Federal Agents Used Toxic Chemical Smoke Grenades in Portland Portland protesters report severe and lasting side effects from the chemical weapons used during Trump’s “Operation Diligent Valor.”
Leading Medical Journal Calls For End To Trump Administration “In a rare political statement from a scientific journal, the New England Journal of Medicine released an editorial Wednesday lambasting the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and calling on Americans to vote President Donald Trump out of office next month.”
The new details on Kimberly Guilfoyle’s time at Fox News are horrific Horrid tales of sexual harassment, with connections to the Trump campaign.
Business Insider: The wealthiest 1% has taken $50 trillion from working Americans and redistributed it, a new study finds. “Each year, $2.5 trillion — yes, trillion with a “T” — has been redistributed from the bottom 90% of Americans to the wealthiest 1 % of all Americans.”
Yet another former intel official calls Trump Putin’s ‘useful idiot’ “Multiple high-level government officials have wondered whether Putin has dirt on Trump.”
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the decorated war hero who retired from the Army in July after calling out “intimidation” from the White House, said in an interview published Monday morning that Trump is a “useful idiot” for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who led the United States’ investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, said on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday that, “Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians.”
Meanwhile, Bob Woodward reported in his forthcoming book that Trump’s former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats had a “deep suspicions” that Russian “had something” on Trump.
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has called Trump “Russia’s useful fool,” while fellow former CIA Director John Brennan has said “all roads with Trump lead to Putin.”
And Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star Army general, said in June that Trump “cannot be trusted.”
Forbes (Sept 16, 2020): Trump Says With ‘A Herd Mentality’ Covid-19 Coronavirus Will Go Away
Scientific Consensus: Earth’s Climate is Warming
“Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals1 show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree*: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Medical Association, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, The Geological Society of America, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, ” and scores of international scientific organizations.
Scathing Letter By George Washington University Law School Faculty Condemns Attorney General William Barr “More than 80% of the faculty of George Washington University Law School, the alma mater of Attorney General William Barr, issued a scathing six-page letter this week condemning his conduct. ”
Fox News Confirms The Atlantic’s Report on Trump’s Soldier Comments (Video) Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin confirmed reporting published by The Atlantic on Thursday that Trump had said soldiers who died in war were “suckers” and “losers.”
The John Birch Society has increasingly been linked to the presidency of Donald Trump by political commentators such as Jeet Heer of The New Republic, arguing that “Trumpism” is essentially Bircherism. Trump confidante and longtime advisor Roger Stone said that Trump’s father Fred Trump was a financier of the Society and a personal friend of founder Robert Welch. Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was the speaker at the John Birch Society’s National Council dinner shortly before joining the Trump administration. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), widely reported to be one of Trump’s top advisors on foreign policy, is also tied to the John Birch Society. The senator’s father, former Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), has had a long and very close relationship with the Society, celebrating its work in his 2008 keynote speech at the John Birch Society 50th anniversary event and saying that it was leading the fight to restore freedom. The keynote speaker at the group’s 60th anniversary celebration was Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky.), who maintains a near-perfect score on the Society’s “Freedom Index” ranking of members of Congress. Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who hosted Trump on his Infowars radio show and claims to have a personal relationship with the president, called Trump a “John Birch Society president” and previously claimed Trump was “more John Birch Society than the John Birch Society.”
FactCheck.org: President Donald Trump accepted his party’s nomination in a speech filled with familiar falsehoods “At the close of the Republican National Convention, the president distorted the facts on the economy, COVID-19, health care, the military, immigration, policing and foreign affairs.”
Trump Comes Up Empty When Pressed for Evidence of Election Fraud in Court “The Trump campaign’s 524-page response to a discovery demand turned up precisely zero instances of mail-in voter fraud.”
Air pollution is much worse than we thought “Ditching fossil fuels would pay for itself through clean air alone.”
Demands for Kushner to Resign Over ‘Staggering’ Level of ‘Depravity’ That Put Politics Before Public Health “Holy hell. Jared Kushner reportedly abandoned a national testing plan because it was *politically advantageous* to sit back and let blue states be eviscerated by the virus.”
