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Wednesday December 06, 2017

Leaders Around The World Incensed Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision
HP | Willa Frej | 12/06/17

Everyone from the Pope to the Kremlin expressed concern that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would threaten regional stability.

President Donald Trump sparked an uproar among leaders across the world after he signaled that he would be recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. embassy there, upending decades of American foreign policy and potentially thwarting any hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of several U.S. allies on Tuesday to break the news. He is expected to formally announce the decision in a speech on Wednesday. Abbas warned Trump "of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world," Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement after Trump's call. The Palestinian leader also called for three days of protest beginning Wednesday.

The embassy move would represent the "kiss of death" to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian representative to Britain ? an issue Trump has delegated to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and adviser. Jordan's King Abdullah II and Saudi Arabia's King Salman made similar warnings.

"Mr. Trump, Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims," Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. He additionally threatened to cut Turkey's diplomatic ties with Israel.... Read more

PBS Frontline - Putins Revenge
Putins Revenge part 1 | PBS Frontline | 10/26/17 | 54:10
Putins Revenge part 2 | PBS Frontline | 11/02/17 | 54:36

Top Frustrations With Tax System: Sense That Corporations, Wealthy Don't Pay Fair Share
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Fewer are bothered by the amount they pay in taxes

A majority of Americans now view the federal tax system as unfair, including similar shares of Republicans and Democrats. But partisans differ in their concerns about the tax system, with Democrats far more likely than Republicans to express frustration that some corporations and wealthy people don't pay their "fair share."

Among the public overall, 62% say they are bothered "a lot" by the feeling that some corporations don't pay their fair share of taxes, and 60% say the same about some wealthy people not paying their fair share. About four-in-ten (43%) say they are bothered a great deal by the complexity of the system. But with the April 18 tax filing deadline approaching, only about a quarter (27%) say they are bothered a lot by the amount they pay in taxes. And just 20% say that about the feeling that the poor do not pay their fair share of taxes. ... Read more
What Bothers Americans about the Federal Tax System?
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They Can't Make Angry White Guys Fast Enough to Make the GOP Sustainable.

The GOP's Latest Gun Bill Would Be Catastrophic For Women Fleeing Abuse
HP | Melissa Jeltsen | 12/06/17

A potential nightmare situation for victims of domestic violence is brewing in the U.S. House, which is expected to vote this week on a bill that would allow many domestic abusers banned from carrying firearms in their home states to obtain concealed carry permits elsewhere.

The bill, from Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), allows anyone with a permit from one state to carry hidden, loaded firearms into all other states. Opponents of the legislation, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, warn that it would allow the states with the loosest permitting standards to define the laws of the nation and would undermine states' rights to protect their own residents. ... Read more

*Climate Risks from Equatorial Atmospheric Super-Rotation | Paul Beckwith | 12/04/17 | 14:58
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 06 [15:16]
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  2. Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter & Global Starvation
Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada says -> Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Long in the Works | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:06
*Col. Larry Wilkerson -> Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Is Trump Wagging the Dog? | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 16:50
*Mueller Subpoenas Trump's Bank Records | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:58
CNN Host To Roy Moore Spokeswoman: 'Leave My Child Out Of This' | TYT | 12/05/17 | 6:39
Will The Tax Plan Put More Money In My Pocket? | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
The GOP tax plan is inching closer to final passage, with lawmakers preparing to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. And there are some significant differences on everything from personal tax brackets to deductions for mortgages and children to the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

There's also the question of whether, if the economy is doing as well as the president's tweets indicate, this is the right time to change the tax code.

And, what do Americans actually want from our tax system? A Pew study from April 2017 found that Americans tend to not think it's not very fair.
When Dyslexic Students Are Denied In School | 1a.org | 12/06/17 | 1hr
Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting up to 17 percent of the population, who have difficulty reading, writing and spelling. Recognizing dyslexia in students who are just learning to read can be difficult, but once the disorder is identified, it can be addressed through special education. The earlier, the better.

A recent investigation by American Public Media reveals that "across the country, public schools are denying children proper treatment and often failing to identify them with dyslexia in the first place."

The APM findings also show that the way schools handle recognizing and educating students with dyslexia could have implications for how all children are taught to read. We look at how one special needs population affects early childhood education and literacy rates across the board.

