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America’s worsening global reputation could put billions in US exports at risk

<b>Protesters at an anti-Donald Trump rally listen to one of the speakers in Hemming Park, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in downtown Jacksonville, Fla. Over a hundred protesters gathered for a rally against President-elect, Donald Trump, winning the presidential election. Tens of thousands of people</b> …

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Are American voters actually just stupid? A new poll suggests the answer may be “yes”

<b>(Getty/Mark Wallheiser/Drew Angerer)</b><p>ABC News poll suggests that if we ran the election all over again, Trump would still win — by more. What gives?<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>April 26, 2017 9:00am (UTC)<p>Are tens of millions of Americans really this stupid? <b></b>If the findings from a new ABC News poll are any …

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Trump has a plan to change the tax code to make himself much, much richer

President Trump is planning to include a massive cut in the top tax rate on “pass-through” companies, from its current level of 39.6 percent to a mere 15 percent, the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender and Richard Rubin report.<p>This will be sold as a boost for small businesses, and it is, but it …

Donald Trump’s war on the poor has historical precedent — and its not pretty

<b>Mick Mulvaney (Getty/Chip Somodevilla/AP/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Trump’s budget proposes many ways to punish the poor. It’s a new version of the Nazi urge to purge “parasites”<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 20, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p>A nation's budget is a statement of priorities and values. President Donald Trump's …

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Robert Reich: Trump is forcing Americans to participate in an orgy of unnecessary cruelty

<b>(Reuters/Jonathan Drake)</b><p>Trump’s actions violate every ideal this nation has ever cherished — and we have a moral responsibility to stop it<p>Robert Reich<p>March 20, 2017 8:00am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>The theme that unites all of President Donald Trump’s initiatives so far …

Budget Deficit

Trump hires major coal lobbyist to be deputy administrator at EPA

<b>(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>Trump’s reported pick to help lead the EPA is a former staffer of notorious climate change denier Sen. James Inhofe<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>March 17, 2017 3:41pm (UTC)<p>President Donald Trump may have promised to ban lobbyists from his administration, but that isn't stopping him from …

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If Trump were a clever populist, he'd demand universal healthcare for America | Ross Barkan

Democrats are giddy that Republicans are on the verge of owning a healthcare catastrophe. A cannier tactician would play his cards very differently<p>Donald Trump understood the average Republican voter well enough to disregard the party’s tired orthodoxies and still win the presidency. He figured out …

Why the CBO Scares Donald Trump

The president and his aides may prefer “alternative facts” to the real thing, but they also have little use for anyone else’s conclusions.<p>The Trump administration declared its war against facts early, and with panache, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer striding to a podium the day after the …

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Texas lawmaker ridicules anti-abortion measures by filing anti-masturbation bill

Jessica Farrar’s satirical Man’s Right to Know Act would set $100 fine for ‘emissions outside a woman’s vagina’ and require unnecessary medical tests<p>A Texas lawmaker has filed a satirical bill to regulate “masturbatory emissions” as a riposte to a slew of anti-abortion measures advocated by the …

Pro-life Movement

Steve King is a virulent racist — why be surprised? He represents the current Republican Party perfectly

<b>(AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>Not every Republican talks openly about “somebody else’s babies,” but hateful sentiments suffuse the entire GOP<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 13, 2017 3:58pm (UTC)<p>Rep. Steve King is who the Republican Party actually is in 2017. No additional reminder of its character should be …

Civil Rights

Robert Reich: Trump has officially waged war on America’s truth tellers

<b>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</b><p>Trump is actively destroying the truth-telling institutions our democracy depends on<p>Robert Reich<p>March 13, 2017 7:58am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>President Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the credibility of the …

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6 reasons why Trump is too weak to save American jobs

<b>(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)</b><p>Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and firing all of its 300 workers<p>Les Leopold<p>March 10, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Donald J. Trump believes he can bully and bribe companies into keeping jobs in America. Shortly after his election, he …

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White House Destroys Its Own Justification for the Travel Ban

In court, the administration claimed that any delay in implementing the travel ban would be disastrous. After losing in court, they’ve waited weeks …

Trump’s racist hypocrisy: Sessions scandal exposes double standard behind dog-whistle calls for “law and order”

<b>(Getty/Win McNamee)</b><p>Despite Trump’s “law and order” rhetoric, it’s increasingly clear his administration has no respect for the law<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>March 3, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>Whenever Donald Trump makes a pronouncement, it's safe to assume that the opposite it true. Never has this been more apparent …

