Largest deportation campaign in US history is no match for Trump’s plan
By Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor, History and African-American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Border Patrol officers detaining immigrants in a field after a few local raids. U.S. Border Patrol Museum On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed that if he was elected president, he would resurrect Operation Wetback of 1954. Operation Wetback, the story… Read more
Trump Doesn’t Remember Meeting Russian Ambassador
President Donald Trump has no recollection of meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a pre-speech VIP reception at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington last April, AFP reported Tuesday. The White House has been embroiled in allegations of repeated contacts between members of Trump’s campaign staff and transition team with Russians, which culminated last week in… Read more
Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government
A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow- cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the… Read more
These For-Profit Schools Are ‘Like a Prison’
This story was co-published with Slate. Teenagers at Paramount Academy sometimes came home with mysterious injuries. An alternative school for sixth- through 12th-graders with behavioral or academic problems, Paramount occupied a low-slung, brick and concrete building on a dead-end road in hard-luck Reading, Pennsylvania, a city whose streets are littered with signs advertising bail bondsmen, pay-day… Read more
A former CIA director gave a very decisive answer when asked if Obama wiretapped Trump Tower
Former director of the CIA and NSA Gen. Michael Hayden made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s explosive claims against former President Obama. On Saturday morning, President Trump sent out several tweets accusing the former president of wiretapping Trump Tower, calling it a “new low.” Since that… Read more
From Bloomberg News comes the most recent revelation of Russian hacker treachery against the United States surrounding the tRUMP administration:
Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.
Russian hackers attack
At least a dozen groups have faced extortion attempts since the U.S. presidential election, said the people, who provided broad outlines of the campaign. The ransom demands are accompanied by samples of sensitive data in the hackers’ possession.
In one case, a non-profit group and a prominent liberal donor discussed how to use grant money to cover some costs for anti-Trump protesters. The identities were not disclosed, and it’s unclear if the protesters were paid.
At least some groups have paid the ransoms even though there is little guarantee the documents won’t be made public anyway. Demands have ranged from about $30,000 to $150,000, payable in untraceable bitcoins, according to one of the people familiar with the probe.
Read the full Russian hackers story here:
The tRUMP Tax By The Numbers
tRUMP Tax Donnie has already raised taxes and is freely spending on his own behalf GOPers! But you still love him, I know…
From The Guardian:
Less than 50 days into his presidency, Donald Trump has racked up millions of dollars in expenses on security and personal travel.
$56.6m($0.5m a day)
Estimated cost of protecting Trump Tower — mostly police overtime — up to 1 March, according to a New York City request for reimbursement to Congress
Hotel spending to accommodate Secret Service agents for a trip by Eric Trump to visit a condo development in Uruguay, according to a Washington Post report
Total costs associated with “extracurricular” travel by Barack Obama, Joe Biden and their families during the eight years of the Obama presidency
Graphic: Rich Harris for The Guardian.
Trump Begs Obama For Help In Pathetic Desperate Phone Call
Trump begs, makes call on unsecured phone line. Putin heard sniffing on other line. President Bannon dead drunk after inauguration bender involving case of scotch. Bannon aides take initiative, bathe Bannon. “Some part clean for the first time in decades,” said one source.
This is an example of how actual President Bannon is actually trying to manipulating the mentally ill and delusional @POTUS @realDonaldTrump while also trying to cow both the political establishment AND the American people.
An interesting perspective on the notion of this weekend’s “shock event” from Boston College professor of American History, Heather Cox Richardson: she is writing from the position of a moderate (albeit one who has published several books on the history of the Republican party).
President Bannon Shock Event Strategy Sows Political Chaos
“There is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What [tRUMP advisor, abusive deadbeat dad and anti-semite Steve] Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos.
People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies.
As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event.
*There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.*
Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like. I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is.
*If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.*
But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event.
A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union.
*If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings.*
This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity.
Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.