*Robert Mueller Reportedly Eyeing Deutsche Bank | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 26:37
Time Names Its 2017 Person Of The Year: Silence Breakers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 10:19
Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns Questions Jerusalem Move: 'Why now?" | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 7:33
Steve Bannon Shows His Fright Over Mitt Romney Running | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/06/17 | 21:44
Second Lady Karen Pence Finds Donald Trump "Totally Vile" | All In | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 6:37
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Madness Of Defending Roy Moore | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 5:31
Paul Manafort Is Colluding From Home | Stephen Colbert | 12/06/17 | 2:26
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Republicans Renew Their Support for Roy Moore | Trevor Noah | 12/05/17 | 2:53
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Check In: Rick Perry and the Department of Energy | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 8:29
PBS Frontline - The Putin Files
  1. "Putin's Revenge" | Trailer | PBS Frontline | 10/18/17 | 0:31
  2. INTRODUCING: The Putin Files | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 0:49
  3. The Putin Files: James Clapper | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 47:04
  4. The Putin Files: John Brennan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:01:22
  5. The Putin Files: Victoria Nuland | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:14:36
  6. The Putin Files: John Podesta | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:21
  7. The Putin Files: Julia Ioffe | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:47:57
  8. The Putin Files: Michael McFaul | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 41:45
  9. The Putin Files: Jake Sullivan | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 55:53
  10. The Putin Files: Vladimir Ryzhkov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:43
  11. The Putin Files: Evelyn Farkas | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 37:02
  12. The Putin Files: David Sanger | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:06
  13. The Putin Files: Peter Baker | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:12:52
  14. The Putin Files: Susan Glasser | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:30:08
  15. The Putin Files: Gleb Pavlovsky | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:25:36
  16. The Putin Files: Daniel Fried | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:07:29
  17. The Putin Files: Masha Gessen | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:58:37
  18. The Putin Files: Celeste Wallander | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:57
  19. The Putin Files: William Burns | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 49:17
  20. The Putin Files: Jon Wolfsthal | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:00:26
  21. The Putin Files: Mikhail Zygar | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:06:59
  22. The Putin Files: Jon Finer | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:09
  23. The Putin Files: Strobe Talbott | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 36:09
  24. The Putin Files: Jeh Johnson | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 51:23
  25. The Putin Files: Masha Lipman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:32:52
  26. The Putin Files: Yekaterina Schulmann | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 58:58
  27. The Putin Files: David Hoffman | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 2:20:19
  28. The Putin Files: Yevgenia Albats | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:43:12
  29. The Putin Files: Vladimir Kara-Murza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:03:18
  30. The Putin Files: Andrei Soldatov | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:31:59
  31. The Putin Files: Antony Blinken | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:01:58
  32. The Putin Files: John Beyrle | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:10:55
  33. The Putin Files: Joshua Yaffa | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:42:39
  34. The Putin Files: Ryan Lizza | PBS Frontline | 11/01/17 | 1:04:34

12.06.2017. 11:00

Tuesday December 05, 2017

Populism died on Saturday
WashingtonPost | Catherine Rampell | 12/04/17

It croaked on a birthday of sorts. This month marks 10 years since the Great Recession -- and thereby the social movement it unleashed -- was born.

This obituary begins in December 2007, when the spark of the financial crisis grew into a fire. The conflagration would go on to blaze through more than 8 million jobs, trillions of dollars in wealth, millions of foreclosed homes and half the value of the stock market.

Older and middle-age workers would lose jobs and nest eggs. Younger workers would get stuck in dead-end careers, if they could find careers at all, and fall behind on milestones of adulthood such as homeownership and marriage. And millions of children would grow up watching their parents stress about money. Some would come to wonder whether socialism was really such a dirty word after all. ... Read more

Prosecutors say longtime Manafort colleague has 'ties' to Russian intelligence.
"House of Cards" to return with Robin Wright as lead, Netflix confirms.

Trump's uncontrollable tweeting triggers deeper anxiety among advisers
Politico | Andrew Restuccia | 12/03/17

By Sunday, he had already claimed Michael Flynn was fired in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being 'in tatters.'

It took nearly 24 hours for President Donald Trump to tweet about the news that his former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents -- a delay that Trump's advisers said was not uncommon for the president, who often tweets after catching up on cable news.

Many Republicans at first saw the radio silence as a welcome sign of restraint. But by Sunday, the notoriously hot-headed president had already claimed Flynn was fired earlier this year in part for lying to the FBI and had moved on to accusing the nation's top law-enforcement agency of being "in tatters."

"Worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness," he tweeted. The tweets all combined to reignite fears among people close to Trump that the president is not taking the special counsel's investigation seriously enough and is getting bad advice from his legal team. ... Read more

Michigan's Dem John Conyers won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment scandal.

Stephen Colbert made Billy Bush watch the 'Access Hollywood' tape -- and it was awkward
WashingtonPost | Emily Yahr | 12/05/17

... Bush's New York Times editorial is titled "Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That." So you can imagine what he thinks of reports that Trump has been privately saying he doesn't think that it's his voice on the bus audio.

