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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

No, Trump, Not on Our Watch - The New York Times

“Trump’s America is not America: not today’s or tomorrow’s, but yesterday’s.

Trump’s America is brutal, perverse, regressive, insular and afraid. There is no hope in it; there is no light in it. It is a vast expanse of darkness and desolation.

And that is a vision of America that most of the people in this country cannot and will not abide. That is a vision of America that has galvanized ordinary American citizens in opposition in a way that is almost without precedent. We are inching toward anarchy as both the people and the president refuse to back down.

Not only is Trump a literacy-lite, conspiracy-chasing, compulsively lying bigot, he is also a narcissistic workaholic who now wields the power of the presidency. You could not have conceived of a more dangerous combination of characteristics. He is the paragon of the clueless and an idol of the Ku Kluxers. Already, people feel deluged by a never-ending flood of national damage and despair. But Americans are not prone to suffering in silence. America’s period of mourning has ended; the time of anger and active opposition has dawned. The greatest two motivators of electoral activism in this country are a desire for change and durable fear: In Trump, those two are wed.”

(Via.)  No, Trump, Not on Our Watch - The New York Times:

It's the last open enrollment day for Obamacare, and the law has never been more popular.

Hundreds of activists and allies from the newly-formed anti-

"Hundreds of people protest against changes to the American healthcare system outside Trump Tower in New York. January 15, 2017. Erik McGregor / Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's the last open enrollment day for Obamacare, and the six-year-old health care reform law has never been more popular.

And it's never been more doomed, although Republicans are still arguing over how and when to replace it — and whether to just tweak the Affordable Care Act and rename it, or completely repeal it and start over again from scratch.

This time last year, there was a huge last-ditch effort from the Obama administration to get people signed up in time to be covered for 2016 without paying an extra tax. This year, the Trump administration is virtually silent, with only the occasional post on social media and a broad cutback in pre-paid advertising."

On Obamacare's Last Sign Up Day, Fate of Health Care Law Remains Uncertain - NBC News

Maddow: Destabilizing chaos a Trump hallmark | MSNBC

Maddow: Destabilizing chaos a Trump hallmark | MSNBC

Joe: Using the word 'betrayed' is frightening | MSNBC

Joe: Using the word 'betrayed' is frightening | MSNBC

This Albright on Trump: This is not a reality show | MSNBC

Albright on Trump: This is not a reality show | MSNBC

Donald Trump's travel ban explained - in 90 seconds

How Much Damage Could The President Do In One Week?

Obama, Out of Office 10 Days, Speaks Out Against Immigration Ban - The New York Times

"WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama spoke out on Monday against President Trump’s efforts to seal the United States borders against people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, siding with protesters around the country outraged at Mr. Trump’s crackdown on immigration.

“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president, in a statement issued after a weekend of protests against Mr. Trump’s executive order. “Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”

Mr. Obama, the statement added, “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”

Obama, Out of Office 10 Days, Speaks Out Against Immigration Ban - The New York Times

Trump's Defense of His Immigration Order Lacks Credibility, Immigration Experts Say - The Atlantic


"‘If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the ‘bad’ would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad ‘dudes’ out there!,’ he tweeted.

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General for Defying Order on Muslims

Immigration experts caution, however, that the president’s argument lacks credibility. To start, the idea that ‘bad’ ‘dudes’ could have rushed into the United States in the span of a week is at odds with the length of time typically involved in processing refugee and immigration applications for entry into the country.

‘The notion that dangerous individuals could rush into the country in the timeframe of a week flies in the face of reality,’ said William Stock, an immigration lawyer based in Philadelphia and the president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. ‘In many consulates, you can’t even get a visa appointment if you only have one week’s notice. People would not be able to get through interviews that quickly if there were a big rush of applicants trying to get into the country, let alone be approved for admission into the country.’"

(Via.).  Trump's Defense of His Immigration Order Lacks Credibility, Immigration Experts Say - The Atlantic:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump fires acting AG over travel ban dissent | MSNBC

Trump fires acting AG over travel ban dissent | MSNBC: ""

Nixon Redux - Trump Fires Acting Attorney General - The New York Times


"WASHINGTON — President Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday after she defiantly refused to defend his immigration executive order, accusing the Democratic holdover of trying to obstruct his agenda for political reasons.

Taking action in an escalating crisis for his 10-day-old administration, Mr. Trump declared that Sally Q. Yates had ‘betrayed’ the administration, the White House said in a statement.

The president appointed Dana J. Boente, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as acting attorney general until Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama is confirmed."

(Via.).  Trump Fires Acting Attorney General - The New York Times:

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: ‘we do not support’ Trump immigration order - The Verge


 "Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos weighed in this afternoon on President Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US for citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. Amazon’s VP of Human Relations wrote a statement on the ban over the weekend, but this new message comes directly from Bezos himself.

Washington state, where Amazon is headquartered, is the first to directly take on Trump’s executive order. The state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, announced on Monday that he would challenge the ban in federal court. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee also added his voice. ‘It is an insult and a danger to all of the people of the state of Washington, of all faiths,’ Inslee told reporters on Monday.

Bezos and Amazon are part of a chorus of voices from the tech industry speaking out against the executive order. Below is the full email from Bezos to Amazon employees."

(Via.)   Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: ‘we do not support’ Trump immigration order - The Verge:

Kellyanne Conway goes on bonkers rant, calls for Trump's media critics to be fired


 "Kellyanne Conway continues to be a factory for a mind-boggling combination of ridiculous nonsense and terrifying nonsense. On Fox News Sunday, Donald Trump’s top non-Ivanka woman assailed the media for pointing out that last week she described blatant lies as ‘alternative facts’—gosh, why would that draw notice, especially when it’s such a perfect statement of how your boss plans to govern?—then launched into a rant about how media figures who criticized Trump should be fired:

Not one network person has been let go. Not one silly political analyst and pundit who talked smack all day long about Donald Trump has been let go. They are on panels every Sunday. They’re on cable news every day.  "

(Via.).  Kellyanne Conway goes on bonkers rant, calls for Trump's media critics to be fired:

Does Donald Trump understand his own executive orders? | MSNBC


"Most of his multi-part message rambled, and included many of the signature elements that make up nearly all of Trump’s online missives: needlessly capitalized words, an overreliance on exclamation points, misused ellipses, etc. But there was one tweet that stood out as significant for substantive reason"

(Via).  Does Donald Trump understand his own executive orders? | MSNBC

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Former Obama adviser calls Trump decision on Nat Sec panel 'stone cold crazy' - The dumb, fools who voted for Trump were clueless as to what they were doing. They picked a plumber to do surgery on a human.

