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July 25, 2017

GOP Forces Trumpcare Debate In Senate, 51-50; Thursday Midnight Deadline to Save U.S. Healthcare From Savage Assault; Human Toll Could Be Equivalent of A Korea or Vietnam In Needless Deaths Every Year; Tide Turning Against Trump with Russia Sanctions Bill, Kushner Questioning, and Manafort Subpoena; Ardor of Limbaugh, Fox News, and Drudge For Erstwhile Hero Cooling; Don Schemes to Force AG Sessions Out, Then Use Recess Appointment to Install Obedient Stooge To Deep Six Mueller Probe; But Racist-Nihilist Base Rejects City Slickers Giuliani and Scaramucci; Drudge Sees GOP Civil War

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Jul

July 24, 2017

Mobilize Now to Stop Trumpcare Mystery Bill in Tuesday Senate Vote; White House Sniping At “Beleaguered” Attorney General Sessions; Are Leaks Designed to Force Him Out, Opening Path to Mueller Ouster?; USA Today Headlines Poll Showing Americans Split on Trump Impeachment, 42%-42%, With 46% Not Expecting Him to Complete Full Term; Just 27% See Four Years; President Cannot Pardon Himself, But Can Be Indicted While Still in Office, Watergate and Clintongate Briefs Suggest; Week of Key Russiagate Testimony Begins; The Saga of Moochie From the Mickey Mouse Club to the White House

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Jul

July 22, 2017 WCR

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After Six Months in Office, Trump Eyes Pardon For Himself; But In 1974, Nixon’s Lawyers and DOJ Agreed That President Can Exercise Executive Clemency Only Towards Others; Despite Threats, Mueller Reported Probing Eight-Person Meeting, Business Dealings With Russian Oligarchs; McConnell Still Trying to Pass Killer Health Bill With Dwindling Votes; Senate Parliamentarian Excludes Key Features From Budget Reconciliation Path; GOP Death Spiral Continues as Infighting Spreads; Irrationalism of Trumpland Fundamentalist Evangelicals Traceable to Early Luther, Finds Slavophiles Congenial

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Jul

July 20, 2017

U.S. Reportedly Ends Failed CIA Program to Arm and Train Non-Existent “Moderate Rebels” of Syria; Similar Pentagon Program Already Junked As Ineffective; Russian Money Laundering Expert Identified as Eighth Participant in June 2016 Meeting With Trump Campaign; Recalling Spiro Agnew, Nixon’s Vice President, Who Was Indicted in Office for Taking Bribes and Resigned in October 1973; Citizen Genêt, Who Tried in 1793 to Subvert U.S. Foreign Policy Using Press and Lobbying; And The Federalist Party, Identified With Treason After The Secessionist Hartford Convention of 1814

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Jul

July 19, 2017

Shock and Dismay In Response to Trump’s Call To “Let Obamacare Fail”; “I’m Not Gonna Own It” Line Prompts Unfavorable Comparisons With Presidents From FDR and Truman to Kennedy; Bizarre Trump Tweet Accuses Democrats of “Screaming Death,” But Trumpcare Would Indeed Massively Increase Death Rate and Cut Longevity; Senate Republicans Will Try to Repeal Obamacare Next Week; Bernie Sanders Wants to Lower Medicare Age from 65 to 55 and Cut Prescription Drug Prices, But Still Stops Short of Medicare For All as Public Option Needed to Save Obamacare; Calls For Bipartisan Comity Are Fatuous

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Jul

July 18, 2017

Trump’s Call to “Let Obamacare Fail” is Impeachable Offense under General Welfare and Take Care Clauses of Constitution; Deliberate Sabotage of ACA by Halting Cost Sharing Payments Would Bring Nightmare of Chaos and Deaths: “Let Them Eat Cake” in Cynical Nihilist Garb; GOP’s Double Defeat May Cost Them Both Houses in 2018; “I’m Not Gonna Own It” Is Delusional: The Buck Still Stops in the Oval Office; Death Spiral of GOP Accelerating as Trump Attacks Senate Republican Heretics and Fanatics Excoriate Ryan-Mitch Show; Democrats Must Make Medicare for All Public Option In Obamacare

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Jul

July 17, 2017

McCain Medical Problems May Block Senate Republican Legislative Agenda for More Than One Week; Every Delay Makes McConnell’s Reactionary Bill More Vulnerable; GOP Plan Violates Trump’s Campaign Pledges, and May Be Greatest Single Factor Undermining His Support; NBC-Washington Post Poll Finds Trump Now Has 36% Approval, 58% Disapproval, and 48% Strong Disapproval; After Six Months or 180 Days of Trump Regime, Backing is Weakest For Any President Since Herbert Hoover; White House Defenders Falling Back on Tu Quoque Argument aka WhatAboutism, the Classic Totalitarian Apologetics

