AlterNet Staff

13 Bright Spots and Optimistic Thinkers Challenge the Dark Future of Trump

We all recognize the darkness that has descended upon us as the Trump administration reveals its reactionary intentions, levels of corruption and destructive and chaotic approach to governing. Some people are feeling apocalyptic about the future, as we have covered.

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Aaahhhhpocalypse Now!: 10 Dark Visions Headed Your Way

Things are not looking good out there. Manmade climate change has already led to widespread devastation, with more unimaginable horrors on the way. For half a generation, the United States has been immersed in futile wars that have only made the world more unsafe, and recent saber-rattling suggests more conflict is on the horizon. This country has too many guns, too many prisons and too few people holding nearly all the wealth. On top of it all, a hotheaded bully is charged with deciding when to whip out our great big missiles.

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WATCH: Reporter Arrested for 'Trying to Ask Tom Price Questions' About GOP's Obamacare Repeal

During a speech in West Virginia given by Health Secretary Tom Price, journalist Dan Heyman was reportedly arrested for asking Price about the GOP’s new healthcare bill.

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VIDEO: How Not to Dispose of that Marijuana Crop You Just Busted

Somewhere in Eastern Europe (Albania? Russia?) a police man is reconsidering his marijuana destruction tecniques. 

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A Car Full of the World's Worst A-Holes: The Photo That Captures the Essence of the Trump Campaign

Oh, look! It’s a picture of Rudy Giuliani and Roger Ailes—aka Trump’s work boyfriends—embodying the perfect image of corrupt, cigar-chomping, rich, puffy, white, political fat cat cliches. This is the Trump campaign summed up in a single image. Twenty bucks says they just hopped into this limo after yelling at the help, asking some woman CEO to go get them coffee, or getting red in the face as they shout "buy low, sell high!" into a phone.

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WATCH: Bill Maher Rips 'Andrew Dice Trump' With Foul-Mouthed Future State of the Union

Friday night in his new rules segment, Bill Maher imagined a future hell no one is prepared for yet. The joke has become a reality over the past few weeks as it's increasingly looking like Donald Trump willl become the GOP nomineee and possibly (gasp!) the president of the United States. 

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WATCH: Bill Maher Doubles Down on Bernie Endorsement: 'F*ck Yeah' He's Ready

On Friday night's Real Time Bill Maher made his love of Bernie Sanders even clearer and more unequivocal than before, issuing his most enthusiastic endorsement of the Vermont Democratic Socialist yet.

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Send a Holiday Message to a Prison Rape Survivor

The holidays are a wonderful time to spread well-wishes all around. This season, you can do that by sending a kind message to a survivor of prison sexual abuse.

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Bernie Sanders' Perfect Response to Donald Trump's Call to Ban All Muslim Immigration

On Monday afternoon, Donald Trump upped his xenophobia game, issuing a statement demanding an immediate halt to all Muslim immigration to the United States. 

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WATCH: SNL Has the Answer for Crazy Right-Wing Relatives This Thanksgiving

Saturday Night Live's  “A Thanksgiving Miracle" sketch has already gotten over 450 million views on YouTube.

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Watch: John Oliver's Excellent Response to Paris Attacks

On "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver weighed in on the Paris attacks in the most suitable fashion, with an epic rant made up almost entirely of obscenities followed by a shout-out to French pastry. 

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The Horrifying Terror Attack Last Week that You Aren't Hearing About

Reporting from Beirut, New York Times' Anne Barnard has a piece titled, "Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten" out today. In the article she details the double sucide-attack that took place in Lebanon on Thursday and killed 43 people. She contrasts the outpouring of support that Paris has received over the past two days with the lack of solidarity being shown for Beirut.

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Jeb Bush's Shockingly Heartless Response to Paris Attacks

This weekend GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush told CNN's Jake Tapper that the attacks on Paris should bring about a more rigorous screening process for refugees. He then clarified what he meant.

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Krugman: Why Is White America Killing Itself?

Today, Paul Krugman digs into a new disturbing trend in the American social landscape, recently announced in a new paper by two economists, "showing that mortality among middle-aged white Americans has been rising since 1999." Krugman writes:

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Tarantino to Maher: Police Unions Saying I Hate Cops is 'Slander' (VIDEO)

Filmmaker Quinten Tarantino has gotten into some hot water over comments he made about police abuse that the police don't seem to have actually listened to. The result is a strange controversy where Tarantino keeps reiterating one point (not all cops are murders, but we need to deal with the ones that are), while police unions from across the country keep yelling at him for saying something entirely different (all cops are murderers). The director of Hateful 8 went on Bill Maher's Real Time to clear things up. 