Forbes: How Donald Trump Moved Millions From His Campaign Donors To His Private Business “Millions from his campaign, millions from the RNC, millions from committees. While other billionaires spend big on the election, the Donald is raking it in.”
All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus “An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency.”
[Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex] Azar oversaw as HHS secretary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, wouldn’t come up with viable tests for five and half weeks, even as other countries and the World Health Organization had already prepared their own.
Shortly after his televised comments, Azar tapped a trusted aide with minimal public health experience to lead the agency’s day-to-day response to COVID-19. The aide, Brian Harrison, had joined the department after running a dog-breeding business for six years. Five sources say some officials in the White House derisively called him “the dog breeder.”
I never understood wind. You know, I know windmills very much. I have studied it better than anybody else. Its very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly. Very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous if you are into this tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world right?
So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint fumes are spewing into the air. Right? Spewing. Whether its in China, Germany, its going into the air. Its our air their air everything right?
A windmill will kill many bald eagles. After a certain number they make you turn the windmill off. That is true. By the way they make you turn it off. And yet, if you killed one they put you in jail. That is OK.
You want to see a bird graveyard? You just go. Take a look. A bird graveyard. Go under a windmill someday, youll see more birds than youve ever seen in your life.
~ Donald Trump 12/21/2019
Corruption in the Interior Department “The extractive industries have a history of deliberately concealing the value of oil and gas extracted from public lands, with the apparent intent of underpaying royalties to the federal government. In addition, these industries have benefited for far too long from the federal government’s continued failure to collect billions of dollars in owed revenue from natural resource leases. Numerous high-level officials at the Interior Department have conflicts of interest, from recent employment in or lobbying for the industry they now regulate, to continued contact with former clients on policy matters they should recuse themselves from working on. At the top of the list is Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who has an “unprecedented” level of connectedness to the industry.”
Throughout January, as Mr. Trump repeatedly played down the seriousness of the virus and focused on other issues, an array of figures inside his government — from top White House advisers to experts deep in the cabinet departments and intelligence agencies — identified the threat, sounded alarms and made clear the need for aggressive action.
The president, though, was slow to absorb the scale of the risk and to act accordingly, focusing instead on controlling the message, protecting gains in the economy and batting away warnings from senior officials. It was a problem, he said, that had come out of nowhere and could not have been foreseen.
‘Dangerous idiot’: Trump says ‘germ is so brilliant antibiotics can’t keep up with it’ in chaotic White House coronavirus meeting “President describes virus as ‘very smart’, ‘a brilliant enemy’, and ‘a genius’, on same day more than 2,000 US citizens die from Covid-19.”
“If you ever agreed to it [mail-in voting], you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.” — President Donald Trump
The Coronavirus Hoax “People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus “pandemic” could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profit – financially or politically – from the ensuing panic.” — libertarian Ron Paul
Trump Won’t Order Vital Coronavirus Supplies Because Corporate CEOs Asked Him Not To. “They’re worried it could be bad for business.”
‘Freedom payments?’ The coronavirus exposes the fraud of the anti-government movement. “The stated premise of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was to goose the economy, which it didn’t do (annual growth was exactly the same in the two years prior to passage as in the two years after — 2.4%). So it didn’t make America stronger. What it did was weaken the federal government, by looting the treasury to feather the nests mostly of corporations and the already rich. This withering of the government has always been part of the point. But where are the adherents of this now — now that we’re in trouble? They’re clamoring for their own freedom payments.” To bailout corporations and Wall Street.
Trump’s Dangerously Effective Coronavirus Propaganda “The president’s effort to play down the pandemic is being amplified by a coalition of partisan media, digital propagandists, and White House officials.”
Why Trump Intentionally Misnames the Coronavirus “When conservative figures continually refer to the “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese coronavirus,” it’s clear they’re doing it to make a point.”
Trump officials did sound the coronavirus alarm. They just don’t work there anymore. “The dire message coming from former administration officials often stood in contrast to the upbeat narrative emanating from the White House.”
