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Monday June 27, 2016
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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]
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*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: £350 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]
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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
*TYT | No Recovery For The Middle Class (06/11/16) [5:41] Click picture to zoom in
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.
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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]
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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]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Thursday June 16, 2016
News Articles

Most Women Are Crystal Clear About Trump: He Is Their Worst Nightmare
AlterNet | Ann Jones / Tom Dispatch | 06/15/16

Last fall, when presidential wannabe Donald Trump famously boasted on CNN that he would "be the best thing that ever happened to women," some may have fallen for it. Millions of women, however, reacted with laughter, irritation, disgust, and no little nausea. For while the media generate a daily fog of Trumpisms, speculating upon the meaning and implications of the man's every incoherent utterance, a great many women, schooled by experience, can see right through the petty tyrant and his nasty bag of tricks. ... Read more

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | This Diagram Explains Trump's Response To Orlando (06/15/16) [7:31]
Stephen Colbert | Bill O'Reilly Discuss The Political Response To Orlando (06/15/16) [9:02]
Stephen Colbert | Washington, DC Could Become A State, and Millennials Are Losing Their Grips (06/15/16) [3:09]
John Oliver
John Oliver | John Oliver: Retirement Plans (06/12/16) [21:29]

The Leaked List Of Hillary Clinton's Mega Donors
ZeroHedge | author | 06/16/16

While the media's focus following the leaked DNC documents by lone (and hardly a group of Russian operatives hacker "Guccifer2" has been understandably on the Democrats' documents in which they reveal they strategy how target Trump and his republican peers, what we found more interesting was the list of the candidate's mega donors, those who have provided $100,000 and above ... Read more
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Earth's Heat Extends an Unprecedented Streak of Records
Bloomberg | Tom Randall | 06/16/16/span>

It's no longer a question of whether 2016 will be the hottest on record, but by how much. The El Niño warming pattern in the Pacific Ocean is over, but unprecedented heat remains across the planet. Last month was the hottest May in 137 years of record keeping, according to new reports from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In an age of rising temperatures, monthly heat records have become all too common: May was the 13th consecutive month to set a new record, according to NOAA data released on Wednesday.

The extremes of recent months are such that we're not even halfway into 2016 and there's already a greater than 99 percent likelihood that this year will be the hottest on record, according to Gavin Schmidt, who directs NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. NASA and NOAA maintain independent records of the Earth's temperatures, but they both agree that last month was a scorcher. ... Read more

Derivatives, The Breakfast of Banksters
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 16 [12:03]
DN | How Will Elizabeth Warren Vote on Setting Up Fiscal Control Board in Puerto Rico? (06/15/16) [11:42]
TRNN | Abby Martin | Monsanto, America's Monster (06/14/16) [24:00]
TRNN | Why is Sanders Holding Back on Endorsing Clinton? (06/16/16) [9:11]
TRNN | Clinton Wins DC, Sanders Still in the Fight (06/15/16) [2:10]
TYT | Women To Register For Draft? (06/15/16) [2:34]
TYT | Trump Doesn't Want People On Terrorist Watch List To Buy Guns (06/15/16) [12:44]
TYT | Anderson Cooper Confronts Attorney General On Anti-Gay Record (06/15/16) [12:03]
RT | Economic impact of migrant crisis (Panel discussion) (06/16/16) [57:26]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Progress And Challenges In The LGBT Community (06/16/16) [1hr]
It remains unclear why Omar Mateen walked into a gay nightclub in Florida and began shooting everyone he could. The massacre horrified people around the world. And while the scale of his crime shocked members of America's LGBT community, violence against them is all too common. Despite gains made in legal rights and social acceptance for LGBT people, they are still one of the biggest targets of violent hate crime. The Southern Poverty Law Center found that sexual orientation motivates nearly 20 percent of hate crimes in the U.S. In at least 10 other nations, homosexuality is punishable by death. We discuss the challenges of being LGBT in America and abroad.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Wednesday June 15, 2016
News Articles
Some of Todays Headlines
HILL REPUBLICANS CAN'T ACKNOWLEDGE HIS EXISTENCE! ... GOPers 'Despondent'... CRUZ QUIET... Paul Ryan Still Refuses To Call Trump Out... TRUMP: Obama More Angry At Me Than At Shooter...

Powerful Images Show Fathers Caring For Their Children On The Refugee Trail
WorldPost (HP) | Willa Frej | 06/14/16

Some of the dads who deserve particular recognition this Father's Day are those who day in and day out risk their own lives to protect their children and seek out a safer future for them. War and instability in countries like Syria and Iraq have prompted millions of people to pull together a few belongings and flee with their children in tow.

Refugees face incredible hardships when they leave their homes -- smugglers who charge thousands of dollars for a spot in a dinghy boat headed to Europe; refugee camps where people live outdoors in squalor; and increasingly slim chances at being granted asylum in a safe country, to name a few . ... Read more

Hack Brief: Russia's Breach of the DNC Is About More Than Trump's Dirt
Wired.com | Andy Greenberg | 06/14/16

... On Tuesday, security firm Crowdstrike revealed that not one but two groups of hackers believed to be based in Russia had done just that. The intruders, according to Crowdstrike and the DNC officials who spoke to the Washington Post, fully accessed the campaign organization's emails and chats, and stole opposition research on Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. ... Read more

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory
9/11: A Conspiracy Theory () [4:56]
Aaron Russo & Rockerfeller () [10:41]
CNN | Exclusive Osama Bin Laden - First Ever TV Interview (1997) [9:51]
ABC | 1998 - Osama Bin Laden Interview With ABC John Miller (1998) [1:43]
CNN | Osama Bin Laden Releases Statement Denying Responsibility for 9/11 Attacks () [1:00]
10 Disturbing 9/11 Facts() [1:00]
15 Disturbing 9/11 Facts You'll Wish Weren't True
Leading To War () [1:12:16]
LEADING TO WAR is comprised entirely of archival news footage -- without commentary, without voiceover -- presented chronologically from President Bush's State of the Union address in January, 2002 (the "axis of evil" speech), and continuing up to the announcement of formal U.S. military action in Iraq on March 19, 2003.

Covering these 14 months, the film presents selected interviews, speeches, and press conferences given by President Bush and his administration, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, as well as by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and others. website
Bank Settlements with Federal Regularors
The dollar amounts might seem impressive, but this represents the Price of Doing Business. Only a portion of these fees ever get collected, and very little of that ever get back to the victims!
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 15 [11:26]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses: Orlando Shooter Proclaimed Allegiance to Rival Terrorist Organizations (06/15/16) [8:23]
TRNN | Peru's New Conservative President A Close Ally of the US (06/15/16) [12:38]
TYT | Russia Hacks DNC Servers, Steals Trump Files (06/14/16) [5:51]
TYT | Trump's Fear-mongering Lies About Refugees (06/14/16) [3:34]
TYT | Orlando Shooter Was Gay? (06/14/16) [7:30]
RT | CrossTalk: The Orlando massacre again brings into stark focus a number of highly contentious issues -- immigration, the nature of Islam, gay rights, America's foreign wars and gun control. (06/15/16) [24:10]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Tonight's Politics Panel discusses why the FBI's watch list is so ineffective, Obama calling out Republicans for their obsession with the words "radical Islamic terrorism," and a big win for net neutrality. In tonight's Daily take Thom details how Bernie supporters are the future of the Democratic Party. (full) (06/14/16) [57:10]
*DR | The Orlando Massacre And Ongoing Debate Over America's Cultural Diversity And Security (06/14/16) [1hr]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Who defines 'terrorism'? (06/14/16) [25:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What are the roots of gun culture in the US? (06/13/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
In the Theaters
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV launches in select movie theaters on August 19
There's A New 'Final Fantasy' Movie (trailer) (current) [1:51]
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Movie (interviews) (current) [2:31]
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king's magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum -- to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire's rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination. website

19 Official 2016 New Upcoming Movie Trailers (current) [39:19]

Tuesday June 14, 2016
News Articles

GOP Lawmaker To Give Away Two AR-15 Assault Rifles As Door Prize At Fundraiser
HP | Laura Bassett | 06/13/16

One day after the worst mass shooting in American history, Tennessee State Rep. Andy Holt (R) said he plans to give away two AR-15 assault rifles -- the same kind of weapon used in the massacre -- as a "door prize" at an upcoming political fundraiser.

Holt, a self-described conservative Christian, had announced last week that he would give away one AR-15 at "Hogfest," a barbeque fundraiser on his farm that has a petting zoo and hay rides. But when reporters asked him after the Orlando, Florida, shooting on Sunday whether he still planned to give away the assault weapon, he told reporters that he now wants to give away two instead of one. ... Read more

Donald Trump's Exploitation of Orlando
NewYorker | David Remnick | 06/12/16

the rhetoric of Donald Trump, mendacity and cynicism compete for equal time. It is hard to say which prevailed today as the Republican Party standard-bearer, a man who pretends to the most powerful political office in the land, tweeted this at his followers: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism."

This came in the wake of the most horrific mass shooting in the history of the United States -- a slaughter of fifty men and women in an L.G.B.T. night club called Pulse, in Orlando, early Sunday morning. Trump allowed that he didn't want "congrats" so much as he wanted "toughness & vigilance." Just as profoundly, he announced, "We must be smart!"

Trump also told his followers -- and hence the world -- that President Obama should "immediately resign in disgrace" for failing to "mention the words radical Islam" in his remarks on the shooting. And, he suggested, Hillary Clinton might want to get out of the Presidential race for making the same sin of omission in her statement. ... Read more

9/11, Pentagon, and Missile Defense: $130 Billion on Pentagon's Missile Defense Fails to Stop Four Airliners on 9/11
wanttoknow.info | Open letter

How is it possible that the Pentagon's highly touted missile detections systems could not locate Flight 77 in the 42 minutes it was known to be lost before it crashed into the heart of the defense system of the U.S.? The missile detection systems did not depend on FAA radar and were programmed to pick up any unaccounted for objects and raise alarms immediately, as mentioned on the CBO website. ...

... Why is it that the 9/11 Commission budget was far less than the budget allotted to the Challenger space shuttle disaster or even the Monica Lewinsky affair? The 9/11 commission was originally allotted only $3 million. Eventually, after much begging and haggling, the commission was given $15 million. Yet a CNN article lists the cost of the Lewinsky investigation at $30 million. A Los Angeles Times article states the cost of the Columbia space shuttle disaster investigation was $175 million.

