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EXCLUSIVE: PUTIN'S CHRISTMAS DAY PHONE CALL TO DONALD TRUMP

<i>Blogger's note. On December 25, 1991, less than two hours before announcing his resignation as president of a Soviet Union that was breaking up into a commonwealth of independent republics, Mikhail Gorbachev telephoned President George H.W. Bush to say how much he had appreciated working with him</i> …

Russia

Trump, fist raised, wishes all a Merry Christmas

<b>(CNN) —</b> President-elect Donald Trump wished the world a Merry Christmas on Sunday -- on Twitter, of course.<p>Trump tweeted out a #MerryChristmas photo of him with his right hand raised in a fist and a Christmas tree in the background behind him.<p>The photo appears to have been taken at a recent Trump …

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Gingrich endorses Trump's nuclear arms buildup

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday supported President-elect Donald Trump's remarks about a buildup of nuclear weapons, saying the strategy "is exactly right."<p>Speaking to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," Gingrich said Trump's statements reflected the reality of a world where Russia, …

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Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary

Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a monumental opportunity to reshape the judiciary after taking office.<p>The estimated 103 judicial vacancies that President Obama is expected to …

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Donald Trump’s wrecking crew: A cabinet of zealots who yearn to destroy their own agencies

Previous GOP presidents have appointed anti-government hardliners, but Trump’s cabinet goes further than ever<p>In one sense, it’s nothing new. At least since Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, Republican presidents have appointed people to head government agencies whose mission or even existence they …

Tom Price

Jesus Was A Socialist

As people around the world celebrate Christmas, it is worth remembering that Jesus was a socialist. Of course, he was born long before the rise of industrial capitalism in the 19th century, but his radical ideas have influenced many critics of capitalism, including many prominent socialists and …

Middle-class

Dear Congress - Please Pass "THE NUCLEAR SANITY ACT" Before January 20

Inspired by the news about a potential looming nuclear arms race, I got on the phone and had an hour long conversation with a sitting United States Congressperson, searching for ways to provide some checks and balances in potential nuclear scenarios.<p>We came up with this draft of a bill that we …

United States

Trump challenges the world order

The president-elect has upended long-held conventions on nuclear proliferation and relations with Russia.<p>President-elect Donald Trump is alarming critics by not only threatening to dispatch with political correctness but also disregarding the basic tenets of world order surrounding nuclear …

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Trump’s pick for national security adviser had role in firm co-led by man who tried to sell material to the KGB

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for national security adviser partnered in recent months with a technology company co-led by a businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to sell stolen scientific material in the 1980s to the KGB, the former Soviet intelligence service.<p>Retired Lt. Gen. Michael …

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Trump on Putin's criticism of Hillary Clinton and Democrats: 'So true!'

"Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: 'In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.' So true!" Trump tweeted.<p>Putin had criticized Clinton and the Democrats at a press conference on Friday, claiming that the allegations of Russian interference during the …

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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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Donald Trump’s future national security adviser met with Austrian party founded by Nazis

Yes, there is a worldwide fascist movement, and both Trump and Putin are playing their part in Austria<p>The leader of Austria's Nazi-founded Freedom Party has signed a cooperation agreement with Russia's ruling party — only weeks after meeting with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who will soon be national …

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Never Normalize: Why Trump's Presidency Is Illegitimate And How To Respond

Now that a majority of electors have cast their ballots in favor of Donald Trump, he will have the lawful powers of the presidency, as prescribed in the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Legal authority is not equivalent, however, to political legitimacy, moral authority, or …

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Details of $25 million Trump U. settlement filed

Lawyers filed details Monday evening of the $25 million settlement President-elect Donald Trump agreed to last month in an effort to resolve three pending lawsuits over his Trump University real estate seminar program.<p>The settlement submitted to a federal court in San Diego indicates that Trump is …

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This is not normal: A&E announces new series “Generation KKK”

At some point we’ll have to ask ourselves whether a show like this is fighting white supremacy or normalizing it<p>You know what would be terrific? A limited series that looks at social justice movements in a thoughtful, honest manner that isn’t relegated to public television. This is not said to …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Nonprofit Run by Donald Trump's Sons Offers Inauguration Access for $1 Million

A new Texas nonprofit led by Donald Trump’s grown sons is offering access to the freshly-minted president during inauguration weekend — all in …

Donald Trump

Trump calls Russian ambassador's assassin a 'radical Islamic terrorist'

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday condemned deadly violence in Turkey and Germany, describing the assassination of a Russian ambassador and a fatal crash at a Berlin Christmas market as terrorist attacks motivated by Islamic extremism, although the motive behind each incident remains …

Extremism

Redefining Reality

Donald Trump is never going to stop being Donald Trump. I think that much should be obvious to all by now. What this means for his term in office is really anyone’s guess at the moment, but what concerns me the most is how he may just continue to redefine reality to suit his own ego’s needs. This …

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Trump blames terrorists for killings in Turkey, Germany

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the day that his election victory became official, Donald Trump on Monday experienced what life will be like as president as he condemned separate deadly incidents against a Russian diplomat and shoppers at a German Christmas market, blaming Islamic terrorism in both …

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Electoral College sees record-breaking defections

The seven so-called “faithless” votes cast by members of the Electoral College on Monday may go down as a noisy footnote to an otherwise chaotic 2016 election. But they also represent a historic breach between electors and the candidates they were expected to vote for.<p>The number of faithless votes …

Government

This is how tyranny begins: Why will President Donald Trump continue to hold rallies?

Rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction<p>Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?<p>One clue is …

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Billionaire businessman Vincent Viola picked as Trump's army secretary

Florida Panthers hockey team owner and former military man becomes latest addition to Trump’s presidential team criticized for its ‘cabinet of billionaires’<p>President-elect Donald Trump announced on Monday that he has picked the New York billionaire businessman Vincent Viola to be his secretary of …

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Putin spokesman: Kremlin isn't communicating with Trump team

Russia’s government says it is not in touch with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.<p>Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Kremlin isn’t communicating with Trump, according to a Reuters report, which cited Russian news agencies.<p>His statement, however, …

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Electors remain faithful to Trump and select him as official winner

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College on Monday, taking the next step in the official process to become President.<p>Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton's 227. Seven "faithless" electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and …

Mike Pence

The Anti-Trump Electoral College Effort Is Only The Beginning

Although the hopes for #HamiltonElectors to upend Monday’s Electoral College vote for president likely will not materialize, the move is likely only the first step in an effort to undermine Trump’s presidency before it begins.<p>WASHINGTON — The battle over Monday's Electoral College vote is the …

Court: Removing 'faithless' electors may be unconstitutional

A U.S. Appeals Court appears to have left open a narrow path for more members of the Electoral College to ditch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.<p>In a footnote appended to an order issued late Friday in a Colorado lawsuit, a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals suggested state …

Government

'THE WARNING SIGNS ARE REAL': New York Times column questions whether American democracy can survive Trump

In advance of that assumption of power, The New York Times published an opinion column Friday that painted a picture of American democracy in the age of Trump.<p>Writers Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt laid out a particularly sobering assessment of the incoming president's authoritarian temperament …

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