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Wednesday August 24, 2016
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QUAKE ROCKS CENTRAL ITALY... 'THE TOWN IS NOT THERE ANY MORE' ... Dozens Dead... Thousands Left Homeless... Hospital Badly Damaged, Patients Moved Into The Street... 60 Aftershocks, Tremors Felt As Far Away As Rome... 'This Is A Catastrophe'...
Earthquake strikes central Italy, shocks felt in Rome and Venice (08/24/16) [4:29]

*Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign's Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It
HP | S.V. Date | 08/22/16

Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March.

The Trump campaign paid Trump Tower Commercial LLC $35,458 in March ? the same amount it had been paying since last summer ? and had 197 paid employees and consultants. In July, it paid 172 employees and consultants. ... Read more
TYT | How Donald Trump Funnels Campaign Donations Into His Pocket (08/23/16) [8:18]

AP: More Than Half Of Clinton's Non-Government Visitors At State Gave To Foundation
AP | author | 08/24/16

More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money -- either personally or through companies or groups -- to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million. ... Read more

*Global Empire - The World According to Seymour Hersh, Part 1 (08/10/16) [30:31]
What the Bush Family Knew, Before they Bought Land in Paraguay
What the Bush Family Knew, Before they Bought Land in South America above the World's Largest Aquifer. | | L.J. Devon | 07/19/14
The Ogallala aquifer, in the center of the U.S., has been used up at an unsustainable pace since the early 1980s when big agriculture began using automated center pivot irrigation devices. Once farmers started putting these devices into widespread use, the Ogallala became a center for abuse, precipitously drained year after year. The Ogallala is unique; it cannot be replenished by surface water or precipitation. When it's used up, there's no more water to go around.
Why Did George Bush Buy Nearly 300,000 acres in Paraguay? | | Brian Maher | 04/24/15
Bush Family Buy Up Guarani Aquifer | | Jenny Westwell | 06/18/15
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Global Economics Explained: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and Corruption (2012) [1:13:54]
Audio Book | Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (02/24/16) [11:04:30]

According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but "threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop."

According to his book, Perkins' function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows:

Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.

The epilogue to the 2006 edition provides a rebuttal to the current move by the G8 nations to forgive Third World debt. Perkins charges that the proposed conditions for this debt forgiveness require countries to privatise their health, education, electric, water and other public services. Those countries would also have to discontinue subsidies and trade restrictions that support local business, but accept the continued subsidization of certain G8 businesses by the US and other G8 countries, and the erection of trade barriers on imports that threaten G8 industries.

In the book, Perkins repeatedly denies the existence of a "conspiracy." Instead, Perkins carefully discusses the role of corporatocracy. -- November 4, 2004 interview

I was initially recruited while I was in business school back in the late sixties by the National Security Agency, the nation's largest and least understood spy organization; but ultimately I worked for private corporations. The first real economic hit man was back in the early 1950s, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr., the grandson of Teddy, who overthrew the government of Iran, a democratically elected government, Mossadegh's government who was Time's magazine person of the year; and he was so successful at doing this without any bloodshed -- well, there was a little bloodshed, but no military intervention, just spending millions of dollars and replaced Mossadegh with the Shah of Iran. At that point, we understood that this idea of economic hit man was an extremely good one. We didn't have to worry about the threat of war with Russia when we did it this way. The problem with that was that Roosevelt was a C.I.A. agent. He was a government employee. Had he been caught, we would have been in a lot of trouble. It would have been very embarrassing. So, at that point, the decision was made to use organizations like the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. to recruit potential economic hit men like me and then send us to work for private consulting companies, engineering firms, construction companies, so that if we were caught, there would be no connection with the government.

Columnist Sebastian Mallaby of The Washington Post reacted sharply to Perkins' book: "This man is a frothing conspiracy theorist, a vainglorious peddler of nonsense, and yet his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, is a runaway bestseller." Mallaby, who spent 13 years writing for the London Economist and wrote a critically well-received biography of World Bank chief James Wolfensohn, holds that Perkins' conception of international finance is "largely a dream" and that his "basic contentions are flat wrong". For instance he points out that Indonesia reduced its infant mortality and illiteracy rates by two-thirds after economists persuaded its leaders to borrow money in 1970. He also disputes Perkins' claim that 51 of the top 100 world economies belong to companies. A value-added comparison done by the UN, he says, shows the number to be 29. (The 51 of 100 data comes from an Institute for Policy Studies Dec 2000 Report on the Top 200 corporations; using 2010 data from the CIA's World Factbook and Fortune Global 500 the current ratio is 114 corporations in the top 200 global economies.)
Great Chinese Crash
*BBC | The Great Chinese Crash (2016) [27:20]
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 24 [13:23]
DN | Inaction on Climate Change Could Cost Millennials $8.8 Trillion in Lifetime Income (08/24/16) [6:18]
A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. The study, "The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials' Economic Future," was produced by NextGen Climate and Demos.
Nextgen Climate & Demos Release New Report on the Costs of Climate Change to Millennials website
The Price Tag of Being Young.pdf
DN | Embracing the Alt-Right: New Trump Campaign Chief "Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists" (08/24/16) [12:19]
*TRNN | Bill Curry says: The Real Scandal of Clinton's Emails: Conducting Foreign Policy In Secret (08/24/16) [18:35]
TRNN | Political economist Aleksandr BuzgalinHow: Ukrainian and Russian Elite Benefit From New Flare-ups at the Border (08/24/16) [10:00]
*TYT | MORE Leaked Hillary Emails Show Troubling Pattern With Clinton Foundation (08/23/16) [16:43]
TYT | Eric Trump Blames Stagnant Wages On Refugees (08/23/16) [3:04]
TYT | Donald Trump And Morning Joe Call Each Other Drunks (08/23/16) [7:33]
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ThomHartmann | Why Does Trump Wants A Police State? (08/24/16) [11:29]
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*DR | Questions About Hillary Clinton's Newly Uncovered Emails (08/24/16) [1hr]
Last October Bernie Sanders said the American people were sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's emails, but like it or not the story is far from over. The FBI found nearly fifteen thousand Clinton emails beyond the ones turned over to the State Department previously. The Department is now going through these emails, and a federal judge has ordered it to speed up their release. A conservative watchdog group this week separately released some emails that show big donors to the Clinton Foundation seeking access to Clinton when she was Secretary of State. Join us to talk about what we know and don't know about Clinton's emails.
*DR | Update On The Italy Earthquake (08/24/16) [1hr]
Deborah Ball, the Italy bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, gives us the latest on Tuesday night's deadly 6.2 magnitude earthquake north of Rome.
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Tuesday Aug 23, 2016
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Yemen Civil War (2011-201?) | author | date

By early 2015, Yemen was pretty much a failed state, beset by a circular firing squad of factions. Besides a local struggle for power, the Yemen conflict is widely viewed as a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Yemen was wracked by internal divisions as the Houthi movement spread beyond its traditional rebellion in the north, separatists continue to press their cause in the south, and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims attacks both at home and abroad, including on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier in January 2015.

... On February 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia due to its operation in Yemen, passing by 359 to 212 votes. However, the European Parliament vote doesn't compel every member state to act. The European Parliament resolution of February 25, 2016 on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen refers to "grave concerns" over the deterioration of the situation on the ground. ... Read more

In January 2016 the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) reported that 470,000 deaths had been caused by the conflict in Syria, either directly or indirectly. This represents a dramatic increase from the total of 250,000 fatalities attributed to the UN in news reports in recent years. But the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stopped updating the death toll from Syria's civil war in January 2014.
TYT | Gary Johnson Interview With Cenk Uygur Of The Young Turks (08/22/16) [15:37]
TYT | Jill Stein On Why Trump AND Clinton Are Dangerous (08/18/16) [10:11]

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds
Reuters | author | 08/19/16

The United States Army's finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department's Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up. ... Read more
TYT | Army Accounting Off By TRILLIONS Audit Reveals (08/22/16) [9:10]

An audit shows that the US Army accounting books are a little a couple trillion dollars. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, and Ryan Clayton, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

"It's Gone" - Why Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Has Disappeared
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

Something significant has happened in recent months: buying 10-yr US treasuries is no longer profitable. It is not only Europeans or Japanese, there now isn't any global fixed income investor that can make decent money by buying hedged USTs. ... Read more

Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams

Around the world, consciousness of the threat to our environment is growing. The majority of solutions on offer, from using efficient light bulbs to biking to work, focus on individual lifestyle changes, yet the scale of the crisis requires far deeper adjustments. Ecology and Socialism argues that time still remains to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure.

"Williams adds a new and vigorous voice to the growing awareness that, yes, it is our capitalist system that is ruining the natural foundation of our civilization and threatening the very idea of a future. I am particularly impressed by the way he develops a clear and powerful argument for an ecological socialism directly from the actual ground of struggle, whether against climate change, systematic poisoning from pollution, or the choking stream of garbage. Ecology and Socialism is a notable addition to the growing movement to save our planet from death-dealing capitalism."

Germany Warns People To 'Stockpile' Cash In Case Of 'War'
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

The German government is warning its people to 'stockpile' food, water and cash in case of 'war'. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government is set to tell citizens to stockpile food, water, medicine, fuel and cash in case of war, an attack, catastrophe or "national emergency", the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. ... Read more

Central Banks Are Terrified... But of What?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/23/16

If the recovery is real and as strong as the "data" suggests... why are Central Banks engaged in the most aggressive stimulus in history?

According to the official data, the EU's Services and Manufacturing PMI's were 53.1 and 51.8 in August. Both were significantly above 50 (which represents contraction)... Moreover, the EU's inflation rate has risen over 0.4% in four months, rising from -0.2% in April to 0.2% today. And yet, despite this data, the ECB continues to hold interest rates at -0.4% while also spending €80 billion per month in QE (the equivalent of $90 billion). At this pace, the ECB will spend nearly €1 TRILLION IN QE PER YEAR. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 23 [12:43]
*DN | "This is Our War & It is Shameful:" Journalist Andrew Cockburn on the U.S. Role in the War in Yemen (08/22/16) [20:30]
*DN | As Kerry Plans to Visit Saudi Arabia, Activists & NGOs Demand U.S. Stop Funding War Crimes in Yemen (08/22/16) [11:04]
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TRNN | Time is Running Out - Help Us Expose the Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science (08/03/16) [4:41]
Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey has teamed up with TRNN to make a documentary to expose the Koch brothers' war on the environment and their plan to influence the 2016 elections - and we need your help. Please make a donation today.
TRNN | Professor Chris Williams and actress Emma Thompson discuss the threats of seismic testing and drilling for oil in the Arctic (08/23/16) [17:18]
*TRNN | Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations for Democracy (08/23/16) [18:31]
TYT | Donald Trump Wants To Film "The Apprentice" From White House (08/22/16) [9:09]
RT | Keiser Report: Why politicians should follow Mozart's lead? (E956) (08/20/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy ask why politicians don't take a cue from Mozart and start composing policy for everybody rather than just for the elite. In the second half they continue their conversation with fracking advocate, Nick Grealy of London Local Energy about his belief that natural gas, even of the fracked variety, is a more environmentally friendly source of energy than most others.
RT | Keiser Report: Cryptocurrency Drama (E957) (08/23/16) [24:41]
Max and Stacy discuss the Venezuela in the capital markets. In the second half they talk to Simon Dixon of about the crypto-novela playing out with much drama in the crypto-currency space.
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ThomHartmann | Libertarians: Pro-Corporate & Pro-Billionaire Ideology… (08/23/16) [12:06]
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*DR | As Zika Spreads, Tough Choices For Pregnant Women And The Search For A Vaccine (08/23/16) [1hr]
The Centers for Disease Control's travel warning for the Zika virus expanded four days ago -- to another neighborhood of Miami. And experts say the virus likely isn't done spreading. Most at risk: Gulf coast areas like Louisiana, still overrun by standing water after historic flooding, and Texas, vulnerable to infected mosquitoes because of its hot climate. Zika's threat has ignited conversations for families who are pregnant and those who hope to become pregnant, including a new debate around reproductive healthcare and abortion. Meanwhile, new vaccines are moving through early-stage trials at a rapid pace, but how quickly they come to market could hinge on funding woes in congress. Where Zika is headed -- and how we're treating it.
*DR | Why We Open Our Hearts And Wallets For Some Disasters -- But Not Others (08/23/16) [1hr]
President Obama visits Baton Rouge today. Flooding there killed 13 people and hit tens of thousands of homes. Clean-up is underway, but the challenge is profound: dozens of state highways remain closed, vast acres of crops are a 100% loss and thousands of people still can't return to their homes. Those who can confront mountains of mud and debris, but some say news of the devastation was slow to reach the rest of the country and there are concerns that the national response may fall far short of the true need. Join us to talk about the crisis in Baton Rouge, the disasters we pay attention to, those we don't and why.
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Monday Aug 22, 2016
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The Gilded Rage: A Conversation With a Trump Supporter That Will Surprise You
AlterNet | Alexander Zaitchik | 08/18/16

The following is an adapted excerpt from Alexander Zaitchik's new book, The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America, published here with permission from Skyhorse/Hot Books. The Gilded Rage is the chronicle of Zaitchik's listening tour, inspired by Studs Terkel, through the Rust Belt, Appalachia, and along the Mexican Border. The result is an often surprising collection of voices of Trump supporters that Zaitchik met as he followed the 2016 primary calendar. The below section profiles a West Virginia Trump supporter named Ed Wiley, a former miner who in recent years has emerged as one of the state's leading (and most unlikely) anti-coal activists. ... Read more

Michele Bachmann Says She's Advising Trump On Foreign Policy, Because Why Not
HP | Marina Fang | 08/21/16

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has claimed President Barack Obama's foreign policy would lead to the rapture, says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.

Speaking to reporters outside a private fundraiser that Trump held in Minneapolis on Friday evening, the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful and tea party stalwart said she has known Trump for several years and supports his proposals to crack down on immigration and terrorism. ... Read more

Climate Change
Note: the talk starts at 6:21 on the Progressbar
NASA | Dramatic Changes in Polar Ice: Waleed Abdalati (06/10/16) [58:51]

German Government Urges Citizens To Stockpile Food, Water "In Case Of Attack Or Catastrophe"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/22/16

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.

