Tracking "the most ominous president ever" ~ as the horrors unfold

And so it begins

By MICHAEL C. BENDER Jan. 20, 2017 7:12 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump delivered what historians and speechwriters said was one of the most ominous inaugural addresses ever, reinforcing familiar campaign themes of American decline while positioning himself as the protector of the country’s “forgotten men and women." http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-strikes-nationalistic-tone-in-inaugural-speech-1484957527?tesla=y&mod=e2tw
Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech, Annotated New York Times reporters analyze the 45th president’s comments. JAN. 20, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/20/us/politics/donald-trump-inauguration-speech-transcript.html
Miller and Bannon wrote Trump inaugural address: report BY MAX GREENWOOD - 01/21/17 http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315464-bannon-miller-wrote-trumps-inauguration-address-report Miller and Bannon wrote Trump inaugural address: report © Getty Images President Trump’s inauguration speech was written by two of the president’s closest aides and not Trump himself, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. A White House official told the Journal that Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior advisor Stephen Miller penned the address. ... The speech struck an unusual tone for inaugural addresses. In it, Trump depicted the U.S. as a country ruled by a selfish political class and struggling to find its footing in a dangerous world. ... Bannon, the former executive chairman of right-wing Breitbart News, is considered by many to be a controversial pick for Trump’s White House strategist because of his ties to the conservative website. “I don’t think we’ve had a speech like that since Andrew Jackson came to the White House," Bannon told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s got a deep, deep root of patriotism." Miller wrote most of Trump’s prepared speeches throughout his presidential campaign, and was tapped last month to pen the inauguration address, according to a Politico report.
unfucking believable that a lying venomous nasty piece of white Goldman Sachs trash like Bannon who has made his media career peddling hate mongering lies, after yet more outrageous lies, while everybody slept - is now one of the most powerful people in Washington. :ahhh:
STEVE BANNON SAYS JOINING GOLDMAN SACHS IS LIKE ‘JOINING THE JESUITS’ DAN WRIGHT https://shadowproof.com/2016/11/30/steve-bannon-says-joining-goldman-sachs-like-joining-jesuits/ During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump condemned lobbyists, Wall Street, and DC insiders, claiming he would “drain the swamp" and bring reform to Washington if elected. No company epitomizes the incestuous swampy relationship between Washington and Wall Street like Goldman Sachs. Nicknamed Government Sachs, it has already produced two former US treasury secretaries—Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin—and a large number of the federal regulators tasked with policing the financial services industry. Goldman Sachs, like the other Too Big To Fail/Jail banks on Wall Street, has been at the forefront of pushing corporations to ship American jobs oversees and played a leading role in crashing the US economy in 2008 through reckless greed and criminal fraud in the mortgage securities market. Yet Trump is backing two former Goldman executives for high positions within his administration. Trump has chosen second-generation Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin to be his treasury secretary. Mnuchin’s father was a Goldman partner and Mnuchin himself worked at Goldman for 17 years. Steve Bannon, who is also a former Goldman Sachs executive, is set to be President Trump’s chief adviser. Despite Bannon’s embrace of economic nationalism in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bannon was singing the praises of Goldman Sachs as recently as 2012.
Donald Trump's curious Goldman Sachs connections by Matt Egan November 30, 2016 http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/30/investing/donald-trump-goldman-sachs-steve-mnuchin/ During the campaign, Donald Trump held up Goldman Sachs as a villain and symbol of the corrupt establishment. Trump's closing campaign ad flashed an ominous image of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein just as Trump condemned the "global power structure" for robbing America's working class and enriching the elite. Yet now, the president-elect is leaning on several former Goldman Sachs executives to help him run the country after he takes over in January.

Speaking of ominous, perhaps this would be a good thread for tracking ominous news.

