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Monday July 31, 2017

It'd Be Pretty Easy For Trump To Pardon His Family Members. He Could Even Tweet It.
HP | Ryan J. Reilly | 07/31/17

There's a normal process for your average federal convict seeking a presidential pardon. There are petitions to prepare, letters to solicit, character affidavits to notarize, background checks to be conducted and federal prosecutors to be consulted. The whole process, controlled by the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, can take years, and there's a very slim chance the president will ultimately grant a pardon.

However, if your dad is the president and you're hoping to head off a potential indictment, you could just ask him to send a tweet.

President Donald Trump has, via Twitter, floated the possibility that he'll use pardons as a means of shutting down indictments that may grow out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian interference with the 2016 election. ... Read more

After debating into early hours of the morning, Senator McCain shocked his colleagues by voting "no" on the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.
19 seconds of drama: Reaction to McCain's vote | CNN | 07/28/17 | 1:18

Can General Kelly Stop the Chaos Inside Trump's West Wing?
TheAtlantic | David A. Graham | 07/28/17

President Trump replaced his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, with the current secretary of Homeland Security, a retired Marine general.

For once, the rumors of Reince Priebus's demise were not exaggerated. President Trump announced late Friday afternoon that he had named John Kelly as chief of staff, replacing Priebus. Priebus had been the subject to whispers of imminent dismissal more or less since he took the job, but the arrival of communications director Anthony Scaramucci last week, over Priebus's objection, seems to have sped up his departure. ... Read more

At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

'At Our Own Peril' is the product of a year-long U.S. Army War College (USAWC) research effort. The report was sponsored by Army G-3/5 (Strategy, Plans, and Policy Directorate), the Joint Staff, J-5 (Strategy Development Division), and the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development. The work is intended to add to the inevitable debates on risk and risk assessment accompanying forthcoming defense strategy development. The report endeavors to inform the defense strategy discussion by evaluating the components, high-level assessment, and articulation of risk by the Department of Defense (DoD) at the strategic and military levels of analysis, as well as across the operational and future challenges time horizon. Moreover, in doing so, it answers a single simple question: How should DoD adapt its current risk identification and assessment conventions to accommodate an environment defined by persistent, disruptive change? To arrive at actionable findings and recommendations, the USAWC study team examined DoD's risk assessment challenge in four principal areas of inquiry: describing risk, identifying risk, assessing risk, and effectively communicating risk. The study team found three clear vulnerabilities or shortcomings in current risk convention. First, it is excessively focused on near-term military threats. Second, it lacks a meaningful connection back to concrete defense objectives. Finally, third, it has proven to be an insufficient catalyst for essential post-primacy defense innovation and adaptation. These are reflected in a general dissatisfaction among many DoD stakeholders on the state of risk as it relates to corporate-level strategy.
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 31 [13:32]
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  2. Retired Police Detective: Trump's Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are "Treasonous"
  3. "Billion-Dollar Mistake": Democrats Neglect People of Color While Failing to Woo White Trump Voters
  4. Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War With Iran?
**Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says -> Pentagon: US Empire 'Collapsing,' So Give Us More Money | TRNN | 07/29/17 | 23:15
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The world is not asking the US to be the Sheriff of the World. It can't police the whole planet forever for its own misplaced phobia of other countries thinking the whole world is trying to destroy the US. It's actually the other way around the US needs to pull all of its 100+ military bases all around the world and stop meddling with other countries affairs.
*Bill Black -> Roll-Back of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy | TRNN | older, 06/13/17 | 14:26
*Bill Black -> Subprime Auto Loan Defaults on the Rise | TRNN | 07/31/17 | 13:34
*Michael Arria, labor reporter says -> Trump Stacking The National Labor Relations Board to Favor Corporations | TRNN | 07/31/17 | 11:24
*Ana Kasparian and Ann Coulter At Politicon: On Trump | TYT | 07/27/17 | 7:31
Scaramucci's Wife Files For Divorce | TYT | 07/28/17 | 7:17
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Lawrence: What John McCain's Health Care Vote Really Means | MSNBC Last Word | older, 07/25/17 | 8:16
Military Budgets
Note: the $611,000,000,000.00 is just the start. The nukes are in the Department of Energy. There are BILLIONS apon BILLIONS in Homeland Security. And this doesn't even account for all the Black programs. A lot of people think we spend between 1.2 to 1.4 TRILLION dollars on on military programs.
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Mika: What Will This Week Have In Store? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/31/17 | 21:07
How To Fix WH? A 'Hard-Nosed' Chain Of Command | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/31/17 | 11:26
Lawrence: Reince Priebus Exit Ends President Donald Trump's Worst Week Yet | MSNBC Last Word | 07/28/17 | 16:47
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Alex Jones | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 22:21
John Oliver - Anthony Scaramucci | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 4:40
John Oliver - McCain Stopped Obamacare Repeal | John Oliver | 07/30/17 | 4:53

