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New President, Same (Criminal) Foreign Policy?

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Caleb T. Maupin, Greanville Post 

March 13, 2017 | Obama or Trump? New Yorkers guess which president intervened where.

New president, same foreign policy?

Caleb Maupin is a radical journalist and political analyst who resides in New York City. Originally from Ohio, he studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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The Fast Track to Armageddon, Louis René Beres, US News 

Could President Trump propel a nuclear war in the Middle East?

Divide and Rule: Class, Hate, and the 2016 Election

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We cannot fall prey anymore to the reigning message that meaningful democratic participation consists of going into a voting booth to mark a ballot once every four years and then going home to (in Noam Chomsky’s words)  “let other [and very rich ] people run the world [into the ground].”

"Republican and Democratic 'elites' are united with the capitalist elite in top-down hatred of the multi-racial working class." --Paul Street 

Paul Street, CounterPunch

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January 20, 2017 | Listen and you can hear the sneering “elite” liberal left narrative about how the big dumb white working class is about to get screwed over by the incoming multi-millionaire- and billionaire-laden Trump administration it voted into office.  Once those poor saps in the white working class wake up to their moronic mistake, the narrative suggests, they’ll come running back to their supposed friends the Democrats.

Trump Didn’t Really Win Over Working Class America: Clinton Lost it

It’s true, of course, that Trump is going to betray white working class people who voted for him in the hope that he would be a populist champion of their interests – a hope he mendaciously cultivated. But there are three basic and related problems with the scornful liberal-left storyline. The first difficulty is that the notion of a big white proletarian “rustbelt rebellion” for Trump has been badly oversold. “The real story of the 2016 election,” the left political scientist Anthony DiMaggio notes, “is not that Trump won over working class America, so much as Clinton and the Democrats lost it…The decline of Democratic voters among the working class in 2016 (compared to 2012) was far larger than the increase in Republican voters during those two elections”  If the Democrats had run Bernie Sanders or someone else with “a meaningful history of seeking to help the working class,” DiMaggio observes, they might well have won.

Paul Street's  latest book is They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)

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"Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again

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President Donald Trump in Nashville on Wednesday. Analysts said his budget proposal would hurt those voters who helped get him elected. (Photo: AP) 

  • Environment, public education, worker protections, and cultural institutions all stand to lose under Trump's "cruel" budget blueprint.
  • Related: What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Meals on Wheels. Amtrak. Teacher training, after-school, and summer educational programs. The National Endowment for the Arts. The Appalachian Regional Commission. The National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

All these initiatives and agencies—plus many more—face cuts or wholesale elimination under President Donald Trump's proposed "skinny budget," officially unveiled Thursday. Meanwhile, the blueprint calls for increases in military spending, border and immigration enforcement, and money for charter and private schools. The Washington Post has a comprehensive breakdown, with graphics, here.

The document was variously denounced as "an all-out assault on our planet;" "dirty and dangerous;" "cruel;" and "unacceptable."

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams

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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood, Laura Bassett, Huffington Post 

  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

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  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
  • Related: The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post

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The government does not cut a blank check to Planned Parenthood. The family planning provider is listed nowhere in the federal budget, and a law already prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood is only reimbursed for the non-abortion health care services it provides to low-income women, including birth control, Pap smears, breast exams and STI tests, through Medicaid and the Title X family planning program.

Laura Bassett Senior Politics Reporter, the Huffington Post 

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans, Matt Baume, Huffington Post 

GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

 

Taking a Hammer to Education

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  • Congress would hurt states, schools and students by unilaterally scrapping Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.
  • Related: Who Controls Our Schools?

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/educationaldecline.jpg March 6, 2017 | Last week, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a resolution to rescind regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. While this action is not surprising when Congress and the Trump administration have already scrapped key protections for consumers and the environment, it is a terrible way to govern. Worse, it would cause real harm to states and districts trying to move forward under the law – and most importantly to the 50 million students in our nation's public schools.

When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015, it was obvious to anyone who read the law that regulations were necessary to provide additional clarity to states on how to comply with the law. The hundreds of pages of legislative text, disjointed descriptions of requirements and lack of specificity around key terms did not lend themselves to easy, straightforward interpretation.

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Scott Sargrad: Contributor, US News 

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Who Controls Our Schools? Don Hazen, Elizabeth Hines, Steven Rosenfeld, Stan Salett, AlterNet

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Rocket Kirchner | All Politicians Are False Messiahs

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So what happens when that politician sells out and the people who invested all their faith in him or her won’t hold that politician accountable, but rather choose to look the other way and rationalize the destructive acts despite the flowery rhetoric? They become part of the problem. So here we have it: so called do-gooders obstructing the good, all in the name of the good.

Rocket Kirchner, Dandelion Salad

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It does not matter what the motive of any politician is. What matters is the way we project our hope in that politician. Here in lies the rub. Invariably, sooner or later it is that projection and exaltation we give by supporting a politician that will let us down. It is this let down that makes all politicians false messiahs.

Rocket Kirchner, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Paul Craig Roberts | The Stakes for Trump and All of Us

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“The deep state … generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions, (exercising) their power in secret. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but a history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who … lots of Democrats are … trying to empower … as they exert power separate and apart from—in fact, in opposition to—the political officials to whom they’re supposed to be subordinate.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

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Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. To openly take on a newly elected president is an act of extraordinary audacity that implies enormous confidence, or else desperation, on the part of the police state agencies.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

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