Trump Inauguration chair: Speech to CIA was 'appropriate' By Christina Manduley, CNN, January 21, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-cia-inauguration-barrack-smerconish-cnntv/ CNN)The chairman of Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack Jr., says he thinks it was appropriate for the President to use his speech to the CIA as an opportunity to complain about reports on the crowd size at his inauguration. Former CIA Director Brennan released a statement about the speech in which he said he was "deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes." Brennan added that Trump "should be ashamed of himself." Barrack told Smerconish that the crowd sizes are not "worthy" of all the media scrutiny, and gave a rationale behind Trump's thinking. "I think what upset him was the tweeting. In other words, if he's criticized for tweeting and being irresponsible on the set of facts, than he holds the press equally accountable. This all started from a tweet," Barrack explains. {Proving Barrack totally misses the point!}
Sean Spicer told at least 5 untruths in 5 minutes By KYLE CHENEY and DAN DIAMOND 01/21/17 10:06 PM EST Updated 01/22/17 12:51 PM EST In his first post-inauguration news conference Saturday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer immediately accused reporters of making inaccurate claims. http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2017/01/trumps-press-secretary-just-told-4-whoppers-in-5-minutes-233984 1. "This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual." 2. "All of this space [from Trump’s platform to the Washington Monument] was full when the president took the Oath of Office." 3. "We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama's last inaugural." 4. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe." 5. "This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past."
TRUMP SPOKESMAN’S LECTURE ON MEDIA ACCURACY IS PEPPERED WITH LIES Here are 7 falsehoods and mischaracterizations from Sean Spicer’s debut. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/sean-spicer-inauguration-statement-lies “Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall. “Inaccurate numbers regarding crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers. Because the National Parks Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempts to try to count protesters today in the same fashion." ... As for crowd size, media outlets and event experts routinely estimate attendance numbers as events. Sometimes these align with police or official estimates. Sometimes they do not.
Speaking of ominous, perhaps this would be a good thread for tracking ominous news.
Trump Inauguration chair: Speech to CIA was 'appropriate' By Christina Manduley, CNN, January 21, 2017 http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-cia-inauguration-barrack-smerconish-cnntv/ CNN)The chairman of Donald Trump's Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack Jr., says he thinks it was appropriate for the President to use his speech to the CIA as an opportunity to complain about reports on the crowd size at his inauguration. Former CIA Director Brennan released a statement about the speech in which he said he was "deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes." Brennan added that Trump "should be ashamed of himself." Barrack told Smerconish that the crowd sizes are not "worthy" of all the media scrutiny, and gave a rationale behind Trump's thinking. "I think what upset him was the tweeting. In other words, if he's criticized for tweeting and being irresponsible on the set of facts, than he holds the press equally accountable. This all started from a tweet," Barrack explains. {Proving Barrack totally misses the point!}
Sean Spicer told at least 5 untruths in 5 minutes By KYLE CHENEY and DAN DIAMOND 01/21/17 10:06 PM EST Updated 01/22/17 12:51 PM EST In his first post-inauguration news conference Saturday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer immediately accused reporters of making inaccurate claims. http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2017/01/trumps-press-secretary-just-told-4-whoppers-in-5-minutes-233984 1. "This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual." 2. "All of this space [from Trump’s platform to the Washington Monument] was full when the president took the Oath of Office." 3. "We know that 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares to 317,000 that used it for President Obama's last inaugural." 4. "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe." 5. "This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the Mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the Mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past."
TRUMP SPOKESMAN’S LECTURE ON MEDIA ACCURACY IS PEPPERED WITH LIES Here are 7 falsehoods and mischaracterizations from Sean Spicer’s debut. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/01/sean-spicer-inauguration-statement-lies “Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall. “Inaccurate numbers regarding crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers. Because the National Parks Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempts to try to count protesters today in the same fashion." ... As for crowd size, media outlets and event experts routinely estimate attendance numbers as events. Sometimes these align with police or official estimates. Sometimes they do not.
If they have to lie it shows their weakness.
If they have to lie it shows their weakness.
Do you think that matters to them. They have a solution
POLITICS | Tue Jan 24, 2017 | 6:14pm EST Trump administration seeks to muzzle U.S. agency employees By Valerie Volcovici and P.J. Huffstutter | WASHINGTON/CHICAGO | Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-epa-idUSKBN15822X
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has moved to curb the flow of information from several government agencies whose mandate impacts environmental issues since last week, in actions that appeared designed to tighten control and discourage dissenting views. Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have seen directives from the newly minted leadership seeking to limit how they communicate to the public, according to multiple sources. The moves have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change doubter, could seek to sideline scientific research showing that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, as well as the career staffers at the agencies that conduct much of this research. All of the agencies affected by the actions have some input on issues related to the environment and have been involved in various efforts related to climate change, including effects on natural resources and human health. On Tuesday, a source at the EPA said that staff had been told by members of the Trump administration not to speak to reporters or publish any press releases or blog posts on social media. EPA staff have also been asked not to publicize any talks, conferences, or webinars that had been planned for the next 60 days, the staffer said, asking not to be named.