How could 9/11 -- the greatest disaster in American history -- be given such a small budget for investigation? Why didn't the Pentagon aggressively investigate the greatest failure ever in U.S. defenses? And why did both the president (see CNN article) and vice-president (see Newsweek article) initially oppose any investigation at all? ... Read more

Bush Opposes 9/11 Query Panel | CBS News | Pete Brush | 05/15/2002

The Battle Back Home | "Cheney implied, and you risk being accused of interfering with the mission." | Newsweek | Howard Fineman | 02/03/2002

Behind The Smoke Curtain - w/Barbara Honegger (05/20/16) [3:04:40]
Barbara Honegger -- Senior Military Affairs Journalist at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Navy's advanced science, technology and national security affairs university (1995 - present). White House Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the Assistant to President Ronald Reagan (1981-83).

* Essay: "The US military, not al Qaeda, had the sustained access weeks before 9/11 to also plant controlled demolition charges throughout the superstructures of WTC 1 and WTC2, and in WTC7, which brought down all three buildings on 9/11. ... A US military plane, not one piloted by al Qaeda, performed the highly skilled, high-speed 270-degree dive towards the Pentagon that Air Traffic Controllers on 9/11 were sure was a military plane as they watched it on their screens. Only a military aircraft, not a civilian plane flown by al Qaeda, would have given off the "Friendly" signal needed to disable the Pentagon's anti-aircraft missile batteries as it approached the building. Only the US military, not al Qaeda, had the ability to break all of its Standard Operating Procedures to paralyze its own emergency response system."
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 14 [9:56]
DN | Activist: Latinx LGBTQ Community & Its Stories of Survival Should Be at Center of Orlando Response (06/14/16) [11:27]
DN | Nephew of Slain Gay Icon Harvey Milk: Orlando Massacre Marks One of the LGBT Movement's Darkest Days (06/14/16) [12:46]
DN | When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence Is the Red Flag We Aren't Talking About (06/14/16) [19:58]
TRNN | scholar Junaid Ahmad discusses: Profound Social Alienation Underlies America's Mass Atrocities (06/13/16) [10:03]
TYT | Donald Trump On Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting (06/13/16) [8:03]
TYT | Man With Arsenal Arrested At Gay Pride Parade (06/13/16) [11:08]
TYT | AR-15: Terrorist Weapon Of Choice (06/13/16) [6:35]
RT | Orlando gay nightclub shooting (06/13/16) [11:55:00]
RT | Orlando shooter's father: 'Punishment for gays is up to God alone' (06/13/16) [8:34]
RT | Max and Stacy discuss the new superpower of tomatoes and the unintended consequences of exerting power through sanctions (E927) (06/14/16) [25:37]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | National And International Reaction To The Mass Shooting In Orlando, Florida (06/14/16) [1hr]
Thousands of mourners gathered last night in vigils held around the country for the 49 victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The FBI is defending its handling of the gunman three years ago when they placed him on a terror watch list, but nothing prevented him from legally purchasing the weapons he used in the mass shooting on Sunday. Both presidential candidates spoke about the mass shooting yesterday, with Hillary Clinton arguing for tougher gun laws and Donald Trump repeating his call for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. Guest host Nia-Malika Henderson and a panel of guests discuss the latest on the investigation plus national and international reaction to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday June 13, 2016
News Articles

Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History Leaves More Than 50 Dead At Gay Orlando Nightclub
HP | Sebastian Murdock | 06/12/16

  1. At least 50 are dead and 53 injured. The gunman was killed by police
  2. The FBI had questioned the shooter twice, but he still legally obtained guns
  3. U.S. officials have said there is no evidence of a direct link to ISIS
  4. Victims are being honored at vigils around the country

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In what police are calling the worst shooting in American history, a lone gunman killed 50 people and injured at least 53 others after opening fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

... Mateen purchased two guns -- a handgun and a "long gun" -- approximately a week before the shooting, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Despite being questioned by the FBI in 2013 for suspected terrorist ties, then again in 2014, Mateen was still able to obtain the guns legally. ... Read more

Americans Are Pissed -- This Chart Might Explain Why
nerdwallet.com | Liz Weston | 05/10/16

People are angry. Voters demanding change have helped make Donald Trump the presumptive Republican nominee for president and fueled Bernie Sanders' ferocious challenge to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

But what are they angry about? Ask and you'll hear about Washington gridlock, Wall Street greed, trade, stagnant pay, immigration. To me one huge factor is obvious when you look at the chart below. It shows how much wealth has been lost -- at least among those who weren't rich to begin with. ... Read more
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The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans
TheAtlantic.com | Neal Gabler | 05/2016

Since 2013, the federal reserve board has conducted a survey to "monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers." Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn a higher income in the coming year; 43 percent of homeowners who have owned their home for at least a year believe its value has increased. But the answer to one question was astonishing. The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all.

Well, I knew. I knew because I am in that 47 percent. I know what it is like to have to juggle creditors to make it through a week. I know what it is like to have to swallow my pride and constantly dun people to pay me so that I can pay others. I know what it is like to have liens slapped on me and to have my bank account levied by creditors. I know what it is like to be down to my last $5--literally--while I wait for a paycheck to arrive, and I know what it is like to subsist for days on a diet of eggs. I know what it is like to dread going to the mailbox, because there will always be new bills to pay but seldom a check with which to pay them. I know what it is like to have to tell my daughter that I didn't know if I would be able to pay for her wedding; it all depended on whether something good happened. And I know what it is like to have to borrow money from my adult daughters because my wife and I ran out of heating oil. ... Read more

Hillary Clinton's Email Server
Emails between U.S. diplomats in Islamabad and State Department officials in Washington about whether to challenge specific U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are at the center of a criminal probe involving Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Wall Street Journal Clinton Email Criminal Investigation by FBI dealt with Planned Drone Strikes by the CIA Communicated On Her Private Email Server (6/10/2016)
1. https://www.yahoo.com/news/emails-cli...
2. http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-e...

ABC News Clinton Donors Appointed To Sensitive Intelligence Board (6/10/2016)
1. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/clinto...

Clinton aide reportedly got top donor named to nuclear advisory board (6/10/2016)
1. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/...

Lee Camp Redacted Tonight (RT) - This Lawsuit Might End Hillary's Run & Prove Election Fraud!
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibK4d...

AP: Experts: Clinton emails could have compromised CIA names (6/8/2016)
1. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/experts-cl...

Hillary Clinton Bullied Vince Foster Before Suicide, Said Ex-Clinton Friend in Final Interview (6/6/2016)
1. http://freebeacon.com/issues/hillary-...

Emails In Clinton Probe Dealt With Planned Drone Strikes: WSJ (6/10/2016)
1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/c...


9/11 Smoking Guns and Timelines
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 13 [12:00]
TRNN | Abby Martin and Paul Jay - What Should Sanders Do Next? (06/10/16) [20:06]
TRNN | Lia Tarachansky says: Decades-Long Israeli Military Occupation Drives Palestinian Revenge Attacks (06/12/16) [9:46]
TRNN | New Unity Government in Libya Overly Optimistic in Claiming an Offensive Against ISIS in Sirte (06/13/16) [6:42]
TYT | Former Wheel Of Fortune Host Scolds Fight For $15, Communists (06/11/16) [5:41]
TYT | America Wants Bernie To Stay In (06/11/16) [3:04]
RT | Chris Hedges - 'On Contact': Tariq Ali: Global revolt against corporate capitalism & inequality (06/12/16) [26:05]
RT | CrossTalk: Syria and preparing for the day after. Is it Iran who benefits the most? Washington and New Delhi -- how cozy is the new relationship? And what is the future of the BRICS? Also, dragging Russia into the Brexit vote. (06/13/16) [24:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | According to Professor Peter Wadham - humanity is about to run itself into a wall - if we don't start seriously start tackling runaway global warming. The only question is - should we pass a carbon tax? Or a Green New Deal? (06/13/16) [12:43]
*DR | The Latest On The Orlando Shooting -- The Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History (06/13/16) [1hr]
A gunman shot and killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, making it the worst mass shooting in American history. Speaking after the incident, President Barack Obama called it an "act of terror and an act of hate." The perpetrator, Omar Mateen, who was killed in the attack, is a 29-year-old American citizen. There's still much authorities do not know like possible motives. Investigators have learned that he announced his allegiance to ISIS before being shot by police. He also had been questioned by the FBI in recent years. Guest host Nia-Malika Henderson and her guests discuss the latest on the Orlando massacre.
*DR | Islam, the Rise of Islamic State and the Future of the Middle East (06/13/16) [1hr]
Earlier this year, the U.S. announced an intensification of the war on Islamic State with more air strikes and more American troops on the ground to assist allied forces. Now, U.S. and Iraqi forces are said to be on the verge of retaking Fallujah from ISIS. And in Libya, reports are that Islamic State may have lost all of its territory. But the group continues to make terror attacks on Western Europe, Turkey and the U.S. And their extremist ideology continues to draw young people to join, including some Americans. Guest host Nia-Malika Henderson and guests discuss the history of ISIS, the struggle over Islam and how both are shaping the future of the Middle East.
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Friday June 10, 2016
News Articles
TYT | Bernie Sanders Releases Statement After Obama Meeting (06/09/16) [7:00]

European Banks Are Crashing
ZeroHedge | author | 06/10/16

From Deutsche Bank to Credit Suisse and from Barclays to Banco Popolare, the European banking system is getting battered this week with today's plunge the biggest in 4 months... ... Read more

Koch's team to meet Trump's camp, but industrialist remains skeptical
USAToday | Fredreka Schouten | 06/08/16

Top officials within Charles Koch's powerful policy network plan to meet with aides to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the industrialist told USA TODAY on Wednesday. The meeting comes at the request of the Trump team, Koch said. No date has been set for the gathering, which has not been publicly disclosed before. ... Read more

Brave New Films | Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 () [55:54]

The FBI Leaks Begin: Emails At Center Of Hillary Criminal Probe Revealed
ZeroHedge | author | 06/10/16

The ongoing criminal probe surrounding Hillary's email server has been marked by opacity and lack of virtually any disclosure, not to mention a major turf war between the FBI and the DOJ, which is why many were surprised when overnight the WSJ revealed that at the center of the probe over Hillary's handling of classified information are a series of emails between American diplomats in Islamabad and their superiors in Washington about whether to oppose specific drone strikes in Pakistan. ... Read more

Aljazeera | How powerful is the Bilderberg group? (06/09/16) [25:10]

#1 Reason To Vote Brexit: Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, & The IMF Seek Remain
ZeroHedge | author | 06/10/16

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, The IMF, David Cameron, George Osborne, Hillary Clinton, Mark Carney -- it's a list of names that many on the left would surely like rather see condemned than side with in a democratic debate. Yet the build-up to the forthcoming referendum on Britain's EU membership sees them doing exactly that.

