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Monday, July 16, 2018

'Putin Is the Puppet Master': British Reporter Says the Russian President Is Making Trump 'Dance'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

'It was almost hard to tell which one of them was the Russian president."

MSNBC's Anti-Trump Message Casts Him As an Agent of Change — And That Could Play Right into His Hands

By Bob Hennelly, Salon

This is what neoliberals don’t get about American disillusionment with the current "world order.”

Here Are the 6 Most Outrageous Moments from the Trump-Putin Press Conference

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

It was a terrifying display of traitorous behavior by the American president.

Justice Department Arrests Russian National with Ties to Trump and the NRA for Allegedly Acting as a Covert Agent

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Maria Butina had reportedly bragged about ties to the Trump campaign.

'Conscious Choice to Defend a Tyrant': John McCain Issues Furious Response to 'Disgraceful' Trump-Putin Conference

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The 81-year-old Republican minced no words when he lambasted the president.

Detained Migrant Parents Say Children 'Don't Recognize Our Voices' in Heartbreaking Open Letter

By Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos

"We came to this country to save our lives and the lives of our children. We were not prepared for the nightmare that we faced here.”

These 3 Charts Explain How Russians See Trump and the US

By , The Conversation

The results aren't necessarily what may be expected by Americans.

Fox News Host and Daughter of US Ambassador to Russia: Trump Threw His 'Own People and Country Under the Bus'

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The president is being criticized from across the political spectrum.

C-SPAN Caller Admits Russia Elected Trump — And Thanks Them for Helping to ‘Stop Hillary Clinton’

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“I mean, what would we do with Hillary in that White House?”

Susan Collins and Trump Are Telling the Exact Same Lie About Roe v. Wade

By Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

Americans support abortion rights — it's just a fact.

Ex-CIA Head Suggests Trump Is 'Hiding' Something About His Relationship with Putin from US Security Team: 'Total Lack of Credibility'

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

"What might he be hiding from Bolton, Pompeo, Kelly, & the American public?"

'N*gger, N*gger, N*gger!': White Man Unleashes Racist Rant Against Family for Anti-Trump Yard Sign

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The family being verbally assaulted attempted to get video of the harasser's license plate, which further enraged the man.

Sacha Baron Cohen Dupes Former GOP Congressmen Into Declaring Support for Arming Toddlers With Guns to Prevent School Shootings

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"A three-year old cannot defend itself from a [sic] assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case."

Watch: Democratic Socialists Run Trump-Loving ‘Proud Boys’ in MAGA Hats out of an LA Bar

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The right-wing group has a history of violence.

Historian Explains How Donald Trump and the Far Right Weaponized 'Chaos Magic' — Just Like the Occult

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Trump can be said to lead a kind of political cult, and most analysts and commentators are still struggling to explain his almost unbreakable power over his voters and others supporters.

Putin Takes a Page From the Trump Playbook — Arrives 45 Minutes Late for Helsinki Meeting

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Donald Trump saw his go-to power move used against him Monday during his summit with Vladimir Putin.

Watch: Salvadoran Girl Heard on Secret ProPublica Detention Facility Recording Reunited with Her Mom in Houston

By Ginger Thompson, Pro Publica

“I’ll be the happiest woman in the world,” Jimena’s mother, Cindy Madrid, said.

Science Fights Back: As Trump Backlash Continues, STEM Professionals in Texas Run for Office

By David Yaffe-Belamy, The Texas Tribune

Across the country, hundreds of candidates with academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have left their businesses and laboratories to compete in state legislative contests, congressional elections and even governor’s races.

To Survive the Trump Era, Democrats Must Embrace Their True Identity — Which Most Americans Strongly Support

By Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Democrats have an ideology — government as a force for good. To win, they must embrace it

Yes, Trump Is a Narcissist — But It's Literally A Million Times Worse Than That

By Faith Gardner, Daily Kos

It’s not just Trump who is a narcissist beyond help, it’s everyone who still follows him.

Here Are 7 Hard Truths About Immigration

By Robert Reich, AlterNet

Lots of misinformation leads to massive amounts of inhumanity

Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Showtime Show Is Just What We Need in an Era of Fake News

By , The Conversation

The British comedian's sly docu-comedy format is perfect for helping people understand and navigate the proliferation of fake news.

