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Special Project | While Trump Was Tweeting, Week Ending February 3, 2018

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As coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed crowds out stories of what he and his regime are doing -- rolling back a number of regulations and initiatives, as well as cutting offices, budgets and staff — here’s a look at some of what the Trump administration has been up to lately.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

6 New Items including:

  • Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise
  • The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union
  • Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?
  • Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination
  • Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises
  • What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far

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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise, William C. Anderson, Truthout

  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union, Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election? Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination, Emily Peck <>, Huffington Post

  • The White House has been trying to shut women up this whole time.
  • Related: Actresses—and Millions of Other Workers—Have No Federal Sexual-Harassment Protections

Donald Trump and America’s Moral Crises, Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

  • Will Scientific and Theological Ignorance, Moral Blindness and Historical Illiteracy Triumph?
  • Related: Chris Hedges | We Are All Deplorables

What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far, Karin Kamp and Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company

Here's a roundup from our "While He Was Tweeting" series.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump: Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?

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President Donald Trump in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington Oct. 13 (CNS/Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

  • 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 1: This is what the Republicans have learned: Their winks at racism helped keep alive some of the ugliest impulses in American culture, and all it took was someone like Donald Trump to throw a match onto the kindling. If they do not find a way to distance themselves from this man, and drive a different message to their core supporters, the fire will consume them too.

Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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Nov 1, 2017 | Next week marks the first anniversary of the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States. In one sense, we have learned very little about the man in the past year. He governs as he campaigned: mercurial, thin-skinned, populist, ill-informed, disdainful of democratic traditions and norms, narcissistic. This is who he is and none of us should be surprised.

But, in another sense, we all have learned important things in the past year, things about ourselves and our country, as we have watched our political system bend in the strong winds of the Trump presidency. In the next few columns, I will look at what we have learned and today, I begin by asking: What have the Republicans learned?

Michael Sean Winters covers the nexus of religion and politics for NCR.

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Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path

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  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Jim Hightower, AlterNet / Truthdig

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January 28, 2018 | Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that the policies and message of Democrats were just too progressive for our nation of moderate-right voters. The Washington cognoscenti expressed dismay that, despite Trump’s dismal public approval ratings and the nationwide surge of “Resist!” campaigns, the hapless Democratic Party was still unable to score any electoral victories. “Why Do Democrats Keep Losing in 2017?” queried a June headline in The Atlantic. “Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?” asked a cynical CNN reporter. “It is a bit surprising that Democrats haven’t managed a single victory yet,” declared a University of Wisconsin election expert. “Panic is setting in on the left,” exclaimed a Vox headline.

Really?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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The Hidden Extremism Of Trump’s State Of The Union

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In his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump downplayed or didn’t mention many of his administration’s policies. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

  • The most important part of Trump’s State of the Union address is what he didn’t say.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Nick Baumann, Amanda Terkel, and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost

01/30/2018 | President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was competently delivered and — for him — relatively inoffensive. The mainstream media and the television pundits will surely deem it to be a presidential moment, representative of yet another pivot to the center.

But one speech does not erase Trump’s record. The speech’s banality — its embrace of optimism and platitude — is a mask. Do not be fooled: Political extremism, divisive rhetoric and bizarre behavior have characterized the first year of Trump’s presidency and underlie many of the harmless-sounding proposals he talked about Tuesday night.

Nick Baumann, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost 

Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief, HuffPost

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, HuffPost 

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

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A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
 

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“You're F*cked': How Pouncing on Mistakes Helps the Right Escape Moral Responsibility

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  • I’ve argued before that the right wants to muddy up moral distinctions when it’s their actions that are under scrutiny. They say, in effect, “nobody’s perfect” in order to minimize their sins and even to excuse treasonous actions.
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

Jonathan Malesic, Religion Dispatches

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December 20, 2017 | If you make a mistake, another mistake, there is a very severe possibility that you’re both going to get shot,” says a cop to the man and the woman lying face down on the floor of a hotel hallway. It’s a video, with the camera sitting on the shoulder of another cop who has an AR-15 rifle trained on the man, making the scene look like a first-person shooter game.

The woman follows the hyper-specific orders—“You are to push yourself up to a kneeling position…. Crawl toward me”—and gets handcuffed. A moment later the man, wearing a T-shirt and nylon shorts, no shoes, is crawling on the carpet as the cop demands. He’s sobbing and seems drunk. “Please do not shoot me,” he asks. As he crawls, he’s trying to keep his left foot crossed over his right foot, exactly as the cop told him to.

Then he makes another mistake, and the police, true to their word, immediately gun him down.

Jonathan Malesic is a writer in Dallas. He is the author of Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Brazos Press, 2009). His essays on religion, work, and education have appeared in The New Republic, America, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia and is currently writing a book about the spiritual costs of the American work ethic.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 

More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

 

F-35 Problems: Late IOTE, F-35A Gun Inaccurate, F-35B Tires, Threat Data, Cyber…

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Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Colin Clark, Breaking Defense 

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January 26, 2018 | Perhaps the most damning thing a director of Operational Test and Evaluation can say about a weapon is that it is not “operationally suitable.”

Here’s what the new DOTE, Robert Behler, says about the F-35 Joint Strike fighter in his office’s latest annual report:

Colin Clark was the founding editor of DoDBuzz.com. Previously, he covered Congress, intelligence and regulatory affairs for Space News; founded and edited the Washington Aerospace Briefing, a newsletter for space industry professionals; covered national security issues for Congressional Quarterly; and was editor of Defense News.

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

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From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

Paul Street, Truthdig 

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/USPoliticsAgeUncertainty_127.jpegJanuary 24, 2018 | With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, “US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality,” is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

All the contributors rightly place the Democrats at the center of the story of what went wrong. “The horrors and challenges presented by the Trump administration,” writes Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in the book’s seventh essay, “should not obscure the very important discussion of how the administration came into power. You cannot understand the emergence of Trump without taking account of … the failure of the liberal establishment to provide a real alternative to the reactionary populism … of Trump.”

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama.

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Nobody wants to hear this. Because of their partisan blinders they will both find reasons to believe they’ve got either a savior or a traitor in the White House despite the fact that their country’s actual policy and behavior remains more or less the same.

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Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium

Jan 5, 2017 | Not a lot of people remember this, but George W Bush actually campaigned in 2000 against the interventionist foreign policy that the United States had been increasingly espousing. Far from advocating the full-scale regime change ground invasions that his administration is now infamous for, Bush frequently used the word “humble” when discussing the type of foreign policy he favored, condemning nation-building, an over-extended military, and the notion that America should be the world’s police force.

Eight years later, after hundreds of thousands of human lives had been snuffed out in Iraq and Afghanistan and an entire region horrifically destabilized, Obama campaigned against Bush’s interventionist foreign policy, edging out Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries partly because she had supported the Iraq invasion while he had condemned it. The Democrats, decrying the warmongering tendencies of the Republicans, elected a President of the United States who would see Bush’s Afghanistan and Iraq and raise him Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, along with a tenfold increase in drone strikes. Libya collapsed into a failed state where a slave trade now runs rampant, and half a million people died in the Syrian war that Obama and US allies exponentially escalated.

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