07.31.2017. 11:18

Friday July 28, 2017

Obamacare Repeal Flames Out In The Republican Senate
HP | Jeffrey Young , Matt Fuller | 07/28/17

... The Republican majority in Congress has voted dozens of times since 2011 to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act, and a central element of the GOP's pitch to voters during last year's election was that giving Donald Trump the keys to the White House and leaving Congress in the Republican Party's hands was all that was needed to bring an end to Obamacare.

But when presented with their first genuine opportunity to do so ? and to have to answer for the consequences ? enough Republican senators flinched that the effort failed, despite pressure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump. Voting to dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans is easier when you know it can't happen than when you know it will.

The final vote for the Health Care Freedom Act, designed to eliminate core components of the Affordable Care Act, went down on a 49-51 vote, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joining with all 46 of the chamber's Democrats and both of its independents to defeat the measure. ... Read more

So far, Trump's golf trips has cost US tax payers $20,000,000.00 dollars.

**Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon
NewYorker.com | Ryan Lizza | 07/27/17

He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there.

On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn't happy. Earlier in the night, I'd tweeted, citing a "senior White House official," that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question--for me.

"Who leaked that to you?" he asked. I said I couldn't give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. "What I'm going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we'll start over," he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he's inherited in his new job. "I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can't help themselves," he said. "You're an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I'm asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it." ... Read more
**Scaramucci Imploding Before Our Eyes | TYT | 07/27/17 | 10:00

Scaramucci's CATASTROPHIC CNN Interview | TYT | 07/27/17 | 11:11
Trump supporter threatens Muslim women at Walmart: "We're going to kill every one of you f***ing Muslims"
"Why are you in our country anyway," a North Dakota woman grilled three young Somali women.

Trump's hitman melts down: But is there method to Anthony Scaramucci's madness?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 04/28/17

I'm not sure how many more days like Thursday this country can take. The most important event was the defeat of the "skinny repeal" bill in the Senate -- which actually happened in the wee hours of Friday morning -- with Sen. John McCain casting a dramatic "no" vote to scuttle Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare one more time. Perhaps President Trump has learned that openly insulting people you need to support you isn't really such a great political tactic. (Nah.)

That brings us to the other big Trump administration story, revolving around new communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who imploded on CNN after having first exploded at New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza. The whole thing started with a tweet on Wednesday in which Scaramucci claimed he had gone to the FBI because someone had leaked his financial disclosure forms and strongly suggested that someone was White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. ... Read more

The Timeline In the Case Against Trump | Keith Obermann (#101) | 07/28/17 | 6:21
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday | DN | 07/28/17 | 14:05
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  2. "Far from Over": Senate Narrowly Defeats Obamacare Repeal, But More Attacks on Healthcare Loom
  3. Meet the Two Catholic Workers Who Secretly Sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline to Halt Construction
  4. As Trump Targets Teenagers for Deportation, Immigrants Push Back with Direct Action
Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts | DN | 07/28/17 | 5:47
Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. "What the documents show is actually the importance of oil in the coup," says Professor Ervand Abrahamian. "The conventional wisdom is, oh, it was all the Cold War scare, communism. But here you see, actually, very occasionally, when Eisenhower intervenes in a discussion, it's about question of oil contracts and so on and how nationalization would disrupt the whole international framework and would be a threat to U.S. interests, oil interests, elsewhere."
**Trump's 'Fantasy' Military Budget Hides the Real Cost | TRNN | 07/28/17 | 13:31
Why The Military Spends So Much On Viagra | TYT | 07/27/17 | 7:31
Al Gore on The Young Turks: Interview with Cenk Uygur | TYT | 07/27/17 | 31:28
Prof. Richard Wolff On the "Better Deal" Platform | ThomHartmann | 07/25/17 | 12:23
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Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 07/28/17 | 1hr
After purportedly consulting with generals and military experts, the president issued a ban on transgender troops. Then, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said his generals won't act on the president's tweets.