"Saturday, Pres. Donald Trump announced that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the national director of intelligence will no longer be included in all meetings of the National Security Council (NSC)’s principals committee. However, the president’s order said, former CEO Stephen K. Bannon will be attending every meeting alongside the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense and some of the highest ranking officers in the nation’s security and intelligence services.

“Chairman of Joint Chiefs and DNI treated as afterthoughts in Cabinet level principals meetings. And where is CIA?? Cut out of everything?” wrote former United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Sunday, according to the New York Daily News.

“This is stone cold crazy,” Rice continued. “After a week of crazy. Who needs military advice or intel to make policy on ISIL, Syria, Afghanistan, DPRK?”

“Trump loves and trusts the military so much he just kicked them out of the National Security Council and put a Nazi in their place,” she said.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded by complaining about Rice’s tone, which he said was “clearly inappropriate language from a former ambassador.”

The questioning wasn’t only from the opposite side of the aisle, however. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he’s concerned about the reorganization.

“I am worried about the National Security Council who are the members of it and who are the permanent members of it,” he told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “The appointment of Mr. Bannon is something which is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.”

Former senior aide to Pres. Barack Obama David Axelrod said, “I never sat on NSC principals comm. I sat on sidelines as observer on some issues 2 gain an understanding of decisions. Bannon’s new ground.”

Former Obama adviser calls Trump decision on Nat Sec panel 'stone cold crazy' -

Silicon Valley’s Ambivalence Toward Trump Turns to Anger - The New York Times

"SAN FRANCISCO — On Friday morning, Silicon Valley was largely ambivalent about President Trump. The software programmers, marketing experts and chief executives might not have voted for him, but they were hopeful about finding common ground with the new administration.

By Saturday night, much of that optimism had yielded to anger and determination.

Mr. Trump’s executive order late on Friday temporarily blocked all refugees while also denying entry to citizens of Iran, Iraq and five other predominantly Muslim countries. The directives struck at the heart of Silicon Valley’s cherished values, its fabled history and, not least, its embrace-the-world approach to customers. Two worldviews collided: the mantra of globalization that underpins the advance of technology and the nationalistic agenda of the new administration.

In response, a significant part of the tech community went to the barricades.

Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, wrote on Facebook that Mr. Trump’s actions “are so un-American it pains us all” and that “it is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”

Brian Chesky, the chief executive of Airbnb, made the same point. “We must stand with those who are affected,” he wrote on Twitter.

A Google founder, Sergey Brin, who immigrated from the Soviet Union when he was 6, seemed to take that suggestion literally, attending an impromptu protest on Saturday evening at San Francisco International Airport. When some of the demonstrators realized that the 10th-richest man in America was with them, they asked for selfies. He good-naturedly obliged.

“I’m here because I'm a refugee,” Mr. Brin said, according to one protester.

The tech companies’ reaction was more forceful than that of other industries. Just about everyone in Silicon Valley came from somewhere else or is a son or daughter of someone who did or is married to someone who did.

That list starts with the most famous Silicon Valley citizen of all: Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder, whose biological father immigrated from Syria in 1954. Mr. Trump’s order proclaimed that “the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States” and would be suspended indefinitely.

Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said that his great-grandparents had come from Germany, Austria and Poland, and that the parents of his wife, Priscilla Chan, were refugees from China and Vietnam.

“Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook on Friday."

Silicon Valley’s Ambivalence Toward Trump Turns to Anger - The New York Times

Pizza Angels Feed Protesters At JFK Airport - The Daily Beast



"Protestors at JFK airport got an unexpected treat tonight: Pies and pies of pizza that seemed to apparate out of thin air."Somebody handed it to me," one woman handing out slices told The Daily Beast."The delivery guy wanted a photo," said another."It just appeared," said a third.Behind barricades and police in riot gear, protesters took it upon themselves to feed their comrades. At 10pm, there were more pizza boxes than signs littering the floor.But no one could pinpoint their origin. When one of these reporters called South Shore Pizza—the parlor from where many of the boxes seemed to originate—a man who answered the phone said bluntly: "We're closed."He added they hadn't just spontaneously delivered the pizzas, either. Someone had placed an order to be delivered to JFK."


Pizza Angels Feed Protesters At JFK Airport - The Daily Beast: ""


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Send Trump To The Dump!

Send Trump To The Dump

(1) John Armwood - I spent Lunar New Year with Min Jeong Cho and her...

(1) John Armwood - I spent Lunar New Year with Min Jeong Cho and her...

The Voter Fraud Fantasy - The New York Times

"What once seemed like another harebrained claim by a president with little regard for the truth must now be recognized as a real threat to American democracy. Mr. Trump is telegraphing his administration’s intent to provide cover for longstanding efforts by Republicans to suppress minority voters by purging voting rolls, imposing onerous identification requirements and curtailing early voting.

“This is another attempt to undermine our democracy,” said Representative Barbara Lee of California, one of the states where Mr. Trump falsely claimed results were tainted by large-scale fraud. “It’s about not honoring and recognizing demographic change.”

The apparent source of Mr. Trump’s original claim of mass voter fraud was Gregg Phillips, a Texas man with a penchant for making wild allegations about voting fraud. Days before Mr. Trump’s tweet, Mr. Phillips claimed on Twitter that he had “verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.” State election officials across the political spectrum promptly rejected that assertion, noting that ballot box fraud in the United States is exceedingly rare."