Goldman Sachs warn us that homebuilders and banks would be the worst affected if we chose to leave the EU. It's hard to think of two sets of industries that have failed the British people more in recent years. ... Read more

Latest BREXIT Debate UKIP Nigel Farage (05/19/16) [1:18:41]
BREXIT The Movie (full) (05/12/16) [1:11:01]
Derivatives, The Breakfast of Banksters
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 10 [11:49]
TRNN | Mr. Sanders Goes to Washington: Obama Presiding Over "Not a Marriage But a Truce" (06/10/16) [20:30]
TRNN | Bob Scheer: Sanders' Accomplishments Miraculous, But The Movement Is About More Than Sanders (06/10/16) [19:58]
TYT | Will Bernie Fans Vote For Hillary? (Poll RESULTS) (06/09/16) [3:32]
TYT | Koch Brothers Sic Morning Joe On Trump (06/09/16) [12:49]
TYT | Trump Flip-Flops On Gaddafi THREE TIMES (06/09/16) [5:16]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | A TEPCO official announced recently that 600 TONS of highly radioactive nuclear fuel called "corium" from the Fukushima nuclear plant is simply missing. (06/09/16) [4:55]
ThomHartmann | Shutting Down the Democratic Convention? (06/09/16) [12:20]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (06/10/16) [1hr]
Note: Video starts at 3:30 on Progressbar.
Hillary Clinton claims a historic Democratic nomination. Bernie Sanders meets with President Obama. And controversy over Donald Trump overshadows House Speaker Ryan's rollout of an election-year policy agenda. A panel of journalists joins guest host David Gregory for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (06/10/16) [1hr]
A panel of journalists joins guest host David Gregory for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday June 09, 2016
News Articles
The Hunting Ground (trailer) (current) [2:12]

Harry Reid Wants Elizabeth Warren To Be Vice President
HP | Zach Carter | 06/08/16

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes Elizabeth Warren should be the running mate of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to four Senate sources familiar with Reid's thinking.

Reid had initially been skeptical of the chatter around Warren, publicly warning that Democrats couldn't afford to lose the seat the Massachusetts senator currently occupies. But The Boston Globe reported last week that he tasked attorney Marc Elias with studying how manageable the loss would be. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren Focus Group (current) [3:39]
CNBC | Senator Elizabeth Warren - Reinstating Glass-Steagall (older, 07/12/13) [5:30]
TYT | Elizabeth Warren Endorses Hillary Clinton (06/08/16) [5:27]

Neocons and Liberal Interventionists -- Like Hillary -- Are Converging on Foreign Policy
HP | Alastair Crooke | 06/08/16

Fighting the so-called Islamic State, as the narrative is told in the West and the Sunni Gulf states, is becoming seen as "nakedly sectarian," as the Washington-based Syria commentator Hassan Hassan wrote in the Financial Times last week. The fighting in Fallujah and the prospective battle for Raqa'a, he wrote, "offer ISIS an opportunity to present itself as a custodian of the Sunni, especially in Iraq, where it has established itself as the only Sunni militant group able to stand up to militias supporting the Shia-dominated government." ...

... Wahhab proclaimed those who did not accept his puritan monotheism as apostates and idolaters who should be killed immediately. And now, Shiites, Alawites, Zaidis, Druze, Ismailis -- and Kurds, who are mostly Sunni Muslim -- are defending themselves and their families from the truly fundamentalist zealotry of neo-Wahhabism that murders all whom it deems apostate. To reverse the narrative and cast their efforts to defend themselves as somehow sectarian is bizarre -- especially since the bulk of the Syrian army and Kurds fighting ISIS are themselves Sunni Muslims. ... Read more
CNASReport Extending American Power(.pdf)

Some Commenters

Ralph Bucher · Slave at Retired - The title was "The New American Century", by John Bolton, I believe. His doctrine has been religiously followed by both Prez Bushy and Prez Obama. I'm sure that H. Clinton is marching in line. It's all about Money and Power, forming a ring around Russia and China. It's the Corporatist view of the world. ISIS is Wahabbism, the King of Saudi Arab is the head of the snake. We are talking out of both sides of our mouth. Iran is the natural power in the region. The global corporatist empire is intent on stepping on Iran's head. The concept of Democracy enters the picture about as much as it does in the deep south of the USA.

Brian Amberg - You don't have to fight Saudi Arabia, you just have to stop sending our tax money and oil money there so that they won't have the excess change to fund terror groups. This is a completely peaceful solution and requires no interventionism (which is why the WallStreet/Bush-Clintonite/MIC prefers to fight wars with phantom organizations instead of simply cutting off the funding).

Wm Schillerstrom - Brian Amberg Cutting off the funding? The US could stop importing every drop of Saudi oil and it would have zero effect on Saudi power and influence. Oil is a fungible commodity that powers the industrialized world. This is a fact of life for the forcible future. China, Japan, South Korea and the Europeans need oil and will happily buy as much Saudi sweat crude as they can. Because of their large excess capacity, the Saudis literally control the price of oil. Oil prices are low only because the Saudis want to drive the higher cost producers out of the market. The Saudis and Gulf States, for b...See More

Sam Yachup · Dunedin High School - Wm Schillerstrom I pretty much agree with your comments but does the U.S. leadership fole always have to take the form of military intervention before diplomatic, social and economic efforts have been exhausted? And what form should military intervention take...peacekeeping, regime change, occupation???
Their approach is to cast Iran as the source of all 'regional tensions' and to hold onto America's Gulf bases in order to be a 'force that can flex across several different mission sets and prevail.'
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 09 [5:52]
*DN | As 13M People Read Stanford Victim's Letter, Advocates See "Watershed" Moment in Fight Against Rape (06/09/16) [13:25]
TRNN | Danny Glover: Will the Sanders Movement Develop as an Independent Force? (06/09/16) [15:03]
TRNN | NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario, Part 1 (06/09/16) [6:06], Part 2 [11:48]
TYT | Will Bernie Voters Back Hillary In General Election? (06/08/16) [1:57]
TYT | Media Screaming At Bernie To Drop Out (06/08/16) [11:12]
*RT | 'Revolving door': Google & EU govts' cross-hiring revealed in new report (06/09/16) [3:17]
*RT | Keiser Report: In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the markets, showing what the politicians won't tell us: from unsustainable debts to $1 trillion debt pandas. (E925) (06/09/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Stanford Rape Case And Why It's Sparking Public Outrage (06/09/16) [1hr]
A California judge last week sentenced former Stanford university athlete Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious young woman on campus. The lenient sentence sparked widespread public outrage and efforts to recall the judge. Letters to the court by Turner and his father painting Turner as a victim of campus party culture fueled the outrage. The case has also called into question how colleges are addressing the growing number of allegations of sexual assault. We look at the Brock Turner case, sexual assault on American campuses and the role of law enforcement and college administrators.
*DR | Challenges For The Democratic Party And The Presidential Race Ahead (06/09/16) [1hr]
Following Tuesday's primaries Hillary Clinton has become the Democrat's presumptive presidential nominee, the first woman to do so in U.S. history. In her remarks that night she noted that the "vigorous debate' lead by her Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, had strengthened the party overall, but there's a hitch: Senator Sanders has vowed to press on. At Sanders' request, he will be meeting with President Obama today. Whether and to what extent Clinton and Sanders can reconcile to present a unified front for the race ahead remains to be seen. Please join us to discuss what's at stake for the Democratic Party.
Aljazeera | Talk to Al Jazeera: Dilma Rousseff: 'No legal grounds for this impeachment' (06/07/16) [25:21]
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Wednesday June 08, 2016
News Articles
TRNN | Hillary Clinton California Primary Night Speech (06/08/16) [17:57]
TRNN | "Struggle Continues" Bernie Sanders California Primary Night Speech in Santa Monica, CA (06/08/16) [15:28
TYT | Is Donald Trump A Clinton Plant? (06/07/16) [7:58]
TYT | How Can Bernie Sanders Win? (06/08/16) [3:11]

The Bilderberg 2016 Agenda: Trump, Riots, Migrants, Brexit
ZeroHedge | author | 06/08/15

The Taschenbergpalais hotel in Dresden - the venue of "Bilderberg 2016" which starts tomorrow and continues until June 12 - is filling up with pistol-packing plainclothes security as the last guests are ushered out. The frowning gunslingers head up and down the corridors with their hotel maps, trying door handles and checking the lay of the land while, down in the hotel lobby, corporate goons gather in muttering huddles.