"You don't get to say that. Because I was there, and the last 14 months of my life I have been dealing with it," Bush said. "You dealt with it for 14 minutes and went on to be the president."

Bush said that Trump's denial really upset him, particularly after he read an article in which multiple women nade allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump. ... Read more

Watch John Oliver grill Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations | WP | 12/05/17 | 12:00
The Great Tax Cut
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  2. ACLU Vows to Keep Fighting as Supreme Court Allows Trump's Mostly Muslim Travel Ban to Take Effect
  3. Native American Tribes Join to File Historic Lawsuit Against Trump Attack on Bears Ears National Monument
  4. Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After "Illegal" Election
Trump's Friends Get Tax Cuts, His Base Gets Bigotry | TRNN | 12/05/17 | 10:12
What Does Saleh's Killing Mean for Yemen? | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 8:28
Republican Admits Real Truth Behind Tax Cuts | TYT | 12/04/17 | 7:48
BREAKING: Mueller Stopping Negotiations With Manafort | TYT | 12/04/17 | 4:41
Poll: Alabama Republicans Don't Care About Child Rape | TYT | 12/04/17 | 12:14
Ask The FCC & Net Neutrality | 1a.org | 12/05/17 | 1hr
From late night TV to your Twitter feed, the Federal Communications Commission's vote on net neutrality is a hot topic.

The FCC has been reversing and revising a number of regulations, bringing a new level of attention to a federal body that's usually not the subject of so much public debate.

We'll start off with current FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. We want you to call us at (855) 236-1212 and ask Carr your questions. Then, we'll say goodbye to the commissioner and talk with Gigi Sohn, who was a senior advisor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

GOP Strategist Susan Del Percio On Roy Moore Support: You Are About To Lose Me | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 12:49
Donald Trump's Attorney John Dowd Makes Himself A Target To Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 10:03
Atlantic: Mike Pence Considered 'Coup' After 'Access Hollywood' Tape | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/05/17 | 7:03
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Trump Tweet-Confesses Obstruction Of Justice | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 7:42
Stephen Renames Trump's Tax Bill | Stephen Colbert | 12/05/17 | 4:19
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The GOP Gives America's Neediest Millionaires a Tax Break | Trevor Noah | 12/04/17 | 5:41
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Republican Tax Bill, Brooklyn Brewery Names Beer After Beyonce | Seth Meyers | 12/05/17 | 3:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones: Trump News & Analysis | Alex Jones | 12/04/17 | 41:19

12.05.2017. 11:58

Monday December 04, 2017

Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues
scientificamerican.com | author | report

Generating three centimeters of top soil takes 1,000 years, and if current rates of degradation continue all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years, a senior UN official said

About a third of the world's soil has already been degraded, Maria-Helena Semedo of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told a forum marking World Soil Day.

The causes of soil destruction include chemical-heavy farming techniques, deforestation which increases erosion, and global warming. The earth under our feet is too often ignored by policymakers, experts said. ... Read more

Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited: Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump by Joseph E. Stiglitz

In this crucial expansion and update of his landmark bestseller, renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz addresses globalization's new discontents in the United States and Europe. Immediately upon publication, Globalization and Its Discontents became a touchstone in the globalization debate by demonstrating how the International Monetary Fund, other major institutions like the World Bank, and global trade agreements have often harmed the developing nations they are supposedly helping. Yet globalization today continues to be mismanaged, and now the harms -- exemplified by the rampant inequality to which it has contributed -- have come home to roost in the United States and the rest of the developed world as well, reflected in growing political unrest.

With a new introduction, major new chapters on the new discontents, the rise of Donald Trump, and the new protectionist movement, as well as a new afterword on the course of globalization since the book first appeared, Stiglitz's powerful and prescient messages remain essential reading.

Billy Bush: I Believe The Women Accusing Donald Trump Of Sexual Misconduct
HP | Rebecca Shapiro | 12/04/17

"I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar..."

Billy Bush penned a sobering op-ed published in the New York Times Sunday night, in which the former "Access Hollywood" host said he believed the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

He also slammed the president for engaging in "revisionist history" after reports indicated that Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape in recent months. The tape, which features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, derailed Bush's career but had no bearing on Trump being elected president. ... Read more

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Robert Wright famously explained in The Moral Animal how evolution shaped the human brain. The mind is designed to often delude us, he argued, about ourselves and about the world. And it is designed to make happiness hard to sustain.