The Voter Fraud Fantasy - The New York Times

The Daily Show - Welcome to President Trump's Reality

Colleague, transcripts offer closer look at old allegations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions -



"(CNN)As the US attorney in Mobile, Alabama, Jeff Sessions was talking over a case one day in the 1980s with two fellow prosecutors.

It had to do with a young black man who had been kidnapped and brutally murdered by two members of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klansmen, Henry Hayes and Tiger Knowles, slit the victim's throat and hung his body from a tree. They carried out the attack in retribution for a jury acquitting a black man in the slaying of a white police officer. As Sessions learned that some members of the Klan had smoked marijuana on the evening of the slaying, he said aloud that he thought the KKK was: 'OK until I found out they smoked pot.' Sessions insists he was joking. But the damage was done…..

Another federal prosecutor, J. Gerald Hebert, testified that Sessions had called the ACLU and NAACP "un-American" and "communist-inspired." According to Hebert, Sessions said the two groups "forced civil rights down the throats of people."Hebert, a veteran civil rights prosecutor, told the committee he had "very mixed feelings" about testifying about the conversations that he said had taken place over a matter of years. He said he and Sessions would engage in "spirited debate" about civil rights and that he sometimes wondered if Sessions was baiting him with controversial statements. Sessions, he said, "has a tendency sometimes to just say something, and I believe these comments were along that vein."

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Sessions was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. The year before his nomination to federal court, he had unsuccessfully prosecuted three civil rights workers — including Albert Turner, a former aide to Martin Luther King Jr. — on a tenuous case of voter fraud. The three had been working in the “Black Belt” counties of Alabama, which, after years of voting white, had begun to swing toward black candidates as voter registration drives brought in more black voters. Sessions’s focus on these counties to the exclusion of others caused an uproar among civil rights leaders, especially after hours of interrogating black absentee voters produced only 14 allegedly tampered ballots out of more than 1.7 million cast in the state in the 1984 election. The activists, known as the Marion Three, were acquitted in four hours and became a cause célèbre. Civil rights groups charged that Sessions had been looking for voter fraud in the black community and overlooking the same violations among whites, at least partly to help reelect his friend Senator Denton.

On its own, the case might not have been enough to stain Sessions with the taint of racism, but there was more. Senate Democrats tracked down a career Justice Department employee named J. Gerald Hebert, who testified, albeit reluctantly, that in a conversation between the two men Sessions had labeled the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.” Hebert said Sessions had claimed these groups “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” In his confirmation hearings, Sessions sealed his own fate by saying such groups could be construed as “un-American” when “they involve themselves in promoting un-American positions” in foreign policy. Hebert testified that the young lawyer tended to “pop off” on such topics regularly, noting that Sessions had called a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace to his race” for litigating voting rights cases. Sessions acknowledged making many of the statements attributed to him but claimed that most of the time he had been joking, saying he was sometimes “loose with [his] tongue.” He further admitted to calling the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation,” a phrase he stood behind even in his confirmation hearings.
It got worse. Another damaging witness — a black former assistant U.S. Attorney in Alabama named Thomas Figures — testified that, during a 1981 murder investigation involving the Ku Klux Klan, Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he “used to think they [the Klan] were OK” until he found out some of them were “pot smokers.” Sessions claimed the comment was clearly said in jest. Figures didn’t see it that way. Sessions, he said, had called him “boy” and, after overhearing him chastise a secretary, warned him to “be careful what you say to white folks.” Figures echoed Hebert’s claims, saying he too had heard Sessions call various civil rights organizations, including the National Council of Churches and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, “un-American.” Sessions denied the accusations but again admitted to frequently joking in an off-color sort of way. In his defense, he said he was not a racist, pointing out that his children went to integrated schools and that he had shared a hotel room with a black attorney several times." 

Colleague, transcripts offer closer look at old allegations of racism against Sen. Jeff Sessions -

Republicans Tried Very Hard To Convince Americans Jeff Sessions Is Not Racist | The Huffington Post

Criminal Justice And Human Rights Law Blog: Republicans Tried Very Hard To Convince Americans Jeff Sessions Is Not Racist | The Huffington Post: ""

How to Fight Trump’s Racist Immigration Policies "Contact your representatives, get involved locally, and learn about what’s at stake | The Nation


"After bracing for the worst, it’s finally here. Every day since he was inaugurated, Donald Trump has taken steps to implement more of his hate-filled, fear-mongering agenda. Just this week, he began moving forward with a ban on refugees, a wall along the Mexico-US border, a suspension of visas for anyone from particular Middle Eastern and African countries, and cuts to federal funding for sanctuary cities.
Trump’s divisive and harmful executive actions are intended to instill fear among us. Instead, they’ve inspired defiance. Thousands of people gathered at emergency rallies Wednesday night across the country, including in front of the White House in Washington, DC, and in Washington Square Park in New York City. Smaller rallies also popped up in neighborhoods such as Kensington in Brooklyn.
With so much happening, how can we continue to support immigrants, Muslims, and refugees? Here are five steps you can take to support communities targeted by the Trump administration"

How to Fight Trump’s Racist Immigration Policies | The Nation: ""

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Coldhearted Folly of Trump's Proposed Immigration Order - The Atlantic


"When I first started talking to ISIS propagandists and supporters, I was much impressed by one of their favorite Koranic verses: “We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein.” The verse is a reminder of God’s omnipresence, and his Santa Claus-like awareness of our deepest selves, our sins, and our good deeds. In time, I came to associate that unsettling proximity (He is closer than you think) not only with God, but also with ISIS. They too were less distant than they seemed. What seemed at first like a movement of barbarians with alien origins and impulses looked increasingly like a human phenomenon, with human flaws and virtues (mostly flaws). The more I investigated the group’s supporters, the more I found people who at one point had shared my culture and community, even if they tried to throw it all away in the service of something wicked. In the end I discovered that one of the most important figures in the Islamic State, a mysterious ideologue named Yahya Abu Hassan, was not Syrian or Iraqi at all, but a 33-year-old American, a dope-smoking theological prodigy from my own hometown.