Year after year, a sizeable number of extremely rich and powerful workaholics seem to think it's worth strapping on their Bilderberg lanyard. But why? What's getting the head of Google, two prime ministers, a vice-president of the European commission and the chairman of HSBC together in the same hotel basement for the same three days in June? On its official website, Bilderberg attempts an answer. It describes itself as "a forum for informal discussions" that are "designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America". Dialogue which is designed to foster dialogue. Talk for talk's sake. ... Read more

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 08 [9:48]
TRNN | Author Max Blumenthal says: Why Did Ryan Call Trump a Racist (06/08/16) [5:58]
TRNN | Clinton Wins California, the Struggle Continues says Sanders (06/08/16) [8:13]
RT | CrossTalk: Over the past 15 years the United States has been in a perpetual state of war. What does it have to show for this? The record clearly demonstrates foreign interventions leave countries in chaos and desperation. When will Washington learn violence is not the answer? (06/08/16) [24:29]
RT | Fuel up budget? Clash in US Senate as Pentagon defends use of Russian-made rocket engines (06/07/16) [4:37]
RT | Bremain or Brexit: Campaign for positive future vs. campaign of fear (06/07/16) [13:37]
Brexit The Movie (05/12/16) [1:11:01]
Full version of Brexit: The Movie - the crowdfunded film making the case for Britain to LEAVE the EU on June 23rd. For more info and segments of the film visit http://www.brexitthemovie.com
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Analysis Of Primary Election Results In California And Five Other States (06/08/16) [1hr]
Voters went to the polls in six states yesterday in the last major primaries for both parties. Only the District of Columbia remains. With decisive victories in four states, including delegate-rich California, Democrat Hillary Clinton claimed her party's nomination. But Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) won Montana and North Dakota and refused to step aside, vowing to fight all the way to the convention in July. On the Republican side, presumptive nominee Donald Trump swept all five contests, including California. But Trump continues to face criticism from fellow Republicans over racially-charged remarks he made about a federal judge. Diane and guests discuss final primary results and what they mean as the race heads to the general election.
*DR | Linda Greenhouse And Jeffrey Rosen On The Supreme Court, Past And Present (06/08/16) [1hr]
It's been nearly four months since the death of supreme court Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy on the bench. Republicans continue to stonewall President Obama's nominee, saying there will be no hearing until after the election. Meanwhile, the Court has shied away from the kinds of blockbuster decisions that marked the last term. Some celebrate this as newfound judicial restraint. Others say it is a sign of dysfunction. We take the long view with two Supreme Court scholars. Both have just released books that explain the historic role of the Court in society -- and how that has changed over the years.
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Tuesday June 07, 2016
News Articles

The Alchemist Who Turned Toxic Assets Into Gold at Citigroup
Bloomberg | Dakin Campbell | 06/07/06

Mark Tsesarsky, who fled the Soviet Union with $90, has made the bank billions by doubling down on the same subprime mortgage bonds that nearly sank the global financial system.

"It's impossible to imagine. You're being bailed out with one hand, and you're pouring money into the very same assets that precipitated the bailout with the other."

In cases where the bank saw something too good to pass up but couldn't persuade investors to bid, it used its own money to buy the debt, the person says. Of the more than $45 billion sold by the central bank, Citigroup won $6.3 billion, paying an average of 38¢ on the dollar.

Over the next few years, the bank reaped the rewards, becoming the go-to source for the more than 500 mutual funds, hedge funds, and other institutions still trading CDOs, according to one person familiar with Citigroup's operations ... Read more

The Land Below Zero: Where Negative Interest Rates Are Normal
Blomberg | Matthew Campbell | 06/06/16

In Copenhagen, bicycles take undisputed priority over cars and even pedestrians. A sizzling restaurant scene has made foodie fetishes of moss, live ants, and sea cucumbers. Despite a minimum wage not far below $20 an hour and some of the world's steepest taxes, unemployment is almost the lowest in Europe. Parents happily leave infants unattended in strollers on the sidewalk while they stop in to cafes.

... Scandinavia's third-largest economy (the population is 5 million, and there are about as many bikes) is deep into an unprecedented experiment with negative interest rates, a monetary policy tool once viewed by mainstream economists as approaching apostasy, if not a virtual impossibility. Companies -- though not yet individuals -- are paying lenders for the privilege of keeping funds on deposit; homeowners, in some cases, are actually making money on mortgages. ... Read more

Bloomberg | Trump Urges Surrogates to Rev Up Attacks on Judge (06/06/26) [7:39]

Will Donald Trump Cause An "Economic Crash All Over The World" - Here Is Janet Yellen's Response
ZeroHedge | author | 06/07/16

In the last question from Janet Yellen's Q&A during her speech in Philadelphia, a retiree asked Yellen if Donald Trump becomes president whether "there is a possibility of an economic crash all over the world because of the how the world views Donald Trump" and whether Yellen thinks that is possible. Here is her response. ... Read more

CNN | Paul Ryan: Trump's judge comments are 'textbook... (06/07/16) [0:45]

Here's Paul Ryan Calling Out Donald Trump for Racism But Urging People to Vote for Him Anyway
TheIntercept | Robert Mackey | 06/07/16

House Speaker Paul Ryan refused to withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump on Tuesday even as he acknowledged that Trump made "racist" and "indefensible" comments about the Mexican heritage of Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge overseeing a suit against the defunct Trump University.

In a remarkable 45 seconds captured on video by CNN, Ryan, who is currently the highest-ranking elected official in the Republican party first called Trump's comments obviously racist and then immediately urged Americans to vote for him anyway. ... Read more

*DR | An Update On The State Of The U.S. Economy (06/07/16) [1hr]
On Monday, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen indicated that the Fed would not raise short term interest rates this month. Before last Friday, it was widely predicted they would do just the opposite. But a disappointing employment report -- just 38,000 new jobs added in May -- meant a change in plans. In her speech, Yellen acknowledged that last month's job numbers were "concerning" but she also offered a generally optimistic assessment of the economy pointing to what she sees as many bright spots. Diane and her guests discuss the state of the U.S. economy.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, June 07 [11:04]
TRNN | Sanders or Clinton: Who Should "Unite" the Democratic Party? (06/07/16) [25:26]
TRNN | Bernie Sanders and Danny Glover Exclusive on The Real News (older, but interesting 04/23/16) [11:54]
TRNN | Sanders Campaign Disputes Media Claims that Clinton is Presumptive Nominee (06/07/16) [3:07]
TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now Greece in search of a better life (06/07/16) [9:00]
TYT | Hillary Clinton's Well-Oiled Attack Machine (06/06/16) [6:00]
TYT | Politico Fan Fiction: "Bernie's Wrecking Crew" (06/06/16) [10:03]
TYT | Trump's Tiny, Cheap Campaign Is A Disaster And A Mess (06/06/16) [11:21]
RT | Keiser Report: In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss bad boys and bond markets. They also discuss 'modern serfdom' as American employees increasingly rely on loans from their employers. (E924) (06/07/16) [25:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Why Does the Media Sanitize "The Greatest" Progressive Roundtable (06/06/16) [12:36]
ThomHartmann | Here's How Bernie Can Save Us All From TPP... (06/06/16) [3:37]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Monday June 06, 2016
News Articles
CNN | Sanders campaign: 'Bernie going all the way' (06/03/16) [8:02]

Bernie Sanders Campaign Is Split Over Whether to Fight on Past Tuesday
WSJ | Peter Nicholas | 06/05/16

A split is emerging inside the Bernie Sanders campaign over whether the senator should stand down after Tuesday's election contests and unite behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, or take the fight all the way to the July party convention and try to pry the nomination from her.

One camp might be dubbed the Sandersistas, the loyalists who helped guide Mr. Sanders's political ascent in Vermont and the U.S. Congress and are loath to give up a fight that has far surpassed expectations. Another has ties not only to Mr. Sanders but to the broader interests of a Democratic Party pining to beat back the challenge from Republican Donald Trump and make gains in congressional elections. ... Read more

Chile Producing So Much Solar Energy It's Giving Electricity Away for Free
EcoWatch | Lorraine Chow | 06/04/16

In a new Bloomberg report, Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It's Giving It Away for Free, solar capacity from the country's central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development.

Thanks to an economic boost from increased mining production, Chile now has 29 solar farms and another 15 in the pipeline. Enel Green Power Chile Ltda. recently commissioned Chile's largest solar PV project connected to the grid. The 160-megawatt facility will be located in the northern part of the country in the municipality of María Elena, about 1,300 kilometers north of Santiago. ... Read more

John Oliver
*HBO | John Oliver: Debt Buyers (06/05/16) [20:50]
Derivatives, The Breakfast of Banksters
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UK PM Cameron Goes M.A.D. As Brexit Odds Hit Record High
ZeroHedge | author |06/06/16

Following the two polls overnight pointing to a significant lead for "leave" over "remain" in the Brexit vote, as we noted, cable tumbled and volatility premia spiked as Brexit odds surge to their highest yet. This pushed UK PM David Cameron into full panic mode, explaining that "we're not scaremongering," Cameron then said during an interview that Brexit would put a "bomb under our economy, and the worst thing is, we'd have lit the fuse ourselves." ... Read more

Aljazeera | Inside Story - What made Muhammad Ali a legend? (06/04/16) [24:30]
DN | "I Refuse to Serve as an Empire Chaplain": U.S. Army Minister Resigns over Drone Program (06/03/16) [15:52]
DN | "I Refuse to Support U.S. Armed Drone Policy": Army Chaplain (06/03/16) [2:23]
*TRNN | Peter Kuznick discusses: Obama Defends Nuclear Attack on Civilians, Part 1 (06/06/16) [12:18], Part 2 [14:27]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Greek Leaks Expose IMF Chief Overruling Pro-Debt Relief IMF Negotiator (06/05/16) [9:53]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris says: Paris and Bavaria are both experiencing extreme weather conditions as scientist predicted for Europe (06/04/16) [7:05]
*TYT | Director of Gasland Josh Fox joins The Young Turks to discuss his new documentary "How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change." (06/05/16) [10:23]
TYT | Cenk Uygur On CNN's Reliable Sources (06/05/16) [6:43]
RT | John Pilger on the Threat of World War Three (06/04/16) [18:45]
RT | My Crazy Russian Vlog: Weird & Wonderful Siberian Pastimes (06/05/16) [25:38]
RT | CrossTalk: Slowly but surely the brutal truth about Ukraine is becoming known. Stumbling and blundering -- the story of Washington's disastrous Syria policy. How Russia sees Europe and the U.S. And the South China Sea heats up. (06/06/16) [24:34]
RT | Keiser Report: In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss how America lost its mojo while the UK became 'the most corrupt country on Earth.' (E923) (06/04/16) [25:39]
RT | Chechnya: Republic Of Contrasts (06/05/16) [26:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | The Debate Over A Proposal To Rein In Payday Lenders (06/06/16) [1hr]
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled a new proposal to curb what it calls predatory lending practices by the payday loan industry. Payday loans often carry exorbitant interest rates and trap many Americans in a cycle of borrowing. The industry says the proposed rules would drive short-term lenders out of business and would take away a critical borrowing option for millions of Americans who find themselves in need of a quick infusion of cash. Yet some consumer advocates say the CFPB proposal does not go far enough. Diane and a panel of experts discuss the pros and cons of payday lending, and why there's controversy over a proposal to regulate the industry.
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Friday June 03, 2016
News Articles

Historic Floods Wash Out Parts Of Texas As Residents Brace For More Rain
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Torrential rains are continuing to wreak havoc on already flooded parts of southeast Texas as one major river has swelled to levels not seen in more than 100 years.