Following Angela Merkel's proclamation that Islamic terrorism is not a function of the massive influx of muslim immigrants into Germany thanks to he immigration policy, we could not help but be a little surprised that, as TagesSchau reports, the federal government, according to a newspaper report wants to encourage the population to begin stockpiling food and water again, so that they temporarily can take care of themself in the case of a disaster or an armed attack. As Reuters details, ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 22 [13:25]
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HBO John Oliver | John Oliver Asks Donald Trump To "DROP OUT" (08/21/16) [11:35]
HBO John Oliver | Charter Schools (08/21/16) [18:12]
TRNN | The Empire Files: Chevron vs. the Amazon - The Environmental Trial of the Century (08/22/16) [23:22]
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*DR | The Justice Department's Plan To Phase Out Privately Run Federal Prisons (08/22/16) [1hr]
The Justice Department will phase out its use of for-profit prisons to house federal inmates. This follows a government report indicating private prisons are not as secure or safe as those federally run, and don't offer significant cost savings. Prison rights advocates hailed the move. Supporters of the private system criticized it, saying it was partly based on faulty data. The majority of incarcerated Americans are in state prisons, not federal. Some rights groups hope the Justice Department move will set the stage for state prisons to follow suit. We weigh the pros and cons of government and private prisons.
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Friday August 19, 2016
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ELECTION 2016 11 Dangerous Right-Wing Kooks, Cranks and Operatives Surrounding Donald Trump
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/18/16

It used to be that people like this only got backstage passes to the GOP's big doings. Now they're part of the show.

  1. Stephen K. Bannon. The CEO of Breitbart News LLC is many things. In 2015, Bloomberg Businessweek headlined its profile of Bannon: "This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America." ...
  2. Roger Stone. This operative, message-maker and dirty trickster has a long history in the GOP, going back to the small part he played in the Watergate scandal. ...
  3. Alex Jones. During the RNC, Jones hired planes to fly over Cleveland trailing a banner reading, "Hillary for Prison." ...
  4. Phyllis Schlafly. While it might seem surprising at first for an old Cold Warrior like Schlafly to support a candidate so cozy with a former KGB chief, it's important to remember that what Schlafly opposed was communism, not authoritarianism. Trump surely fits the latter bill, as does Vladimir Putin, who is no longer a communist, having seen the light to become an oligarchist. ...
  5. Ann Coulter. Much like Donald Trump, right-wing author Ann Coulter will say anything to get attention. She has said she opposes women's suffrage, that women who claim to have been raped are mostly "girls trying to get attention," and once described abortion clinic workers gunned down by right-wing zealots as having "had a procedure performed on them with a rifle." ...
  6. Pamela Geller. Best known for her opposition to the opening of a mosque near the site in lower Manhattan where the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place, Geller boarded the Trump train once the candidate jumped aboard her anti-Islam caravan. ...
  7. Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannapoulos, who works for Breitbart, is Donald Trump's LGBT champion. At a rally in Cleveland sponsored by Roger Stone and Alex Jones during the RNC, Yiannapoulos offered this outpouring, according to Montgomery's report: "I might be a dick-sucking faggot, but I f**king hate the left." ...
  8. Pat Buchanan. A longtime ally of Phyllis Schlafly, the former Reagan White House communications director has made no secret of his contempt for non-white people. His essay, "A Brief for Whitey," asserts that slavery was good for African Americans and they should be grateful that it brought them Christian salvation. ...
  9. Rev. Pat Robertson. The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and the now-defunct Christian Coalition is having a major bromance with Donald Trump, promoting the GOP presidential candidate on his television program, "The 700 Club," and elsewhere. ...
  10. Ralph Reed. Reed's reputation as a Christian choirboy took a beating in the 1990s, when it was revealed that he took part in the scandal that brought down lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Essentially, Reed was paid to organize evangelicals opposed to gambling to block gaming operations that would have gotten in the way of the casino interests who were paying him. ...
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This Is What Donald Trump's "Orbit" Looks Like Following Manafort's Resignation
Bloomberg | Elizabeth Titus | 08/19/16

Now that Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is officially out of the campaign which - until three days ago - he was managing, at which point he was upstaged by Breitbart's Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, here is what Trump's presidential "orbit" tentatively looks like by way of Bloomberg ... Read more
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*TYT | Syrian Boy Rescued From Bombed Building (VIDEO) (08/18/16) [10:14]
*TYT | Jill Stein On Why Trump AND Clinton Are Dangerous (08/18/16) [10:11]
*TYT | Democrats Signal Surrender On Sanders' Public Option (08/18/16) [11:22]
"Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) renewed push for a government-run healthcare plan is getting a tepid reception from Democrats, with some saying he is waging a losing battle.

Long-time "public option" supporters like Sanders believe Aetna's decision to flee the ObamaCare marketplaces this week proves what they've been saying all along: that the time has come for a new government-run healthcare plan in the United States.

But on Capitol Hill, Democrats think a fight over a public option is nearly impossible to win, regardless of how the November election shakes out. "The public option was a good idea in 2009, and it's a still a good idea today. [But] I don't know that the politics have changed at all on it," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a top ObamaCare advocate, said by phone Wednesday."
TYT | "Says Who?" Trump Lawyer Self-Destructs On CNN (08/18/16) [2:15]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 19 [57:14]
*TRNN | Climate scientist Michael Mann: Devastating Floods in Louisiana Are the Sign of Things to Come (08/19/16) [10:00]
*TRNN | Dr. Alyson Kenward from Climate Central: Deadly Wildfires to Grow More Intense, Burn Longer Due to Global Warming (08/19/16) [6:40]
TRNN | Truthout's Maya Schenwar says: DOJ Ending Use of Private Prisons: Will Decarceration Follow? (08/18/16) [8:23]
TYT | Obama Pushing TPP So Hillary Won't Have To (08/18/16) [8:51]
TYT | U.S. To Phase Out Federal Private Prisons (08/18/16) [5:50]
TYT | Anti-Gay Pastor's Home Destroyed By God's Wrath (08/18/16) [6:00]
RT | Keiser Report: To Frack or Not To Frack? (E955) (08/18/16) [23:34]
Max and Stacy ask why only ? of the British population supports fracking despite big cash payments allegedly on offer from the government. In the second half, they talk to fracking advocate, Nick Grealy of London Local Energy about his belief that natural gas, even of the fracked variety, is a more environmentally friendly source of energy than most others - despite the arguments (he says are false) that fracking pollutes groundwater and causes earthquakes.
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ThomHartmann | How to Change Our Pathetic Green Infrastructure (08/18/16) [4:11]
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*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/19/16) [1hr]
The Friday News Roundup: Donald Trump shakes up his staff after another campaign controversy. Major health insurer Aetna is the latest to pull back from Obamacare. And a group calling itself the shadow brokers say they hacked the NSA. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/19/16) [1hr]
The State Department concedes a $400 million payment to Iran was delayed to add "leverage" for the release of three U.S. prisoners. Russia launches airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria from a base in Iran. Officials investigate Donald Trump's campaign chairman for financial ties to a pro-Russia party. The UN says it played a role in Haiti's cholera epidemic. And Brazilian police accuse U.S. Olympic swimmers of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio games. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | TechKnow - Unsafe shrimp and the question of seafood farming (08/15/16) [23:50]
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Thursday August 18, 2016
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Louisiana flooding is the country's 'worst natural disaster' since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says
WashingtonPost | Emma Brown | 08/17/16

BATON ROUGE -- Five days into this disaster, adrenaline is giving way to exhaustion and -- for many of those who left their homes amid rising water -- a constant, churning anxiety about the future.

Thousands are still holed up in shelters or at friends' houses on high ground, relying on Facebook videos and word-of-mouth for an answer to the question on everyone's tongues: How bad is the damage? ... Read more

'There Will Be A Lot Of Families That Come Home To Nothing'

Southern California Blue Cut Fire Rages Unchecked After Mass Evacuations
HP & Reuters | author | 08/17/16

A Southern California wildfire raged unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying an unknown number of houses near a highway corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas and forcing as many as 80,000 residents to flee their homes, officials said.

The so-called Blue Cut Fire ignited on Tuesday in the mountainous Cajon Pass and quickly ballooned to 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares), putting firefighters on the defensive as they made a stand in front of homes and businesses. ... Read more

*July 2016 Was The Hottest Month Ever Recorded
HP | Chris D'Angelo | 08/17/16

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ? two leading global authorities on climate ? both say July 2016 was not only the hottest July on record, but the most sizzling month in the history of record-keeping.

NOAA on Wednesday said July's global average temperature was 62.01 degrees, 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century average. NASA, which uses a slightly different methodology, said Monday the average global temperature in July was 1.51 degrees above average. Both agencies pegged July as the hottest month since monitoring began in 1880. ... Read more

ge·o·en·gi·neer·ing - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth's climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming.

What's the Deal With Geoengineering?
Slate | Jacob Brogan | older, 01/06/16

Your 101 guide to the maybe-crazy, maybe-sane attempt fix climate change by tinkering with Earth's atmosphere.

At its simplest, "geoengineering" is the active transformation of our planet's climate through human intervention. The field emerged in earnest in the last two-and-a-half decades as a response to global warming and other forms of environmental degradation. It's about using technology to solve crises created by other technologies, everything from filters that pull carbon dioxide out of the air to spraying chemicals that would lower the global temperature. ... Read more

Your Geoengineering Cheat Sheet
Slate | Jacob Brogan | older, 01/06/16

Geoengineering describes the active transformation of our planet's climate through human intervention. Here are some of the key players, major debates, and pop cultural landmarks shaping the ways that we understand this emerging field. ... Read more

The Most Important Topic of Our Time - GeoEngineering (older) [46:02]
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A Case for Climate Engineering by David Keith

Climate engineering -- which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere -- has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. And for good reason: it carries unknown risks and it may undermine commitments to conserving energy. Some critics also view it as an immoral human breach of the natural world. The latter objection, David Keith argues in A Scientist's Case for Climate Engineering, is groundless; we have been using technology to alter our environment for years. But he agrees that there are large issues at stake.
A leading scientist long concerned about climate change, Keith offers no naïve proposal for an easy fix to what is perhaps the most challenging question of our time; climate engineering is no silver bullet. But he argues that after decades during which very little progress has been made in reducing carbon emissions we must put this technology on the table and consider it responsibly. That doesn't mean we will deploy it, and it doesn't mean that we can abandon efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But we must understand fully what research needs to be done and how the technology might be designed and used. This book provides a clear and accessible overview of what the costs and risks might be, and how climate engineering might fit into a larger program for managing climate change.
**Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 18[11:14] *TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy', Part 3 (08/18/16) [19:39]
TRNN | Climate Change Will Prolong U.S. Mosquito Season, Lead to Spread of Zika Virus (08/18/16) [9:50]
TRNN | Bill Black explains: Few (If Any) Progressives on Clinton's Transition Team (08/18/16) [16:03]
TRNN | Henry Giroux discusses: Neofascism of the Law and Order Candidate (08/18/16) [21:20]
TYT | Hillary's New Hire Reveals Her Pro-Corporate Priorities (08/17/16) [13:07]
TYT | Donald Trump: I Don't Trust US Intelligence (08/17/16) [8:00]
TYT | Bernie Sanders Renews Fight For Public Option (08/17/16) [9:47]
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*DR | Major Insurers Pull Back From Obamacare: Who's Affected And What It Could Mean For The Future Of The ACA (08/18/16) [1hr]
Aetna this week joined other health insurers in withdrawing from many states where it offers plans through the Affordable Care Act. The company cited an unsustainable financial situation. But that motive is being questioned: We learned this week that Aetna warned it would reduce its presence in the exchanges if the Justice Department sued to block its deal to acquire Humana, which it did last month. Regardless, this latest pullback from Obamacare leaves a lot of questions about competitive options in the exchanges, how consumers will be affected, and the future of the law. We'll get some answers, and look at how this might affect the presidential campaign.
*DR | What Concealed-Carry Gun Laws Mean for Individual Freedom and Public Safety (08/18/16) [1hr]
Twenty years ago, carrying a concealed weapon in public was strictly controlled or illegal in nearly half of U.S. states. Fewer than five million Americans had a concealed-carry permit. Today, carrying a concealed firearm is legal in all fifty states. And the number of permit holders has risen to nearly 13 million Americans. Most of these cite self-defense as the primary reason for carrying a gun outside the home. But critics of these laws say the latest research shows no clear connection between carrying a gun and preventing violence. Diane and guests discuss the rise of concealed-carry gun laws in the states and what it means for individual freedom and public safety.
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Wednesday August 17, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
TRUMP IMPLODES AGAIN FRESH CREW OF CRAZIES... Manafort Demoted... Breitbart News Chairman Named Campaign CEO... ‘Following Weeks Of Gnawing Agitation Over His Advisers’ Attempts To Temper His Style’... Second Shakeup In Two Months... 82 Days Until Election...

In Major Shake-Up, Trump Hires Breitbart Exec and Citizens United Propagandist Bannon to Lead Campaign
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan| 08/17/16

In what is being billed as a major campaign shake-up, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has hired Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon as his campaign's chief executive, according to The New York Times.

The writer/director of a number of films produced by Citizens United, Bannon is a curious choice to lead a campaign in turmoil. His expertise is as a propagandist, not a politico. Citizens United is best known as the plaintiff in the lawsuit that yielded the Supreme Court decision that allowed for the flooding of U.S. political campaigns with cash from unnamed donors. ... Read more

Conservative Radio Host Admits Right-Wing Media Created a 'Monster' That Doesn't Believe Facts
AlterNet | Kali Holloway | 08/16/16

While a fair number of GOPers have either outright stated their opposition to Donald Trump or evaded the question with enough skill to avoid providing an on-the-record endorsement, they’ve steered clear of admitting the role the right-wing media machine has played in paving the way for Trump’s rise. In fact, blowhards like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh keep pushing the right-wing lies that have made their party into a group that believes in everything but the truth.

Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host, may be the first of his ilk to take responsibility for turning the right—those who pushed Trump to the top of the bill—into a crowd of fact-denying, media-mistrusting, Trump lie-swallowing, angry “monsters” who cannot be swayed by reality. He goes on record saying as much in an upcoming interview with Business Insider’s Oliver Darcy, who tweeted an excerpt ahead of the full text being published. ... Read more

TYT | Conservative Talk Show Host Admits Trump Is Their Fault (08/16/16) [4:52]

Rudy Giuliani is getting eviscerated for ‘forgetting’ 9/11. But he didn’t really.
WashingtonPost | Aaron Blake | 08/16/16

There was a time in his political career when Rudy Giuliani talked about 9/11 so much that Joe Biden famously said of him that there were "only three things he mentions in a sentence: A noun, a verb and 9/11."

