fossil Fuel Industries
    AlterNet | Lorraine Chow | 09/08/16

    Mounting evidence reveals that corporations are buying science and support from university professors.

    There's nothing new or unusual about corporate and academic collaboration. IBM, for instance, has partnered with universities around the country since the 1940s to support computer science education. This relationship is mutually beneficial both for the tech giant and the institutions sponsored. IBM's grant dollars provide welcome funding for research and equipment for students, all while fostering a new class of computer scientists and engineers.

    University-business partnerships, however, require a careful balance. Take the tobacco industry. According to a 2012 study by Harvard professor Allan Brandt, cigarette makers all but invented the concept of industry-academic conflicts of interest. ... Read more

    DN | Leading Economists Oppose TPP Provision Giving Corporations Upper Hand in Investor-State Disputes (09/08/16) [12:05]
    DN | Dakota Access Company Attack Comes on Anniversary of Whitestone Massacre (09/08/16) [17:48]
    TRNN | Professor Andrew Bacevich says: Trump vs. Clinton Commander-In-Chief Forum: A Missed Opportunity (09/09/16) [12:32]
    TRNN | The Powerful Interests Backing the Dakota Access Pipeline (09/09/16) [4:49]
    TRNN | Bolivian President Clamps Down on Cooperative Mining Sector Following Conflict (09/09/16) [10:40]
    RT | Keiser Report: Brexit Sea of Consequences (E964) (09/08/16) [25:44]
    In this episode of the Keiser Report, as the clod called Britain is washed away by the "Brexit means Brexit" vote, Max and Stacy ask if Europe will be worse off, or will the trading bloc hardly notice? In the second half, Max interviews Liam Halligan on what "Brexit means Brexit" actually means and about the rise of protectionism.
    RT | CrossTalk: The Trump Doctrine (08/09/16) [24:29]
    Donald Trump is one of the most unorthodox presidential nominees in American electoral history. He is unpolished and very brash. But some of his foreign policy ideas are intriguing -- even commonsensical. This terrifies and enrages the establishment.
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    *DR | Friday News -- Domestic (09/09/16) [1hr]
    The Friday News Roundup: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off on national security in their first joint appearance of the election season. The Senate fails once again to pass Zika funding. And a wave of shootings in Chicago pushes the city's homicide count to more than five hundred this year. A panel of journalists joins guest host John Donvan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
    *DR | Friday News -- International (09/09/16) [1hr]
    North Korea carries out its fifth nuclear test provoking condemnation around the world. Obama's final trip to Asia as president was to focus on climate change and maritime security, but is over-shadowed by a dust-up with the Philippine president and confrontations with Chinese officials. While in China, Obama meets with Vladimir Putin over a Syrian ceasefire, but the countries fail to reach an agreement. Complicating negotiations, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warns Russia not to interfere with U.S. elections amid accusations they are hacking into American political institutions. And the Mexican finance minister resigns after a controversial visit from Donald Trump. Guest host John Donvan and a panel of journalists discuss the international week in news.
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    Thursday September 08, 2016
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    NBC Commander-In-Chief Forum: Donald Trump VS Hillary Clinton (full) (09/07/16)
    TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Summary (09/07/16) [6:17]
    TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Biggest Winner (09/07/16) [13:12]
    TYT | NBC Presidential Forum: The Young Turks Biggest Fail (09/07/16) [10:33]

    Fact-checking the NBC 'commander-in-chief' forum | Linda Qui | 09/07/16

    Clinton defended her handling of highly sensitive information as secretary of state, claiming that none of the emails sent and received on her private server had a header marking them as classified. She acknowledged her use of the server as well as her support for invading Iraq were "mistakes."

    "Now, my opponent was for the war in Iraq. He says he wasn't. You can go back and look at the record. He supported it," Clinton added. "I have taken responsibility for my decision. He refuses to take responsibility for his support. That is a judgment issue." ... Read more

    Matt Lauer Failed The Moderator Test
    HP | Michael Calderone | 09/07/16

    Wednesday night's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" on NBC should have gone down as the first time the two 2016 presidential candidate shared a stage. But it will be remembered largely for the shortcomings of the man who was tasked with moderating.

