NRA Issues Call for White Supremacy and Armed Insurrection (VIDEO)

by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship – The gun lobby’s new “recruitment ad” is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear. Take a look at the ad below and ask whether the National Rifle Association can go any lower. Ponder this flagrant call for violence, this insidious advocacy of hate delivered with a sneer, this threat of civil war, this despicable use of propaganda to arouse rebellion against the rule of law and the ideals of democracy. On the surface this is a recruitment video for the National Rifle Association. But what you are really about to see is a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, each word and image deliberately chosen to stir the feral instincts of troubled souls who lash out in anger and fear: Disgusting. Dishonorable. Dangerous. But also deliberate. Everything deplored by the NRA in the ad is committed...

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Around the World, Favorability of the U.S. and Confidence in its President Decline

by JACOB POUSHTER AND KRISTEN BIALIK – Global views of the U.S. and its president have shifted dramatically downward since the end of Barack Obama’s presidency and the start of Donald Trump’s, and they are now at similar levels to ratings from the George W. Bush era, according to a new Pew Research Center report that examines attitudes in 37 countries. Since the Center started tracking global opinions of the U.S. and its president in 2002, these views have risen and fallen dramatically. You can explore the arcs of U.S. favorability ratings in countries around the world by using this interactive chart builder. (Although the Center doesn’t conduct surveys in every country every year, patterns over time should be clear.) 1) Here’s a quick global tour highlighting trends in U.S. favorability and confidence in the U.S. president:Mexico and Canada have lost confidence in the U.S. president. In the United States’ southern and northern neighbors, confidence has fluctuated...

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Onward Toward Socialism: America’s Demise, and One Way to Survive

by Paul Buchheit – It goes far beyond Donald Trump. He’s just simple-mindedly exacerbating a trend. Clear signs of deterioration have been building in our nation, some of them old and some more recent, all of them related to arrogance and greed at the highest levels. Beyond these failings there is one obvious way to begin to reverse the process. DESTRUCTION OF FAMILIES: Losing Their Wealth, Taking Painkillers, and Dying  With American households in the bottom 90% losing an average of $17,000 in wealth in 2016, they have increasingly turned to painkillers. The U.S. consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids, with some states filling more prescriptions than there are people, and with the morbid result that drugs are now killing more Americans than traffic accidents or gun violence. DEGRADATION OF HUMAN HEALTH: Ignoring the Human Right to Health Care  A much-cited Princeton study concluded, “When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences...

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About That “Big Surprise” Trump is Hinting at…

by xaxnar – Talking Points Memo (and others, of course) picked up on Trump’s teaser “Just to do a little official business, health care is working along very well,” Trump said during a meet and greet with the Chicago Cubs in the White House. “We could have a big surprise with a great health care package. So now they’re happy,” he added in an aside to the team, gesturing at the reporters. “What do you mean by big surprise, sir?” one reporter called. “I said you’re going to have a great, great surprise. It’s going to be great,” Trump said. He did not offer any further details, and joked about taking his meeting with the team behind closed doors. This is what Trump does, playing the media for suckers. He’s got nothing. The Senate TrumpCare bill, AKA Medicaid Repeal and Replace with Tax Cuts for the Rich, is stalled at the moment. (McConnell has to...

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Trump’s Long History of Being Completely Unable to Handle Criticism From Women

by Laurel Raymond – Trump’s outburst may have been shocking. But it isn’t surprising. By now, it’s old news that the President of the United States uses his Twitter to attack his critics in outbursts that are coarse, stupid, sexist, and cruel. On Thursday, however, President Donald Trump stepped further over the line than usual with two early-morning attacks on the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe — tweets that garnered immediate shock and outrage. Donald J. Trump   ✔@realDonaldTrump I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. 8:52 AM – 29 Jun 2017 Donald J. Trump   ✔@realDonaldTrump …to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! 8:58 AM – 29 Jun 2017 Trump’s attack fits a common pattern for this president. Not only...

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Already Thrown Under the Bus, Mike Flynn Just Had it Back Up Over Him

by dsnottselliott – How screwed is Mike Flynn?  He went begging to GOP controlled Committees on Capitol Hill looking for an immunity deal and they turned him down.  For some who are too young or have forgotten, it was immunity to testify before Congress that wound up getting Ollie North & John Poindexter off the hook for Iran-Contra during the Reagan administration.   Convictions had to be vacated after appeals made the case that convictions were based at least in part on testimony given to Congress under immunity.  I believe in legal circles it’s known as “fruit of the poisonous tree.”   For a Congress that’s gone out of its way to carry water for the current administration, giving Flynn immunity and letting him testify in the name of “informing the public” would have done irreparable damage to the Russia investigation.  He could have revealed some stuff that would sound bad, but give the GOP and the administration...

