Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tag: Politics

Trump Reverses Obama’s Mortgage Fee Cuts on First Day

Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama's last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers. The new administration on Friday said it’s canceling a reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s...

Donald Trump’s Israel ambassador is hardline pro-settler lawyer

David Friedman opposes two-state solution, backs undivided Jerusalem as capital and has acted for Trump's failing hotels. Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a pro-settler lawyer who has described some US Jews as worse than concentration camp prisoner-guards. David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who represented the president-elect over...

Making Russia The Enemy

The rising hysteria about Russia is best understood as fulfilling two needs for Official Washington: the Military Industrial Complex's transitioning from the “war on terror” to a more lucrative “new cold war” – and blunting the threat that a President Trump poses to the neoconservative/liberal-interventionist foreign-policy establishment. By hyping the...

Long-shot bid to block Trump arrives at Electoral College Monday

The Electoral College's 538 members gather Monday at 50 state capitols to cast the ballots that matter the most when it comes to electing a U.S. president. Normally sedate affairs that pass with little notice, this year’s proceedings have been injected with a bit of drama and a dash of...

WikiLeaks figure says disgusted Democrat leaked Clinton campaign emails

A WikiLeaks figure is claiming that he received leaked Clinton campaign emails from a “disgusted” Democratic whistleblower, while the White House continued to blame Russian hackers Wednesday for meddling in the presidential election and asserted that Donald Trump was “obviously aware” of Moscow’s efforts on his behalf. Craig Murray, a...

Top U.S. spy agency has not embraced CIA assessment on Russia hacking

The overseers of the U.S. intelligence community have not embraced a CIA assessment that Russian cyber attacks were aimed at helping Republican President-elect Donald Trump win the 2016 election, three American officials said on Monday. While the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) does not dispute the CIA's...

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

The “fake news” hysteria has become the cover for the U.S. government and mainstream media to crack down on fact-based journalism that challenges Official Washington’s “Group Thinks.” A key reason why American foreign debacles have been particularly destructive mostly to the countries attacked but also to the United States is...

Can Corporate Raider Wilbur Ross Deliver on Trump’s Blue-Collar Promises?

Trump's pick for commerce secretary has a track record of saving American jobs. Whether he can bring many back to the Rust Belt remains to be seen. A decade ago, cheap Chinese cloth was hammering American textile makers. Companies like Burlington Industries and Cone Mills, two big U.S. makers of...

Petraeus Redux?

The news that President-elect Donald Trump called in disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus for a job interview as possible Secretary of State tests whether Trump's experience in hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” honed his skills for spotting an incompetent phony or not. Does Trump need more data than the continuing bedlam...

The Orwellian War on Skepticism

Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies. One might have hoped that the alarm about “fake news” would remind major U.S. news outlets,...

Obama Is Expanding Trump’s War-Making Powers on His Way Out the Door

From drone strikes to Navy SEALs, the next president will have more lethal options than ever. The scope of war-making authorities and powers available to the Trump administration depends on decisions made by the Obama administration. Two recent news reports shed some troubling light on its approach to the coming...

Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda to Include Shabab in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The escalating American military engagement in Somalia has led the Obama administration to expand the legal scope of the war against Al Qaeda, a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump's authority to combat thousands of Islamist fighters in the chaotic Horn of Africa nation. The administration...

The Dark-Money Cabinet

During the Presidential primaries, Donald Trump mocked his Republican rivals as “puppets” for flocking to a secretive fund-raising session sponsored by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire co-owners of the energy conglomerate Koch Industries. Affronted, the Koch brothers, whose political spending has made their name a shorthand for special-interest...

New York Times Advocates Internet Censorship

In its lead editorial on Sunday, The New York Times decried what it deemed “The Digital Virus Called Fake News” and called for Internet censorship to counter this alleged problem, taking particular aim at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for letting “liars and con artists hijack his platform.” As this mainstream...

Abe looks to bolster U.S.-Japan alliance at next Trump meeting

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who became the first foreign national leader to meet face to face with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, hopes to produce an agreement to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance when they meet next time, according to informed sources. To lay the groundwork for...