 Trump's Plan for Refugees

The executive order President Donald Trump is expected to sign on immigration and refugees promises, according to a draft that leaked Wednesday, to suspend for 30 days the issuance of visas to citizens of a short list of scary-sounding “countries of particular concern,” likely including Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. Conspicuously absent from this list are the countries whose nationals have actually perpetrated the most ghastly attacks on Western targets, and on some non-Western ones. Nearly all the attackers in Paris in November 2015 and Brussels in March 2016 carried European passports. The ringleader of the attack on diners at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Bangladesh in July of 2016 was a Canadian citizen, and the attackers all Bangladeshi. The San Bernardino shooters were an American man and his Pakistani wife, and the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen a native-born American of Afghan descent. The ISIS sympathizers to whom I spoke in researching my book, The Way of the Strangers, were European, British, Japanese, Egyptian, and American. These foreign members of the group differ from the Iraqis and Syrians in the intensity and form of their zeal. They often viewed Iraqis and Syrians as good people—but in need of theological correction and radicalization."

The Coldhearted Folly of Trump's Proposed Immigration Order - The Atlantic

Carolyn Bryant, Woman at center of Emmett Till case tells author she fabricated testimony | US news | The Guardian


 Woman at center of Emmett Till case tells author she fabricated testimony | US news | The Guardian: ""


The Trump team also needs to read this case which further protects the press from civil actions which the Trump administration has said it would consider

The Trump team also needs to read this case which further protects the press from civil actions which the Trump administration has said it would consider:

376 U.S. 254 New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (No. 39)
Decided: March 9, 1964


Respondent, an elected official in Montgomery, Alabama, brought suit in a state court alleging that he had been libeled by an advertisement in corporate petitioner's newspaper, the text of which appeared over the names of the four individual petitioners and many others. The advertisement included statements, some of which were false, about police action allegedly directed against students who participated in a civil rights demonstration and against a leader of the civil rights movement; respondent claimed the statements referred to him because his duties included supervision of the police department. The trial judge instructed the jury that such statements were "libelous per se," legal injury being implied without proof of actual damages, and that, for the purpose of compensatory damages, malice was presumed, so that such damages could be awarded against petitioners if the statements were found to have been published by them and to have related to respondent. As to punitive damages, the judge instructed that mere negligence was not evidence of actual malice, and would not justify an award of punitive damages; he refused to instruct that actual intent to harm or recklessness had to be found before punitive damages could be awarded, or that a verdict for respondent should differentiate between compensatory and punitive damages. The jury found for respondent, and the State Supreme Court affirmed.

Held: A State cannot, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, award damages to a public official for defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves "actual malice" -- that the statement was made with knowledge of its falsity or with reckless disregard of whether it was true or false. Pp. 265-292.

(a) Application by state courts of a rule of law, whether statutory or not, to award a judgment in a civil action, is "state action" under the Fourteenth Amendment. P. 265.

(b) Expression does not lose constitutional protection to which it would otherwise be entitled because it appears in the form of a paid advertisement. Pp. 265-266. [p255]

(c) Factual error, content defamatory of official reputation, or both, are insufficient to warrant an award of damages for false statements unless "actual malice" -- knowledge that statements are false or in reckless disregard of the truth -- is alleged and proved. Pp. 279-283.

(d) State court judgment entered upon a general verdict which does not differentiate between punitive damages, as to which, under state law, actual malice must be proved, and general damages, as to which it is "presumed," precludes any determination as to the basis of the verdict, and requires reversal, where presumption of malice is inconsistent with federal constitutional requirements. P. 284.

(e) The evidence was constitutionally insufficient to support the judgment for respondent, since it failed to support a finding that the statements were made with actual malice or that they related to respondent. Pp. 285-292.[p256]

The Trump Team Needs To Study The Constitutional Case Law On Government Restrictions From Intimidating And Restricting The Press

The Trump team needs to read this Supreme Court case which outlines the law, as it is today which protects the press from government interference or censorship.

Near v. Minnesota 283 U.S. 697 1931

1. A Minnesota statute declares that one who engages "in the business of regularly and customarily producing, publishing," etc., "a malicious, scandalous and defamatory newspaper, magazine or other periodical," is guilty of a nuisance, and authorizes suits, in the name of the State, in which such periodicals may be abated and their publishers enjoined from future violations. In such a suit, malice may be inferred from the fact of publication. The defendant is permitted to prove, as a defense, that his publications were true and published "with good motives and for justifiable ends." Disobedience of an injunction is punishable as a contempt. Held unconstitutional, as applied to publications charging neglect of duty and corruption upon the part of law-enforcing officers of the State. Pp. 704, 709, 712, 722.

2. Liberty of the press is within the liberty safeguarded by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment from invasion by state action. P. 707.

3. Liberty of the press is not an absolute right, and the State may punish its abuse. P. 708.

4. In passing upon the constitutionality of the statute, the court has regard for substance, and not for form; the statute must be tested by its operation and effect. P. 708. [p698]

5. Cutting through mere details of procedure, the operation and effect of the statute is that public authorities may bring a publisher before a judge upon a charge of conducting a business of publishing scandalous and defamatory matter -- in particular, that the matter consists of charges against public officials of official dereliction -- and, unless the publisher is able and disposed to satisfy the judge that the charges are true and are published with good motives and for justifiable ends, his newspaper or periodical is suppressed and further publication is made punishable as a contempt. This is the essence of censorship. P. 713.

6. A statute authorizing such proceedings in restraint of publication is inconsistent with the conception of the liberty of the press as historically conceived and guaranteed. P. 713.

7. The chief purpose of the guaranty is to prevent previous restraints upon publication. The libeler, however, remains criminally and civilly responsible for his libels. P. 713.

8. There are undoubtedly limitations upon the immunity from previous restraint of the press, but they are not applicable in this case. P. 715.

9. The liberty of the press has been especially cherished in this country as respects publications censuring public officials and charging official misconduct. P. 716.

10. Public officers find their remedies for false accusations in actions for redress and punishment under the libel laws, and not in proceedings to restrain the publication of newspapers and periodicals. P. 718.