But if we know our minds are rigged for anxiety, depression, anger, and greed, what do we do? Wright locates the answer in Buddhism, which figured out thousands of years ago what scientists are only discovering now. Buddhism holds that human suffering is a result of not seeing the world clearly -- and proposes that seeing the world more clearly, through meditation, will make us better, happier people.

In Why Buddhism is True, Wright leads readers on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age. At once excitingly ambitious and wittily accessible, this is the first book to combine evolutionary psychology with cutting-edge neuroscience to defend the radical claims at the heart of Buddhist philosophy. With bracing honesty and fierce wisdom, it will persuade you not just that Buddhism is true -- which is to say, a way out of our delusion -- but that it can ultimately save us from ourselves, as individuals and as a species.

Trump responds to Flynn's guilty plea
Politico | Louis Nelson | 12/04/17

... Trump, who spoke briefly with the White House press pool before boarding Marine One to begin a day trip to Utah, suggested Flynn has been treated unfairly compared with 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn. I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life and I feel very badly. I will say this, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI. Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it's a shame," Trump said. "Hillary Clinton on the Fourth of July weekend went to the FBI, not under oath. It was the most incredible thing anyone's ever seen. She lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it's like they ruined his live. It's very unfair." ... Read more

After a dizzying weekend, the White House is rattled: What next?
Salon | Heather Digby Parton | 12/04/17

President Trump had quite a week. He lied about his "Access Hollywood" tape, attacked CNN International -- prompting authoritarians all over the globe to follow suit -- made a racist slur in front of Native American war heroes and tweeted out far-right conspiracy websites and anti-Muslim videos, prompting a major diplomatic crisis with America's closest ally. It didn't get any better over the weekend.

The Daily Beast reported that Trump had been worried for a while that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had "turned on him" and that the president was "personally hurt" by the news Flynn was potentially cooperating with the special counsel. When it turned out on Friday that Flynn had agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in exchange for telling the prosecutors everything he knows, Trump pretty much lost it. From the tenor of his tweeting over the weekend, hurt has given way to panic. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 04 [12:06]
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  2. Rep. Keith Ellison: GOP Tax Bill Would Reorder Society & Create "Hereditary Aristocracy" for Rich
  3. Rep. Keith Ellison Says Franken & Conyers Should "Examine Their Conscience" over Sexual Harassment
  4. Rep. Ellison Condemns Apparent Election Tampering in Honduras & Calls for Halting U.S. Military Aid
  5. Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging
Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea? | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:21
New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up | DN | 12/01/17 | 14:24
Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump Tax Plan to Worsen Inequality, Expand Loopholes | DN | 12/01/17 | 12:26
Anti-Globalization in the Era of Trump: Joseph Stiglitz on Shared Prosperity Without Protectionism | DN | 12/01/17 | 8:50
Empire Files: Death & Biostitutes - The US Opioid Crisis | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 21:56
Robert Wright -> Mindfulness, Buddhism, and Overcoming Delusions | TRNN | 12/04/17 | 18:04
Capitalism Is Actually Socialism For The Rich | TYT | 12/03/17 | 8:03
Republican: Women Belong In The Home, Not In Politics | TYT | 12/03/17 | 6:38
A State Department In Disarray? | 1a.org | 12/04/17 | 1hr
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says rumors that the White House plans to replace him soon are "laughable." But questions about Tillerson's tense relationship with President Trump have also raised concerns about a potential shake-up at the U.S. Department of State at a delicate time.

We get a read on the strength of the State Department under the Trump administration and consider how well-equipped the department is to handle today's global conflicts -- most importantly, the escalating crisis with North Korea.

Emails Show Michael Flynn Was In Close Touch With Senior Advisers | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 9:48
Does President Donald Trump's Tweet Prove Obstruction Of Justice? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 6:44
Senator Richard Blumenthal Calls For Legislation To Protect Special Counsel | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/04/17 | 12:52
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Is It Okay To Say The 'D' Word About Trump Yet? | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:15
Trump Said There's Nothing Like 'First Rate P****' | Stephen Colbert | 12/02/17 | 3:16
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
From the Tax Plan to Libya, Everything Goes Back to Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/30/17 | 6:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Alex Jones -> Flynn Trump News, Roger Stone, James O'Keefe (FULL) | Alex Jones | 12/01/17 | 2:47:54
Roger Stone: Goes Deeper! | Infowars | 12/01/17 | 52:48

12.04.2017. 11:44

Friday December 01, 2017

Republicans Rewrite Portions Of Tax Bill Hours Before Vote
HP | Matt Fuller | 11/30/17

Senate Republicans avoided the most embarrassing scenario for their tax bill Thursday ? an unexpected floor defeat that would have sent the legislation back to committee ? but they are still facing a significant stumbling block and, hours before a vote, are still changing portions of their bill.

