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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 7: Trump threatens norms that make the Constitution work

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 7: The man who took the oath "to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" is today its greatest threat.

 

Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 6, 2017 | Not since Richard Nixon's presidency has anyone really had to worry about the vitality of our nation's Constitution. Nixon flouted the law of the land and the norms of democracy, and the Constitution worked and won. The House was preparing to vote on articles of impeachment when Nixon resigned in disgrace. We subsequently learned that he had kept a list of people in the press whom he considered "enemies," even as all presidents have a somewhat adversarial relationship with the press corps. The press also had won, its investigative reporters unearthing the details of the Watergate cover-up that led to the special congressional committees' investigations.

How has the Constitution fared in the 12 months since Donald Trump won the presidency? That is the question I pose today as part of NCR's on-going election anniversary coverage. 

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Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?

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Who is Behind Fake News? The Empty Piety of the American Press

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  • Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”
    • Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing.
  • Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
    • The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. 

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Part 1: Who is Behind Fake News? The Brussels Terror Attacks: Fake Videos and Images. “The Man in the Hat”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Screen-Shot-2016-04-19-at-21.26.30-1024x688.pngAfter a month of exhaustive police investigations, the Belgian authorities have identified and arrested the alleged (surviving) terror mastermind of the airport bombing, the “man in the hat” Mohamed Abrini. The other four alleged terrorists involved in the kamikaze bombing attacks at the airport and the metro station are reported dead. 

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research News

February 13, 2018 | The mainstream media is currently waging a campaign against the alternative and independent media including Global Research.

Progressive online media is accused of propagating “fake news”. Are these allegations justified?

Read this April 20, 2016 Global Research report on the Mainstream Media (MSM) coverage of the March 2016 Brussels terror attacks. The corporate media routinely use fake images and videos with a view to misleading the public in its coverage of controversial events including the “war on terrorism”.

Who are the protagonists of “fake news”?

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, Editor of Global Research

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Part 2: The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges
 

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Mr. Fish, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. It is accompanied by the veneration of the establishment politicians, generals, intelligence chiefs, corporate heads and hired apologists who carried out the corporate coup d’état that created our system of “inverted totalitarianism.”

Chris Hedges,  Truthdig / Rise Up Times

March 11,  2018 | The press, giddy with its newfound sense of mission and purpose, is carrying out a moral crusade against Donald Trump. The airwaves and print have shed their traditional claims of “impartiality” and “objectivity.” They fulminate against Trump, charging—falsely—that he was elected because of Russian interference and calling him a liar, ignorant and incompetent. They give airtime to his bitterest critics and bizarre associates, such as Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a onetime star of “The Apprentice” and now a fired White House aide, and Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who says she had a sexual relationship with Trump. It is great entertainment. It is great for ratings. It is great for profits. But it is not moral, and it is not journalism.

The empty piety is a mask for self-interest. It is accompanied by the veneration of the establishment politicians, generals, intelligence chiefs, corporate heads and hired apologists who carried out the corporate coup d’état that created our system of “inverted totalitarianism.” The corporate structures that have a stranglehold on the country and have overseen deindustrialization and the evisceration of democratic institutions, plunging over half the country into chronic poverty and misery, are unassailable. They are portrayed as forces of progress. The criminals on Wall Street, including the heads of financial firms such as Goldman Sachs, are treated with reverence.

Chris Hedges, Columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books.
Mr. Fish, Cartoonist, also known as Dwayne Booth, is a cartoonist who primarily creates for Truthdig.com and Harpers.com. Mr. Fish’s work has also appeared nationally in the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and other media outlets.

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As Trump Fights to Save the Deep State, Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

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Part 1: Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?
As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.
Part 2: Trump Is Fighting To Save The Deep State
Donald Trump fights to save a controversial law which serves as a powerful tool for The Deep State.

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Part 1: Is America on the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis?

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Quinta Jurecic and  Benjamin Wittes, the Atlantic <>
 
Mar 17, 2018 | Here is something that, even on its own, is astonishing: The president of the United States demanded the firing of the former FBI deputy director, a career civil servant, after tormenting him both publicly and privately—and it worked.
 
The American public still doesn’t know in any detail what Andrew McCabe, who was dismissed late Friday night, is supposed to have done. But citizens can see exactly what Donald Trump did to McCabe. And the president’s actions are corroding the independence that a healthy constitutional democracy needs in its law enforcement and intelligence apparatus.

Quinta Jurecic is the deputy managing editor of Lawfare and  Benjamin Wittes is the editor in chief of Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Part 2: Trump Is Fighting To Save The Deep State.

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Derrick Broze, the Daily Sheeple <> / the Activist Post

Monday, March 19th,  2018 | The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency is coming to a conclusion and all but his most blind supporters can now see that he is more of the same – a continuation of the puppet in chief bowing to the interests of the military-industrial complex and the banking/financial elite. The collective interests of these groups (and their front organizations) – as well as their connection to corporate and state power, academia, and media – are what have come to be known as the New World Order, the Shadow Government, or more recently, The Deep State.