Flash flood warnings have been issued in most parts of the state -- including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston -- as a slow-moving storm system continues to soak the area, potentially into the weekend. Read more

Channel 4 News | Noam Chomsky full length interview: Who rules the world now? (05/14/16) [17:13]
Cathy Newman's full interview with Philosopher Noam Chomsky. From Trump and Clinton, to climate change, Brexit and TPP, America's foremost intellectuals presents his views on who rules the world today.
Brexit The Movie (05/12/16) [1:11:01]
Full version of Brexit: The Movie - the crowdfunded film making the case for Britain to LEAVE the EU on June 23rd. For more info and segments of the film visit http://www.brexitthemovie.com

It's Probably Nothing: JPMorgan Recession Indicators Surge To New Cycle Highs
ZeroHedge | author | 06/03/16

"Our preferred macroeconomic indicator of the probability that a recession begins within 12 months has moved up from 30% on May 5 to 34% last week to 36% today... a new high for the cycle." ... Read more
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US Budget | Revenue | Expenses | Debt??
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, June 03 [11:27]
TRNN | Phyllis Bennis discusses: Clinton Positions Herself to the Right of Trump in National Security Speech (06/03/16) [12:35]
TRNN | Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth, Part 2 (06/03/16) [22:15]
TYT | Trump University Was Textbook Fraud (06/02/16) [8:35]
TYT | Everything Sticks To Velcro Hillary (06/02/16) [12:40]
TYT | Haboob Or Dust Storm? National Weather Service Angers Texans (06/02/16) [5:50]
RT | Keiser Report: Robots on the rise (E922) (06/02/16) [25:39]
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss whether 'the system' can survive robots and whether a man can stand on his own, as the military industrial complex provides much of the technology behind the biggest success stories in Silicon Valley. In the second half, Max continues his interview with Professor Robert McChesney about his book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.
RT | CrossTalk: Rumors of war - this time in the South China Sea. Washington appears - step by step - to be moving away from a policy of engagement with Beijing to one of confrontation. (06/03/16) [23:53]
Rumors of war -- this time in the South China Sea. Washington appears -- step by step -- to be moving away from a policy of engagement with Beijing to one of confrontation. This is a policy approach counterproductive for all involved. Attempting to contain China militarily is nothing less than dangerous.
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (06/03/16) [1hr]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (06/03/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton lays out her foreign policy blueprint ahead of next week's crucial California primary. Criticism over Trump University heats up the presidential race. And Florida's governor appeals to the White House for help in fighting the Zika virus. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (06/03/16) [1hr]
Assaults on ISIS intensify in Syria and Iraq. Germany moves to declare the World War I massacre of Armenians a genocide. And the Organization of American States pressures Venezuela over its commitment to democracy. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday June 02, 2016
News Articles
Bernie Sanders HUGE Rally in Davis, California, Hutchison Intramural Field (full) (06/01/16) [1:12:02 ]
Note: Bernie starts at 4:00
Bernie Sanders Rally in Palo Alto, California, Cubberley Community Center (full) (06/01/16) [47:31]
Note: Bernie starts at 5:30
Bernie Sanders talks with Asian-American and Pacific Islander leaders in Palo Alto, CA (06/01/16) [1:00:12]
Bernie Sanders Holds Press Conference on Fracking in Spreckels, California (full) (06/01/16) [35:30]
Note: Bernie starts at 10:45
TYT | Clinton News Network Thinks It's Been Super Fair To Bernie Sanders (06/01/16) [6:43]

2016 California Democratic Presidential Primary
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If The Media Treated Trump Like Other Candidates, Yesterday Would Have Ended His Campaign
HP | Jonathan Cohn | 06/01/16

On Tuesday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee had the kind of day that, for any other candidate, would be a political nightmare. It started with a press conference in which Trump made misleading statements, attacked reporters for applying relatively routine levels of journalistic scrutiny, and questioned the impartiality of a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University.

The day ended with newly unsealed documents from that same lawsuit that revealed credible, if contested, allegations of shady business practices at the for-profit adult education program. The trove included a Trump University "playbook" that taught salespeople how to coax registration fees, which could run into the tens of thousands of dollars, from those desperate to get rich. One sales manager called the enterprise "a fraudulent scheme" that "preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money." ... Read more

TYT | Donald Trump EXPLODES After Trump University Court Ruling (06/01/16) [7:13]
*DR | Donald Trump's Contentious Relationship With The Media (06/02/16) [1hr]
In late January, Donald Trump announced he would skip a Fox News debate and hold a fundraiser for veterans' groups instead. At the time, Trump said $6 million was raised. But in the ensuing months, reporters at The Washington Post contacted veterans' charities and discovered most hadn't received any checks. On Tuesday, Trump called a press conference to announce donations had been made to these groups. and then spent most of the time berating reporters who cover his campaign. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee called one ABC reporter a "sleaze" and reporters in general "dishonest" and "unfair." Diane and guests discuss Donald Trump's combative relationship with the press and how it affects his campaign for president.
*DR | Mary Elizabeth Williams: "A Series Of Catastrophes And Miracles" (06/02/16) [1hr]
Six years ago writer Mary Elizabeth Williams received a diagnosis of malignant melanoma. As the cancer spread through her body, she faced a grim prognosis. With little to lose, Williams seized the chance to take part in an early clinical trial for immunotherapy. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation, which directly target the cancer, immunotherapy helps the immune system fight the disease. Her treatment completely eliminated the melanoma in her body. In a new book, Williams offers an intimate view into this chapter of her life and how she became a breakthrough case for the revolutionary field of immunotherapy.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, June 02 [7:25]
DN | In Wake of Coup, Should Brazil's Olympics Be Moved or Become a Site of Protest? (06/02/16) [37:25]
TRNN | Sanders Draws Huge Crowds in California While Clinton Holds Exclusive Meetings With Black Leadership Class (06/02/16) [17:40]
TRNN | The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents (04/17/16) [27:07]
TRNN | Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth (06/02/16) [14:45]
TRNN | Is There an Economic and Political War Against Venezuela? (06/02/16) [11:42]
TYT | Harambe The Gorilla Shot At Cincinnati Zoo After Child Falls Into Enclosure (06/01/16) [9:03]
RT | Keiser Report: US Ominous New Trends (E921) (05/31/16) [25:44]
RT | CrossTalk: It is a truism American voters are far more interested in domestic issues during a presidential election. (06/01/16) [24:14]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | MSNBC Brags About Moving To the Right (06/01/16) [12:24]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - How will Kenya avoid another cycle of violence? (06/01/16) [24:30]
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Wednesday June 01, 2016
News Articles

Stunning Satellite Images Of The Global Tanker Oil Glut
ZeroHedge | author | 06/01/16

One week ago, we showed the latest MarineTraffic update of the unprecedented congestion of crude oil tankers located off the coast of Singapore, together with an extended analysis of what is causing this and what are the implications.

Today, we'll spare readers the ongoing analysis - which hasn't changed - and instead present the following dramatic satellite images just released from Reuters, showing "huge traffic jams of tankers which have formed around the world with some 200 million barrels of oil either waiting to be loaded or delivered as ports struggle to cope with record volumes in perhaps the most visible sign of the global oil glut." ... Read more

The Federal Reserve Has Created An Unprecedented Disaster For Pension Funds
ZeroHedge | author | 06/01/16

If I had to choose one single institution and one single individual most responsible for the weak, putrid and unbelievably corrupt oligarch-controlled U.S. economy, I would choose the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke.

When it comes to the Fed, Congress is mired in hypocrisy. The anti-regulation, de-regulation crowd on Capitol Hill shuts its mouth when it comes to the most powerful regulators of all -- you and the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, Congress goes along with the out-of-control, private government of the Fed--unaccountable to the national legislature. Moreover, your massive monetary injections scarcely led to any jobs on the ground, other than stock and bond processors - Ralph Nader .... Read more

Inside The Trump University 'Playbook'
HP | Christina Wilkie | 05/31/16

A federal judge on Tuesday unsealed nearly 400 pages of documents related to a lawsuit over the for-profit Trump University, revealing the aggressive and predatory practices that Trump U. salespeople were encouraged to use on potential participants of the real estate seminar, which has been accused of being a scam.

The documents detail the internal "playbook" of Trump University, including information about how its salespeople were told to deliberately mislead potential customers, manipulate their emotions and ignore their concerns. Taken together, they represent a damning new window into the company that Trump closed in 2011 amid multiple investigations but has promised to revive. ... Read more

How Many Trillion More Will the Pentagon Spend on Middle East Wars Before They Confront the Disaster They've Created?
AlterNet | Andrew Bacevich / TomDispatch | 05/31/16

We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks "an important milestone." So the president of the United States has declared, with that claim duly echoed and implicitly endorsed by media commentary--the New York Times reporting, for example, that Mansour's death leaves the Taliban leadership "shocked" and "shaken."

But a question remains: A milestone toward what exactly? Toward victory? Peace? Reconciliation? At the very least, toward the prospect of the violence abating? Merely posing the question is to imply that U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world serve some larger purpose. ... Read more

How Big Pharma Is Arm-Twisting U.S. Foreign Policy to Keep Cancer Drugs Prohibitively Expensive
AlterNet | Sarah Lazare | 05/30/16

The administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to publicly respond to new revelations that U.S. officials, at the behest of Big Pharma, may have attempted to obstruct the Colombian government's efforts to lower the price of a life-saving cancer medication. Amid this silence, civil society organizations, along with some lawmakers from the House and Senate, are demanding answers.

At issue is the drug imatinib, which is produced by Novartis under the brand name Glivec and is used to treat certain cancers of the blood, including leukemia. Imatinib is listed as an essential medicine by the World Health Organization, yet it can be prohibitively expensive, at an annual cost of $15,161 in Colombia -- nearly double the country's gross national income per capita. ... Read more

Hillary Clinton Won't Say How Much Goldman Sachs CEO Invested With Her Son-in-Law
TheIntercept | Lee Fang | 05/27/16

WHEN HILLARY CLINTON'S son-in-law sought funding for his new hedge fund in 2011, he found financial backing from one of the biggest names on Wall Street: Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein.

