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Challenging Klobuchar on Ukraine War

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As Democrats compete to become the new War Party – pushing for a dangerous confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia – some constituents are objecting, as Mike Madden did in a letter to Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Mike Madden (of St. Paul, Minnesota), Consortiumnews.com

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February 19, 2017 | Dear Senator Klobuchar, I write with concern over statements you have made recently regarding Russia. These statements have been made both at home and abroad, and they involve two issues; the alleged Russian hack of the presidential election and Russia’s actions in the aftermath of the February 22, 2014 coup in Kiev.

U.S. intelligence services allege that President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to denigrate Hillary Clinton and help elect Donald Trump. The campaign is purported to include the production of fake news, cyber-trolling, and propaganda from Russian state-owned media. It is also alleged that Russia hacked the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, subsequently providing the emails to WikiLeaks.

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  • Part 1: German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
  • Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Part 2: Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
  • Exclusive: As national Democratic leaders continue to blame Russian President Putin for their 2016 defeat, they’re leading their party into a realignment with the neocons and other war hawks.

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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?

 

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe

Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter.jpg February 15, 2017 | I fell asleep last night to the sounds of a media frenzy, as a wave of bombshell revelations in the Mike Flynn/Trump/Putin scandal had frothing cable TV pundits in full "All the President's Men"/what-did-the-president-know-and-when-did-he-know-it mode. By the time I woke, #TrumpImpeachmentParty was trending on Twitter. Did I mention that Donald Trump has been president of the United States for only 26 days?

Anyway, despite the lack of better offers, I'm going to hold off on my ticket to the #TrumpImpeachmentParty for now.

For one thing ... President Mike Pence? That said, it's clear that Congress, our investigatory agencies and probably a special prosecutor (I hear Sally Yates is available these days) clearly need to determine the extent that Russia fu ... er, meddled in our 2016 election, whether Trump aides had either knowledge of or active involvement in Putin's schemes, and whether the president himself knew what was happening.

Will BunchPhiladelphia (PA) Daily News Columnist

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What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.

 

 

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What Americans Really Believe

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  • My hope is that this presentation of the underlying views of a majority of Americans will enable readers to oppose the false prophets of further accommodation with the right, and to arm themselves with the knowledge that time, demographics, and the American people are on the side of progressives. Reconciling the views of Americans with how they vote I will have to leave to others.
  • Related: The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State

Roger Smith,  The  Washington Spectator

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Americans%20Are%20Progressive%20sidebar.jpgJanuary 12, 2017 | Since the dawn of the internet and the concurrent surge of Fox News and right-wing talk radio, the various forces on America’s right and far right have cleverly and disingenuously labeled themselves “conservatives.” They have then successfully cemented two “big lies” in the consciousness of a majority of the American public: first, that the media in this country is an almost total captive of card-carrying “liberals” who impose their views through reporting as well as opinion; and second, that a solid majority of Americans shares the radical Social Darwinism that has been successfully peddled since the dawn of Reagan as conservative views.

The first falsehood can be—and has been—easily debunked by simply examining the even-handedness that selfsame American media applies to what it labels “Right” and—absurdly—“Left.” But the second big lie is more insidious, and has found its most receptive host among its intended target, liberals or, as current parlance now requires, “progressives.” It is the pervasive belief that America is a “conservative country.” What follows should effectively demonstrate the falsity of that view—by the carefully weighed and collated opinions of the American public.

Roger Smith, a longtime entertainment-industry executive who now works as a media consultant,  worked at the precinct level in New York in the 1960s on both of John Lindsay’s successful mayoral campaigns.

The Washington Spectator is reader-supported and published in print monthly. Since 1974, the Spectator has offered independent-minded readers behind-the-scenes insight into significant news ignored by the corporate media.

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The people need to take down Trump. Not the Deep State, Will Bunch, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News 

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  • Trump is clearly the most dangerous and most unqualified president America has ever had. If the worst suspicions about his performance as POTUS or as a candidate are indeed confirmed, the impeachment and removal of the 45th president could be warranted. That would solve America's Donald Trump problem. But it wouldn't solve America's much bigger problems -- the ones that created the Trump administration in the first place. And that worries me. 
  • Related: What Americans Really Believe, Roger Smith, The Washington Spectator

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Paul Krugman Issues a Warning About What We All Know Is Coming

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The New York Times columnist sees calamity on the horizon for Trump's America.

Dartagnan, DailyKos / AlterNet

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/5664031706_ba464bd004_z.jpg February 11, 2017 | In September of 2001 the Administration of George W. Bush was running into trouble. A President who had lost the popular vote, installed into office only through a hotly contested Supreme Court decision, had nonetheless behaved from the start as if he possessed a mandate, eagerly dismantling his predecessor’s achievements and turning the country on a hard rightward course, following a strategy that had been carefully concealed from the public during the campaign.

The public reaction was swift and negative—Bush’s own popularity tanked precipitously as the public reacted to an agenda most had not realized they had voted for. Prior to September 11th his approval levels had dropped to the lowest of his still-young Presidency.

Dartagnan, Member, DailyKos

 

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Special Project | Hatewatch- The Terrorists Among Us

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Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.

William Saletan, Slate

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Another terrorist attack. Another grim tally of the dead and wounded. Another killer full of hate, from a land that breeds such men. Like millions of migrants before him, the perpetrator crossed the border unchallenged. And like others, he struck our country without warning.

