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Byron York and Stuart Varney complained that Trump’s NEC Director Gary Cohn is being forcibly ‘shamed’ to resign from the administration over Trump’s defense of the neo-Nazis in his Tuesday presser.
Let me set the stage. After Trump defended anti-Semites and their brethren in what is the single most horrific press conference in modern American politics, Glenn Thrush reported that Gary Cohn was “disgusted” and “upset and disgusted over Trump’s remarks since he’s Jewish.
Axios had reported: “Gary Cohn, the longtime #2 at Goldman Sachs, was standing next to Trump in anticipation of questions about infrastructure legislation. We’re told Cohn was somewhere […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

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Over at New York magazine, Jesse Singal makes “The Careful, Pragmatic Case Against Punching Nazis.” Unfortunately, it’s more than 2,000 words long. What we need is Shorter Jesse Singal:
Violence just helps the white supremacists; it’s a great recruiting tool for them; and it can easily spiral out of control. Also, we’re liberals. We’re the ones who think violence is a last resort.
So how do we stop these assholes? For my money, we do it like this:

TURNOUT IN BOSTON (AUGUST 19, 2017)
: 20: 20,000+ pic.twitter.com/HcKZDrJeUo
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 19, 2017

The truth is that white supremacist groups are pretty small. Their […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

For her senior thesis, Berkeley economics major Alice Wu decided to evaluate the conversations in a web forum called Economics Job Market Rumors. All posts in this forum are anonymous, so everyone can let their hair down and say whatever they feel like. Wu’s paper lists the top words associated with conversations about women and the top words associated with conversations about men. Here they are:
In conversations about men, roughly a third of the top words are clearly related to economics. In conversations about women, close to zero percent of the words are related to economics. As Berkeley economist David […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Big Win! So-Called Right To Work Law Suspended In Missouri

OK, this is a BFD, people!
The workers in Missouri busted their butts and gathered three times the needed signatures to put a stop to the state’s wrong and misnamed “Right to Work” law:

Opponents forced the suspension Friday of a new Missouri law banning mandatory union fees after they delivered dozens of boxes of signed petitions demanding it be put to a public vote.
More than 1,000 people hoping to block the right-to-work law rallied at the Capitol and marched to the Secretary of State’s Office to hand off signatures.
Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s spokeswoman Maura Browning said that means “essentially […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Donald Trump To Skip Kennedy Center Honors

Donald “I am not a racist” and Melanoma Trump have decided to skip the Kennedy Center Honors this year. They released this statement early this morning:

White House announces Trump and first lady are pulling out of Kennedy Center Honors event. pic.twitter.com/7jMpaGHVTb
— Sam Stein (@samstein) August 19, 2017

Yes, it was 100% their choice. It was definitely not related to 2 attendees flat out boycotting because of Trump’s involvement. As of Thursday, TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade had announced they would not attend. LL Cool J and Lionel Richie were also not confirmed. […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

A few months ago I put up a chart showing the decline in Southwest border apprehensions during the first three months of the Trump administration. I was curious to see what it looked like after a few more months had passed. Here it is:¹
The downward trend in 2017 is unmistakable. But will it stick? The past decade is full of ups and downs. Border apprehensions dropped substantially from 2009-11, then dropped again in 2015, and now are down again in 2017. Roughly speaking, apprehensions dropped from about 70,000 per month to 30,000 per month under Obama, and have now dropped […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Fox Pundits Discover They Love Art -- Now That It's The Kind That Was Created To Terrorize Black People

Remember way, way back in 2012 (I know, it feels like a lifetime ago, back when we had a sane president, doesn’t it?) when the pundits over on Fox “news” were griping that President Obama had not denounced the artwork by photographer Andres Serrano, known as “Piss Christ,” which depicted a small crucifix submerged in a jar of urine?
Well, guess what? They’re all art lovers now that the “art” we’re talking about are these Confederate memorials that are finally starting to be removed in cities around the country.
Here’s now Fox regular and wife of Congressman Sean Duffy, Rachel Campos-Duffy responded […]

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Michael Vadon)

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Michael Vadon)
“The problem was never just Steve Bannon. It was and always will be Donald Trump.”
That’s how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to news that Friday would the last day on the job for Trump’s top political strategist.
Others echoed Sanders on the heels of the breaking reports, saying that while Bannon’s departure is a welcome step, the fight against white nationalism is far from over.
“Bannon has unquestionably been a driving force behind the racial turmoil that threatens to […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

2017.8.19.rev.main

While it’s impossible to know when and where a revolution is going to happen and under what conditions, there is currently a broad radicalization taking place internationally and in the US, says labor historian and author Paul LeBlanc. While it’s impossible to know when and where a revolution is going to happen and under what conditions, there is currently a broad radicalization taking place internationally and in the US, with large numbers of people not accepting the capitalist status quo, says labor historian and author Paul LeBlanc. (Photo by Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)
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Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

2017.8.19.Cohn

President Donald Trump waves from his motorcade vehicle after departing Trump Tower on August 16, 2017, in New York City. Trump is traveling to Bedminster, New Jersey, as fallout continues from his comments on the violence in Charlottesville. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
It’s time to urge the House of Representatives to bring articles of impeachment against Trump for his abuse of power and before he launches a new civil war and/or nuclear war. When the people elect a president, they are entrusting that person with their security, well-being and survival. Trump clearly has betrayed that trust and must go.President Donald […]

Fri, Aug 18, 2017
Source: Truthout.org – Blog