    Matt Lauer, the "Today" show host, flunked in primetime. And his failure was even more remarkable because he had the very information he needed to succeed.

    During the first half of an hourlong event, Hillary Clinton pointed out to Lauer that Republican nominee Donald Trump had expressed support for the Iraq War prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion, even though he's falsely claimed throughout his entire candidacy to have been staunchly opposed to it. Read more

    The Shell Game Behind a $43 Billion Market
    Bloomberg | Carolina Wilson | 09/08/16

    It's the hot new address for an old Wall Street machine: 1209 North Orange Street. There, in Wilmington, Delaware, several giants of American finance have established powerful outposts. Inside 1209 North Orange are little more than drop boxes. But the likes of Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley have all gone there lately for the same reason: to work around guidelines involving byzantine investments known as structured notes.

    And so it is that in this lucrative -- and sometimes controversial -- corner of Wall Street, banks and regulators have together embraced something of a charade. ... Read more

    "It's Bordering Chaos": $14 Billion In Cargo Stranded At Sea, Crews "Go Crazy" On Hanjin Ghost Ships
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/08/16

    The fallout from last week's historic bankruptcy of one of the world's biggest shipping lines, Hanjin Shipping, has found little resolution with as much as $14 billion worth of cargo stranded at sea: conditions are "bordering chaos," said the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting in Copenhagen, while the Hanjing shipping labor union added that "our ships can become ghost ships." ... Read more

    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, September 08 [10:55]
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
    ColbertReport | Does This Trump-Shaped Cloud Predict a Republican Win in November? (09/08/16) [5:02]
    ColbertReport | Trump's Campaign Goes Off Script (09/07/16) [5:09]
    TRNN | Fred Branfman: America's Murderous Legacy in Laos (09/07/16) [6:37]
    RT | Meanwhile in Yemen: All-female brigade of Houthi fighters brandishing rocket launchers during parade (09/06/16) [1:02]
    RT | UK to build €2.3mn concrete wall around Calais camp to keep migrants out (09/07/16) [12:07]
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    ThomHartmann | Don't Buy the Hype -- The TPP Won't Secure America (09/08/16) [4:05]
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    *DR | What Turmoil At Fox News May Mean For Journalism, Television News And The Conservative Agenda (09/08/16) [1hr]
    Fox News has been making its own news this week: a $20 million dollar payout and an unusual public apology to former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson who filed sexual harassment charges earlier this year against now former CEO Roger Ailes. Then the announcement that long time Fox evening anchor Greta Van Susteren was stepping down effective immediately. Many question whether recent events point to a few bumps for the top rated cable news organization or the start of a wholesale shift in organizations culture and direction: Join us to discuss what's going at Fox News and why it matters.
    Aljazeera | Hanjin shipments in troubled waters after company's collapse (09/07/16) [2:08]
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    Wednesday September 07, 2016
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    Thanks To Fracking, Earthquake Hazards In Parts Of Oklahoma Now Comparable To California
    Forbes | James Conca | 09/07/16

    A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Oklahoma on Saturday, tied for the strongest quake ever recorded in the state. Odds are it was triggered by fracking operations, specifically the subsurface injection of fracking wastewater.

    There is a direct connection between fracking and earthquakes in the central and eastern United States (Figure 1). But the earthquakes are not a result of fracking itself. They mostly result from the injection of fracking wastewater at depths well-below the fracking horizon. The larger the volumes of wastewater injected into the subsurface, the larger the earthquakes can be.

    The United States Geological Survey just produced a seismic hazard forecast for 2016 for the central and eastern United States that includes both induced and natural earthquakes. While almost all of the fracking-induced or triggered earthquakes are small -- less than magnitude 3, which can’t be felt by most people -- enough are above 3 that the USGS predicted a 5% to 17% chance of significant damage to homes and structures in just the year 2016 for areas of north-central Oklahoma and southern Kansas where fracking occurs.... Read more

    Secret War
    From 1964 to 1973 United States dropped on an average of 8 bombs/minute on Laos. 270 million of those bombs were cluster bombs, where 1/3 of the bombs didn't explode. We dropped more bombs on Laos than Germany and Japan combined in WWII!
    TYT | Obama Moves To Solve Ugly Vietnam War Legacy (09/06/16) [5:15]
    The United States is still making and sell cluster bombs, for and example to Saudi Arabia, so they can use them to bomb Yemen. Will Yemen have to suffer the same fate as Laos. Will the world have to crean up Yemen in the next 40 years??