Our politicians say they’ll stop these killers. They talk about building walls and vetting refugees. If we were serious, we would do it. We would seal our borders against North Carolina.

William Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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Advocates launch multi-state legal challenge against abortion restrictions, lambast congressional 'witch hunt' against providers, more, Women's Health Policy Report <>, National Partnership for Women and Families <>

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  • Key stakeholders in women's health praise a legal challenge against abortion restrictions in three states, blast a congressional panel targeting abortion providers and more.
  • "We are going to fight back state by state and law by law until every person has the right to pursue the life they want, including the right to decide to end a pregnancy." -- Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood, discussing three lawsuits filed by the organization and other advocacy groups against abortion restrictions in Missouri, North Carolina and Alaska. In the lawsuit, the advocacy groups cited the Supreme Court's continued affirmation of women's right to abortion care, as well as the high court's recent ruling in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt, which struck down medically unnecessary abortion restrictions in Texas (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/1).
  • Related: Special Project | The War on Women- Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?

 

Deep Reservations About the “Anti-Trump” Movement by Caleb Maupin

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  • Are you satisfied with the left remaining an isolated book club of middle class bohemians? Or do you actually want a new America?
  • Related: Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again.

Caleb Maupin, Dandelion Salad 

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January 20, 2017 | Open Letter to J20 Protesters

Dear J20 Protesters, 

These are not emotionless times in the United States of America. Anger is running high all across the country. If you have a moment, I urge you to calmly please consider just a few things I have to say. I’m not a Trump supporter, but I have some deep reservations about the “Anti-Trump” movement.

First, you are absolutely right to be offended, angry, and triggered by Donald Trump’s words, and his victory in November. The statements he has made about about immigrants, Muslims, and women are unacceptable. His calls for massive deportations and his support for the police despite their record of brutality is not something any progressive can support.

Caleb Maupin, Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad 

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Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again, Melissa B. Warnke, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

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  • What happened at Berkeley wasn’t heroic or principled; it was disorganized, and pathetic.
  • Related: 'People Have the Right to Take to the Streets'

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Not So Spineless: Paul Ryan Plans To Use Trump’s Chaos To Destroy Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security

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There is a spineless, cowardly puppet in Washington. But his name isn’t Paul Ryan. It’s Donald Trump, the man who appears willing to betray millions of Americans who voted for him by standing aside, and providing a cover of chaos, while Ryan guts the vital programs they depend on.

Linda Benesch & Alex LawsonSocial Security Works / Huffington Post

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02/02/2017 | Paul Ryan always gets more credit than he deserves. During Ryan’s time as House Budget Committee chair, DC pundits lavished praise and attention on him, portraying him as a sensible budget wonk pushing “serious” policy ideas. In fact, he has always been a far-right, highly ideological politician with one goal: Slash taxes for the super-rich and corporations, and pay for it by destroying Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Now that Ryan is Speaker of the House and Donald Trump is president, DC conventional wisdom is settling on a new image of Ryan: A spineless coward unwilling to condemn Trump’s outrageous actions. That’s a much less flattering image than his very serious budget wonk persona, but it’s still far more than Ryan deserves. It takes for granted that deep in his heart, Ryan opposes Trump’s behavior and that if only the Speaker could find the courage, he would disavow the president.

Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works

 

Alex Lawson, Executive Director, Social Security Works

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'Spectacular Betrayal' as Trump Hands Economy 'Back Over to Wall Street' Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

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"Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs seems to be taking over financial regulation in the United States, trying to make it easier for them and other big banks like Wells Fargo to steal from their customers and destabilize the economy." —Lisa Donner, Americans for Financial Reform

'The Wall Street bankers against whom Trump ran are making policy now,' says Public Citizen

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This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson.

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  • There’s no doubt about it: trouble lies ahead. That Hell’s Angels foresaw all this 50 years ago underscores the depth and seriousness of Thompson as a political thinker and of ours as a singularly dangerous time. Trumpism is about something far more serious than Trump, something that has been brewing and building for generations. Let us take Thompson’s cautions seriously, then, so that this time we Berkeley types are not naive about what we face. Otherwise, we’re all liable to get stomped
  • In Hell’s Angels, the gonzo journalist wrote about left-behind people motivated only by “an ethic of total retaliation.” Sound familiar?

Susan McWilliams, the Nation

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December 15, 2016 | I n late March, Donald Trump opened a rally in Wisconsin by mocking the state’s governor, Scott Walker, who had just endorsed his Republican opponent, Ted Cruz. “He came in on his Harley,” Trump said of Walker, “but he doesn’t look like a motorcycle guy.”

“The motorcycle guys,” he added, “like Trump.”

It has been 50 years since Hunter S. Thompson published the definitive book on motorcycle guys: Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. It grew out of a piece first published in The Nation one year earlier. My grandfather, Carey McWilliams, editor of the magazine from 1955 to 1975, commissioned the piece from Thompson—it was the gonzo journalist’s first big break, and the beginning of a friendship between the two men that would last until my grandfather died in 1980. Because of that family connection, I had long known that Hell’s Angels was a political book. Even so, I was surprised, when I finally picked it up a few years ago, by how prophetic Thompson is and how eerily he anticipates 21st-century American politics. This year, when people asked me what I thought of the election, I kept telling them to read Hell’s Angels.

Susan McWilliams is Associate Professor of Politics at Pomona College. She is most recently the editor of the forthcoming book A Political Companion to James Baldwin.

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