The fund, called Eaglevale Partners, was founded by Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, and two of his partners. Blankfein not only personally invested in the fund, but allowed his association with it to be used in the fund's marketing. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 01 [9:06]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 31 [12:34]
TRNN | What Can Sanders' Five Representatives Achieve at the DNC? (06/01/16) [5:47]
TRNN | Breaking Through Power: Ralph Nader on Civil Society (05/26/16) [20:27]
TRNN | Patrick Cockburn says: U.S. and Iran: Vying to Defeat ISIS in Iraq (06/01/16) [7:12]
TYT | Eric Holder: Edward Snowden Performed "Public Service" (06/01/16) [7:38]
TYT | Nukes Are Inherently Terrorist Weapons (05/31/16) [10:37]
TYT | Louie Gohmert: No Gays Allowed In My Spaceship (05/29/16) [6:13]
RT | Keiser Report: Right Price for Surrender (E920) (05/28/16) [25:30]
RT | CrossTalk: Echoing an old Cold War drama Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners -- who got the better of the deal? Also... (05/30/16) [24:39]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Will the UK Set Off A Secession movement? (05/31/16) [12:37]
*DR | The Rise Of Far Right Political Movements In The West (06/01/16) [1hr]
Last week in Austria, a candidate from the country's far right freedom party narrowly lost his bid for president. And though he didn't win, the fact that he came so close seemed to illustrate to many a story that's playing out across Europe: the growing popularity of right wing parties. In the past year, candidates from nationalist, populist or neo-fascist backgrounds have performed well in Poland, Germany, France and Hungary. Some of these parties have been around for many years, but amid a migrant crisis, and in a post-recession Europe, they are finding increasing support among the electorate. We look at the rise of far right political movements.
Aljazeera | UpFront: Should Israel negotiate with Hamas? (05/27/16) [25:16]
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Tuesday May 31, 2016
News Articles
Bernie Sanders Tells Jimmy Kimmel His Recipe for Working With the GOP in Congress (05/27/16) [1:51]
TYT | Bernie Sanders | The 2nd Young Turks Interview (full) (05/27/16) [43:08]
TYT | Trump's Energy Plan Is Insane (05/27/16) [14:54]
I ran across this Trump Compilation and found it interesting. It is obvious Trump doesn't mind saying what is on his mind, even if it isn't politically correct. We are all frustrated at our politicians for not saying/identifying all the issues that are so obvious to the rest of us. Either they are scared or they are trying to bury the issue so they don't alienate their donors. Why aren't the Presidential candidates discussing/fighting against:

  1. Citizen United & SuperPAC that have ruined our political system.
  2. National debt that is hovering at 20 trillion.
  3. Lack of criminal processions in the financial/banking industry.
  4. The astronomical Derivatives Market that has reached 1.3 Quadrillion in size.
  5. The Military Industrial Complex that can loose almost as much money as it 700 billion/year budget.
  6. Corporate welfare programs of 90 billion vs Social (people) welfare programs of 45 billion.
  7. NAPTA, TPP & TTIP Trade deals that were, and will be disasterous for our work force.
  8. Immigration of corporate money (Romney: "Corporations are People my friend").
  9. Privateizing God given resources, ie. clean air, water, food and shelter.
  10. National Budget
  11. Derivatives
Compilation: This is why Donald Trump deserves to be president! (04/20/16) [27:50]

Temperatures Could Rise Far More Than Previously Thought If Fossil Fuel Reserves Burned
AlterNet | Judith Lavoie / Desmog Canada | 05/24/16

Imagine a world where average temperatures are almost 10 degrees Celsius higher than today, an Arctic with temperatures almost 20 degrees warmer and some regions deluged with four times more rain.

That is the dramatic scenario predicted by a team of climate scientists led by the University of Victoria’s Katarzyna Tokarska, who looked at what would happen if the Earth’s remaining untapped fossil fuel reserves are burned.

That would result in average global temperature increases between 6.4 degrees and 9.5 degrees Celsius, with Arctic temperatures warming between 14.7 degrees and 19.5 degrees, says the paper published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change. ... Read more

TYT | War is Not About Truth, Justice and the American Way, Part 1 (replay) [8:26]
Breaking Through Power: Harvey Rosenfield on the Unconditional Bailout of Wall Street (05/26/16) [17:11]
TYT | Oregon Militia Upset They Can't Have Guns In Jail (05/27/16) [5:11]
*DR | Hillary Clinton’s Emails (05/31/16) [1hr]
Hillary Clinton has come under renewed scrutiny over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Last week the State Department’s inspector general released its report after investigating the matter. The report concluded that Clinton did not follow the requirements for handling records and should not have used a private server for department emails. Clinton’s critics were quick to say it underscores a lack of trustworthiness. Her defenders say she did little more than make a mistake by using a private server and there’s nothing in the inspector general’s report that’s very damaging. Diane and her guests discuss the continuing controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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Friday May 27, 2016
News Articles

Why Bernie Sanders Still Can -- and Should -- Win the Nomination
HP | Rose Ann DeMoro | 05/26/16

A troika of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee, and their echo chamber in the major media are laboring to assure everyone that the Democratic nomination process is over.

They've failed to convince the people who actually vote and see Bernie Sanders wins in Indiana, West Virginia, Oregon, and a virtual tie in Kentucky. Here's 10 reasons why Bernie can still win, is the strongest candidate for November, and is helping build something the nation desperately needs.

  1. Sanders, the best bet to beat Trump - just wait until the debate.
  2. Yes, you can believe these polls.
  3. Yes, you can believe those polls, part 2
  4. Lots of votes still to be counted
  5. Momentum matters
  6. Super delegates will decide the nomination
  7. The most trusted candidate
  8. A public yearning for real change
  9. Who will really unite the Democratic Party?
  10. It's about the future
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Killing the Colorado
ProPublica | Abraham Lustgarden | older, but interesting 06/16/15

A COUPLE OF MILES outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the edge of northern Arizona's sprawling red sandstone wilderness. At their base, the Navajo Generating Station, the West's largest power-generating facility, thrums ceaselessly, like a beating heart.

Football-field-length conveyors constantly feed it piles of coal, hauled 78 miles by train from where huge shovels and mining equipment scraped it out of the ground shortly before. Then, like a medieval mortar and pestle machine, wheels crush the stone against a large bowl into a smooth powder that is sprayed into tremendous furnaces -- some of the largest ever built. Those furnaces are stoked to 2,000 degrees, heating tubes of steam to produce enough pressure to drive an 80-ton rod of steel to spin faster than the speed of sound, converting the heat of the fires into electricity.

The power generated enables a modern wonder. It drives a set of pumps 325 miles down the Colorado River that heave trillions of gallons of water out of the river and send it shooting over mountains and through canals. That water -- lifted 3,000 vertical feet and carried 336 miles -- has enabled the cities of Phoenix and Tucson to rapidly expand.

This achievement in moving water, however, is gained at an enormous cost. Every hour the Navajo's generators spin, the plant spews more climate-warming gases into the atmosphere than almost any other facility in the United States. Alone, it accounts for 29 percent of Arizona's emissions from energy generation. The Navajo station's infernos gobble 15 tons of coal each minute, 24 hours each day, every day. ... Read more

Trump's Decision To Debate Sanders In California Is His Most Genius Move Yet
ZeroHedge | author | 05/27/16

If the Trump/Sanders debate proceeds as planned in California, you're about to witness one of the most important moments of a 2016 general election that hasn't even begun yet. To say such a debate would be an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton would be the understatement of the century. Let's explore why. ... Read more

Hedge Fund Billionaire Slams Democracy, Says The "Tyranny Of The Majority Is An Unhealthy Development"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/27/16

In his latest letter to investors, OakTree Capital's Howard Marks goes political (slamming Trump's tariffs and Bernie's minimum wage machinations), shedding some blinding light on the economic reality of America, the dismal failure (and increasing impotence) of central bankers, and the ongoing "tryanny of the majority" warning that if everyone wants to tax-the-rich, soon there will be no rich to tax. As he concludes, short-term fixes simply cannot create wealth out of thin air (see Venezuela), as Churchill once said "for a nation to try to tax [or stimulate or devalue] itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." ... Read more

15 Grill Recipes That Will Take You Straight To Meat Heaven
BuzzFeed | author | 04/28/16

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 27 [11:19]
*DN | Bill McKibben on Exxon, the Power of Divestment, and Being Targeted by Shadowy Right-Wing Group, Part 1 (05/28/16) [7:15], Part 2 [3:46] *TRNN | Investigative journalist and author of Blackwater, Dirty Wars, and The Assassination Complex Jeremy Scahill talks about the secrets he's learned about our government's assassination programs, and domestic militarization. (05/27/15) [26:09]
TYT | Trump Rules Out Women And Minority Running Mates (05/26/16) [6:22]
TYT | Bernie Vs. Trump Debate May Actually Happen (05/26/16) [8:12]
RT | Keiser Report: Pensions Going Bankrupt (E919) (05/26/16) [25:46]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (05/27/16) [1hr]
Donald Trump now has enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination, according to the Associated Press. A State Department review criticizes Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. And 11 states sue the federal government over a transgender bathroom directive. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top national news stories
*DR | Friday News - International (05/27/16) [1hr]
President Barack Obama makes a historic visit to Hiroshima. The Taliban choose a new leader after a U.S. drone strike kills Mullah Mansour. And a far right candidate in Austria narrowly loses the presidential election. A panel of journalists joins guest host Sabri Ben-Achour for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | UpFront: Hiroshima: Was the atomic bomb necessary? (05/27/16) [2:33]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - France's paralysing strikes (05/26/16) [24:50]
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Thursday May 26, 2016
News Articles

The U.S. Military Budget Is the Work of True Scam Artists
AlterNet | William Hartung / Tom Dispatch | 05/25/16

The United States is on track to spend more than $600 billion on the military this year--more, that is, than was spent at the height of President Ronald Reagan's Cold War military buildup, and more than the military budgets of at least the next seven nations in the world combined. And keep in mind that that's just a partial total. As an analysis by the Straus Military Reform Project has shown, if we count related activities like homeland security, veterans' affairs, nuclear warhead production at the Department of Energy, military aid to other countries, and interest on the military-related national debt, that figure reaches a cool $1 trillion. ... Read more

**Daily Ticker | Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For (2014) [5:32]

Clinton's inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules
WashingtonPost | author | 05/25/16

HILLARY CLINTON'S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment. What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them.

