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  • and Sam Husseini Dragged out of Press Conference
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  • Related: David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism”

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July 18, 2018 | At the big “Treason Summit” “Russopocalypse” “Catastrovent” on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the “Land of Press Freedom,” Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom!

The AP reporter claimed that “every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that” the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. In fact, the report that this common lie always refers to was concocted by a group of “hand-picked” (James Clapper’s description) people from three agencies out of 18 or so. The three were the NSA, FBI, and CIA — none of which ever, ever lie or get things wrong, ever. The INR and DIA were excluded along with all the others.


David Swanson <> is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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David Swanson Discusses “Curing American Exceptionalism” David Swanson, OpednewsRise Up Times

  • U.S. exceptionalism, the idea that the United States of America is superior to other nations, is no more fact-based and no less harmful than racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry.
  • Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? 
     

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The Most Incompetent Demagogue In History

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Donald Trump in a joint press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England. Dan Kitwood via Getty Images

No one likes us
 /I don’t know why


We may not be perfect / But heaven knows we try


But all around
 / Even our old friends put us down


Let’s drop the big one
 / And see what happens…

- Randy Newman, “Political Science,” 1972

Robert Kuttner, Huffpost

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07/15/2018 | Singer, songwriter and satirist Randy Newman, almost half a century ago, was channeling the know-nothing sentiments that eventually produced a President Trump — a figure who didn’t know much about history or geography, but who knew only that the rest of the world was failing to respect the United States. Trump’s famously thin skin reflects what psychiatrists call a narcissistic wound, a deep sense of rage that is triggered by anything that seems like a slight.

Trump, in turn, channels Americans who feel slighted, disrespected or disdained ― by the turn that the economy has taken and by the globalists in charge. He turns their sense of grudge into a general assertion that America is being slighted.

Robert Kuttner, Columnist, Huffpost, is co-editor of the American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His new book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

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Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know

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Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. (National Archives)

Unlike the judicial system, impeachment is ultimately a political process. A majority of lawmakers, rather than a jury or a judge, is charged with determining what constitutes a high crime or misdemeanor. And given that Republicans control both chambers for now, any impeachment of Trump seems unlikely.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Americans are hearing a lot of comparisons these days between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, particularly after news reports revealed the existence of contemporaneous notes taken by soon-to-be-fired FBI director James Comey during his conversations with Trump.

The news reports hinted at further notes that could be subpoenaed by either Congress or law enforcement, fueling speculation that these materials could help lay out a case that Trump committed obstruction of justice by seeking to quash probes  into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Louis Jacobson is the senior correspondent for PolitiFact and a staff writer for the Tampa Bay (FL) Times.

John Kruzel  is a staff writer at PolitiFact. He previously covered politics at ABC News, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work on 2016 presidential debates. He has written about politics, law and national security, and contributed to numerous outlets, including Slate and The New Yorker.

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Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History

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Ralph Nader in Washington, D.C. in 2008. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux

There are some people who think the Democratic Party can be reformed from within by changing the personnel. I say good luck to that. What’s happened in the last twenty years? They’ve gotten more entrenched. Get rid of Pelosi, you get Steny Hoyer. You get rid of Harry Reid, you get [Charles] Schumer. Good luck.

Jon Schwarz, the Intercept

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https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/06/ralph-nadar-button-1498254164.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90&w=1024&h=680 June 25 2017 | The Democratic Party is at its lowest ebb in the memory of everyone now alive. It’s lost the White House and both houses of Congress. On the state level it’s weaker than at any time since 1920. And so far in 2017 Democrats have gone 0 for 4 in special elections to replace Republican members of Congress who joined the Trump administration.

How did it come to this? One person the Democratic Party is not going to ask, but perhaps should, is legendary consumer advocate and three-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

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