After voting to debate repeal and replace, Senate Republicans are now eyeing a slimmed down scaling back of the Affordable Care Act.

And after a week on the job, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has jumped in to attack leakers and the Russia investigation.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 07/28/17 | 1hr
The U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuela officials as opposition leaders organize another strike against the government. Speaking of U.S. sanctions, new ones have been imposed on Russia. Plus, tensions ease in a standoff over one the world's holiest sites and the latest on Qatar's PR offensive to counter a regional feud.
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A 'Historic, Unprecedented' Failure For President Donald Trump | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/28/17 | 18:18
Donald Trump Reportedly Okayed Scaramucci's Attacks On Reince Priebus | MSNBC 11th Hour | 07/28/17 | 14:35
Leon Panetta: President Donald Trump Is Weakening His Position As Commander-in-Chief | MSNBC | 07/28/17 | 7:34
Anthony Scaramucci Rails Against Priebus, Bannon In Profanity-Laced Tirade | CNN | 07/28/17 | 3:34
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Takes A Front-Stab At Scaramucci's Phone Interview | Stephen Colbert | 07/28/17 | 14:30
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Fails to Repeal Obamacare (Again) & Trump Targets Trans Soldiers | TheDaily Show | 07/26/17 | 7:11
Turmoil in the Trump Administration | TheDaily Show | 07/27/17 | 8:19
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Scaramucci Lashes Out, GOP Scrambles on Health Care | Seth Meyers | 07/27/17 | 12:56
Off The Rails
Note: I don't watch Alex Jones, and I think that he has gone off the rails in the last couple of years, but it is always interesting to see what is happening & being said by the other side.
Roger Stone HOT!: Alex Jones Infowars | InfoWars | 07/28/17 | 41:53

07.28.2017. 16:15

Thursday July 27, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci Suggests Reince Priebus Is Leaking Info To The Press
HP | Alana Horowitz Satlin | 07/27/17

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday suggested that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is sharing confidential information to the press

n the middle of CNN's "New Day" segment in which he also compared his relationship with Priebus to Cain and Abel, Scaramucci said that he and President Donald Trump have a "very good idea" of who the leakers are and that "if Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker, let him do that." ... Read more

Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates - Becomes World's Richest Man

What Does Russiagate Look Like to Russians?
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | 07/21/17

Russia isn't as strong as we think, but they do have nukes -- which is why beating the war drum is a mistake

"We were and are under attack by a hostile foreign power," he said. "We should be debating how many sanctions we should place on Russia, or whether we should blow up the KGB."

Begala's is the latest in a string of comments from prominent pols and pundits suggesting we are (or should be) in a state of war with nuclear-armed Russia. ... Read more

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin by Kovalik Dan

Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump's election.

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things: (1) the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation; and (2) how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises. These revelations, amongst other, make The Plot to Scapegoat Russia one of the timeliest reads of 2017.

Kristin Beck, transgender Navy SEAL hero: 'Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy'
BusinessInsider | Paul Szoldra | 07/27/17

A retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service." ... Read more

Lady Valor (Trailer) | TYT | older | 1:52
sIn Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, former U.S. Navy SEAL Christopher Beck embarks on a new mission as Kristin Beck. Kristin's journey in search of the American ideals that she protected have a whole new meaning as she lives her life truthfully as a transgender woman.

