Sunday, January 20, 2019

Tag: Politics

Global Trumpism: Why Trump’s Victory Was 30 Years in the Making and Why It...

Trump's victory was predictable, and was predicted, but not by looking at polls. Polling has taken a beating recently having failed to predict the victory of David Cameron's Conservative Party in the British general elections, then Brexit, and now the election of Donald Trump. One can argue about what’s...

Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites

Over the last week, two of the world’s biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election’s outcome. On Monday, those companies responded by making it clear that they would not tolerate such misinformation by taking pointed aim at...

The Election was Stolen – Here’s How…

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives. Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge...

Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal

Congressional GOP leaders indicated they wouldn’t consider Trans-Pacific Partnership in lame-duck session. A sweeping Pacific trade pact meant to bind the U.S.and Asia effectively died Friday, as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress told the White House they won’t advance it in the election’s aftermath, and Obama administration officials acknowledged...

Beware Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

We don’t know much about Donald Trump's plans for this new toy he’s inherited called the world’s only superpower. But we know that he likes to put his name on things, which is why his prioritizing of an infrastructure program makes a lot of sense. He can barnstorm the...

Donald Trump Ran on Protecting Social Security But Transition Team Includes Privatizers

Donald Trump campaigned on protecting Social Security. At the Miami GOP presidential debate in March, he said he would “do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again.” In August, his campaign told CNNMoney that “We will not...

Trump Campaigned Against Lobbyists, but Now They’re on His Transition Team

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists. Jeffrey Eisenach, a consultant who has worked for...

Trump Hasn’t Mastered the Art of Killing the Iran Deal

The presidency-elect can’t kill the agreement directly – but he could undermine it from within. America has never known so little about a president-elect. After Trump ran a campaign almost completely void of substance, speculation about his positions regarding key national security issues is doomed to be based on nothing...

Donald Trump, in Exclusive Interview, Tells WSJ He Is Willing to Keep Parts of...

President-elect hints at possible compromise after vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act. NEW YORK—President-elect Donald Trump said he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the Affordable Care Act, an indication of possible compromise after a campaign in which he pledged repeatedly to repeal the 2010 health-care law. In...

2016 Presidential Election Table

According to the exit polls conducted by Edison Research, Clinton won four key battleground states (NC, PA, WI, and FL) in the 2016 Presidential Election that she went on to lose in the computerized vote counts. With these states Clinton wins the Electoral College with a count of 306...
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Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism

With Trump, you get “the naked fist of a very frightening police state come down upon us,” warns Chris Hedges. Sharmini Peries: What is your reaction to having Trump as a president? Chris Hedges: Depression, that Trump won, followed by anger at the left for failing, after the passage of NAFTA...

Trade, Not Immigrants, May Have Been Key Motivator of Donald Trump’s Voters

A deeper look at election results suggests his victory may have come more from his stand against free trade. From the day he rode down an escalator at Trump Tower to launch his campaign, Donald Trump's candidacy was identified most often with one issue: fighting illegal immigration. A deeper look into...

Trump Team Promises To Dismantle Dodd-Frank Bank Regulations

During his presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump said he would "get rid of" Dodd-Frank — the sweeping legislation passed in 2010 to address problems underlying the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Many Republicans hate the 2,300-page law, saying it is layered with far too many regulations. But Democrats say it provides valuable...

Main Street Champion Trump Turns to Wall Street to Fill Treasury Post

President-elect Donald Trump won the White House by promising supporters he was an outsider who was not beholden to special interests on Wall Street. But it didn’t take long for him to look to lower Manhattan for help. According to CNBC, Trump is considering JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon as...

Trump National Security Team Includes Surprising Names

With many mainstream Republican defense experts having denounced his candidacy, President-elect Donald Trump is assembling a team of lesser known national security figures to staff his transition team, intelligence and military officials told NBC News. A number of prominent Republican former security officials have made it clear through words or...

Never Trump GOP preparing to work with Trump to squeeze Iran

Republicans in Congress who vigorously opposed Donald Trump's run for president are now preparing to work with the incoming Trump administration on a number of foreign policy and national security issues where their policies overlap. First on their agenda is drastically increasing sanctions on Iran. “There are several issues that...