Trump Administration Moves to Muzzle Scientists, Block Research January 24, 2017 http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press-release/EPA-USDA-scientific-integrity#.WIfmVrGZPBI Orders to EPA, USDA Staff an Attack on Scientific Integrity, Will Disrupt Vital Agency Work WASHINGTON (January 24, 2017)—It’s the first full week of President Trump’s administration and attacks on science are already underway. In a memo to Environmental Protection Agency staff, the Trump transition team ordered a freeze on grants and contracts and imposed new restrictions on EPA scientists. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at the agency’s main research arm have been barred from any public communication about their work. This undermines vital public health and environmental protections, erodes public trust and violates the basic principles of science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. “These actions don’t just threaten scientists—they threaten everyone in the country who breathes air, drinks water and eats food. These agency scientists carry out research in support of policies that protect our health and safety and help farmers, and it makes no sense to put up walls between them and the public, or unilaterally halt the work they do. “Both the EPA and the USDA have developed scientific integrity policies that, among other things, protect scientists’ right to speak out about their work. The American people deserve to know the results of taxpayer-funded research. “Halting the EPA’s grants and contracts is equally short-sighted and destructive. As we saw in past government shutdowns, you can’t just turn scientific research on and off like a switch. We know that scientists can lose years of work, businesses can see investments lost and communities can be deprived of information they need to make good decisions. EPA grants and contracts include efforts like water safety testing and hazardous waste disposal— work that you can’t just walk away from without exposing communities to preventable risks. “If you care about clean air, clean water and policies that actually protect people, you need the best independent science—and actions like this make it harder for Americans to benefit from science. That the administration has moved so quickly to clamp down on scientists shows that the Trump administration is more focused on lifting rules on polluters than keeping our air and water clean.
“The scientific community is ready to fight back against any efforts to marginalize or suppress science and undermine science-based policies and research people depend on. More than 5,500 scientists have come together to say that President Trump must respect the role of science. These actions are the clearest sign yet that he isn’t living up to that standard."
Don't We The People have certain constitutional rights to freedom of information and doesn't a democratic public having the rightful expectation to know what is being learned about our world, on the people's dime?
Trump Administration Moves to Muzzle Scientists, Block Research January 24, 2017 http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press-release/EPA-USDA-scientific-integrity#.WIfmVrGZPBI Orders to EPA, USDA Staff an Attack on Scientific Integrity, Will Disrupt Vital Agency Work WASHINGTON (January 24, 2017)—It’s the first full week of President Trump’s administration and attacks on science are already underway. In a memo to Environmental Protection Agency staff, the Trump transition team ordered a freeze on grants and contracts and imposed new restrictions on EPA scientists. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at the agency’s main research arm have been barred from any public communication about their work. This undermines vital public health and environmental protections, erodes public trust and violates the basic principles of science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. “These actions don’t just threaten scientists—they threaten everyone in the country who breathes air, drinks water and eats food. These agency scientists carry out research in support of policies that protect our health and safety and help farmers, and it makes no sense to put up walls between them and the public, or unilaterally halt the work they do. “Both the EPA and the USDA have developed scientific integrity policies that, among other things, protect scientists’ right to speak out about their work. The American people deserve to know the results of taxpayer-funded research. “Halting the EPA’s grants and contracts is equally short-sighted and destructive. As we saw in past government shutdowns, you can’t just turn scientific research on and off like a switch. We know that scientists can lose years of work, businesses can see investments lost and communities can be deprived of information they need to make good decisions. EPA grants and contracts include efforts like water safety testing and hazardous waste disposal— work that you can’t just walk away from without exposing communities to preventable risks. “If you care about clean air, clean water and policies that actually protect people, you need the best independent science—and actions like this make it harder for Americans to benefit from science. That the administration has moved so quickly to clamp down on scientists shows that the Trump administration is more focused on lifting rules on polluters than keeping our air and water clean.
“The scientific community is ready to fight back against any efforts to marginalize or suppress science and undermine science-based policies and research people depend on. More than 5,500 scientists have come together to say that President Trump must respect the role of science. These actions are the clearest sign yet that he isn’t living up to that standard."
Don't We The People have certain constitutional rights to freedom of information and doesn't a democratic public having the rightful expectation to know what is being learned about our world, on the people's dime?
That's what I thought. I also thought the system of checks and balances would never allow the siuation we have now, a renegade president and a renegade congress who refuse to follow the law and tradition. Up to now we've had presidents and congresses that did follow the law and tradition, pretty much on their own, with a few exceptions where the system of checks and balances worked to remedy it. Now we've had what amounts to a coup, a cabal. A cabal that has up-ended the law, the tradition and the checks and balances, one that has found a way to thumb its nose at the system and dismantle it piece by piece. We've never been faced with such a situation before. We thought the system--the Constitution, tradition, checks and balances--would prevent it. A lot of US government has been based on trust and a built-in sense of decency but we have finally reached the point where trust and decency have been quietly defeated and no one quite knows what to do about it. We are on the threshhold of a dictatorship that threatens to destroy our way of life because we were too trusting that the system would never allow it. We have come to a point where we have a rogue president, a rogue congress and will soon have a rogue Supreme Court. We've been blindsided. We were asleep at the switch. We are on a path to destruction of everything we thought would protect us from this kind of disaster. Other countries have been destroyed by similar infiltration from within but we Americans thought we were immune to it. In our case we've also had an electorate that blindly invited it and built a path to its own downfall. Now it's our turn to see our country become a dictatorship as we've seen happen to so many other countries. We didn't think it could happen to us. We are lambs blindly going to the slaughter. We've been had.