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What Happened to America’s Wealth? The Rich Hid It

by Chuck Collins – If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America’s deteriorating infrastructure — our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public parks, and train and bus stations. Government officials will tell us “there’s no money” to repair or properly maintain our tired infrastructure. Nor do we want to raise taxes, they say. But what if billions of dollars in tax revenue have gone missing? New research suggests that the super-rich are hiding their money at alarming rates. A study by economists Annette Alstadsaeter, Niels Johannesen, and Gabriel Zucman reports that households with wealth over $40 million evade 25 to 30 percent of personal income and wealth taxes. These stunning numbers have two troubling implications. First, we’re missing billions in taxes each year. That’s partly why our roads and transit systems are falling apart. Second, wealth inequality may be even worse than we thought. Economic surveys estimate...

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Senate Health Bill Sinks to Record Low Approval Rating

by Leslie Salzillo – Just when you thought the approval rating for the U.S. Senate’s so-called healthcare bill could go lower—it does. The last approval I could find before today was via Washington Post at 16%, but now USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds only 12% of Americans registered voters in the poll approve, and apprehension continues to grow. The survey was taken between June 24-June 27. Fifty-three (53%) of those asked say Congress should either “leave the law known as Obamacare alone, or work to fix its problems while keeping its framework intact.” One of those surveyed was Donald Jones, 61, from West Frankfort, Illinois. Jones is a sheriff who says he has seen the benefits and costs of Obamacare. He said he had “one relative who probably was uninsurable and was able to get insurance that they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise,” and then added later that he had another family member whom he says was “forced to get...

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On This Day, June 30, 1934 – Hitler Launches the Night of the Long Knives

1934 – Adolf Hitler purged the Nazi Party by destroying the SA and bringing to power the SS in the “Night of the Long Knives.” By 1934 Adolf Hitler appeared to have complete control over Nazi Germany, but like most dictators, he constantly feared that he might be ousted by others who wanted his power. To protect himself from a possible coup, Hitler used the tactic of divide and rule and encouraged other leaders such as Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler and Ernst Röhm to compete with each other for senior positions. One of the consequences of this policy was that these men developed a dislike for each other. Röhm was particularly hated because as leader of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) he had tremendous power and had the potential to remove any one of his competitors. Goering and Himmler asked Reinhard Heydrich to assemble a dossier on Röhm....

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Iraq Declares ‘end of caliphate’ After Mosque Capture

Army captures Grand al-Nuri mosque where ISIL proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, state TV says. Iraqi government troops have captured the mosque in Mosul from where ISIL proclaimed its self-styled caliphate exactly three years ago, the Iraqi military said. Seizing the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight months to recapture Mosul, the northern city that served as ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq. “Their fictitious state has fallen,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, an Iraqi military spokesman, told state TV. Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has been bottled up in a handful of neighbourhoods of the Old City. A large part of the mosque was blown up by the group last week. The mosque and...

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On This Day, June 29, 1967 – Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty

1972 – In Furman v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court rules by a vote of 5-4 that capital punishment, as it is currently employed on the state and federal level, is unconstitutional. The majority held that, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, the death penalty qualified as “cruel and unusual punishment,” primarily because states employed execution in “arbitrary and capricious ways,” especially in regard to race. It was the first time that the nation’s highest court had ruled against capital punishment. However, because the Supreme Court suggested new legislation that could make death sentences constitutional again, such as the development of standardized guidelines for juries that decide sentences, it was not an outright victory for opponents of the death penalty. In 1976, with 66 percent of Americans still supporting capital punishment, the Supreme Court acknowledged progress made in jury guidelines and reinstated the death penalty under...

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UK Activists Demand End to Saudi Arabia, UAE Arms Sales

by Shafik Mandhai – Rights group and legal experts say arming Riyadh and Abu Dhabi makes the UK complicit in alleged war crimes. Campaign groups and legal experts have called on the UK to end arm sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies, warning that continuing to do so may be in violation of international law. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) said British manufactured weapons sold to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, were being used to carry out abuses in Yemen and Libya. “(AOHR) is calling on the UK government to review its role in the sale of arms to a number of Arab governments that are known for gross human rights violation,” the statement read. In the last three years, the UK has approved arms export licenses to Saudi Arabia worth $4.7bn, $1.6bn to the...

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The White House is Now Using James O’Keefe Videos to Attack the Press

by Zack Ford – This particular attack on the press garnered a response. At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used a question from Breitbart News to attack the entire press corps. Breitbart reporter Charlie Spiering asked about a specific story CNN retracted, but in her response, Sanders accused CNN of being “repeatedly wrong” on other stories, and encouraged people to watch an unverified video from James O’Keefe’s disreputable Project Veritas instead. “Frankly everybody across the country to take a look at it,” Sanders said of the video that was just released Tuesday morning. “I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism. I think that we have gone to a place where, if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America.” She went on to refer to the “Russia/Trump hoax,” suggesting that all of...