If We’re Going to Use Fire as a Metaphor in Politics, Let’s Get It Right

By Stephen J. Pyne, History News Network

Good or bad, fire synthesizes its surroundings.

State Takeovers of Schools in the South Are About Political Power -- Not School Improvement

By , The Conversation

Much like the state takeovers in northern cities in the 1990s and early 2000s, these state interventions are being led by Republican governors and majority-Republican state legislatures.

Donald Trump’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom Lobbied on Behalf of an Anti-Islam Activist

By Taylor Link, Salon

The U.S. ambassador of International Religious Freedom lobbied Britain to show sympathy to chief white nationalist

Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper Lectures GOP Senator Equating NATO with Russian Aggression

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

"Russia invades other countries and takes over those countries."

California Dems Refuse to Endorse Dianne Feinstein for a Second Time

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Progressive challenger Kevin de León received a landslide endorsement from California Democrats

Are We Alone? The Question is Worthy of Serious Scientific Study

By , The Conversation

If there are indeed extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth, it would greatly benefit us to know about them, their nature and their intent.

The Overlooked Irony of Sarah Sanders' Red Hen Restaurant Incident

By Wallace Hettle , History News Network

The Red Hen is across the street from the house of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, which is still open to visitors.

The Map That Shocked Obama

By subir, Daily Kos

It is troubling that the otherwise well-informed Obama was unaware of the true impact of Israeli policies on Palestinians.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

‘He Doesn’t Read’: Ex-US Ambassador to Russia Details Putin’s Strategic Advantage over Trump Ahead of ‘Dangerous’ Helsinki Summit

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Michael McFaul also ripped the president's decision to label the European Union a "foe."

Is Donald Trump Ushering In a New World War?

By Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Those of us who imagine a more democratic and egalitarian future are at great moral risk.

Yes, Trump Is a Narcissist — But It's Literally A Million Times Worse Than That

By Faith Gardner, Daily Kos

It’s not just Trump who is a narcissist beyond help, it’s everyone who still follows him.

'Fake News': European Council President Hits Back After Trump Calls the E.U. America's 'Foe'

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news."

Forget Impeachment — Here Are 7 Other Ways Donald Trump’s Presidency Might Go Down in Flames

By Arun Gupta, AlterNet

Trump is sowing the seeds of his own demise

Jimmy Carter Reflects on a Lifetime: 'Under Trump, the Government is Worse Than It Has Been Before'

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

Exactly 39 years ago, President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech that foresaw many of the problems America faces now

British Prime Minister Theresa May: Trump 'Told Me I Should Sue the E.U.' Over Brexit

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The British Prime Minster said his advice will go unheeded.

The Overlooked Irony of Sarah Sanders' Red Hen Restaurant Incident

By Wallace Hettle , History News Network

The Red Hen is across the street from the house of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, which is still open to visitors.

Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper Lectures GOP Senator Equating NATO with Russian Aggression

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

"Russia invades other countries and takes over those countries."

California Dems Refuse to Endorse Dianne Feinstein for a Second Time

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Progressive challenger Kevin de León received a landslide endorsement from California Democrats

Are We Alone? The Question is Worthy of Serious Scientific Study

By , The Conversation

If there are indeed extraterrestrial craft visiting Earth, it would greatly benefit us to know about them, their nature and their intent.

Fox News Busted for Quietly Deleting Tweet Claiming Mueller Hasn't Nabbed Anyone from Trump's Campaign

By David Edwards, Raw Story

The Fox & Friends tweet Sunday was categorically false.

Think GOP Lawmakers Aren't Unhinged Enough to Endorse Program Called "Kinderguardians" That Puts Guns in Hands of 4-Year-Old Kids? Watch Them

By Jon Queally, Common Dreams

Sacha Baron Cohen's new show is about to drop and exposed nut-job Republicans are not happy about it

Trump’s Claim That Europe is ‘Losing Its Culture’ is Racism – And It Must be Challenged

By , The Conversation

Britain is experiencing a moment of great cultural tension. The US president isn't helping.

The Map That Shocked Obama

By subir, Daily Kos

It is troubling that the otherwise well-informed Obama was unaware of the true impact of Israeli policies on Palestinians.

What Came Before #MeToo: The Himpathy That Shaped Misogyny

By Lilian Calles Barger, YES! Magazine

Sexual coercion at work had to be named before it could be fought, and feminists of the 1970s identified common experiences women suffered by naming marital rape and domestic abuse.