But on Monday, while introducing Donald Trump and Mike Pence at a speech in Ohio, Giuliani almost seemed to forget the event that so defined his time as New York mayor. "Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States," he said. "They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office." ... Read more
TYT | How Could Rudy Giuliani Forget About 9/11? (08/16/16) [5:43]

We often criticize the federal government for being 19.4 trillion dollars in debt, and rightly so, but let us not forget that U.S. households are 12.2 trillion dollars in debt.

Overwhelmed By Debt, Nearly 1 In 5 Young Adults Live With Their Parents Or Grandparents
ZeroHedge | author | 08/17/16

... Millions of our young people cannot find decent jobs once they leave school, and millions of them are absolutely overwhelmed by debt. Of course some of them are just lazy, but whatever the reason it is undeniable that multi-generational households are on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, 12 percent of the U.S. population was living in multi-generational households back in 1980. Today, that number is up to 19 percent. That means nearly one out of every five U.S. adults now live with their parents or their grandparents. One of the big culprits, of course, is student loan debt. ... Read more

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These Artists Are Living Out Their Dreams In A Handmade Floating House (08/17/16) [2:33]
Floating off the coast of Vancouver Island, a 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, is a sustainable island fortress complete with a dance floor, art gallery and garden. For artists Catherine King and Wayne Adams, this is home: a labor of love 24 years in the making.
Off the Grid on a Homemade Island
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 17 [10:57]
*DN | Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team? (08/17/16) [10:49]
DN | Danny Glover & Larry Hamm on Black Lives Matter, Police Killings & How to Stop Donald Trump (08/17/16) [15:06]
TYT | Michael Moore: Donald Trump Trying To Throw Election (08/16/16) [5:31]
*TYT | Trump Proposes “Extreme Vetting” To Keep Muslims Out (08/16/16) [10:10]
TYT | US Covering Up Saudi War Crimes? (08/16/16) [5:29]
*RT | Going Underground | Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods & Elitist Academia (08/16/16) [11:55]
*RT | Soros hacked, thousands of Open Society Foundations files released online (08/16/16) [3:38]
Soros hacked, thousands of Open Society Foundations files released online (08/16/16) [3:38]
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ThomHartmann | Right Wing Radio - We Created A Monster! (08/17/16) [11:36]
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*DR | Debate Over Armchair Psychological Assessments Of Donald Trump (08/17/16) [1hr]
Many psychiatrists have offered armchair assessments of Donald Trump’s mental health. We discuss the history of diagnosing mental fitness for high office, when personality disorders can be strengths and the pitfalls of long distance psychological analysis.
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Tuesday Aug 16, 2016
News Articles

Hillary Clinton has an 88% chance of winning the presidency.
NYTimes | Josh Katz | 08/15/16

The Upshot's elections model suggests that Hillary Clinton is favored to win the presidency, based on the latest state and national polls. A victory by Mr. Trump remains quite possible: Mrs. Clinton's chance of losing is about the same as the probability that an N.F.L. kicker misses a field goal from the 20-yard line. ... Read more

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief
NYTimes | Andrew E. Kramer | 08/14/16

KIEV, Ukraine -- On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine's ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort's presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort's main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych. ... Read more

*The True Story Of How War Broke Out In Syria
ZeroHedge | author | 08/16/16
Submitted by Steven Sahiounie via American Herald Tribune

...The CIA agents running the Deraa operation from their office in Jordan had already provided the weapons and cash needed to fuel the flames of revolution in Syria. With enough money and weapons, you can start a revolution anywhere in the world. In reality, the uprising in Deraa in March 2011 was not fueled by graffiti written by teenagers, and there were no disgruntled parents demanding their children to be freed. This was part of the Hollywood style script written by skilled CIA agents, who had been given a mission: to destroy Syria for the purpose of regime change. Deraa was only Act 1: Scene 1. ... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

This Is Not A Love Story: Examining A Month Of Deadly Domestic Violence In America
HP | Melissa Jeltsen | current

  1. In January, 112 people were killed in suspected intimate partner homicides, including children and bystanders.
  2. Men committed 89 percent of the alleged fatal attacks, and 77 percent of the victims were women.
  3. at least half of the women killed had left their partner or were in the process of leaving before the fatal incident.
  4. A woman who has been strangled by an intimate partner is seven times more likely to become a homicide victim down the line.
  5. Firearms were responsible for 57 percent of suspected intimate partner homicides in January, according to our analysis. Experts say that if an abuser has access to a gun, victims are five times more likely to be killed.
  6. States requiring background checks for private handgun sales saw 46 percent fewer women shot to death by their intimate partners.
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*TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy', Part 2 (08/16/16) [19:34]
TRNN | Professor Chris Williams says: The Dangers of Climate Change Aren't Coming: They're Already Here (08/15/16) [11:38]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad: Turkey suggests it's no longer willing to play the role of NATO's Islamists for the United States (08/15/16) [10:56]
*TYT | 5 Reasons Why Finland Is A Global Education Leader (08/15/16) [5:05]
RT | Keiser Report: Schrödinger's Brexit (E954) (08/16/16) [25:45]
Max and Stacy ask whether, as Schrödinger's cat rules monetary and fiscal policy, could a collateralised Embassy Cat bond deliver the asset value the Bank of England needs? And, is the ECB financing M&A activity in the donut sector in order to prepare for the civil unrest they expect when their policies fail? In a real Schrödinger's cat moment, Stacy appears in the second half, too! They discuss low rates starting to wipe out pension funds and insurance funds and how the absence of capital expenditure (capex) in favour of share buybacks has, in turn, wiped out the real economy - as evidenced in the collapsing productivity numbers out of the United States.
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*DR | Student Debt And Rethinking The Value Of A College Degree (08/16/16) [1hr]
Americans have accumulated $1.3 trillion in student debt. College graduates can earn more over time compared to high school graduates, but many now question the net benefit of a college degree: The student debt crisis and plans from the presidential candidates.
*DR | A Conversation With Khizr And Ghazala Khan (08/16/16) [1hr]
Khizr Khan's speech at the Democratic National Convention, with this wife Ghazala standing by his side, pointedly challenged Donald Trump on his American values and became one of the biggest stories from the DNC. Diane talks with Khizr and Ghazala Khan about their family story, the son they lost in Iraq, and how they came to be the center of a presidential election season.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Japan at a crossroads (08/15/16) [25:00]
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Monday Aug 15, 2016
News Articles

Trump and the Exploitation of Right Rage: It's Not the Economy, Stupid, That's Attracting Angry White Men to Him
AlterNet & Salon | Bob Cesca / Salon | 08/14/16

... While the lack of a college diploma binds most Trump supporters together, there are more obvious tells -- ones that we can plainly see but that can't be fully measured by pollsters. Specifically, it's not easy to quantify the growing resentment of white males who believe they're slowly losing their millennia-long grip on societal power. Likewise, it's difficult to measure the brainwashing of Trump's loyalists by the Fox News and talk radio echo-chamber. Yet we see it on display every day.

Last week, a video of a Pence rally showed an Air Force Mom asking Trump's running mate about the Khizr Khan story and whether Pence will ever tell Trump that "enough is enough." The mom was interrupted by boos, along with a gray-haired older man who attempted to shout her down, only to be escorted from the venue by security. The man who was dragged away, as well as the crowd itself, all fit nicely into the demographic profile of Trump's base: older white male retirees with massive chips on their shoulders. ... Read more

Milwaukee Mayhem
HP & Reuters | author | 08/14/16

Violent Protests Erupt In Milwaukee After Police Kill Suspect At Traffic Stop

The National Guard was activated on Sunday to help authorities should further rioting erupt in a predominantly black Milwaukee neighborhood where a policeman killed a suspect who officials said had turned toward the officer with a gun.

Police Chief Edward Flynn said a silent video of the incident appeared to show the officer acting within lawful bounds in the shooting of Sylville K. Smith, 23, on Saturday after Smith fled a traffic stop. Flynn said the video from the officer's body camera showed Smith turning toward the officer with a gun in his hand. ... Read more

Voters Say Economy, Supreme Court Are Top Campaign Issues

FBI Mutiny? Feds Said To Launch Clinton Foundation Corruption Probe Despite DoJ Objections
ZeroHedge | author | 08/13/16

Multiple FBI investigations are reportedly underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official... The actions are "seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ." ... Read more

"Russian" Hacker Guccifer 2.0 Publishes Complete Personal Information Of All Congressional Democrats
ZeroHedge | author | 08/13/16

The "Russian" hacker Guccifer 2.0 has made it possible for millions of American to contact their Democratic representative instantly, after he released an excel spreadsheet on his blog - obtained from hacking the DNCC - which includes the personal cell phone number, physical and email address as well as full personal information for some 200 congressional Democrats. ...

Note: it is ineresting that it took less than 24 hrs for the information to disappear of his site... "Some content on this page was disabled on August 13, 2016 upon receipt of a valid complaint regarding the publication of private information."
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WikiLeaks - Search the DNC email database | author | date

Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC. The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year Read more

Fun Fact
The main ingredient that gives most Worcestershire sauce its umami flavor is anchovies. Actually, fermented anchovies. Worcestershire gets its intense taste from anchovies that have been left to ferment in vinegar for a duration of 18 months. The other ingredients that make up this savory sauce usually include onions, molasses, sugar, salt, garlic, tamarind, cloves, chili pepper extract, water and natural flavorings.

Clayton Fire devastates Lake County town; thousands flee | Evan Sernoffsky | 08/14/16/span>

LOWER LAKE, Lake County -- A fast-moving wildfire that has ripped through rural Lake County, destroying homes and forcing thousands to flee, accelerated Sunday, burning into historic downtown Lower Lake.

While fire officials confirmed Sunday that 10 homes had been consumed by the Clayton Fire, many properties were visibly ablaze by Sunday afternoon, and commercial structures in Lower Lake were in flames before dusk. This fire is going to have a very long-term, devastating impact on this community," said Lt. Doug Pittman, a Marin County sheriff's spokesman working on behalf of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. ... Read more

President Obama Issues Disaster Declaration For Flood-Ravaged Louisiana
HP & Rueters | Byrn Stole | 08/15/16

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding.

Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of the state. The already soaked region is expected to get more rain from a storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. ... Read more

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Bison skulls to be used for fertilizer, 1870
*DN | "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart": NYT Mag Examines Region Since 2003 U.S. Invasion (08/15/16) [10:48]
As conflicts from Iraq to Syria have forced a record 60 million people around the world to flee their homes and become refugees, we speak with Scott Anderson about his in-depth new report, "Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart." Occupying the entire print edition of this week's New York Times Magazine, it examines what has happened in the region in the past 13 years since the the U.S. invaded Iraq through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Anderson is also author of the book, "Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East."
*DN | Did Companies & Countries Buy State Dept. Access by Donating to Clinton Foundation? (08/15/16) [22:55]
*DN | Donald Trump Claims Obama & Clinton Founded ISIS, But Bush Negotiated U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq (08/15/16) [11:12]
HBO | John Oliver : Auto Lending (08/14/16) [17:55]
*TRNN | Mark Weisbrot: 'FAILED: What the "Experts" Got Wrong on the Global Economy' (1/3) [23:38]
TYT & RoF | Art Imitates Life: Pap and Sam Discuss Pap's New Novel "Law and Disorder" (08/13/16) [6:33]
Mike Papantonio's new novel, Law and Disorder, will be out next month. Recently, Sam Seder and Pap discussed the book and how Pap's career as one of the most formidable trial lawyers in the country inspired his work.
*RT | Max and Stacy discuss 'crexit' and the dark heart of Italy's banking crisis as central bank intervention increases financial risk. (08/13/16) [25:47]
*RT | Keiser Report: Phantom Pension Funding (E952) (08/11/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the reckless gamble that Governor John Kasich of Ohio - one of the 'legitimate' and 'respectable' candidates (as per the media) in the Republican primaries - chose to take with the state's pension funds. In the second half they interview Francine McKenna of about what Donald Trump's tax returns might show. Francine suggests that they would show 'yuge' business losses but that ordinary people wouldn't understand investing for the specific purpose of such losses. They also discuss what the IRS audit of the Clinton Foundation might show and what the transcripts of Hillary's talks to Goldman Sachs would show.
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*ThomHartmann | Zachary Roth - When did the Republican war on democracy begin?, Part 1 (08/12/16) [12:41], Part 2 [12:35]
*DR | Hillary Clinton's Economic Plan And New Questions About The Clinton Foundation (08/15/16) [1hr]
Last week, Hillary Clinton laid out her economic plan for the nation, calling for major investment in infrastructure while opposing deals--like the Trans-Pacific Partnership--that she said aren't fair to American workers. She also attacked Donald Trump, saying his plan would put the country into a recession. Her speech in Michigan was an attempt to earn trust among voters, as her newly-released tax returns showed large amounts of income from speeches to Wall Street and other businesses, and another batch of emails raised questions about the relationship between the State Department and The Clinton Foundation. A look at Hillary Clinton's plan for the economy and new questions about her wealth.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost: Turkey and Russia: The billion dollar handshake (08/13/16) [25:11]
When Turkey shot down a Russian military jet last November, business ties between the two countries hit rocky terrain, with Russia slapping trade sanctions on Turkey.

However, it seems all is now forgiven as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin meet in St Petersburg to revive business relations - something both countries are keen to do as they both face unique sets of economic challenges and slowdowns.

Sanctions on Turkey's tourism, construction and food export industries are now set to be gradually phased out, Russian package tours will no longer face suspension and two major join energy projects will be unfrozen as part of the renewed relationship.

Where Turkey is concerned, a 41% drop in international arrivals - prior to the attempted coup - has proven detrimental to the tourism industry. Assurances were made to foreign investors post-attempted coup, legislation to create a sovereign wealth fund has been proposed and younger Turks are now being forced to pay into a private pension to improve on their savings, all in a bid to rescue Turkey's troubled economy.

Many, like CEO of Limak Holdings Ebru Ozdemir, are positive about the future.

"Last year Turkey broke its own record in foreign direct investments," says Ozdemir. "We hit $16 billion and this year we want to break this again - we want to go even higher."

But the general consensus is very much in favour of Turkish and Russian relations being back on track, especially where mutual benefits are concerned.

"Turkey needs Russian gas and Russia needs Turkish produce, beaches and warmer weather," says Bulent Gultekin, professor of finance at Pennsylvania University. "There's a perfect complimentarity between the two countries."

Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is Turkey undergoing a shift in foreign policy? (08/14/16) [26:22]
The Turkish government has been hosting Iran's top diplomat, in a move seen as a shift in foreign policy after last month's failed coup.

Turkey has been unhappy with the West's muted response to the coup and frustrated with continued criticism of its human rights record.

