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How the Supreme Court could empower the GOP election hijacking gang

Voter suppression in Alabama is in full effect today. AL voters- if you elect a sexist, racist, twice-removed-from-the-bench pedophile over the man who successfully prosecuted KKK murderers today in order to simply garner an extra legislative vote, you’ve

January is shaping up to be a big month for Republican vote suppressors-and not in a good way for anyone who believes American politics benefit when more people vote. On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey reversed a 36-year-old court order barring the Republican National Committee from using a voter-ambush technique known as “caging,” which its insiders notoriously used to purge Democrats from voter rolls. Continue Reading →

Trump minister: Send me those tithes, yo

This is Pastor Paula White. I'm trying to inform her of my desire to be a very important meeting called: Unleashed!

Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser has suggested that people send her money in order to transform their lives, or face divine consequences. Paula White, who heads up the president’s evangelical advisory committee, suggested making a donation to her ministries to honor the religious principle of “first fruit,” which she said is the idea that all firsts belong to God, including the first harvest and, apparently, the first month of your salary. Continue Reading →

Corporate powers stealing online identities to push for consumer law repeals

Plz tell the FCC: to remove fake comments regarding there Net Neutrality filing immediately and call for an investigation by the appropriate authorities" by signing this petition as there planing to treat the fraudulent comments as if they were not fraudu

Forget Russian fake news for a moment. Another extremely consequential privacy-breaching, identity-theft hack is undermining our democracy and almost certainly being perpetuated by corporate America. A pattern of cyber deception is appearing across the federal government in the nooks and crannies of the process where White House directives or Congress’ laws are turned into the rules Americans must abide by-or in the Trump era, are repealed. Continue Reading →

Steven Bannon to Trump: Please baby, give me another chance

Steve Bannon Out in the Cold

This is the headline (yes, page one above the fold) in today’s local paper — Springfield, Illinois. #CornfieldResistance @ProLeftPodcast @Tengrain @CharlesPPierce @jayrosen_nyu pic.twitter.com/AXyBy7lcfQ – Frances Langum (@bluegal) January 8, 2018 Axios’ morning email thingie: Exclusive: Battered by the backlash from Michael Wolff’s book, Steve Bannon is trying to make amends with the Trump family, providing a… Continue Reading →

The problem with Faust

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Paul Krugman:

As Brian Beutler says, Republicans have become the Grand Obstruction Party. Why?

The answer, I think, is that the cynical bargain that has been the basis of Republican strategy since Reagan has now turned into a moral trap. And as far as we can tell, no elected Republican – not one – has the strength of character to even attempt an escape.

The cynical bargain I’m talking about, of course, was the decision to exploit racism to advance a right-wing economic agenda. Talk about welfare queens driving Cadillacs, then slash income taxes. Do Willie Horton, then undermine antitrust. Tout your law and order credentials, then block health care.

For more than a generation, the Republican establishment was able to keep this bait-and-switch under control: racism was deployed to win elections, then was muted afterwards, partly to preserve plausible deniability, partly to focus on the real priority of enriching the one percent. But with Trump they lost control: the base wanted someone who was blatantly racist and wouldn’t pretend to be anything else. And that’s what they got, with corruption, incompetence, and treason on the side.

Nonetheless, aside from a handful of Never Trumpers, just about everyone in the Republican establishment decided that they could work with that. They knew what Trump was, but were willing to overlook it as long as they could push their usual agenda. What about the populism? They guessed, correctly, that this wouldn’t be a problem: Trump didn’t even hesitate about abandoning all his campaign promises and going all in for cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor.

Early on, some speculated that this would be a temporary alliance – that establishment Republicans would use Trump to get what they wanted, then turn on him. But it’s now clear that won’t happen. Trump has exceeded everyone’s worst expectations, yet Republicans, far from cutting him loose, are tying themselves even more closely to his fate. Why?

The answer, I’d argue, is that they’re stuck. They knowingly made a deal with the devil, and can’t back out.

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Trump may put oil drilling rigs off N.J. beaches

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday proposed opening the Jersey Shore and the rest of the Atlantic Coast to oil drilling. If approved, the Interior Department’s new 2019-2024 five-year plan would allow drilling almost anywhere in the outer continential shelf which encompasses areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. Continue Reading →

So much crazy

Fiscal adjunto no ve "razón" para despedir a investigador de trama rusa

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