The Numbers Don't Lie: President Donald Trump Has Become Increasingly Dishonest

By Taylor Link, Salon

Most of Trump's falsehoods occur during his speeches.

Royal Family 'Simply Refused to Attend' Meeting With Trump And Melania During UK Visit: 'It Was a Snub'

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Prince Charles and Prince William reportedly refused to meet with Donald and Melania Trump in London.

My Grandfather Was a Nazi Collaborator

By Silva Foti, Salon

A deathbed promise led to me discovering his complicity in the Holocaust — and what it means beyond my family

The Horrors of Terrorism Makes Travel an Imperative Not a Luxury

By Dana McMahan, Salon

Making the ephemeral and still vital human connections during travel connects people in joy and in tragedy

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen is Back: Can a Harmless Prankster Become a Weaponized Troll Against the Right Wing?

By Melanie McFarland, Salon

The “Borat” creator is back with “Who Is America?” on Showtime Sunday.

'A Moment in American History': Ex-GOP Lawmaker Argues Mueller's Latest Charges Should Make Us 'Fearful' of the President

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"We should eject Russian diplomats and we should bring our U.S. diplomats home from Russia."

New Mueller Indictments Prove That Donald Trump is an Illegitimate President

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

Anybody who gets elected to office in this country with the help of the intelligence agents of a foreign power has been elected illegitimately. It’s not a tough call.

Bulldozed to Death for Growing 10 Marijuana Plants

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

It’s not marijuana that’s killing people, but marijuana prohibition.

White Woman Calls Cops on Black Man for Listening to Yoga CD in His Car

By Tana Ganeva, Raw Story

Now yoga can be added to the list of normal activities black people might engage in that get the cops called on them.

A New Fox News Poll Should Scare the Hell Out of Republicans as 2018 Midterms Loom

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

The big question is whether a Democratic sweep in November could imperil Trump's presidency.

These 6 Crucial Details in Mueller's Latest Indictments Show There Are Many Shoes Left to Drop

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

This is a major development in the case.

Is Organic Food Really Better for You?

By Kristin Lawless, Independent Media Institute

The flip side of the “organic” and "grass fed" trends.

'It's Not a Joke': CNN's Jake Tapper Breaks Down Mueller's Bombshell Indictments — And What It Means for Trump

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Twelve intelligence officers were charged for their involvement in 2016 election meddling.

Black Man Turns the Tables on 'Permit Betty' After She Calls the Cops on a San Francisco Street Vendor

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

San Francisco has a new "Permit Patty" — but in a now-viral video, the tables were turned.

Trump Fears Rosenstein Is a 'Covert Liberal Trying to Undermine His Presidency': Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president is planning on meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Jill Stein Is Using the 2016 Election ‘Recount’ Money She Solicited to Pay for Her Russia-related Legal Bills

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

She originally tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used.

Here Are the DEA’s 10 Most Ludicrous Slang Terms for Marijuana

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

America’s narcs are light-years out of touch.

'There Are More Indictments to Come': Former Federal Prosecutor Explains What the Pattern of Mueller's Charges Shows

By Cody Fenwick, AlteNet

He said that the investigation is following the pattern of a corruption investigation.

Did Everyone Actually Die Young in Ancient Societies?

By Christine Cave, Aeon

Our ideas are often based on myth.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump Fears Rosenstein Is a 'Covert Liberal Trying to Undermine His Presidency': Report

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president is planning on meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

'A Moment in American History': Ex-GOP Lawmaker Argues Mueller's Latest Charges Should Make Us 'Fearful' of the President

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"We should eject Russian diplomats and we should bring our U.S. diplomats home from Russia."

Here Are the DEA’s 10 Most Ludicrous Slang Terms for Marijuana

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

America’s narcs are light-years out of touch.

These 6 Crucial Details in Mueller's Latest Indictments Show There Are Many Shoes Left to Drop

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

This is a major development in the case.

The Dollar Is a Global Currency — Now More Than Ever

By Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute

Goodbye LIBOR, hello SOFR.

This Disgusting Scheme to Enrich Cops by Starving Prisoners May Soon Be Scuttled

By Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Daily Kos

Alabama’s sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to pre-World War II statutory language.

'There Are More Indictments to Come': Former Federal Prosecutor Explains What the Pattern of Mueller's Charges Shows

By Cody Fenwick, AlteNet

He said that the investigation is following the pattern of a corruption investigation.