Kristin served for over 20 years as a member of the elite special forces Navy SEALs on SEAL Team 1 as well as the United States Special Warfare Development Group what many in the public refer to as SEAL Team 6. She retired in 2011 with the rank of Senior Chief and continued high-level clearance work for the United States government and the Pentagon.

But Kristin hid her true identity throughout and after her service knowing she would lose it all if anyone were to know her secret. In 2013, a year and a half after retirement, Kristin came out publicly first on LinkedIn and on CNNs Anderson Cooper 360 soon thereafter. Many friends, colleagues and family were taken by surprise.

This film brings exclusive interviews from Kristins family and friends about her service, as well as their reactions to her coming out. It also includes exclusive footage of Chris Beck in training and combat. The documentary was filmed only a few months after the AC360 piece had aired, and the truth is still fresh and emotional for those closest to her. While many people have been supportive, some in the public have expressed more bigotry than she ever expected. After a lifetime of service, Kristin has learned that her fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness did not end on the battlefield.

Amazon | Lady Valor Kristin Beck Story (to-rent)

$350 Trillion In Securities In Limbo: LIBOR To Be Phased Out By 2021
ZeroHedge | author | 07/27/17

Unofficially, Libor died some time in 2012 when what until then was a giant conspiracy theory, namely that the world's most important reference index had been rigged for years, was confirmed. Officially, Libor died earlier today when the top U.K. regulator, the FCA announced that Libor would be phased out by the end of 2021. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday | DN | 07/27/17 | 11:22
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  2. The First Openly Transgender Infantry Soldier in U.S. Army Speaks Out on Trump's New Military Ban
  3. What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?
  4. The Rolling Resistance: Meet Three Disability Rights Activists Fighting to Save Healthcare
Matt Taibbi -> Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold War Liberals | TRNN | 07/20/17 | 28:21
Real News Roundtable: The RussiaGate Distraction & Trump's Free-For-All Capitalism | TRNN | 06/29/17 | 17:09
Bill Black -> Trump vs. Sessions: A One-Sided Twitter War | TRNN | 07/27/17 | 14:10
Congress Unites on Russia Sanctions, But at What Cost? | TRNN | 07/27/17 | 20:05
Trans Navy SEAL To Trump: 'Let's Meet Face To Face' | TYT | 07/26/17 | 8:58
Keiser Report: MAGAnomics (E1102) | RT | 07/27/17 | 25:48
Max and Stacy talk to JP Sottile of Newsvandal.com about whether or not MAGAnomics will help make America Great Again. They discuss trade deals and automation: which has played more in making American jobs not so great. They also look at the role of opioid addiction and whether or not a universal basic income might help the likes of Mark Zuckerberg maintain monopoly-style control over the internet.
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China in debt
The end of the Chinese miracle | FT | old, 03/09/16 | 15:18
China in debt | Aljazeera: Counting the Cost | old, 09/24/16 | 26:00
President Donald Trump's 'Bad Policy' Made For A Political Reason | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/27/17 | 9:36
Anthony Scaramucci Walks Back Reince Priebus Tweet Claim | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/27/17 | 7:12
How Donald Trump Finally Went Too Far, Even For GOP Senators | MSNBC Last Word | 07/27/17 | 7:20
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Makes A Change To Trump's 'Trans Ban' Tweet | Stephen Colbert | 07/27/17 | 7:49
Stephen Helps 'The Mooch' Scaramucci Find 'The Leaks' | Stephen Colbert | 07/27/17 | 4:59
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Mooch Will Set Trump Free | Samantha Bee | 07/26/17 | 7:12
Trump's Spreading Taint | Samantha Bee | 07/26/17 | 6:28
Alex Jones | Roger Stone | InfoWars | Prison Planet
Note: I don't watch Alex Jones, and I think that he has gone off the rails in the last couple of years, but it is always interesting to see what is happening/being said by the other side.
Get Me Roger Stone | NetFlix | current | 1:41:00
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency" | PrisonPlanet | 07/26/17 | 13:05
Roger Stone on FIRE! Alex Jones Infowars | InfoWars | 07/25/17 | 44:34
Roger Stone on AG Sessions FIRING #Trump Insider | PrisonPlanet | 07/25/17 | 14:58
Roger Stone Reacts To Sean Spicer Resignation | PrisonPlanet | 07/21/17 | 11:09
Roger Stone Exposes Treason in Whitehouse | PrisonPlanet | 07/05/17 | 12:55
Roger Stone: Trump's Albino Assassin | Real Time with Bill Maher | 03/31/17 | 13:44
Roger Stone: They Made A Mistake, They Pushed Trump Too Hard | infoWars | 05/16/17 | 11:10

