Monthly Archives: February 2017

Trump Outlines Agenda for ‘New Chapter of American Greatness’

President Donald Trump presented five parameters for replacing Obamacare, called for “merit-based” immigration reform, and invoked two Republican predecessors, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower, to… Read More

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In his first address to Congress, Trump lays out his plan to ‘make America great again’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, in his first address Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, laid out his plan for the year ahead, touching…

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Van Jones: Trump Became President Tonight and Democrats Should be Worried

“He did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became President of the United States.”

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Open thread for night owls: Resistance stops AZ’s kill-dissent bill, but other states have them too

As my colleague Walter Einenkel noted Tuesday, the resistance has won an important victory in Arizona—the withdrawal of a bill that would have suppressed dissent. But, as Lauren McCauley writes at Common DreamsOutcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide:

An Arizona bill that sought to prosecute protest organizers like racketeers is officially dead after widespread outcry forced state lawmakers to put that effort to rest, marking a victory for the national resistance movement currently facing a rash of legislation aimed at stifling dissent.

Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard announced late Monday that the bill, SB 1142, would not move forward in the legislature. [...]

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The so-called “Plan a Protest, Lose Your House Bill” was the most recent state-level attempt to crackdown on the growing protest movement and opponents celebrated its defeat. [...]

A recent analysis by the Washington Post found that “Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced on voted on legislation to curb mass protests,” which includes bills that would “increase punishments for blocking highways, ban the use of masks during protests, [and] indemnify drivers who strike protesters with their cars.” [...]

The laws as well as the impulse to label protesters as “paid” or “professional” agitators are simply “standard operating procedure for movement opponents,” according to Douglas McAdam, a Stanford sociology professor who studies protest movements.

“For instance, southern legislatures—especially in the Deep South—responded to the Montgomery Bus Boycott (and the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education) with dozens and dozens of new bills outlawing civil rights groups, limiting the rights of assembly, etc. all in an effort to make civil rights organizing more difficult,” he wrote in an email to the Post. “Similarly, laws designed to limit or outlaw labor organizing or limit labor rights were common in the late 19th/early 20th century.”

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

”The fundamentalists deny that evolution has taken place; they deny that the earth and the universe as a whole are more than a few thousand years old, and so on. There is ample scientific evidence that the fundamentalists are wrong in these matters, and that their notions of cosmogony have about as much basis in fact as the Tooth Fairy has.”
                    
~
 Isaac Asimov, quoted in 2000 Years of Disbelief, Famous People with the Courage to Doubt, by James A. Haught, 1996


TWEET OF THE DAY

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“Obama divided us by race” just sounds better than “Obama really upset all the racists.”

— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 28, 2017


BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2011What are the neoconservatives up to in Libya? The usual:

As Muammar Gaddafi spouts delusional nonsense about how “all my people love me,” his 41-year dictatorial reign over Libya appears to be crumbling all around him. Opposition fighters in the cities of Zawiyah to the west of Tripoli and in Misurata to its east have scored defensive victories against Gaddafi’s armed forces, much of the army in the east has gone over to the side of the opposition, humanitarian aid is starting to flow into the country in large amounts, and ad hoc councils of Libyans have begun governing areas under anti-government control. Even in Tripoli, still solidly held by the regime and reportedly blockaded against entry by Libyans from liberated areas of the country, public protests continue to take place, albeit at considerable risk to the participants.

Amid what appears to be a ring closing around Gaddafi and his bitter-enders, calls for military intervention have intensified. At one end of a range of options is the creation of a no-fly zone to keep Gaddafi’s air force from killing civilians from the air and from moving mercenaries quickly from staging areas around Sabha, a central Libya city and military base where they have been landed in large numbers.

Although logistically difficult, a no-fly zone has significant backing, including support from some anti-government Libyans in and out of the country. But other Libyans have opposed the idea, saying they can beat Gaddafi without such assistance. They seek only medical and other humanitarian aid. Some Americans, Europeans and other non-Libyans oppose the no-fly approach for fear that it will be a wedge for further military action and possibly lead to the establishment of long-term military bases in the country and control over Libya’s vast deposits of low-sulfur oil, the largest on the African continent, with much of the country’s potential reserves still unexplored.


