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New From Trump University: Election Rigging 101 19.1.2017 Truthout.com
Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. The manipulations took three monumental forms: Russian cyber-sabotage; FBI meddling; and systematic Republican efforts, especially in swing states, to prevent minority citizens from casting votes. The cumulative effect was more than sufficient to shift the outcome in Trump's favor and put the least qualified major-party candidate in the history of the republic into the White House. Trumpist internet trolls and Trump himself dismiss such concerns as sour grapes, but for anyone who takes seriously the importance of operating a democracy these assaults on the nation's core political process constitute threats to the country's very being. Let's look at each of these areas of electoral interference in detail. Gone Phishing: The Drone of Info Warfare Suppose one morning you receive an email from your Internet service provider telling you a security breach has put ...
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Rep. Justin Amash the latest Republican to feel constituents' ire over Obamacare repeal 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash  got an earful from his constituents in a town meeting Tuesday, a standing-room-only affair in which dozens were turned away when the room reached capacity. What drew such large numbers to a routine town hall meeting? Judging by the about 250 packing the auditorium, it was to aggressively question the Michigan Republican about his stance on issues ranging from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act to climate change to immigration. […] "Do you or do you not support the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act with or without a replacement?" one attendee asked. When Amash answered, saying he expects the burden of replacing the federal law upon repeal to fall to individual state governments, the crowd erupted with dissent. The congressman calmed the crowd, saying his support for federal repeal would be contingent on states first providing plans for replacement. "You can have a repeal that is triggered by state replacement," he said. "In other words, you pass legislation to ...
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Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey makes a strong case against three key Trump nominees 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey is not exactly at the outer left edge of the Democratic Party. Where he holds strong or unusual opinions, he’s not a firebrand. And he represents a state the Donald Trump won. So his announcement that he’ll be opposing Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is significant and encouraging. Casey issued strong and specific statements (which you can read in full below) explaining each of his three decisions and delving into multiple problems with each of the nominees. He cited not just Betsy DeVos’ “efforts to undermine and privatize public schools,” but her support for “radical” anti-LGBT organizations and the fact that: I fought hard to pass into law the Campus SaVE Act, which put in place uniform reporting standards for sexual assaults on college campuses. I am offended that President-elect Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of Education has supported efforts to make it harder for ...
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Will California still be able to regulate auto emissions under Trump? 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It’s Thursday, Jan. 19, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency cast doubt on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emission rules for cars and trucks, an authority...

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Trump team prepares dramatic cuts 19.1.2017 The Hill
Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.
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Rick Perry will tell Senate panel why he should lead the Energy Department, which he once wanted to eliminate 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Energy Department, will face questions from a Senate committee Thursday over his plans for a department that controls the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and regulates oil and gas drilling.

Perry, who served more than 14 years as governor...

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Where will Trump begin in slashing Obama-era regulations? 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Donald Trump's ascendance to the White House has raised hopes among U.S. businesses for the most significant rollback of regulations since the Reagan administration. 

Cutting regulations is not only a key component in Trump's goal of doubling economic growth to 4%, but some economists regard it...

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Sundance is a place to sell things, and fortunately that includes good films 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Sundance 2017 updates: The curtain rises on a diverse slate of films, returning talent and a political vibe Jan. 19, 2017, 4 a.m. The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting - ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during a Presidential inauguration, a women's...
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Trump has aimed his NAFTA criticism at Mexico. But Canada is now worried. 19.1.2017 Washington Post: World
Trudeau’s aides reached out to the Trump team as fears grew about protectionism.
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The Stacked Deck 19.1.2017 American Prospect
The Ohio legislature’s lame duck session that ended in the wee hours of December 9, 2016, while most of the Buckeye State slept, was a multi-front legislative attack on progressive interests: Two abortion bans, a “guns everywhere” bill, a prohibition on localities setting their own minimum wages, plus a freeze on renewable energy incentives. The bonanza of far-right bills demonstrated what “emboldened” Republican legislators will attempt with solid majorities in the state legislature, Republican John Kasich in the governor’s mansion, and members of the GOP in the offices of secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, and state treasurer. Welcome to the dawn of Republican government. The nation should pay close attention to Ohio. This Republican legislative slap-down wasn’t a sign that this prototypical swing state has swung right—even though many state lawmakers have. This extreme swing does not reflect the sentiments of a majority of residents. Ohio is not just “the Rust Belt” or an amalgam of ...
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Have climate policies helped San Joaquin Valley? New report says yes 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake Jan. 18, 2017, 10 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: A state Senate committee is...
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Solving the climate crisis, one hospital at a time 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

With early optimism surrounding the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change now fading into anxiety over potential changes to U.S. environmental policy under a Trump administration, many are looking for new leaders in the fight against global warming. Hospitals should step into the breach. Doing...

