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Complicit: Trump’s Hypnosis of the Republican Party is Complete - And the Fate of America's Democracy Itself is at Stake

The problem isn't that the president is under investigation for serious crimes (other presidents have faced that predicament). It isn't even that Trump is going out of his way to undermine the Justice Department officials whose job it is to hold him accountable (again, other presidents have also been in that situation).

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Ryan’s Obsequious Tribute To Trump On Fox Draws Jeers

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

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Trump's Interior Nominee Ryan Zinke Doubles Down on Coal

During his confirmation hearing Tuesday, Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke emphasized the incoming Trump administration’s vow to recommit America to fossil fuels development while disregarding renewables and the need to act on climate change.

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'Americans Are Terrified': Jake Tapper Makes Paul Ryan Answer for Wave Pro-Trump Hate Crimes

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday said that Donald Trump supporters who bully women and minorities were not welcome in the Republican Party.

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Robert Reich Lists and Smashes Paul Ryan's 7 Terrible Ideas (VIDEO)

Yesterday, the new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, summed up his House Republican agenda – vowing to pursue legislation that would frame a stark choice for voters in 2016.

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Paul Krugman Has Taught Them Nothing: Republicans Would Tank the Economy Again, Given Another Chance

The idea that George W. Bush “kept us safe” has rightly been exposed to ridicule recently by Donald Trump. But Bush also failed miserably on another front: keeping us safe economically, as he presided over the biggest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression — and his presidency was already an economic disaster before that, per Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

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How Right-Wing Radicals -- From Nixon to Paul Ryan -- Have Deceived America

From Nixon to Reagan to Gingrich to Bush to Paul Ryan and Chris Christie today, leaders who’ve shifted America to the right have been aided by moderating misrepresentations.  In the case of Reagan, it was not just the man, but conservatism itself that received the flattering reinterpretation. That was a difference that mattered; it goes to the heart of why Reagan is the American right’s touchstone. But the more general process of misrepresenting and reinterpreting increasingly radical ideological figures as if they were normal, everyday pragmatic problem-solvers is one that’s been a repeated leitmotif in America’s political trajectory since Richard Nixon’s political resurrection in 1968.

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AlterNet Radio: How We Destroyed Iraqi Society; GOP Rebranding -- Lipstick on a Pig?

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy talks to Joshua Holland about efforts to rebrand the GOP after Republicans' fourth popular vote loss in the past five presidential elections.

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The 5 Worst Things About The House GOP’s New Budget

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the third iteration of the GOP budget on Tuesday morning. The document achieves balance in 10 years by maintaining the high revenue levels and health care savings that Republicans have vociferously opposed and slashing the health and safety net programs that middle and lower income Americans rely on. Top-income earners and corporations, meanwhile, would benefit from huge tax breaks.

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Obama's Call for Rise in Minimum Wage Draws Predictable Republican Response

President Obama's proposal in his State of the Union address Tuesday to raise the minimum wage and, for the first time, index it to inflation elicited the bogus response Republicans have been spouting on the subject for 75 years, ever since the Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938.

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Paul Ryan Wants Spending Cuts That He Said Would "Devastate" the American Economy

During an interview on Meet The Press on Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) predicted that the sequester cuts are “going to happen” and made no concrete proposals for how to avoid the reductions. The tone represents a sharp rhetorical and policy shift for the onetime GOP vice presidential nominee, who warned during the 2012 presidential campaign that the cuts would “devastate” the country and undermine job growth.

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