The "trigger" proposal from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), which would have set off certain tax increases if Republicans didn't hit revenue targets, was struck down by the Senate parliamentarian on Thursday afternoon. (Because of the restrictions that allow Republicans to pass their tax plan with a simple majority, provisions that don't materially affect fiscal policies could be ruled subject to 60 votes.)

So when the parliamentarian informed Corker that his trigger proposal wouldn't fly, the GOP bill suddenly faced a problem. Without that provision, Corker didn't feel comfortable voting for the bill, and he had reinforcements. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has also been concerned about how much debt the bill would produce, as well as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who has concerns about pass-through business tax provisions, both refused to vote against a Democratic motion to send the legislation back to committee until a fix could be worked out. ... Read more

Cotton cements his rise under Trump
Politico | Eliana Johnson | 11/30/17

The Arkansas senator, under consideration as a potential successor to Mike Pompeo as CIA director, has chosen to shape the president rather than railing against him.

Now a freshman senator, Cotton is expected to head to Langley if President Donald Trump decides to nominate current CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to two senior administration officials.

Cotton's appointment would cement his meteoric rise in Republican politics, the result of qualities that have taken him, in a matter of years, from freshman congressman to the youngest serving U.S. senator to, potentially, the youngest CIA director in American history: loyalty, brains and raw ambition. He also embodies one of the GOP's responses to Trump. Having already shared some of the president's populist leanings, he has worked to co-opt and shape the president rather than rail against him. ... Read more

The CIA could be permanently damaged
WashingtonPost | Jennifer Rubin | 12/01/17

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump's national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday ...

Under the plan, Pompeo would probably be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of Trump's most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.

While Pompeo may or may not do better than Tillerson, it is far from clear that any star player would be asked or would take a job in the three-ring Trump circus. The much more problematic part of this is Pompeo's replacement. ... Read more

Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him politically
WashingtonPost | Josh Dawsey | 12/01/17

The president's mixed messages on a partial shutdown has hampered Republicans ability to negotiate with Democrats on spending legislation. Trump also is said to be focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his past outreach to Democrats. ... Read more

*Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer Outrage: Dumping Tillerson Would Remove the Adult in Trump's Administration | truthdig | 11/30/17 | 2:56

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines forFriday, December 01 [11:19]
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  2. Is Trump Plan to Replace Rex Tillerson a Push for More U.S. Aggression Toward Iran, North Korea?
  3. Marcy Wheeler: Mike Flynn's Guilty Plea to FBI Will Shape How GOP Handles Russia Investigation
  4. GOP Quietly Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil & Gas Drilling While Earth Undergoes 6th Extinction
  5. New Investigation Finds U.S. Special Forces Massacred Somali Civilians & Orchestrated a Cover-Up
  6. Cities Across the U.S. Join Movement to Impeach President Trump For Violating the Constitution
If Tillerson's Out, is Iran War In? | TRNN | 12/01/17 | 12:55
*Trump Replacing Tillerson With Someone Much Worse... | TYT | 11/30/17 | 7:54
*If Anyone Can Make The CIA Worse, It's Tom Cotton | TYT | 11/30/17 | 6:18
Trump: 'Nothing In The World Like First-Rate Pussy' | TYT | 11/30/17 | 12:57
Friday News -- Domestic | 1a.org | 12/01/17 | 1hr
Some of President Trump's language this week made headlines.
Friday News -- International | 1a.org | 12/01/17 | 1hr
America's Ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea's latest missile launch brings the world closer to war.

A war criminal at The Hague dies after drinking poison in court. And it's been a mixed week for relations between the United States and the United Kingdom.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Fails To Deliver Promised Tax Report | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 14:36
NYT: President Donald Trump Urged Senate GOP To End Russia Investigation | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 13:14
Rattner: President Donald Trump Would Get Over $40M In Benefits From Tax Bill | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 9:40
Senator Angus King On Tax Reform: Best Case Is For GOP Bill To Blow Up | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 12/01/17 | 8:41
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Rex Tillerson Is Rumored To Have Upset The Moron | Stephen Colbert | 12/01/17 | 4:06
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
From the Tax Plan to Libya, Everything Goes Back to Trump | Trevor Noah | 11/30/17 | 6:16
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter War with Roy Moore | Jimmy Kimmel | 11/30/17 | 5:52
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Allegations; Trump's Unhinged Tweets | Seth Meyers | 11/30/17 | 11:55
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
It's Official: The Left Has Lost, Globalists Now Evacuating Western Countries | Infowars | 11/30/17 | 12:24
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