The Iranian foreign Minister's visit comes just days after Turkey's President historic trip to Russia, during which he very publicly made up with Vladimir Putin after the shooting down of a Russian fighter plane on the Turkish-Syria border last year.

So many are asking whether these moves mark a shift in Turkey's global alliances and what impact will they have on the war in neighbouring Syria?

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Friday Aug 12, 2016
News Articles

Wall Street Can't Agree on When to Halt the U.S. Stock Market
Bloomberg | Annie Massa | 08/11/16

  1. Market-wide circuit breakers cause rift in trading industry
  2. Stock exchanges announced rare truce on other improvements

The trading industry can't find consensus on when to apply the U.S. stock market's brakes during times of turmoil.

On Thursday, the nation's three major exchange operators upgraded their rules to help prevent a repeat of the chaos seen on Aug. 24, 2015, when many securities suddenly sank. But a major sticking point remains, according to an official who spoke at an event hours after NYSE Group, Nasdaq Inc. and Bats Global Markets Inc. announced their changes. ... Read more

Not to be a downer, but I keep thinking of the 1.3 Quadrillion Dollars of the Unregulated Derivatives Market
#walkBackDonald: A Reminder That Donald Trump Did Not Oppose The Iraq War (08/12/16) [10:04]
"Politicians are like sperm. One in a million turns out to be an actual human being."

"World Out Of Whack"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/12/16

Talking with old people is a "helluva" lot of fun. I mean really old people - those closer to having a lid over their heads. People who grew up watching the advent of cars, TVs, and who still marvel that we have shaving cream in a can and chicken in packaging.

You realise how damn lucky we are today on so many fronts. Women very rarely die in childbirth, we can reasonably expect that our kids won't die from some horrific disease before making it to adulthood, and we take for granted food and wine from the other side of the world and sundry other goods which we find in our local supermarkets and shopping malls. Foods and goods that a generation ago either simply didn't exist or were available only to people with bow ties and butlers.

Most people living in advanced economies used to take for granted the idea that tomorrow would likely be better than today. Real positive incomes have been the norm since World War II. Sure, there have been very brief periods, one notably during the 70's where inflation was high and this wasn't the case, but the trend has been positive and steady. Up until around 1993 when it all ended. ...

"Between 65 and 70 percent of households in 25 advanced economies, the equivalent of 540 million to 580 million people, were in segments of the income distribution whose real market incomes--their wages and income from capital--were at or had fallen in 2014 compared with 2005. This compared with less than 2 percent, or fewer than ten million people, who experienced this phenomenon between 1993 and 2005."
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Koch Brothers' Toadies Ryan and Pence Clean Up and Cover for Trump's Violent Rhetoric
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/10/16

The Koch brothers are said to loathe Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate. But you wouldn't know it from the actions of two of their favorite toadies. House Speaker Paul Ryan and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence are working overtime to make excuses for Trump's incendiary comments, most recently Trump's suggestion at a rally in North Carolina Tuesday that "Second Amendment people" could take matters into their own hands should Hillary Clinton become president and start appointing Supreme Court justices.

Charles and David Koch, the neo-libertarian billionaires who own a good chunk of the apparatus of the Republican Party, have been very good to Ryan, whose career really took off when Americans for Prosperity, the brothers' political astroturf organization, embraced him with awards and accolades, beginning, as AlterNet reported, in 2008. And Pence has appeared as a featured speaker at numerous events sponsored by the Koch network, including many Americans for Prosperity gatherings. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 12 [10:04]
Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan
Donald Trump Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan (08/08/16) [54:48]
Hillary Clinton Full Economic Plan Speech in Warren, Michigan (08/11/16) [48:54]
*TRNN | Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says both Trump and Clinton would pursue militaristic foreign policy with nuanced differences (08/11/16) [17:17]
*TYT | Donald Trump: Obama LITERALLY Founded ISIS (08/11/16) [16:51]
TYT | No Prison For Convicted Rapist Who Called Victim "F*cking B*tch" (08/11/16) [8:09]
RT | 'Am I not speaking English?' Reporters grill State Dept over Clinton emails (08/11/16) [3:00]
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ThomHartmann | Mike Papantonio: Guess Where the Kochs Are? (08/11/16) [11:29]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/12/16) [1hr]
Note: video starts at 8:00 on the Progressbar
Hillary Clinton unveils her economic agenda at a speech in Detroit, Michigan. The Democratic nominee promises to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and to stamp out what she calls the "trump tax loophole." Donald Trump walks back his assertion that President Obama founded the Islamic State, saying he was being "sarcastic." A batch of new emails raises questions about the relationship between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. A Department of Justice report finds systemic, racial bias at the Baltimore police department. And the courts weigh in on voter ID laws in two states. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of journalists discuss the top domestic stories of the week.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/12/16) [1hr]
A top UN diplomat says the alleged use of chlorine gas against civilians in Syria should be investigated as a war crime. Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea. Fifty Republican national security experts sign an open letter declaring Donald Trump puts the U.S. at risk.

In Australia, leaked documents offer new details on alleged abuses of asylum seekers housed on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. Japanese Emperor Akihito indicates he wants to abdicate because of health issues. And the geopolitics of the Rio Olympics. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Is the conflict in Ukraine about to escalate? (08/11/16) [24:20]
Aljazeera | People and Power - Ukraine: The Odessa File (08/11/16) [25:00]
Some YouTube Comments
  1. BayanTheOne - it's not an economic crisis, it's colossal corruption and plunder and appropriation of public resources. one cannot have an economic crisis in a shithole with no economy.
  2. Bfh - what is this a joke? in my country royals steal around 260B USD per year and you're makeing a big deal out of 12B??
  3. Richard Bright - I appears the Elite control; the Politicians and Corruption abounds. Look at Nonprofits in general and the percentage of Donations that reach the PEOPLE IN NEED!
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Thursday Aug 11, 2016
News Articles

Trump Accuses Obama Of Being The "Founder Of ISIS; Crooked Hillary Clinton Is The Co-Founder"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/11/16

"ISIS is honoring President Obama," Trump said during a rally in Fort Lauderdale, adding that "He is the founder of ISIS. He founded ISIS." He did not spare Hillary either: "I would say the co-founder would be 'Crooked' Hillary Clinton," Trump added of his Democratic rival. .... Read more
Donald Trump says ISIS was Founded by Obama (08/11/16) [0:34]

  1. Nearly 7 in 10 voters backing Donald Trump in North Carolina believe the presidential election will have been rigged against him if he loses, according to a new poll.
  2. Sixty-nine percent said the race will have been fixed should Democratic presidential nomineeHillary Clinton win in the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Tuesday.
  3. Sixteen percent said if Clinton wins it will be because she legitimately earned more votes than Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee.
  4. Forty percent, meanwhile, said the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) will tilt the election in Clinton's favor despite the fact the organization no longer exists.
  5. Pollsters next found that 41 percent agreed with Trump's statement last week that Clinton is "the devil," contrasted with 42 percent who disagreed and 17 percent who were unsure.
  6. Tuesday's results also showed that 47 percent believed they witnessed footage of Iran collecting $400 million from the U.S.
  7. Forty-six percent said they had not seen the video, which Trump seemingly admitted he had not actually viewed last Friday.
  8. Forty-eight percent of Trump's supporters in North Carolina additionally blamed Clinton and President Obama for Capt. Humayun Khan's death in 2004, even though Obama was an Illinois legislator and Clinton was a senator at the time.

App Lets You Buy Leftover Food From Restaurants And It's Really Cheap
HP | Sarah Grossman | 08/10/16

"Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world," co-founder James Crummie told Business Green.

Here's a situation where takeout is more cost efficient than cooking at home. Too Good To Go, an app operating in the UK, allows users to order leftover food at a discount from restaurants, according to the website. The goal is to help curb waste from establishments that typically toss out perfectly edible food at the end of the day.

Users simply log in, pick a restaurant, and pay through the app. Then they pick up their food at designated times ? usually around closing or after peak meal times, according to the Telegraph. ... Read more

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
NYTimesMag | Scott Anderson | current

Before driving into northern Iraq, Dr. Azar Mirkhan changed from his Western clothes into the traditional dress of a Kurdish pesh merga warrior: a tightfitting short woolen jacket over his shirt, baggy pantaloons and a wide cummerbund. He also thought to bring along certain accessories. These included a combat knife, tucked neatly into the waist of his cummerbund, as well as sniper binoculars and a loaded .45 semiautomatic. Should matters turn particularly ticklish, an M-4 assault rifle lay within easy reach on the back seat, with extra clips in the foot well. The doctor shrugged. "It's a bad neighborhood." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 11 [11:27]
*DN | Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harrassment & Spying Scandal Grows (08/11/16) [14:10]
DN | How Did Susan Estrich Go from Feminist Icon & Roger Ailes Foe to His Attorney in Harassment Case? (08/11/16) [7:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Remember the Democratic Convention? Yeah, we barely do too. Here's our best moments. (08/08/16) [4:16]
TRNN | Financial regulator Bill Black describes some of Hillary Clinton's statements on economic policy as 'incredible nonsense' (08/11/16) [11:49]
TYT | Donald Trump's Campaign Scrambling To Defend 2nd Amendment Comment (08/10/16) [11:26]
*RT | Keiser Report: Phantom Pension Funding (E952) (08/11/16) [25:44]
Max and Stacy discuss the reckless gamble that Governor John Kasich of Ohio - one of the 'legitimate' and 'respectable' candidates (as per the media) in the Republican primaries - chose to take with the state's pension funds. In the second half they interview Francine McKenna of about what Donald Trump's tax returns might show. Francine suggests that they would show 'yuge' business losses but that ordinary people wouldn't understand investing for the specific purpose of such losses. They also discuss what the IRS audit of the Clinton Foundation might show and what the transcripts of Hillary's talks to Goldman Sachs would show.

HSBC wasn't prosecuted because it was 'too big to fail': House committee | Francine McKenna | older 07/11/16

HSBC avoided criminal prosecution for anti-money-laundering violations because of the bank's "systemic importance" to the global financial system, according to a report from the House Financial Services Committee on Monday.

The report said top Justice Department officials, led by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, ignored an internal recommendation to criminally prosecute HSBC four years ago because they worried that criminal penalties might send shock waves throughout the global financial system. ... Read more
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ThomHartmann | Karen Shragg - The Ticking Time Bomb - Population, Part 1 (08/10/16) [12:47], Part 2 [11:56]
*DR | Challenges For The Media In Covering Donald Trump (08/11/16) [1hr]
Reporters and editors across America are grappling with how to cover Donald Trump. His unorthodox presidential campaign and what some call dangerous rhetoric have led journalists to debate the value of objectivity. Join our discussion of the media's challenges in covering Donald Trump.
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Wednesday Aug 10, 2016
News Articles

The GOP must dump Trump
TheWashingtonPost | Joe Scarborough | 08/09/16

The Muslim ban, the David Duke denial, the "Mexican" judge flap, the draft dodger denigrating John McCain's military service, the son of privilege attacking an immigrant Gold Star mother and the constant revisionism and lying about past political positions taken are but a few of the lowlights that have punctuated Donald Trump's chaotic chase for the presidency.

Any one of these offenses would have disqualified any other candidate for president. But the Republican nominee remained competitive against a historically weak Democratic nominee on the promise of bringing radical change and dramatic disruption to Washington. ... Read more

Poll: One In Five Republicans Want Trump To Drop Out
*TYT | National Security Establishment Lines Up Against Donald Trump (08/09/16) [3:49]

How Much Damage Could Donald Trump Really Do, After All?
HP | Mark Kleiman | 08/09/16

Some of the people planning to cast protest votes in November have a bedtime story they love to tell themselves. In the story, Donald Trump's election wouldn't be such a bad thing because the diffusion of power in the American political system would prevent him from carrying out the worst of his lunatic schemes.

Now, there is a germ of an idea there: political and institutional constraints greatly limit the power of a President. But it's worth noting that the political constraints generally act through the perceptions of the President and those around him about what he can, and can't, get away with: that is, precisely the sort of thing that would have kept Trump-the-candidate from, e.g., hurling ethnic insults at a federal judge. A President unfazed by criticism, and willing to ignore advice about the limits of his lawful authority from the Office of Legal Counsel, actually can get quite a lot done. No President in the modern era -- even Nixon -- has dared to say what President Jackson said about a Supreme Court ruling: "Mr. Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it." But what if we had a President who was willing to behave that way, surrounded by advisers egging him on to do so? Trump's power for evil might be substantially greater than (e.g.) Obama's power for good. ... Read more

State Department Releases New Batch Of Emails Clinton Failed To Turn Over

Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation and State Dept. Overlap
NYTimes | Eric Lichtblau | 08/09/16

A new batch of State Department emails released Tuesday showed the close and sometimes overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.

The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied.