11. The fact that the liberty of the press may be abused by miscreant purveyors of scandal does not make any the less necessary the immunity from previous restraint in dealing with official misconduct. P. 720.

12. Characterizing the publication of charges of official misconduct as a "business," and the business as a nuisance, does not avoid the constitutional guaranty; nor does it matter that the periodical is largely or chiefly devoted to such charges. P. 720.

13. The guaranty against previous restraint extends to publications charging official derelictions that amount to crimes. P. 720.

14. Permitting the publisher to show in defense that the matter published is true and is published with good motives and for justifiable ends does not justify the statute. P. 721.

15. Nor can it be sustained as a measure for preserving the public peace and preventing assaults and crime. Pp. 721, 722.

APPEAL from a decree which sustained an injunction abating the publication of a periodical as malicious, scandalous and defamatory, and restraining future publication. The suit was based on a Minnesota statute. See also s.c., 174 Minn. 457, 219 N.W. 770

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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In a Swirl of ‘Untruths’ and ‘Falsehoods,’ Calling a Lie a Lie - The New York Times


"Words matter.

And from the moment he became president, Donald J. Trump has unleashed so many of consequence that the public has barely had time to parse their full implication. Words about the dishonest media, the end of Obamacare, the construction of that border wall with Mexico — this is an abbreviated list, and he hasn’t even completed his first week in office.

Amid the verbal deluge, President Trump this week repeated an assertion he made shortly after his election: that millions of ballots cast illegally by undocumented immigrants cost him the popular vote. If true, this would suggest the wholesale corruption of American democracy.

Not to worry: As far as anyone knows, the president’s assertion is akin to saying that millions of unicorns also voted illegally.

But such a baseless statement by a president challenged the news media to find the precise words to describe it. This will be a recurring challenge, given President Trump’s habit of speaking in sales-pitch hyperbole and his tendency to deride any less-than-flattering report as ‘fake news.’

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The words needed to be exactly right. ‘And the language has a rich vocabulary for describing statements that fall short of the truth,’ said Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Information. ‘They’re ‘baseless,’ they’re ‘bogus,’ they’re ‘lies,’ they’re ‘untruths.’’

Rarely are these words, each with its own nuance, applied directly to something said by a president, though others have also dissembled (like Bill Clinton on whether he had sex with an intern). ‘This is the very unique situation that we find ourselves in as journalists and as a country,’ said Joshua Benton, the director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. ‘We have an administration that seems to be asserting a right to its own facts and doesn’t seem to be able to produce evidence to back those claims.’

Still, carefully chosen words can capture that. ‘A whole vocabulary has come bubbling up that would not have been used five years ago,’ Mr. Nunberg said in an interview. ‘People are going to have to sit down and decide: Are we going to want to go over the moral consequences of telling an untruth? The mere fact of it being untrue? Or the fact that it’s bogus, baseless or groundless?’

Some news organizations used words like ‘falsely’ or ‘wrongly’ — adverbs that tend to weaken the impact — in framing what the president said. Some used ‘with no evidence,’ or ‘won’t provide any proof,’ or ‘unverified claims,’ or ‘repeats debunked claim.’

The New York Times, though, ultimately chose more muscular terminology, opting to use the word ‘lie’ in the headline. After initially using the word ‘falsely,’ it switched to ‘lie’ online and then settled on ‘Meeting With Top Lawmakers, Trump Repeats an Election Lie’ for Tuesday’s print edition."

(Via.).  In a Swirl of ‘Untruths’ and ‘Falsehoods,’ Calling a Lie a Lie - The New York Times:

Mexico’s President Cancels Meeting With Trump Over Wall Yes, thankfully President Nieto refuses to part in Trump charade. - The New York Times


Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.

"The president of Mexico said on Thursday that he was canceling his scheduled meeting with President Donald J. Trump in Washington next week, rejecting the visit after the new American leader ordered a border wall between the two nations.
The move by Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, brings to a head the simmering tensions that have been building for months between the two leaders. After calling for dialogue in the face of Mr. Trump’s vows to build a wall, Mr. Peña Nieto ultimately bowed to public pressure in Mexico to respond more forcefully to his northern neighbor.
 Follow Mexico’s President Cancels Meeting With Trump Over Wall - The New York Times: ""


Former Trump Rental Agent Describes Racist Policy | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Trump sued for housing discrimination in the 1970s. Donald Trump was President of the company. Trump's applications had racial code marking them "C". Trump tried to sue the government for defamation but the suit was thrown out of court. The evidence Against them was overwhelming.

Not to disparage use car salesman but we have the stereotypical negative stereotype of used car salesman as President. He believes if he repeats a lie enough a certain percentage of people will believe him.

PPP poll: Trump base deluded by false facts. Rachel Maddow gives an exclusive first look at the latest PPP poll showing Donald Trump with historically low approval ratings and that most Americans do not believe his lies about inauguration numbers, though his supporters do. | MSNBC