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More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database

by A.C. Thompson and Ken Schwencke – The gaps in data damage efforts to understand the nature and scope of violence driven by racial and religious hatred. In violation of a longstanding legal mandate, scores of federal law enforcement agencies are failing to submit statistics to the FBI’s national hate crimes database, ProPublica has learned. The lack of participation by federal law enforcement represents a significant and largely unknown flaw in the database, which is supposed to be the nation’s most comprehensive source of information on hate crimes. The database is maintained by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which uses it to tabulate the number of alleged hate crimes occurring around the nation each year. The FBI has identified at least 120 federal agencies that aren’t uploading information to the database, according to Amy Blasher, a unit chief at the CJIS division, an arm of the bureau that is overseeing the...

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Trump’s Erratic Syria Policy Just Got Even More Jumbled

by E.A. Crunden – Threats from the White House towards the Syrian government have surprised officials, while Trump is reportedly apathetic over the issue. According to the White House, the United States will make the Syrian regime “pay a heavy price” over any future chemical weapon attacks — which officials say could be imminent. A statement released Monday by the White House Press Office indicated that the administration believes the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which seemingly has not launched a chemical weapons attack on civilians since April, could be planning another attack. “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” the statement read. “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack. As we have previously stated, the United States is in Syria to eliminate the...

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What We Now Know About Russia’s Cyber Attack on America (VIDEOS)

by Frank Vyan Walton – There has been a lot of news about Russia lately and it’s worth while to put that information in some level of perspective. It’s now been confirmed by the Washington Post that Vladimir Putin personally ordered this attack, a fact that was first hinted at on January 6th when U.S. intel first published their report on the Russian attack.  We now understand that there were multiple layers and fronts involved in this fairly wide-ranging attack. 1) Email and confidential files from the DNC, DCCC, RNC, the Clinton Foundation and Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta were hacked and stolen. 2) That data obtained was then laundered through Guccifer 2.0 to DCLeaks and Wikileaks and released with specific timing to create rumors and innuendos that would do the most damage to the Clinton campaign, exacerbating rifts with the Sanders and Stein campaigns and provide the greatest amount of cover and support for Donald Trump’s campaign. 3) Cyber bots imitating...

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Trump’s Latest Comments Prove He Has No Idea How Health Policy Works

by E.A. Crunden – The president says he knows “the subject well.” Everything else he says indicates otherwise. Despite claims to the contrary, President Donald Trump still does not appear to understand his own health bill—much less health policy in general. “Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare,” he tweeted Wednesday. “Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S.” That doesn’t seem to be the case. One senator supporting the Senate GOP’s health bill left a meeting with the president on Tuesday concerned about Trump’s comprehension of the legislation, according to the New York Times. When one “moderate Republican” reportedly complained that the bill would be seen as a tax break for the rich, Trump said he would address tax reform at a later date — completely ignoring the tax implications inherent in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it...

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‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking

by Andrea Germanos – It’s “a day for #ClimatePride,” says Friends of the Earth Ireland after historic vote. Ireland is poised to ban onshore fracking after its Senate on Wednesday passed a bill outlawing the oil and gas extraction method. Anti-fracking campaigning group Love Leitrim celebrated the development as a “victory for people power.” Love Leitrim @love_leitrim Victory for people power today as bill passes through the irish Seanad. Now just needs our presidents signature. #irelandbansfracking 11:54 AM – 28 Jun 2017 · Dublin City, Ireland It now awaits the president’s signature to become law, as it already passed the lower house of parliament in May. The Irish Independent writes: “President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign it into law in the coming days with a date to be confirmed for the commencement of the ban.” The bill was brought forth by Sligo-Leitrim Dáil member Tony McLoughlin, who called its passage one of the “proudest moments” of his political career.  Tony McLoughlin TD @TonyMcLTD...

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A Tale of Two Networks: How Fox News and CNN Handled Recent Retractions

by Laurel Raymond – The differences are telling. In recent months, both CNN and Fox have retracted stories on their websites regarding particularly high-profile topics on the left and right, respectively. Both sites issued similar excuses: A breakdown in normal editorial standards that led to something being published that shouldn’t have been. Yet in most other ways, the two cases are a study in opposites. CNN, on one hand, retracted its story within a day and issued an apology. The network immediately carried out an internal investigation. Three employees resigned. Those that remained were told that any future stories on the topic would need to be vetted by two top executives before publishing. Fox, on the other hand, took a week to retract the story, though it was debunked by other news outlets within hours. Little news of an investigation within the network emerged. No on-air apology was issued, despite a week...

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On This Day, June 28, 1914 – Archduke Ferdinand Assassinated

On this day in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. On June 28, 1919, five years to the day after Franz Ferdinand’s death, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially marking the end of World War I. The archduke traveled to Sarajevo in June 1914 to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot...

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