    NOAA Removes Most Humpback Whales From Endangered Species List
    HP | Carla Herreria | 09/07/16

    Humpback whales have made an epic return after being hunted to the brink of extinction in several areas.

    Most of world’s humpback populations have finally been removed from the endangered species list, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.

    NOAA Fisheries said of the 14 different population segments, nine have returned to healthy numbers. These include whales that breed in Hawaiian waters and whose population numbers have expanded to some 11,000 individuals, the agency said. ... Read more

    Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security by Todd Miller

    "In his scathing and deeply reported examination of the U.S. Border Patrol, Todd Miller argues that the agency has gone rogue since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, trampling on the dignity and rights of the undocumented with military-style tactics. . . . Miller's book arrives at a moment when it appears that part of the Homeland Security apparatus is backpedaling by promising to tone down its tactics, maybe prodded by investigative journalism, maybe by the revelations of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. . . . Border Patrol is quite possibly the right book at the right time . . . "--Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

    “At the start of his unsettling and important new book, Border Patrol Nation, Miller observes that these days 'it is common to see the Border Patrol in places--such as Erie, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; or Forks, Washington--where only fifteen years ago it would have seemed far-fetched, if not unfathomable.'”--Barbara Spindel, Christian Science Monitor

    "Miller’s approach in Border Patrol Nation is to offer a glimpse into the secretive operations of the Border Patrol, reporting with a journalist’s objectivity and nose for a good story. Miller’s book is full of facts, and it’s clear he’s outraged, but he gives voices to people on every side of the issue. . . . Miller’s book is a fascinating read.. . . and bring the work of Susan Orlean to mind."--Amanda Eyre Ward Kirkus Reviews

    "Todd Miller's invaluable and gripping book, Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security is the story of how this country’s borders are being transformed into up-armored, heavily militarized zones run by a border-industrial complex. It's an achievement and an eye opener."--Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

    "What Jeremy Scahill was to Blackwater, Todd Miller is to the U.S. Border Patrol!"--Tom Miller, author, On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier

    "Todd Miller has entered a secret world, and he has gone deep. . . . Powerful."--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway: A True Story

    "Journalist Miller tells an alarming story of U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security's ever-widening reach into the lives of American citizens and legal immigrants as well as the undocumented. In addition to readers interested in immigration issues, those concerned about the NSA’s privacy violations will likely be even more shocked by the actions of Homeland Security."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    Armed authorities watch from a military-grade surveillance tower as lines of people stream toward the security checkpoint, tickets in hand, anxious and excited to get through the gate. Few seem to notice or care that the US Border Patrol is monitoring the Super Bowl, as they have for years, one of the many ways that forces created to police the borders are now being used, in an increasingly militarized fashion, to survey and monitor the whole of American society.

    In fast-paced prose, Todd Miller sounds an alarm as he chronicles the changing landscape. Traveling the country—and beyond—to speak with the people most involved with and impacted by the Border Patrol, he combines these first-hand encounters with careful research to expose a vast and booming industry for high-end technology, weapons, surveillance, and prisons. While politicians and corporations reap substantial profits, the experiences of millions of men, women, and children point to staggering humanitarian consequences. Border Patrol Nation shows us in stark relief how the entire country has become a militarized border zone, with consequences that affect us all.