In one email exchange, for instance, an executive at the Clinton Foundation in 2009 sought to put a billionaire donor in touch with the United States ambassador to Lebanon because of the donor's interests there. ... Read more

*TYT | Newly Released Emails Don't Look Great For Hillary Campaign... (08/09/16) [8:19]
The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael E. Mann

The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize--winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of billions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth's climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books?and may even convert die-hard doubters to the side of sound science.
Trump's Newest Adviser Once Compared Syrian Refugees To Rattlesnakes
Proxy War in Syria: US vs Russia by Natalia V. Osipova and Mark Mazzetti
Proxy War in Syria: US vs Russia by Natalia V. Osipova and Mark Mazzetti (08/08/16) [2:52]
30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl

Vietnam Secretly Moves israeli Rocket Launchers To Disputed Islands To Counter China
ZeroHedge | author | 08/10/16

While over the last several months, tensions over the South China Sea territorial dispute have mostly focused on the diplomatic war of words between China and the US, Reuters reports that in a move that is likely to substantially "raise tensions with Beijing", Vietnam has secretly fortified several of its islands in the disputed territory with Israeli-made EXTRA mobile rocket launchers 'capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 10 [10:31]
*DN | David Cay Johnston: author of "The Making of Donald Trump", discusses Trump's Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers (08/10/16) [18:50]
DN | Donald Trump Under Fire After Hinting Gun Owners Could Assassinate Hillary Clinton (08/10/16) [2:45]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | Future Former President Obama and the 'Ransom' Scandal (08/04/16) [5:53]
TRNN | EPI Senior Analyst David Cooper says raising minimum wage hike has historically not led to job losses, but higher local demand and decreased turnover. (08/09/16) [11:57]
TYT | Donald Trump Threatens Hillary Clinton With Gun Violence (08/09/16) [7:51]
TYT | Howard Kurtz Accuses Media Of Bias... Works At Fox News. (08/09/16) [9:17]
TYT | Study: Millions Of Americans May Be Drinking TOXIC Water (08/09/16) [7:40]
RT | Assange hints murdered DNC staffer could've been Wikileaks source, offers $20k reward for info (09/10/16) [4:00]
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*ThomHartmann | Dr. Michael Mann: Climate Change...The Madhouse Effect (08/10/16) [11:29]
*ThomHartmann | Stop Being Dumb & Partisan on So-Called 'Free Trade' (08/10/16) [7:29]
*DR | 15 Years After 9/11, Are We Safer From Terrorist Attacks? (08/10/16) [1hr]
After the 9/11 attacks, the government re-organized dozens of federal agencies and spent almost a trillion dollars to protect the country from terrorism. In the last fifteen years, the overall FBI budget nearly tripled to fund counter-terrorism efforts. Intelligence sharing among federal agencies improved. And airport security was strengthened. But are we safer? With emerging threats of lone-wolf killers inspired by the Islamic State, national security and intelligence experts warn we will never be completely safe. A look at the strengths and weaknesses of homeland security and counter-terrorism today.
*DR | Two Views On The Jim Crow South And Its Legacy Today (08/10/16) [1hr]
Historian Charles Dew was born in 1937 and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. His parents, along with every white person he knew, believed without question in the inherent inferiority of black Americans and in the need for segregation. In a new memoir, "The Making of a Racist," he describes what he learned as a child and how he gradually overthrew those beliefs. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson details the crushing realities of the Jim Crow South from the other side of the color line. In her 2010 book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," she documents the migration of black families in the 1930s, 40s and 50s in search of better lives in the North and in the West. Charles Dew and Isabel Wilkerson join us to talk about racism in American, then and now.
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Tuesday Aug 09, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
Collins Can't Stomach Cruel Trump... GOP Senator Pens Brutal Indictment Of Donald's 'Inability And Unwillingness To Honor' Republican Legacy'... 'Unworthy Of Being Our President'... 'Incapable Of Change'... 50 GOP Heavyweights: Stop 'Reckless' Trump... Republicans Sound Alarm: Trump Could Endanger Senate!... Poll Plummet Continues... Monmouth: Clinton Takes Double-Digit Lead...

GOP Senator Won't Back Donald Trump Because He's 'Unworthy Of Being Our President'
HP | Marina Fang | 08/08/16

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said she won't back GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, joining a handful of Republican senators who say they cannot support him because of his rhetoric and temperament.

"Donald Trump does not reflect historical Republican values, nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing the divisions in our country," Collins wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. ... Read more

*Trump Offers Huge Favors to Billionaires, and Calls It a Big Economic Speech
AlterNet | Adele M. Stan | 08/09/16

If it came out of the mouth of any other politician, the speech delivered on Monday by the Republican presidential candidate at the Detroit Economic Club would have been stunning in its mendacity. But issuing forth from Donald J. Trump, it was, sadly, to be expected. ...

... He claimed that "the terrible Obama-Clinton judgment" destroyed Detroit's manufacturing sector, when the Obama administration twisted Republican arms to get the funding to save the American auto industry. ... Read more

Donald Trump Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan (08/08/16) [54:48]
TYT | Donald Trump's Economic Plan: More Money For The Rich (08/08/16) [8:14]

Trump's economic advisers are also his biggest donors
Politico | Shane Goldmacher | 08/07/16

After spending months scolding his rivals for being beholden to their financial backers, Donald Trump unveiled an economic advisory council last week -- and filled it with some of his biggest donors.

Of the 13 men -- and they are all men -- that Trump touted as economic advisers for their "unparalleled experience and success," five are major donors whose families combined to give Trump's campaign and his joint fundraising account with the Republican Party more than $2 million. ... Read more

A Crisis Of Intervention
ZeroHedge| author | 08/09/16

"Dishonest money has created a culture of speculation out of ordinary producers and savers. As a result, we confuse financial markets for the source of our wealth." Perhaps at some point our central bankers will come to appreciate that wealth is not created by the printing of money. It is created by honest entrepreneurial endeavour, which is itself jeopardised by constant monetary intervention. ... Read more

Roger Ailes Had a 'Black Room' at Fox and Used Company Funds to Spy on Journalists | Peter Wade | 08/07/16

Sherman reported in New York Magazine that Ailes used Fox News money to fund public relations and surveillance campaigns against his enemies, including Sherman and other journalists. He also used company dollars to settle allegations of sexual harassment against him.

These shady dealings have been uncovered as Fox News executives pour through the network's financial records following Ailes's resignation. According to Sherman's sources at Fox, Ailes spent millions on these endeavors, but because Fox was bringing in more than a billion dollars in yearly profits, the amounts used personally by Ailes were almost negligible. ... Read more

Could The Deep State Be Sabotaging Hillary?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/09/16

Few would dispute that Hillary Clinton is the Establishment's candidate. It's widely accepted that the Establishment hews to a neoconservative (neo-con) foreign policy that is fully supported by America's Deep State, i.e. the centers of state power that don't change as a result of elections. As a result, it's widely accepted that the Deep State fully supports Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency and will move heaven and earth to get her elected. While this is a logical premise, I suspect it's overly simplistic. I suspect major power centers in the Deep State are actively sabotaging Hillary because they've concluded she is a poisoned chalice who would severely damage the interests of the Deep State and the U.S.A. Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 09 [10:17]
DN | Meet Jacqui Maxwell, the UAW Autoworker Who Interrupted Trump's Economic Speech in Detroit (08/09/16) [7:36]
DN | Matt Taibbi: Trump's All White Male Economic Team Includes "Financial Crisis Villain" John Paulson, Part 1 (08/09/16) [9:21], Part 2 [4:30] *TRNN | Investigative reporter Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that John Paulson made billions in the mortgage market collapse and by holding the auto industry hostage for taxpayer money (08/09/16) [10:56]
TRNN | Economist Robert Pollin and journalist Doug Henwood discuss: Trump Adopts Reaganomics (08/09/16) [16:57]
*TYT | HISTORIANS Can't Remember A Leader Who Lied More (08/08/16) [8:33]
TYT | WTF Is The Fox News "Black Room"??? (08/08/16) [10:52]
*TYT | Meet Evan McMullin: The CIA's Republican Anti-Trump (08/08/16) [11:34]
We have a new Republican candidate in the race. Some big money is backing Evan McMullin, a former CIA Goldman Sachs employee. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.
RT | Max Keiser: They observe that the political world has collapsed because of the bailouts and now we have the most disliked candidates in modern history and the most insane conspiracy theories masquerading as political analysis. (E951) (08/09/16) [25:43]
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*DR | Analysis Of Donald Trump's New Economic Plan (08/09/16) [1hr]
With a speech yesterday in Detroit, Donald Trump attempted to recover from a rough week on the campaign trail. The topic was the economy, and while many of the ideas were ones he has already discussed, Trump laid out some new ideas, such as a proposal to allow families to deduct child care spending from their income taxes. He also updated his tax plan bringing him more in line with Congressional Republicans. Trump took plenty of jabs at Hillary Clinton, blaming her for Detroit's economic troubles, and casted himself as the candidate of the future and of change. Diane and her panel discuss Trump's proposals on taxes, trade and financial regulation.
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Monday Aug 08, 2016
News Articles

Donald Trump Tries a Campaign Reboot
WallStreetJournal | Beth Reinhard | 08/08/16

Donald Trump is trying to quickly reset his presidential campaign to address worsening poll numbers and growing isolation from influential members of the Republican Party.

At weekend rallies, the GOP nominee read from a hand-held script and offered endorsements for the re-elections of a trio of Capitol Hill Republicans whom he had toyed with rebuffing. On Monday, he will head to Detroit to deliver an economic policy address that is expected to draw contrasts with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ... Read more

Donald Trump Full Economic Plan Speech in Detroit, Michigan (08/08/16) [54:48]
TYT | Poll: Donald Trump Really NOT Winning With Millennials (08/07/16) [14:57]
TYT | Judge Rules Against Third Parties In Debates (08/06/16) [11:28]

We've Already Used Up Earth's Resources For 2016 -- And It's Only August
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 08/08/16

It's less than eight months into 2016 and the ominous day is already nearly upon us: Earth Overshoot Day, previously known as Ecological Debt Day, is a reminder of the enormous toll we take on the Earth.

For the rest of 2016, we'll be "living on resources borrowed from future generations," as the World Wildlife Fund pointed out when we failed last year. Troublingly, this year's Overshoot Day is happening earlier than ever before. It's "come around five days earlier than last year, a sign that humanity's consumption of renewable natural resources continues to rise," Global Footprint Network spokesman Sebastian Winkler told The Huffington Post. ... Read more

TYT | Cenk Uygur Discussing Donald Trump On This Week With George Stephanopoulos (08/06/16) [11:14]
Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It by Wendell Potter

American democracy has become coin operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how they spend their time. The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap. It also defines our daily lives: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe. In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to the army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one-except some lobbyists and major political donors-likes business as usual, and this book intends to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy. An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.

Howard Kunstler Rages "Wake The F**K Up... Gravity Always Wins"
ZeroHEdge | author | 08/08/16

"...distortions in markets, currencies, and capital are spinning out in an ever broader, centrifugal gyre, coinciding, as chance would have it, with the most peculiar election in modern times. The incoherence and deceit on both sides is far beyond even the extravagant American norms of dauntless political bullshit. We literally have no idea what we're doing in this country, or what we're actually wishing for. The financial structures of everyday life look more fragile than ever. Gravity always wins." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 08 [11:41]
John Oliver | Journalism (08/07/16) [19:22]
TYT | Only 9% Of Americans Have Voted For Trump Or Hillary (08/07/16) [5:53]
TYT | Is Capitalism Easier In Co-Op Mode? (08/07/16) [5:58]
RT | Max and Stacy discuss the 'Great Period of Instability' and the $24 trillion rollover risk as interconnected disasters in the global economy. (E950) (08/06/16) [25:39]
Max then talks to Reggie Middleton in Bryant Park, NY, about there being no such thing as negative interest rates and how the German taxpayer will go broke before Deutsche Bank does. Max talks to Valentin Schmid of the Epoch Times about the trillions of bad debts in the Chinese banking system and what plans the Peoples Bank of China has for dealing with it.
RT | Julian Assange Special: Do Wikileaks have the email that'll put Clinton in Prison? (EP 376) (08/06/16) [27:54]
TYT & RoF | Florida's Solution To Toxic Algae Blooms? Ease The Rules on Water Pollution (08/07/16) [2:06]
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ThomHartmann | Wendell Potter - The Practical Reality Of Our Oligarchy, Part 1 (08/05/16) [12:44], Part 2 [12:22]
*DR | The Lawsuit Against Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes And Sexual Harassment In The Workplace (08/08/16) [1hr]
In 2005, Gretchen Carlson began working for Fox News. She rose through the ranks to become host of her own show, "The Real Story." But in June, Fox News declined to renew her contract. A few weeks later, Carlson sued Roger Ailes, alleging the Fox News chief fired her because she refused his sexual advances. Ailes denies the allegations but has since left the network. Since then, more than 20 women have come forward with stories about Ailes sexually harassing them on the job. And investigators are now looking at what other Fox News executives knew about Ailes's behavior. Diane and guests discuss the case against Roger Ailes and the challenges of confronting sexual harassment in the workplace.
DR | The Increasing Global Demand For Sand (08/08/16) [1hr]
Sand is essential for modern construction. Almost every new office tower, road and shopping mall being built in Asia's booming cities is made with concrete mixed with sand. And to get more sand, companies and people are pulling sand out of rivers and oceans at an unprecedented rate, say scientists. And in the deep ocean waters off the U.S., sand is being excavated to restore coastlines from Louisiana to New Jersey. Some estimate that extracting sand is a $70-billion industry. Diane and a panel of guests take a look at the increasing demand for sand, and concerns about the impact of dredging on river and ocean life worldwide.
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Friday Aug 05, 2016
News Articles

Clinton surges to big lead in McClatchy-Marist poll | David Lightman | 08/04/16

Clinton made strong gains with two constituencies crucial to a Republican victory -- whites and men -- while scoring important gains among fellow Democrats, the poll found.

Clinton not only went up, but Trump also went down. Clinton now has a 48-33 percent lead, a huge turnaround from her narrow 42-39 advantage last month. ... Read more
TYT | Donald Trump's Polls PLUMMETING After Week Of Fail (08/04/16) [9:04]

Top 10 Articles in Todays Papers
TRUMP TANKS: Clinton Adds To Lead As Donald Goes Off The Rails
Khan Meltdown Leaves Campaign Critically Wounded
Hillary Swoops In To Convert Crestfallen Republicans

GOP Insiders To Politico: Trump Should Drop Out
GOP Senators Distance Themselves From Trump In An Effort To Save Senate Majority

Trump's New York Campaign Chair: 'No Doubt' President Obama Is A Muslim

Polls Suggest Younger Voters Are Seriously Considering Libertarian, Green Party Candidates

Trump Admits He Didn't See Nonexistent Iran Money Video
EARLIER: Trump Repeats Lie That He Watched Iran Video Even After His Campaign Acknowledged It Didn't Exist

There Would Be No Check On President Trump's Power To Launch Nuclear Weapons

Black Lives Matter Protesters Block Road To Europe's Busiest Airport

ISIS Captures Up To 3,000 Fleeing Iraqis, Executes 12

WATCH: Trump's Supporters Weigh In On The Khan Controversy

The Cowardly Ryan: Calls Trump Attacks 'Beyond The Pale' -- But Won't Rescind Endorsement!

Trump Made Up An Entire News Story On Iran -- And He's Standing By It | Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani | 08/04/16

In the last few days, Donald Trump has made up an entire news story on U.S. foreign policy. Speaking at a rally in Maine on Thursday, Trump claimed that the Iranian government released secret footage it had of the United States transferring $400 million in cash to Iran.

"You know why the tape was given to us? Because they want to embarrass our country," Trump said. "They want to embarrass our country. They want to embarrass our president. Because we have a president who's incompetent. They want to embarrass our president." ... Read more
TYT | Donald Trump Makes Up Iran Story After Watching Fox News (08/04/16) [6:49]

At the Crossing Borders Conference in Greece, critical theorist Maria Nikolakaki says 24 people are displaced every minute, which equals 34,000 every day - and this is, at its core, a class war.