PPP poll: Trump base deluded by false facts | MSNBC

Trump's comments on torture ricochet across the globe | MSNBC

Trump's comments on torture ricochet across the globe | MSNBC

Rather on unease over Trump: 'We've never had this before' | MSNBC

Rather on unease over Trump: 'We've never had this before' | MSNBC

Private Prisons Cheer Trump’s Immigration Crackdown - The Daily Beast


 "Private prison companies saw an immediate and sustained stock bump when President Donald Trump was elected. And investors think things will keep getting better. An article on Seeking Alpha, the investment research site, speculated that GEO Group’s stock value may increase by 25 percent this year. ‘The basic rationale is that a Trump administration will emphasize private industry and law-and-order, both which will serve as significant macro tailwinds for the private prison industry over the next 4 years,’ it said. That emphasis began in earnest Wednesday with a series of executive orders signed by Trump to crackdown on illegal immigration. Besides announcing that he will triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and order the Department of Homeland Security to start building the wall (even though Mexico has yet to pony up the cash), Trump and his team also committed to locking up more immigrants who illegally cross the border. These measures are expensive; an analysis from the progressive Center for American Progress——a think tank linked to the Clinton campaign—estimated the whole project could cost more than $117 billion over the next 10 years. And much of that money will go straight to private prison companies. ‘The reality is, DHS is not going to have the ability to detain all these folks,’ said David Inserra, a homeland security policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. ‘You have to rely on the private contractors.’ The majority of immigrants in detention (62 percent in 2015, according to Quartz) are in facilities managed by private prison companies—companies that were subjects of a blistering Justice Department report last summer. During Obama’s presidency, the Justice Department announced it would phase out its reliance on private prisons. And Hillary Clinton promised on the campaign trail to do the same. Trump, in contrast, has defended their use (and one of those companies, in turn, contributed generously to a pro-Trump super PAC). His attorney general pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions, also has a favorable approach to the controversial industry. And private contractors are open for (additional) business. Pablo Paez, a spokesman for GEO Group—the second largest private prison company in the U.S.—told The Daily Beast that his company is optimistic about the future. ‘We can’t speculate about future policy initiatives, but we look forward to working with both the new Administration and the new Congress in continuing our longstanding partnership with the federal government providing high quality and cost effective services, while treating those entrusted to our care with the respect and dignity they deserve,’ he said. GEO Group recently hired two former Sessions staffers onto its D.C. lobbying team, as Politico reported. A spokesman for CoreCivic, the nation’s largest private prison company, shared a similar sentiment. ‘We are in continual contact with our federal agency partners and they are aware of our capacity and capabilities,’ said spokesman Jonathan Burns. ‘As in the past, we remain committed to providing flexible, innovative solutions to the challenges they face.’ Critics of immigrant detention, meanwhile, are gearing up for legal fights. The ACLU released a statement ripping into the president’s plan."

(Via.).  Private Prisons Cheer Trump’s Immigration Crackdown - The Daily Beast:

More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S. | Pew Research Center

"More Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from both countries. The same data sources also show the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its smallest since the 1990s, mostly due to a drop in the number of Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S.

From 2009 to 2014, 1 million Mexicans and their families (including U.S.-born children) left the U.S. for Mexico, according to data from the 2014 Mexican National Survey of Demographic Dynamics (ENADID). U.S. census data for the same period show an estimated 870,000 Mexican nationals left Mexico to come to the U.S., a smaller number than the flow of families from the U.S. to Mexico.

Measuring migration flows between Mexico and the U.S. is challenging because there are no official counts of how many Mexican immigrants enter and leave the U.S. each year. This report uses the best available government data from both countries to estimate the size of these flows. The Mexican data sources — a national household survey, and two national censuses — asked comparable questions about household members’ migration to and from Mexico over the five years previous to each survey or census date. In addition, estimates of Mexican migration to the U.S. come from U.S. Census Bureau data, adjusted for undercount, on the number of Mexican immigrants who live in the U.S. (See text box below for more details.)"

More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S. | Pew Research Center

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"The Slate - David Brooks’ Column About the Women’s Marches Should Be Dumped in Acid and Set on Fire

"The Slate -
David Brooks’ Column About the Women’s Marches Should Be Dumped in Acid and Set on Fire

By Ben Mathis-Lilley

David Brooks at a Meet the Press taping on July 22, 2007, in Washington.
Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

New York Times columnist David Brooks, who is to genuine intellectual inquiry as Flintstones vitamins are to the polio vaccine, filed a column Tuesday about the weekend's spectacularly well-attended anti-Trump women's marches. And there must have been some sort of mistake at Times HQ, because they put his column in the newspaper even though it belongs at the bottom of a well.


Let's go through it. This is Brooks' thesis.

These marches can never be an effective opposition to Donald Trump.
No one said they were. There are articles all over the internet written by and about progressives who acknowledge that the marches were only a first step (har) in the long process of organization required to achieve political and policy success.

We're off to a bad start. Next:

In the first place, this movement focuses on the wrong issues. Of course, many marchers came with broad anti-Trump agendas, but they were marching under the conventional structure in which the central issues were clear. As The Washington Post reported, they were “reproductive rights, equal pay, affordable health care, action on climate change.”
These are all important matters, and they tend to be voting issues for many upper-middle-class voters in university towns and coastal cities. But this is 2017. Ethnic populism is rising around the world. The crucial problems today concern the way technology and globalization are decimating jobs and tearing the social fabric; the way migration is redefining nation-states; the way the post-World War II order is increasingly being rejected as a means to keep the peace.

When I read those paragraphs, I spit my latte all over my Volvo. In what sense are "affordable health care" and "action on climate change" not related to "technology and globalization"? Like, directly related in a manner that would be condescending to even explain out loud? Since when has "affordable health care," which in the form of Medicare is perhaps the quintessential meat-and-potatoes issue in American politics, been a pet cause of "upper-middle-class voters in university towns and coastal cities?" And could he truly be suggesting that the marches would have been more broadly popular and meaningful if organizers had announced that their primary concerns would be the redefinition of nation-states and the deterioration of the post–World War II international security regime?... "

David Brooks women's marches column: not good.

ump, dumb, dumb and dumber. rGerman golfer Bernhard Langer and U.S. presidential election voter fraud, explained | For The Win

"President Trump had a session with congressmen and others Monday in an introductory capacity. One of the topics he talked about was his insistence on the existence of unproven voter fraud in an election he won. And he had a weird specific example to pull, according to three witnesses’ descriptions to The New York Times:

(Langer) was standing in line at a polling place near his home in Florida on Election Day, the president explained, when an official informed Mr. Langer he would not be able to vote.

Ahead of and behind Mr. Langer were voters who did not look as if they should be allowed to vote, Mr. Trump said, according to the staff members — but they were nonetheless permitted to cast provisional ballots. The president threw out the names of Latin American countries that the voters might have come from.


Well, the Times contacted his daughter to discover that he’s both not a citizen and not a friend of Trump’s, though the president described him as such.


The Times reports that Langer ran into Trump at a Florida golf course.


He is a really great golfer, probably the best ever from Germany. Langer is second in European Tour history with 42 victories and second in Champions Tour history with another 30. He’s 59 and still great for his age — he won the Champions Tour last year. He’s also, again, German."