07.27.2017. 11:13

Wednesday July 26, 2017
Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency" | DN | 07/26/17 | 13:05
A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon | DN | 07/26/17 | 14:29
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green

From the reporter who was there at the very beginning comes the revealing inside story of the partnership between Steve Bannon and Donald Trump--the key to understanding the rise of the alt-right, the fall of Hillary Clinton, and the hidden forces that drove the greatest upset in American political history.

Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night.

The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump's unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world.

Any study of Trump's rise to the presidency is unavoidably a study of Bannon. Devil's Bargain is a tour-de-force telling of the remarkable confluence of circumstances that decided the election, many of them orchestrated by Bannon and his allies, who really did plot a vast, right-wing conspiracy to stop Clinton. To understand Trump's extraordinary rise and Clinton's fall, you have to weave Trump's story together with Bannon's, or else it doesn't make sense.

John McCain Is Returning to the Senate for the Health-Care Vote
TheAtlantic | Aria Bendix | 07/24/17

The Arizona lawmaker, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, will serve as a critical participant in Tuesday's procedural vote.

... McCain's presence at the vote is critical, given that the GOP needs 50 senators to agree to begin formal debate on health care, in what's called a motion to proceed. McCain has told reporters he supports the legislative momentum to repeal Obamacare, but is unsure whether he will approve the final product. Last week, his office released a statement warning Congress not to "repeat the original mistakes that led to Obamacare's failure"--namely, "that it was written on a strict party-line basis and driven through Congress without a single Republican vote." Still, he's largely expected to vote "yes" along with most of the GOP conference. ... Read more
John McCain Makes Epic "No" Trumpcare Speech, Votes Yes | TYT | 07/25/17 | 13:37

Cruz being considered to replace Sessions: report
TheHill | Jacqueline Thomsen | 07/24/17

Will Lyin Ted finally get his chance for revenge?

President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- and the list includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.

Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among the candidates Trump's team is considering to replace Sessions, though Giuliani said earlier in the day that he's not being considered.

Trump has repeatedly said that he is disappointed by Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the probe into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, saying in an interview last week that he would have never hired Sessions if he knew he would recuse himself.
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Who Will Trump Replace Jeff Sessions With? | TYT | 07/25/17 | 4:55
The Republicans Are Bailing on Trump (#100) | Keith Olbermann | 07/25/17 | 7:09
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday | DN | 07/26/17 | 12:59
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  2. In "Dangerous" Move, Republicans Push to Strip Healthcare from Millions Without Holding Any Hearings
  3. Is Trump's Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?
  4. Joshua Green on the "Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency"
  5. A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon
  6. Joshua Green on How Bannon's Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right
Randall Cerveny -> Is Extreme Heat the New Normal? | TRNN | 07/26/17 | 7:42
Abby Martin of Empire Files -> Silencing Palestine - Prison & Repression | TRNN | 07/26/17 | 22:42
Breitbart Is Turning On Trump | TYT | 07/25/17 | 3:53
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Do The President's Attacks Hurt His Party More Than His Foes? | 1a.org | 07/26/17 | 1hr
President Trump won the election eight months ago. So why is he still on the attack -- not only against the person he defeated, but against his own appointees. On Tuesday, President Trump said he was "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe and that "time will tell" his fate. This wasn't the first criticism of the AG.
The GOP Tries Again On Health Care | 1a.org | 07/26/17 | 1hr
The Republican healthcare plan is back. The Senate GOP has passed a procedural vote to move forward on debating legislation designed to repeal and replace Obamacare. But as Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee put it, what happens next is "wild west" territory.
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What's Dangerous About A Compromised Person In Public Office | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 07/25/17 | 14:53
President Donald Trump Targets AG Jeff Sessions In Early Morning Tweets | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/26/17 | 13:56
What President Donald Trump Risks If He Fires Jeff Sessions | MSNBC Morning Joe | 07/26/17 | 17:42
President Donald Trump Blocks Transgender People From Serving in Military | MSNBC | 07/26/17 | 3:58
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Cookie Jeff Sessions Fires Back At President Trump | Stephen Colbert | 07/26/17 | 4:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Brings the Dead Health Care Bill Back to Life | TheDaily Show | 07/25/17 | 4:48