The Dismantled State Takes on a Pandemic “Conservatives won their war on Big Government. Their prize is a pandemic.”
You can’t make this stuff up: Trump administration isn’t backing off proposed cuts to CDC budget “In early February, the White House unveiled a budget that called for deep CDC cuts. Yesterday [March 10, 2020], the administration refused to back down.”
Oxfam International: The 1% grabbed 82% of all wealth created in 2017
Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times (March 4, 2020): <93>Within a couple days, (it is) going to be down to close to zero,<94> Trump confidently declared about the bug just six days ago. —
Newsweek: Income Growth Slowed Across the US Under Donald Trump (was faster under Obama)
Fact checker Snopes says ObamaÆs Last 3 Years Saw More Jobs Created Than TrumpÆs First 3 “Left-leaning critics of U.S. President Donald Trump rejected his claims to overseeing unprecedented economic growth in early 2020. Who was right?”
The Heartland Lobby: Inside the climate change denial movement.
All four Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation Trump tweeted early Tuesday, calling the initial sentencing recommendation “disgraceful” and a “miscarriage of justice.”
Georgia Governor Kemp (R) Loses Vote Purge Suit Brought by Reporter Palast Voter suppression is seeing its day in court. “Michigan removed tens of thousands of voters with names like ôJames Brownö and ôMohammed Mohammedö ù almost all with mismatched middle names.”
The 2020 Election will be a War of Disinformation “A CBS News/YouGov poll has found that just 11 percent of strong Trump supporters trust the mainstream mediaùwhile 91 percent turn to the president for ôaccurate information.ö
Bryan Lanza, who worked for the Trump campaign in 2016 and remains a White House surrogate, told me flatly that he sees no possibility of Americans establishing a common set of facts from which to conduct the big debates of this yearÆs election. Nor is that his goal. ôItÆs our job to sell our narrative louder than the media,ö Lanza said.
Evangelist preacher Franklin Graham [Trump’s preacher] planned a seven-city UK tour. All seven venues have dropped him, due to Graham’s homophobic and Islamophobic comments.
Rush Limbaugh is a bigot. Rush Limbaugh: Barack the magic Negro https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/199540661447392/
Trump’s assassination of Soleimani led to Iran’s reprisal which caused 64 U.S. soldiers to sustain traumatic brain injuries, as well as causing Iran to (mistakenly) shoot down a passenger airline.
Did Donald Trump Say Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels Reminded Him of Daughter Ivanka? “Both women have alleged in interviews that the president compared them to Ivanka Trump.”
Donald and Ivanka Trump Were Involved in InaugurationÆs Inflated Payments to Family Business, New Suit Says ôMembers of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,ö the District of ColumbiaÆs attorney general wrote in the suit.
Bloomberg: Trump Tax Cut Hands $32 Billion Windfall to AmericaÆs Top Banks “Top banks saved $18 billion in 2019, even more than prior year. Meanwhile lending slowed, job cuts mounted and dividends rose.”
How ‘Lock Her Up!’ just blew up Another useless GOP investigation turns up a big fat nothing burger. This makes three now, that have amounted to nothing. Meanwhile, Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election led to 199 criminal counts against 37 people and entities. Seven people pleaded guilty; six were sentenced to prison.
President Donald Trump, on windmills:
I never understood wind. I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous – if you are into this – tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air.
Trump Campaign Bizarrely Edits His Head Onto Greta Thunberg’s Body on Her TIME Cover (to trigger the libs)
Between 1985 and 1994, the Times story says, TrumpÆs core businesses lost money every single year, and the accumulated losses came to more than a billion dollars. ôIn fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, the Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners,ö Buettner and Craig write. ôHis core business losses in 1990 and 1991ùmore than $250 million each yearùwere more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.ö
There Are Two Separate Impeachment Hearings Happening Right Now ù And Republicans Are Winning Theirs “Nothing Republican Rep. Devin Nunes does during the hearings makes sense if you watch it in the moment. When itÆs posted on Facebook later, though, it works perfectly.”
