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Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach

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  • While it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.
  • Meddling in other countries’ elections is an exciting adventure–when it’s the United States doing the meddling.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Fake%20Media.jpg December 15, 2016  It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the least.

The Intercept‘s Sam Biddle (12/14/16) has a breakdown of what public evidence there is that Russia was behind hacks of DNC email accounts. He concludes that while it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia, was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR and the producer and host of CounterSpin.

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Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson, David Swanson, Talk Nation Radio / Dandelion Salad

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.

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Time to Fight Like Hell

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  • December 15, 2016 | There is no way to sugarcoat it. The election of Donald Trump is a brutal affront to women, people of color, Jews and Muslims, and all who value kindness and tolerance. a road map for a lasting presence as a disruptive opposition … . (W)e have … handed (white nationalists and other political predators) the keys to the Oval Office, and the nuclear codes.
  • The threat of authoritarianism requires all hands on deck.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/files/mojocover_JF17_290.jpg  Dec. 13, 2016 | Decades from now, when the election of 2016 is distilled to its essence, what will that be? Many hoped the central lesson would be a shattered glass ceiling and a cementing of the Obama legacy. An expansion of rights and tolerance.

Instead, a small electoral majority chose a candidate who openly embraced bigotry, who slurred war heroes and mocked the disabled, who bragged of sexual assault, who said he'd roll back the protections of a free press, who was cheered on by white supremacists, who said he'd upend our alliances and the world's long-overdue climate deal, and who is ignorant and cavalier about the basics of safeguarding a nuclear arsenal.

Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Dangerous Americans: The Trump Nominees in Full

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  • They are only nominees for now, but given that the Senate is owned by the Republicans and the Republicans are owned by Trump, the possibility of thwarting any of them -- much less all of them -- is murderously slim. Bannon wants to tear everything down, and Trump enjoys making people suffer. They will both get their wish ere long.
  • Chef Lecter is sounding better by the minute.
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19)

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Monday, 12 December 2016 |  Newsflash: A spokesperson for Donald Trump announced today that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, former psychiatrist and avid foodie, will officially join the upcoming administration as White House chef. The choice of Dr. Lecter seems an odd one, given his highly publicized brushes with law enforcement and his taste for lightly seasoned string players, but the president-elect assured everyone that it will be great, really great. In response to a request for comment, Dr. Lecter said, "Ready when you are, Mr. Trump. Love your suit."

Seriously, though, would it surprise you at this point? Not me. I left shock behind weeks ago, and now greet these appalling cabinet nominations with what could be called a feeble grunt. Andrew Puzder hates workers? Labor Secretary! Scott Pruitt hates the EPA? EPA Secretary! Tom Price hates contraception? Health Secretary! Betsy DeVos hates public schools? Education Secretary! It's like "Opposite Day" around here. Anyone at the inauguration party who sees fava beans and a nice Chianti on the menu should run for their lives.

William Rivers Pitt is a senior editor and lead columnist at TruthoutHe is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book, The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail, is available now.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post <http://www.huffingtonpost.com>

  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Tell the Electoral College electors: Honor the majority vote and reject Donald Trump

  • The petition to electors to the Electoral College reads:
  • "Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president and did not win the support of the majority of the American people. Hillary Clinton is set to win the majority of the vote by more than 2 million votes despite widespread voter suppression and the FBI’s interference in the election. Honor the majority vote and elect Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19."
  • Related: Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).
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https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/Stop-Trump.pngDecember 14, 2016 | We are gearing up to fight the dangers of a Trump presidency with everything we’ve got. Today, we have one last, long shot at preventing the most dangerous and hateful administration in our nation’s history. We hope you’ll help us fight for it.

On Dec. 19, the electors to the Electoral College will cast their ballots to elect the next president. In many states, these electors are not bound by the state’s total vote and can choose to vote for whomever they want with little or no legal consequence.

