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I was thinking of flying out to DC for the National protest on the mall, but I am glad to hear that there is large local protest closer to home.
Might as well invest in that new pair of sneakers. The national farce that is Trump’s plan of action shows no sign of stopping, and neither do the protests. Following the Women’s March, this past weekend’s demonstrations at LAX and airports nationwide, and the announcement of a March for Science, there’s now a Trump Tax Returns March going down on tax day, April 15. (Reminder: You should really get to work filing your taxes.)
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Mar 25, 2017, 10:18 PM (1 replies)
Ted Cruz's act is to try to out-crazy everyone in order to appeal to the hard right. It will be interesting to see how he tries to get to the right of Trump's proposed budget.
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Mar 16, 2017, 09:57 PM (0 replies)
During the run-up to the general election, this message board was filled with posts consistently attacking progressives like Rachel Maddow from the left for being corporate shills by being supportive of Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump.
However, now that Trump is President, Rachel Maddow has been unmatched in connecting the dots with respect to Trump's Russian connections. Rather than be distracted by Trump's attention grabbing tweets, Maddow has steadily dived into Trump's conflicts of interests and Russian connections, which could be addressed through a full disclosure of his taxes. In response, Rachel Maddow has been receiving some of her highest ratings in the past few years despite the fact that she has not joined in the temptation to follow or rebut the latest Trump talking point. She has been setting her own agenda.
Many folks on this Board have been greatly appreciative of her journalism. Yet, in response to the disclosure of a few pages of Trump's tax returns, which did occur, there is a sudden concerted attack on Rachel Maddow from folks on the "left." Trust your gut and be leery of trolls or long threads with numerous kicks attacking well known Democrats or folks on the left. They are hardly the problem. Trump and his supporters are the problem.
Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Mar 15, 2017, 12:46 AM (84 replies)
It is reassuring to know that their are still folks looking for old fashioned journalism and in depth interviews, rather than the split screen shoutfests that are common today.
The question of how to cover Donald Trump has confounded many people working in the media industry since his election. There are so many areas of the president’s administration that warrant dissection that his near-daily onslaught of morning tweets started to prove something of a distraction from the potentially larger issues at hand.
Posted by TomCADem | Tue Mar 14, 2017, 11:04 AM (26 replies)
Krugman calls it given the devastating conclusion that 24 million, not 15 million, people would lose health coverage under the Trumpcare bill. This does not even really address how coverage would be watered down under Trumpcare's relaxed standards of what constitutes coverage.
It is a wonder that any liberals actually believed the troll bots that attacked Rachel Maddow or Paul Krugman prior to the election.
The Congressional Budget Office report on Trumpcare is out, and it’s devastating: 14 million people losing insurance in the first year, 24 million over time, with premiums soaring for older, lower-income Americans — in many cases, the very people who went strongly for President Trump. The C.B.O. thinks it would reduce the deficit, but only marginally, around $30 billion a year in a $19 trillion economy.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Mar 13, 2017, 11:44 PM (1 replies)
Given its poor ratings, Russia Today would have collapsed long ago without financial support from the Kremlin. However, as the 2016 election showed, its not about turning a profit.
To many Americans, the impression that RT is an instrument of Russian meddling was reinforced when its programming suddenly interrupted C-Span’s online coverage of the House of Representatives in January. (C-Span later called it a technical error, not a hacking.)
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Mar 9, 2017, 11:44 AM (4 replies)
First, you have Kremlin propaganda outlet, Russia Today, publishing an editorial echoing Donald Trump's attacks on U.S. intelligence, particularly evidence that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.
'Deep State' wins… Trump is being tamed to toe the line
Second, frequent Russia Today guest Glenn Greenwald pushes the idea of a secret Deep State shadow government from the "left."
The Deep State Goes to War With President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer
Then, you have Rush Limbaugh echoing Greenwald's argument about a secret Obama shadow government about the deep state:
Limbaugh: 'Deep State' is Obama's 'Shadow Government
You have to give credit to Russia's coordinated propaganda efforts. They know how to push a talking point across the ideological spectrum. No wonder you can have Putin sitting with both Flynn and Jill Stein at an event.
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Mar 9, 2017, 04:08 AM (7 replies)
Of course, the White House internally is relying on an article on Breitbart titled: “Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump.” But, outwardly, Trump is again relying on news articles that at best do not support his allegation that President Obama ordered wire taps and, at worst for him, confirm there was an investigation into communications and money between exchanged between Trump and the Russians during his campaign.
Not surprisingly, Trump's statement is awarded 4 Pinnochios. Of course, this does not stop Representative Nunes from using Congressional resources to investigate it.
Only two articles, both with British roots, have reported that a FISA court order was granted in October to examine possible activity between two Russian banks and a computer server in the Trump Tower. This claim has not been confirmed by an U.S. news organizations. Moreover, neither article says President Obama requested the order or that it resulted in the tapping of Trump’s phone lines.
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Mar 5, 2017, 01:47 PM (6 replies)
This is both good and bad. On the one hand, most folks, even Trump's allies, know that he is full of shit. On the other hand, the bar is lowered once again, so that when he manages not to shit all over himself, people weep with joy regarding how Presidential he has become. The article concludes, "he fact that this pattern had become so established, so normal, was on its own a shocking moment in American politics. It took 43 days into the Trump administration to arrive at this point."
On Saturday, President Donald Trump posed a new question: Suppose the commander-in-chief declared a massive political scandal — and nobody cared?
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Mar 5, 2017, 03:05 AM (21 replies)
Source: The Hill
A farmer in Iowa faced off with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at a town hall event in the state on Tuesday, voicing his concerns about losing his healthcare coverage if ObamaCare is repealed.
“I’m on ObamaCare,” the man, identified as Chris Peterson, 62, told Grassley. “If it wasn’t for ObamaCare, we wouldn’t be able to afford insurance.”
“Over 20 million will lose coverage and with all due respect, sir, you’re the man that talked about the death panels. We're going to create one great big death panel in this country that people can’t afford to get insurance.”
The comment referred to a debunked claim Grassley supported in 2009 that with ObamaCare, Democrats would allow the federal government to “pull the plug on grandma” by establishing “death panels” that would help determine end-of-life care for individuals.
Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/320560-iowa-farmer-to-grassley-youre-going-to-create-one-great-big-death-panel
This comment from a farmer was awesome.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 12:19 AM (8 replies)