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Genuine and mutual admiration: Bob Dylan shakes President Barack Obama’s hand following his performance at the “In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement” concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Public Domain

 

  • We may have Bob Dylan in our iTunes but we need to listen to James Comey too. More of his testimony is certain to emerge, and hopefully because of it we’ll see the call for legislative action and structural reform to prevent a recurrence of 2016’s electoral fiasco. Comey’s going to spill his guts and it’s about saving our America.
  • Listen to Dylan’s lecture too. Same deal.

Madeleine Burnside, Huff Post 

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Check out the players! Former Deputy Attorney General James Comey (left), alongside President Barack Obama (center) and outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller (right) at Comey’s nomination to become the Seventh Director of the FBI, 26 September 2013 (Credit: FBI)

06/10/2017 | Two Americans “testified” this week: Bob Dylan and James Comey. Two very different men: a counter-culture Lefty icon and the former Director of the FBI. Different generations—Dylan was born in 1941, just as the U.S. entered World War II, and Comey in 1960, just as the Vietnam War was escalating. An old hippie and a suit; theoretically they would have little in common.

In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” It was a surprising pick, and the Swedish Academy’s first acknowledgement of song.

Madeleine Burnside , Editor,  The Sanity Papers

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No, We Can’t Rely On The Special Counsel To Uncover The Cover-Up

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  • There’s no guarantee that Mueller will be allowed to complete his investigation, or that his findings will be disclosed if he does.
  • If we want real answers, it’s up to an engaged public (to) force Congress and the press to keep pushing for the truth.
  • Related: Constitutional Crisis

Philip Rotner, Huffington Post 

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/209360/thumbs/s-SCALES-OF-JUSTICE-large.jpg 06/12/2017 | In the aftermath of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last week, we’re hearing a lot of people say that it’s time to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller sort it all out. Everything else is “just noise.” This is coming primarily from Republicans, but it is also a line we hear regularly from the cable television talking heads.

The idea is that when the special counsel, with all of his investigatory and prosecutorial powers, finishes his investigation and writes his report, we will find out definitively whether President Trump, or those around him, broke laws, obstructed justice, or simply lied and acted unethically.

Philip RotnerHuffington Post  Contributor,  is an attorney and an engaged citizen who has spent over 40 years practicing law. 

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Constitutional Crisis, Ruth Conniff <info@progressive.org>, the Progressive <progressive.org>

  • Donald Trump plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis this week
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing

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The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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  • Will America finally realize that we are no longer the world leader we think we are?
  • Donald Trump is the only world leader who isn’t sure if climate change is real. 
  • Related: 4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose?

Susan Matthews, Slate

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gif May 31, 2017 | One terrible game to play during this presidency is to assess the actual cost of the damage Donald Trump will have wrought by the time he’s done being president. How many people will lose their health insurance? How many Americans will be blocked from voting? How many hate crimes will we endure?

The president’s failure to acknowledge or address climate change ranks high in the catastrophic-Trump-decisions Olympics. Failure to act—or worse, acting to exacerbate—climate change could have lasting implications for the entire planet. It’s true that the train may be out of the station when it comes to avoiding climate change altogether, but we can still attempt to mitigate and alleviate the worst of the effects. In that context, Trump’s almost-guaranteed decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the most promising global initiative addressing climate change, seems like a big deal. 

Susan Matthews is Slate’s science editor.

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4 Pathways to Our Climate Future—Which Will We Choose? Nicole D'Alessandro, EcoWatch 

  • What would the future look like if we took drastic action to cut emissions—or no action at all?
  • We can choose our own ending to this story. Which way will it go?
  • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters

 

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From the Archives | 28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking To My Conservative Friends And Family

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  • I’m very grateful and appreciative of my sane conservative friends who can actually participate in an intelligent and respectful discussion. Thank you, my dear ones, for being sane. For understanding that things aren’t always black and white. And for disagreeing with me without belittling my very existence. … And for never once calling me stupid or amoral for being a liberal.
  • Related: White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It"

Tiffanny Willis, Liberal America

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2014-06-11_at_1.40.59_pm.png February 11, 2015 | I’m a Southern girl. Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South. I actually love the South. I’ll die in the South. Being a Southern girl, I have more than my share of right-wing friends, neighbors, and family members — and some of you have in recent years crossed the line into nut-jobbery.

The fact is — I love you guys and that will never change.

I’ll admit that I’m disappointed and disturbed to see intelligent and/or educated people who are willfully ignorant. But while it does change my opinion about you on some level, more than anything I’m embarrassed for you. It hurts me to see you post conspiracy theories on your Facebook timeline, only to have them debunked with a quick Snopes link. It hurts me to see you expressing unapologetic and blatant racism and ignorance. It absolutely tortures me to see you being on the wrong side of history on so many issues.

Tiffanny WillisLiberal Americas publisher, former staff writer for the Atlanta (GA) Journal-Constitution. Councilman for the mighty City of Pine Lake, population 680 not counting geese. Democrat.

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White America's Greatest Delusion: "They Do Not Know It and They Do Not Want to Know It" Tim Wise, AlterNet

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  • It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.
  • Related: ‘We Must Actively Stand Up’: John Angelos’ Response to Racism at Fenway Park

 

Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 7: Obama’s Failed Presidency

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Here, then, is Obama’s astounding record of failure.

 

 

Eric Zuesse, Strategic Culture Foundation

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Change%20You%20Can%20Believe%20In%20Redacted.jpg 31.12.2016 | I’m a former lifelong Democrat, stating here a clear and incontestable fact: Barack Obama is a failed President.

It’s true not just because of the sad realities such as that «Top Ex-White House Economist Admits 94 % Of All New Jobs Under Obama Were Part-Time» — or, as the economists Alan Krueger and Lawrence Katz wrote in the original of that study: «94 percent of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements». («Alternative work arrangements» referred there to Americans who were involuntarily working only part-time jobs — they simply couldn’t find full-time, though that’s what they wanted.) In other words: Obama’s failure isn’t just because of America’s increasingly sales-clerk, and burger-flipping, workforce.

And Obama’s failure is also not just because «Poverty Rose In 96 % Of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency». (However, that reality turned out to be decisive in Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump on November 8th, as Nate Cohn pointed out in The New York Times on December 23rd, headlining, «How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump». Hillary was running on Obama’s poor record.)

Eric Zuesse: American writer and investigative historian

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Shocking Truth: This Is How Barack Obama Was Able To Prop Up The U.S. Economy, Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse / the Daily Sheeple

  • A day of reckoning is fast approaching, and I am not sure if Donald Trump even realizes that he will soon be faced with some incredibly heartbreaking choices.
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

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This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here.

 

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