Since coming into office, Donald Trump has continued the Deep State plan of military expansion into the Middle East and Africa. This expansion has led to an increase in airstrikes, drone attacks, and the deaths of innocent people. He has also continued to place banking executives from Goldman Sachs in powerful positions and just today called Janet Yellen, the current head of the Federal Reserve, “excellent.” I won’t hold my breath for him to audit, let alone end the debt enslavement created via the Federal Reserve system. He even appointed a former Bilderberg attendee.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com.

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What Movies Get Right (and Wrong) About Our Current American Moment

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  • Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment
    • By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are … science fiction and fantasy.
  • Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers
    • A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.
  • Related: Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message.

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Part 1: Television's best (and worst) attempts to capture our current American moment

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By far the strongest shows to take on America's current moment are not cable dramas, political barnburners or family sitcoms, but science fiction and fantasy.

Jim McDermott, America 

February 16, 2018 | Given the moment we are in, you might think a lot of shows on television would be trying to talk about current events or “America” in some way. But in point of fact, there aren’t that many. And even fewer are doing it well.

The most recent to enter the ring is “Here and Now,” HBO’s new show about a late-middle-aged liberal couple in crisis and their four semi-adult children, one of whom is haunted by the numbers “11:11.” (No, really.)

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Part 2: What The Post Gets Right (and Wrong) About Katharine Graham and the Pentagon Papers

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A Smithsonian historian reminds us how Graham, a Washington socialite-turned-publisher, transformed the paper into what it is today.

Anna Diamond, Smithsonian

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/journalism.jpg?w=240 December 29, 2017 | The decision to publish the famed Pentagon Papers in The Washington Post ultimately came before its publisher, Katharine Graham. Caught between the caution of her lawyers and the zeal of her hardworking journalists, Graham was under enormous pressure. The estimable New York Times first broke the story about a cache of classified government documents revealing uncomfortable truths about the Vietnam War, but after the Nixon Administration successfully stopped the Times from printing, Graham’s paper had a golden opportunity to pick up the story.

On one side were her Post reporters and editors, eager to play catch-up while they had the advantage on the Times. On the other, were the lawyers arguing against publishing the study, warning that the court might order an injunction against them as well. The newspaper board’s advisors feared that it would lead the paper, which recently went public, into financial turmoil.

Anna Diamond is the editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine.

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Audiences Want Diversity In Hollywood. Hollywood’s Been Slow To Get The Message. Marina Fang, Huff Post

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  • Related: Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse?

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 5 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 5: Death Is Necessary: The Civil Rights Movement and the Provocation Of Violence

 

John Fisher, Medium

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January 14, 2018 | Conventional wisdom is that the civil rights movement was nonviolent.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Martin Luther King Jr. courted death.

Violence. He wanted it. Needed it. He went to Birmingham looking for it. Selma, also. Mississippi. Chicago. Maybe not Memphis, but it didn’t matter. It found him there. Dr. King needed bloody evidence splashed across television screens and front pages across the country and around the world to build a case against his mortal enemy: hate.

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Previously in This Series:

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 4 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 3 of 5

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5 

Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5

 

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US Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again, wasting billions on nuclear bombs

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  • Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts
    • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability
    • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.
  • Part 2: They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again
    • Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

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Part 1: US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability – experts

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  • Washington to spend billions upgrading cold-war-era B61 bombs.
  • NTI report says weapons are potentially catastrophic liability.
  • US's new nuclear policy 'a blueprint for war', Nobel peace laureate says.

Julian Borger, the Guardian

Thu 15 Feb 2018 | The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts.

A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and Nato control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns.

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Part 2: William Rivers Pitt | They're Talking About "Winnable" Nuclear War Again

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Donald Trump makes Richard Nixon look like Marcus Aurelius. We are all in a great deal of trouble, and no one seems to care.

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

Saturday, February 03, 2018 | The night before my 18th birthday, I sternly reminded myself to get down to the post office in the morning and sign up for the Selective Service. I wasn't in a hurry to get drafted or anything like that; it was a chore and I wanted it off my desk … and yes, there was an element of ritual to it, a martial rite of passage into manhood that was mandated by law.  Volunteering to be involuntarily dragooned into fighting a war far away is what American men do on their 18th birthday, and I was a man. It said so right there on my driver's license.

I woke up the next day with Alice Cooper ringing in my head, cracked open the newspaper, and realized I was suddenly on a different planet: The Berlin Wall had fallen. People were dancing on the rubble and sledgehammering the rest. Checkpoint Charlie was a disco. It was the party of the century. My very first birthday present that day was history, living history -- brilliant, jubilant, rowdy, oh-shit-what-now history.

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Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine

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War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

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Lee Camp gives us a shortlist of major media networks who hire war profiteers to give us their take on foreign policy. Naomi Karavani explains why employees are able to steal workers’ wages and John F O’Donnell updates us on the privatization relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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'There's an Alternative to the Top-Down Capitalist Corporation'

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Janine Jackson interviewed Richard Wolff about questioning economic fundamentals for the February 9, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Richard David Wolff is an American Marxian economist, well known for his work on Marxian economics, economic methodology, and class analysis.

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