German golfer Bernhard Langer and U.S. presidential election voter fraud, explained | For The Win

Resist, Resist, Resist - Mayor: Trump Order On Sanctuary Cities ‘Does Not Change Who We Are’ « CBS New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio
"NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday said President Donald Trump’s executive order stripping funding for sanctuary cities would be severely damaging to New York City.

Trump on Wednesday signed the order targeting sanctuary cities, which do not arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

De Blasio said the loss of funds would cut the resources of the NYPD — including anti-terrorism funding — and damage relations between police officers and communities. He added that the city would not begin deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants because of the order.

The lost funds would reduce the NYPD’s resources to fight crime and terrorism and make the city less safe, not more, de Blasio said.

“The executive order on its face contradicts its stated purpose,” de Blasio said."

Mayor: Trump Order On Sanctuary Cities ‘Does Not Change Who We Are’ « CBS New York

Maybe, on Obamacare, Republicans Should Just Punt - The Daily Beast

"A quote often attributed to former Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes suggests “There are three things that can happen when you throw a pass, and two of them are bad.” Apocryphal or not, that’s how I’m starting to feel about the GOP’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The more I talk to conservative-leaning health care policy experts—sources that had previously helped me understand the debacle that would become Obamacare—the more convinced I am that this could all go horribly wrong.

“The train is rushing down the tracks toward the cliff,” said one health care policy expert.

Or maybe not. Despite President Trump’s issuing of an executive order on day one, congressional plans to repeal the law are reportedly being pushed to mid-to-late February. Having spent the last six (or so) years promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), Republicans now find themselves with the thankless task of fixing America’s health care system."

Maybe, on Obamacare, Republicans Should Just Punt - The Daily Beast

Trump seeks ‘major investigation’ into unsupported claims of voter fraud - The Washington Post

"President Trump plans to ask for a “major investigation” into allegations of widespread voter fraud as he continues to claim, without providing evidence, that he lost the popular vote in November's election because millions of illegal votes were cast, according to tweets posted Wednesday.

The White House has yet to provide details, but Trump said in back-to-back tweets that the investigation into “VOTER FRAUD” — Trump used all capitals for emphasis — would cover “those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal” and “those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).”

“Depending on results,” Trump tweeted, “we will strengthen up voting procedures!”

Trump did not indicate who would lead such an investigation or what ground it would cover. White House press secretary Sean Spicer didn't use the word “investigation” during a briefing Wednesday afternoon, instead saying the president wants a “study” or “task force” to study the issue of fraud, especially in “bigger states.” Spicer made clear that such a probe would not just focus on the 2016 election. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on whether it would launch an investigation.

“I think we have to understand where the problem exists, how deep it goes and then suggest some remedies to it,” Spicer said.

[28 things to remember about Trump’s ‘major investigation’ into voter fraud]

Trump continues to face scrutiny, along with some mockery, for insisting during a private reception with congressional leaders Monday that there were between 3 million and 5 million ballots illegally cast in the election, allowing his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, to win the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes, although she lost the electoral-college vote to Trump. The president and his aides have yet to provide any verifiable facts to back up his claim, and analyses of the election found virtually no confirmed cases of voter fraud, let alone millions.

[Here are nine investigations of voter fraud that found virtually nothing]"

Trump seeks ‘major investigation’ into unsupported claims of voter fraud - The Washington Post

When the White House lies about lying, there's a problem | MSNBC

 President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, Dec. 16, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

 "In his first formal meeting with congressional leaders this week, Donald Trump repeated one of his favorite lies:
it may look like he won the presidency despite losing the popular vote,
but he secretly won the popular vote – because 3 million to 5 million
“illegals” voted in the election for his opponent.

By any sane measure, the claim is completely bonkers, and yet, the White House refuses to walk it back.
The White House doubled down on President Donald Trump’s widely
debunked claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016
presidential election, costing Trump the popular vote.

president does believe that,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
told reporters on Tuesday, just one day after pledging to tell the
public “the facts as I know them.” “He’s stated that before, I think he
has stated his concerns of voter fraud and people voting illegally
during the campaign and continues to maintain that belief based on
studies and evidence people have presented to him.”
And what, pray tell, are those “studies and evidence”? The
struggling press secretary, whose credibility is already badly damaged,
told reporters, “I think there’s been studies. There’s one that came out
of Pew in 2008 that showed 14 percent of people who voted were

That, too, is a claim that Trump World has repeatedly embraced, despite being completely wrong.

Americans are confronted with is a new president who is comfortable
lying, backed up by White House aides who are equally comfortable lying
about lying.

When the White House lies about lying, there's a problem | MSNBC

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump threatens to 'send in the Feds' to Chicago.

"President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would dispatch federal authorities to Chicago if they didn't address violence in the city, which he described as "horrible 'carnage.'"

"If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" the president tweeted Tuesday.

It was not clear if he meant federal law-enforcement authorities or federal troops.

Trump's comments seemingly cite a Chicago Tribune report from Monday that said 228 people had been shot in the city so far in 2017, a 5.5 percent increase from the same time period last year. The 42 homicides, as he noted, increased by 24 percent from the 34 reported to this point in 2016.

Trump has repeatedly spoken out against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's handling of violence within the city, often alluding to potential federal intervention. But Trump's comments Tuesday serve as his strongest rebuke yet since being sworn in to the presidency last Friday."

Does Trump know that using the army is illegal?  I doubt it.

 18 U.S. Code § 1385 - Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus
"Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."
(Added Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, § 18(a), 70A Stat. 626; amended Pub. L. 86–70, § 17(d), June 25, 1959, 73 Stat. 144; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.) 
(Added Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, § 18(a), 70A Stat. 626; amended Pub. L. 86–70, § 17(d), June 25, 1959, 73 Stat. 144; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.) 



Trump threatens to 'send in the Feds' to Chicago: ""


Trump Won’t Back Down From His Voting Fraud Lie. Here Are the Facts. - The New York Times


"WASHINGTON — During a private meeting with congressional leaders on Monday, President Trump asserted that between three million and five million unauthorized immigrants had voted for his Democratic opponent and robbed him of a victory in the national popular vote.