It Really Looks Like Russians Were Following Trump's Directions to Hack Clinton's Emails

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

A new indictment casts more light on the famous Russian hacks of the 2016 campaign.

'It's Not a Joke': CNN's Jake Tapper Breaks Down Mueller's Bombshell Indictments — And What It Means for Trump

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Twelve intelligence officers were charged for their involvement in 2016 election meddling.

Healthy Eating During a Trade War: Here's How Trump's Reckless Foreign Policy Could Squeeze the Poor Even More

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Eating healthy could become even more cost-prohibitive for America’s poor and lower-middle classes in a trade war.

'To Call Her Dishonest Is Unfair': Fox News Reporter Condemns Trump for Attacking NBC Colleague and CNN

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

He directly condemned the president's use of the term "fake news" to inaccurately denigrate coverage he doesn't like.

U.S. Congressional Candidate Solicited Stolen Documents from Russians: Mueller Indictment

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

See the portion of the indictment containing the explosive claim.

12 Russian Intelligence Officers Indicted by Mueller Probe for Hacking DNC and Infiltrating State Election Databases

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The deputy attorney general held a press conference to discuss the latest developments.

Watch Stephen Colbert’s Hilarious Re-Enactment of FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s Explosive House Hearing

By Rachel Leah, Salon

He dedicated the entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday.

Reich: Here's What We Can Do About Trump's Escalating Lies

By Robert Reich, RobertReich.org

Be active now, before Election Day – on behalf of the truth.

Jill Stein Is Using the 2016 Election ‘Recount’ Money She Solicited to Pay for Her Russia-related Legal Bills

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

She originally tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used.

A Caravan of Grandmas Are Headed to the Mexican Border to Support Immigrant Families

By Lornet Turnbull, Yes! Magazine

The idea of the cross-country journey spread in much the way other movements have, taking root on social media and growing from there.

Did Everyone Actually Die Young in Ancient Societies?

By Christine Cave, Aeon

Our ideas are often based on myth.

Here's Why The Simpsons Are Needed More Than Ever in the Age of Donald Trump

By , The Conversation

In an era of fast news, The Simpsons' slow satire continues to reveal new truths about America.

What is Novichok? A Neurotoxicologist Explains Russian Nerve Agent Attacks

By , The Conversation

Much of what is known about Novichok is conjecture.

Here's Why Emmett Till's Life Remains Relevant Today

By , The Conversation

The Till case continues to resonate with audiences around the world because the case represents an egregious case of justice denied.

Was Martin Luther King a Socialist?

By Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking

He actually addressed the issue head-on.

Black Man Turns the Tables on 'Permit Betty' After She Calls the Cops on a San Francisco Street Vendor

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

San Francisco has a new "Permit Patty" — but in a now-viral video, the tables were turned.

Has the Republican Party Become a Trump Cult?

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

All cults are mutual adulation societies that issue get-out-of-anxiety-free trump cards to all members.

Conservative slams GOP Hypocrites Like Mike Pence on Strzok: 'There's a Reason They're Called the Stupid Party'

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

The conservative columnist told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that even Vice President Mike Pence warned that Trump must not be allowed to win the nomination, yet agreed to become his running mate and serve alongside the former reality TV star in the White House.

The Trump Baby Balloon Perfectly Illustrates Why Humor Is Such a Powerful Form of Protest

By , The Conversation

Humor, in the forms of chants, performances, satire, cartoons, theatre, jokes, memes and puns has a long tradition in protest movements.

How the Fight Against Affirmative Action at Harvard Could Threaten Rich Whites

By Daniel Golden, Pro Publica

If preferences for black and Hispanic applicants are abolished, expect a backlash against admissions boosts for children of alumni and donors.

Want to Leave the World Less Cluttered? Stop Relying on Recycling and Do This Instead

By Lydia Chodosh, Independent Media Institute

We can no longer rely on simple solutions like recycling to solve our plastic waste problem.

The Emotional Labor Force is Ready to Go on Strike

By Mary Elizabeth Wililams, Salon

The amount of unpaid work it takes to get sexist, racist, bullying people out of positions of power is mindboggling.

Democrat Rattles Off an Epic Series of Republicans' Insults of Donald Trump to Make a Very Important Point

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Some of my colleagues have disgraced themselves today..."