    Assange: New Clinton Revelations Coming As Soon As Next Week, Says Clinton Knew Meaning Of "C"
    ZeroHedge | author |09/07/16

    In an interview on Fox News show Hannity, Wikileaks' Julian Assange finally gave a more definitive timeline to long awaited further "significant" information they will be releasing on Hillary Clinton before the November election. The information will be released in "batches," and Assange says he is "confident" that the first batch will be released reasonably soon, perhaps as early as next week. ... Read more

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    Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, September 07 [11:32]
    *DN | New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline (09/06/16) [3:17]
    *DN | Who's Investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Meet the Banks Financing Attacks on Protesters (09/07/16) [9:55]
    *DN | Iowa Landowners Sue to Stop Dakota Access Construction, Say Pipeline Provides No Public Service (09/07/16) [8:19]
    *TRNN | Todd Miller: Trump's Wall Is Already Here (09/07/16) [11:39]
    *TRNN | Oil Companies Seek to Exempt California's Underground Aquifers from Clean Water Act (09/07/16) [12:16]
    TRNN | Alex Main: Tens of Thousands of Protesters Demand New Elections in Brazil (09/07/16) [15:12]
    TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses: 150 Million Indian Workers Take Part In Largest Strike in Centuries (09/07/16) [11:53]
    TYT | Rich Kid College Jet Tours Cost More Than Your Ph.D. (09/06/16) [13:28]
    RT | Inside Menwith Hill: NSA spy base in UK used for ‘kill or capture’ missions - Snowden leaks (09/06/16) [4:09]
    *RT | Keiser Report: Will the dollar live to die another day? (E963) (09/06/16) [25:44]
    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the new m-SDR and ask will the dollar live to die another day? And are SDRs forever? As the G20 in China concludes they ask whether the new Special Drawing Right is the first step toward one world currency. In the second half, Max interviews Dan Collins of about yuan internationalization and China’s quantum satellite.
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    *DR | The Rise Of Populism And Anti-Immigrant Sentiment In Europe (09/07/16) [1hr]
    Where there are earthquakes, there are often aftershocks -- in geology as in politics. And if Britain’s vote early this summer to break away from Europe was an earthquake, a much smaller scale election in Germany this week represents a clear aftershock. For the first time in post-war history, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party finished behind a populist challenger espousing strong anti-immigrant views in German state elections. The defeat comes a year after Merkel argued for compassion as she opened Germany’s borders to more than a million refugees from the Syrian civil war and North Africa. A panel joins guest host John Donvan to talk about what’s happened since then to tip populist anger, and why nationalism is gaining ground across Europe -- from France to Denmark to Poland and the Netherlands -- as other countries prepare for elections of their own.
    *DR | The Environmental Outlook: The Global Seed Vault (09/07/16) [1hr]
    North of the Arctic Circle, deep inside a mountain in Norway, there’s a tunnel carved into the rock. It leads to a big room with subzero temperatures, filled with shelf upon shelf of boxes that hold hundreds of seeds from all over the planet. It’s called the Global Seed Vault, founded by conservationist Cary Fowler in 2008 to collect and protect seed samples from all over the world. Today, the vault holds more than 800,000 samples. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: Guest host John Donvan talks with the “father” of The Global Seed Vault about its role in protecting the world’s food supply from political upheaval and climate change.
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    Tuesday September 06, 2016
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    Art Of The Steal - Trump Living Large On Donors' Dime
    HP | S.V. Date | 09/06/16

    The GOP nominee's campaign is spending lavishly on Trump businesses instead of cheaper alternatives.

    On the night of this spring's Florida primary, the pastor giving the invocation at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago victory party prayed: "Lord, give Mr. Trump the power to rise above the GOP establishment." Turns out the prayer worked. Not only did Trump win the Republican presidential nomination, but two months later, on May 18, Trump signed a deal with the Republican National Committee giving him access to a top-notch fundraising operation after not having had one at all through the primaries. .. Read more

    Around 10-11% of the earth is covered in glaciers and ice caps, yet they contain nearly 70% of the world's supply of fresh water.
    The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann

    The award winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize--winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of millions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

    Through satire, The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that man-made activity has changed our climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two commonsense crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books -- and may even convert a few of the faithful to the right side of science.
    Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System by Ian Angus

    Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun--the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge.

    Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization.
    Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism by Elmar Altvater

    The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans -- all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity's relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers answers to these questions from a dynamic group of leading critical scholars who challenge the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into "Nature" and "Society," demonstrating the possibilities offered by a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere. In distinct registers, the authors frame their discussions within a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism, broadly understood as a "world-ecology" that joins nature, capital, and power as a historically evolving whole.