Spurred Out of Service: How Conald Trup Avoided Vietnam | Nancy Bailey | 08/04/16

Donald Trump's history of avoiding the draft has fallen under scrutiny, since his public feud with the parents of a fallen soldier, Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb while serving in Iraq.

Trump, whom the Gold Star father Khizr Khan said had "sacrificed nothing," retorted that he had made sacrifices and "done a lot," including creating jobs and helping establish a Vietnam War memorial in New York. ... Read more
TYT | Donald Trump Takes Vet's Purple Heart After Draft Dodging Vietnam (08/04/16) [4:36]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 05 [8:59]
*DN | Cartoonist Garry Trudeau: 30 Years of "Doonesbury" on Donald Trump, Part 1 (08/05/16) [9:14], Part 2 [10:40]
DN | Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games (08/05/16) [13:58]
*TRNN | Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey has teamed up with TRNN to make a documentary to expose the Koch brothers' war on the environment and their plan to influence the 2016 elections. (08/04/16) [4:41]
RT | Israeli hackers breach ISIS messenger app, reveal 'attack plans' (08/05/16) [4:53]
Thom Hartmann -
*ThomHartmann | A very real threat to life on this planet is currently trapped deep under Arctic permafrost. And thanks to climate change - that permafrost is rapidly disappearing. (08/05/16) [7:38]
ThomHartmann | Mike Papantonio, author of his new book "Law And Disorder" says: The idea of a Donald Trump presidency was scary enough already - but it just got even scarier. (08/05/16) [12:13]
ThomHartmann | Is This A Trump Scam.. building Up the Infrastructure? Or Is He Right On This? (08/05/16) [11:06]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (08/05/16) [1hr]
Note: the video starts at 3:50 on the Progressbar
More Republicans question whether to support Donald Trump for president. The FBI continues to investigate a hack of Democratic National Committee emails. And the latest on a Zika outbreak in Miami. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (08/02/16) [1hr]
The Obama administration defends a $400-million-dollar payment to Iran. President Obama denies the payment was a ransom payment for hostages. President Obama says the Islamic State is turning more to terrorism because it is losing ground in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. launches airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Libya. The Syrian government and rebels trade accusations over allegations of toxic gas attacks. And the Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday Aug 04, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
CODE RED: Trump Boasts of 'Top Secret' Info... Falsely Claims He Saw An Iranian Film Of The $400 Million Money-Transfer... Harry Reid: 'This Man Is Dangerous,' Give Him Fake Intel... Officials Uneasy: Trump A Possible National Security Risk... Nuke Musings Donald's Most Disqualifying Act Yet... Chomsky: Trump's 'Finger On The Button Should Terrify People'... Campaign Near Breaking Point... GOP Reaches New Level Of Panic...

Trump Boasts About Watching 'Top Secret' Iran Video Immediately After Becoming Eligible To Receive Classified Briefings
HP | Christina Wilkie | 08/03/16

Donald Trump on Wednesday described vivid details from a video he said he had watched earlier in the day of Iranian officials unloading cash from an airplane. The money was part of a payment, announced earlier this year, from the U.S. to Iran to settle a decades-old dispute over an incomplete weapons sale.

"I'll never forget the scene this morning," Trump told the crowd in Daytona Beach, Florida, of what he said he had watched. "Iran ? I don't think you've heard this anywhere but here ? Iran provided all of that footage, the tape, of taking that money off that airplane. ... Read more

French President: Trump 'Makes You Want To Retch'
TYT | Trans-Pacific Partnership EXPLAINED! (08/04/16) [6:22]

Joe Scarborough Claims Trump Asked Advisor Why US Can't Use Nukes | Katherine Krueger | 08/03/16

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reported on the air Wednesday morning that when Donald Trump met for a briefing with an unnamed foreign policy expert, the GOP nominee allegedly asked, "Why can't we use nuclear weapons?" several times.

Scarborough made the claim during an interview with retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who expressed concern about how Trump would be an "erratic" and "inconsistent" commander-in-chief. ... Read more
*TYT | Donald Trump: Why Don't We Use Nukes? (08/04/16) [11:41]

America's Oligarchs Support Clinton Almost Unanimously
ZeroHedge | author | 08/04/16

Perhaps the reason why this is so, is: Clinton has already spoken privately with the heads of these companies (the companies owned by the oligarchs) and with their lobbyists, and she coordinates her campaign with their propaganda-operations. So: her messages are also their messages. (But what she has told them behind closed doors goes even beyond that, into her proposing new federal subsidies for their businesses.)

The historical background of the current developments in the U.S., has already been well covered in a lengthy paper by Ryan Patrick Alford, that's appropriately-titled "The Dismantling of the Rule of Law in the United States" (especially see there "Citizens United," which is a direct source of this). ... Read more

The Profound Challenge of OCD: One Woman's Story
AlterNet | author | 08/04/16

I added this article because it captured my interest. We all have the potential to fall down a rabbit hole. This article shows how one woman struggled with her demons...

... But, beneath the surface, in the labyrinth of my brain, an entire subculture of irrational worries, self-doubts, and bizarre fears was wildly proliferating, the content of which often had nothing to do with Peter. For instance, cleaning out my pantry one afternoon, I came across a jar of tartar sauce, unopened, which I knew I'd never use. I offered it to our cleaning-lady, who took it home. That evening, I was seized by the overwhelming fear that this jar somehow might be contaminated by botulism. It didn't matter how improbable this fear was, I couldn't stop it. I began calling every hour, then every half-hour, then 20 minutes, until I reached her and insisted she throw it out. I knew she thought I was crazy. I thought I was crazy. A few months later, a similar worry burbled up: I'd regifted an unopened set of Crabtree & Evelyn bath accessories as a present to my mother-in-law. Suddenly, I was overtaken by the possibility that dangerous bacteria may have somehow contaminated the soap and shampoo during the short time they were sitting, untouched, in a closet. Too embarrassed to call her myself, I enlisted Peter to call his mother to explain that she should throw the package away. I can't recall us ever discussing this curious incident. Did Peter or my mother-in-law or I perceive anything odd about my concern with contamination, like the contaminated blood products that harmed Peter? As if I, too, had become contaminated -- and was capable of contaminating others, in turn? ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 04 [10:15]
DN | First Evidence Surfaces of Foreign Money Pouring into U.S. Elections After Citizens United (08/04/16) [9:25]
DN | Chris Hedges vs. Robert Reich on Clinton, Third Parties & Next Steps for Sanders Backers, Part 1 (08/04/16) [19:00], Part 2 [15:55]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*ColbertReport | For Donald Trump, Every Day Is Opposite Day (08/04/16) [5:44]
ColbertReport | Cartoon Donald Trump Might Flake On The Debates (08/03/16) [3:18]
*TRNN | Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuss Hillary Clinton's militarist track record and Donald Trump's bellicose rhetoric (08/04/16) [26:57]
*TRNN | Vijay Prashad said the Libyan Government of National Accord has been under pressure to invite the US bombing campaign because western governments won't grant access to $67 billion in sovereign funds until the Islamic State is defeated (08/04/16) [10:37]
TRNN | Economist Heiner Flassbeck says there's no debt crisis in Europe, it is Germany's absolute competitive advantages that drove deflation throughout Europe (08/04/16) [15:02]
TYT | Navy SEAL Releases Insane Campaign Ad (08/04/16) [10:31]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy discuss the farcical, upside down world that central bank intervention has made in markets -- where the safest bets are now the most dangerous. (E949) (08/04/16) [25:44]
Thom Hartmann -
*DR | Donald Trump's Tax Returns And Whether The Public Has The Right To Know (08/04/16) [1hr]
For the past 40 years, every U.S. presidential candidate from a major party has released their tax returns. It's not required by law, but voters have come to expect it. Donald Trump has refused to disclose his tax information. His campaign chief reiterated last week that the candidate would not be releasing his returns. Calls for the Republican nominee to do so have grown stronger recently. On Monday billionaire businessman Warren Buffet announced he'd disclose his income tax records if Trump did and offered to meet with the candidate any time before the election to answer questions from the public about them. Join Diane and guests for a discussion on the tradition of personal tax disclosure by presidential candidates -- and what's at stake.
*DR | John Dickerson: "Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories From Presidential Campaign History" (08/04/16) [1hr]
Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson shares his favorite stories from presidential campaign history -- the ones he says journalists rehash long after the fact. From forgotten moments to familiar tales: memorable scenes from campaign history in America.
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Wednesday Aug 03, 2016
News Articles

Runaway Trump Train Picks Up Speed As Aides Can't Grab The Controls
HP | Howard Fineman | 08/03/16

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, has had success dealing with hard-to-manage dictatorial types, from Imelda Marcos of the Philippines, to Jonas Savimbi of Angola, to Victor Yanukovych of Ukraine. But he is described by close friends as "frustrated" beyond measure by his inability to manage Trump in any sense.

Reince Preibus, the pliable chair of the Republican National Committee, went to extraordinary lengths to legitimize The Donald ? but now the RNC is throwing up its hands and distancing itself. Read more

"It Takes A Village To Maintain A Dangerous Financial System"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/03/16

Reassurances that regulators are doing their best to protect the public are false, warns Stanford's Anat Admati in her latest report on the collusive dissonance within financial markets. She discuss the motivations and actions (or inaction) of individuals in the financial system, governments, central banks, academia and the media that collectively contribute to the persistence of a dangerous and distorted financial system and inadequate, poorly designed regulations. The underlying problem is a powerful mix of distorted incentives, ignorance, confusion, and lack of accountability. Willful blindness seems to play a role in flawed claims by the system's enablers that obscure reality and muddle the policy debate.

In banking, the public interest in safety conflicts with the incentives of people within the industry. Protecting the public requires effective regulations because market forces fail to do so. Without effective regulations, dangerous conduct is enabled and perversely rewarded. Because the harm is difficult to connect to specific policy failures and individuals, it persists. Even if a crisis occurs, the enablers of the system can promote narratives that divert attention from their own responsibility ... ... Read more

Trump Says It's Time To Sell Stocks, Warns Of "Very Scary Scenarios" For Investors
ZeroHedge | author | 08/03/16

While Wall Street typically worries about how politics might affect the market, Presidential candidates worry about how the stock market might affect their political outcomes. The reason for this is that historically, the market performance in the three months leading up to a Presidential Election has displayed an uncanny ability to forecast who will win the White House... the incumbent party or the challenger. Since 1928, there have been 22 Presidential Elections. In 14 of them, the S&P 500 climbed during the three months preceding election day. The incumbent President or party won in 12 of those 14 instances. However, in 7 of the 8 elections where the S&P 500 fell over that three month period, the incumbent party lost. ... Read more
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Our Consumption Of Earth's Natural Resources Has More Than Tripled In 40 Years
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 08/02/16

Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet's natural resources to survive.

Yet we're using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be "irreversibly" depleting some of them ? and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 03 [10:07]
DN | Section 60: 2008 Film Captures Khizr & Ghazala Khan Mourning Son in Arlington National Cemetery (08/02/16) [8:17]
TYT | Jill Stein Has Chosen Her Running Mate. (08/02/16) [9:23]
RT | Obama: US failed to plan for peace and security in Libya after toppling of Gaddafi (08/03/16) [6:06]
Thom Hartmann -
ThomHartmann | Obama's blunt words on Donald Trump, Paul Ryan's pro-TPP talk at a Koch-billionaire gathering, and whether Progressive challenger Tim Canova can beat Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (full) (08/02/16) [56:55]
*DR | Update On The Spread Of The Zika Virus In The U.S. (08/03/16) [1hr]
The CDC has issued an unprecedented travel warning for part of Miami, where more than 10 new cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. What's causing the virus to spread in one South Florida neighborhood and how officials are responding.
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can US air strikes push ISIL out of Libya? (08/02/16) [24:45]
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Tuesday Aug 02, 2016
News Articles

David Stockman Rants Against The Dangers & Digressions Of The Donald's Demagoguery
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

"Making America great" is about unleashing the nation's capitalists again. It's an expression that prosperity is not bestowed by the state but won by the kind of builders, investors, innovators and workers that The Donald fancies to be the essence of Trump Inc. To that extent, Donald Trump could be regarded as an incipient anti-statist. While this might seem like an overly generous characterization, it is a measure, alas, of the degree to which the bipartisan "policy" consensus against him has congealed around what is essentially a Keynesian axiom of endless macroeconomic intervention and "stimulus". ... Read more

TYT | Koch Brothers Pass On Hillary AND Trump. Will Buy Congress Instead. (08/01/16) [6:40]

Trump Urges His Supporters To Sell Stocks, Warns Of "Very Scary Scenarios" For Investors
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

Now that we are exactly three months away from the November 8 election, if Trump wants to really boost his electoral chances, a market crash right now be certainly most welcome by his campaign. Which may be why Trump today urged his supporters to get out of equities as "interest rates set by the Federal Reserve are inflating the stock market" and warned of "very scary scenarios" for investors. ... Read more

A "1 In 10,000 Year Event": JPM Head Quant Explains Why The S&P Refuses To Sell Off
ZeroHedge | author | 08/02/16

"... one would expect this scenario to happen once every ~10,000 years. The fact that we see this type of behavior demonstrates market inefficiency--in this case driven by hedging of option exposure. Quite literally, the market was pinned. Over the past 3 weeks, the amount of call options exceeding put options (in terms of gamma exposure) averaged almost $40bn (per 1%), which is the largest call to put gamma imbalance ever observed." ... Read more

European Bank Bloodbath Destroys Stress Test Credibility
ZeroHEdge | author | 08/02/16

If the goal of the EBA Stress Tests was to reassure investors and regain confidence that 'all is well' in Europe's increasingly fragile and systemically interconnected banking system, then it has utterly failed. The broadest European bank stock index is now down 7% from the post-stress-test spike highs, Italian banks are at record lows and being halted (despite Renzi's promises), Commerzbank is struggling with capital raise chatter, and Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse are tumbling after being booted from the Stoxx 50. ... Read more

The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (trailer, longer) (07/11/16) [5:38]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (trailer, short) (07/11/16) [1:57]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (crowed funding) (04/12/16) [5:08]
The Rising: Connecting Human Health and Oil Operations (website)
The Big Fix - BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cover up (12/27/12) [1:30:19]