Here's Why Trump Tries So Hard to Be on Putin's Good Side

By Neil Baron, Salon

It has nothing to do with politics.

'He Just Wants to Tear Things Down': Paul Krugman Explains How Trump's Destructive Tendencies Imperil Us All

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"[If] Trump isn’t literally a Russian agent, he certainly behaves like one on every possible occasion."

Here’s Why the New BBC Report on Trump’s Predatory Behavior Won't Sway His Evangelical Followers

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Far-right white evangelicals who hate the poor as much as they hate abortion, porn and same-sex marriage.

Donald Trump, Russia and Money: What We Learned From This Year’s NATO Summit

By , The Conversation

From awkwardness and confusion to rancour, Trump certainly left his mark on the 2018 NATO summit.

Trump Makes Bizarre Claim that He's More Popular than Abraham Lincoln

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump once berated Hillary Clinton for comparing herself to Lincoln.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

'He Just Wants to Tear Things Down': Paul Krugman Explains How Trump's Destructive Tendencies Imperil Us All

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"[If] Trump isn’t literally a Russian agent, he certainly behaves like one on every possible occasion."

Democrat Rattles Off an Epic Series of Republicans' Insults of Donald Trump to Make a Very Important Point

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Some of my colleagues have disgraced themselves today..."

Trump Makes Bizarre Claim that He's More Popular than Abraham Lincoln

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump once berated Hillary Clinton for comparing herself to Lincoln.

'You Need Your Medication!': House Panel Erupts after GOP Rep Attacks Strzok's 'Little Smirk' and Muses About His Marriage

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The U.S. House of Representatives became a pit of screams and personal attacks.

Congress Is Completely Ignoring the Blatant Bias in the FBI Against Hillary Clinton that Likely Swung the 2016 Election

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Republicans' conspiracy theories about the FBI go in completely the wrong direction.

Does Trump Want to Sabotage the United Nations?

By Evelyn Leopold, Independent Media Institute

The Trump administration seems to see no value in participating in international conferences.

Here Are Five Ways the Trump Administration Could Be the Death of FDR’s New Deal

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The New Deal and Great Society aren’t dead yet but are definitely on life support.

Want to Leave the World Less Cluttered? Stop Relying on Recycling and Do This Instead

By Lydia Chodosh, Independent Media Institute

We can no longer rely on simple solutions like recycling to solve our plastic waste problem.

Total Civility in Political Discourse Is Admirable — But These Are Not Civil Times

By Michael Winship, Common Dreams

Words pale in comparison to the deeds of this administration.

Here’s Why the New BBC Report on Trump’s Predatory Behavior Won't Sway His Evangelical Followers

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Far-right white evangelicals who hate the poor as much as they hate abortion, porn and same-sex marriage.

Avenatti Announces That Charges Against Stormy Daniels Have Been Dropped Following Her Arrest

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

She was arrested last night in what her lawyer described as a political set-up.

Walmart Patents 'Big Brother-Style' Surveillance Technology to Spy on Workers' Conversations

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

The corporation is calling the invention "listening to the frontend."

Democrats Need to Fight for Impeachment — It's the Only Antidote to the Trump's Lies

By Peter Birkenhead, Salon

If you’re playing chess with someone who puts a hand grenade on the board, you don’t try to capture the grenade with your bishop.

Will Kavanaugh Make Trump a Monarch?

By Joe Conason, Creators Syndicate

If senators oppose the president's authoritarian ambitions, then they must reject his latest nominee.

Here's Why Vaccine Opponents Think They Know More Than Medical Experts

By , The Conversation

Finding new ways to present scientific consensus on vaccines to an audience skeptical of medical experts should be a priority.

Does Thinking You Look Fat Impact How Much Money You Earn?

By , The Conversation

We already know it takes a toll on mental and physical health.

Hightower: We're Becoming Trapped Inside Trump's Deranged Reality

By Jim Hightower, Creators Syndicate

The autocratic property owner is making us forget how bonkers this country has actually become.

Trump and Congressional Republicans Are Working to ‘End Welfare As We Know It’

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, Independent Media Institute

They are setting the stage for the elimination of the social safety net altogether.

'What's the Plan?': Republicans Are Terrified of Trump's Trade War with the World

By Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos

His actions could destroy them during the midterms.

