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Dick Gregory Took Us All on a Strange and Powerful Trip

by Nick Gillespie – Comedian, civil-rights activist, food guru, and conspiracy theorist made America a better, more-thoughtful place. The comedian and activist Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84. Talk about a career that’s virtually impossible to categorize. From avant-garde joke teller to civil-rights figure to diet guru to conspiracy mongerer, he lived a full life that in many ways mirrors all the twists and turns of American life over the past 50 or 60 years. He was relentlessly pessimistic about the state of the country even as he inspired his audience to work for change. I found him interesting because he was always out there on the horizon, lighting a path—albeit often one not particularly grounded in facts—that many of us would be following down soon after. Born in St. Louis in 1932, Gregory ran track for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale on a scholarship, got drafted, and eventually...

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Axios: “Bannon Backed By Billionaire Prepares To Go To War”

by ursulafaw – Well, that didn’t take long. Bannon was shown the door approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Axios has updated their coverage twice since then.Kudos to Johnathan Swan for calling this shot right: Steve Bannon’s next moves will be all about the billionaire Mercer family. I’m told Bannon, who visited New York this week, met with Bob Mercer and together they will be a well-funded force on the outside. Bannon has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out, according to friends. He’s told associates he has a “killing machine” in Breitbart News, and it’s possible he returns to lead their editorial operation. Steve Bannon is in fine fettle as he contemplates a reunion with his killing machine. Swan quotes him as saying that Breitbart is going to “go thermonuclear against the globalists.” That no doubt includes Bannon’s favorite “globalist cuck” Jared Kushner. Now that Bannon’s out of...

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The Remaining Members of the Presidential Arts Commission Resign in Protest

by Jen Hayden – Another embarrassing day for Donald Trump in the White House. The presidential arts commission and humanities is effectively disbanding itself: The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel are resigning on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville. Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and the broader arts and entertainment community and plan to release a letter later Friday explaining their decision, according to two people familiar with the decision who asked for anonymity to speak frankly about the plans. More on the history and goals of the commission: Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment...

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New York Times: “There is no such thing as the ‘alt-left.'”

by raptavio –  Like to say “Alt-left”? This is you  The New York Times today: Researchers who study extremist groups in the United States say there is no such thing as the “alt-left.” Mark Pitcavage, an analyst at the Anti-Defamation League, said the word had been made up to create a false equivalence between the far right and “anything vaguely left-seeming that they didn’t like.” Some centrist liberals have taken to using this term. “It did not arise organically, and it refers to no actual group or movement or network,” Mr. Pitcavage said in an email. “It’s just a made-up epithet, similar to certain people calling any news they don’t like ‘fake news.’” “Some centrist liberals”, of course, includes our own Markos Moulitsas, a choice which I hope he’s come to regret in the wake of Tangerine Palpatine’s press conference today. When used by centrists and some liberals, of course, this...

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Obama Tweet Makes History

by Rika Christensen – Donald Trump is a bumbling fool. A racist bumbling fool who’s more afraid of alienating his racist base than anything. So when a national tragedy like Charlottesville occurs, his responses are insensitive at best, clumsy beyond belief, un-presidential, and oftentimes, just flat-out disgusting and wrong. When we most need a real president, we don’t have one…at least, not one that sits in the White House right now. But President Obama, despite having served his two terms and now living a civilian life, still manages to have the exact right thing to say. Sure, he no longer gets in front of the cameras and country and says it, but he does say it to his massive social media audiences, and he’s oftentimes more popular than Trump. Like with his response to Charlottesville. Twitter told the BBC that the following tweet, from one President Barack Obama, is now the most liked...

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NY Times Editorial Board Lambasts Trump

by teacherken – It is a signed editorial.   Signed by the editorial board.  Meaning all of the board. Its title is blunt  The Hate He Dares Not Speak Of. It begins as bluntly as any Times editorial I can remember: Let’s discard the fiction that President Trump wasn’t placating white supremacists by responding so weakly to the neo-Nazi violence that killed Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counterdemonstrator in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. The neo-Nazis heard his message loud and clear. They they quote the response in The Daily Stormer  to  Trump’s weak response to what happened. They quote it.  I will not. The make sure we know that Trup’s advisers wanted him to make a more forceful statement, and that he did. They set the stage for their final pronouncements with this paragraph: Mr. Trump is alone in modern presidential history in his willingness to summon demons of bigotry and intolerance in service to himself. He began...