The 83-page report declares that "beginning in late 2005 and continuing through 2011," the department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and "issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department systems in most circumstances and identifying the risks of not doing so." Ms. Clinton didn't. ... Read more

"We Will Fight This All The Way To The Supreme Court" - 11 States Sue Obama Over Transgender Bathrooms
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Don't we have more pressing problems than this?? ... Read more


"The System Itself Is At Risk" Bill Gross Warns, Shorts Credit As "Day Of Reckoning Is Coming"
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Bill Gross, who manages the $1.3 billion Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, said he is moving to sell credit risk and insurance on market volatility rather than buying long-term debt, because he believes a day of reckoning will come when central banks will no longer be able to prop up asset prices and investors will withdraw from markets. ... Read more

The Anger Of The Unprivileged Is Rising Globally
ZeroHedge | author | 05/26/16

Interestingly, privilege serves the same purpose--benefiting the few at the expense of the many--regardless of the system's ideological labels. Socialist, Communist and free-market elites loot their populaces and national wealth with equal gusto. Those who came to do good and stayed to do well first accumulate privileges, which they then leverage into wealth and power. ... Read more

PoliticKING with Larry King | Ralph Nader on 2016 Race: U.S. Has Reached New Low (05/18/16) [25:00]
massive, out-of-control fire has been raging in boreal forest lands in Alberta, Canada
BBC | Firefighters battling a massive blaze in Canada's energy heartland were aided on Friday by a second day of light rain and winds that held flames back from oil sands facilities (05/20/16) [1:25]
The massive wildfires in Canada's oil-rich Alberta Province have resulted in a $760 million loss in oil sand production, according to a report by the economic think tank the Conference Board of Canada. The report estimates the fire cut Canadian oil output by over one million barrels per day which represents about a quarter of Canadian output
Destruction of FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta Canada after wildfire (05/19/16) [5:56]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, May 26 [12:14]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, May 25 [9:03]
TRNN | Media Professor Joao Feres Jr. says: Tapes Reveal Coup Plot (in Brazil) Against Rousseff, Weakening Temer Government (05/26/15) [8:33]
TRNN | Dimitri Lascaris discusses: IMF-Eurozone Deal Hailed as a Breakthrough, But No Relief for Greeks (05/26/15) [11:58]
TYT | Inspector General Issues Scathing Report On Hillary's Emails (05/25/16) [10:31]
TYT | Donald Trump Officially Invited To The Young Turks Debate (05/25/16) [5:06]
TYT | Where Cat Photos Are FORBIDDEN (05/25/16) [4:29]
RT | GoPro: Migrant boat capsizes in Med, 500 Libyans fight for lives amid Italian navy rescue (05/21/16) [1:55]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Has the Fossil Fuel Industry Taken Us Off the Cliff? (05/26/16) [5:19]
*DR | Congress Moves To Overhaul A 40-Year-Old Law That Regulates Toxic Chemicals (05/26/16) [1hr]
In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act, which sought to regulate the safety of many chemicals in use, was signed into law. Now, Congress appears ready to give it a complete overhaul. The reason for the unusual display of bi-partisanship is a growing acknowledgement from a variety of interest groups that the law does not give the federal government enough authority to examine the safety of chemicals in use or to keep unsafe ones from coming on the market. After years of efforts to reform the law, this week the House passed a bill by big margins. The Senate is expected to follow. Guest host Sabri Ben-Achour and a panel of experts discuss overseeing the safety of chemicals.
*DR | Environmental Outlook: Wildfires, Climate Change And Boreal Forests (05/26/16) [1hr]
Since the beginning of May, a massive, out-of-control fire has been raging in boreal forest lands in Alberta, Canada. The fire forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray and halted oil sands production. Scientists say climate change has contributed to the growing number and severity of wildfires in the world's boreal forests. Hot, dry weather has lengthened fire seasons and created ideal conditions for wildfires. The fires in turn increase emissions of greenhouse gases. For this month's Environmental Outlook, we talk about wildfires, climate change and threats to North America's forests.
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Wednesday May 25, 2016
News Articles

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With Donald Trump
HP | Marina Fang | 05/24/16

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), amplifying her her recent attacks on Donald Trump, admonished the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in a no-holds-barred speech on Tuesday, calling him "a small, insecure money-grubber who doesn't care who gets hurt."

Warren recounted the story of a Nevada family whose home was foreclosed at the height of the 2008 economic crisis while accepting an award from the Center for Popular Democracy, an economic justice organization. The story served as a segue into an excoriation of comments Trump made before the crisis, hoping the housing market would crash so he could profit from it. ... Read more

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump can NEVER be the President (05/24/16) [10:09]

Documents Show 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Distorted Military Record
TheIntercept | Matthew Cole | 05/25/16

NO AMERICAN HAS been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history. His bestselling autobiography, American Sniper -- a story of honor, glory, and quiet heroism -- has sold more than a million copies. The movie adaptation became the highest-grossing war film in American history.

But Kyle, who was murdered by a fellow military veteran several years after leaving the Navy, embellished his military record, according to internal Navy documents obtained by The Intercept. During his 10 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor, a record confirmed by Navy officials. ... Read more

*New Study Predicts an Intolerably Hot World
TakePart | Emily J. Gertz | 05/23/16

Researchers say that unless fossil fuels are kept in the ground, global temperatures could rise more than 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2300.

"Our key finding is that if we continue to burn our remaining fossil fuel resources, the Earth will encounter a profound degree of global warming, of 6.4 to 9.5 degrees Celsius [about 11 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit] over 20th-century averages by 2300," said Katarzyna Tokarska, a climate scientist at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, who led the study. The Arctic's mean temperature could rise about 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (27 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit) over the next century if such trends continue. ... Read more

Inside the Arctic in 360º (05/24/16) [1:56]
Note: use your mouse to drag the scene around. There are bows of boats and polar bears.

Monetary Lunacy: The ECB Could End Up Funding Bayer's Purchase Of Monsanto
ZeroHedge | author | 05/25/16

Today we find an even more striking example of just how broken the global bond market has become thanks to the ECB because as Reuters writes, Bayer could receive financing from none other than the European Central Bank to help fund its takeover of the world's largest seed company, US-based Monsanto, according to the terms of the ECB's bond-buying program. ... Read more

TRNN | Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org say: Democratic Nomination Battle is Not Over Yet (05/25/15) [9:22]
TRNN | Will Sanders Appointees Shake Up the Convention? (05/25/15) [8:39]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Picks Progressives To Shape Democratic Platform (05/24/16) [6:04]
TYT | Trump Goes Full Alex Jones On Bill Clinton (05/24/16) [11:01]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops On Superdelegates (05/24/16) [11:01]
TYT | Harry Reid: Hell No Elizabeth Warren Shouldn't Be Vice President (05/24/16) [8:21]
RT | CrossTalk: Bernie's Quest (05/24/16) [23:34]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Great Minds P1: Jim Hightower - Is populism different than progressivism? Part 1 (05/25/16) [12:56], Part 2 [12:08]
*DR | The Shake-Up At TSA: An Update On Airport Security (05/25/16) [1hr]
The Transportation Security Administration is under fire for long, slow airport screening lines and allegations of mismanagement. The latest on airport security at home, the shakeup at the TSA and the investigation into the EgyptAir crash.
Aljazeera | The Listening Post - Silencing the critics: Iraq's media muzzle (05/25/16) [25:00]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Tuesday May 24, 2016
News Articles
*Recent Bernie Sanders Speeches


TYT | Hillary Clinton Now Losing To Donald Trump (05/23/16) [12:31]
TYT | NPR Tries To Keep Calm Amid Hillary's Plummeting Polls (05/23/16) [14:28]

Democratic Party Gives Bernie Sanders Bigger Role In Shaping Its Platform
HP | Marina Fang | 05/23/16

Under an agreement the party reached with Sanders and opponent Hillary Clinton, Sanders can select five people to serve on the party's platform committee, a third of the committee's members. Clinton will name six members, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the party chair, will name four, according to the Washington Post.

Typically, the chair names all 15 members to the committee, which sets the party's agenda and guiding principles at the convention in July. This year's change is a concession to the Sanders campaign, which has accused the party of rigging the nominating rules against him and is concerned the party will ignore Sanders' progressive policy proposals with Clinton as the nominee. ... Read more

*TransCanada is suing the U.S. over Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The U.S. might lose.
WashingtonPost | Todd Tucker | older, but important 01/08/16

On Jan. 6, TransCanada went to court to claim that the Obama administration's failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline violates U.S. obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The company is asking for $15 billion in compensation from U.S. taxpayers. ... Read more

TPP and TTIP are worst
https://www.breakingthroughpower.org/ LIVE STREAMING

*Ralph Nader Presents - Breaking Through Power: A Historic Civic Mobilization
This "Civic Mobilization" will involve thousands of people at Constitution Hall and around the country and connect long-available knowledge to long-neglected action for the necessities and aspirations of people from all backgrounds. Many of the presentations will feature reforms and redirections for the common good enjoy Left/Right support.