American Democracy is In Peril — And It's Not Because of 'Bots'

By Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute

The absence of meaningful checks and balances is a defining feature of our political time.

Here's Why Trump Tries So Hard to Be on Putin's Good Side

By Neil Baron, Salon

It has nothing to do with politics.

Here's How Shady Russian Cash Flowed Through Trump's Toronto Hotel — And Ultimately Back to the President Himself: Report

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

A bombshell report by the Financial Times reveals how Trump's business partner may have facilitated the transactions.

Stormy Daniels Arrested at an Ohio Strip Club — Michael Avenatti Calls It a Set Up

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

The adult film star was charged under a law that requires strip club dancers to maintain distance from patrons.

'I Just Think the Russians Have the Goods on This Guy': Retired Lt. Colonel Says Blackmail Explains Trump's Fondness for Putin

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president efforts to undermine NATO only serve to bolster Russia.

'Fat Mexican B*tches': Racist White Women Attack Colorado Neighbors and Defy Police Order to Go Home

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

One officer had to threaten the women with jail to stop the attacks.

'This Is What the News Is Like in Hell': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Is Dumbfounded By Trump Official Playing the 'Real Victim'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The administration is completely botching its response to a self-imposed crisis, but top officials apparently want sympathy.

'Never Before in History': Fox News' Shep Smith Assails Trump for 'Unprecedented' Attacks on NATO Allies

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"The president could turn back the global clock centuries."

For All His Bluster, Trump is Powerless Against NATO Allies — Here's Why

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute

Trump will gradually disappear from the stage. But other names will remain intact: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon...

Obama Leaves Trump in the Dust in Public's Ranking of the Best Presidents

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president."

Papa John's Founder Resigns from Board After Using the N-Word on Company Call

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

It's not the first time John Schnatter has found himself eliciting outrage.

'HOW DARE YOU': Sarah Palin Goes on Unhinged Rant After Getting 'Duped' by Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

She was led to believe the dubious interview was for a "legit Showtime historical documentary."

White House Blames 'Pastries and Cheese' for John Kelly's Pained Expression at Summit — Not Trump's Galling Attacks on Allies

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

It's not even clear the statement was supposed to be taken seriously.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

'I Just Think the Russians Have the Goods on This Guy': Retired Lt. Colonel Says Blackmail Explains Trump's Fondness for Putin

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president efforts to undermine NATO only serve to bolster Russia.

Papa John's Founder Resigns from Board After Using the N-Word on Company Call

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

It's not the first time John Schnatter has found himself eliciting outrage.

'This Is What the News Is Like in Hell': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Is Dumbfounded By Trump Official Playing the 'Real Victim'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The administration is completely botching its response to a self-imposed crisis, but top officials apparently want sympathy.

'Time Is Running Out on Michael Cohen': Michael Avenatti Predicts Trump's Former Lawyer Will Soon Face Charges

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"I don't think this is going to be delayed well into the fall."

Obama Leaves Trump in the Dust in Public's Ranking of the Best Presidents

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"When asked which president has done the best job in their lifetimes, more Americans name Barack Obama than any other president."

White House Blames 'Pastries and Cheese' for John Kelly's Pained Expression at Summit — Not Trump's Galling Attacks on Allies

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

It's not even clear the statement was supposed to be taken seriously.

Here's Why Trump's Commitment to Nominating Young Judges Will Leave a Mark on the Judiciary for Decades

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The president is shaping America's future in his frightening image.

'Never Before in History': Fox News' Shep Smith Assails Trump for 'Unprecedented' Attacks on NATO Allies

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"The president could turn back the global clock centuries."

Mueller Uses Manafort's Own Words Against Him After He Bragged About Receiving 'VIP' Treatment in Jail

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The alleged felon reportedly found a "workaround" on the prison's email ban.

For All His Bluster, Trump is Powerless Against NATO Allies — Here's Why

By Vijay Prashad, Independent Media Institute

Trump will gradually disappear from the stage. But other names will remain intact: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon...

Top Trump Evangelical Advisor Ruthlessly Mocked for Bashing Immigrants by Claiming Jesus Didn't Break the Law

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

She appears to know nothing about her own professed religion.

Christian Scholar Urges Evangelicals to 'Forget the Demigods' and Leave Trumpism

By , The Conversation

The religious right is acting from a lack of faith.

