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Racists, slavery apologists, and white nationalists knew exactly what Trump was saying about the Civil War

By questioning the cause of the Civil War, Trump was blowing a dog whistle to white nationalists & neo-confederates<p>President Donald Trump’s comments about the Civil War in a recent interview, in which he diminished the impact of slavery ahead of the war and praised former President Andrew Jackson, …

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Trump’s budget vision would transform America into war-obsessed, survival-of-the-fittest dystopia

What would America be like if he got everything he wants?<p><i>(President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would give the Pentagon $56 billion and cut the same amount from mostly domestic programs. Below, we consider what America would be like if Trump got everything that he wants.)</i><br>Imagine what it would be …

Federal Budget

Bannon and Trump have quietly installed an alt-National Security Council operating inside the White House

The Strategic Initiatives Group is the White House pipeline to the white nationalists of the European right<p>Less than a month after much-admired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster took over from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Trump's alter-ego Steve Bannon appears to be more in control of …

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Trump supporters call for “liberal genocide” and deportation of Jews at Arizona rally

Things get ugly fast at a “March for Trump” in Phoenix, Arizona<p>Maricopa County burnished its reputation as the Trumpiest in America last weekend as hundreds of locals, including heavily armed militamen, white nationalists and even a few elected officials, gathered to support the 45th president. The …

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Anti-fascist radicals: Liberals don’t realize the serious danger of the alt-right

To the “antifa” movement, cowardly liberals are nearly as bad as Donald Trump and the white nationalist right<p>Since the election of Donald Trump as president, liberals and leftists have been discussing how to best respond to American conservatism’s transformation from a shopworn, Cold War, …

Rights & Freedoms

How Trump could destroy global order by refusing to defend the Baltics

Over the last decade, the United States has fought insurgencies in both Afghanistan and Iraq and developed a lot of skill in counterinsurgency. The …

Geopolitics

Jeff Sessions takes charge: Expect an era of open warfare on civil rights and civil liberties

Expect good times for cops and prosecutors and a return to the “war on drugs.” Don’t invest in legal weed just yet<p>From the flurry of leaks coming out of the Trump administration over the weekend it appears that the chaos is only worsening. National security adviser Michael Flynn is under fire over …

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One nation, under cops: 3 reasons to believe America could become a police state under Trump

A civil rights attorney weighs in on “Big Picture” with Thom Hartmann<p>Trump has been in office for three weeks, but "Big Picture" host Thom Hartmann is already preparing for the awesome surveillance power his administration may use on its citizenry.<br>"What starts out as a small, necessary, temporary …

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“President Bannon,” explained

A narrative about who’s really in charge of the Trump administration is forming.<p>On Monday morning, President Donald Trump decided that there was an urgent matter he needed to clear up for the public. “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it,” he tweeted. …

Donald Trump’s coming police state: We have a president who wants unlimited power and won’t respect the rule of law

He wasn’t kidding about being the “law and order” president. What that will mean looks more chilling every day<p>It would appear that some of the folks who were hoping that Donald Trump was actually an isolationist "jobs" president, rather than the authoritarian white nationalist with imperial …

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Some of Trump’s advisers want a new civil war – we must not let them have it

Both Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich engage in dangerous fantasies about US history – and come to chilling conclusions about the future<p>A controversial and divisive US president is elected. State governments defy his will. Popular discontent erupts into low-level violence in several states. And then …

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Promised land: Under Trump, the religious right is back, big league, and stronger than ever

Evangelicals’ alignment with Trump shows their affinity for power over morality<p>It’s been a heady two weeks for right-wing Christian evangelicals. Never before has a president of the United States — not Reagan or either of the Bushes — delivered so much of their agenda in such short order as Donald …

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First on the White House agenda – the collapse of the global order. Next, war?

