What You Need to Know about Putin and Trump

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This is a long, a very long, article in the New Yorker. It was written by Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa. David Remnick is the editor-in-chief of the New Yorker and a Russian specialist. The article is a history of the past twenty years of relations between the United States and Russia. It gives an in-depth explication of Vladimir Putin. It explains the origins of the new cold war. It explains the long history of cyberwarfare between our nations. You should set aside about 30-45 minutes to read it.

There is another article that is worth your while. It was written by Masha Geffen, and it is shorter that the New Yorker article.

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American writer who has been publishing articles in the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, among other outlets.

In this article that appeared in the New York…

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Should We Protect the Environment?

The malignant narcissist in the White House wants to return to the era of air-and-water pollution that would kill you and shorten your lifespan.

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This post is about pollution and the environment. Please don’t say it is unrelated to education or children. Many children have asthma or other illnesses that are caused or aggravated by pollution. This damages their health, their well-being, even their performance in school.

It wasn’t so long ago that the idea of protecting the environment was considered absurd or too expensive. Smoke came pouring out of chimneys and smokestacks. Cars burned low-grade fuel. People died of lung diseases.

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has fought the agency in court to block enforcement of regulations. He received campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry and represented their interests–not that of the public–when he was Attorney General of Oklahoma.

Trump’s new budget will slash spending for the EPA. Estimates for the cuts vary from 25-70%. What is left of the agency will be devoted to rolling back…

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How to End Trump’s Reign of Malevolent Ignorance

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Everywhere I turn, people are citing the Indivisible Guide.

These are the former Congressional staff members who wrote a guide to making change.

The Indivisibles are connecting people with their neighbors.

Their guide encourages people to attend Town Halls and to speak directly with their elected representatives. It shows what members of Congress care about.

The Trump apologists call them “paid protesters,” but at each Town Hall, individuals get up and say where they live and announce that no one is paying them.

They are worried about their health care, their Social Security, their public schools.

They are worried about Trump’s ties to Russia.

They want to know why their Senator or Congress member is not doing their job. They want answers. They are informed.

This is your democracy. Fight for it!

The introduction:


“Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making…

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Good News: A Group of Progressive Thinkers Has Joined a “Shadow Cabinet” to Debunk Trump Errors

Shadowing the malignant narcissist in the White House and revealing his endless lies and misinformation.

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A group of former government officials, scholars, and activists have joined together to act as an informal “Shadow Cabinet,” for the express purpose of exposing and debunking Trump’s errors, mistaken policies, and alternative facts.

I am pleased to share with you that I was invited to be the Shadow Secretary of Education.

Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School is the Shadow Attorney General.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Laor, is the Shadow Secretary of Labor.

Laura D. Tyson, former head of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, will be the cabinet member for treasury and trade.

To learn about the other members, follow @ShadowingTrump on Twitter.

Shadow Attorney General Tribe tweeted this morning: “Trump’s silence on Kansas or any other white supremacist attack speaks louder than his tweets.”

For more, follow @ShadowingTrump

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When Trump Quoted Thomas Jefferson….

The Malignant Narcissist in the White House misquotes (lies about) Thomas Jefferson in an attack on the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a free press.

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Trump recently quoted Thomas Jefferson to sustain Trump’s campaign against the press, which he has called “The enemy of the American people.”

Trump certainly didn’t read Jefferson, but someone on his staff found this quote for him, to make it appear that Jefferson opposed a free press.

“When Thomas Jefferson said ‘nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself,’ he said, ‘becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.’ That was June 14 — my birthday — 1807.”

The Washington Post has started a regular column to fact check Trump’s claims, and the fact checker pointed out:

Trump selectively quotes from Jefferson here, who for most of his life was a fierce defender of the need for a free press. When Jefferson wrote to 17-year-old John Novell, urging him to avoid a career in journalism, he was embittered by reports spread by his political opponents…

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Everyone You Ever Wanted to Know About Donald Trump But Were Afraid to Ask

Meet the Malignant Narcissist who is the President of the United States, and then don’t lose any sleep over it, if can can.

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Sidney Blumenthal, an advisor in the Clinton administration, wrote a brilliant and well-resourced article for the London Review of Books about the history of the Trump family and about the personal anxieties of Donald Trump, as expressed in his own words. His statements are documented. It may be the best, most comprehensive article you will ever read on the subject of “What Makes Donald Run?”

The short summary is that Trump and his family grew up in Queens in a grand mansion, but he longed to be accepted in Manhattan society. He latched his star to the repulsive Roy Cohn and various Mafia dons and never won what he most craved: respect. Again and again, he was driven to prove that whatever he did was the biggest and best, even when it wasn’t.

Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was a king of Queens; the Donald became a joker in Manhattan. In…

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What have those godless anti-American libtards done for me anyway?

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(Copied from elsewhere; author unknown but reprinted with thanks to whoever it was. Also thanks to my friend Kathryn Wadsworth who put this out on FB!)


Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal…

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