Hillary Clinton is likely to win the majority vote by 2 million votes or more.The electors have a civic duty to elect the candidate chosen by the people, and they have a moral obligation to elect the one who is most fit to serve.

CREDO Action empowers 4 million progressive activists to pressure decision-makers on change we want to see from opposing war, to relentlessly defending reproductive freedom, protecting our environment and a healthy food system, fixing our broken democracy, fighting for an economy that works for everyone, and more. 

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Now more than ever we are faced with enormous challenges. These are the times the bring out the best in the best of us.

We will stand as strong now as we ever have.

We proudly ask for your support.

In earnest,

Dave & the Crew



Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19), Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

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  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

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Here’s What Has To Happen (By December 19).

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  • Clearly, there is little chance that (the electors) will (vote their consciences) if Americans don’t demand it. The Constitution allows for, and requires, civic involvement. We need to stand up so profoundly that the electors feel protected and supported for voting their conscience. By December 19th, those who feel an itch to speak up, but haven’t done so, are going to regret it.
  • Fortunately, resources exist to help us, right now. 
  • Related: What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny.

Roger Wolfson, Huffington Post

https://secure.consumersunion.org/images/content/pagebuilder/Industry-telling.jpg  12/04/2016 | A lot of wishful thinking is happening in America right now. “Maybe Trump the President will be different than Trump the Candidate.” We already know this is a fallacy. Trump the president-elect is exactly the same as Trump the candidate. “Maybe he’ll suddenly become more responsible and balanced.” “Maybe this is the kick in the pants America needs.” “Maybe he’ll be impeached.” But the most damaging wishful thought of all is: “Maybe I don’t have to do anything — maybe the electors will choose to appoint someone else, on their own.”

The Electors should. But they won’t. Not without political pressure the likes of which America has rarely seen before. Which means we all need to be motivated. Well — how about the safety of our own lives, and the lives of everyone we love? Because let’s not fool ourselves. Anyone with a rudimentary appreciation of the powers of the president of the United States knows that the stakes are life and death. Pretending otherwise is wishful thinking.

Roger Wolfson, Attorney, writer. This article was co-written by Roger Wolfson, a writer and activist, and Jared Berenholz, a television executive.

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Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Hamilton explains the Electoral College: A way of opposing “cabal, intrigue, and corruption.”

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Foreign powers, Hamilton warned, might seek to raise "a creature of their own" to the presidency.

Alexander Hamilton,  the New York Packet / Salon

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   http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgSalon Editor’s note: In the weeks since the increasingly ambiguous presidential election of 2016, there has been considerable discussion about exactly how we choose our presidents and why we do it this way. It seems like a useful moment to go back to the source, in this case Federalist Papers: No. 68,” otherwise known as “The Mode of Electing the President,” which was written by Alexander Hamilton.

Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 | The Mode of Electing the President
From the New York Packet.
Friday, March 14, 1788.

To the People of the State of New York:

The mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded. I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.

Alexander Hamilton was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution.

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Instead of 'hope and change' Obama gave progressives Trump

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  • Obama’s presidency helped set the trends for Donald Trump to amplify, with relative impunity, the oligarchy and corruption that has come to embody the federal government.
  • Related: Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't.

Michael Sainato, the Hill

 

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12/05/16 | President Obama’s overall presidency was a letdown for progressives expecting the hope and change his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns promised. In many areas, where Obama had the opportunity to deviate from the status quo, he fully embraced it instead.

Under his watch, the United States maintained an interventionist foreign policy spearheaded by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. In Obama’s first 5 years the United States exported $30 billion more in weapons to foreign governments than George W. Bush did in 8 years. These weapons fueled unrest and violence in the Middle East.

Michael Sainato is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian and the Huffington Post.

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Obama Was A Horrible President, And Progressives Need To Stop Pretending That He Wasn't, Caitlin Johnstone, Newslogue

All the Biden bro memes in the world won't change the fact that Obama is a terrible human being and a lousy president.

 

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