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Father Disowns Son In Powerful Open Letter After Learning He Marched In Charlottesville

by Amanda Froelich – Pearce Tefft publicly denounced his son’s discriminative behavior in an open letter you need to read. If you seek to make the world a better place, be compassionate, be humble, and do good. Such is a message millions of parents have shared with their children. A man named Pearce Tefft took the same care when raising his son, Peter Tefft. Unfortunately, Pearce no longer recognizes the same boy he raised. This was made evident when spotting him in the Unite the Right rally — a protest which occurred over the weekend and turned shockingly violent. As a result, Pearce made the hard decision to disown his son. “Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer,” he wrote in a powerful open letter published on August 14th. In his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota, Peter has been labeled a “Nazi” by locals. This developed six months ago,...

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Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated as a Business Model (VIDEO)

by Jessica Wang – Fair chance hiring gives businesses dedicated workers and the formerly incarcerated a chance to get beyond stereotypes. For nearly two decades, filmmaker Katie Galloway has documented and exposed the flaws in our country’s criminal justice system, with investigative documentaries ranging from a trio of award-winning films for PBS Frontline — Snitch, Requiem for Frank Lee Smith and The Case for Innocence — to the impact of the prison building boom on rural America in Prison Town, USA. Her latest documentary, The Return, examined the effects of California’s Proposition 36, when thousands of people serving life terms under California’s three-strikes law were released after the legislation was amended in 2012. Both aired on PBS’s POVdocumentary film series. Galloway recently collaborated with The Marshall Project on Hot Chicken, Fair Chance, which focuses on a Columbus, Ohio restaurant that practices “fair chance” hiring of formerly incarcerated men and women. Filmmaker Jessica Wang recently interviewed Galloway about her latest project for BillMoyers.com.   Jessica Wang: You’ve built...

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Stunning Report Helps Explain Trump’s ‘Indebtedness’ to Russia (VIDEO)

by jamess –  Say What !? Trump owes them. A lot. … A LOT, a lot. Why wasn’t this ‘bigly’ News back when this story broke in mid-July? Report:  Russian mob money helped build Trump business empire The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, msnbc.com — 7/17/17 A stunning report in The New Republic alleges that, whether Donald Trump knew it or not, for decades he made a large portion of his personal fortune from Russian mobsters & oligarchs.    Duration: 4:51 … That can’t be good Here is the core of it.  WILLIAM:  Is there a Quid vs a Pro Quo?  I mean with Trump having been accused of being so ‘transactional’ — is there a long … umm Debt — this reason to bend over backwards, to show Russia and Putin the benefit of the doubt?  What’s the active extortion, compromise-threat that you allege that you’ve found? UNGER:  Well I...

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None of These Awful Moments Got Jeffrey Lord Fired From CNN, but a Two Word Tweet Did

by Addy Baird – The CNN contributor and Trump supporter tweeted “Sieg Heil!” at a liberal activist Thursday. CNN has finally fired Jeffrey Lord, a Trump supporter and contributor to the network, after Lord tweeted a Nazi salute at a liberal activist Thursday.  marisa kabas  ✔@MarisaKabas hey @CNN you need to fire this guy, cool, thanks 3:23 PM – Aug 10, 2017 “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.” But Lord has been stirring controversy on CNN’s airwaves for months now. Here are six Jeffrey Lord moments the network apparently found defensible: 1. Saying the KKK had a “progressive agenda” Members of the KKK, Lord said on CNN, were Democrats. “Don’t hide and say that’s not part of the base of the Democratic Party,” Lord said. “They were the military arm, the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party, according to historians. For God’s sake...