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Unprecedented: 2016 is 3rd straight warmest year on record globally 19.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Recent global temperature spike on top of longer term warming trend shows earth's climate system is out of balance.
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Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016 19.1.2017 Outside the Beltway
The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.
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Man who says EPA is a 'disgrace' and needs to go, has hearing to head the EPA 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
The confirmation hearings for Trump’s EPA nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, kicked off Wednesday morning. With the hearing currently in a break, here are the key points from round one of the questioning. The hearing was chaired by John Barrasso who, representing Wyoming, cited that state’s wonderful ability to have both energy production and environment, without mentioning it’s the least populous state in the country. His insistence that lost coal jobs in Wyoming were due to EPA regulations rather than fracking going on next door in North Dakota was the Republican theme for the day. Tom Carper set the Democratic tone by reminding everyone of the time before the EPA, the Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act. “This agency has been so successful” that people often assume it’s no longer needed, but “nothing could be further from the truth.”  Pruitt himself was introduced by his “good friend” Inhofe, who bragged about a suit in which Pruitt kept a species from being listed as endangered, and a ...
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Midday open thread: Judith Miller loses mind, a Jumbotron and air shaking 19.1.2017 Daily Kos
Today’s  comic  by Matt Bors is  Trump's health care plan:   In the world of “shit you can’t make up,” this tweet ranks near the top: x — Judith Miller (@JMfreespeech) January 17, 2017 Climate change is a total  hoax: In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record  set just last year  — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014. Apparently the only thing that can keep the crowd from seeing that the acts booked for the popular vote loser’s pre-inauguration concert are usually scrambling to get on the county fair circuit:  x Trump putting up a gaudy Jumbotron that blocks the view of the Lincoln Memorial is a perfect metaphor for his administration. pic.twitter.com/uVBv3GmqXe — Talia (@2020fight) January 18, 2017 Be sure to  click through and watch the video … it’s pretty funny: A punch may or may not have landed during a near-brawl in a game Tuesday between Siena and ...
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2016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded 18.1.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. 2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row , with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change. The final data for 2016 was released on Wednesday by the three key agencies—the UK Met Office and NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States—and showed 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century. Direct temperature measurements stretch back to 1880, but scientific research indicates the world was last this warm about 115,000 years ago and that the planet has not experienced such high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 4 million years . In 2016, global warming delivered scorching temperatures around the world. The resulting extreme weather means the impacts of climate change on people are coming sooner and with more ferocity than expected, according to ...
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Report shows environmental progress on Great Lakes, but more work needed 18.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The progress report from the International Joint Commission will provide recommendations to the U.S. and Canada to meet the goals of a 2012 agreement to clean up the lakes.
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Oceans, Tuberculosis and Killer Robots: The UN's Diverse Agenda in 2017 18.1.2017 Truthout.com
UN member states hope to reach agreement on a diverse range of global issues in 2017, from managing the world's oceans to banning killer robots to stopping tuberculosis, one of the world's deadliest diseases. In recent years the UN has tackled big issues including ebola, the global migration crisis, financing for development and climate change, with varying degrees of success. Many pressing environmental, humanitarian and development issues continue to fill the UN's agenda -- even as incoming President of the United States has argued that things will be different at the UN after his inauguration on 20 January. Trump has suggested that the UN "is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time." However UN discussions have led the 71 year old organisation with 193 member states to create more than 560 international treaties. Oceans and Life Below Water One of the biggest meetings on the UN's agenda this year is focused on the oceans or more specifically Sustainable Development Goal 14: ...
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Is There a Nonviolent Path to a Livable Future? A Conversation With Chris Moore-Backman 18.1.2017 Truthout.com
Nonviolence means more than the tactical rejection of physical force in conflict situations, explains nonviolence scholar and front-lines practitioner Chris Moore-Backman in this Truthout interview. It's an integrated, life-encompassing philosophy with a constructive component -- the hands-on work of building an alternative society -- as taught by Gandhi. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in São Paulo, Brazil. (Photo: Paulisson Miura ) We live in a time of extraordinary social ferment and upheaval, with deepening divisions, dislocation and extreme poverty. Add to this the full-blown ecological emergency of climate change and the continued existence of our current civilization and perhaps even our species is on the line. Chris Moore-Backman's recently released first book, The Gandhian Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning, wrestles with the critical question that now looms before us: Is there a nonviolent path to a livable future? Moore-Backman -- who has worked with the Fellowship of ...
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