HIGH IMPACT STORIESTOP COMMENTS

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Trump preps for his non-SOTU by claiming all credit & denying all blame. Armando calls in to vent. Still more of the cabinet turn out to be damaged goods. DOJ flips on its first voting rights case. Has Bannon ever done anything the Mercers didn’t pay for?

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Betsy DeVos gets it right on HBCUs … but wrong on plagiarism

Back when she was just one of Donald Trump’s least qualified nominees, Betsy DeVos was caught plagiarizing part of the answer to a written question from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Now that she’s one of Donald Trump’s least qualified cabinet members, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos … is still doing what can be most generously described as appropriating language from other sources. 

Tuesday, DeVos followed up the outrageously offensive statement in which she suggested historically black colleges and universities came out of a desire for more “choice” and not out of violently enforced segregation with remarks at a luncheon in which she said of HBCUs that:

Today, your institutions are responsible for graduating the majority of African-American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers and other technological professionals.

Look at DeVos making a complimentary and factual statement there without even trying to erase the ugly history of Jim Crow! 

And, uh, look at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund making essentially the same complimentary and factual statement:

HBCUs historically have provided an affordable education to millions of students of color, graduating the majority of America’s African American teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, and other scientific and technological professionals.

It’s a short passage, sure, but if DeVos had ever worked as an educator, she’d know that’s not acceptable. 

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Chris Wallace on Fox News: “Tonight, Donald Trump Became The President” (VIDEO)

Fox New’s Chris Wallace heaped praise on Donald Trump after his first joint address of congress on Tuesday night. Wallace called tonight’s address, “by far the best speech I’ve ever heard Donald Trump give” “I feel like tonight, Donald Trump became the President of the United States tonight”, Wallace explained. Chris Wallace drew comparisons between Ronald Reagan’s reinvention of the joint session to the transformation | Read More »

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Lowlights from Trump’s first Congressional address

Here’s a brief primer on what you missed if you boycotted Donald Trump’s first address to Congress: “I won. I’ve done great things. Here’s other things I’ll do. That’s that.”

Trump delivered a meandering 60-plus minute speech with no cohesive theme other than “I’m really great and America will be too.” As journalist Robert Costa aptly noted of its disjointed policy overtures: “That’s what makes the speech somewhat jarring. A bleak, populist Bannon vision laced with elements of Ivanka-ism on social policy.”

Mere minutes after greeting the crowd, Trump kicked off his address by reminding everyone of his ahhmazing electoral win. “The earth shifted beneath our feet,” he said (no joke), “quiet voices became a loud chorus [...] the chorus became an earthquake and the people turned out by the tens of millions.”

In fact, his entire speech had that certain puerile quality of something written by a fifth grader trying to sound big and important.

Dying industries will come roaring back to life.[...] Our military will be given the resources its brave warriors so richly deserve. Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced [...] Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and ultimately, stop. And our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety, and opportunity.

In short, it’s all happening, and it’s all because of Trump: The stock market has spiked, billions are being invested in the economy, the swamp is draining, regulations are being rolled back, and the TPP is toast.

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Here’s the powerful moment from Trump’s speech that left even Democrats stunned

President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress had a lot that angered Democrats, but there was at least one powerful moment that…

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Instant Analysis of Trump’s Speech to Congress

This blog will be updated throughout the night. Economy Foreign Policy and National Security Economy Welcome Commitment to Tax Reform The president’s commitment to tax… Read More

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A Few Thoughts on Trump’s Speech

Let me offer a few thoughts on President Trump’s first address to Congress.

I think purely as a speech, its crafting, the thematic cadence and delivery, it was pretty average to unremarkable. It wasn’t a very good speech. Having said that, I think Tr…

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