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WATCH: Sanders & Clinton Have Bonding Moment at Debate Over Email Scandal Stupidity

Bernie Sanders had a chance to pile on Hillary Clinton during the debate Tuesday night on the issue of the Benghazi email scandal but instead backed his putative opponent with full force. After Anderson Cooper repeatedly pressed Clinton on the issue he turned to the Vermont Senator, but Bernie wasn't having any of it. 

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WATCH: Maddow Brutally Mocks GOP's Speaker of the House Screw-Up

Kevin McCarthy's surprise dropout for the Speaker of the House position has left the Republican Party's leadership reeling and Rachel Maddow positively giddy. 

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WATCH: John Oliver Takes on the Pro-Gun 'Mental Health' Hypocrisy

Whenever a mass shooting occurs in the United States you can count on the right wing and the gun lobby to try shift the focus of the debate away from guns to mental health. Although mental health is obviously a key ingredient in America's mass shooting epidemic, the idea that it's the most important discussion to have after a shooting doesn't exactly hold up under scrutiny.

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Maher: Why the GOP Loves a Fake Capitalist Jesus, Not the Real Socialist One (VIDEO)

Bill Maher took some time out on Friday night's Real Time to point out the modern GOP was currently worshiping a totally fantastical Jesus. One who's contemptuous of the poor, greedy, and less about values and more about maximizing shareholder value. 

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WATCH: Trevor Noah Takes on Pope Mania in First Daily Show - 'He's Like a Young Bernie Sanders'

Well, it's certainly strange to see a new face behind the desk of the Daily Show but thus far Jon Stewart's replacement, Trevor Noah, seems fairly cool as the host of the newly-minted Daily Show. First Noah paid tribute to the former host:

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Watch: Bill Maher Skewers Conservative "Instant Heroes" Like Kim Davis and George Zimmerman

Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher skewered conservatives' habit of idolizing right-wing folk heroes that turn out to be racists, degenerates, hypocrites, or all of the above. 

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John Oliver: If You're Relying on Your Public Defender 'You're F*cked'

John Oliver took aim at the public defender system on last night's epidose of Last Week Tonight, citing the example of Fresno where defenders work on over 1,000 cases a year.

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WATCH: Bill Maher to Kim Davis: 'You Are Sharia Law'

On his Real Time show Friday night, host Bill Maher explained that there was no difference between embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis and Muslims who practice Sharia law.

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WATCH: Sandra Bland Speaks Truth in Video Before Her Suspicious Death in Texas Jail

In April, Sandra Bland, the woman who recently died under suspicious circumstances in a Waller County, Texas jail, posted a video to facebook. In it, the young woman directly speaks to the "white people" who are intent on posting "All Lives Matter" in response to her posting #BlackLivesMatter on her page. She patiently explains why this is incorrect thinking, and why they will be deleted and unfriended. 

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WATCH: Jon Stewart Lays Bare Antonin Scalia's Utter, Shameless Hypocrisy

Poor Antonin Scalia! He had such a rough week last week. His only consolation was getting to use fun words like "jiggery pokery" out of his "old man dictionary," according to Jon Stewart on Monday's Daily Show.

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WATCH: White Woman and Black Man Switch Mikes . . . And It's Astounding

This video barely needs introduction. Two students at Eastern Michigan University, Darius Simpson and Scout Bosley, switched mikes and perfectly illustrated the blindness of both male and white privilege. Powerful stuff!

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore Had the Best 2 Minutes on the Confederate Flag You'll See

During his panel discussion Tuesday night on the "Nightly Show," Larry Wilmore asked the actor Joe Morton what his character (Papa Pope on "Scandal") might say to defenders of the Confederate Flag.

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15 Ways Bill Clinton’s White House Failed America and the World

Bill Clinton remains one of America’s most popular presidents. A national poll last March by NBC and the Wall Street Journal found 56 percent of Americans had a clearly favorable view of Clinton. That’s long been true for African Americans—from novelist Toni Morrison famously calling him the “first black president” while in office, to books explaining his appeal after his presidency ended. 

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Mark Ruffalo Perfectly Lays Out Argument Against Fast-Tracking Insidious, Environment-Destroying TPP

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Bill Maher on Texas Cop: He's a 'High School Loser'

Real Time host Bill Maher went on a rant about Texas police Cpl. Eric Casebolt during Friday evening's show. “This is the high school loser who wants to re-litigate his shitty adolescence by being a cop, ’cause now he’s got some power, and he can lord it over people,” Maher told his panelists, “It’s not that hard to weed out that personality type, is it?”

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