Installing a Torture Fan at CIA

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, an open aficionado of torture practices used in the “war on terror,” to be CIA director shows that Trump was serious when he said he would support “waterboarding and much worse.” Earlier, there had been a sliver of hope that that,...

Like a double dose of Dubya: Donald Trump’s presidency will be like the George...

The Trump White House already resembles a far more extreme version of the disastrous Bush administration. In yet another post-election example of wish fulfillment, there are rumors circulating that president-elect Donald Trump won’t actually stay in office all four years because he won’t want to do the job. After Trump...

Donald Trump Hopes to Abolish Intelligence Chief Position, Reverse CIA Reforms

Donald Trump's national security team is discussing plans to dismantle the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the organization that was created in response to the 9/11 attacks, according to an adviser to the president-elect and a former senior intelligence official. The news comes as the current director...

Did Shinzo Abe Get What He Came for in Meeting With Trump?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the first foreign leader to meet with President-elect Donald Trump (and with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner). After the Nov. 8 U.S. election, Abe was quick to call Trump, who has for decades argued that America is losing to Japan on...

Trump’s Fascism Picks Up Where Obama’s Leaves Off

Donald Trump wants to deport three million illegal immigrants, and he’s willing to split up families to do it. Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers. Barack Obama deported two million — more than any other president. Thousands of...

Everyone in Europe Needs to Take a Deep, Calming Breath

We don't yet know how the president-elect will behave in office. Meanwhile, the present state of hysteria could make things worse. “The sky is falling!” exclaimed Chicken Little, in the well-known folk tale, after an acorn fell on the poor fowl’s head, leading to mass hysteria over an imminent apocalypse...

Presidential Elections: Myths and Deceits

Every aspect of this year’s US Presidential election has been fraught with myths, distortions, fabrications, wishful thinking and invented fears. We will proceed to discuss facts and fictions. Electoral Participation The mass media, parties and candidates emphasized the ‘unprecedented voter turnout’ in the elections. In fact, 48% of the eligible voters abstained. In other words,...

What to Do About Fake News

In the wake of Donald Trump's victory, a hot new issue – raised by President Obama in an international setting on Thursday and touted on The New York Times’ front page on Friday – is the problem of “fake news” being disseminated on the Internet. Major Internet companies, such as...

Trump Prepares to Takeover Fed

In Donald Trump's first four years as president, he will not only choose three judges for the Supreme Court, he’ll also pick five of the seven members on the Fed Board of Governors. It would be impossible to overstate the effect this is going to have on the nation’s...

Career Racist Jeff Sessions Is Donald Trump’s Pick For Attorney General

If anyone had doubts that Trump's presidency would return white supremacy to power, Friday’s announcement that the president-elect has tapped Alabama Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (named after a Confederate general) to head the Department of Justice should settle the question. There is no other way to describe Jeff Sessions but as...

NATO secretary general projects confidence after call with Trump

The pattern of learning transition news from foreign leaders continues. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke with President-elect Donald Trump on the phone Friday to congratulate him on his election victory and discuss the organization’s “enduring importance,” NATO shared in a readout of the call. Trump and...

Germany Can Protect the Liberal Order

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin for a farewell visit on Wednesday, German policymakers were scrambling to develop a road map for dealing with the presidency of his successor, Donald Trump. Last week, in a congratulatory note to the president-elect, German Chancellor Angela Merkel gently conditioned Germany's...

Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History

The election of Donald Trump has sent shockwaves through the souls of compassionate, humane people across the country and the world. Horror that a candidate who ran on a platform of open bigotry, threats against immigrants and Muslims, and blatant misogyny will soon be president is now sinking in. Trump...

Donald Trump was right: The Election was Rigged. In his favour.

ETHNIC VOTES STOLEN IN CRUCIAL STATES HELP FIX US ELECTION FOR TRUMP, REVEALS GREG PALAST. Throughout the US election campaign one of The Donald’s main refrains was “this election is rigged.” Turns out this particular Trump election rallying cry wasn’t a lie... Well, not entirely. Veteran election investigator Greg Palast has uncovered...

Did Republicans Rig the Election?

Fred Leidel was born in 1916, before women got the right to vote. At 99 years old, he biked to the polls in Madison, Wisconsin, on Election Day. He designed propeller blades for airplanes during World War II and was an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin. Everyone...

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