    EpiPen Price Hike Can Only Happen in a Hijacked Democracy
    AlterNet | Michael Winship | 09/06/16

    Cash and carry has become nothing more than standard operating procedure in politics and government, and it's wrecking the republic. The whole system is rotten to the core, corrupted by big business and special interests.

    Or daughter, as we learned these past few days when the news introduced us to Heather Bresch, CEO of a drug company called Mylan and daughter of Democratic US Sen. Joe Manchin III, who's also the former governor of West Virginia. ... Read more

    "26 million people have already been displaced due to climate change, and 150 million more will join those numbers by as soon as 2050."

    Remember the Syrian conflict started over dought conditions that caused the farmers to rebel

    FX Trading By Hedge Funds And Prop Traders Tumbles 30% Over Past Three Years
    ZeroHedge | author | 09/06/16

    What was most striking in the latest Triennial BIS survey, was the shrinkage in FX trading by hedge funds and proprietary trading firms which fell by more than 30% over the past three years. The shrinkage in the share of FX trading by these investors is likely the result of regulatory pressures and FX rigging investigations which caused significant retrenchment by FX prop desks. ... Read more

    DN | Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs & Pepper Spray (09/03/16) [7:46]
    TRNN | Not Seen For 1000 Years: Rise in Global Temperatures Ushering In New Epoch (09/04/16) [18:43]
    TRNN | Facing the Anthropocene: The Earth's New Geological Era (09/04/16) [12:30]
    *TYT | The Next Middle East Disaster? (09/04/16) [3:40]
    TYT | AGGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVES Episode 2: Voting For Jill Stein = White Privilege? (09/05/16) [9:27]
    I believe this is a new segment. I will have to investigate it further. What I watched I found interesting and insightful.
    TYT | RoF | Climate Deniers Are Just As Dangerous As The Most Criminal Corporations (09/03/16) [8:59]
    TYT | RoF | How Much Can We Reduce Military Spending Before It's a Risk? (09/04/16) [3:20]
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    *DR | The Other Elections: Key Senate And House Races And The Fight For Congress (09/06/16) [1hr]
    With the nation's eyes glued to the presidential election, congressional races have stayed largely out of the spotlight. But their outcomes are significant. The Republican-controlled congress may be headed for a shake-up; in states like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Ohio, Republican incumbents elected in 2010 are looking for second terms. But latest polls for states with key contests signal a possible Democratic majority in the Senate next year. As we close in on the final weeks of campaigning, a look at Senate and House elections: the GOP fight to keep control of Congress, how the presidential election affects down-ballot races and what the results could mean for America in 2017.
    *DR | Kati Marton: "True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy" (09/06/16) [1hr]
    The true story of a privileged young American who becomes a spy for Joseph Stalin.
    *Aljazeera | H2wOe: India's Water Crisis - Warning to the World (09/04/16) [25:20]
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    Friday September 02, 2016
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    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto And Donald Trump Are Now In A Twitter Fight
    HP | Elise Foley | 09/01/16

    So did you guys discuss who's paying for the wall or not?

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to once again insist that his country won't pay for a border wall, no matter how many times GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promises it will. "I repeat what I told him in person: Mr. Trump, Mexico will never pay for the wall," he wrote in Spanish. ... Read more

    Donald Trump's Immigration Speech in Phoenix
    BB | Watch Donald Trump's Immigration Policy Speech in Phoenix (08/31/16) [1:14:04]
    TYT | Racist Right Rallies Around Trump (09/01/16) [5:57]
    On Wednesday night in Phoenix, Ariz., Donald Trump sought to answer any doubts his staunch supporters had about the "softening" of his immigration policy, and one of the most outspoken supporters, Ann Coulter, told Yahoo News Guest Anchor Stephanie Sy that she was pleased with what she heard. Coulter, author of the new book "In Trump we Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!" told Sy, "I can't stop smiling. Technically, I thought his speech was better than Churchill," referencing a tweet she made about Trump's speech and Winston Churchill.

    On whether or not every undocumented immigrant will get deported in a Trump administration, Coulter said, "Any law does not have 100 percent enforcement. Maybe you won't catch all of them, but wow, we are talking about a pretty rapid deportation for, I don't know, 60 to 80 percent of these."

    On getting funding from Congress to back Trump's immigration plan, which includes building a wall on the southern United States border and tripling the number of ICE deportation officers, Coulter didn't seem to think that would be an issue. She said, "A lot of what he plans to do doesn't require very much from Congress. We already have a lot of money for the military and for the immigration enforcement service."

    When pressed on using military funding for Trump's immigration plan, Coulter said, "You can use the military to build the wall. That's a big part of it, and guarding the wall and making sure people are not coming into the country illegally is absolutely a military function; it's been used before to construct things along our border. That is absolutely a military function, and that's a huge chunk of the money needed to enforce our immigration laws for the first time." She continued, "ICE already has a lot of money."

    Coulter also described Trump as having a mandate to put his plan in place if he's elected. She told Sy, "If Trump is elected president, as I think he will be, I think it will send a pretty strong message for what the American people want on this, and yes, I do think Congress will go along with him for this whole program or face losing their reelection.
    Since 2014 The US Has Added 520,000 Waiters And Bartenders And Lost 13,000 Manufacturing Workers
    Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection by Medea Benjamin (09/13/16)

    The diminutive co-founder of Code Pink has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects the left and right studiously avoid. Sometimes, she does so in person--as at President Obama's speech at the National Defense College, or in Egypt, where she was assaulted by police. Here, she's researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

    In seven succinct chapters followed by a meditation on prospects for change, Benjamin--cited by the L.A. Times as "one of the high profile members of the peace movement"--shines a light on one of the weirder, and most important, elements of our foreign policy. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences? Why, over a period of decades and across various presidential administrations, has the United States consistently supported a regime shown time and again to be one of the most powerful forces working against American interests? Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home.

    Mylan Didn't Lower EpiPen Prices After All; They Just Appeared To
    AlterNet | Gaius Publius | 09/01/16

    Just another Big Pharma scam

    These days have seen a number of stories about the Mylan EpiPen scandal, the essence of which is captured in the graphic at the top (note, though, that the graphic understates the EpiPen price; it's now around $640). Heather Bresch, Mylan's CEO, decided to increase corporate profit by increasing the price of a mature product, EpiPen, a device that delivers life-saving epinephrine to people who suffer life-threatening anaphylactic shock from allergic exposure to, for example, bee stings and peanuts. In the view of most observers, she did it simply because she could.

    There's no economic reason for the price increases, any of them. Epinephrine (basically adrenalin) is not proprietary. As Dr. Lee Rogers notes in the first link below, "As a hormone, it's a product of nature and cannot be patented." And the delivery mechanism (the "pen") has been around since 1977. All of the R&D is done, and the medicine is cheap. All told, each EpiPen contains just one dollar worth of medicine. (And it seems the original EpiPen was at least partly developed with taxpayer money.) ... Read more

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    *DR | Friday News - International (09/02/16) [1hr]
    Donald Trump meets with Mexico's president. The Brazilian president is impeached. And the FBI says Russian hackers targeted U.S. election systems. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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    Thursday September 01, 2016
    News Articles

    Donald Trump Just Cranked Up The Volume On Immigration
    HP | Elise Foley | 09/01/16

    Anyone hoping for a kinder, gentler GOP nominee can forget it. He's getting worse.

    The Republican presidential nominee firmly shot down speculation on Wednesday that he may be open to legal status for undocumented immigrants, vowing that "no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement."

    "Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation," Trump said during what he billed as a major policy speech in Phoenix. "That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise we don't have a country." ... Read more

    Immigration in the United States: New Economic, Social, Political Landscapes with Legislative Reform on the Horizon
    Faye Hipsman Migration Policy Institute | older 2013

    ... In the 1970s and 1980s, refugee and humanitarian emergencies led to annual admissions of more than 200,000 during some years. During the last decade and half, and especially since 9/11, both the size of the refugee program and annual asylum grants have decreased (see Figure 3). FY 2011 saw 56,384 refugee arrivals, down from 73,293 in FY 2010. Burma (16,972) Iraq (9,388) Bhutan (14,999), Somalia (3,161), and Cuba (2,920) were the top five refugee-sending countries of FY 2011. That year, 24,988 individuals were granted asylum (defensive and affirmative), a slight uptick from FY 2010 after about ten years of steady decline. There is no cap on asylum approvals.

    Noncitizens who enter the United States for tourism, work, or study reasons are admitted with a temporary nonimmigrant status. There are over 70 categories of visas for nonimmigrants, including tourists, business visitors, foreign students, H-1B workers, religious workers, intracompany transferees, diplomats, and representatives of international organizations. Nonimmigrant visas typically have strict terms and conditions, and allow for periods of stay ranging from a few weeks or months to six or more years. A small number of nonimmigrant visas allow for eventual permanent residency.

    In 2011, 7.5 million nonimmigrant visas were granted. Temporary tourism and business visitors represent the vast majority of nonimmigrant visa holders. Nonimmigrant visas issued to foreign students have increased significantly during the last decade. The 447,410 student visas issued in 2011 is more than 50 percent greater than the number issued in 2001. Much of this growth has been driven by the exponential rise in students from China, who now represent 35 percent of all foreign students. South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and India also send students to the United States in high numbers. ... Read more

    Trump's Revolting All-Out Attack on Immigrants Bears the Fingerprints of New Adviser Roger Ailes
    AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/31/16

    In a speech designed to smear undocumented immigrants, Trump looked to the GOP's winning 1988 strategy.

    ... In the late summer of 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump was down in the polls, compared with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. So the Trump campaign came up with what its operatives hope will be a winning theme: tying the former secretary of state to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. In a speech delivered to an Arizona rally of mostly white cheering Trump supporters, the GOP standard bearer repeatedly referred to American citizens who had lost their lives at the hands of undocumented criminals, and then brought to the stage the loved ones of some who had been killed. After each of the family members -- mostly mothers -- of the deceased testified for Trump, he kissed her and brought the next one to the podium. ... Read more

    Hillary Clinton Disliked By A Record Number Of Americans, Survey Finds
    HP | Matt Ferner | 08/31/16

    While bombastic Republican nominee Donald Trump remains the most unpopular major-party presidential nominee in modern U.S. history, Hillary Clinton is not faring much better ? a new poll found that she is currently the most disliked she has ever been in 25 years of public life.

    Just 41 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic presidential nominee, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday. It also found that 56 percent have an unfavorable view of her, a record high for the poll. ... Read more

    TRNN | Ending of TTIP Talks May Be Tactical But Should be Celebrated Nevertheless' (09/01/16) [13:48]
    TRNN | Harvard Professor Sidney Chalhoub: President Dilma Rousseff Impeached, New Government to Pursue Right-Wing Agenda [11:42]
    TRNN | Professor John Ackerman on Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto: 'He's Our Trump' [12:39]
    TYT | How Mexico Visit Is Big Win For Trump (08/31/16) [12:27]
    TYT | Tea Party Trump Supporter's Explains Why He's Not Racist (08/31/16) [4:24]
    RT | Keiser Report: Simple Sleight of Monetary Hand (E961) (09/01/16) [25:45]
    Max and Stacy discuss all that was won by simple sleight of monetary hand. They also discuss Scotland's collapsing North Sea oil revenues and whether or not China can help them. In the second half, Max interviews David Low about Scotcoin and asks David, 'why not just use bitcoin?' They also discuss how it is that the Scottish independence referendum drove David to cryptocurrencies.
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    *DR | Donald Trump's Immigration Plan And His Visit To Mexico (09/01/16) [1hr]
    Under a Donald Trump presidency, there would be only one route to legal status for immigrants in the United States: to return home and apply for re-entry. In a speech last night in Phoenix, the Republican nominee for president took a hardline conservative position on immigration: zero tolerance for immigrants who commit crimes, an end to sanctuary cities and certain visas, and a new ideological test for entry. Still, he was short on specifics. He renewed his promise to build an "impenetrable, physical wall"--paid for by Mexico. But hours earlier, during a visit to Mexico, the country's president pledged to work with the U.S., but not subsidize a barrier. An update on the Republican presidential nominee's proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and trade.
    *DR | Jesmyn Ward On Race In America: "The Fire This Time" (09/01/16) [1hr]
    National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward on the new edited volume, "The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race.
    Aljazeera | Inside Story - Has Ireland given illegal tax incentives to Apple? (09/01/16) [25:00]
    Aljazeera | People & Power: India's Nuclear Riddle (09/01/16) [25:00]
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    Wednesday August 31, 2016
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    Obama Administration Meets Goal Of 10,000 Syrian Refugees | Justin Salhani | current