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Trump Adviser Gorka Compares N. Korea Threats to Holocaust to Cap Off His Week of Lunacy

by Hunter – White House “adviser” and alt-right ex-Breitbart frother known for wearing the official medal of a Hungarian band of Nazi collaborators Sebastian Gorka has been a busy media bee this week, possibly because Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus are no longer around to keep him off the airwaves. He began by denying that there had ever been any incident of terrorism “that was unconnected from ISIS or al Qaeda,” an assertion so obviously ridiculous that it may qualify as evidence of insanity. After approximately one billion people pointed out that that wasn’t true—that in fact not only were there plenty of (Oklahoma City) examples of (Atlanta Olympics bombing) terrorist attacks not perpetrated by those two groups, and that right-wing American terrorists in fact have been a much deadlier force in this nation in the last decade than Muslim radicals—Gorka then went on to clarify that oh, well, none of that counts so shut...

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Terry McDonell Conjectures Hilarious – How Hunter S. Thompson Would Have Covered Trump

by durrati – Terry McDonell, who was an editor (at varying capacities) of Time Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, among others, and who once endured a Dewers and LSD fueled round of golf with the late lamented Godfather of Gonzo Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton… “Here,” Hunter said, holding out three white tabs of blotter paper with an unfamiliar red symbol on them. “Eat these….” …”You’d like George’s bat trick,” I said to Hunter, remembering how George once attracted bats in New Mexico by throwing his T-shirt in the air. “No fucking bats!” Hunter said. “Alas,” George said, and made himself a Dewar’s and water. …plays a hilarious game in an August 3rd post of  the Literary Hub, in which he points out that if  Hunter were among us and wished to comment on Trump, he could save time and effort by merely swapping the Orange Outrage’s moniker for “Nixon” in the...

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Israel Moves to Close Al Jazeera, Ban its Journalists (VIDEOS)

Request made by Israel’s communication minister targets both the network’s Arabic and English channels. Israel is moving forward to revoke media credentials of Al Jazeera journalists and close the network’s office in Jerusalem, the country’s communication minister has announced. Ayoub Kara made the announcement on Sunday during a press conference, where Al Jazeera was barred from attending. “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to close the Al Jazeera offices and prohibiting their work,” Kara said, adding that the channel is being used by groups to “incite” violence. Kara said he expects Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, to consider his request in the next session. “I will go through the legislatory mechanism to create the authority in which I can act freely. We will try to end it as quickly as possible.” Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler, reporting from Jerusalem on Sunday, said that the request to...

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Paul Manafort – The Other Guy in the Room: Why Donald Jr’s Meeting is an Even Bigger B.F.D.

by xaxnar – If you haven’t been following the saga of the Donald Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya too closely, you may not be aware of how much that meeting has mutated over time. Initially, the meeting never happened — Trump Jr. ‘forgot’ about it. Then, oh yeah — it did happen, but  there were only one or two other people at the meeting and besides it was about nothing important, just adoptions. Wait, there were these emails that say it was about Russia having some dirt to share on Hillary, and there were a few more people in the room. But, there was nothing criminal about this, right? Besides, Trump Jr. was completely transparent about the whole thing all along… (Thanks to Huffington Post for collecting these links.) And to make it more interesting, Trump regime characterizations of this nothing burger of a meeting about nothing important were scripted by Trump himself. This came after Trump had had a meeting with Vladimir Putin — which also was not revealed immediately. Did...

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How Sessions can Make Trump Happy by Making Reporters’ Lives Miserable

by IAN MILLHISER – There aren’t many real limits preventing DOJ from harassing reporters. “This nation must end this culture of leaks,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday — seemingly unaware that government officials have used leaks to undermine their political rivals at least since Alexander Hamilton deployed similar tactics against Thomas Jefferson. Sessions added that the press “cannot place lives at risk with impunity,” and that the Justice Department is currently reviewing its policy governing subpoenas targeting members of the media.  NBC News  ✔@NBCNews AG Jeff Sessions, citing leaks, says he’s “reviewing policies” for subpoenaing the press. “They cannot place lives at risk with impunity.” 11:23 AM – Aug 4, 2017 Sessions’ announcement follows a statement by Donald Trump calling upon the attorney general to crack down on leakers, as well as a critical tweet. Donald J. Trump  ✔@realDonaldTrump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on...