Whatever You Do, Don't Look Down
HP | Abigail Williams | 08/02/16

Situated off the side of China's Tianmen Mountain, the 100-meter-long, 1.6-meter-wide skywalk is situated high above Hunan's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Dubbed the "Coiling Dragon Cliff" skywalk, the clear glass walkway overlooks a sheer drop that would turn any stomach. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 02 [12:10]
DN | The Never-Ending War: U.S. Announces New Front Against ISIS in Libya (08/02/16) [6:24]
The U.S. military carried out two airstrikes in Libya against ISIS fighters on Monday in the latest escalation of the U.S. war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The strikes took place in the city of Sirte. Pentagon officials said the campaign would continue until ISIS has been driven from the city, which it took over last year. Libya has been engulfed in fighting after a U.S.-backed military intervention ousted longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The Pentagon said Libya's Western-backed unity government requested the airstrikes. The so-called unity government is one of three competing governments that claim legitimacy in the country. We speak to Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She's author of "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror."
DN | Trump Attacks Muslim Mother of Slain U.S. Soldier in Comments "Beyond Limit of Human Decency" (08/01/16) [14:00]
TRNN | Dave Zirin the author of Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio Eclipsed By Controversy (08/02/16) [13:07]
TRNN | Arn Menconi tells: Colorado Green Party Senate Candidate: 'I'm Running to Stop Endless Wars' (08/02/16) [6:53]
TYT | Trump Continues Feud With Fallen Veteran's Family. (08/01/16) [10:00]
TYT | Republicans Condemn Trump For Khan Comments (08/01/16) [6:32]
TYT | Trump Advisor Smears Muslim War Hero As Terrorist Double Agent (08/01/16) [7:24]
RT | Keiser Report: Myth of Millennial Entrepreneur (E948) (08/02/16) [25:45]
From Kingston, NY, Max and Stacy discuss the myth of the Millennial entrepreneur. Business startups have collapsed but the Obama administration says that student debt is great for the US economy; meanwhile, in China, 'innovation centers' have popped up all over the country, but will the entrepreneurs ever show up? In the second half, Max interviews Gerald Celente of about entrepreneurship and US elections.
RT | CrossTalk: Is Russia meddling in American politics? Also, are we witnessing another crucial tipping point in Syria? And, has Turkey's Erdogan turned his back on the west? (08/01/16) [23:56]
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ThomHartmann | The Sick & Dying Victims of BP Speak Out! (08/01/16) [7:23]
*DR | Voter Access In 2016: Latest On Restrictions Across The Country (08/02/16) [1hr]
The North Carolina voter ID law targeted African Americans with "almost surgical precision." That's according to a three-judge panel that decided Friday to strike down the law. Recent weeks have seen a slew of similar victories for challengers of voting restrictions: Federal courts also dealt blows to Republican-backed laws in Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas. Supporters of these laws say they address voter fraud and other issues at the polls. But is the tide now turning when it comes to voter restrictions? The latest on recent court decisions affecting voters, and what they could mean for the outcome of the presidential election.
Aljazeera | Counting the Cost - The most powerful economic job in the world (07/30/16) [26:00]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - What's behind Russian humanitarian corridors in Aleppo? (07/31/16) [25:00]
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Monday Aug 01, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
TRUMP'S CHUMPS... No Mention Of Nominee In GOP Leaders' Khan Responses... Reid: 'Cowardice'... Khan: 'The Lack Of Moral Courage Will Remain A Burden On Their Souls'... Calls Trump 'A Black Soul'... Says Some Prominent Republicans Reached Out In Support... TRUMP SMEARS GOLD STAR MOTHER... 'I'd Like To Hear His Wife Say Something'... TRIES TO BACKTRACK: Calls Slain Soldier A 'Hero'... Ghazala Speaks, Again: 'He Doesn't Know What The Word Sacrifice Means'...

GOP Leaders Don't Ditch Trump Even After Condemning His Attacks On Muslim War Hero's Family
HP | Marina Fang | 07/31/16

In what has become a familiar pattern, GOP leaders on Sunday denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's latest round of offensive remarks. But they continue to support his campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) both issued standard statements condemning Trump's attacks against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American war hero killed in Iraq. ... Read more
*TYT | Father Of Fallen American Soldier Delivers POWERFUL Speech Against Trump (07/31/16) [6:46]

John Oliver | Lays Into Trump for His Shameful Criticisms of the Khan Family (08/01/16) [18:09]
On Contact: Into the Political Wilderness with Jill Stein (07/30/16) [26:04]

Hillary's Latest Headache: Skolkovo
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

... Of the 28 "partners," 17, or 60%, have made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation, totaling tens of millions of dollars, or sponsored speeches by Bill Clinton...

Russians tied to Skolkovo also flowed funds to the Clinton Foundation. Andrey Vavilov, the chairman of SuperOx, which is part of Skolkovo's nuclear-research cluster, donated between $10,000 and $25,000 (donations are reported in ranges, not exact amounts) to the Clinton's family charity"

Thus far, this should not be surprising. It is yet another instance of crony capitalism that has so well characterized the Clintons over the years. However, as US intelligence agencies including the FBI were soon to find out, the Russian Silicon Valley served other purposes as well. ... Read more

*Whistleblower's Stunning Claim: "NSA Has All Of Hillary's Deleted Emails, It May Be The Leak"
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

"If the FBI really wanted them they can go into that database and get them right now," William Binney said of Clinton's emails as well as DNC emails. Asked point blank if he believed the NSA has copies of "all" of Clinton's emails, including the deleted correspondence, Binney confirmed. "Yes. That would be my point. They have them all and the FBI can get them right there." ... Read more

Is Europe Doomed By Vassalage To Washington?
ZeroHedge | author | 08/01/16

... With few exceptions, principally the UK, membership in the EU also meant loss of financial independence. As only the European Central Bank, an EU institution, can create euros, those countries so foolish as to accept the euro as their currency no longer have the power to create their own money in order to finance budget deficits.

The countries that joined the euro must rely on private banks to finance their deficits. The result of this is that over-indebted countries can no longer pay their debts by creating money or expect their debts to be written down to levels that they can service. Instead, Greece, Portugal, Latvia, and Ireland were looted by the private banks. ... Read more

Paul Krugman Reveals the 'Real Sinners' Behind Trump
AlterNet | Janet Allon | 08/01/16

Paul Krugman is incredulous about the mounting horrors of the Trump campaign and spends his Monday NYTimes column once again trying to inject some reasonable thinking into the debate about how to vote come November. Depressingly, he notes that a YouGov survey just found that "61 percent of Republicans support his call for Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton," which doesn't bode well for how Republicans feel about his criticisms of a Muslim war hero's family. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 01 [11:20]
*TRNN | Wenonah Hauter, author of Frackopoly: Big Oil and the Battle for Our Future (08/01/16) [19:53]
*TRNN | Gerry Epstein and Dimitri Lascaris say: Italian Bank Failures Could Disintegrate the EU (08/01/16) [15:40]
*TYT | Roger Ailes Might Run Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign (07/31/16) [11:38]
*TYT | Hillary's Case On Foreign Policy: Warhawks Better Than Crazy Warhawks (07/31/16) [11:33]
TYT | What Hillary Clinton Didn't Say In DNC Speech... (07/31/16) [8:56]
RT | Keiser Report: Taxation and Comedy (E947) (07/30/16) [25:44]
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ThomHartmann | Pence More Dangerous Than Trump (07/30/16) [8:11]
*DR | After The Conventions, What's Next For The 2016 Race For President (08/01/16) [1hr]
Now that the political conventions are over, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have begun their sprint to the November elections. With less than 100 days left, the candidates are polling nearly neck and neck. The most recent nation-wide polls averaged by have Trump at 45.6 percent and Clinton at 44.7 percent. Campaigning in swing states began right after the conventions ended. Trump will likely need to win Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to win the 270 electoral votes to win the White House. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of guests discuss what to expect in the homestretch of the 2016 race for president.
DR | A Conversation With Green Party Candidate Jill Stein (08/01/16) [16:30]
Note: video starts at 4:40 on the Progressbar
When Green Party candidate Jill Stein ran for president in 2012, she walked away with .36 percent of the vote. In this election season, she's found renewed support from voters dissatisfied with both major political parties and Washington as a whole -- especially from disillusioned Bernie Sanders supporters. Since June, she's risen from 2.5 to 3.5 percent in the presidential polls, according to RealClear Politics. The doctor-turned-activist and politician talks with guest host Susan Page about the 2016 presidential race and running as a third-party candidate.
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Friday July 29, 2016
News Articles

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

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

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

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

TYT | Hillary Clinton Democratic National Convention Speech. TYT Analysis (07/29/16) [26:23]
TYT | Hillary Clinton Democratic National Convention Speech. The Young Turks Reaction (07/29/16) [56:51]
TYT | Former GOP Congressman Admits He'd Vote Bernie Over Trump (07/28/16) [2:57]
TYT | TYT Interview with Bernie Sanders (full) (05/27/16) [43:08]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Democratic National Convention! Day 4 (07/28/16) [6:07:38]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*Climate Change in Bangladesh (2016 ) [26:25]
Saudi Arabia Uncovered (2016) [52:24]
Living With ISIS (2016) [2:04:11]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, July 29 [10:31]
DN | Hillary Clinton Becomes First Woman to Accept Major-Party Presidential Nomination in U.S. History (07/29/16) [5:28]
*DN | Kshama Sawant vs. Rebecca Traister on Clinton, DNC & Possibility of a Female President, Part 1 (07/29/16) [21:12], Part 2 [9:05]
DN | Nuns on the Bus at the DNC: Sister Simone Campbell on Abortion Rights, Wealth Gap, Kaine in Honduras (07/29/16) [17:06]
TRNN | Ex Counselor to Bill Clinton: Hillary's Economic Justice Incompatible with Her Corporate Relationships (07/29/16) [22:37]
TYT | President Obama's DNC Speech: So Good Even Republicans Liked It (07/28/16) [10:31]
TYT | The Best Way To Attack Donald Trump (07/28/16) [5:57]
*TYT | Trump's DNC Critique Is Textbook Projection (07/28/16) [6:24]
TYT | Why Andrew Cuomo Isn't Hillary's VP (07/28/16) [3:22]
RT | They discuss energy transition, San Diego's 2035 plan, walkable cities, and urban burbs. They also examine Saudi Arabia's plan to float Saudi Aramco and go solar. (E946) (07/28/16) [25:43]
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ThomHartmann | Thom discusses whether the DNC will get rid of superdelegates with superdelegate Christine Pelosi, how Biden and Obama talked up Bernie Sanders in their speeches with The nation's John Nichols, and the contrast between the two conventions with Representative Mark Pocan. (full) (07/28/16) [57:42]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/29/16) [1hr]
Last night, as Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major party nomination for president, she called out to a diverse and optimistic nation, in stark contrast to Donald Trump's America. She urged Democrats to look to the future with courage and confidence--not fear. But she warned that the nation was at a "moment of reckoning." Her call for unity closed out a convention that began with a cyberhack that points to Russia and forced the resignation of Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Donald Trump says he was being sarcastic when he urged Russian hackers to hunt down Clinton's missing emails. And charges are dropped against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/29/16) [1hr]
American officials say they believe Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails. The U.N. expresses caution about a Russian plan to allow civilians and unarmed rebels to leave Aleppo, Syria. And Turkey ramps up a crackdown on the media and military. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Aljazeera | The Stream - Disunity among the Democrats (07/28/16) [25:00]
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Thursday July 28, 2016
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DNC Beatdown on 'Homegrown Demagogue' Obama: Trump's 'Not Really A Facts Guy'... Only Offers 'Slogans And Fear'... Kaine: 'A Slick-Talking, Empty-Promising, Self-Promoting, One-Man Wrecking Crew'... Panetta: 'Asked Our Troops To Commit War Crimes... Endorses Torture... Praises Dictators From Saddam To Putin'... Bloomberg: 'A Con'... Biden: Trump 'Has No Clue, Period'...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"we have never had so many client meetings starting with statements such as 'we are totally lost'."
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Hand in the Wind by Bell Plaines (music)
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 28 [11:33]
DN | Former VT Delegate Who Joined Sanders at Roll Call: "How Do We Move Forward Without Compromise?" (07/28/16) [21:28]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
ColbertReport | WERD: The Lesser of Two Evils (06/28/16) [6:45]
TRNN | Linda Sarsour and T.M. Scruggs reac: Will Patriotism and Optimism Defeat Trump? (07/28/16) [23:55]
TRNN | Danny Glover: Democratic Party Leadership in Damage Control (07/28/16) [25:04]
TYT | Coalition Of 57 Explain Why Bernie Supporters Are Upset At DNC (07/28/16) [7:03]
RT | 'They have a history of corruption': Clinton Cash documentary author Peter Schweizer (07/27/16) [12:23]
"Clinton Cash" Documentary (07/23/16) [1:04:56]
Fact Sheet for "Clinton's Cash"
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*DR | Day Three At The DNC: President Obama Makes His Case For Hillary Clinton (07/28/16) [1hr]
If there were two unifying themes to the third night of the DNC it was this: why Donald Trump is not qualified to lead the country and why Hillary Clinton is. A series of speakers -- Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine -- hammered home both points and offered some of the most pointed attacks yet on the Republican nominee's character and credentials. But President Obama was the man of the night. He painted a hopeful and optimistic America which is in stark contrast to the one Donald Trump describes, and Obama delivered a full throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Guest host Indira Lakshmanan and her panel discuss the latest from the DNC.
*DR | The Lure Of Minimalism (07/28/16) [1hr]
A battle is being waged across the nation this summer -- in closets, garages, attics, even drawers. It's a struggle against...stuff. For some, the goal is to declutter, for others it's much more -- a desire to pare down on material objects and prioritize experiences instead. In a messy and complex world, many of us are seeking simplicity, but try as we may, getting it isn't simple. Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" has sold nearly 6 million copies, while the duo known as "The Minimalists" attract 4 million visitors annually to their website and have just released a new film that tries to get us to focus on "the important things." The appeal of minimalism...and why it's so difficult to achieve.
Minimalism: A Documentary (trailer) (01/20/14) [1:10]
Aljazeera | Inside Story - Can the US and Russia sculpt a ceasefire in Syria? (07/26/16) [24:50]
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Wednesday July 27, 2016
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Democratic Convention Day 2 Takeaways: History Is Made
NYTimes | Alexander Burns | 07/26/16

