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Documentarian Ken Burns warned Trump's rise would be 'Hitler-esque.' Here's what else he predicted

“...He (Trump) represents the greatest threat to American democracy since the Second World War. He is so fundamentally un-American...” — Ken Burns on Donald Trump, 2016 Variety Interview

The above quote is by award-winning filmmaker and documentarian Ken Burns. Millions have enjoyed his many acclaimed films on PBS. Some of those documentaries include The Civil War, The Central Park Five, The Roosevelts, The Vietnam War, College Behind Bars, Jazz, , Baseball, Country Music, Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony and Unforgivable Blackness. To date, Burns, 66, has made over 30 historical films/documentaries.

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Former attorney general sums up Willam Barr with one tweet

Former Attorney General Eric Holder of the Obama Administration did not hold back on his tweet directed at the current AG Willam Barr, calling him “unfit.”

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Tennessee GOP House Speaker forced to resign over leaked 'locker room' texts

After being exposed for texting illicit and racist messages, Tennessee Republican House Speaker Glen Casada announced he will be stepping down. The leaked text messages were between him and his former chief of staff. NPR reports:

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Ocasio-Cortez slams abortion ban: 'Of course, no extra punishment for the rapists'

On Wednesday and early Thursday morning, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) took to Twitter to discuss the draconian abortion laws, which are being swiftly enacted in several states. Here are four tweets, in quote form, followed by the link to the tweets.

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This country superstar is giving back by opening a free grocery store in Nashville

Inspired after volunteering at a store in California, country musician Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, donned their hard hats last week to break ground for a free grocery store in Nashville, Tenn. It’s simply called ”The Store,” and there’s a reason they chose that name.

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A green, leafy, biodegradable alternative to plastic has people going bananas

A supermarket was spotted opting out of using plastic to wrap their produce. Instead they are choosing to use something biodegradable, aesthetically beautiful, non-toxic, waterproof and much cheaper than plastic. They are bundling their fruits and vegetables with banana leaves, and people are loving it.

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These are Mitch McConnell's nefarious links to Putin, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Russian companies

There always seems to be more to the story when it comes to Trump and Russia, and this time it involves Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

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GOP lawmaker who's now a Democrat: I no longer have 'that pit in my stomach'

When former Kansas City Republican Barbara Bollier endorsed a Democratic candidate, she was stripped of her committee leadership role. The Republican Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Boliler crossed the line. As it turned out, Wagler’s “line” became a good thing for Barbara Bollier, who is now the ranking Democrat on the health committee.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She’ll Serve at Least Another 5 Years - And Predicts the Pendulum Will Swing Back to Democrats

After going to see the production of “The Originalist” in New York City on Sunday night, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stopped to chat with some of the press. CNN quotes Ginsburg as saying she intends to stay on the SCOTUS bench for another five years 

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'Blue Christian' Pastor Condemns 'Sinful Silence' from Evangelical Churches on White Supremacy

North Carolina veteran pastor John Pavlovitz has been calling out Trump and the policies of the controlling Conservative party, since before the 2016 presidential election. But he doesn’t stop there. He also calls out/condemns his peers and fellow Christians who remain silent during the creation of a pseudo Christian religion devoid of “compassion, love, and commitment to the poor and disenfranchised.” He calls this new religion “a bitter tribe of angry, white nationalists who have no need for the open-hearted Jesus of the Gospels, when it can live off the closed borders of America First.“

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Watching ICE Terrorize Kids, a Flight Attendant Risks 29-Year Career: ‘I Will No Longer Be Complicit’

On Tuesday afternoon, a Texas flight attendant who works for a major airline posted a stunning statement on his Facebook page. The post was then picked up by the Houston Chronicle. Hunt Palmquist’s statement may very well have led to today’s historical decision within the airline industry.

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Internet Cheers Rob Reiner's Dead-On Tweet About Comedian Michelle Wolf, Trump and the White House Correspondents Dinner

Filmmaker, actor, producer, and staunch liberal activist Rob Reiner attended the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) in Washington DC on Saturday night. Early Sunday morning, like many, Reiner took to Twitter to comment on Michelle Wolf’s live roast of the Republican Party. Here’s the tweet.

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Jimmy Carter Fears America's Transformation From Democracy to Oligarchy Is All but Complete

At 93, former President Jimmy Carter is out promoting his 32nd book titled Faith: A Journey For All while taking interviews with various news groups along the way. This week, Judy Woodruff with PBS interviewed Carter in a two-part series. Here are excerpts from the first and second discussions.

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Parkland Student Sarah Chadwick Creates a Fearless Parody Mocking the Threatening NRA Ad

This past week, NRA spokesmodel Dana Loesch put out a threatening video ad against pretty much anyone who isn't supportive of the National Rifle Association and Trumpism. In response, Parkland high school student Sara Chadwick created a word-for-word parody of Loesh’s ad.

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17 Jewish Organizations Demand Stephen Miller's Dismissal in Powerful Open Letter

Last week, 17 Jewish organizations penned an open letter and sent it to the White House calling for the dismissal of the far-right Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. The letter claims Miller is guilty of “extreme viewpoints and advocacy of racist policies.” The protest was led by the National Council of Jewish Women. Here are excerpts:

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NFL Player Chris Long Refuses to Visit White House if Eagles Win Super Bowl

One of the most esteemed honors for Super Bowl winners is an invitation to the White House. NFL’s Chris Long, who is one of America’s most popular players turned down his invitation last year in protest against the policies and behavior of Donald Trump. At the time, Long was with the New England Patriots. He’s now with the Philadelphia Eagles—who are 2018 Super Bowl contenders. So Long just may get another invitation to the White House.