Meet the Far-Right, Trump-Supporting California Prosecutor Suspended for Threatening Maxine Waters

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

"I cannot believe how shallow Democrats are. They must really think people are stupid."

'Fat Mexican B*tches': Racist White Women Attack Colorado Neighbors and Defy Police Order to Go Home

By Brad Reed, Raw Story

One officer had to threaten the women with jail to stop the attacks.

Here's How Trump is Going Around Congress in His Quest to Destroy Obamacare

By Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

The president is still trying to completely dismantle his predecessor's legacy.

'HOW DARE YOU': Sarah Palin Goes on Unhinged Rant After Getting 'Duped' by Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

She was led to believe the dubious interview was for a "legit Showtime historical documentary."

Donald Trump’s Startling Global Agenda: Taking White Supremacy Worldwide

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Trump appointee kills UN language on racism, hate speech and nationalism, claiming there’s no rise in intolerance

Will Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski Really Save Us from Brett Kavanaugh? Don’t Bet on It

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

But it certainly couldn’t hurt to bombard their offices with phone calls.

How President Donald Trump Could Be Impeached — According to Constitutional Scholar Alan Dershowitz

By Shira Tarlo, Salon

Why Dershowitz contends Johnson’s 1868 and Clinton’s 1998 and 1999 impeachment proceedings were illegitimate

‘Another Broken Promise’: ICE Union Blasts Trump Administration’s Immigration Incompetence

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

“They can’t change and they can’t innovate,” Chris Crane said.

How I Got PTSD From My Marriage

By Jennifer Williams-Fields, Your Tango

Abuse is slow and methodical and incessant, like a dripping kitchen faucet.

Historian Dispels Notion Trump 'Hijacked' America: We Weren't 'Captured' by Him — We Surrendered to Our 'Worst Instincts'

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

“Donald Trump is the most vivid manifestation of the least attractive characteristics in the national character."

Here's Why Right-Wingers Are So Threatened by Hearing Foreign Languages in the Trump Era

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Xenophobia runs deep among the far-right.

CNN's Anderson Cooper Tears Apart the Trump Admin.'s Avalanche of Lies About the Cruel Family Separation Policy

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The administration has continues to mislead the public about what it's doing.

Christian Broadcaster Claims Democrats Will Go on Killing Spree Against Republicans in Deranged Rant

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

"At what point do you charge the Democratic Party with being a terrorist organization?” he asked.

'A Partisan Shock Trooper in a Black Robe': This 2012 Case Shows Why Brett Kavanaugh Would Be A Danger on the Supreme Court

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Steven Pearlstein described him as "dismissive of the most fundamental rules of judicial restraint."

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Alan Dershowitz Slams the Russia Probe on Fox News — And Proves He Has No Idea What He's Talking About

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Dershowitz has complained that he has been ostracized for defending Trump. Maybe this is why.

'A Partisan Shock Trooper in a Black Robe': This 2012 Case Shows Why Brett Kavanaugh Would Be A Danger on the Supreme Court

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Steven Pearlstein described him as "dismissive of the most fundamental rules of judicial restraint."

CNN's Anderson Cooper Tears Apart the Trump Admin.'s Avalanche of Lies About the Cruel Family Separation Policy

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The administration has continues to mislead the public about what it's doing.

Former Trump Aide Mike Flynn Backs Out of Surreal Plan to Launch New Foreign Lobbying Firm After Pleading Guilty in Russia Probe

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump's former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Here's Why Right-Wingers Are So Threatened by Hearing Foreign Languages in the Trump Era

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Xenophobia runs deep among the far-right.

The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History

By Ariel Dorfman, Tom Dispatch

Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

Life After Roe v. Wade: Here’s What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level.

European Official Slams Trump with Reminder to 'Appreciate' Allies: 'You Don't Have All that Many'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today.”

Stormy Daniels Offers Priceless Assessment of Michael Avenatti: He Paints with 'Tears of His Enemies'

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

The piece is filled with amazing quotes about the president's chief public foil.

'Disaster for Internet Freedom': Trump Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh Despises Net Neutrality and Loves Mass Surveillance

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Advocacy groups are warning about the 53-year-old judge's already-established record

'Overdose Prevention’ Bill Would Actually Increase Overdoses by Driving People Out of Treatment

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

Drug treatment and recovery groups are lining up against the measure, which strips drug patients of crucial privacy protections.