07.26.2017. 10:38

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Trump's Russian Laundromat
NewRepublic | Craig Unger | 07/13/17

How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House.

Russian mobsters needed a lot of property from a sleazy businessman who never asks questions.

In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven years before, with just $3 in his pocket. But for a former pilot in the Soviet Army -- his specialty had been shooting down Americans over North Vietnam -- he had clearly done quite well for himself. Bogatin wasn't hunting for a place in Brighton Beach, the Brooklyn enclave known as "Little Odessa" for its large population of immigrants from the Soviet Union. Instead, he was fixated on the glitziest apartment building on Fifth Avenue, a gaudy, 58-story edifice with gold-plated fixtures and a pink-marble atrium: Trump Tower. ... Read more
BOMBSHELL: Trump's Been Laundering Russian Mob Money For Decades, Allegedly | TYT | 07/24/17 | 24:32

Ahead Of Senate Healthcare Vote, It's Pure Chaos

A Primer On The "Global Sharing Economy" In 20 Charts
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/17

This morning, BofA has released a humongous, nearly 200-page "primer" on the global sharing economy which in the eyes of Wall Street and Silicon Valley is the biggest disruptor behind virtually all 21st century business models. Since it is impossible to summarize the report, which will be largely ignored by most of BofA's clients who will instead focus on the hundreds of charts scattered throughout, we will simply summarize the basics as laid out by BofA, and then present some of the more interesting charts, with the remainder to be published in subsequent thematic posts.

  1. The Sharing Economy is an umbrella term which describes a range of market activity transacted over online platforms. Its history is rooted in cooperatives, kibbutz, and jitneys; online classifieds and marketplaces; and peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms. The term encompasses everything from peer-to-peer, democratized-based sharing of access to goods and services to sales transactions via online marketplaces including business-to-business (B2B). We include on-demand (e.g. Uber), gig (e.g. TaskRabbit), access (e.g. Spotify), collaboration (e.g. WeWork), platforms (e.g. Amazon), rentals (e.g. Airbnb) and peer-to-peer (e.g. Lufax) business models under our Sharing Economy umbrella.
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore

Vice President Gore, one of our environmental heroes and a leading expert in climate change, brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked.

Follow Vice President Gore around the globe as he tells a story of change in the making. He connects the dots of Zika, flooding, and other natural disasters we've lived through in the last 10+ years?and much more.

The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference?and lets you know how exactly to do it.

Where Gore's first documentary and book took us through the technical aspects of climate change, the second documentary is a gripping, narrative journey that leaves you filled with hope and the urge to take action immediately. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) (trailer) | TYT | 03/28/17 | 2:31

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 25 (FULL) | 59:02
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A View From A Russian-American In Moscow | 1a.org | 07/25/17 | 1hr
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Magnitsky Act Supporter Bill Browder On Russia, Putin And American Security | 1a.org | 07/25/17 | 1hr
Attorney Sergei Magnitsky uncovered widespread corruption in Russia. Then he was arrested.

Magnitsky died under mysterious circumstances in a Russian jail. His employer, Bill Browder, who was previously expelled from Russia, says Magnitsky was beaten to death.

Browder became a lead campaigner behind the Magnitsky Act, which was allegedly the reason for a meeting between Trump campaign staffers and a Kremlin-connected attorney last year.

This week, Browder plans to testify before the Senate, as committees will also meet privately with Donald Trump Jr., the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

"We should be scared of Vladimir Putin we should do everything possible to contain his evil intentions," Browder says.
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