    Last September, the President Obama promised that the United States would resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the 2016 financial year, and 85,000 refugees in total from around the globe. But the plan to resettle Syrians in particular hit a hiccup after right wing politicians used the ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels to ramp up anti-Muslim sentiment.

    One of the main criticisms of refugee resettlement from the right concerned the screening process. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump played on the nation's anxieties by saying there is "no system to vet" Syrian refugees and a "better, bigger, more horrible version of the legendary Trojan horse." Politifact checked Trump's statement and labelled it 'false'. ... Read more
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    TYT | Obama Welcomes 10,000th Syrian Refugee To America (08/30/16) [6:23]

    Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years' | Oliver Milman | 08/30/16

    This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.

    But Nasa said that records of temperature that go back far further, taken via analysis of ice cores and sediments, suggest that the warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium. ... Read more
    TYT | NASA Warns Climate Change Could Cause Mass Extinction Event (08/30/16) [8:18]

    Michele Bachmann: God 'Raised Up' Donald Trump
    HP | Ed Mazza | 08/31/16

    It's a question political pundits will be attempting to answer for generations: How did real estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination?

    Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a Trump advisor, claims to know the answer: God did it. Bachmann told "The Brody File" of CBN News that "the most high God lifts up who He will and takes down who He will." ... Read more

    An Establishment Conservative's Guide To The Alt-Right | Allum Bokhari | older 03/29/16

    A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the "alternative right." Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives -- more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives.

    The alternative right, more commonly known as the alt-right, is an amorphous movement. Some -- mostly Establishment types -- insist it's little more than a vehicle for the worst dregs of human society: anti-Semites, white supremacists, and other members of the Stormfront set. They're wrong. ... Read more

    Diane Rehm Show
    *DR | The Rise Of The "Alt-Right" Movement In The 2016 Campaign (erlier this week) [1hr]
    Last Thursday, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Reno, Nevada in which she sought to tie Donald Trump to a movement many Americans probably had never heard of -- the "alt-right", a group that holds white supremacist views. It was part of a larger speech accusing her Republican opponent of racism, a barb that was traded back and forth between the two candidates last week. When Clinton mentioned the alt-right, it gave the movement a spotlight it has never had, leading to many questions about who they are, and what kind of association they have with the trump campaign. Diane and her guests discuss the rise of the "alt-right" and its place in this year's presidential campaign.
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    ColbertReport | Donald Trump's Extraordinary Health Report (08/30/16) [4:36]
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    RT | Keiser Report: Coddled Banking Class (E960) (08/30/16) [25:37]
    RT | Lionrock typhoon slams into Japanese areas still recovering from 2011 tsunami (08/31/16) [1:26]
    Typhoon Lionrock reached northern Japan slamming into the areas still recovering from destructive tsunami of 2011. It's the first time a typhoon has made landfall in the northern region since 1951.
    Max and Stacy discuss complacency and the "mother of all shorts," as those who sicken of the calm, know the storm. In the second half, Max interviews Mark O'Byrne of about the arrival of Nirp in Ireland and the return of high rental costs.
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    *DR | Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems (08/31/16) [1hr]
    We have results from one of the last big primary nights of the year Florida and Arizona voted -- and projections show that big-name incumbents held their ground. Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, Marco Rubio of Florida and Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also of Florida, have been declared winners. Incumbent wins normally would not be news... but this election season, all bets seem to be off. We'll talk about what the primary votes in states around the country may signal about results in November, plus take a look at a big general election story -- security concerns in state election systems.
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