  1. Breaking Through Power: How it's Done - May 23, 2016 will feature presentations by seventeen citizen advocacy groups. Over decades these activists have produced amazing accomplishments against powerful odds. These civic leaders will demonstrate how, with modest budgets and stamina, they have improved the health, safety and economic well-being of the people and focused public opinion onto decision-makers and opponents.
  2. Breaking Through Power: The Media - May 24, 2016, brings together also for the first time a large gathering of authors, documentary filmmakers, reporters, columnists, musicians, poets and editorial cartoonists. All of these presenters have documented or depicted entrenched wrongdoing by the corporate state or "crony capitalism"--the cruel impacts of corporate crimes and abuses, the absence of governmental law enforcement, and the harmful effects of concentrated corporate power.
  3. Breaking Through Power: War - May 25, 2016 is dedicated to enhancing the waging of peace over the waging of war.
  4. Breaking Through Power: Congress - May 26, 2016 will unveil a new Civic Agenda to be advanced by engaged and enraged citizens in each Congressional district. The Civic Agenda includes recognized necessities ignored by Congress for decades.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, May 24 [10:46]
TRNN | Michael Greenberger: Secret Exemptions Allowed Speculators to Distort Futures Markets (older, but good 08/29/11) [18:03]
TYT | Trump Admits Climate Change Is Real...At His Golf Course (05/23/16) [7:08]
*RT | Keiser Report: Bill Clinton's 'Economic Miracle' (E918) (05/24/16) [25:45]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Great Minds P1: How Poverty Is Created By the Wealthy Part 1 (05/24/16) [12:48], Part 2 [12:23]
*DR | The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam (04/24/16) [1hr]
President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
Charlevoix Michigan
I thought I would put a small pug in for Charlevoix, Michigan, the town I live in. Have a great summer.
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Monday May 23, 2016
News Articles
Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden Hardcover - by Mark Hertsgaard

Whistleblowers pay with their lives to save ours. When insiders like former NSA analyst Edward Snowden or ex-FBI agent Coleen Rowley or Big Tobacco truth-teller Jeffrey Wigand blow the whistle on high-level lying, lawbreaking or other wrongdoing-whether it's government spying, corporate murder or scientific scandal-the public benefits enormously. Wars are ended, deadly products are taken off the market, white-collar criminals are sent to jail. The whistleblowers themselves, however, generally end up ruined. Nearly all of them lose their jobs-and in many cases their marriages and their health-as they refuse to back down in the face of increasingly ferocious official retaliation. That moral stubbornness despite terrible personal cost is the defining DNA of whistleblowers. The public owes them more than we know.

In Bravehearts, Hertsgaard tells the gripping, sometimes darkly comic and ultimately inspiring stories of the unsung heroes of our time. A deeply reported, impassioned polemic, Bravehearts is a book for citizens everywhere-especially students, teachers, activists and anyone who wants to make a difference in the world around them.

Robert Reich: How the Pundits and Press Have Utterly Failed to Grasp Trump's Appeal
AlterNet | Robert Reich | 05/23/16

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That's an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March. ...

... Since he clinched the Republican nomination two weeks ago, Trump has been the object of even more unfavorable press than he was before - about his treatment of women, his propensity to lie, his bizarre policy proposals. ... Read more

*TYT | Hedge Fund Billionaire: Cut My Taxes, Close More Schools (05/22/16) [9:08]

Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!
HP | Bill Moyers | 05/21/16

... Twice now, the flight of her presidential aspirations has been forced to circle the airport as other contenders put up an unexpected fight: In 2008, Barack Obama emerged to grab the Democratic nomination away and this year, although all signs point to her finally grabbing the brass ring, unexpected and powerful progressive resistance came from the mighty wind of the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Certainly, Hillary Clinton is angered by all of this, but the one seemingly more aggrieved -- if public comments and private actions are any indication -- is Democratic National Committee chair and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

As we recently wrote, "... She embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates for Big Money, brought lobbyists into the inner circle and oiled all the moving parts of the revolving door that twirls between government service and cushy jobs in the world of corporate influence." ... Read more

Plant-Based, the Beyond Burger Aims to Stand Sturdy Among Meat
NYTimes | Stephanie Strom | 05/22/16

For the handful of companies working to develop plant-based alternatives to meat, finding a hearty stand-in for the humble hamburger is the holy grail.

One of those companies, Beyond Meat, says it has come up with that burger. The company will begin selling the Beyond Burger on Monday at a Whole Foods in Boulder, Colo. -- alongside the case where beef, poultry, lamb and pork are sold. ... Read more

We're In The Eye Of A Global Financial Hurricane
ZeroHedge | author | 05/23/16

The global financial system is in the eye of an unprecedented hurricane. While central bankers are congratulating themselves on their god-like mastery of Nature, and secretly praying to the idols of the Keynesian Cargo Cult every night, the inevitable consequence of borrowing from the future, the obsession with "growth" at any cost and financialization /monetary stimulus, a.k.a. the rich get richer thanks to central banks is systemic collapse. ... Read more

American Democracy Is in Crisis Mode and We're All Complicit: Here's What Needs to Happen
AlterNet | Jim Sleeper | 05/20/16

The crisis that has made Trump's victory a possibility isn't about Trump. It's about what's happening to the American people.

The election news is all about Trump, 24/7, but the crisis that has made his victory a possibility and that would bring tyrannical folly in its wake it isn't about Trump. It's about what is happening to the American people. What is happening to us is something that Trump embodies perfectly, in all his populist vulgarity. But no populist rhetoric of democracy can hide the truth that what's happening to us is what's being done to us. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, May 23 [10:03]
*DN | Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks, Part 3 (05/23/16) [17:19], DN | Part 2 [14:23], DN | Part 3 [12:54]
John Oliver
HBO | John Oliver: Primaries and Caucuses (05/22/16) [14:27]
*TRNN | The Occupation of the American Mind - RAI with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Part 1 (05/23/16) [24:10], Part 2 [19:54], Part 3 [19:54]
TRNN | Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey says: Climate Change Fueled Droughts Pushing Africa to the Brink (05/23/16) [10:02]
TRNN | Economist Michael Hudson says: The Financial Invasion of Greece (05/22/16) [10:10]
TYT | Full Year Of Record Breaking Temperatures (05/21/16) [6:39]
TYT | Tom Cotton Wants More Americans In Jail (05/22/16) [6:33]
RT | Keiser Report: The Return of Bubba - aka President Bill Clinton (E917) (05/21/16) [25:44]
RT | CrossTalk: A grim prediction - a retired general sees a NATO-Russia war within a year... (05/23/16) [24:31]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Who Are the Ruthless Dealmakers? Part 1 (05/20/16) [13:03], Part 2 [12:32]
*DR | Where The Presidential Candidates Stand On Key Issues (04/23/16) [1hr]
*Aljazeera | Inside Story - Targeting the Taliban (05/22/16) [25:06]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

Friday May 20, 2016
News Articles

Builders of the American Century: Bechtel and Crony Capitalism
HP | Jeremy Kuzmarov | 05/20/16

The Koch Brothers, Dick Cheney, and companies like Blackwater and Halliburton have become worldwide symbols of crony capitalism, war profiteering, environmental destruction and labor exploitation, which are driving the resurgence of social movements in the United States today.

Sally Denton's book The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World (Simon & Schuster, 2016), demonstrates that Bechtel Corporation, which spent an estimated $6.2 million in political contributions and $6.2 million in lobbying during the last election cycles, should be in the same class of villains. ... Read more

The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World Hardcover by Sally Denton

The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. "Dad" Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to "build the world," from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe.

Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington. Bechtel executives John McCone, Caspar Weinberger, and George P. Shultz segued from leadership at the company to positions as Director of the CIA, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State, respectively.

Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton, whom The New York Times called "a wonderful writer," exposes Bechtel's secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.
*TRNN | Americans must know 'shocking' details of 9/11 report classified pages (05/19/15) [5:12]

"Hillary Clinton Is A Danger To World Peace", French Presidential Frontrunner Le Pen Warns
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/16

American media has repeatedly likened GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump to France's far-right Front-National party leader Marine Le Pen and while the forthright French politician has not explicitly named a "preferable" candidate for US president, her comments today suggest it is not Hillary Clinton. Stating that the "EU is in the brink of collapse," as two of its main 'pillars' are "crumbling" despite the billions of euros spent on keeping the structure from falling, Le Pen's gravest fear is Hillary Clinton winning the White House because it would constitute "a danger for the world peace," as she would continue to drag Europe into her"destructive policy" of conflicts. ... Read more

Business Loan Delinquencies Spike To Lehman Moment Level
ZeroHedge | author | 05/20/16

This could not have come at a more perfect time, with the Fed once again flip-flopping about raising rates. After appearing to wipe rate hikes off the table earlier this year, the Fed put them back on the table, perhaps as soon as June, according to the Fed minutes. A coterie of Fed heads was paraded in front of the media today and yesterday to make sure everyone got that point, pending further flip-flopping. Drowned out by this hullabaloo, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve released its delinquency and charge-off data for all commercial banks in the first quarter -- very sobering data. ... Read more
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Aljazeera | The Rise of the Superbug (05/19/16) [24:59]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Could superbugs become deadlier than cancer? (05/19/16) [24:50]
Aljazeera | Head to Head - Climate change: Fact or fiction? (05/16/16) [47:32]
Aljazeera | UpFront - Top US general defends Donald Trump (05/19/16) [10:39]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, May 20 [11:43]
DN | Canada's Indigenous & Black Lives Matter Activists Unite to Protest Violence & Neglect, Part 1 (05/20/16) [11:22], Part 2 [7:59]
DN | Canada Apologizes for Racist Incident 100 Years After Rejecting Komagata Maru Ship of 370 Immigrants (05/20/16) [21:22]
*TRNN | Col. Larry Wilkerson on Heightened Tensions in the South China Sea (05/20/15) [9:52]
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TRNN | Republicans Would Rather Lose the 2016 Election than Win with Donald Trump (05/18/15) [10:44]
TYT | Cenk Interviews Bernie Sanders On Campaign Finance Reform (05/19/16) [3:48]
TYT | Barbara Boxer: Bernie Supporters Made Me Fear For My Safety (05/19/16) [10:22]
TYT | Trump Accuses Bill Clinton Of Rape (05/19/16) [3:25]
RT | CrossTalk: Universal Justice? (05/20/16) [24:43]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Is There Evidence To Go After the Saudis on 9/11? (05/19/16) [11:36]
*ThomHartmann | TPP Has Failed American Jobs - Here Are the Numbers... (05/19/16) [12:58]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (04/20/16) [1hr]
Note: starts around 3:20 on the Progressbar
Bernie Sanders' campaign rebukes Hillary Clinton for claiming she will be the Democratic nominee. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party establishment is making plans to avoid an ugly conflict at their convention in Philadelphia this summer. A new poll shows a majority of Republicans want their party to unify behind Donald Trump, who showing some signs of a more traditional candidacy. President Obama ties another non-decision from the Supreme Court to a lack of action on his nominee, Merrick Garland. And Feds look for ways to shorten long airport security lines. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey of NPR News for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (04/20/16) [1hr]
The latest on crash of the Egypt Air plane from Paris to Cairo. ISIS ramps up its bombings in Baghdad. And one of the Nigerian schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram returns home. A panel of journalists joins guest host Allison Aubrey 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/

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