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

  1. Bill Clinton's 'change' pitch - Former President Bill Clinton's speech offered an intimate tribute to Mrs. Clinton, describing for a rapt audience their courtship and early marriage -- and their upward climb together in politics.
  2. Leaning into the Russian connection - Mr. Trump was rarely mentioned on Tuesday night; the night's headliner, Mr. Clinton, did not mention him at all. But the most prominent speakers who went after Mr. Trump attacked him on a notable theme: his friendly stance toward President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
  3. A careful message on policing and civil rights - Republicans had a simple message last week on policing, led by Mr. Trump's blunt calls for stronger "law and order." Democrats had to deliver a more nuanced set of views -- voicing the party's mounting concerns about racial bias in policing, while paying tribute to law enforcement amid a rash of police killings.
  4. The revolution peters out - ??
  5. It was '90s night in Philadelphia - For a party with an image of relative youth and dynamism, the Democrats showcased a very familiar set of faces. At times, the speaking lineup could have come out of a Democratic convention in 1996 or 2000
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TYT | Bernie Sanders Overpowers The Boos In Moving DNC Speech (07/26/16) [10:08]
TYT | Trump: "Pocahontas" Elizabeth Warren Has A Fresh Mouth (07/26/16) [3:54]
TYT | Protesting Bernie Sanders Delegates Speak Out (07/26/16) [12:55]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Democratic National Convention! (07/26/16) [5:36:35]

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

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

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

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

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

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

DN | Who Should Bernie Voters Support Now? Robert Reich vs. Chris Hedges on Tackling the Neoliberal Order (07/26/16) [36:23]
DN | Jill Stein vs. Ben Jealous: Should Progressives Reject Hillary Clinton & Vote Green?, Part 1: (07/26/16) [26:45], Part 2 [7:59]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Cartoon Hillary Clinton Answers Questions From Republicans (06/26/16) [6:52]
Stephen Colbert | Jeff Daniels on the Republican Party: "These Are The Guys Who Gave You Sarah Palin" (07/27/16) [7:48]
TRNN |'s Ben Norton says: 'Lesser of Two Evils' Argument Not Resonating with DNC Protestors (07/27/16) [8:46]
RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy talk to Das, author of 'A Banquet of Consequences: The Reality of Our Unusually Uncertain Economic Future', about the structural changes needed to halt the decline in real wages. (E945) (07/26/16) [25:45]
RT | CrossTalk: Who would have thought Russia and Vladimir Putin would play such an important role in the American presidential election? The media treadmill claims Trump is under Putin's spell. And Hillary Clinton blames the Russian president for still another scandal. (07/27/16) [24:39]
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ThomHartmann | Thom discusses the GOP neocons supporting Hillary Clinton with The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift, gun control and privacy issues with Senator Ron Wyden, and LGBT rights with Senator Tammy Baldwin. (full) (07/26/16) [56:57]
*DR | Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party (07/27/16) [1hr]
Day two of the Democratic National Convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage as party leaders scramble to gain the support of Bernie Sanders fans and present a united front against Republican nominee Donald Trump.
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Tuesday July 26, 2016
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Michelle Obama: Who Do You Want As Your Children's Role Model?
HP | Kate Sheppard | 07/25/16

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

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

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

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

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

Fact Sheet for "Clinton's Cash"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 25 [11:31]
John Oliver - LastWeekTonight
*John Oliver | Republican National Convention (07/24/16) [11:31]
Samantha Bee - Full Frontal
Samantha Bee | RNCinCLE Check-in Day 4 (07/21/16) [1:29]
Samantha Bee | Nice to Meet You, America (07/21/16) [8:11]
TRNN | Vijay Prashad discusses whether Turkey's failed coup was a false flag operation, a badly botched but real attempt providing Erdogan an opportunity to purge the Turkish state of its secular components (07/25/16) [12:03]
TRNN | People for Bernie Call For Civil Disobedience at the DNC (07/23/16) [14:46]
TRNN | DNC - Protest Rally Day 1 (07/24/16) [2:45:54]
TRNN | A new promo video from Paul Jay and the TRNN team (07/23/16) [7:20]
TYT | Wikileaks Proves DNC Conspired Against Bernie Sanders! (07/23/16) [5:02]
TYT | Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns, Sanders Fans React (07/24/16) [1:58]
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*DR | What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention (07/25/16) [1hr]
The Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Philadelphia after a weekend of headlines -- some welcomed by the party, some not so much. On Saturday Hillary Clinton celebrated her chosen running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, in front of TV cameras in Florida. But the mood turned darker just a day later when Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after the release of nearly 20,000 leaked party emails. Some of them indicated favoritism toward Clinton as she battled Bernie Sanders for the party nomination. We talk about the email controversy, the vice presidential candidate and what to expect at the convention this week.
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Friday July 22, 2016
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Some of Today's Headlines
AMERICAN NIGHTMARE... DARK... H.W. Speechwriter: 'Very Dark And Frightening'... Garry Kasparov: Sounded Straight Out Of Russia... David Duke: 'Couldn't Have Said It Better!'... Speech Riddled With Inaccuracies... Andrew Sullivan: 'Massive Lies And Distortions, Crammed With Incoherence'... Republicans Have Made A World-Historical Mistake...
TYT | Donald Trump Republican National Convention Speech TYT Summary (07/21/16) [13:23]
TYT | Trump Threatens To Ignore NATO Treaty Unless Countries Pay Money (07/21/16) [12:25]
TYT | The Young Turks - Live from the Republican National Convention!, Part 4 (07/21/16) [6:00:20]
Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher Live RNC Special Edition: July 21 (07/21/16) [29:15]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Caliph: Foundation, Part 1 () [48:55]
DN | Have You Seen George W. Bush? John Kasich? John McCain? Looking for the GOP No-Shows at the RNC (07/21/16) [7:01]
*DN | Did Donald Trump Pick Mike Pence to Appease the Koch Brothers & the Religious Right? (07/21/16) [6:50]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*ColbertReport | Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert's Late Show Desk (06/21/16) [13:30]
*TRNN | Bill Black responds to House Speaker Paul Ryan's speech, and says the RNC chairperson has created a false image about the reality of unemployment, interest rates, and inflation (07/22/16) [11:43]
TRNN | Norman Solomon of Bernie Delegates Network say: Many Sanders Delegates Ready to Fight Over VP Pick (0722/16) [18:52]
TRNN | Paul Jay says: Donald Trump, The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches (07xx/16) [5:37]
TYT | Matt Taibbi: The GOP Killed Itself, Democrats More Smug Than Ever (07/21/16) [4:51]
TYT | What Will Happen At The Democratic National Convention (07/21/16) [6:25]
RT | CrossTalk: Post-coup attempt realities: With Turkish President Erdogan firmly in control, he has demanded a cleansing of the military and many social institutions. What kind of Turkey does he intend to create? (07/21/16) [23:44]
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ThomHartmann | Trump Is Changing on Global Trade... (07/21/16) [11:36]
*DR | Friday News - Domestic (07/22/16) [1hr]
Note: video starts at 8:00m on the Progressbar
The Republican National Convention ends with a divided GOP. Hillary Clinton prepares to select her running mate. And Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
*DR | Friday News - International (07/22/16) [1hr]
Turkey declares a state of emergency and arrests thousands after a failed coup. Donald Trump suggests he'd put conditions on protecting NATO allies. And Russia loses an appeal in a sports doping case. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
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Thursday July 21, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
Ted Cruz... 'Vote Your Conscience'... Delegates Go Nuclear... 'One State Chairman Had To Be Held Back'... Heidi Cruz Escorted Off Floor By Security For Her Own Safety... Cruz Buries The Hatchet -- In Trump's Back... Report: Trump Team 'Actively Whipped' Uproar... PHOTO: Trumps Frozen With Fury... Cruz 'Turned Away' By Sheldon Adelson... Christie Rages: 'Awful And A Disgrace'... Ivanka 'Stonefaced'... Peter King Lashes Out: Cruz 'A Fraud And Self-Centered Liar'... 'Forfeited All Right To Ever Be Considered For President'...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, July 21 [12:33]
DN | Chris Christie Stages Mock Trial of Hillary Clinton Despite Corruption Charges Dogging His Own Staff (07/20/16) [12:02]
One of the most animated moments of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night came during a speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a finalist to be Donald Trump's running mate. Christie staged a mock trial of Hillary Clinton. During his speech about Hillary Clinton, Republican delegates repeatedly broke into chants of "Lock her up!" But Christie is immersed in his own scandal. Five of the governor's appointees have drawn the attention of federal prosecutors over corruption allegations. and one of his close allies has just pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges. After Christie's speech, Hillary Clinton tweeted, "If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you." We speak with Bob Hennelly, a political analyst and investigative reporter in New Jersey.
DN | Meet Trump VP Pick Mike Pence, Crusader Against Safe Legal Abortion and LGBTQ Rights (07/20/16) [13:44]
We look at the record of Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, on LGBT rights and restricting women's access to reproductive healthcare with Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
TRNN | Retired police Neill Franklin and Michael Woods Jr. discusses: Baltimore Cops React to RNC Sheriff Clark and Obama's Call for 'Goodwill and Open Hearts' (07/21/16) [25:21]
TRNN | Protesters Build Human Wall Around the RNC (07/21/16) [2:03]
*RT | Keiser Report: Max and Stacy talk first to former banker, now author, Nomi Prins, about a solution to the revolving door between Wall Street and DC. They discuss whether or not Hillary Clinton's highly paid speeches to Goldman Sachs matter and whether or not Wall Street expects anything in return for its contributions to her campaign. (E943) (07/21/16) [25:47]
RT | CrossTalk: An international tribunal in The Hague has ruled overwhelmingly against China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. Beijing not only rejects this ruling, it even refused to participate in this case. (07/20/16) [23:41]
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*DR | Latest From Cleveland: The GOP's Challenge To Unify And Expand Its Appeal (07/21/16) [1hr]
This week's GOP convention highlights fractures in the Republican party. Now with its nominee Donald Trump officially chosen, the party tries to unify and broaden its appeal beyond its base that many say is too dominated by white men. Updates from Cleveland, and where the GOP goes from here.
DR | Latest From Cleveland: The GOP's Challenge To Unify And Expand Its Appeal (07/21/16) [1hr]
Since the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling six years ago, the flow of so-called dark money into federal elections has been well documented. A much less recognized phenomenon is spending by outside groups in state and local elections -- mayoral races, public utility commission contests, school board votes. In 2014 the amount spent by unidentified donors on these smaller stages was nearly 40times the amount spent just four years earlier. And, critics say, a little money in these elections can go a very long way. A discussion about concerns over money and influence in state and local politics.
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Wednesday July 20, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
DONALD J. WHO?... GOP NOMINATES TRUMP -- AND THEN IGNORES HIM... RNC NIGHT 2: Speakers Spend More Time Bashing Clinton Than Praising Trump... Ryan And McConnell Barely Mention His Name... Hillary Hate Turned Up To 11... MOB JUSTICE: Convention Convulses With 'Lock Her Up' Chants... Christie Blames Clinton For Kidnappings... And Attempts Show Trial... Carson Ties Clinton To Lucifer...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday July 19, 2016
News Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, July 18 [14:06]
*TRNN | Turkey in Crisis: Understanding the Erdogan/ Gulen Split (07/16/16) [23:11]
TRNN | Odious Debt and the Betrayal of the Popular Will in Greece (07/18/16) [25:35]
TRNN | Gerald Epstein discusses: his new report titled 'Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance', which describes how the financial system is a net drag on the American economy (07/18/16) [11:35]
TRNN | Donald Trump: The Raw and Naked Face of a System That Showers Speculators with Obscene Riches (07/16/16) [5:37]
TYT | Pokémon Go EXPLAINED (07/17/16) [4:57]
TYT | "Trumpified" Republican Platform: Less Porn More Wall (07/17/16) [4:11]
TYT | Why Megachurch Pastor Would Vote Trump Over Jesus (07/17/16) [4:58]
*RT | In this special episode of the 2016 Summer Solutions series of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy talk to Dr. Michael Hudson about a solution to prevent the debt parasites from sucking the life force from the productive economy. (E941) (07/17/16) [25:45]
*RT | CrossTalk: Turkey on the brink: after a failed coup attempt the country is in disarray. And President Erdogan is exacting his revenge against the military and those deemed disloyal. Where does Turkey go now? (07/18/16) [24:11]
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ThomHartmann | Military Coup Underway in Turkey (full) (07/16/16) [57:55
*DR | Aftermath Of The Failed Coup In Turkey And The Bastille Day Attack In France (07/18/16) [1hr]
It's been a bloody few weeks in the U.S.--and across the globe. France is once again grieving after 84 people were killed when an attacker plowed a truck through a crowd of revelers in Nice. Then just hours later, news out of Turkey: a coup attempt, which ultimately failed--but not before more than 250 people lost their lives. We look at what happened in both places and what the events mean for U.S. security.
*DR |Republican National Convention: The Week Ahead In Cleveland (07/18/16) [1hr]
The Republican National Convention begins Monday at a moment when the national mood is one of fear and mourning. Sunday brought more police-related violence, with three officers shot dead and several more wounded in Baton Route, Louisiana--the same city where Alton Sterling was killed by police two weeks ago. More and more, the presidential candidates are forced to put issues of gun violence and racial tension front and center. We'll talk about what we're likely to see this week from Donald Trump, the delegates and the Republican Party.
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Friday July 15, 2016
News Articles
Some of Today's Headlines
MILE-LONG RAMPAGE TRUCK DRIVER ID'ED 84 Dead... 50 In Critical Condition... Dozens Injured... At Least 50 Children Hospitalized... French-Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel Identified As Driver... Horrifying Video Shows Truck Heading Toward Crowd... Witnesses Relive The Horror: 'Carnage On The Road'... 'Bodies Everywhere'... Killer Drove With Lights Off To Maximize Body Count... Was A Local Resident... AFP: Authorities Raided His Apartment... Truck Loaded With Guns, Grenades... Some Were Fake... Unknown Motive... No Groups Have Claimed Responsibility...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday July 14, 2016
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Robert Reich: 7 of the Big Legacies of Bernie Sanders' Historic Campaign
AlterNet | Robert Reich / | 07/12/16

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

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

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

... It is too soon to say exactly how hot temperatures will be, but initial indications are that the central United States may face some of the country's hottest weather with respect to normal. Record heat is certainly a possibility, although exactly how many records fall and where won't come into focus for several more days. ... Read more
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Trump's Shocking Surge Continues: Ties Hillary In Latest NYT Poll
ZeroHedge | author | 07/14/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel's Great Divide explores the deep-rooted tension between Israel's Ashkenazi Jews and the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities.
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Wednesday July 13, 2016
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Donald Trump Says Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 'Mind Is Shot,' Demands She Resign From Supreme Court
HP | Ed Mazza | 07/13/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ColbertReport | Hungry For Power Games: Bernie Sanders (06/13/16) [6:57]
ColbertReport | Fox News Personnel Will Be Equipped With Gas Masks During Conventions (06/13/16) [2:36]

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

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

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

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