Why Fox News Slimed a Purple Heart Recipient A former Fox News guest host explains the methodology behind Fox News propaganda.
Trump sought to allay fears about his health during his presidential campaign, releasing a letter from his long-time personal doctorùDr. Harold Bornsteinùwhich lauded Trump’s “astonishingly excellent” condition and claimed he would “unequivocally” be the healthiest president in history. Bornstein has since told NBC News that the president wrote the letter himself. In 2017, Bornstein also claimed that Trump aides turned up unannounced at his office and removed files relating to the president. (source)
TrumpÆs Public Lands Chief Wrote For A Cult ExtremistÆs Magazine “William Perry Pendley authored anti-environmental screeds for Lyndon LaRouche. Now he controls 10% of the U.S. landmass.”
Yahoo Finance: Trump adds $4.1 trillion to national debt. Here’s where the money went “The biggest contributor to the $4.1 trillion that will be added to the national debt through 2029 is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This signature tax cut legislation signed by Trump in 2017 single-handedly increased the debt by $1.8 trillion, according to CRFB.”
How the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act benefits mostly the rich “This page includes estimates of TCJAÆs effects in 2020. Most of the lawÆs benefits will go to the richest fifth of Americans, and a significant portion will go to foreign investors who own stocks in American companies and, therefore, benefit from the corporate tax cuts.”
Scientific American: Scientists have been underestimating the pace of climate change
Time: æWe Are Being Eaten From Within.Æ Why America Is Losing the Battle Against White Nationalist Terrorism “In more than a dozen interviews with TIME, current and former federal law-enforcement and national-security officials described a sense of bewilderment and frustration as they watched warnings go ignored and the white-supremacist terror threat grow. Over the past decade, multiple attempts to refocus federal resources on the issue have been thwarted. Entire offices meant to coordinate an interagency response to right-wing extremism were funded, staffed and then defunded in the face of legal, constitutional and political concerns.”
The Trump Tax Cuts Worked (As a Scam) By Eric Levitz “In May, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) found no sign that the Trump tax cuts made any discernible contribution to growth, wages, or business investment. Corporations did not plow their windfalls into exceptionally productive and innovative ventures. Instead, they mostly threw their handouts onto the giant pile of cash they were already sitting on, and/or returned it to their (predominantly rich) shareholders.”
Forbes: The 2017 Tax Cuts Didn’t Work, The Data Prove It: “Investment did not boom and workers will not see the promised bump in pay. The richest Americans instead got even richer while corporations used a lot of the new money to keep shareholders happy.”
DeVos Repeals Obama-Era Rule Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday officially repealed an Obama-era regulation that sought to crack down on for-profit colleges and universities that produced graduates with no meaningful job prospects and mountains of student debt they could not hope to repay.”
If the U.S. government’s claims that Iran was behind the tanker attack are true, 47 percent of U.S. adults would somewhat or strongly support military action while 31 percent would be somewhat or strongly opposed. Unsurprisingly, the polling uncovered a deep partisan divide with 77 percent of Republicans backing a military strike compared to just 31 percent of Democrats.
While most respondents overall opposed military action against North Korea, the “majority of Trump supporters prefer the US strike in every scenario, except when confidence in the effectiveness of the US conventional strike is 50 percent”ùand even then it remained at 44 percent as opposed to a mere 8 percent for non-supporters. Separately, those who backed the death penalty were actually more eager to inflict a higher death toll among North Korean civilians.
Trump’s order to slash number of science advisory boards blasted by critics as ‘nonsensical’ “It’s no longer death by a thousand cuts. It’s taking a knife to the jugular,ö one science advocate said of the order to eliminate a third of the advisory boards.
“In 2016, when he was running for President, USA Today found that [Trump] had been involved in thirty-five hundred lawsuits, and was the plaintiff in nearly two thousand of them.” (The New Yorker, May 13, 2019)
Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement “Nearly a billion dollars a year is flowing into the organized climate change counter-movement.”