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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 2: Barack Obama Expanded The Presidential War Powers He Once Vowed To Limit

  • Now he's handing them over to Donald Trump.
  • This piece is Part 2 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 

Jessica Schulberg, the Huffington Post To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest | A little more than halfway through his presidency, Barack Obama visited the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to give a speech outlining how he would restrict his own power to use drones to target and kill individuals far from traditional battlefields.

Obama acknowledged public concern around drone strikes and announced stricter standards on their use. The new rules, Obama said, codified “clear guidelines, oversight and accountability.” But they were policy, not law. They didn’t bind him and couldn’t bind future presidents. Americans, it seemed, would have to trust that the president and his successors would follow the rules he created.

Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, the Huffington Post

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Previously in this series:

Part 1: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Leaves Behind An Uneasy World


U.S. Veterans Just Turned Against Donald Trump & It Is Going Viral

  • ‘If his Executive Order leads to preventable deaths, that will be on Donald Trump’s hands, and we will hold him personally accountable.’ --The veterans’ issues advocacy group VoteVets.
  • Peter Kaufmann, senior adviser to VoteVets, summed it up, saying: ‘That didn’t take long. In just his third day in office, Donald Trump screwed hundreds of thousands of veterans out of better pay, and thousands more out of potential jobs. Veterans who have families to feed, who may be saving up for a home, all of them have been let down by Donald Trump.’
  • Related: ‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Caleb R. Newton, Bipartisan Report Producing in-depth, thoughtful journalism for a better world is expensive – but supporting us isn’t. If you value ad-free independent journalism, consider supporting Evergreene Digest today.

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January 25, 2017 | Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse, among the many personal implications of Trump’s breakneck rush to implement the most radical parts of his agenda sits the fact that the Veterans Administration has been forbidden from hiring any new medical staff for the indefinite future. This hiring freeze at the VA comes alongside a total hiring freeze on every other federal agency, except the military.

Now, the VA provides crucial, life saving medical services to countless veterans who, due to cost constraints, wouldn’t be able to get that medical care elsewhere. At least, providing such medical care is what the agency is supposed to do, but in many cases in years past the agency has come up short in terms of actually fulfilling the need that exists. R. Newton: (@writingmantis). word maker for @bipartisanism. I resist fascism for a living. Follow me and join me, it's fun.

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‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins, James Fallows, the Atlantic

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only.

‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Evan Vucci / Reuters

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only.

James Fallows, the Atlantic Jan 20, 2017 | For my sins, I have read every U.S. presidential inaugural address ever given, and played a small part in writing one of them—Jimmy Carter’s, delivered 40 years ago today.

The first one I remember hearing, John F. Kennedy’s in 1961, I saw on a fuzzy black-and-white TV from my 7th-grade American history classroom in California. The arctic conditions that day in Washington practically radiated through the TV screen. I remember seeing the revered 87-year-old poet Robert Frost hunch against the wind and squint in the low-sun glare as he tried to read the special inaugural ode he had composed. Then Richard Nixon, just defeated by Kennedy in a hair’s-breadth race, reached across to block the glare with his top hat. Frost waved him off and began reciting from memory one of his best-known poems, “The Gift Outright.”

James Fallows is an American writer and journalist. He has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for many years.

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The Issue is Not Trump. It is Us. John Pilger, CounterPunch

  • When will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.
  • Related: The President America Deserves



A Hard Look at Where We Are After the 2016 Election

  • Because I have been observing these trends for quite awhile, I wanted to take a breath after the election and take a hard documented look at where we are going and how we got here.
  • Related: Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

Ed Griffith, New Progressive Alliance

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell 17, 2016 | 1. The Democrats are as Evil as the Republicans

We would all like to have the Democratic Party be a large strong party defending progressive ideals. It has not been such for decades. For documentation see The Democratic Party is the More Effective of Two Evils.

As a reminder the Democratic Party voted for the following in its 2016 platform.

Ed Griffith, now retired, has been Georgia lawyer, teacher, pilot in Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Officer.

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Living In The Illusion Of Democracy, Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance does not have to be this way. Everyday more people are seeing that democracy is an illusion. The fraudulent two-party debates are an example so blatant that when people understand it, then they also understand that the elections are manipulated. Once people understand that the government is illegitimate, because it is designed not to represent people, then they will have the spark to organize and mobilize in order to take action to create the future we want to see.

Related: Jimmy Carter: The US Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Related: Democracy Doesn’t Exist: Here’s Why Voting Doesn’t Change Anything