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Five Lies That are Ricocheting Around the Right-Wing Media Bubble (VIDEOS)

by CRISTINA LÓPEZ G. – These absolute lies promoted by right-wing media don’t ever seem to go away, no matter how many times they’re proven false. Spend enough time on the comments sections of the right-wing internet, and the significant number of people who hold beliefs based on completely false premises will become all too apparent. In this world, fact checks and hard evidence are all too easily flicked away with accusations of liberal bias, making civil discourse increasingly hostile and polarized at the expense of truth. That’s because these audiences have been trapped under a tight bubble right-wing media has built, an ecosystem that makes it hard for truth to seep in, while lies ricochet endlessly inside. The bubble holds strong because it’s sustained on the tired trope that the mainstream media is hiding liberal biases under a mask of objectivity. President Donald Trump has taken this worn-out concept to dangerous levels by...

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Trump Approval Rating Hits NEW LOW!

by Andrea Germanos – Sad. As President Donald Trump appears to be making up phone calls between himself and “the head of the Boy Scouts” and the president of Mexico, his approval rating has sunk to an all-time low, while his disapproval rating has reached its highest number. The Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday shows that a mere 33 percent of American voters approve of the job he’s doing as president, while 61 percent disapprove. The new figures, says Quinnipiac, are the lowest approval and highest disapproval number since Trump took office. There’s no wishy-washy-ness about it. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove strongly; 6 percent say they disapprove somewhat. The figures mark a steep drop from Quinnipiac’s June 29 poll, which showed a 40 percent approval rating and 55 percent disapproval rating. Among the poll’s other findings are that 71 percent say Trump is not level-headed; 62 percent say he is not honest; 63...

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WikiLeaks: Officially in the Bag for Trump

by Andrew Fiorentino – In case you had the slightest shadow of a doubt that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have taken a permanent turn away from the pursuit of spreading truth and are now instead (for some godforsaken reason) serving as a pro-Trump propaganda outlet, they’ve done you the kindness of clarifying the issue by trying to sling dirt on Robert Mueller in the most disgustingly dishonest way possible. We already knew that Assange coordinated with Roger Stone and hates Hillary, but this is a whole other can of worms: Now WikiLeaks is trying to protect Trump from the man investigating him by attempting to discredit Mueller as some sort of deep-state criminal who sold nuclear weapons to the Russians. So, without further ado, here’s the lie of the day: WikiLeaks   ✔@wikileaks Special Prosecutor Robert Muelller flew to Moscow and gave the FSB 10 grams of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) in 2009 https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE85588_a.html#efmBbpBlP … 6:51 PM –...

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Explosive Lawsuit Alleges Trump Reviewed and Approved Bogus Fox News Story on Seth Rich

by Aaron Rupar – White House officials previously denied any knowledge. A defamation lawsuit filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that President Trump was directly involved in concocting a fake story intended to undercut the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hackers waged cyberattacks against Democratic targets to help him get elected. The Fox News story — headlined “DC MURDER MYSTERY: Slain DNC staffer was WikiLeaks’ source, say investigators” — was heavily promoted on Sean Hannity’s show and Fox & Friends, but was retracted by Fox News about a week after it was published. It falsely claimed there was evidence linking slain former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich with WikiLeaks, which published emails hacked from the DNC. The explosive lawsuit was first reported by NPR. Wheeler’s lawsuit begins with a screencap of a text message he received from Ed Butowsky, a Fox News contributor who has also written articles for Breitbart. In May, NBC reported that Butowsky was bankrolling...

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ACLU Objects After Capitol Hill Police Tell Journalists to Delete Protest Photos

by Julia Conley – At least one journalist reported being forced to delete his photos of the scene. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responded to reports on Tuesday evening from journalists on Capitol Hill, who alleged that Capitol Police were blocking reporters’ access as they tried to cover healthcare protests. Reporters from the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, the New York Post, and the Washington Post all tweeted from the Senate Gallery that reporters were being prevented from covering the protests. As nearly 100 demonstrators were arrested for protesting the vote to move to a debate on Trumpcare, which would cut health care coverage for up to 32 million Americans, police told reporters not to document the scene. Contrary to what the staffers reportedly suggested, there is no blanket law prohibiting the media from covering a “crime scene.” Journalists also wrote that Capitol Police demanded that photos of the protests and arrests be deleted. As the ACLU...

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