Regarding the tracking of the Trump Administration attack on America, Americans and rationality,
a pal of mine DCPetterson has a blog LucidPolitics.com]
where he does a nice job of discussing various current issues.
As he puts it:

"LP is about keeping progressives informed and engaged. We will provide quick news pieces, resources for staying informed and active, and in-depth articles on important issues and events."
He has started a new feature that deserves to be viewed and shared by many. It will also wind up making a useful historical document. I wish him the fortitude to continue with his commitment. Now more than ever, sites like this need to be visited, shared and supported. He has also extend an invitation for others to help populate the thread with items he's sure to miss.
Trump's Daily Horrors "We will maintain a list of daily horrors committed by the Trump Administration." https://lucidpolitics.com/2017/01/23/daily-horrors/comment-page-1/

Trump Hotels, Amid Calls to Divest, Instead Plans U.S. Expansion
by Hui-Yong Yu and Caleb Melby
January 25, 2017
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-25/trump-hotels-to-triple-locations-in-u-s-expansion-ceo-says

<span style="font-size:1.25em"><strong>As Trump Hotels Expand, Trump Club Also (doubles) Fees - And Eyebrows</strong></span>
January 25, 2017
<strong>http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/25/511655106/as-trump-hotels-expand-trump-club-also-raises-fees-and-eyebrows</strong>

Donald Trump’s Hotel Empire Is Set to Expand
Madeline Farber
http://fortune.com/2017/01/26/donald-trump-hotel-expansion/
During an industry conference in Los Angeles, the CEO of Trump’s hotel-management company, Eric Danziger, announced there are plans to “triple the current total”
of locations in the United States.
“There are 26 major metropolitan areas in the US, and we’re in five,” Danziger said, according to Bloomberg. “I don’t see any reason that we couldn’t be in all of
them eventually.”