NAACP Calls for Restoration of Voting Rights Act in Wake of 2016 Election

Baltimore, MD – For the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the headline story of November 8 is not merely Trump's triumph or Clinton's concession but rather the millions of Americans who were unable or who unnecessarily struggled to cast their votes because of a badly...

With Trump’s election, is stimulus spending back on Washington’s agenda?

Has John Maynard Keynes just won a ticket back to the White House? Keynes was the British economist who advocated government deficit spending to stimulate moribund economies. And that seems to be the principle undergirding the $1-trillion infrastructure construction plan that President-elect Donald Trump proposed shortly before election day. Trump...

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016

There were 25 debates during the presidential primaries and general election and not a single question about the attack on voting rights, even though this was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in...

Why Long Voting Lines Could Have Long-Term Consequences

In Charlotte, N.C., the lines for the first wave of early balloting last month forced some voters to wait more than two hours. In Las Vegas last weekend, voters were still waiting outside a polling place in a Mexican grocery store two hours after it was set to close....

Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

As Donald Trump finishes his campaign with a promise to break the control of Washington by political insiders, his transition team is preparing to hand his administration over to a cozy clique of corporate lobbyists and Republican power brokers. “Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a...

7 specific ways states made it harder for Americans to vote in 2016

It’s too hard to vote in America. That’s the takeaway from what we’ve seen over the past few days of early voting, when multiple states, including swing states like Ohio and North Carolina, have reported long — sometimes hours-long! — lines at the polls. These lines were so bad that...

Emails Warrant No New Action Against Hillary Clinton, F.B.I. Director Says

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told Congress on Sunday that he had seen no evidence in a recently discovered trove of emails to change his conclusion that Hillary Clinton should face no charges over her handling of classified information. Mr. Comey's announcement, just two days before the election, was...

James Rickards: The Petro Dollar Is Dead, Dollar Devaluation, Pensions Lost, World Currency

James Rickards is the Editor of Strategic Intelligence, a financial newsletter, and Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital. He is the author of The New Case for Gold (April 2016), and two New York Times best sellers, The...

There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted...

Nearly half of counties that previously approved voting changes with the federal government have cut polling places this election. When Aracely Calderon, a naturalized US citizen from Guatemala, went to vote in downtown Phoenix just before the polls closed in Arizona’s March 22 presidential primary, there were more than 700...

While You Weren’t Looking, Donald Trump Released a Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and...

So this is kind of cute. While most of us were tearing our hair out over the FBI and Hillary Clinton's emails last weekend, Donald Trump's campaign quietly released a plan to privatize new infrastructure development in the United States. I know, that's not very sexy on the surface....

Secret Recordings Fueled FBI Feud in Clinton Probe

Agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing investigation into Clinton Foundation. Secret recordings of a suspect talking about the Clinton Foundation fueled an internal battle between FBI agents who wanted to pursue the case and corruption prosecutors who viewed the statements as worthless hearsay, people familiar with...
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Michael Hudson on Hillary Clinton and the US Elections

In this clip from our extended interview, Prof. Michael Hudson, economist and author of ‘Killing the Host – How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy‘, speaks to Ross Ashcroft about the difficult choice faced by Americans in the upcoming US elections. If Hillary Clinton is more capable than...

Hillary Clinton Economic Team Planned Secret Meeting With Wall Street Mogul Pushing To Shift...

Days before publicly promoting a plan that could funnel billions of dollars of retiree assets to Wall Street, the president of one of the world’s largest financial firms was organizing a private meeting with Hillary Clinton's economic team. A hacked email detailing the meeting between Blackstone President Tony James — a...

Black Turnout Soft in Early Voting, Boding Ill for Hillary Clinton

African-Americans are failing to vote at the robust levels they did four years ago in several states that could help decide the presidential election, creating a vexing problem for Hillary Clinton as she clings to a deteriorating lead over Donald J. Trump with Election Day just a week away. As...

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