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Alyssa Milano's Scorching Response to Ivanka Trump's #TimesUp Tweet Might Be the Best Yet

Following Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, Ivanka Trump received a barrage of negative backlash across the country after weighing in on Oprah Winfrey’s stunning speech while accepting the esteemed Cecil B. DeMille award. Winfrey made a rallying cry to end sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse against women, and referred to the past year’s #MeToo movement, which encourages and supports victims to bravely speak out against their sexual perpetrators, regardless of how far back the incident(s) occurred. Winfrey also brought attention to an offspring of the #MeToo campaign called #TimesUp. This newer campaign sends out a strong message to sexual predators letting them know their time of “getting away with it” is up. 

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Can Ben Carson Really Be This Inept and Incompetent?

In this video by Now This, via CSPAN, Democratic Rep Al Green lights a fire under the feet of Housing Secretary Ben Carson, but it would seem even with his feet on fire, Carson opts to walk to the lake.  

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This David Letterman Quote About Trump Is Going Viral, and with Good Reason

Legendary talk show host veteran David Letterman made a point in July 2017 that continues to circulate social media. In essence, Letterman alludes we all know what the problem is—what (and where) are the solutions? Here is one of the more popular David Letterman memes including an excerpt from his original quote:

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Dan Rather Hammers Trump and His Enablers in Facebook Screed That's Not to Be Missed

Another great post by the respected newsman Dan Rather. On Sunday, Rather discusses Donald Trump’s incredible lack of leadership skills and the “understanding of the burdens of freedom.” Then Rather asks how far will Trump be allowed to go, how much damage will he do—before his enablers and accomplices in his administration and Republican-led Congress see the danger the rest of the world now sees and say, “Enough is enough?”

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Chrissy Teigen Unloads on Fox News with Both Barrels: 'Words Cannot Explain How Much I Detest You'

Poor Fox News. They were just minding their own business putting out false and hate-filled propaganda like any other day, when Sports Illustrated model, writer and cooking show host Chrissy Teigen rocked their boat. Hard to believe anyone would not be just thrilled to get a tag/mention on Twitter from Fox News. That's far from the case for Teigen who respectfully and unabashedly blasted the organization.

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Fox Host to Rep. Maxine Waters: 'Step Away From the Crack Pipe' - Her Reply to Women Is Stunning

Soon after Fox host Bill O’Reilly said he wouldn’t listen to California lawmaker Maxine Waters because of her hair, another insanely racist and derogatory Fox clip emerges showing Eric Bolling telling the Congresswoman, on air, to “step away from the crack pipe.” It gets worse.

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Bannon Makes Stunning Threat to Media: We're Going to Make It Worse for You Every Day

On Thursday, during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon shockingly admitted Donald Trump’s goal (Bannon’s goal) in appointing new precarious cabinet members to head protective government agencies like the EPA — is to dismantle and “deconstruct” those organizations altogether. You can read that Daily Kos story by Dartagnan here.

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Journalist Asks Trump Supporters: The F*ck Is Wrong With You? Have You Heard Him Speak?

Deadspin columnist, author, and GQ correspondent Drew Magary “wants a word with anyone who's about to be on the wrong side of history.” In his opinion piece published Wednesday, Magary speaks the inner thoughts of many when it comes to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump—the guy who brings most to the brink of implosion. Magary personifies those thoughts in a powerful compilation of verbiage directed in anger and frustration at Trump supporters.

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Facing a Massive Boycott, Target CEO Doubles Down on Support of LGBTQ Rights (Video)

CNBC interviewed Target’s CEO Brian Cornell on Wednesday and discussed the company’s liberal stance against discriminatory laws like North Carolina’s HB2. Target now is experiencing a massive backlash and boycott by an anti LGBTQ conservative organization called American Family Association. It’s reported that AFA has 1.2 million signatures on its petition — people pledging to not shop at Target stores because of the retail chain’s pro-LGBTQ position.

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Charter School of 11,000 Students Drops Foreign Language - What They Offer Instead May Stun Many

A little over a year ago, Sonali Kohli with The Atlantic reported a disturbing change in American schools. She focused on one particular educational group called Success Academy Charter Schools. They are self-proclaimed as being “the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City,” and they are responsible for approximately 11,000 students in 34 schools. 

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25 of America's Worst Charities - Plus Tips on How to Avoid Getting Scammed

In 2014, Americans donated an estimated $350 billion to charities. A generous country we are, but how much of those funds actually went to the advertised causes? You might not want to know. There are good charities and there are bad charities—and there are the worst charities.

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Ohio Woman Forced to Drive 300 Miles for Abortion - or Have a Stillborn Baby

Every day, we hear of Republican lawmakers introducing and pushing forward misogynistic bills that are not only an embarrassment to government and a huge waste of taxpayer money, they are also physically, emotionally and financially damaging to the women they attack. Jessie Balmert with USA Today reports:

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Why the True Definition of 'Pro-Life' Makes Anti-Abortion Republican Heads Explode

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the 'pro-life' movement:

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Mark Ruffalo on Mother's Abortion and Why It's Wrong to Say 'I Am Not A Feminist'

Actor, director, husband, father and activist, Mark Ruffalo has been outspoken on many social issues, including but not limited to; climate change, clean energy, water preservation, and women's issues.

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