Trump’s allies yearn to wreck alliances that have kept the peace for decades. Progressives must preserve them<p>Donald Trump doesn’t read books. He leaves that to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the man rapidly emerging as the true power behind the gaudy Trump throne. Given Bannon’s influence – he …

Geopolitics

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter

As the alt-right continues to set the agenda in global politics at a frightening pace, has the world reverted to a 20th-century era of totalitarianism?<p>Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should …

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Trump’s Silence on White Supremacist Terror Is Political Correctness Run Amok

Shots were fired at a mosque in Quebec. That was all America knew Monday morning: an act of violence with Muslim victims. The shooter’s identity was …

Senators Cornyn, Rubio, Young: It's time for action against Iran

“Action,” Mark Twain once observed, “speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.” Unfortunately, this observation aptly describes the last administration’s Iran policy.<p>In April 2015, as President Obama tried to sell the deeply flawed Iran nuclear agreement to Congress and the American people, …

Middle East

Iran Ratchets Up War of Words with Trump Administration

Iran ratcheted up its war of words with the Trump administration Thursday, dismissing a White House assertion that it was "on notice" as a hollow provocation, as tensions flared between the longtime foes.<p>National-Security Adviser Mike Flynn on Wednesday characterized Iran as a destabilizing …

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President

Donald Trump is just a puppet who doesn’t care about anything.<p>If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump <i>acts</i> …

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Signs of trouble on Team Trump? Jeff Sessions could be in trouble; Michael Flynn could be toast

Sessions looks worse in the wake of Sally Yates’ firing; Flynn may be too erratic even for the Trump White House<p>Late on Monday night, President Trump fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general left behind by the Obama administration. Citing both the law and the Constitution, Yates had ordered …

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President Trump’s right-hand man Steve Bannon called for Christian holy war: Now he’s on the National Security Council

“We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict,” President Trump’s chief strategist told<p>Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's right-hand man, made what was essentially a call for a Christian holy war in a speech in a international conference only a few years ago.<p>Bannon, …

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Steve Bannon’s Long Love Affair With War

Steve Bannon, the National Security Council’s newest member, has long been obsessed with waging wars.<p>Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s White House …

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Donald Trump Is Handing China the World

While Trump focuses on building up the U.S. Navy to counter China, Beijing is gobbling up the other segments of global relations the U.S. used to …

Trump's whisperer-in-chief is treading on dangerous ground

The chief strategist in the White House, a man who rallied a growing white nationalist movement behind Donald Trump, is now telling the news media to "keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."<p>We should all be outraged - and more than a little unnerved.<p>We all know that conservative …

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​US warns of 'imminent' cyberattack threat on electrical grid

An Energy Department report seeks new powers to deal with attacks and other emergencies.<p>A report that Russian computer attackers had penetrated a Vermont electrical utility company may have turned out to be baseless, but the nation's grid is in "imminent danger" of cyberattacks, the Energy …

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Who Will Hold Trump Accountable for Conflicts of Interest?

Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyers, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, join us to discuss Trump’s conflicts of interest and why his business …

Mike Pence Is A Theocrat. His Christian Supremacist Followers Seek To Take Over America. Seriously.

Despite all the hand wringing and hysteria about the upcoming "presidency" of Donald Trump, the plain truth is that the Trump campaign stated in no …

Leading GOP Strategist Labels Trump and His Supporters Traitors %%

*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*<p>These days there isn’t much that should surprise any American who remotely follows politics and it is …

Dystopian Donald: Will Trump make “1984” look like a nursery tale?

Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Trump entering the Oval Office?<p>Can you doubt that we’re in a dystopian age, even if we’re still four weeks from Donald Trump entering the Oval Office? Never in our lifetimes have we experienced such vivid previews of …

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No middle class, no republic: GOP plans to destroy America’s safety net will also kill democracy

Democracy only “works” for the top 10 percent of Americans<p>Newt Gingrich openly bragged recently at the Heritage Foundation that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress were going to “break out of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt model.” That “model,” of course, created what we today refer …

Income Inequality

War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump

<i>This post originally appeared at</i> TruthOut.<p>When history repeats itself with a vengeance, it generally signals a crisis of memory, historical …