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What does “freedom” actually mean? Self-indulgent Libertarian hypocrisy knows no bounds

<b>David and Charles Koch (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack/MSNBC/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>A window into a tempting tendency in human nature<p>Jeremy Sherman<p>February 27, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>I once had a conversation with a Libertarian friend who insisted that freedom was the …

Tea Party

Breitbart Reveals Its Owners for First Time

Trump’s Deportation Strategy Might Accidentally Destroy American Agriculture

If there’s one thing everybody can relate to, it’s the price of food. Stability of food and low food prices are often a backbone of economic success. But one unintended consequence of Trump’s deportation plans might be that buying your food from American farmers might be too expensive.<p><i>Vanity Fair</i> …

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.<p>• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global …

‘With Such a People You Can Then Do What You Please’

Trump’s attacks on the free press don’t just threaten the media—they undermine the public’s capacity to think, act, and defend democracy.<p>Are Donald Trump’s latest attacks on the press really that bad? Are they that out-of-the-ordinary, given the famous record of complaints nearly all his …

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This company's productivity soared after replacing 90% of employees with robots

It's hard to argue against automation when statistics are clearly illustrating its potential. The latest evidence comes out of a Chinese factory in Dongguan City.<p>The factory recently replaced 90 percent of its human workforce with machines, and it led to a staggering 250 percent increase in …

The Future

Obama pollster Cornell Belcher on the failures that led to President Trump: “What happens to a centrist Democrat who can’t hold the Obama coalition?”

<b>Cornell Belcher (YouTube/Harvard Institute of Politics)</b><p>Trump didn’t “remake the electorate,” argues leading Democratic pollster. Instead, Hillary and her party blew it<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>February 20, 2017 10:00am (UTC)<p>The Democratic Party is continuing its postmortem after Hillary Clinton's unexpected …

Government

A Dangerous Time for the Press and the Presidency

Trump’s branding of the press as an "enemy" seems less an attempt to influence coverage than an invitation to repression and even violence.<p>At the dawn of a turbulent era in American history, an inexperienced but media-savvy President, early in his first term, was obsessing about negative press.<p>John …

Journalism

Why Trumponomics Fails

When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he …

Beyond fact-checking: After the catastrophic media failure of 2016, the press must master “crucial evidence”

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Philosopher William Berkson has an antidote for bogus media “balance”: Some evidence matters more<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 19, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>The media failed disastrously during the 2016 presidential election. The only questions, really, are how and why — and what can be done …

Fact Checking

How The Far Right Is Winning Europe’s Word Wars — and Its Elections

Across the political spectrum, people talk about refugees as though they were a water mass, speaking of tidal waves of refugees, rising streams or …

Most Americans Want Congress To Investigate Michael Flynn

A majority of the public also wants to see President Trump uphold the current sanctions against Russia.<p>Most Americans think the resignation of Michael Flynn as the White House national security adviser last week is worthy of a congressional investigation, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a …

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Americans discover a new must-read for the Trump age: the US constitution

Interest in the United States’ oft-cited, little read founding document is booming as concerned citizens identify the law as a bulwark against executive overreach<p>They drifted in, to the smell of pork roasting and the dulcet tones of Billie Holiday.<p>The apartment was cozy, as freezing rain fell …

What happens after the next big terrorist attack? Trump is paving the way toward a terrifying crackdown

<b>(Getty/Drew Angerer/Mark Ralston)</b><p>Terrorism presents a grave danger — not for the reasons Trump claims, but because it could undermine democracy<p>Phil Torres<p>February 19, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Terrorism has never been so dangerous. Even a single terrorist attack against American troops abroad or — more …

Political Science

Trump’s entire campaign was a bait-and-switch: Washington’s a mess, and it’s all the president’s fault

<b>President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. () (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>Trump’s showing himself to be about the most inept, disorganized, sloppy, incompetent president in recent memory<p>Robert …

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Understanding Trump’s narcissism could be the key to opposing him | Kamran Ahmed

It may be unethical to declare the new US president to be mentally ill, but studying his personality is both legitimate and important<p>The debate around Donald Trump’s mental health and his fitness to continue as US president rages on. Most recently Prof Allen Frances, the psychiatrist who wrote the …

Mental Health