Trump Administration Will Only Reunite Half of Separated Migrant Kids Under Age Five by Court Deadline

By Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos

The administration can’t even say for sure how many migrant kids it has kidnapped from parents in recent weeks.

Kavanaugh's Confirmation to the Supreme Court Is Likely— And Contraception Is on the Christian Fundamentalist Chopping Block

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Abortion isn't the only women's health care service they want to abolish.

Christian Broadcaster Claims Democrats Will Go on Killing Spree Against Republicans in Deranged Rant

By Chris Sosa, AlterNet

"At what point do you charge the Democratic Party with being a terrorist organization?” he asked.

Mexico's President-Elect Plans to End the Nation's War on Drugs

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

The new course marks a dramatic shift from his predecessor.

Don't Be Afraid to Go Low — And 12 Other New Strategies for Dealing with Right-Wing Trolls

By Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet

How to mess with a troll in ways they don’t expect, ways that are perfectly suited to your wits and potential repertoire -- but that you haven’t let yourself use until now.

'Elections Have Consequences': Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination Is a Harsh Reminder That Obama Was Right

By Matthew Rozsa, Salon

The events of the last year-and-a-half demonstrate the moral and logical fallacies of throwing away one’s vote.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Agreed to Retire After Urging Trump to Pick Brett Kavanaugh: Report

By Travis Gettys, Raw Story

A source said Kennedy felt comfortable retiring after Trump's team assured him he'd choose from a suitable list of replacements.

Trump Refuses to Call Putin a Foe: 'I Really Can't Say Right Now'

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"As far as I’m concerned, a competitor."

Progressives Vow to #StopKavanaugh After Trump Nominates 'Narrow-Minded Elitist Who Would Favor Wealthy and Powerful' to Supreme Court

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"Any senator—Democrat or Republican—who votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is knowingly voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, undermine our civil rights, and supercharge Republican efforts to suppress the vote."

'The Tax Cut Is Utterly Failing to Deliver': Paul Krugman Warns Trump's Economic Policy Could Lead to 'Maximum Self-Harm'

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"Thanks to the looming trade war, U.S. soybean prices have plummeted, and the farmers of Iowa are facing a rude awakening."

The Brexit Plan That Could Bring Down the British Government – Explained

By , The Conversation

Two years after the Brexit referendum, Cabinet members apparently agreed on the country's vision for its future relationship with the EU. But it has already led to a flurry of resignations.

Trump's SCOTUS Reality TV Show: When Networks Help the President Win Ratings, Democracy Loses

By Melanie McFarland, Salon

Of course the former host of “The Apprentice” would treat his SCOTUS nomination like a ratings stunt

Former Intelligence Officer Malcolm Nance: We’re 'on the Cusp' of 'Losing the American Constitutional Republic Forever'

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

Putin is Trump’s “handler” and we’re in a “Benedict Arnold moment."

The View's Whoopi Goldberg Defends Sunny Hostin After Racist Harassers Target Her Fourth of July Party: 'This is Our Country, My Friends'

By Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet

Sunny Hostin said her Fourth of July partt was interrupted by a group of kids yelling the n-word at them.

'Those Are Stupid People': Trump Reportedly Trashed His Own Administration While Talking to Putin

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump is preparing for a one-on-one meeting with the Russian president.

5 Things You Should Know About Trump's Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The president's pick will, if confirmed, replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Trump Alt-Right Aide Stephen Miller Whines He Got Cursed Out by a Bartender After Ordering $80 Worth of Sushi

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

Anthony Scaramucci complained the public's "viciousness" is "wearing people out."

'Humiliated and Empty-Handed': Conservative Writer Blasts Trump's Utter Failure at North Korean Diplomacy

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Trump's "dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception," Max Boot writes.

Meet People of Praise: Why This Far-Right Cult Shouldn’t Be Allowed Anywhere Near the Supreme Court

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Its practices include requiring members to swear an oath of loyalty to the group and teaching that wives must be submissive to their husbands.

U.S. Customs' 'Handmaid's Tale' Moment: Mother Says She Was Hounded About Why She Didn't Take Her Husband's Last Name

By Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story

“I then proceeded to tell them that they were perpetuating an institutionalized misogynistic system," she said.

Here Are Six Reasons Why the Poor Are Much Better Off in Europe Than in the U.S.

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Poverty can be much more painful in the U.S. than in European social democracies.

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