Trump Administration Moves to Muzzle Scientists, Block Research January 24, 2017 http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press-release/EPA-USDA-scientific-integrity#.WIfmVrGZPBI Orders to EPA, USDA Staff an Attack on Scientific Integrity, Will Disrupt Vital Agency Work WASHINGTON (January 24, 2017)—It’s the first full week of President Trump’s administration and attacks on science are already underway. In a memo to Environmental Protection Agency staff, the Trump transition team ordered a freeze on grants and contracts and imposed new restrictions on EPA scientists. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists at the agency’s main research arm have been barred from any public communication about their work. This undermines vital public health and environmental protections, erodes public trust and violates the basic principles of science, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Below is a statement by Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS. “These actions don’t just threaten scientists—they threaten everyone in the country who breathes air, drinks water and eats food. These agency scientists carry out research in support of policies that protect our health and safety and help farmers, and it makes no sense to put up walls between them and the public, or unilaterally halt the work they do. “Both the EPA and the USDA have developed scientific integrity policies that, among other things, protect scientists’ right to speak out about their work. The American people deserve to know the results of taxpayer-funded research. “Halting the EPA’s grants and contracts is equally short-sighted and destructive. As we saw in past government shutdowns, you can’t just turn scientific research on and off like a switch. We know that scientists can lose years of work, businesses can see investments lost and communities can be deprived of information they need to make good decisions. EPA grants and contracts include efforts like water safety testing and hazardous waste disposal— work that you can’t just walk away from without exposing communities to preventable risks. “If you care about clean air, clean water and policies that actually protect people, you need the best independent science—and actions like this make it harder for Americans to benefit from science. That the administration has moved so quickly to clamp down on scientists shows that the Trump administration is more focused on lifting rules on polluters than keeping our air and water clean.
“The scientific community is ready to fight back against any efforts to marginalize or suppress science and undermine science-based policies and research people depend on. More than 5,500 scientists have come together to say that President Trump must respect the role of science. These actions are the clearest sign yet that he isn’t living up to that standard."
Don't We The People have certain constitutional rights to freedom of information and doesn't a democratic public having the rightful expectation to know what is being learned about our world, on the people's dime?
Not any more. That all changed when Republicans took over the Presidency and Congress.

Yup, Freedoms aren’t given - they are demanded and fought for.
Oh boy, and now it looks like the State Department career staff is running like rats from a sinking ship.
Oh yeah, now the corporate boys can totally redo, … everything

The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned Josh Rogin - By January 26 at 11:02 AM https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/01/26/the-state-departments-entire-senior-management-team-just-resigned In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people. “It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate," said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector." ... “Diplomatic security, consular affairs, there’s just not a corollary that exists outside the department, and you can least afford a learning curve in these areas where issues can quickly become matters of life and death," he said. “The muscle memory is critical. These retirements are a big loss. They leave a void. These are very difficult people to replace." Whether Kennedy left on his own volition or was pushed out by the incoming Trump team is a matter of dispute inside the department. ...
Trump's order on abortion policy: What does it mean? 24 January 2017 Trump expands anti-abortion ban to all US global health aid https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/trump-expands-anti-abortion-ban-to-all-us-global-health-aid/2017/01/24/ba2140c4-e295-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html By Edith M. Lederer | AP January 24 UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance. Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer announced Monday that the ban on family planning funding — which was instituted by GOP President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and has bounced in and out of law between Democratic and Republican administrations — had been reinstituted. But it wasn’t until the president’s memorandum was published Monday night that the expansion came to light. The order directs the secretary of state, in cooperation with the secretary of health and human services, for the first time to extend the requirements in the ban “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies." The ban is known as the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule. Suzanne Ehlers, president of Washington-based Population Action International which lobbies in the U.S. and developing countries for women’s reproductive health, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that targeting health assistance expands the amount of U.S. funding affected by a magnitude of 15 times and will impact millions and millions of women in low- and middle-income countries. U.S. support for family planning currently amounts to about $575 million in 40 countries, she said, while global health assistance totals about $9 billion to about 60 countries. ...
Published on Jan 24, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQUB5YrjmgI http://democracynow.org - Just two days after millions of people poured into the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities around the world for the historic Women’s March on Washington, President Trump has reinstated the controversial "global gag rule," which women’s rights advocates fear will increase unsafe abortions around the world. The policy originated in the Reagan era and bans U.S. funding for any international healthcare organizations that perform abortions or advocate for the legalization of abortion or even mention it, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. money. Trump signed the order surrounded by seven other men. \We speak speak to Planned Parenthood’s Dawn Laguens.

January 24, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SMTvKf_c_A We turn now to look at President Trump, the media and what the new administration calls "alternative facts." On Saturday, in his first full day in office, Trump visited CIA headquarters. Speaking in front of the CIA Memorial Wall, he told the agency he had a running war with the media. Hours later, Trump then ordered his new press secretary, Sean Spicer, to hold an emergency press briefing to claim, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe." Then, on Sunday, Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway, defended Spicer’s demonstrably false statement by saying he "gave alternative facts." We speak to filmmaker Brian Knappenberger, director of "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press," and Mark Hertsgaard, investigative editor at The Nation magazine and author of seven books, including "On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency." Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: http://democracynow.org

So far not one issue that is important to the workingman. I guess these are humor postings to show how ineffective the Democrats and the Left are going to be this year. The only minds that are going to change are the ones who bought into this spin in the first place. Trump is so far ahead of where you are at that you can’t even see him. And he hasn’t even been in office for a week yet. I told you a year ago that repeating spin doesn’t help the country. Now that the election is over, real changes are going to take place. Forget about the political BS of the election, and concentrate on the country. The only ominous showing here is that of the Left.