There is no evidence to support the claim, which has been discredited repeatedly by numerous fact-checkers.

That did not stop Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, from standing by the president’s words on Tuesday during a briefing with reporters at the White House. ‘As I said, I think the president has believed that for a while based on studies and information he has,’ Mr. Spicer said.

That much appears to be true. Mr. Trump repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the American voting system in the period before the election in November and has falsely said since his victory that millions of people voted illegally."

(Via.).  Trump Won’t Back Down From His Voting Fraud Lie. Here Are the Facts. - The New York Times

Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration | Reuters


 "U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.

In addition to Syria, Trump's orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous."

(Via.)  Exclusive: Trump expected to sign executive orders on immigration | Reuters:

According to multiple reports, an FBI-led intelligence probe has examined phone calls between Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's new National Security Advisor, and the Russian ambassador to the U.S. - All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

Rep. Luis Gutierrez to Trump: Bring the proof forward, or shut up | MSNBC

Rep. Luis Gutierrez to Trump: Bring the proof forward, or shut up | MSNBC

The Child President - Washington Post goes inside Trump's first days | MSNBC

WaPost goes inside Trump's first days | MSNBC

Donald Trump, imperialist: Forget “isolationism” — Trump longs to build up our military and then use it -


…"As far as security is concerned, Trump’s threats to withdraw from NATO and other alliances isn’t really about wanting to pull America within its borders. He never says that. In fact, he wants a huge military and wants to show it off so everyone in the world will be in awe of American power. He just wants NATO and other alliances to pay protection money to the U.S. at whatever price he sets.
Trump has repeatedly made the fatuous claim that he’s going to make the military so massive that “no one will ever want to mess with us,” but has never actually suggested that he would have any reluctance to use it. Indeed, he’s made it clear that he intends to do just that, telling his rowdy crowds during the campaign…"


Donald Trump, imperialist: Forget “isolationism” — Trump longs to build up our military and then use it - ""

CIA Starts Recruiting Its Newest Asset: Donald Trump. Langley is ready to woo the new president like a foreign leader. The key? Flattering his ego. ‘He is extremely insecure like an adolescent boy,’ one analyst told The Daily Beas - The Daily Beast

"Langley is ready to woo the new president like a foreign leader. The key? Flattering his ego. ‘He is extremely insecure like an adolescent boy,’ one analyst told The Daily Beast."

(Via.).  CIA Starts Recruiting Its Newest Asset: Donald Trump - The Daily Beast

Liar In Chief - Report: Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote - The Daily Beast


"With no evidence to support the claim, President Donald Trump told congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote due to up to five million fraudulent votes, the Washington Post reports. Trump reportedly made the claim during a Monday night reception with congressional leaders, three sources told the Post. Despite the Trump campaign’s frequent insistence that voter fraud cost it the popular vote, no evidence has supported any of the claim. Post-election analysis found little to no fraud during the election, which saw Hillary Clinton win the popular vote by 2.8 million. Prior to the election, the Trump campaign suggested that Democrats, particularly in inner cities would commit voter fraud, and encouraged supporters to ‘monitor’ those polls, a suggestion some interpreted as implying voter intimidation."

(Via.)   Report: Trump Falsely Says 5 Million Illegal Ballots Cost Him Popular Vote - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it | PolitiFact


 "Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it"

(Via.).  Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it | PolitiFact:

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump reaches out to CIA in rambling speech about himself Mark Mazzetti, national security correspondent for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's peculiar remarks at the CIA, and his complicated relationship with with intelligence community. The Rachel Maddow Show on msnbc

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Trump 'keep the oil' policy puts US troops at risk Rachel Maddow looks at how Donald Trump's continued mention of taking oil from other countries as a spoil of war makes those countries feel threatened and puts U.S. troops in those countries at risk. The Rachel Maddow Show on msnbc

The Rachel Maddow Show on msnbc – Latest News & Video

Steinem & Sarsour: What's next in Trump protest | MSNBC

Steinem & Sarsour: What's next in Trump protest | MSNBC

Mississippi women march, joining national movement

"JACKSON, Miss. —

Hundreds of Mississippi women gathered outside the Capitol Saturday, joining a national movement anchored in Washington, D.C.

“This is a good morning. Any time you have this many women talking about what we are going to do at the Capitol, that makes it a super good morning,” said state Rep. Alyce Clark, a Democrat who represents the 69th District.

The women gathered across the country to protest what they called President Donald Trump’s assault on women’s rights."

Mississippi women march, joining national movement

John McCain: 'Serious mistake' to pull out from TPP | MSNBC

John McCain: 'Serious mistake' to pull out from TPP | MSNBC

Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership shifts U.S. role in world economy - The Washington Post



"Pulling out of the deal ‘raises fundamental questions about American reliability,’ said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. ‘It leaves our allies and trading partners in the lurch. It does create strategic opportunities for China.’

Those include Beijing’s own regional trade agreement, which it is pursuing with 15 other Asian countries, including Japan. An analysis by White House economists under Obama found that a deal between just China and Japan could jeopardize $5 billion in U.S. exports and millions of American jobs. Proponents of the TPP have also pointed to recent reports of Beijing’s weapons buildup on islands in the South China Sea as evidence of the country’s emboldened posture.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) echoed those concerns Monday, calling Trump’s withdrawal from the TPP a ‘serious mistake’ that will give China greater authority to dictate the terms of international trade."

(Via.).  Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership shifts U.S. role in world economy - The Washington Post:

How 'dreamers' are preparing in case Trump ends Obama immigration actions

Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s - The New York Times

Number of white men in the first cabinet of each president

Donald J. Trump
Barack Obama
George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George Bush
Ronald Reagan

"President Trump’s cabinet is shaping up to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.

If Mr. Trump’s nominees are confirmed, women and nonwhites will hold five of 22 cabinet or cabinet-level positions. He has not yet named the nominee for one additional position.

‘Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet,’ said Paul Light, a professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service."

(Via.). Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s - The New York Times: