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Friday July 29, 2016
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Over $100,000: That's How Much Big Finance Rips You Off
AlterNet | Lynn Stuart Parramore | 07/28/16

New research shows that the average U.S. household loses over $100,000 to destructive activities of bankers and financiers.

America's financial system is broken for all but a few at the top; that much is plain. The rest sense that we are stuck on the minus end of some great financial formula, but given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it's hard to pin down exactly why it happens and how it all adds up.

Enter economist Gerald Epstein of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has dived in and crunched the numbers, and the results are eye-popping. Epstein and his colleague Juan Antonio Montecino look at exactly how families, taxpayers and businesses get ripped off by dubious financial activities and tally up the costs in a new paper for the Roosevelt Institute, "Overcharged: The High Cost of Finance." ... Read more

TYT | Former GOP Congressman Admits He'd Vote Bernie Over Trump (07/28/16) [2:57]
TYT | TYT Interview with Bernie Sanders (full) (05/27/16) [43:08]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Democratic National Convention! Day 4 (07/28/16) [6:07:38]

A Transgender Woman Just Made History at the Democratic National Convention
MotherJones | P.R. Lockhart | 07/28/16

On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride used her position as the first transgender person to speak at a major-party convention to argue that despite advances in LGBT rights, the fight for equality must continue.

"Will we be a nation where there is only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live?" McBride asked the audience, which included the largest transgender delegation in convention history.

The 25 year-old Delaware native, who is the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, made headlines in April after she posted a photo of herself from inside a women's bathroom in a government building in Charlotte, North Carolina, defying a controversial state law that mandates people use the bathrooms that match the biological sex they were assigned at birth. ... Read more

A Transgender Woman Just Made History at the Democratic National Convention (07/28/16) [9:34]

And Now: The "Closest, Nastiest, Most Unpredictable" Campaign You Can Imagine
ZeroHedge | author | 07/29/16

America's about to endure the closest, nastiest, most unpredictable presidential election in more than three decades. Not since Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan ran against each other in 1980 has the choice been so stark, the warnings from each candidate about the other so dire, the likely outcome so murky. As this year's political conventions end, there's no clear favorite. But watch the polls next week. The leader in the first polls conducted entirely after the convention ends has won the White House every time since 1948. ... Read more

Why Social Fragmentation Suits The Powers That Be
ZeroHedge | author | 07/29/16

Ours is an Age of Fracture (the 2011 book by Daniel Rodgers) in which "earlier notions of history and society that stressed solidity, collective institutions, and social circumstances gave way to a more individualized human nature that emphasized choice, agency, performance, and desire."

A society that is fragmenting into cultural groups that are themselves fracturing into smaller units of temporary and highly contingent solidarity is ideal for Elites bent on maintaining political and financial control.

A society that has fragmented into a media-fed cultural war of hot-button identity-gender-religious politics is a society that is incapable of resisting concentrations of power and wealth in the hands of the few at the expense of the many. ... Read more

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*Climate Change in Bangladesh (2016 ) [26:25]
Saudi Arabia Uncovered (2016) [52:24]
Living With ISIS (2016) [2:04:11]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 29 [10:31]
DN | Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman to Accept Major-Party Presidential Nomination in U.S. History (07/29/16) [5:28]
*DN | Kshama Sawant vs. Rebecca Traister on Clinton, DNC & Possibility of a Female President, Part 1 (07/29/16) [21:12], Part 2 [9:05]
DN | Nuns on the Bus at the DNC: Sister Simone Campbell on Abortion Rights, Wealth Gap, Kaine in Honduras (07/29/16) [17:06]
TRNN | Ex Counselor to Bill Clinton: Hillary's Economic Justice Incompatible with Her Corporate Relationships (07/29/16) [22:37]
TYT | President Obama's DNC Speech: So Good Even Republicans Liked It (07/28/16) [10:31]
TYT | The Best Way To Attack Donald Trump (07/28/16) [5:57]
*TYT | Trump's DNC Critique Is Textbook Projection (07/28/16) [6:24]
TYT | Why Andrew Cuomo Isn't Hillary's VP (07/28/16) [3:22]
RT | They discuss energy transition, San Diego's 2035 plan, walkable cities, and urban burbs. They also examine Saudi Arabia's plan to float Saudi Aramco and go solar. (E946) (07/28/16) [25:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Thom discusses whether the DNC will get rid of superdelegates with superdelegate Christine Pelosi, how Biden and Obama talked up Bernie Sanders in their speeches with The nation's John Nichols, and the contrast between the two conventions with Representative Mark Pocan. (full) (07/28/16) [57:42]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/29/16) [1hr]
Last night, as Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president, she called out to a diverse and optimistic nation, in stark contrast to Donald Trump's America. She urged Democrats to look to the future with courage and confidence--not fear. But she warned that the nation was at a "moment of reckoning." Her call for unity closed out a convention that began with a cyberhack that points to Russia and forced the resignation of Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Donald Trump says he was being sarcastic when he urged Russian hackers to hunt down Clinton's missing emails. And charges are dropped against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/29/16) [1hr]
American officials say they believe Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails. The U.N. expresses caution about a Russian plan to allow civilians and unarmed rebels to leave Aleppo, Syria. And Turkey ramps up a crackdown on the media and military. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Disunity among the Democrats (07/28/16) [25:00]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday July 28, 2016
News Articles
DNC Beatdown on 'Homegrown Demagogue' Obama: Trump's 'Not Really A Facts Guy'... Only Offers 'Slogans And Fear'... Kaine: 'A Slick-Talking, Empty-Promising, Self-Promoting, One-Man Wrecking Crew'... Panetta: 'Asked Our Troops To Commit War Crimes... Endorses Torture... Praises Dictators From Saddam To Putin'... Bloomberg: 'A Con'... Biden: Trump 'Has No Clue, Period'...

America Is Pretty Damn Great Already, Biden Says In Fiery DNC Speech
HP | Jeffrey Young | 07/27/16

The vice president warns Donald Trump will weaken American security and turn off allies.

Vice President Joe Biden offered a counterargument to the premise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's case for the White House with an emphatic declaration that the America is great already ? and that a Trump presidency would jeopardize that. ... Read more

TYT | TYT Summary: 2016 Democratic National Convention Day 3 (07/27/16) [14:29]
TYT | Joe Biden Speech At Democratic National Convention 2016. The Young Turks Reaction (07/28/16) [21:01]
TYT | Barack Obama Speech At Democratic National Convention 2016. The Young Turks Reaction (07/28/16) [45:05]

Mainstream Media May Never Understand Sanders' Political Revolution, but That's Not Stopping It from Spreading
AlterNet | Steven Rosenfeld | 07/27/16

It was the third daily press conference by the Bernie Delegates Network and dozens of political reporters were baffled by the answers they were hearing from the podium.

No, they won't tell anyone to stop dissenting on the convention floor. No, they were not satisfied with the platform changes and commitment to eliminate most of the superdelegates. Nor were many pleased with Tuesday's roll call where delegate vote totals for Sanders and Clinton were read, because they included superdelegates -- distorting the votes of the people. ... Read more

Credit Suisse: We Have Never Had So Many Traders Saying "We Are Totally Lost"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/28/16

In his latest Global Equity Strategy update piece, Credit Suisse strategist Andrew Garthwaite takes a random walk across Wall Street's trading desks, and confirms what many know: namely, that nobody actually knows anything. ...

"we have never had so many client meetings starting with statements such as 'we are totally lost'."
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Hand in the Wind by Bell Plaines (music)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 28 [11:33]
DN | Former VT Delegate Who Joined Sanders at Roll Call: "How Do We Move Forward Without Compromise?" (07/28/16) [21:28]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | WERD: The Lesser of Two Evils (06/28/16) [6:45]
TRNN | Linda Sarsour and T.M. Scruggs reac: Will Patriotism and Optimism Defeat Trump? (07/28/16) [23:55]
TRNN | Danny Glover: Democratic Party Leadership in Damage Control (07/28/16) [25:04]
TYT | Coalition Of 57 Explain Why Bernie Supporters Are Upset At DNC (07/28/16) [7:03]
RT | 'They have a history of corruption': Clinton Cash documentary author Peter Schweizer (07/27/16) [12:23]
"Clinton Cash" Documentary (07/23/16) [1:04:56]
Fact Sheet for "Clinton's Cash"
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Day Three At The DNC: President Obama Makes His Case For Hillary Clinton (07/28/16) [1hr]
If there were two unifying themes to the third night of the DNC it was this: why Donald Trump is not qualified to lead the country and why Hillary Clinton is. A series of speakers -- Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine -- hammered home both points and offered some of the most pointed attacks yet on the Republican nominee's character and credentials. But President Obama was the man of the night. He painted a hopeful and optimistic America which is in stark contrast to the one Donald Trump describes, and Obama delivered a full throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and her panel discuss the latest from the DNC.
*DR | The Lure Of Minimalism (07/28/16) [1hr]
A battle is being waged across the nation this summer -- in closets, garages, attics, even drawers. It's a struggle against...stuff. For some, the goal is to declutter, for others it's much more -- a desire to pare down on material objects and prioritize experiences instead. In a messy and complex world, many of us are seeking simplicity, but try as we may, getting it isn't simple. Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has sold nearly 6 million copies, while the duo known as "The Minimalists" attract 4 million visitors annually to their website and have just released a new film that tries to get us to focus on "the important things." The appeal of minimalism...and why it's so difficult to achieve.
Minimalism: A Documentary (trailer) (01/20/14) [1:10]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can the US and Russia sculpt a ceasefire in Syria? (07/26/16) [24:50]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday July 27, 2016
News Articles

Democratic Convention Day 2 Takeaways: History Is Made
NYTimes | Alexander Burns | 07/26/16

After formally voting to nominate Hillary Clinton, Democrats capped the occasion with a surprise appearance by their new standard-bearer. Mrs. Clinton briefly addressed the convention from New York, hailing the vote as a historic moment for American women.

  1. Bill Clinton's 'change' pitch - Former President Bill Clinton's speech offered an intimate tribute to Mrs. Clinton, describing for a rapt audience their courtship and early marriage -- and their upward climb together in politics.
  2. Leaning into the Russian connection - Mr. Trump was rarely mentioned on Tuesday night; the night's headliner, Mr. Clinton, did not mention him at all. But the most prominent speakers who went after Mr. Trump attacked him on a notable theme: his friendly stance toward President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
  3. A careful message on policing and civil rights - Republicans had a simple message last week on policing, led by Mr. Trump's blunt calls for stronger "law and order." Democrats had to deliver a more nuanced set of views -- voicing the party's mounting concerns about racial bias in policing, while paying tribute to law enforcement amid a rash of police killings.
  4. The revolution peters out - ??
  5. It was '90s night in Philadelphia - For a party with an image of relative youth and dynamism, the Democrats showcased a very familiar set of faces. At times, the speaking lineup could have come out of a Democratic convention in 1996 or 2000
Read more

TYT | Bernie Sanders Overpowers The Boos In Moving DNC Speech (07/26/16) [10:08]
TYT | Trump: "Pocahontas" Elizabeth Warren Has A Fresh Mouth (07/26/16) [3:54]
TYT | Protesting Bernie Sanders Delegates Speak Out (07/26/16) [12:55]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Democratic National Convention! (07/26/16) [5:36:35]

Durable Goods Orders Crash Most In 2 Years - Longest Non-Recessionary Streak Of Declines In US History
ZeroHedge | author |07/27/16

Despite the longest winning streak for US macro data in US history, Durable Goods Orders collapsed in June. The 4% MoM plunge (vs -1.4% exp) is the biggest drop since Aug 2014. This represents a 6.6% YoY crash - the biggest drop since July 2015. The drop appears driven by plunge in airplane orders (non-defense aircraft and parts). Worse still, core durable goods orders extended their annual declines to 18 months straight - the longest non-recessionary streak of declines in US history. ... Read more
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Deutsche Bank Profit Plunges 98% And The Worst Is Yet To Come
ZeroHedge | author |07/27/16

Never has Germany's lending giant Deutsche Bank looked this miserable, and according to its latest earnings release, the pain is set to get even worse. ... Read more

The Staggering, Semi-Secret, $70 Billion Annual U.S. Global Arms Business
AlterNet | William Hartung | 07/26/16

When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you'd expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It's good for one or two stories a year in the mainstream media, usually when the annual statistics on the state of the business come out.

It's not that no one writes about aspects of the arms trade. There are occasional pieces that, for example, take note of the impact of U.S. weapons transfers, including cluster bombs, to Saudi Arabia, or of the disastrousdispensation of weaponry to U.S. allies in Syria, or of foreign sales of the costly, controversial F-35 combat aircraft. And once in a while, if a foreign leader meets with the president, U.S. arms sales to his or her country might generate an article or two. ... Read more

DN | Who Should Bernie Voters Support Now? Robert Reich vs. Chris Hedges on Tackling the Neoliberal Order (07/26/16) [36:23]
DN | Jill Stein vs. Ben Jealous: Should Progressives Reject Hillary Clinton & Vote Green?, Part 1: (07/26/16) [26:45], Part 2 [7:59]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Hillary Clinton Answers Questions From Republicans (06/26/16) [6:52]
Stephen Colbert | Jeff Daniels on the Republican Party: "These Are The Guys Who Gave You Sarah Palin" (07/27/16) [7:48]
TRNN | Salon.com's Ben Norton says: 'Lesser of Two Evils' Argument Not Resonating with DNC Protestors (07/27/16) [8:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy talk to Das, author of 'A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future', about the structural changes needed to halt the decline in real wages. (E945) (07/26/16) [25:45]
RT | CrossTalk: Who would have thought Russia and Vladimir Putin would play such an important role in the American presidential election? The media treadmill claims Trump is under Putin's spell. And Hillary Clinton blames the Russian president for still another scandal. (07/27/16) [24:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Thom discusses the GOP neocons supporting Hillary Clinton with The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift, gun control and privacy issues with Senator Ron Wyden, and LGBT rights with Senator Tammy Baldwin. (full) (07/26/16) [56:57]
*DR | Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party (07/27/16) [1hr]
Day two of the Democratic National Convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage as party leaders scramble to gain the support of Bernie Sanders fans and present a united front against Republican nominee Donald Trump.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday July 26, 2016
News Articles

Michelle Obama: Who Do You Want As Your Children's Role Model?
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/25/16

First lady Michelle Obama on Monday asked Americans to decide who they want serving as a role model for their children ? Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

This election, Obama said during her speech at the Democratic National Convention, "is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives." ... Read more

TYT | TYT Summary: Democratic National Convention Day 1 (07/25/16) [12:21]
TYT | Tensions Flare On The Floor Of The 2016 Democratic National Convention (07/26/16) [8:42]
TYT | DWS Replacement Donna Brazile Also Against Bernie Wing Of Party (07/26/16) [6:10]
Aljazeera | UpFront: What does the world really think about a President Donald Trump? (07/23/16) [2:32]

Clinton Cash: "Devastating" Documentary Reveals How Clintons Went From "Dead Broke" To Mega Wealthy
ZeroHedge | author | 07/26/16

Clinton Cash, a feature documentary based on the Peter Schweizer book, has been posted to YouTube for all to view free just in time for the DNC. Clinton Cash investigates how Bill and Hillary Clinton went from being "dead broke" after leaving the White House to amassing a net worth of over $150 million, with over $2 billion in donations to their foundation. This wealth was accumulated during Mrs. Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State through lucrative speaking fees and contracts paid for by foreign companies and Clinton Foundation donors. ... Read more
"Clinton Cash" Documentary (07/23/16) [1:04:56]

Fact Sheet for "Clinton's Cash"

Islam Vs The West - Has A Neo-'Operation Gladio' Been Started?
magazine | author | date

How should France answer to the horror in Nice? The country is now deeply entrenched in a long-term war with few hopes of dodging future attacks. The anger of the French population is understandable. But booing a prime minister at the commemoration ceremony for the loss of innocent lives is not the smartest idea. No intelligence service could have prevented the Nice attack as nothing in the profile of the lunatic who drove over 84 people could have suggested a potential link to terrorism. -- Al Jazeera

We've been writing regularly about the meme of "evil Islam" and our perspective that it is propaganda -- a dominant social theme -- intended to create military tension, further authoritarianism and even, eventually, wider wars setting the West against Islam. ... Read more

Operation Gladio: The Secret War (older) [4:05]
At the close of WWII, US allies created secret, "stay-behind" armies, designed to protect the population in the event of a Communist invasion. So why are they linked with terrorist groups? What were these secret armies actually doing, and - perhaps more importantly - did they ever stop?
15 Years Of Terror: Timeline map of terrorist attacks since 2001 (07/25/16) [0:46]
DN | EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks' Julian Assange on Releasing DNC Emails That Ousted Debbie Wasserman Schultz (07/25/16) [16:17]
DN | Part 1: Clinton vs. Bernie Debate: As Turmoil Rocks Democrats, How Can Progressives Move Forward?, Part 1 (07/25/16) [10:37], Part 2 [8:06] TRNN | Portia Boulger, Featured in Viral Video Viewed by Millions, Explains her Anger at DNC (07/25/16) [13:24]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy talk first to Jeff Berwick of the Dollar Vigilante about Americans renouncing their citizenship as a solution to bank embargoes and double taxation. (E944) (07/23/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Debbie Done at DNC! (full) (07/25/16) [50:38]
Thom discusses the similarities between the 1968 presidential election and the 2016 race with former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, what Hillary's picking of Tim Kaine means with former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and the Koch Brothers role in last week's Republican Convention with the Center for Media and Democracy's Lisa Graves. Tonight's Progressive Roundtable discusses the resigning and booing of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, how the DNC voted to keep superdelegates, and why Michael Bloomberg is speaking at the DNC Convention.
*DR | Update On The Democratic National Convention (07/26/16) [1hr]
Democrats began their convention in Philadelphia struggling to unite behind Hillary Clinton, following email leaks that showed party officials tried to undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). But by the end of last night, a series of positive and personal speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) energized the crowd and tried to turn the focus toward uniting behind Clinton and defeating Donald Trump. But Sanders' impassioned support for Clinton still drew boos, and his supporters vowed to continue protesting today. Guest host Derek McGinty and guests discuss the latest on the Democratic National Convention and party efforts to unify behind Clinton.
DR | Matthew Dallek: "Defenseless Under The Night" (07/26/16) [1hr]
Historian Matthew Dallek looks at the history behind the Office of Civilian Defense, the country's first agency for homeland security, and the competing visions of those tasked with spearheading the department: New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Aljazeera | UpFront: Will Donald Trump win the US presidential election? (07/22/16) [24:52]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday July 25, 2016
News Articles

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns As Democratic Party Chair
HP | Marina Fang | 07/24/16

After mounting pressure from party officials, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday, sending the party into turmoil ahead of its convention this week.

In a statement, the Florida congresswoman said that she will step down immediately after the convention. "I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America's future. I look forward to serving as a surrogate for her campaign in Florida and across the country to ensure her victory," she said. "Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals is to step down as Party Chair at the end of this convention." ... Read more

How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President
defenseone.com | Patrick Tucker | 07/24/16

Evidence suggests that a Russian intelligence group was the source of the most recent Wikileaks intel dump, which was aimed to influence the U.S. election.

Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes, because that's what just happened.

On Friday, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. They reveal, among other things, thuggish infighting, a push by a top DNC official to use Bernie Sanders' religious convictions against him in the South, and attempts to strong-arm media outlets. In other words, they reveal the Washington campaign monster for what it is. ... Read more

Here's How Clinton and Trump Stack Up on National Security, Russia, ISIS and More
defenseone.com | Jonathan Masters | 07/24/16

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading architect of the Obama administration's strategic rebalance to Asia as well as the so-called "reset" in U.S. relations with Russia. Donald Trump is a prominent businessman and real estate mogul who has raised U.S. strength and competitiveness as chief issues and generated controversy over his views on immigration reform. Here's where they both stand on national defense, China, Iran, ISIS, North Korea, Russia, immigration and Cuba. ... Read more

Trump Surges In Latest CNN Poll, Takes 3 Point Lead Over Hillary
ZeroHedge | author | 07/25/16

Accelerating the post-Trump speech/RNC convention "bounce" we noted over the weekend, CNN today reports that Trump has taken a dramatic 48% - 45% head-to-head lead over Hillary in the latest CNN/ORC Poll, conducted July 22-24. This represents a substantial 6% surge in support for Trump since the last poll conducted on July 16, and opens up Trump's largest lead over Clinton since September 2015. ... Read more

Your Tim Kaine VP Primer: 7 Things You Should Know About Hillary Clinton's Running Mate
AlterNet | Justine Morris / Salon | 07/23/16

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday announced Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine is a more traditional (read: less progressive) politician than some of the other top picks, but also significantly less controversial. Here are some things you need to know about him:

  1. Kaine is currently the junior senator from Virginia, having been elected in 2012. Before that he served as the governor, lieutenant governor, and mayor of Richmond.
  2. He's Catholic, but interestingly, still pro-choice. While he has previously admitted to having "a faith-based opposition to abortion".
  3. One of the things that put Kaine over the edge in terms of a strong VP pick is the fact that he's from Minnesota, but has served Virginia, which should help strengthen Clinton's position in battleground states in both the South and Midwest.
  4. He speaks fluent Spanish -- he has delivered speeches on the Senate floor in Spanish.
  5. Kaine supports strong action on climate change, decrying both climate change deniers and what he has termed "leadership deniers."
  6. He's been married to his wife, Anne Bright Holton, since 1984. They met while at Harvard Law and she is currently serving as the Secretary of Education in Virginia. The couple has three children together.
  7. Kaine is a member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, and opposed the Obama administration's efforts to use the existing Authorization for Use of Military Force to expand action against ISIS in Iraq.
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Noam Chomsky: America Is on the Decline - Guess Who's to Blame?
AlterNet | Alexandra Rosenmann | 07/15/16

"The United States is a victim of self-inflicted wounds which are significantly harming the economy and society in many ways," Chomsky recently stated, though he also admitted that, "even with the neoliberal policies, since President Reagan and comparable to Europe, The US remains, in realistic terms, the richest country in the world and has enormous advantages Still a position of overwhelming power, but "not as what it was, in particular, with regard to Latin America." ...

... "Anyone who's not living under a rock knows that we're facing potential environmental catastrophe and not in the distant future. All over the world, it's the indigenous communities trying to hold us back: first nations in Canada, indigenous people in Bolivia, aboriginies in Australia, tribal people in India. It's phenomenal all over the world that those who we call 'primitive are trying to save those of us who we call 'enlightened' from total disaster," said Chomsky. ... Read more

Noam Chomsky on the economic war on Latin America (07/13/16) [41:10]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 25 [11:31]
John Oliver - LastWeekTonight
*John Oliver | Republican National Convention (07/24/16) [11:31]
Samantha Bee - Full Frontal
Samantha Bee | RNCinCLE Check-in Day 4 (07/21/16) [1:29]
Samantha Bee | Nice to Meet You, America (07/21/16) [8:11]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses whether Turkey's failed coup was a false flag operation, a badly botched but real attempt providing Erdogan an opportunity to purge the Turkish state of its secular components (07/25/16) [12:03]
TRNN | People for Bernie Call For Civil Disobedience at the DNC (07/23/16) [14:46]
TRNN | DNC - Protest Rally Day 1 (07/24/16) [2:45:54]
TRNN | A new promo video from Paul Jay and the TRNN team (07/23/16) [7:20]
TYT | Wikileaks Proves DNC Conspired Against Bernie Sanders! (07/23/16) [5:02]
TYT | Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns, Sanders Fans React (07/24/16) [1:58]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention (07/25/16) [1hr]
The Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Philadelphia after a weekend of headlines -- some welcomed by the party, some not so much. On Saturday Hillary Clinton celebrated her chosen running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, in front of TV cameras in Florida. But the mood turned darker just a day later when Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the release of nearly 20,000 leaked party emails. Some of them indicated favoritism toward Clinton as she battled Bernie Sanders for the party nomination. We talk about the email controversy, the vice presidential candidate and what to expect at the convention this week.
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PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday July 22, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE... DARK... H.W. Speechwriter: 'Very Dark And Frightening'... Garry Kasparov: Sounded Straight Out Of Russia... David Duke: 'Couldn't Have Said It Better!'... Speech Riddled With Inaccuracies... Andrew Sullivan: 'Massive Lies And Distortions, Crammed With Incoherence'... Republicans Have Made A World-Historical Mistake...
TYT | Donald Trump Republican National Convention Speech TYT Summary (07/21/16) [13:23]
TYT | Trump Threatens To Ignore NATO Treaty Unless Countries Pay Money (07/21/16) [12:25]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Republican National Convention!, Part 4 (07/21/16) [6:00:20]
Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher Live RNC Special Edition: July 21 (07/21/16) [29:15]

The Day After Ron Johnson Spoke At The RNC, He Learned The Koch Brothers Had Ditched Him
HP | author | date

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) has been trailing his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold for much of the campaign, but Republicans have held out hope that outside money could close the gap.

Those hopes took quite a blow on Wednesday, the day after Johnson addressed the Republican National Convention. The Koch-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund, which had previously reserved $2.2 million in air time for Johnson, yanked its ad buy completely. ... Read more

Donald Trump
His paternal granddad -- who came to America at 16 with little more than a name he later changed -- lived a true rags-to-riches life, leaving his widow and three kids a modest fortune when he died, new records show.

Fred Trump, born Friedrich Drumpf, in Kallstadt, Germany, in 1869, had an estate worth $500,000 in today's dollars when he died in Queens on May 30, 1918, at age 49.

Trumped - A Nation On The Brink Of Ruin... And How To Bring It Back
ZeroHedge | author | 07/22/16

"... the real disease is bad money and towering debts. The actual culprits are the Wall Street/Washington policy elites who have embraced statist solutions which aggrandize their own power and wealth. That much, at least, Donald Trump has right." ... Read more

Trump's Lackey Just THREATENED Republican Delegates!!
thepoliticalinsider.com | author | date

Whenever there is a dirty political trick that benefits the Trump campaign but isn't directly connected to the campaign, you can be sure that his longtime friend and scumbag lackey Roger Stone is involved.

Trump ostentatiously "fired" Roger Stone at the beginning of the campaign, but he's been causing a ruckus to help Trump ever since. His latest is a brazen threat of violence against Republican delegates who don't do what the thug Trump campaign wants them to do. ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's the Republicans' message by nominating Trump? (07/21/16) [25:25]
Aljazeera | The Caliph: Division, Part 2 (07/22/16) [48:43]
For almost 13 centuries, from the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 to the overthrow of the last Ottoman caliph in 1924, the Islamic world was ruled by a caliph.

Translated from the Arabic 'Khalifa', the word 'caliph' means successor or deputy. The caliph was considered the successor to the Prophet Muhammad. It is a term that has, at times, been abused.

In June 2014, a militant group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL or ISIS) declared the establishment of a caliphate and proclaimed its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a caliph. This proclamation was rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.

ISIL had attempted to appropriate a title imbued with religious and political significance -- and in doing so had cast a dark shadow over a rich history.

This is the story of the caliph, a title that originated 1,400 years ago and that spanned one of the greatest empires the world has ever known.

The Caliph: Foundation, Part 1 () [48:55]
DN | Have You Seen George W. Bush? John Kasich? John McCain? Looking for the GOP No-Shows at the RNC (07/21/16) [7:01]
*DN | Did Donald Trump Pick Mike Pence to Appease the Koch Brothers & the Religious Right? (07/21/16) [6:50]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*ColbertReport | Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert's Late Show Desk (06/21/16) [13:30]
*TRNN | Bill Black responds to House Speaker Paul Ryan's speech, and says the RNC chairperson has created a false image about the reality of unemployment, interest rates, and inflation (07/22/16) [11:43]
TRNN | Norman Solomon of Bernie Delegates Network say: Many Sanders Delegates Ready to Fight Over VP Pick (0722/16) [18:52]
TRNN | Paul Jay says: Donald Trump, The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches (07xx/16) [5:37]
TYT | Matt Taibbi: The GOP Killed Itself, Democrats More Smug Than Ever (07/21/16) [4:51]
TYT | What Will Happen At The Democratic National Convention (07/21/16) [6:25]
RT | CrossTalk: Post-coup attempt realities: With Turkish President Erdogan firmly in control, he has demanded a cleansing of the military and many social institutions. What kind of Turkey does he intend to create? (07/21/16) [23:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Trump Is Changing on Global Trade... (07/21/16) [11:36]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/22/16) [1hr]
Note: video starts at 8:00m on the Progressbar
The Republican National Convention ends with a divided GOP. Hillary Clinton prepares to select her running mate. And Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/22/16) [1hr]
Turkey declares a state of emergency and arrests thousands after a failed coup. Donald Trump suggests he'd put conditions on protecting NATO allies. And Russia loses an appeal in a sports doping case. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday July 21, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
Ted Cruz... 'Vote Your Conscience'... Delegates Go Nuclear... 'One State Chairman Had To Be Held Back'... Heidi Cruz Escorted Off Floor By Security For Her Own Safety... Cruz Buries The Hatchet -- In Trump's Back... Report: Trump Team 'Actively Whipped' Uproar... PHOTO: Trumps Frozen With Fury... Cruz 'Turned Away' By Sheldon Adelson... Christie Rages: 'Awful And A Disgrace'... Ivanka 'Stonefaced'... Peter King Lashes Out: Cruz 'A Fraud And Self-Centered Liar'... 'Forfeited All Right To Ever Be Considered For President'...

*The Cruz Fallout: "An Extraordinary Scene The Like Of Which Has Not Been Seen In A Generation"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/21/16

"The Republican National Convention careened off the rails on Wednesday night as Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump from the stage and was met with deafening boos. It was an extraordinary scene of disunity, the like of which has not been seen at a party convention in a generation." ... Read more

TYT | TYT Summary Of Day 3 Of The 2016 Republican National Convention (07/21/16) [22:15]
TYT | Ted Cruz BOOED Off Stage At RNC (07/21/16) [7:01]
TYT | Newt Gingrich: Every American Should Be Terrified (07/21/16) [2:57]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the RNC! - Part 3 (full) (07/20/16) [5:40:35]
Rogue: Astronaut Cuts Trump Endorsement From Original Speech

Trump Campaign Trying to Silence 'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter?
NBC News | author | date

Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal," told MSNBC Wednesday that the Trump campaign sent him a cease and desist letter in response to his comments about the Republican candidate. Schwartz, a former journalist, was employed by Trump to ghostwrite his memoir in 1987. In an interview with MSNBC, Schwartz described the Republican candidate for president as "having no heart and no soul."

The writer told the New Yorker this month that he genuinely believes "if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization." ... Read more

Bill O'Reilly Reveals How Trump Can Defeat Clinton (07/20/`6) [1:51]

DOJ Moves To Seize Stolen Money Used To Finance 'Wolf Of Wall Street'
HP & Reuters | author | 07/20/16

U.S. prosecutors sued on Wednesday to seize more than $1 billion in assets they said were tied to an international scheme to launder money stolen from the Malaysian state fund 1MDB, which was overseen by Prime Minister Najib Razak, and used to finance the Hollywood film "Wolf of Wall Street" and to buy property and famous works of art.

Civil lawsuits filed in federal court did not name Najib, referring instead to "Malaysian Official 1." Some of the allegations against this official are the same as those in a Malaysian investigation over a $681 million transfer to his personal bank account. The sovereign wealth fund 1MDB and the Malaysian prime minister's office had no immediate comment. Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 21 [12:33]
DN | Chris Christie Stages Mock Trial of Hillary Clinton Despite Corruption Charges Dogging His Own Staff (07/20/16) [12:02]
One of the most animated moments of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night came during a speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a finalist to be Donald Trump's running mate. Christie staged a mock trial of Hillary Clinton. During his speech about Hillary Clinton, Republican delegates repeatedly broke into chants of "Lock her up!" But Christie is immersed in his own scandal. Five of the governor's appointees have drawn the attention of federal prosecutors over corruption allegations. and one of his close allies has just pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges. After Christie's speech, Hillary Clinton tweeted, "If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you." We speak with Bob Hennelly, a political analyst and investigative reporter in New Jersey.
DN | Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights (07/20/16) [13:44]
We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women's access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
TRNN | Retired police Neill Franklin and Michael Woods Jr. discusses: Baltimore Cops React to RNC Sheriff Clark and Obama's Call for 'Goodwill and Open Hearts' (07/21/16) [25:21]
TRNN | Protesters Build Human Wall Around the RNC (07/21/16) [2:03]
*RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy talk first to former banker, now author, Nomi Prins, about a solution to the revolving door between Wall Street and DC. They discuss whether or not Hillary Clinton's highly paid speeches to Goldman Sachs matter and whether or not Wall Street expects anything in return for its contributions to her campaign. (E943) (07/21/16) [25:47]
RT | CrossTalk: An international tribunal in The Hague has ruled overwhelmingly against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. Beijing not only rejects this ruling, it even refused to participate in this case. (07/20/16) [23:41]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Latest From Cleveland: The GOP's Challenge To Unify And Expand Its Appeal (07/21/16) [1hr]
This week's GOP convention highlights fractures in the Republican party. Now with its nominee Donald Trump officially chosen, the party tries to unify and broaden its appeal beyond its base that many say is too dominated by white men. Updates from Cleveland, and where the GOP goes from here.
DR | Latest From Cleveland: The GOP's Challenge To Unify And Expand Its Appeal (07/21/16) [1hr]
Since the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling six years ago, the flow of so-called dark money into federal elections has been well documented. A much less recognized phenomenon is spending by outside groups in state and local elections -- mayoral races, public utility commission contests, school board votes. In 2014 the amount spent by unidentified donors on these smaller stages was nearly 40times the amount spent just four years earlier. And, critics say, a little money in these elections can go a very long way. A discussion about concerns over money and influence in state and local politics.
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PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday July 20, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
DONALD J. WHO?... GOP NOMINATES TRUMP -- AND THEN IGNORES HIM... RNC NIGHT 2: Speakers Spend More Time Bashing Clinton Than Praising Trump... Ryan And McConnell Barely Mention His Name... Hillary Hate Turned Up To 11... MOB JUSTICE: Convention Convulses With 'Lock Her Up' Chants... Christie Blames Clinton For Kidnappings... And Attempts Show Trial... Carson Ties Clinton To Lucifer...

Donald Trump's Running Mate Is Still A Mystery To Most Republicans
HP | Amanda Terkel | 07/20/16

Donald Trump managed to pick a running mate who is, in many ways, his complete opposite. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is low-key and liked by the establishment, and has spent his career focused on social issues like fighting abortion and gay rights. And unlike the famous real estate mogul, most people have no idea who Pence is.

"I had never heard of him," said Caroline Curtis, 19, a delegate aid from Firestone, Colorado. "From what I can tell, from just a few little interviews I've seen, he seems OK." ... Read more

*TYT | TYT Summary Of Day 2 Of The 2016 Republican National Convention (07/20/16) [22:31]
TYT | Live from the RNC - Day 1 (full) (07/18/16) [5:30:37]
TYT | Live from the RNC - Day 2 (full) (07/19/16) [5:30:42]

Earth Just Experienced The Hottest June Ever Recorded
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 07/20/16

This marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking global temperatures.

Last month was the hottest June ever recorded, according to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This marks the 14th month in a row that global heat records have been broken. It's the longest streak of record-breaking temperatures since reporting began in 1880.

... The scorching temperatures of the past several months were partly fueled by this year's powerful El Nińo. However, these effects have been fading in strength, clearly revealing the impact of global warming. ... Read more
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The Oddly "Inconsistent" Event That Has Turkey Wondering If The Entire Coup Was Staged
ZeroHedge | author | 07/20/16

According to the official narrative, there was an attack on Saturday morning by helicopter-borne commandos against a resort hotel in Marmaris. Erdogan was meant to be staying there. But the attack took place nearly an hour after every news channel in Turkey beamed images of Mr Erdogan addressing the nation from the airport in Istanbul, some 750km away. ... Read more

A Failed Coup, An Unrecognized Republic, And Triggers For A Global Economic Meltdown
ZeroHedge | author | 07/20/16

The country is one giant powder keg... and the fuse is already lit. I'm talking about Turkey. When the next global crisis explodes, there's a good chance Turkey will be involved somehow. Turkey was founded from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. It's where Europe meets Asia. Naturally, it's a geopolitically significant country. Today, it's at the epicenter of many crises that are destabilizing the world... the migrant disaster in Europe, the ongoing carnage in Iraq and Syria, the conflict with ISIS, and the new Cold War with Russia.

Bad Blood -- There's one aspect of Turkey and its myriad of crises that nobody is talking about. That brings us to Greece, Turkey's historical rival, and where a number of the coup plotters fled after their recent failed putsch. It's no secret that the Greeks and Turks have been at each other's throats since at least the 16th century. ... Read more

Remember to Buckle-up
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 20 [10:37]
*DN | John Nichols: The GOP is More United in Disdain for Hillary Clinton Than in Support for Donald Trump (07/20/16) [11:09]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*ColbertReport | Day 1: So Much Drama In The RNC (06/18/16) [7:38]
ColbertReport | The RNC Is Like Christmas In July (07/19/16) [3:12]
ColbertReport | Hungry For Power Games: Republican National Convention Edition (07/18/16) [4:25]
TRNN | Jill Stein, Leader of the Green Party: RNC Celebrating the 'Theatre of the Absurd' (07/20/16) [14:51]
TRNN | Scholar Henry Giroux discusses: Trump and the Fascistization of America, Part 1 (07/20/16) [20:03]
TRNN | Scholar Henry Giroux discusses: Trump and the Enablers of American Authoritarianism, Part 2 (07/20/16) [23:06]
TYT | RNC Speaker: Obama Is A Muslim (07/20/16) [7:50]
TYT | Iowa Rep Steve King: "Sub-Groups" Don't Contribute To Civilization (07/20/16) [19:25]
TYT | Melania's Plagiarism: Republicans Squirm To Change Subject (07/20/16) [7:25]
TYT | Republicans Plagiarized A LOT Of Lines At RNC (07/20/16) [10:05]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Republican National Convention: Analysis Of Trump's Plans For The Economy And Creating Jobs (07/20/16) [1hr]
It's official. Donald Trump is the Republican Party's nominee for president. The theme of the second night of the convention was billed as "Make America Work Again." But jobs and the economy were far from front and center. Instead, speakers such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blasted Hillary Clinton. And Donald Trump's children told stories portraying him as a caring father and steadfast businessman. Guest host Frank Sesno and his panel discuss the Republican National Convention -- and how Trump's campaign messaging resonates with voters.
*DR | Environmental Outlook: New Efforts To Save African Lions (07/20/16) [1hr]
The trophy killing of Cecil the Lion last year by an American dentist in Zimbabwe brought new attention to the plight of African lions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave legal protection to African lions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and several airlines have since banned shipments of trophies of lions and other big game. Yet many conservationists and big cat experts says the real threat to lions is habitat loss and communities who retaliate -- and understandably so -- against these big cats who kill their livestock. Guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of guests look at new efforts to save lions.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Bill Maher | on Saudi involvement in 9/11: 28 pages prove 'we definitely attacked the wrong country' () [8:52]
Top 10 Fastest Computers in the World 2016, and How much faster is a supercomuter than a PC or iPad (02/19/16) [9:26]

Tuesday July 19, 2016
News Articles

GOP Convention Speakers Declare Everything Is Awful, Then Go On To Prove It
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/19/16

Even with appearances by pop stars, the first night of the convention mostly dwelled on fear and disaster.

But the real crazy on display Monday wasn't the funny kind: It was the convention speakers' dark view of an America teetering on the brink of failure that can only be saved by a Trumpian vision of exclusion and division.

The stated theme of the convention's opening night was "Make America Safe Again." But the real theme was fear. ... Read more

TYT | TYT Summary Of Day 1 Of The 2016 Republican National Convention (07/18/16) [13:02]

Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All
Newyorker | Jane Mayer | date

"The Art of the Deal" made America see Trump as a charmer with an unfailing knack for business. Tony Schwartz helped create that myth -- and regrets it.

Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz's sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day's big news: Donald J. Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated.

... "I put lipstick on a pig," he said. "I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is." He went on, "I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization." ... Read more

First Ever Secretary-General Debate in the UN's 70 Year's History.
Watch the first ever Secretary-General debate in the UN's 70 year's history. (07/18/16) [2:25:35]

Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers
ZeroHedge | author | 07/19/16

In an unprecedented move, Erdogan has taken his putsch to the next level, and after sacking 20,000 government workers, army, police and ministry workers, he has purged a mind-blowing 40,000 educators working for Turkey's private school and univeristy system. ... Read more

Erdogan Goes Too Far, Market Warns As Lira, Turkish ETF Suddenly Tumble
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's behind Turkey's failed coup? (07/16/16) [25:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What will Turkey's failed coup mean for its relations? (07/18/16) [25:10]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Forgotten History of WWII (07/18/16) [7:23]
Roger Thiel, America's Homefront Air War: the Civil Air Patrol against German submarines in World War II joins Thom. When Americans think of World War Two - they probably think of the beaches of Normandy - the jungles of the South Pacific or the deserts of North Africa. But did you know that some of the most epic moments of the Second World War happened right off the coast of the US?
HC | Hitler's Plans for North America | World War 2 () [52:10]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 19 [11:10]
*Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Full Frontal | with Samantha Bee at The Republican National Convention (07/18/16) [8:16]
*At the evangelical convention in Colorado, Christians remind us to "love they neighbor, as long as they're not a Muslim." (07/18/16) [4:36]
Cleveland is totally 100% definitely maybe almost sort of mostly prepared for the RNC. (07/18/16) [7:45]
TRNN | Baris Karaagac and Ariel Salzmann discuss the July 15th coup attempt and say the Turkish president will use the crisis to eliminate all dissent from the judiciary and the military (07/19/16) [14:35]
TRNN | Journalist Amber Stearns says: Who is Trump VP Pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence? (07/19/16) [10:21]
TYT | "The Art Of The Deal" Ghostwriter Speaks Out Against Trump (07/18/16) [2:49]
TYT | #GOPSoWhite: Paul Ryan's Selfie With Interns Goes Viral (07/18/16) [6:20]
*RT | Keiser Report: Dmitry Orlov, author of The Collapse Gap, about a "pathway to a different future." Orlov suggests that "150 strong" can solve many of the problems present in our economies and societies (E942) (07/19/16) [25:44]
*DR | Update On The GOP Convention In Cleveland (07/19/16) [1hr]
The 2016 Republican convention began last night with a focus on security anxieties, sharp attacks on Hillary Clinton, and support for traditional social policies. Melania Trump, wife of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, provided a respite from the largely negative perspectives offered by other speakers on America's place in the world, U.S. immigration policies that compromise our safety and accusations that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton belongs behind bars, but there are charges of plagiarism: Join us for an update on the convention and GOP's quest for party unity.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday July 18, 2016
News Articles

3 Officers Dead, 3 Injured In Baton Rouge Shooting
HP | Nina Golgowski | 07/17/16

One witness says men were shooting at each other in a parking lot and "it turned into a gun battle" when police showed up.

Three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, officers were killed and another three were injured Sunday while responding to a shooting in the city, less than two weeks after a local man was shot to death by police in a case that drew national attention. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, speaking at an afternoon press conference, said a gunman responsible for the killings was fatally shot by responding officers within minutes of the first 911 calls just before 9 a.m. ... Read more

Murdered Baton Rouge Cop's Sister: "It's Coming To The Point Where No Lives Matter"

US Declassifies Secret 9/11 Documents Known as the '28 Pages'
ABC NEws | Justin Fishel | 07/15/16

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia. Former Sen. Bob Graham, one of the authors of the report produced by the Joint Congressional Inquiry in December of 2002, had been pushing for the classified pages to be released since the day they were made secret. He said he still harbors suspicion that these men were being helped by senior Saudi connections and told CBS News in April it is "implausible" to believe these two hijackers "could've carried out such a complicated task without some support from within the United States."

The declassified documents are also of great interest to the lawyers representing family members of 9/11 victims who have brought a lawsuit against the Saudi government, alleging it provided financial support to al-Qaeda. They feel unseen evidence in these documents pointing to Saudi involvement could bolster their case. ... Read more

28 Pages - declassified.pdf
Trump's Ghostwriter: If He 'Gets The Nuclear Codes... It Will Lead To The End Of Civilization'

Turkish Prosecutors Raid Incirlik Airbase Housing US Warplanes And 50 Nuclear Bombs
ZeroHedge | author | 07/18/16

The saga surrounding the Turkish Incirlik air base, which is not only the headquarters to the US 39th Air Base Wing but also vaults over 50 B1 nuclear bombs, and is critical to all US missions not only against ISIS but the entire middle east continues. Moments ago, Turkey's state-run news agency says seven prosecutors, charged with investigating a foiled coup, have entered the Incirlik Air Base. ... Read more

Turkish Stocks Crash Most In 3 Years, Give Up Brexit Gains

We've Entered An Era Of Rising Instability And Uncertainty
ZeroHedge | author | 07/18/16

And there you have our future, visible in the 13th, 16th and 18th century price-revolution waves which preceded ours. It is hubris in the extreme to think we have somehow morphed into some new kind of humanity far different from those people who tore down the Bastille in a great frustrated rage at prices for energy and bread they could no longer afford. ... Read more
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The Untold Truth Of NCIS (07/12/16) [5:24]

Meet CHIP, the $9 computer
extremetech.com | author | older, 05/12/15

Next Thing's CHIP could be the next big little thing: A $9 literally chip-sized BYOP (Bring Your Own Peripherals) computer that runs a variant of Debian Linux. The hardware design is Open Hardware, meaning you can study and learn how it works and modify the design, if you want to fabricate your own tiny computer. With nearly a month of backing left, it's nearing $1 million in Kickstarter funding -- far exceeding its target goal of $50,000. Read more
Chip The 9 Dollar Computer () [1:37]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 18 [14:06]
*TRNN | Turkey in Crisis: Understanding the Erdogan/ Gulen Split (07/16/16) [23:11]
TRNN | Odious Debt and the Betrayal of the Popular Will in Greece (07/18/16) [25:35]
TRNN | Gerald Epstein discusses: his new report titled 'Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance', which describes how the financial system is a net drag on the American economy (07/18/16) [11:35]
TRNN | Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches (07/16/16) [5:37]
TYT | Pokémon Go EXPLAINED (07/17/16) [4:57]
TYT | "Trumpified" Republican Platform: Less Porn More Wall (07/17/16) [4:11]
TYT | Why Megachurch Pastor Would Vote Trump Over Jesus (07/17/16) [4:58]
*RT | In this special episode of the 2016 Summer Solutions series of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy talk to Dr. Michael Hudson about a solution to prevent the debt parasites from sucking the life force from the productive economy. (E941) (07/17/16) [25:45]
*RT | CrossTalk: Turkey on the brink: after a failed coup attempt the country is in disarray. And President Erdogan is exacting his revenge against the military and those deemed disloyal. Where does Turkey go now? (07/18/16) [24:11]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Military Coup Underway in Turkey (full) (07/16/16) [57:55
*DR | Aftermath Of The Failed Coup In Turkey And The Bastille Day Attack In France (07/18/16) [1hr]
It's been a bloody few weeks in the U.S.--and across the globe. France is once again grieving after 84 people were killed when an attacker plowed a truck through a crowd of revelers in Nice. Then just hours later, news out of Turkey: a coup attempt, which ultimately failed--but not before more than 250 people lost their lives. We look at what happened in both places and what the events mean for U.S. security.
*DR |Republican National Convention: The Week Ahead In Cleveland (07/18/16) [1hr]
The Republican National Convention begins Monday at a moment when the national mood is one of fear and mourning. Sunday brought more police-related violence, with three officers shot dead and several more wounded in Baton Route, Louisiana--the same city where Alton Sterling was killed by police two weeks ago. More and more, the presidential candidates are forced to put issues of gun violence and racial tension front and center. We'll talk about what we're likely to see this week from Donald Trump, the delegates and the Republican Party.
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday July 15, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
MILE-LONG RAMPAGE TRUCK DRIVER ID'ED 84 Dead... 50 In Critical Condition... Dozens Injured... At Least 50 Children Hospitalized... French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel Identified As Driver... Horrifying Video Shows Truck Heading Toward Crowd... Witnesses Relive The Horror: 'Carnage On The Road'... 'Bodies Everywhere'... Killer Drove With Lights Off To Maximize Body Count... Was A Local Resident... AFP: Authorities Raided His Apartment... Truck Loaded With Guns, Grenades... Some Were Fake... Unknown Motive... No Groups Have Claimed Responsibility...

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel Identified As Driver Of Truck In Nice Attack
HP | Michael McLaughlin | 07/15/16

A truck driver who killed and injured dozens in Nice, France, on Thursday has been identified as a 31-year-old French-Tunisian named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, according to French media and CBS News. He was from the Tunisian town of Msaken, Reuters reports.

The white truck barreled into a large crowd that had gathered on a promenade to watch a Bastille Day fireworks display in the Mediterranean city. Witnesses said bodies were scattered over a mile down the road. The driver stopped and bolted out of the truck to shoot at pedestrians, according to the TV station French 24. ... Read more

RT | Nice attack eyewitness: 'Everybody ran for shelter' (07/14/16) [2:01]
TYT | BREAKING: Dozens Killed In Truck Attack In France (07/14/16) [8:29]

*A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives
NYTimes | Louise Story | older 12/11/10

On the third Wednesday of every month, the nine members of an elite Wall Street society gather in Midtown Manhattan. The men share a common goal: to protect the interests of big banks in the vast market for derivatives, one of the most profitable -- and controversial -- fields in finance. They also share a common secret: The details of their meetings, even their identities, have been strictly confidential.

Drawn from giants like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the bankers form a powerful committee that helps oversee trading in derivatives, instruments which, like insurance, are used to hedge risk. ... Read more

Bank's Money-Making Machine | NYTimes | older 12/12/10

*Derivatives, The Breakfast of Banksters
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Michele Bachmann Says Jews Will Be Free To Say 'Merry Christmas' When Donald Trump Is President
magazine | author | date

Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) returned to the spotlight this week with an unusual definition of "religious liberty." Apparently, it's a land where people of all faiths can come together and say "Merry Christmas."

Over the weekend, Bachmann told right-wing radio host Jan Markell that Donald Trump "gets and understands religious liberty." To show how much Trump "gets and understands" it, Bachmann shared an anecdote she said came from a meeting with the reality-TV-star-turned-GOP-presidential-candidate.

"He even said, 'I don't understand, when I was growing up, everybody said Merry Christmas. Even my Jews would say Merry Christmas,'" she explained. "'New York City, there are a lot of Jews, and they would even say Merry Christmas. Why can't we even say Merry Christmas anymore?'"

Bachmann also said Trump had "1950s sensibilities" and "1950s common sense," and warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would bring "certain destruction" and "catastrophic decline" and a "godless United States that will walk into certain catastrophe." ... Read more
TYT | Bachman Desperately Tries Selling Trump To Evangelicals (07/14/16) [5:42]

America's a Super Power -- But What Does That Mean If the Entire World Is Falling Apart?
AlterNet | Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch | 07/14/16

Vladimir Putin recently manned up and admitted it. The United States remains the planet's sole superpower, as it has been since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. "America," the Russian president said, "is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 15 [7:52]
*DN | As Bastille Day Attack in France Kills 84, Is the War on Terror a "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy"? (07/15/16) [12:17]
*DN | Exclusive: Meet Yale Dishwasher Corey Menafee, Who Smashed Racist Stained-Glass Window (07/15/16) [11:11]
DN | Craig Steven Wilder on How Georgetown & U.S. Catholic Church Expanded Thanks to Slave Holdings (07/15/16) [2:19]
TRNN | Dr. Joeri Rogelj discusses: Countries' Pledges to Cut Emissions Won't Stay Within 2 Degrees Limit Set by UN Paris Agreement (07/15/16) [6:05]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Responds To Supporters Who Feel Betrayed By Hillary Endorsement (07/14/16) [4:25]
*TYT | Trump's Running Mate: Who Is Mike Pence? (07/14/16) [9:21]
TYT | Why Mike Pence's Nomination Is TERRIBLE For Women (07/14/16) [7:10]
RT | activist Bianca Jagger discusses: Chilcot report didn't address key issue why did UK & US really go to war (07/14/16) [15:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | How to Rein In the Robber Barons Again (07/15/16) [6:54]
While workers are only earning 10% more than they did in 1978 - top CEOs like Jamie Dimon are earning over 940% more today than they would have back then. I'll tell you how we can rein in these modern day robber barons - in tonight's Daily Take.
ThomHartmann | Are the Bubbles About to Burst? (07/15/16) [11:05]
...
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/15/16) [1hr]
U.S. leaders react to an apparent terror attack in Nice, France that killed at least 80. Citing the tragedy, Donald Trump delays the announcement of his Vice Presidential pick. Ahead of next week's Republican National Convention, new polls show the race between Trump and Hillary Clinton is tightening. In a speech in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders endorses Clinton and vows to help keep Trump out of the White House. And across the country, a week of mourning: funerals are held for Dallas police officers killed in last week's shooting, and for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the two men shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/15/16) [1hr]
A truck drives into a crowd at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France killing over 80. The French president is calling it a terror attack. Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May appoints her cabinet. Boris Johnson, the leading pro-Brexit supporter, gets the job of foreign secretary. An international tribunal at The Hague rejects China's claims to rights in the South China Sea. In Venezuela, where food shortages are growing worse, the military is put in charge of the distribution of food and medicine. And after days of bloodshed there's a fragile truce in South Sudan. Diane and her guests discuss the international week in news.
Aljazeera | The Caliph - Part 1: Foundation - Featured Documentary (07/14/16) [48:54]
Aljazeera | 101 East: Afghanistan: Medics Under Fire (07/14/16) [25:45]
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The Writing Is On The Wall (Again)
ZeroHedge | author | 07/15/16

Yesterday, the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high. And the Dow just hit a new record close as well. If you haven’t sold yet, dear reader, this may be one of the best times ever to do so. ... Read more


Thursday July 14, 2016
News Articles

Robert Reich: 7 of the Big Legacies of Bernie Sanders' Historic Campaign
AlterNet | Robert Reich / RobertReich.org | 07/12/16

Bernie Sanders's campaign is now officially over, but the movement he began is still just beginning. He's provided it seven big legacies:

  1. Bernie has helped open America's eyes to the power of big money corrupting our democracy and thereby rigging our economy to its advantage and everyone else's disadvantage.
  2. Bernie has shown that it's possible to win elections without depending on big money from corporations, Wall Street, and billionaires.
  3. Bernie has educated millions of Americans about why we must have a single-payer health-care system and free tuition at public universities, and why we must resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act and bust up the biggest banks.
  4. The Sanders campaign has brought millions of young people into politics, ignited their energy and enthusiasm and idealism.
  5. The movement Bernie ignited has pushed Hillary Clinton to take more progressive positions on issues ranging from the minimum wage to the Trans Pacific Partnership, the XL Pipeline, Wall Street, and Social Security.
  6. He's taught Americans how undemocratic the Democratic Party's system for picking candidates really is.
  7. Seventh is the real possibility Bernie has inspired of a third party -- if the Democratic Party doesn't respond to the necessity of getting big money out of politics and reversing widening inequality, if it doesn't begin to advocate for a single-payer healthcare system, or push hard for higher taxes on the wealthy - including a wealth tax - to pay for better education and better opportunities for everyone else, ...
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Massive heat dome forecast to bake much of U.S. by late next week
WashingtonPost | Jason Samenow | 07/13/16/span>

A huge, hot area of high pressure is forecast to develop over the central United States next week, which may result in the nation's most significant heat wave of the summer.

... It is too soon to say exactly how hot temperatures will be, but initial indications are that the central United States may face some of the country's hottest weather with respect to normal. Record heat is certainly a possibility, although exactly how many records fall and where won't come into focus for several more days. ... Read more
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Hillary's New Attack Ad (07/14/16) [1:49]

Trump's Shocking Surge Continues: Ties Hillary In Latest NYT Poll
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/16

Following yesterday's chaotic polling data, the latest NYT/CBS poll provides a post-email-gate reality check as Hillary Clinton's 6-point lead has evaporated leaving Trump tied nationwide, leading the "reckless" former secretary of state on the economy and jobs, trade, and national security. Perhaps more worrying for the Clinton campaign is the rise in negativity with 67% of voters saying she is not honest and trustworthy. ... Read more

How Business School Is a Driving Force in America's Increasingly Unequal Society

"We Shouldn't Be At New All Time Highs" - Even Larry Fink Doesn't Get It
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/16

"I don't think we should be at new [stock] highs... We are seeing investors worldwide pausing, we are seeing quite a large sum of money being pulled out of equities over the last year. And yet we are at record highs. That's just a sign of how much money is being taken out by central banks in their bond purchases, and stock repurchases from companies." ... Read more

Central Bank Wonderland is Complete and Now Open for Business -- The Epocalypse Has Fully Begun
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/16

Summer vacation is here, and the whole global family has arrived at Central-Bank Wonderland, the upside-down, inside-out world that banksters and their puppet politicians call "recovery." Everyone is talking about it as wizened traders puzzle over how stocks and bonds soared, hand-in-hand, in face of the following list of economic thrills:

  1. Britain voted to exit the EU, and a handful of other nations are talking openly along similar lines. One major crack in the European Union just happened, and others are forming. (Brexit is the name of this new Earthquake ride near the gates of Wonderland.)
  2. Italy's oldest bank (also the world's oldest bank, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena) faces bankruptcy unless it gets bailed out. The bank that has survived the greatest tests of time (founded in 1472 before Columbus sailed the ocean blue) is going down unless it finds a savior! Italy's prime minister is screaming for tax-payer bailouts. At the same time, one of Germany's oldest banks and one of the largest -- Deutsche Bank -- has just about become a penny stock and faces the likelihood of imminent collapse if not bailed out, too. (Welcome to Wonderland's zombie freak show of the world's oldest walking-dead banks dying again.)
  3. Gold and silver have been soaring as though people are fleeing to safety (in Wonderland's Bouncy House of Coins).
  4. People are also fleeing to safety in bonds, bringing the US 10-year bond down to a 1.318% yield, its lowest yield in history. (Hit me on the head with a hammer like a pop-up gopher, and watch me smile.)
  5. In many nations around the world, government bonds have been selling hotter than bombs in Syria even with negative interest rates, meaning you lose money every day you hold them. (The bonking game of bigger gophers for the near-sighted so that Wonderland remains handicap accessible.)
  6. In Switzerland, people are cuing up in the ticket line to give the government their money to hold for a fifty year ride now that the Swiss 50-year bond has turned negative. (Wonderland's biggest gopher for the totally blind. You don't just hit this one; it takes you the ride of your life for the rest of your life. We call it "Gopher Broke.")
  7. US jobs crashed in May, causing stocks to drop, but rebounded in June, causing stocks to rise, so that May is now seen as an unexplained anomaly. (Welcome to Ripley's House of Unexplained Economic Mysteries.)
  8. The Great Britain Pound crashed to a thirty-year low against the dollar. (Enjoy your ride on the currency bumper cars!)
  9. Japan's decade of quantitative wheezing has accomplished so little that they're going to cough up more of the same all over again because it was so much fun the first five times. (House of Bodily Humors and Horrors.)
  10. Central banks in Europe say they need to and will crank their own quantitative easing back up, so effective have all previous rounds been. (And, so, the merry-go-round spins and the calliope plays its happy music in Euro Dizzyland.)
  11. Falling oil prices, which contributed significantly to January's spectacular stock market plunge, are going back down the pipeline while oversupply is building rapidly at the bottom again with the buildup reaching its highest point in ten weeks. (Wonderland's log ride through oil with more than one crude splash.)
  12. Venezuela and Brazil are collapsing into economic chaos. (It's more fun than that bungy-jumping vehicle for two at the carnival.)
  13. Etc. (I know, darn! Just as he was on a roll. Well, hang on...)
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 14 [13:18]
TRNN | Alexandr Buzgalin says: Why is the Capitalist West Fighting with Capitalist Russia? (07/14/16) [27:04]
TRNN | Bill Black says: New British PM Appoints Brexit Proponent Boris Johnson to Foreign Secretary (07/14/16) [7:19]
*TYT | Trump Beating Clinton In Multiple Swing States (07/13/16) [7:12]
TYT | 2016 Republican Party Platform = More Theocracy, Less Democracy (07/13/16) [9:12]
TYT | Republicans Respond To Trump Attacks From Supreme Court Justice (07/13/16) [9:55]
TYT | George W. Bush Dances At Dallas Police Memorial Service (07/13/16) [7:04]
*RT | Max and Stacy talk to Jim Rickards, author of The New Case for Gold, about gold as a solution to the world's debt problems. (E940) (07/14/16) [25:48]
*Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | GOP Focus on Heat From Porn Not Climate Change? (07/13/16) [6:42]
*ThomHartmann | Billions of Gallons of Fracking Waste Into Gulf? (07/13/16) [5:11]
*ThomHartmann | Has Big Ag Bought Another Victory? (07/13/16) [9:45]
*DR | Controversy Over Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Comments About Donald Trump (07/14/16) [1hr]
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made headlines this week by publicly criticizing Donald Trump. She called him "a faker" who "has no consistency." And she joked that if trump were to become president, she might move to New Zealand. Trump fired back with a tweet labeling her comments "very dumb" and calling for her to resign. On Thursday, Ginsburg apologized, saying her comments were "ill-advised." Still, critics of the justice's behavior--and there are many--say she's setting a dangerous precedent by taking sides in an election year. But Ginsburg also has many supporters: liberals and conservatives who worry about what a Trump presidency could do to the nation. We discuss the controversy.
DR | Robert P. Jones: "The End Of White Christian America" (07/14/16) [1hr]
Throughout much of the history of the United States, white Protestant Christians set the tone both culturally and politically. But demographic changes over the last few decades have transformed the country. As recently as 2008, white Christians made up the majority of the American population. Six years later, the number had dropped seven points to 47 percent. A religious scholar tracks these changes in a new book. He says understanding this shift can help explain everything from the rise of Donald Trump to the heated rhetoric of the same sex marriage debate.
Aljazeera | Al Jazeera World - Israel's Great Divide (07/13/16) [46:51]
Jewish people living in Israel today are largely divided into three main groups: Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi.

The Ashkenazim are from Germany, France and Eastern Europe. The term "Ashkenazi" comes from the Hebrew word for Germany. Most American Jews today are Ashkenazim, descended from those who arrived from Europe in the mid-1800s and early 1900s.

The Sephardim are from Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East. The term "Sephardi" comes from the Hebrew word for Spain. Many Jews fled Spain after the end of Muslim rule there in 1492.

Sephardic Jews are often subdivided into Sephardim and Mizrahim, from North Africa and the Middle East. The term "Mizrahi" comes from the Hebrew word for eastern.

Israel's Great Divide explores the deep-rooted tension between Israel's Ashkenazi Jews and the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities.
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Wednesday July 13, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 'Mind Is Shot,' Demands She Resign From Supreme Court
HP | Ed Mazza | 07/13/16

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, claiming her mind is "shot" and calling on her to retire. In the past week, Ginsburg has made a series of comments about the Republican presidential candidate that were unusually frank for a sitting Supreme Court justice.

On Tuesday, she told CNN that Trump was a "faker." "He has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego," Ginsburg said. "How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that." ... Read more
CNN | Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't back off Trump criticism (07/12/16) [2:25]

Donald Trump/companies has/have launched 1900 law suits since 1970's, and has been a defendant in 1300 more.

Fed's Mester Says Helicopter Money "The Next Step" In US Monetary Policy
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/16

"We're always assessing tools that we could use," Mester told the ABC's AM program. "In the US we've done quantitative easing and I think that's proven to be useful. "So it's my view that [helicopter money] would be sort of the next step if we ever found ourselves in a situation where we wanted to be more accommodative. ... Read more

Why Helicopter Money Won't Push Stocks Higher
ZeroHedge | author | 07/13/16

In effect, helicopter money turns the entire economy into a Ghost City. Things look busy and productive until the day the helicopter money runs out. From that day on, everything crashes back to reality and tumbleweeds are soon blowing down empty streets. ... Read more

Japan emperor intends to abdicate 'in a few years'
Reuters | Elaine Lies | 07/13/16

Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of World War Two, intends to abdicate in a few years, public broadcaster NHK and other domestic media said on Wednesday, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan. ... Read more

Japan uses 24 billion pairs of chopsticks every year
The largest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil
Shinto Kanamara Matsuri Festival
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Hungry For Power Games: Bernie Sanders (06/13/16) [6:57]
ColbertReport | Fox News Personnel Will Be Equipped With Gas Masks During Conventions (06/13/16) [2:36]

EU launches sanctions procedure against Spain, Portugal on deficits
France24.com | author | 07/12/16

Eurozone finance ministers agreed Tuesday to officially begin a sanctions procedure against Spain and Portugal for doing too little to fix their rule-breaking deficits.

The ministers "found that Portugal and Spain had not taken effective action in response to its recommendations on measures to correct their excessive deficits", a statement said. ... Read more
RT | EU launches sanctions procedures against Spain & Portugal (07/12/16) [2:56]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 13 [9:42]
TRNN | Phyllis Bennis says: DNC Platform Retains Traditional Militarism, Shows Weakness of Anti-War Movement (07/13/16) [18:46]
TRNN | Billy Curry and Annabel Park discuss: How Will Sanders's Endorsement Affect the Policy Fight at the Convention? (07/13/16) [19:43]
TYT | Bernie Supporters Respond To Hillary Endorsement (07/12/16) [7:17]
TYT | Unconscious Racial Bias: It's Everywhere (07/12/16) [9:26]
TYT | Bill O'Reilly Certain MLK Would Hate Black Lives Matter (07/12/16) [9:38]
RT | CrossTalk: Public opinion polls are often wrong, but there is no denying some things are going very wrong for Donald Trump and his presidential ambitions. (07/13/16) [23:11]
RT | Max and Stacy talk to John Ackerman, professor, columnist and the Mexican Law Review's editor-in-chief, about the economic relationship between Mexico and the United States. (E939) (07/12/16) [25:40]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie's endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the bizarre GOP platform which endorses things like gay conversion therapy, and Trump's tax plan for the rich. ... (full) (07/12/16) [59:29]
*DR | Theresa May Becomes Britain's New Prime Minster (07/13/16) [1hr]
Politics in Britain has had all the elements of a Shakespeare drama. Less than a month ago, the country voted to leave the European Union, sending domestic politics into a tailspin. The conservative Prime Minister David Cameron immediately announced he would step down, and the contest to replace him had candidates falling on their swords left and right. In the end, Theresa May, the UK's Home Secretary, won the race. She officially assumes the role today. While may didn't support Brexit she has said she will move forward with the plan. Diane and her guest discuss the new leader in Britain.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Territorial tussles in the South China Sea (07/12/16) [25:00]
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Tuesday July 12, 2016
News Articles

America Is Looking Increasingly Frazzled on the World Stage
AlterNet | Vijay Prashad / FRONTLINE | 07/11/16

On June 22, France's outspoken ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, said: "The next President will face a multipolar world where the U.S. will be the main but not the only power. Realism is the only possible agenda." It is unusual for such a close ally of the U.S. to make this statement. After all, it has been one of the pillars of the U.S.' self-identification that it is the major force in the world. Political leaders in the U.S. routinely speak of the country as the greatest in the world, the only country with truly global ambitions and with global reach. U.S. military bases litter the continents of the world, and U.S. warships move from ocean to ocean, bearing terrifying arsenals. When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in 1991, it became self-evident that the U.S. was the sole remaining superpower. Unipolarity defined the world order. So what is it that makes the French ambassador speak of a multipolar world? ... Read more

GOP PLATFORM WEIGHS IN: Guns Less Dangerous Than Porn
TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) view by an Insider

Hillary Clinton is and always has been in favor of the TPP, despite what she's saying to get elected. If you don't get that, you're as dumb as her advisors think you are.

An acquaintance from my days in the Clinton administration, who has been advising Hillary, phoned this morning.

ACQUAINTANCE: "Don't you think your blog post from last night was a bit harsh?"

ME: "Not at all. The Democratic Party is shooting itself in the foot by not officially opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership."

ACQ: "But you know why. The Party can't take a stand opposite the President's. He's the leader of the Party, for chrissake. And he wants the TPP."

ME: "Yeah, because he sees the TPP as a way to limit China's economic influence. So he made a Faustian bargain with big global corporations who want more protection for their foreign investments. But he's wrong. The TPP won't crimp China. Global corporations will give China whatever it wants to gain access to the Chinese market. The TPP ...."

ACQ: "Look, it doesn't matter what you or I think. The President wants the TPP, and the Party isn't going to oppose him."

ME: "You mean Hillary won't oppose him."

ACQ: "Hillary won't, and Debbie [Wasserman Schultz] won't, and neither will Nancy [Pelosi] or Harry [Reid] or Dick [Durbin] or Chuck [Schumer].

ME: "But it's terrible policy. And it's awful politics. It gives Trump a battering ram. Obama won't be president in six months. Why risk it?"

Hillary's Lead Over Trump Shrinks To Just 3% As Two-Thirds Of Voters Find Her "Dishonest And Untrustworthy"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/12/16

Following yesterday's report that a majority of Americans disapprove of FBI director Comey's decision on Hillary Clinton, it is perhaps not surprising that the Democrat's lead over Donald Trump has shrunk substantially in the latest NBC poll, and is now leading the presumptive Republican candidate by just three points after several days of "controversy" following FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that no criminal charges be brought against the former secretary of state over her use of a private email server. ... Read more

Who's Most Afraid Of Contagion From Italy's Bank Meltdown?
ZeroHedge | author | 07/12/16

Contagion is the reason Italy's banking crisis is all of a sudden Europe's biggest existential threat. Greece's intractable problems are out of sight, out of mind; Brexit momentarily spooked investors and bankers; but Italy's banking woes have the potential to wipe out investors and undo over 60 years of supranational state-building in Europe. ... Read more

Stockman Rages: Ben Bernanke Is "The Most Dangerous Man Walking This Planet"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/12/16

Ben Bernanke is one of the most dangerous men walking the planet. In this age of central bank domination of economic life he is surely the pied piper of monetary ruin. At least since 2002 he has been talking about "helicopter money" as if a notion which is pure economic quackery actually had some legitimate basis. But strip away the pseudo scientific jargon, and it amounts to monetization of the public debt----the very oldest form of something for nothing economics. ... Read more

Dow Surges 1,300 Points Post-Brexit To Record High
ZeroHedge | author | 07/12/16

From 17,036 post-Brexit lows, The Dow Jones Industrials Average has soared over 1300 points in 2 weeks to push above its May 2015 intraday record high (18,351.35). ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 12 [11:01]
DN | As Sanders Endorses Clinton, How Far Left Has He Pushed the Democratic Party Platform? (07/12/16) [10:51]
DN | Filmmaker Josh Fox: Sanders Pushed Party Platform to Left, But We Failed on TPP, Medicare, Gaza (07/12/16) [5:54]
DN | "Divergent" Star Shailene Woodley on Bernie Sanders, DNC Caravan & Speaking Out in Hollywood (07/12/16) [15:06]
TRNN | Mosul Offensive Will Create More Refugees, Displacement, and Humanitarian Disaster (07/11/16) [11:46]
TYT | Over Half The Country Thinks Hillary Should Be Indicted (07/11/16) [6:14]
TYT | Sarah Palin Doesn't Understand What Black Lives Matter Means (07/11/16) [8:08]
TYT | Media Meltdown After Hillary Said This About Republicans... (07/11/16) [8:34]
TYT | Rudy Giuliani: The Real Danger Is Black Kids! (07/11/16) [7:18]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Climate Denier Rubio Clueless on FL Toxic Algae (07/08/16) [6:03]
ThomHartmann | The Green Slime Attacking the Atlantic Coast (07/08/16) [9:46]
*DR | Political Leadership In A Time Of Deep National Divisions (07/12/16) [1hr]
President Obama leads an interfaith service in Dallas today and meets with the families of police officers shot and killed last week. Earlier in the week two black men were shot by police in Minnesota and Louisiana sparking protests in many cities across the country. Yesterday at a meeting with law enforcement leaders at the White House the president said he considered the killing of the police officers a hate crime and spoke of the need to support law enforcement and, at the same time, to acknowledge concerns about racial bias. The presumptive presidential candidates have weighed in as well. Join us to talk about political leadership in a polarized debate.
DR | Interior Secretary Sally Jewell On 100 Years Of National Parks And Challenges Ahead. (07/12/16) [1hr]
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service. One hundred years later, it protects more than 400 parks and monuments, from Yellowstone to Gettysburg and the Stonewall Inn, the first national landmark honoring the fight for gay rights. Still, there are challenges, like a $12 billion maintenance backlog and an ongoing ethics scandal. And some say a lack of funding could threaten America's rich conservation legacy. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks with Diane about her vision for preserving green spaces for the next generation.
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Monday July 11, 2016
News Articles

'We Want Safety, Dignity and Justice': Black Lives Matter Protests Build Nationwide
AlterNet | Sarah Lazare | 07/11/16

"We don't have the same rights as our white counterparts," 17-year-old Myra Richardson, a student at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, told AlterNet over the phone. "There are still things holding us back. How can we call America the land of the free?"

Richardson is one of countless young people who took to the streets from Miami to New York to Minneapolis over the weekend to rally under the banner of Black Lives Matter, braving heavily armed police deployments and a charged political environment in which they are being demonized for exercising their right to protest. ... Read more

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal
NYTime | Jo Becker | 04/23/15

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World."

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.

At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One. ... Read more

In Africa, the U.S. Military Sees Enemies Everywhere
TheIntercept | Nick Turse | 07/11/16

From East To West, across Africa, 1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel are carrying out 78 distinct "mission sets" in more than 20 nations, according to documents obtained by The Intercept via the Freedom of Information Act.

"The SOCAFRICA operational environment is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous," says Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, using the acronym of the secretive organization he presides over, Special Operations Command Africa. "It's a wickedly complex environment tailor-made for the type of nuanced and professional cooperation SOF [special operations forces] is able to provide." ... Read more

[PHOTOS] Moving Photographs of Japanese American Internees, Then and Now
MotherJones | Photographs by Paul Kitagaki JR. | 06/15

"We were citizens, but now we were not."

In early 1945, the federal government started to open the internment camps where it had held 120,000 Japanese Americans for much of World War II. Seven decades later, photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been tracking down the internees pictured in wartime images by photographers like Dorothea Lange (who photographed Kitagaki's own family -- see below). So far, he's identified more than 50 survivors, often reshooting them in the locations where they were originally photographed. ... Read more

Corbett | 9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money () [59:27]
9/11 Conspiracy Solved: Names, Connections, & Details Exposed! () [43:28
BBC | WikiLeaks The Secret Life of a Superpower () [59:28], Part 2 [59:35]
Sarah Palin Calls Black Lives Matter Protesters 'Thugs' And 'Rioters'
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
Note: I don't endorse any of the videos in this section.
As I construct My News Pages I constantly run across a lot of NEW videos, and since I find YouTube frustrating trying to re-find videos, I save the links in this section so I can find them again.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 11 [13:35]
DN | Death, Abuse and Sexual Assault: The Horrific and Unregulated Private Prison Extradition Industry (07/11/16) [16:59]
DN | As Protests Erupt Nationwide, New Video of Off-Duty NYPD Cop Killing Delrawn Small Sparks Outrage (07/11/16) [15:14]
TRNN | White-Collar Crime Kills and Maims More Than the Crimes of the Poor (07/10/16) [10:50]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses: Syria's Complex Chessboard and its Continuing Tragedy (07/10/16) [11:13]
TRNN | Democrats Reject Sanders Opposition to TPP (07/09/16) [4:38]
TYT | Is Trump TRYING To Lose? (07/09/16) [5:31]
TYT | Remembering The Slain Dallas Officers (07/08/16) [3:55]
TYT | Former Congressmen Threatens Obama After Dallas (07/08/16) [15:42]
Note: I like Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian and is why I post a lot of TYT videos. Sometimes they have guests on which I don't feel so comfortable with.
RT | CrossTalk: the Chilcot Report and Hillary's non-indictment. Also NATO's confab in Warsaw -- reviving an old conflict? And, The House of Cards known as Washington's Syria policy. (07/11/16) [24:26]
Note: I don't always agree with issues discussed on RT:CrossTalk, but I think it is important to see what other people (countries/cultures/communities) are thinking.
RT | RAW: Devastating typhoon Nepartak wreaks havoc in Eastern China (07/10/16) [1:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Is the TPP Debate A Test for Our Democracy? (07/08/16) [6:35]
*DR | The Latest On The Shootings In Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota (07/11/16) [1hr]
Thousands of protesters took to the streets over the weekend nationwide after three days of fatal gun violence between African-American men and police. In the space of two days, two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota were killed by police. The shootings were caught on video and seen by millions. Then, a day later, a black war veteran killed five officers in a retaliatory sniper attack. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the latest on the shooting investigations, and look at continuing tensions over deadly police force against black Americans and the movement for justice.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Brexit fallout, The global economic impact (07/09/16) [26:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can India match China's economic influence in Africa? (07/10/16) [25:20]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday July 08, 2016
News Articles
Some Headlines
'A VICIOUS, CALCULATED AND DESPICABLE ATTACK' ... Snipers Ambush Dallas Cops Near Peaceful Protest... 5 Officers Killed... 6 Injured... Civilian Also Wounded... Snipers Fired On Police From Above... 'Everyone Was Screaming'... City Locked Down After Hail Of Gunfire... Bomb Squad Searches For Possible Explosives... 3 Suspects In Custody, 1 Dead... Video Captures Torrent Of Shots... Deadliest Day For Police Since 9/11...

Snipers Kill 5 Police Officers During Dallas Protest
HP | Nick Visser | 07/07/16

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said early Friday three suspects were in custody. and police were still in negotiations with another suspect, who was being uncooperative and at times exchanging gunfire with officers in a parking garage.

"He told negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us," Brown said, noting the man had also claimed there were bombs around the structure. "We are being very careful in our tactics so that we don't injure any of our officers in harm's way." ...

  1. At least 12 police officers and two civilians were shot by snipers in Dallas.
  2. One of the suspects said he was upset about recent police shootings and wanted to kill white people, especially white officers, the police chief said.
  3. Police detonated a robot bomb to kill the suspect after attempting to negotiate.
  4. President Barack Obama called the attack "vicious, despicable, and calculated."
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How To Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Shot By Police: Don't Be Black

Witnesses Record Horror Of Dallas Attack
HP | Daniel Marans | 07/08/16

Citizens captured on camera some of the most horrific scenes from Thursday night's ambush-style massacre of police in Dallas, Texas.

The grim footage of the deadliest day for U.S. police since Sept. 11, 2001, attests to the ways social media and handheld cameras have revolutionized the way we experience major news events. Michael Kevin Bautista, a participant in the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday evening, streamed video of the shootout between the gunmen and city police officers on Facebook live. ... Read more
Dallas Police Shooting (07/07/16) [0:45]

Would Donald Trump really drop out for $150 million?
Politico | Ben Schreckinger | 06/19/16

How much would it cost to get Donald Trump to give up his presidential run and walk away? "I bet if someone offered him $150 million to drop out, he would," one former Trump adviser told POLITICO, unprompted, during an interview Friday.

Asked about whether Trump would drop out, another former Trump adviser, Jim Dornan said he believes the presumptive GOP nominee would be willing to cut a deal. "Yeah, probably," Dornan, a veteran Republican operative who worked for Trump last spring on an abortive effort to set up a super PAC, replied via text message -- adding there would be plenty of interest in buying him out. "The Kochs would be the first in line." ... Read more

ExxonMobil May Have Friends in High Places, but Fraud Is Not Constitutionally Protected
AlterNet | Elliott Negin | 07/05/16

When a handful of attorneys general launched investigations of ExxonMobil for climate fraud, I wonder if they had any idea that they would be attacked for attempting to stifle the company's right of free speech.

After all, if ExxonMobil publicly downplayed warnings by its own scientists about the threat posed by burning fossil fuels in its communications with investors and the general public, it very well may have committed fraud, which is not protected by the First Amendment. ... Read more

Environmentalists Uncover Documents Revealing Feds Quietly Permitted Gulf Fracking
AlterNet | Sabrina Canfield / Courthouse News | 07/08/16

Federal regulators quietly gave the green light to more than 1,200 oil company fracking operations in the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014, according to documents environmentalists obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

At least 630 wells were fracked along the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during that four-year period, and more than 76 billion gallons in fracking waste were dumped into the Gulf in 2014 alone, the documents show. ... Read more

Europe's Bank Crisis Arrives In Germany: €29 Billion Bremen Landesbank On The Verge Of Failure
ZeroHedge | author | 07/07/16

It appears that some shipping loans gone bad could be the catalyst for Europe's banking crisis to finally breach the most impenetrable border of all, that of Germany. Because it is in Germany where we find what may be the next domino to fall as part of Europe's latest banking crisis incarnation: Bremen Landesbank, whose contingent convertible bonds have just cratered as a result of speculation that the bank's bailout is suddenly in jeopardy. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 08 [12:07]
*TRNN | The Empire Files: NYT's James Risen on Fighting Censorship & War (07/07/16) [26:06]
Having just ended a seven-year legal battle, where he bravely faced jail time to protect his inside sources, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen joins Abby Martin to talk about his case and the stories he wrote that were such a threat to the US war machine and its national security state.
*TRNN | Michael Hudson says: Is the Real Scandal the Clinton Foundation? (07/08/16) [9:34]
*TYT | Republicans To FBI Director: Why Didn't You Charge Hillary? (07/07/16) [6:13]
TYT | Ivanka Trump Being Considered For VP (07/07/16) [3:12]
TYT | Trump Might Drop Out...For A Price (07/07/16) [7:48]
RT | CrossTalk: Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters. Now NATO has focused on what is described as "Russian aggression." Does NATO create its own security risks? (07/08/16) [24:11]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/08/16) [1hr]
DR | YouTube | DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/08/16) [1hr]
YouTube video starts at 1:50 on the Progressbar
Snipers in Dallas kill five police officers and wound five others along with one civilian. This at the end of a protest that had gathered in reaction to the fatal shootings of African-American men by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Also this week, Congress questions the FBI director about his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over an email server. And we get the latest job numbers. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR |Friday News - International (07/08/16) [1hr]
Leaders of two dozen NATO countries convene a two-day summit in Warsaw. President Obama announces the U.S. will keep a force of 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. And the fallout from Brexit continues. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday July 07, 2016
News Articles

*Cop Fatally Shoots Black Man, Leaves Victim's Girlfriend To Record Tragic Aftermath
HP | Carla Herreria | 07/07/16

Police shot and killed a man Wednesday in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and his girlfriend recorded the aftermath in a graphic video shot using the Facebook Live feature.

The video shows the man bleeding from gunshot wounds as his girlfriend films from the driver's seat. The police officer "shot him three times because we had a busted tail light," the woman filming can be heard saying. ... Read more
Cop Fatally Shoots Black Man, Leaves Victim's Girlfriend To Record Tragic Aftermath (07/07/16) []

Tony Blair Got It Wrong: He And George W. Bush Did Fuel Terrorism
HP | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | 07/06/16

Tony Blair, Britain's former prime minister and George W. Bush's chief ally in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, spent Wednesday playing defense after a damning government inquiry blasted his decision to go war.

The 2.5 million-word Chilcot report that was years in the making accused Blair of trusting flawed intelligence, demonstrating bad judgment and resisting peaceful alternative ways to deal with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Relying on previously undisclosed documents and seven years' worth of research, the inquiry offered a resounding critique of Blair's approach to Iraq. ... Read more

Italian Banks Crash To New Lows Despite Passing Self-Defined Stress-Test
ZeroHedge | author | 07/07/16

Have no fear, Banco Popolare has run its own stress test (on itself) and has stated that it is "resilient to shocks." However, it appears investors do not believe them as Italian banks, led by Monte Paschi (which as a reminder is under a short-sale ban) plunged to new record lows. ... Read more
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Glyphosate Sprayed on GMO Crops Linked to Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Bloom
AlterNet | Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch | 07/07/16

Glyphosate, the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other herbicides, is being connected to Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms, which has fouled drinking water and suffocated and killed marine life in recent years....

... "For every acre of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn that you plant, it works out to be about one-third of a pound of P [phosphorus] coming down the Maumee," Spiese told the agricultural publication. ...

... Approximately 1,000 metric tonnes (about 2.2 million pounds) of Roundup is applied in the Lake Erie watershed per year, and it is being detected in adjacent waterways particularly in the spring, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noted from McKay and Bullerjahn's study. The researchers also found that the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in the lake are capable of using phosophonates. ... Read more

Are George Bush and Tony Blair War Criminals?
Wikileaks | Collateral Murder (Journeyman Pictures) () [39:28]
Invasion of Iraq: How the British and Americans got it wrong () [1:19:35]
BraveNewFilms | Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers () [1:15:23]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 07 [11:10]
*TRNN | Col. Andrew Bacevich says: Presidential Candidates Push American Supremacy, Not National Defense (07/06/16) [21:00]
*TRNN | Professor Sabah Alnasseri says: U.S.-Controlled Chaos and Corruption Fuels ISIS Terrorism in Iraq (07/06/16) [14:28]
*TRNN | British Inquiry Finds Iraq War Lacked Legal Justification (07/06/16) [5:19]
TYT | Chelsea Manning Attempts Suicide In Prison (07/06/16) [7:16]
*RT | Max and Stacy discuss the threats to the global financial system posed by Deutsche Bank and all Italian banks. In the second half, Max interviews Rob Kirby of Kirby Analytics about Deutsche Bank's massive derivatives book. (E937) (07/07/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | We're Guinea Pigs In The Giant Fracking Experiment (07/07/16) [12:36]
*DR | The Fallout From Two Separate Shooting Deaths Of African-American Men At The Hands Of Police (07/07/16) [1hr]
An African-American man is killed by police in Minnesota, the aftermath captured on video. The Justice Department investigates the shooting death of another black man by Baton Rouge police. The latest on the incidents and what they mean for race and policing.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Could war in Iraq have been averted? (07/06/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday July 06, 2016
News Articles

UK Inquiry Releases Scathing Report On Iraq War
HP & WorldPost | Reuters | 07/06/16

British Prime Minister Tony Blair told U.S. President George W. Bush eight months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq "I will be with you, whatever", and relied on flawed intelligence and legal advice to go to war, a seven-year inquiry concluded on Wednesday.

It strongly criticized Blair on a range of issues, saying the threat posed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction had been over-hyped and the planning for the aftermath of war had been inadequate. ... Read more

Iraqi Who Toppled Saddam's Statue Says Blair, Bush Should Be Put On Trial
HP & WorldPost | Reuters | 07/06/16

The Iraqi man who was filmed attacking Saddam Hussein's statue with a sledgehammer when U.S. troops stormed into Baghdad in 2003 said Iraq was in a better shape under his rule and George W. Bush and Tony Blair should be put on trial "for ruining" it.

... The report said that "policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence and assessments", and that claims that Iraq posed a threat by possessing weapons of mass destruction were "presented with unjustified certainty". It said that the turmoil unleashed in Iraq since the invasion should have come as no surprise. ... Read more

Obama to keep 8,400 troops in Afghanistan through end of term
WashingtonPost | Missy Ryan | 07/06/16

President Obama announced another revision to his Afghanistan withdrawal plans on Wednesday, saying the United States would leave 8,400 troops when he steps down next year in the latest acknowledgment that his hopes for ending the long war there have not worked as planned.

Obama, who came into office promising to end the wars started by his predecessor, has already changed his timetable for removing troops from Afghanistan several times in an indication of the Taliban's continued strength and the weaknesses of local security forces. . .. Read more

*Aljazeera | Going Underground: Chilcot Report Special (07/06/16) [27:05]
*Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is ISIL embracing a new approach? (07/06/16) [25:00]

EU Banks Crash To Crisis Lows As Funding Panic Accelerates
ZeroHedge | author | 07/06/16

The signs are everywhere - if you choose to look - Europe's banking system is collapsing (no matter what Draghi has to offer). From record lows in Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse to spiking default risk in Monte Paschi, the panic in Europe's funding markets (basis swaps collapsing) is palpable. ... Read more
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Clinton seizes opening as Trump alienates big business
CNN | MJ Lee | 07/05/16

Hillary Clinton has an opportunity that has eluded Democratic presidential nominees for decades: Being the candidate of big business.

In an election already rocked by bizarre twists and turns, Donald Trump's speech meant to galvanize working-class voters in the Rust Belt last week exposed a yawning divide between the billionaire and the business community -- a powerful force in U.S. presidential elections that has historically aligned itself with the Republican Party.

As Trump railed against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other leading business lobbies publicly condemned the GOP presumptive nominee. Their warning: Trump's policies would spell economic disaster. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, July 06 [9:01]
*DN | Iraqi Exile: U.K. Iraq Inquiry Confirms the War Was Based on a Lie (07/06/16) [7:39]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis and Paul Jay discuss recent terrorist attacks and that both likely presidential candidates propose more of the same failed U.S. policy (07/06/16) [12:39]
*TRNN | Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy (07/06/16) [15:04]
*TRNN | Bill Curry and Terry O'Neill to discuss: Hillary Clinton's Emails and the Dangers of Conducting Diplomacy in Private (07/06/16) [15:21]
*TYT | UK A Mess After Brexit Vote (07/05/16) [5:04]
*TYT | Hundreds Killed In Deadly Suicide Bombing (07/05/16) [6:32]
*TYT | Hillary Clinton Avoids Criminal Charges (07/05/16) [14:06]
TYT | Big Business Backs Clinton Over Trump (07/05/16) [6:35]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | FBI: Hillary Was "Extremely Careless"... (full) (07/05/16) [57:04]
*DR | Recent Terror Attacks Around The World Raise Questions About ISIS And Security (07/06/16) [1hr]
On July 4, bombings rocked three cities in Saudi Arabia. Two days earlier the deadliest car bomb this year exploded in Baghdad. On July 1 in Dhaka, Bangladesh gunmen held hostages at a bakery killing 22. Just over a week ago, three suicide attackers killed 41 people at Istanbul's airport. ISIS claimed responsibility for some of these attacks. For others, they did not -- but officials suspect the terrorist group's involvement. ISIS had vowed to make the holy month of Ramadan deadly and as it came to a close, they have done just that. Diane and her guests discuss new attacks from ISIS and security questions for the U.S.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday July 05, 2016
News Articles

Suicide Bombings Hit Three Saudi Cities In One Day
HP & WorldPost | Reuters | 07/04/16/span>

Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, killing at least four security officers in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.

The explosions targeting U.S. diplomats, Shi'ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of Medina followed days of mass killings claimed by the Islamic State group in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq. The attacks all seem to have been timed to coincide with the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month. ... Read more

If the Russian president could design a candidate to undermine American interests -- and advance his own -- he'd look a lot like Donald Trump.
Slate | Franklin Foer | 07/04/16

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West--and that plan looks a lot like Donald Trump. Over the past decade, Russia has boosted right-wing populists across Europe. It loaned money to Marine Le Pen in France, well-documented transfusions of cash to keep her presidential campaign alive. Such largesse also wended its way to the former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who profited "personally and handsomely" from Russian energy deals, as an American ambassador to Rome once put it.

There's a clear pattern: Putin runs stealth efforts on behalf of politicians who rail against the European Union and want to push away from NATO. He's been a patron of Golden Dawn in Greece, Ataka in Bulgaria, and Jobbik in Hungary. Joe Biden warned about this effort last year in a speech at the Brookings Institution: "President Putin sees such political forces as useful tools to be manipulated, to create cracks in the European body politic which he can then exploit." Ruptures that will likely multiply after Brexit -- a campaign Russia's many propaganda organs bombastically promoted. ... Read more

RT | Fallujah a harrowing ghost town after ISIS evicted in devastating battle for Iraqi city (07/05/16) [1:06]

The Bond and Currency Markets Scream "DANGER" But Stocks Are Always Last to "Get It"
ZeroHedge | author | 07/05/16

The rally last week was likely end of the quarter performance gaming and little else. Fund managers have to report their returns every quarter. With the markets gyrating throughout 2Q16, fund managers were highly incentivized to gun the markets higher in order to redeem the quarter.

However, bonds (the smart money) weren't buying it at all. Indeed, bonds really haven't been buying any of this rally since March. ... Read more

A Look Inside Europe's Next Crisis: Why Everyone Is Finally Panicking About Italian Banks
ZeroHedge | author | 07/05/16

Back in May 2013, we wrote an article titled "Europe's EUR 500 Billion Ticking NPL Time Bomb" in which we laid out the biggest danger facing European banks: non-performing loans. As of this moment, that time bomb may have finally gone off: as the WSJ writes overnight, the Brexit damage to the rest of Europe "could be more immediate and potentially more serious. Nowhere is the risk concentrated more heavily than in the Italian banking sector." Indeed, "Brexit could lead to a full-blown banking crisis in Italy." Here's why. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren's Kick-Ass Speech Tells It Like It Is: What Should Hillary Do?
AlterNet | Don Hazen | 07/02/16

Yesterday, straight off her high-profile campaign appearance Monday with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren gave a keynote address about industry consolidation in the American economy at a conference at the Capitol put on by New America's Open Markets program. Though the speech has so far gotten only a modicum of attention--the press being more interested in litigating Donald Trump's Pocahontas taunts--it has the potential to change the course of the presidential contest.

Warren is, of course, famous for her attacks on too-big-to-fail banks. But in her address yesterday, entitled "Reigniting Competition in the American Economy," she extended her critique to the entire economy, noting that, as a result of three decades of weakened federal antitrust regulation, virtually every industrial sector today--from airlines to telecom to agriculture to retail to social media--is under the control of a handful of oligopolistic corporations. This widespread consolidation is "hiding in plain sight all across the American economy," she said, and "threatens our markets, threatens our economy, and threatens our democracy." ... Read more
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Washingtonmonthly.com/
Senator Warren Asks Education Secretary King About Accountability for Student Loan Servicing (06/30/16) [3:07]

*DR | Update On Congress And The Presidential Campaigns (07/05/16) [1hr]
Those Pesky Emails
WikiLeaks: Says "We Have Upcoming Leaks About Hillary" (06/14/16) [7:42]
Wikileaks To Release "Enough Evidence" to Indict Hillary Clinton? (06/15/16) [3:51]
Russia Is Set To Release Clinton's Intercepted Emails (06/15/16) [0:58]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, July 05 [9:57]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Independence Day (04/03/16) [2:38]
TRNN | Bill Black and Stephanie Kelton tell Paul Jay that the public-private partnership model is a disaster, and increased infrastructure spending combined with austerity would throw the economy into a recession (07/05/16) [21:43]
TRNN | Bernie Sanders policy advisor Warren Gunnels says though there were losses in the DNC platform draft over TPP and fracking, there were victories for progressives over federal reserve policy, financial regulation, and the death penalty (07/05/16) [16:17]
TRNN | Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas says: TTIP: A Grave Threat to the Domestic & International Order (07/05/16) [12:35]
*TYT | 7 In 10 Americans Believe Economy Is Rigged (07/02/16) [11:52]
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TYT | Brexit Fallout: Why UK Should Embrace Diversity (07/03/16) [3:02]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss NIRP absurdity as negative yielding sovereign bonds top $11.7 trillion whilst futures spike on banks buying back their own shares. (E936) (07/05/16) [25:47]
*RT | CrossTalk: The Brexit ricochet effect continues with no end in sight. Washington now says it's willing to cooperate with Russia in Syria. Also, Turkey's new diplomatic offensive. And still another email scandal. (07/04/16) [23:49]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Thom looks back at some of the best science stories from the week: His interview with climatologist Michael Mann on how we really don't need climate data anymore because of the constant extreme weather events... (full) (07/01/16) [58:01]
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Beyond Brexit: What matters most to global economies (07/02/16) [25:30]
Aljazeera | Going Undeground: Britain's Future Post-Brexit (EP 362) (07/02/16) [28:36]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday July 01, 2016
News Articles

It Took 40 Years and Millions of Lives Destroyed for Elites to Admit That Neoliberalism Has Failed
AlterNet | Benjamin Dangl | 06/02/16

Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report, titled "Neoliberalism: Oversold?" is hopefully a sign of the ideology's death. They were only about 40 years late. As Naomi Klein tweeted, "So all the billionaires it created are going to give back their money, right?"

Many of the report's findings which strike to the core of the ideology echo what critics and victims of neoliberalism have been saying for decades. "Instead of delivering growth," the report explains that neoliberal policies of austerity and lowered regulation for capital movement have in fact "increased inequality." This inequality "might itself undercut growth..." and as a result, "policymakers should be more open to redistribution than they are." ... Read more

IMF | Neoliberalism: Oversold? .pdf

Neo-Liberalism
Milton Friedman -- "It never occurred to me at the time that I was helping to develop machinery that would make possible a government that I would come to criticize severely as too large, too intrusive, too destructive of freedom. Yet, that is precisely what I was doing.

Neoliberalism and its effect on the world:

  1. The rule of the market
  2. cutting expenditures for social services
  3. deregulation
  4. privatization
  5. eliminating the concept of "the public good" or"community
Naomi Klein | Naomi Klein on Global Neoliberalism () [14:27]
John Pilger | Neo-Liberalism: The Ideology behind Contemporary Globalization () [7:10]
Noam Chomsky | Noam Chomsky Globalization and Neoliberalism () [1:57:19]
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump Spams The United Kingdom (06/30/16) [4:47]
Stephen Colbert | Fun With Presidential Polling (07/01/16) [1:31]
The Anti-Globalization Brexplosion: "If You Ain't Got Nuttin', You Got Nuttin' To Lose"

Recusal? Loretta Lynch 'Removes' Herself From FBI Probe Of Hillary Emails
ZeroHedge | author | 07/01/16

Under increasing pressure to formally recuse herself from the Hillary Clinton email probe, following the exposure of her shockingly ill-advised one-on-one with Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch has come out with a statement as close to 'recusing herself' - admitting cause - as is legally possible, in effect removing herself from the investigation's findings. Lynch announced that she "expects to receive and accept the determinations and findings of the Department's career prosecutors and investigators," in the email probe. ... Read more

Disintegration: How Greedy Neoliberalism and Deadly Wars Are Destroying Modern Life
AlterNet | Patrick Cockburn / Tom Dispatch | 06/28/16

We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the vast swath of territory between Pakistan and Nigeria, there are at least seven ongoing wars -- in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and South Sudan. These conflicts are extraordinarily destructive. They are tearing apart the countries in which they are taking place in ways that make it doubtful they will ever recover. Cities like Aleppo in Syria, Ramadi in Iraq, Taiz in Yemen, and Benghazi in Libya have been partly or entirely reduced to ruins ... Read more

These Are The Possible Future Leaders Of Britain After A Tumultuous Week
WorldPost & HP | Charlotte Alfred | 06/30/16

Political drama continued to roil the U.K. this week after the British vote to exit the European Union, also known as Brexit. Boris Johnson, the Brexit champion and former London mayor who was widely tipped to be the next British prime minister, bowed out of the running on Thursday morning. His shock announcement leaves the race to replace U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who stepped down last week after losing the referendum vote, wide open.

In the U.K., the prime minister is the leader of the majority party in Parliament. That means members of the Conservative party will select their new legislative leader and the next British national leader at the same time, at least until a new general election is called. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 01 [12:41]
*TRNN | Poll: Most Americans Believe the Economy is Rigged Against Them (07/01/16) [9:48]
TRNN | Activist and author Kris Hermes and ACLU's Steve David discusses a recent victory against free speech restrictions on protests in Cleveland, and the long history of mass arrests and harassment against political speech (06/30/16) [13:13]
TRNN | activist Julio Lopez says: Puerto Rico 'Rescue' Bill to Reinforce Colonial Relationship with US (06/30/16) [12:09]
*TYT | Establishment "Bewildered" Bernie Wants Policies Not Personal Gain (06/30/16) [9:19]
*TYT | Hillary Sold Board Seat To Rich Donor (06/30/16) [13:15]
Donor promised to make Clinton 'look good' if appointed to board | McClatchy | article | 06/27/16
TYT | Why Boris Johnson Gave Up His Shot At Prime Minister (06/30/16) [10:49]
TYT | Trump Illegally Fundraising From Foreign Governments (06/30/16) [6:14]
UK Pols To Trump: Stop Clogging Our Inboxes With Your 'Intemperate Spam'! | TPM | article | 06/28/16
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss the housing market 'freak show' put on by central bankers. (E934) (06/30/16) [27:56]
RT | CrossTalk: The topic of Russia was headlined before and during the Brexit campaign and continues to be prominent afterwards. Will Russia benefit from this democratic vote? (07/01/16) [24:24]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Ambassador Dr. Alison Thompson, Third Wave Volunteers joins Thom. Over the last 5 years - around 11 million refugees have fled Syria to refugee caps in neighboring countries. (06/30/16) [10:17]
ThomHartmann | Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute/Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for 100% Clean Energy. (06/30/16) [6:20]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/01/16) [1hr]
DR | Friday News - Domestic (YouTube) (07/01/16) [1hr]
Note: YouTube starts at 3:30 on the Progressbar
Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she will accept FBI recommendations on the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email server. Republicans say a meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week compromised the independence of the investigation. The Pentagon lifts its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. Donald Trump calls for economic independence in speeches on trade. And the Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/01/16) [1hr]
Turkey arrests more than a dozen people in anti-ISIS raids after the Istanbul airport bombings. EU leaders meet to grapple with a future without Britain. And Colombian troops work to demobilize FARC rebels after a peace deal. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is chaos the new normal in US politics? (06/29/16) [24:50]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - How divided is the UK post-Brexit vote? (07/01/16) [24:50]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday June 30, 2016
News Articles

Brexit Leader Boris Johnson Rules Out Bid To Be Next British Prime Minister
WorldPost & HP | Reuters | 06/30/26

Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Thursday, in a shock move that upturned a political order shaken by last week's vote to leave the European Union.

Johnson, whose support for the campaign to leave the EU was widely considered one of the decisive factors in the campaign, had been bookmakers' runaway favorite to succeed David Cameron, who quit last week after failing to persuade British voters to stay in the bloc. Johnson's unexpected departure from the race, announced just minutes before the party unveiled the list of candidates, shows the speed with which the political landscape is being reshaped. ... Read more

Istanbul Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz Nationals, Turkish Official Says
WorldPost & HP | Reuters | 06/30/26

Three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers who killed 42 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul airport this week were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on Europe's third-busiest airport was the deadliest in a series of suicide bombings in Turkey this year.

... Wars in neighboring Syria and Iraq have fostered a home-grown Islamic State network blamed for a series of suicide bombings in Turkey, including two others this year targeting foreign tourists in the heart of Istanbul. ... Read more

71% of Americans Think the Economy is "Rigged" ... They're RIGHT

World's Most Systemically Dangerous Bank Crashes Back To Record Lows
ZeroHedge | author | 06/30/16

Despite all the exuberance over the Brexit bounce in US (and UK) equities, never minds bonds, FX, and credit being far less enthusiastic, Deutsche Bank is plunging once again this morning. Having failed The Fed's stress test for the second year running and been diagnosed by The IMF as the world's most systemically dangerous financial entity, the giant Germanbank is getting slammed down almost 4% today, back near record lows as its 'Lehman-esque' path to devastation continues. ... Read more

Soros: Brexit Has "Unleashed" A Financial Crisis Similar to 2008
ZeroHedge | author | 06/30/16

Britain's decision to leave the European Union has "unleashed" a crisis in financial markets similar to the global financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, George Soros told the European Parliament in Brussels. "This has been unfolding in slow motion, but Brexit will accelerate it. It is likely to reinforce the deflationary trends that were already prevalent" Soros said. ... Read more

"Deutsche Bank Poses The Greatest Risk To The Global Financial System": IMF
ZeroHedge | author | 06/30/16

Over three years ago we wrote "At $72.8 Trillion, Presenting The Bank With The Biggest Derivative Exposure In The World" in which we introduced a bank few until then had imagined was the riskiest in the world. As we explained then "the bank with the single largest derivative exposure is not located in the US at all, but in the heart of Europe, and its name, as some may have guessed by now, is Deutsche Bank. The amount in question? €55,605,039,000,000. Which, converted into USD at the current EURUSD exchange rate amounts to $72,842,601,090,000.... Or roughly $2 trillion more than JPMorgan's." ... Read more
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'Unprecedented': Scientists Declare Global Climate Emergency After Jet Stream Crosses Equator
AlterNet | David Edwards / Raw Story | 06/30/16

Climate scientists this week expressed alarm after "unprecedented" data showed the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream crossing the Equator. ... Read more

More News

  1. Brexiters at war as Johnson pulls bid to be PM (FT)
  2. Soros Says Brexit Has 'Unleashed' a Financial-Markets Crisis (BBG)
  3. World stocks poised for worst month since January (Reuters)
  4. China to tolerate weaker yuan, wary of trade partners' reaction (Reuters)
  5. China central bank criticizes media for publishing 'inaccurate information' on yuan rate (Reuters)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 30 [10:27]
*DN | Who Is Getting Rich Off the $1.3 Trillion Student Debt Crisis? (06/29/16) [10:02]
The Untold History of The US
Oliver Stone - The Untold History of The US - Bush & Obama Age of Terror (2015) [58:39]
More Oliver Stone - The Untold History of The US
TRNN | Michael Lighty discusses: The Conflict is Between Wall Street and Main Street within the Democratic Party (06/30/16) [15:15]
TRNN | Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change, shortcomings on the carbon tax, TPP, fracking, and fossil fuel extraction (06/30/16) [17:29]
TRNN | Baris Karaagac says: the Turkish state must give up its aggressive, Neo-Ottomanist foreign policy if it wants to contain terrorist attacks (06/30/16) [14:46]
*TYT | Senate To Vote On Puerto Rico Relief Package (06/29/16) [6:28]
TYT | Bernie-Backed Zephyr Teachout Wins New York Primary (06/29/16) [7:07]
TYT | The Internet Reacts To Heterosexual Pride Day (06/29/16) [5:19]
RT | CrossTalk: What will the EU do now -- reform itself or double down? Will Brussels take on what is called the democracy deficit? And is there such a thing as an amicable political divorce? (06/29/16) [24:33]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Is It the End of the Atomic Era? (06/29/16) [4:48]
*DR | Can We Trust Our Cars? (06/30/16) [1hr]
There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday June 29, 2016
News Articles
Today's Headlines
TERROR IN THE TERMINALS 41 DEAD... 239 INJURED... Suicide Bombing Rocks Turkish Airport... Among The Busiest Airports In The World... ISIS Suspected... Surveillance Video Captures Moment Of Explosion... Istanbul's Fifth Major Bomb Attack This Year...

*Bernie Sanders: Democrats Need to Wake Up
NYTimes | Bernie Sanders | 06/28/16

Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children.

And it's not just the British who are suffering. That increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world's economic elite, is failing people everywhere. Incredibly, the wealthiest 62 people on this planet own as much wealth as the bottom half of the world's population -- around 3.6 billion people. The top 1 percent now owns more wealth than the whole of the bottom 99 percent. The very, very rich enjoy unimaginable luxury while billions of people endure abject poverty, unemployment, and inadequate health care, education, housing and drinking water. ...

... In the last 15 years, nearly 60,000 factories in this country have closed, and more than 4.8 million well-paid manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Much of this is related to disastrous trade agreements that encourage corporations to move to low-wage countries.

Despite major increases in productivity, the median male worker in America today is making $726 dollars less than he did in 1973, while the median female worker is making $1,154 less than she did in 2007, after adjusting for inflation. ... Read more

Nearly 47 million Americans live in poverty. An estimated 28 million have no health insurance

Pivot? Trump Doesn't Need No Stinkin' Pivot
HP | S.V. Date | 06/28/16

Donald Trump on Tuesday evening declared his fondness for torture, likened a new trade deal to the "rape of our country," and joked with a man wanting a job by offering him one if he agreed to a 10 percent pay cut. ... Read more

Anti-'Brexit' protest hits London
Anti-'Brexit' protest hits London (06/28/16) [1:37:29]

'Elites' Called To Arms: "It's Time To Rise Up Against The Ignorant Masses"
ZeroHedge | author | 06/29/16

It appears the powers that be just are not going to take it anymore. Having mistakenly allowed the people of Britain to exercise their free will, Foreign Policy's James Traub exclaims, "It's time for the elites to rise up against the ignorant masses." ... Read more
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There Is Now A Staggering $11.7 Trillion In Negative Yielding Debt
ZeroHedge | author | 06/29/16

It was not even a month ago when we last looked at the total amount of negative yielding debt around the globe, and were shocked to find that according to Fitch, for the first time in history (obviously), there was over $10 trillion in negative yielding debt. Fast forward 4 weeks later, and the grand total is now $1.3 trillion higher, or $11.7 trillion. ... Read more

Can You Say Refugee Camp?
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Don't They Deserve More?
*TRNN | Economist Bill Black says: the arrogance, incompetence, and ignorance by the elites was a major factor in pushing people to vote to leave the EU (06/29/16) [12:10]
*TRNN | Economist Bill Black says: Clinton Appointees to DNC Platform Didn't Support Positions Clinton Claims To Hold (06/28/16) [12:15]
*TRNN | Economist Richard Wolff says: French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers (06/29/16) [11:29]
TYT | Trump: Istanbul Bombing Proves Me Right About Muslim Ban (06/28/16) [2:59]
TYT | Trump's Lawyer Accuses Hillary Of Murder (06/28/16) [3:37]
TYT | Trey Gowdy Can't Say Hillary Lied About Benghazi (06/28/16) [12:37]
TYT | Trump Lied About Giving Millions To Charity... Bigly (06/28/16) [14:07]
RT | Keiser Report: Governments hate Keynesianism (E933) (06/28/16) [25:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | DNC Platform Ignores TPP & Fracking (full) (06/28/16) [57:16]
*DR | Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling (06/29/16) [1hr]
The Obama administration took a blow last week when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on an immigration case. But the bigger blow might be to the families affected by the ruling. The 4-4 tie in U.S. v Texas, affirming a lower court decision, in essence consigns 4 million undocumented immigrants to limbo for years. President Obama had sought to defer their deportation. Many of those opposed to Obama's immigration proposals characterized the high court ruling as reining in executive overreach. Immigrant advocates say the effect will be to devastate families. Diane and guests discuss the Supreme Court's ruling and what it means for America's undocumented immigrants and future immigration policy.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's behind the new deal between Turkey and Israel? (06/27/16) [25:40]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday June 28, 2016
News Articles

*Global markets lose record $3tn since Brexit vote
Financial Times (FT) | Nicole Bullock | 06/28/16

Global stock markets have lost a record $3tn in the past two trading days after a sharp sell-off in equities around the world in response to the UK referendum vote to leave the EU.

Observers said the falls on the first day after the vote on Friday were tied mainly to the short-term unwinding of trading positions related to expectations of a Remain vote ahead of the shock result. The further selling on Monday was more about long-term revaluing of assets in anticipation of the potential fallout from the decision. "The bottom line is that very few investors were positioned for the vote we got," said Nicholas Colas, chief markets strategist at Convergex.

On a percentage basis, the S&P Global Broad Market index, known as the BMI, has fallen almost 6.9 per cent, the worst two-day decline since the aftermath of the financial crisis in November of 2008 and 12th worst on record, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. ... Read more

RT | Leaked document: Germany and France to replace Brussels in charge of EU? (06/27/16) [2:29]

*EU Officials To Unveil 'Ultimatum' Blueprint As Final Solution For European Super-State
ZeroHedge | author | 06/28/16

It appears The Brits may have dodged more than a bullet in their decision to leave The EU. The foreign ministers of France and Germany are reportedly due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an "ultimatum." As The Express reports, the shockingly predictable final solution to Europe's Brexit-driven existential crisis is an apparently long-held plan to morph the continent's countries into one giant superstate. The radical proposals mean EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. According to the Daily Express, the nine-page report has "outraged" some EU leaders. The plans for 'a closer European Union' have been branded an attempt to create a 'European superstate', as The Daily Mail reports, ... Read more

Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy by Mark Weisbrot

Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate more than twice that of the United States more than six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Why did the vast majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the last two decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? Why was Latin America able to achieve substantial poverty reduction in the 21st century after more than two decades without any progress?

Failed analyzes these questions, explaining why these important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda, which included shrinking the welfare state, reducing health care, pension, and other social spending, and reducing the bargaining power of labor played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and pushing it into years of recession and mass unemployment. This conclusion is based not only on public statements of European officials, but also on thousands of pages of documentation from consultations between the IMF and European governments after 2008.

The second central theme of Failed is that there are always practical alternatives to prolonged economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment-including the hardest hit, crisis-ridden country of Greece.

The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative, one that has previously gotten too little attention. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle income countries. Failed also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the twenty-first century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

See Thom Hartmann's interview with Mark Weisbrot - Brexit... What The "Experts" Got Wrong (in the right column)
MSNBC | Morning Joe | Sarah Palin's Donald Trump Speech: 'Worse Than A Train Wreck' (04/04/16) [5:40]

"People Need To Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is"
ZeroHEdge | author | 06/28/16

Following the release of former secret service officer Gary Byrne's book, Clinton campaign officials have tried to play down his accusations with ad hominum attacks at Byrne as opposed to denying any of his allegations. However, as his book gains traction, RealClearPolitics reports that during his appearance of FOX News' Hannity show, Byrne talked Hillary Clinton's temperament, her "terrified staff," Bill Clinton carrying on affairs, drug use in the White House and more with host Sean Hannity. Byrne said Clinton was feared by her staff and was notorious for her yelling. Byrne told Hannity that she has "blown up" at him and other Secret Service agents... Read more
"People Need To Know The Real Hillary Clinton And How Dangerous She Is" (06/27/16) [10:34]

European Dead-Cat-Bounce Dies - Big Banks End Lower
ZeroHedge | author | 06/28/16

Well that didn't last long. With hopes of a face-ripping ride higher this morning as Draghi jawboning lifted bank stocks and Cable, the bounce was nothing but an opportunity for sellers to escape at better prices. While Deutsche eked out a tiny gain, RBS, Unicredit, Credit Suisse, and UBS all tumbled to end the day red... Read more

Bank of America: "If You Are Going To Panic, Panic Early"
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 28 [12:16]
DN | California: Fires Burn at "Exponential Rates" Amid Blistering Heat Wave and 5-Year Drought (06/28/16) [3:44]
DN | As Extreme Weather Sweeps Across U.S., Is New Democratic Platform on Climate Change Too Weak? (06/28/16) [10:20]
*DN | Once-in-a-Thousand-Year Flooding Devastates West Virginia, Killing At Least 23 (06/28/16) [5:54]
DN | Plaintiff in SCOTUS Abortion Case Celebrates Historic Win But Says Struggle for Clinics Isn't Over (06/28/16) [17:13]
John Oliver
HBO John Oliver | Food Waste (older) [17:49]
HBO John Oliver | The John Oliver Cheeseburger Commercial (2015) [1:18]
TRNN | The Laura Flanders Show: Beyond Bernie: Socialism and the Struggle Against Capitalism (06/28/16) [25:00]
TRNN | Heiner Flassbeck says: Brexit sends Europe into Political and Economic Crises (06/28/16) [12:36]
TRNN | Glen Ford says: Clinton Forces Dominate DNC Platform, Demolishing Key Sanders Issues (06/28/16) [25:00]
*TYT | Polls: Trump Campaign In Freefall (06/27/16) [9:09]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Brexit... What The "Experts" Got Wrong (06/28/16) [11:28]
ThomHartmann | Are the Berniecrats Pulling the DNC Left? (full) (06/27/16) [57:05]
*DR | What Brexit Means For The U.S. (06/28/16) [1hr]
Global financial markets show some signs of steadying this morning following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The vote last Thursday sparked a global market drop of $3 trillion. Yesterday U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew offered assurances that although the U.K. and the EU is in uncharted waters economically and politically, the U.S. is not facing a related financial crisis of its own. Still, it's clear that Britain's likely more distant relationship with European Union countries leaves the U.S. more removed as well -- as least temporarily. Please join us to talk about what the British exit means for the U.S. economy. global security and the 2016 campaign.
*Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's the future of the UK in the wake of Brexit? (06/25/16) [24:15]
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost - Beyond Brexit: The consequences of Britain's great exit (06/25/16) [25:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can the political deadlock be broken in Spain? (06/26/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday June 27, 2016
News Articles

British EU Vote Unnerves World Leaders And Markets
WorldPost | Reuters | 06/26/16

Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving world officials and financial markets confused about how to handle the political and economic fallout.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to stay on in a caretaker role until the UK Conservative Party elects a new leader in about three months, after he resigned on Friday.

But he has refused to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, which allows for two years of exit negotiations, leaving little clarity about how or when Britain will begin negotiations with the EU on a new relationship. ... Read more

LastWeekTonight with JohnOliver
John Oliver | Brexit Aftermath (Now What!) (06/27/16) [8:03]

REPORT: C.I.A. Arms For Syrian Rebels Stolen, Supplied Black Market
NYTimes | Mark Mazzetti | 06/26/16

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation. ... Read more

Donald Trump Would Push Debt To Highest Level In U.S. History, Report Says
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 06/26/16

Donald Trump's policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report.

The analysis, which the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget published Sunday evening, represents one of the first serious efforts to assess how electing Trump or his chief rival for the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, might affect federal finances over time. ... Read more
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Promises and Price Tags: A Fiscal Guide to the 2016 Election website
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West Virginia Recovering After Worst Flooding In More Than A Century
HP | Reuters | 06/27/16

West Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs. ... Read more
CBSN | West Virginia gets aid after deadly flood (06/26/16) [5:27]

Historic floods in West Virginia have killed at least 24 people and lead to blackouts in tens of thousands of home. Fourty-four of the states's 55 counties are in a state of emergency. CBS News correpondent Kris Van Cleave speaks with CBSN from Clendenin, West Virginia. (06/26/16)

Hardly anybody wants to speak at Trump's convention
Politico | Alex Isenstadt | 06/27/16

POLITICO reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak.

A slot at the Republican National Convention used to be a career-maker -- a chance to make your name on the big stage and to catch the eye of the Republican donors and activists who make or break campaigns. In the year of Trump: Not so much.

With the convention less than a month away, POLITICO contacted more than 50 prominent governors, senators and House members to gauge their interest in speaking. Only a few said they were open to it, and everyone else said they weren't planning on it, didn't want to, or weren't going to Cleveland at all -- or simply didn't respond. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 27 [11:06]
DN | Making Sense of Brexit: Paul Mason on Britain's Growing Economic & Political Crisis (06/27/16) [14:16]
Brexit (Britsh Exit)
First UK Parliament debate after Brexit referendum (recorded live transmission) (06/27/16) [1:29:41]
George Bush
*DR | The Fallout From The Brexit Vote (06/27/16) [1hr]
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange following news on June 24 that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. The Dow Jones industrial average quickly fell nearly 500 points on the news with markets around the globe plunging.

The world reacts to Brexit: European Union leaders plan for Great Britain's departure and investors brace for more uncertainty, as the U.S. considers economic and strategic implications.
TRNN | Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, discusses the link to climate change, and why he is still optimistic (06/27/16) [7:57]
TRNN | Charles Lechner tells Paul Jay that although Sanders lost the race for president, he's left a legacy of millions of people who now know how to fight this kind of a race (06/27/16) [15:28]
TRNN | Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas says Britain's vote to leave is a direct result of the EU's lack of democracy (06/24/16) [15:38]
TYT | Brexit Causes Economic Chaos (06/24/16) [12:20]
TYT | Brexit Wins! Cameron Loses (06/24/16) [15:23] RT | Keiser Report: Your Special Brexit Coctail (E932) (06/25/16) [24:46]
RT | CrossTalk: The meaning of Brexit -- the bigger picture. UK voters have rejected the EU and, importantly, they have rejected the political status quo. Today, sovereignty and national interest trump elite-driven internationalism. (06/26/16) [23:41]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Venezuela Crisis Exposed (06/23/16) [12:33]
Journeyman Pictures | How The Wheels Fell Off Of Venezuela's Socialist Revolution (2009) [23:12]
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Friday June 24, 2016
News Articles
CAMERON QUITS ... British PM Resigns After UK Vote To Leave EU... New Leader Will Be In Place By Oct... UK Faces Uncertain Future... Pound Plummets To 31-Year Low... Markets Clobbered... BILLIONS Wiped Out... UK No Longer The 5th Largest Economy In The World... Dow To Open Down Big... IT BEGINS: Sinn Fein Wants 'United Ireland' Vote... Minister: Scotland Independence Referendum Is On The Table... 'Leave' Leader Backtracks: Ł350 Million Weekly Savings Pledge A 'Mistake'... Brexit Prompts Calls From Other Nations To Leave EU... Read More On HuffPost UK...

BREXIT CARNAGE: Sterling, Stocks In Free Fall As UK Votes To Exit European Union
HP | Reuters | 06/24/16

The British pound had collapsed no less than 15 U.S. cents, easily the biggest fall in living memory.

UK financial markets braced for one of their most volatile days ever on Friday, with sterling hitting a 31-year low in its biggest fall in history after Britons voted to leave the EU and David Cameron said he would resign as prime minister.

Government bond yields pointed to a new record low and UK and European stocks opened 8 percent lower, reflecting widespread alarm in the financial community over the uncertainty and volatility likely to be unleashed by the Brexit vote. ... Read more

BBC News | Brexit: David Cameron resigns as UK votes to leave (06/24/16) [6:27]
RT | 'EU is failing, EU is dying': Nigel Farage speech following Brexit vote (06/24/16) [4:02]
Good old Nigel Farage

Greenspan: "This Is The Worst Period I Recall; There's Nothing Like It"
ZeroHedge | author | 06/24/16

"This is the worst period, I recall since I've been in public service. There's nothing like it, including the crisis -- remember October 19th, 1987, when the Dow went down by a record amount 23 percent? That I thought was the bottom of all potential problems. This has a corrosive effect that will not go away. I'd love to find something positive to say." ... Read more

"Worse Than Lehman" - European Bank Bloodbath Sparks Dollar Funding Crisis
ZeroHedge | author | 06/24/16

For European banks, today is worse than Lehman with a 13%-plus collapse in the broad index. The major banks - like Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank - have crashed over 15% to record lows as "Lehman moments" loom. This crisis prompted massive demand for USDollars, sending basis swaps (and other funding vehicles) spiking which it appears is why The Fed said it was ready to provide liquidity. ... Read more

Historic Volume Surge Forces Deutsche, Morgan Stanley To Shut Down Dark Pools
ZeroHedge | author | 06/24/16

Following a historic surge in volume after the Brexit referendum, which sent bid/ask spreads soaring and led to a disorderly market at the European open, Deutsche Bank AG temporarily shut off outside market makers in its dark pool, SuperX. The bank told outside market makers that they would be prohibited from trading in SuperX on Friday, until the bank notified them it was ready to resume. Morgan Stanley's dark pool was likewise turn "off" this morning as ATS operators scrambled to make sense of the broken market. ... Read more

Emails: State Dept. scrambled on trouble on Clinton's server
AP | Michael Biesecker | 06/22/16

State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.

The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's service as the nation's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013. ... Read more
TYT | Security Disabled On Hillary's Email Servers (06/23/16) [7:56]

Supreme Court Deadlocks On Immigration, Leaving Obama's Deportation Relief Plan In Limbo
HP | Cristian Farias | 06/23/16

The Supreme Court couldn't reach a majority for or against President Barack Obama's plan to defer deportation for millions Thursday, effectively leaving his executive actions on hold and undocumented immigrants in limbo. In a one-sentence ruling, the justices simply said, "The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided court." But they didn't indicate how they voted -- a sign that the court was sharply at odds along ideological lines.

The split decision means a lower court ruling that effectively blocked the program will stand, and no national precedent will be set as to whether the president acted within the law when he announced it in November 2014. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 24 [9:26]
DN | Undocumented Mother & U.S. Citizen Daughter Call on Obama to Stop Deportations Despite SCOTUS Ruling (06/24/16) [5:12]
*DN | Debate: After Shocking Vote, Can U.K.'s Radical Left Navigate a "Left Exit" from EU Neoliberalism? (06/24/16) [19:07]
*TRNN | Codepink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin says: Gun Control Sit-In Political Theater Can Be Used to Our Advantage (06/24/16) [7:26]
TRNN | Justin Podur says: The peace agreement between the FARC rebels and the Colombian government is a major achievement, but will take a while to implement and sustain (06/24/16) [14:33]
TYT | Gohmert Screams "Radical Islam!" At Democrats (06/23/16) [4:44]
TYT | UK Leaves The EU, #Brexit Wins!!! (06/24/16) [3:38]
*RT | Max and Stacy bring out the charts! From foreigners selling US equities to Alibaba's market share soaring and Deutsche Bank's stock price tumbling (06/23/16) [24:06]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | What Living w/ Climate Change Feels Like (06/23/16) [8:02]
ThomHartmann | Why The Dying of the Coral Reefs Brings Planetary Instability (06/23/16) [3:57]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (06/24/16) [1hr]
The Friday News Roundup: House Democrats stage a sit-in to push for a vote on new gun laws. Campaign finance reports show Donald Trump with much less money and staff than Hillary Clinton. And a federal judge in Wyoming strikes down an Obama administration safety rule on fracking. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (06/24/16) [1hr]
The U.K. votes to leave the European Union. Heavy fighting continues in parts of Fallujah as Iraqi forces seek to retake all of the city from ISIS. And in Venezuela, food shortages spur looting and rioting. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Protests and state violence: A talk with Jimmy Carter (06/22/16) [25:45]
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Thursday June 23, 2016
News Articles

Organic Farming Could Feed The World, If Only We Would Let It
HP | Joseph Erbentraut | 06/22/16

... Research published in the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture in 2012 found that the world's farmers already produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. The Economist reported similar findings in a 2011 report.

Despite that tremendous productivity, an estimated 795 million people on earth -- about one in nine people -- do not have enough food to lead healthy, active lives, according to the U.N.'s World Food Programme. The reason for that gap, according to World Hunger: 10 Myths author and Small Planet Institute director Frances Moore Lappe, is that hunger has less to do with supply and more to do with poverty and a lack of equal access to land, water and other necessary resources. ... Read more

The Investing Legends Are Preparing For a Crash
ZeroHedge | author | 06/21/16

... Globally over $10 trillion in bonds are trading with negative yields. This, in of itself, is the makings of a tremendous crisis. With negative yields, bondholders are forced to pay the issuer for the right to lend money.

However, the far bigger issue is the $500+ trillion in interest rate based derivatives. The big banks use sovereign bonds, such as German Bunds, as collateral to backstop the derivatives markets.

With the number of bonds with negative yields growing daily, the derivatives markets are forced to price in yields at levels never before seen by humanity. ... Read more

This Is Not Your Grandma's First Brexit
HP | Charlotte Alfred | 06/22/16

The U.K. is starkly divided over Thursday's referendum on the country's membership in the European Union. Polls show that proponents of leaving and remaining in the EU have been locked in a neck-and-neck race for months.

These divides don't fall neatly along party lines, however. The greatest divisions are socioeconomic, regional -- and above all, generational. ... Read more
TYT | Brexit Vote Takes Place In UK (06/22/16) [12:51]

At Least 185 Environmental Activists Were Murdered Last Year

Trump Just Gave His Sharpest Anti-Clinton Speech Yet
MotherJones | Max J. Rosenthal | 06/22/16

Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Hillary Clinton during a lengthy speech in New York on Wednesday, calling the presumptive Democratic nominee a "world-class liar" and potentially "the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency."

Trump claimed Clinton had "perfected the politics of personal profit and even theft," accusing her of taking money from banks, special interests, and "financial backers in Communist China" in return for influence. He slammed her for ignoring "radical Islam" and allowing American diplomats to be killed in Benghazi in 2012. "She lacks the temperament, the judgment, and the competence to lead," he said. ... Read more
Donald Trump Anti Hillary Clinton Speech (full) (06/22/16) [40:22]

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The Insane Southwest Heat Wave Is Just the Beginning
MotherJones | Lydia O'Connor | 06/21/16

Deadly, record-breaking heat and wildfires sweeping across the Southwestern US are a clear sign of manmade climate change at work, scientists say.

Triple-digit temperatures began scorching Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico early this week. Some of the most intense heat was recorded throughout Arizona, where four hikers died in separate heat-related incidents.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service announced temperature records for that calendar day in Yuma at 120 degrees, Phoenix at 118, Tucson at 115 and Flagstaff at 93, NOAA spokeswoman Maureen O'Leary told The Huffington Post. Tucson's heat tied for the third hottest day every recorded in the city. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 23 [9:33]
*DN | After Decades of Protest, Last California Nuclear Plant to Close & Be Replaced by Renewable Energy (06/23/16) [8:24]
TRNN | Socialist and Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant says: Bernie Running As a Green "Would Be Nothing Short of a Political Earthquake" (06/23/16) [18:50]
TRNN | Prof. Neil Davidson discusses: Can the EU be Reformed from Within? (06/23/16) [13:06]
TYT | Democrats Stage Sit-In Protest In Congress (06/22/16) [10:50]
RT | CrossTalk: The Syrian showdown is looming. A rebellion has broken out in the ranks of the State Department against Obama's handling of the conflict. The Pentagon and the CIA are at odds. And Russia has demonstrated it has lost patience with Washington's so-called moderates. (06/22/16) [24:40]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Youth Are Suing the Feds Over Climate Change (06/22/16) [5:20]
*DR | The Global Refugee Crisis And How Governments In The U.S. And Around The World Are Responding (06/23/16) [1hr]
According to a report from the United Nations released this week, 65 million people around the world were displaced from their home by the end of last year-- the largest number ever recorded by the agency. While the majority are people are exiled within their own country around 20 million are refugees. The largest group, not surprisingly, is fleeing Syria. Europe has struggled to cope with the influx of migrants and have moved to close their borders. On this side of the Atlantic, anti-immigrant rhetoric is running high. Susan Page and her panel discuss the global refugee crisis and how governments in the U.S. and around the world are responding.
*DR | The Growing Popularity Of Retail Health Clinics And What Patients Need To Know (06/23/16) [1hr]
More than six million people go to health clinics each year in retail stores like Wal-Mart and CVS. It's a convenient place to get a strep test or vaccination on evenings and weekends when physicians are often unavailable. The out-of-pocket expenses can also be cheaper. But the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents not to take children to these clinics. And other doctors say those with certain chronic diseases could be at risk if they rely too heavily on them for medical care. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of guests discuss the pros and cons of retail health clinics.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Brexit: Is the European Union still attractive? (06/22/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
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Wednesday June 22, 2016
News Articles

Trump's puny war chest rattles GOP
Politico | Daniel Strauss | 06/21/16

Donald Trump's newly released fundraising figures proved so anemic that Republican operatives are still shaking their heads and rubbing their eyes to make sure they read the numbers correctly.

The presumptive Republican nominee -- who frequently boasts about his vast personal fortune -- reported a paltry $1.3 million cash on hand Monday evening, a total not even in the same ballpark as Hillary Clinton's $42.5 million. ... Read more

*Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course.

But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. This is not for lack of opportunity: Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and yet the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming.

With his trademark sardonic wit and lacerating logic, Frank's Listen, Liberal lays bare the essence of the Democratic Party's philosophy and how it has changed over the years. A form of corporate and cultural elitism has largely eclipsed the party's old working-class commitment, he finds. For certain favored groups, this has meant prosperity. But for the nation as a whole, it is a one-way ticket into the abyss of inequality. In this critical election year, Frank recalls the Democrats to their historic goals-the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump's Campaign Has No Money, Wall Street Has No Love for Elizabeth Warren (06/22/16) [5:34]

Brexit Polls Offer Little Insight Into UK Voter Preferences
HP | Natalie Jackson | 06/21/16

The United Kingdom votes in a referendum Thursday on whether it will leave the European Union, or "Brexit." The decision could have major global economic and political ramifications.

... The HuffPost Pollster model estimates that if the election was held today about 46 percent of Britons would vote to leave the EU, and 45 percent would vote to remain. The probability that leave is in the lead is about 78 percent, but it wouldn't be surprising for the June 23 vote to go either way. .... Read more

ECB Balance Sheet Hits Record High (With Stocks At 18-Month Lows)
ZeroHedge | author | 06/22/16

Given the utter failure to create any 'real' economic gains via the expansion of the ECB balance sheet, the plunge in stock prices (and thus crushing the trickle-down wealth-creation mandate) leaves Draghi in the same boat as Yellen - utterly impotent. ... Read more
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The Worthless Society
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 22 [11:59]
*DN | Thomas Frank on Clinton & Democratic Establishment: What Happened to the Party of the People?, Part 1 (06/22/16) [9:32], Part 2 [9:11]
TRNN | John Weeks discusses: Europe Will Drift Further to the Right if Britain Leaves EU (06/20/16) [12:44]
TRNN | Naomi Klein on the Ousting of President Rousseff (06/22/16) [1:52]
TYT | Hacker Releases MORE Hillary Clinton Memos (06/21/16) [11:00]
TYT | Why Won't Hillary Clinton Talk To The Press? (06/21/16) [3:09]
*RT | Max and Stacy discuss economic anxiety in a 'divided America,' in which 'rosy averages' bypass most. (06/21/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Trump Campaign's Financial And Organizational Challenges (06/22/16) [1hr]
New campaign finance reports show that Donald Trump has less than $1.3 million in the bank heading into June. He is trailing Hillary Clinton by more than $41 million. Trump's staff of 70 people also pales in comparison to Clinton's nearly 700 campaign employees. Top Republicans are alarmed and wonder how Trump will win swing states in the November election. In response, the presumptive nominee said he would rely on his personal fortune. Trump is expected to respond further to concerns about his campaign in a speech later this morning. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of guests take a look at the state of Donald Trump's campaign.
*DR | Environmental Outlook: How Public Opinion Has Shifted On Climate Change And Why (06/22/16) [1hr]
"The earth has warmed and we did it" -- this is the headline of a large print ad that appeared earlier this week in the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. The sponsor of that ad, The Partnership for Responsible Growth, is hoping to get a message through to readers of the Wall Street Journal whose opinion writers regularly introduce uncertainty into the question as to whether the climate is warming and how much human activity has to do with it. For those hoping for strong action to counter the risks of climate change, the last eight years have been dispiriting: Despite the mounting scientific evidence, fewer people are persuaded. For this month's Environmental Outlook: join us to talk about what people believe about climate change and why.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday June 21, 2016
News Articles

The Clintons: how Putin grabbed a fifth of all US uranium
jonrappoport | Jon Rappoport | 01/26/16

The bare bones of the story: a Canadian company called Uranium One controls a great deal of uranium production in the US. It was sold to Russia (meaning Putin and his minions). So Putin now controls 20% of US uranium production. ... Read more
Or
Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal | NYTimes | Jo Becker | 04/23/15

Wall Street donors seek to block Warren VP pick
politico.com | Ben White | 06/20/16

Big Wall Street donors have a message for Hillary Clinton: Keep Elizabeth Warren off the ticket or risk losing millions of dollars in contributions.

In a dozen interviews, major Democratic donors in the financial services industry said they saw little chance that Clinton would pick the liberal firebrand as her vice presidential nominee. These donors despise Warren's attacks on the financial industry. But they also think her selection would be damaging to the economy. And they warned that if Clinton surprises them and taps Warren, big donations from the industry could vanish. ... Read more
TYT | Wall Street Threatens Clinton Over Warren (06/20/16) [11:10]

Janet Yellen's $200-Trillion Debt Problem
ZeroHEdge | author | 06/21/16

More than $10 trillion of government bonds now trade at negative yields. And another $10 trillion or so worth of U.S. stocks trade well above their long-term average valuations. And there's more than $200 trillion of debt in the world -- with about $60 trillion added since the global financial crisis. All of this sits on the Fed's financial applecart. Does Janet Yellen dare upset it? Nah. It will have to upset itself. ... Read more

Through the first 172 days of 2016, there were 145 mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive.

New York Daily News Slams Senate Gun Vote With Bloodied Capitol Building
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 06/21/16

As the New York Daily News sees it, U.S. senators faced a clear choice Monday between common-sense, in the form of modest gun control measures, and more slaughter.

Seemingly unfazed by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history just eight days earlier, the Senate chose the latter, voting down proposals aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists and tightening background checks. ... Read more

Derivatives, The Breakfast of Banksters
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 21 [11:01]
DN | Jeremy Corbyn: Why I Am Voting for Britain to "Remain" In European Union in Historic Brexit Vote (06/21/16) [13:15]
DN | An Attack on Democracy Itself: UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Pays Tribute to Murdered MP Jo Cox (06/21/16) [5:48]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | What's Happening Inside The Trump Campaign? (06/21/16) [5:33]
TRNN | Naomi Klein on the US Elections, the Democratic Party, and What the Movement Does Next (06/20/16) [21:43]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Greek Austerity Leading to Brain Drain with No Economic Recovery in Sight (06/20/16) [10:31]
TYT | FIRED: Trump Campaign Manager Went Too Far (06/20/16) [9:40]
TYT | Bought Congress Bans Study Of Gun Violence, Again (06/20/16) [5:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Brexit Vote And What's At Stake For Europe And The US (06/21/16) [1hr]
Brits go to the polls Thursday to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. Recent opinion surveys suggest that, by very small margins, voters there will choose to remain. The consequences of a British exit from the EU could be profound -- including not just a reordering of global trade but a potent symbol of a major backslide in the modern movement toward European unity. Supporters of an exit point to ongoing unease over the migrant crisis and the very real concerns of middle class workers who blame remote and unaccountable EU. policy makers for their diminished economic prospects, a sentiment shared by many in the U.S. as well. Join us to discuss why the Brexit vote matters.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Who's to blame for the worsening refugee crisis? (06/20/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday June 20, 2016
News Articles

Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year
HP & World News | Reuters | 06/20/16

One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee.

A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday. The figure, which jumped from 59.5 million in 2014 and by 50 percent in five years, means that 1 in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee, asylum-seeker or internally displaced in a home country. ... Read more

All The Folks Who Would Need To Come Together To Stop Trump At The Convention
HP | Howard Fineman | 06/20/16

As more and more Republican elites come to the realization that they're stuck with Donald Trump -- a rabid Teddy Ruxpin doll with Skrewdriver's debut album wedged inside it -- as their nominee, the dream of blocking his ascension continues to flit about fitfully in their collective subconscious. But the hour of doom draws ever closer, and staging a contested convention at this late date is going to be a difficult stunt to pull off.

Nevertheless, hope springs eternal. And this week, The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reported that the desire to supplant Trump at the convention is now shared by a growing number of convention delegates themselves. As O'Keefe reports, "Dozens of Republican convention delegates are hatching a new plan to block Donald Trump at this summer's party meetings, in what has become the most organized effort so far to stop the businessman from becoming the GOP nominee." ... Read more

People's Summit: Progressive Gathering Fertilizing Momentum of Bernie's Revolution
commondreams.org | Andrea Germanos | 06/20/16

Harnessing the broad desire for "transformative change," thousands are expected to gather this weekend in Chicago for a three-day event centered around many of the progressive issues that Bernie Sanders put at the forefront of his presidential campaign.

Backed by organizations including 350.org, Physicians for a National Health Program, National Nurses Union (NNU), Hedge Clippers, and the People for Bernie, the People's Summit says in its call for the event that it aims "to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People's Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality, and freedom." ... Read more
TRNN | RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United speaking at The People's Summit: explains how the Sanders movement does not exist in isolation (06/20/16) [1:40:49]

The video starts at 10:00 on the Progressbar.

"The Next Few Days Will Be Dominated By Fear" - Why One Trader Isn't Buying Today's Massive Stock Surge
ZeroHedge | author | 06/20/16

"The referendum is the single biggest risk-event in 2016. No major money manager can afford the consequences of being wrong if they significantly increase their risk exposure this week. The bravest and most nimble can perhaps punt on sentiment moves. But that is only day-traders and the most opportunistic of hedge funds, and they are a minority of money flows.... The relief rally will soon fade and, globally, most risky assets will trade weaker by Thursday." ... Read more

Endless War, Endless Greed: The Pentagon Is Lining Its Pockets with Taxpayer Dollars
AlterNet | Andrew Cockburn / TomDispatch | 06/16/16

A military plan focused not on peace but profitable production contracts for our weapons-making cartels.

... After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, U.S. military operations certainly deserve such obloquy. But the pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity. ... Read more

This Man’s Transformation Into Disney Princesses Has To Be Seen To Be Believed
HP | JamesMichael Nichols | 06/20/16

A 21-year-old Instagram artist is making waves across the Internet for his very convincing and thoroughly executed Disney Princess cosplay.

Richard Schaefer has spent the past five years perfecting his creative craft, using the classic Disney Princess cannon as inspiration for his makeup transformations. From Snow White to Pocahontas, these new takes on many of our classic childhood heroines are something that have to been seen to be believed. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 20 [12:26]
DN | "Our Dreams Don't Fit on Your Ballots": Naomi Klein on Next Steps for Pro-Bernie Sanders Movement (06/20/16) [8:58]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Brexit (06/19/16) [15:38]
TRNN | Sanders: Defeat Trump but Political Revolution Must Continue, Part 2 (06/19/16) [14:24]
TRNN | Cornel West vs. Robert Wexler on Israel and Palestine (06/19/16) [11:15]
TYT | Democrats Walk Out Of Congress To Protest Lack Of Gun Legislation (06/18/16) [6:28]
TYT | FBI Director Schools Trump On Muslims (06/17/16) [8:40]
TYT | Xenophobia On The Rise Worldwide (06/18/16) [6:13]
RT | Keiser Report: Ronald Reagan's warning that inflation is as 'violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man,' yet forgetting to warn us that so were his own trade and economic policies. (06/18/16) [25:44]
RT | CrossTalk: Know-nothing American diplomats demand regime change in Syria. Encircling Russia, NATO continues to break its word and international agreements. (06/20/16) [23:51]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | The Political Revolution Fights On (full) (06/17/16) [58:00]
*DR | Debate Over New Gun Control Laws in the Wake of the Orlando Mass Shooting (06/20/16) [1hr]
Following a deadly mass shooting that killed 49 people at a Florida nightclub, debate over how to address gun violence has re-emerged. The Orlando shooter had been on an FBI terrorist watch list but was able to legally purchase an assault-style rifle a few years later. The Senate votes today on four different amendments, which seek to address gun violence in different ways. The Democratic measures ban suspected terrorists from buying a gun and impose mandatory background checks while Republican versions are less restrictive and focus on alerting law enforcement. Guest host Cecilia Kang and guests discuss new attempts in Congress to address gun violence.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Europe's uphill battle: Is another euro crisis looming? (06/18/16) [26:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday June 17, 2016
News Articles

Tens of Thousands of Child Refugees Are Missing in Europe, and Many More Are Suffering a Plight Beyond Imagination
AlterNet | Vijay Prashad | 06/16/16

Last week, seven children--all refugees--wrote a joint letter to the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. "We are the children you see on the dangerous boats to Europe," they wrote, "torn from our families by war. We're the children you see living through hell in 'The Jungle' in Calais. We will never forget those horrific months." These children arrived in the UK and are now with their families. They want the other children across Europe to have the same outcome. "Some people have a negative view of refugees," they write, "but we just want a second chance of living a happy life with our families and away from war." A letter like this to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might be a good idea. It would let them know that the unaccompanied children who cross the Rio Grande are children -- eager for a better life, not a threat to the United States of America. ... Read more

Between January 1 and May 31 of this year, the International Organisation of Migration and others counted seven thousand five hundred and sixty-seven children amongst the desperate refugees who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Italy. Of them, startlingly, ninety-two per cent came without an adult.

Wildfires In Western U.S. Prompt Evacuations Ahead Of Record Heatwave
HP & Reuters | author | 06/16/16

Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown told a news conference his deputies had asked occupants of 400 homes and businesses to evacuate structures in areas threatened by flames from the California fire. Campers, and horses on ranches have also been forced out, officials said.

The blaze, which ignited on Wednesday in a wilderness area northwest of Santa Barbara, has consumed chaparral and tall grass in the Los Padres National Forest, blackening some 1,200 acres (490 hectares), according to the InciWeb fire information center. ... Read more

US Equity Markets Plunge As 'FANG' Stocks Give Up 2016 Gains
ZeroHedge | author | 06/17/16

FANG stocks, led by Google, have tumbled by the most in two months today and given up any gains in 2016. This is weighing on the broad hope-strewn stock market as it erases all the post-Jo-Cox-death gains from yesterday. ... Read more
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Deutsche Bank's Shocking ECB Rant: Warns Of Social Unrest And Another Great Depression
ZeroHedge | author | 06/17/16

Over the past century central banks have become the guardians of our economic and financial security. The Bundesbank and Federal Reserve are respected for achieving monetary stability, often in the face of political opposition. But central bankers can also lose the plot, usually by following the economic dogma of the day. When they do, their mistakes can be catastrophic.

Today the behaviour of the European Central Bank suggests that it too has gone awry. After seven years of ever-looser monetary policy there is increasing evidence that following the current dogma, broad-based quantitative easing and negative interest rates, risks the long-term stability of the eurozone. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 17 [9:55]
TRNN | Sanders: Defeat Trump but Political Revolution Must Continue (06/17/16) [21:35]
TRNN | Norman Solomon of RootsAction.org says: Why is Sanders Holding Back on Endorsing Clinton? (06/17/16) [9:11]
TYT | Hack Confirms DNC Worked Against Bernie Behind The Scenes (06/16/16) [9:41]
TYT | Stanford Silenced Women Who Warned About Brock Turner (06/16/16) [7:53]
TYT | British Member Of Parliament Jo Cox Assassinated (06/16/16) [7:48]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (06/17/16) [1hr]
The Friday News Roundup: The latest on the investigation into the Orlando mass shooting. Debate over gun violence heats up again in Congress. And a new Congressional report raises questions about American Red Cross finances.
*DR |Friday News - International (06/17/16) [1hr]
International reaction to the mass shooting in Orlando. A British lawmaker dies in an attack and the country halts its campaign on the European Union referendum. And Russian government hackers are accused of breaking in to Democratic National Committee files. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Will NATO's moves in Europe trigger a new Cold War? (06/15/16) [24:35]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

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