So far not one issue that is important to the workingman. I guess these are humor postings to show how ineffective the Democrats and the Left are going to be this year. The only minds that are going to change are the ones who bought into this spin in the first place. Trump is so far ahead of where you are at that you can’t even see him. And he hasn’t even been in office for a week yet. I told you a year ago that repeating spin doesn’t help the country. Now that the election is over, real changes are going to take place. Forget about the political BS of the election, and concentrate on the country. The only ominous showing here is that of the Left.
What's it like in that alternate universe you live in? I really want to know. Trump does X,Y, and Z. Press reports on X,Y, and Z, and Trump followers proceed to mock press for only focusing on stupid things like X,Y, and Z while not paying attention to W which Trump hasn't done. Man that's a weird mindset.
So far not one issue that is important to the workingman.
Trump signed an executive order cancelling the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Farmers and ranchers across the country are realizing the they're going to lose tons of money on crops and cattle they planned to sell to overseas markets. That is important to them, so your statement is false.
I guess these are humor postings to show how ineffective the Democrats and the Left are going to be this year. The only minds that are going to change are the ones who bought into this spin in the first place.
Spin? You want spin? How about Kelly Anne Conway and her infamous "alternative facts"?
Trump is so far ahead of where you are at that you can’t even see him.
That is a ridiculously meaningless statement.
Forget about the political BS of the election, and concentrate on the country. The only ominous showing here is that of the Left.
Who was it that tweeted about restarting the nuclear arms race?
Trump signed an executive order cancelling the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Farmers and ranchers across the country are realizing the they’re going to lose tons of money on crops and cattle they planned to sell to overseas markets. That is important to them, so your statement is false.
Darron, pretty please find some good articles re this topic and link to them.
So far not one issue that is important to the workingman.
Hey this is an open thread, I am literally hoping folks might take my lead and share good articles would love to suggest the following format
Title author, date, publication link quote? etc?
a few comments perhaps
So if you have something you think I'm ignoring, help me out. After all we all only have so much bandwidth. You know damned well I will read anything serious you link to. So rather than whining, produce the beef.
Trump signed an executive order cancelling the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Farmers and ranchers across the country are realizing the they’re going to lose tons of money on crops and cattle they planned to sell to overseas markets. That is important to them, so your statement is false.
Darron, pretty please find some good articles re this topic and link to them. Here are a couple: U.S. withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership has impact on Colorado]
Amanda Countryman, an assistant professor at Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said the benefits of the TPP are extensive. She pointed to economic powerhouse Japan, saying the TPP would have decreased the American import tariff to the country from 38 percent to 9 percent. She said that decrease would have allowed Colorado beef producers to be more competitive abroad. Overall, the state economy stood to gain up to $157 million under full implementation of the TPP per year, according to the Colorado Farm Bureau.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is crucial for Colorado agriculture] (PDF)

Californiawill be hurt too.
Why Trump’s Rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Hurts California Farmers]

f the deal had gone through, California fruit and nut growers could have raked in $562 million in sales thanks to lower tariffs or the elimination of tariffs, the American Farm Bureau estimated. Dairy producers could have potentially pulled in $53 million in added revenue, according to the Fresno Bee.
So much for Trump helping the workingman.

This is what scares me most about Trump.
Donald Trump’s Radical Stance on Nuclear Weapons]

For 70 years, American presidents of both parties have understood the simple arithmetic involved—that the more countries have nuclear weapons, the more opportunities there are for nuclear war to break out, whether by design or by accident. Yet the Republican nominee is effectively advocating the spread of arms so destructive they haven’t been used since their horrifying debut over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. In addition to remarking that the United States would be “better off" if nations like South Korea and Japan had nuclear weapons, Trump also seemed open, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, to the possibility of Saudi Arabia, too, getting the bomb.
As the article states, Trump walked back from that stance since last summer, but after his election he tweeted he'd like to see this happen.