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Jul

June 15, 2017 WCR

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Russian Counter-Intelligence Veteran Attended June 2016 Trump Campaign Oppo Meeting Set Up By Smoking Gun Emails; GOP Reeling After Breaking of Siegfried Line of Russiagate Denials; Tidal Wave of Leaks Reflects Escalating Conflict Among Members of White House Inner Circle; Beware Kremlin-Assisted Diversionary Counterattacks Disguised as Exposés of Iraq WMD and Other CIA Operations; McConnell’s Latest Trumpcare Savagery Includes Even More Killer Cuts to Medicaid, Plus Cruz Fraud of Fake Insurance; Collins and Paul Say They’re Opposed; Pressure Urgently Needed on Murkowski, Portman, Heller, Lee, and Capito To Vote No This Week

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Jul

July 13, 2017

Senate Hearing For Christopher Wray Demands Assurances That Administration’s FBI Nominee Will Not Obey Illegal Orders From White House, and Will Instead Warn Congress; Wray Gets Democratic Support, But Does Not Inspire Confidence; Desperate Senate Republicans About to Launch New Health Care Catastrophe Against Wishes of American People; Report Says U.S. Sanctions Helped Stop Planned Trump Tower in Moscow; Mass Irrationalism Main Basis of Current Support for President; Does the Price of Fundamentalism Include Tragic Neglect of Education and the Negation of Human Reason?

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Jul

July 12, 2017

GOP’s Line of Russiagate Stonewalling in Defense of Trump Administration Now Outflanked and Routed by Don Jr.’s Emails; No Way To Dismiss Collusion Charge as Witch Hunt, Fake News, or Ruse; Pence Discredited by His Denials of Contacts With Russia; Desperate Republican Demagogues Argue Hillary’s Collusion With Ukraine, Trap Set by DNC, Rookie Mistakes; War of All Against All Paralyzes White House; Officials Fear That Defensive Efforts Will Make Them Targets of Mueller Investigation; Special Counsel Must Proceed Expeditiously To Minimize Damage to National Interest

12
Jul

July 11, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. Posts Emails Planning June 9, 2016 Meeting With Russian Attorney; Russian State Prosecutor Allegedly Offered “Official Documents And Information” Able to “Incriminate Hillary” As Part of “Russia’s and its Government’s Support for Mr. Trump”; Trump Jr.’s Reported Response: “I Love It, Especially Later In The Summer”; Russian Lawyer and Trump Jr. Deny Any Wrongdoing; Meeting Said to Have Also Been Attended by Manafort and Kushner; Emails Released in Advance of Their Expected Publication by New York Times; Revelations Are Most Damaging Since Start of Russiagate Crisis

11
Jul

July 10, 2017

Trump Advances No Proposals During G-20 Meeting, Leaving Leadership Vacuum for China and Russia; Firm U.S. Statement Condemning North Korean Nuclear ICBMs Could Have Garnered 18 Votes, Turning the Tables on Moscow and Beijing; Instead, U.S. Was Isolated by Bungling Exit From Symbolic Paris Climate Accord; Reeling Under Backlash, Trump Nixes Russia-U.S. Cybersecurity Unit; Idea Reminiscent of Non-Intervention Committee During 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War, Which Promoted Intervention; Consensus That Trump Did In Fact Accept Putin’s Denial on Russiagate; Another Secret Russian Meeting Revealed

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Jul

July 8, 2017 WCR

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Trump Appeases Putin in Summit of Nihilism, Dismisses Russiagate As Annoying Distraction Concocted by U.S. Media; Lavrov’s Report of U.S. Kowtow More Plausible Than Tillerson’s Account; Trump Pays Lip Service to Mutual Defense in Warsaw, But Fails to Stand Up For Allies by Condemning Kremlin’s Meddling in European Elections, Violation of Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Support for Taliban in Afghanistan, Montenegro Putsch Attempt; Decline of the West Speech in Poland Channels Historical Pessimism of Oswald Spengler, Clashes With Moment of Guarded Optimism For Europeans, Who See Threats to EU Receding

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Jul

July 6, 2017

No Concessions to Russia At G-20 Without Explicit Safeguards That Hybrid Warfare by Moscow Against West Will Cease; Danger of Trump Sellout to Putin Based on Their Shared Nihilism; Collapse of Communism, Shock Therapy, Nomenklatura Privatizations, and Economic Crises of 1992 and 1998 as Factors in Russian Neo-Nihilist Wave; Historical Antagonism Between Western and Orthodox-Byzantine Worlds Once Again Evident; Putin Seeks to Demolish U.S.-Backed Multilateral Institutions, But Has No Model to Offer But an Unsavory Regime of Power Ministries, Financier Oligarchs, and Mafiya

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Jul

July 5, 2017

After North Korean Launch of ICBM Capable of Hitting U.S. Territory, War Avoidance Requires Crash Program for Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense (ABM) Using New Physical Principles Like Lasers and Particle Beams Capable of Neutralizing Any North Korean Strike; Older Kinetic Anti-Missile Weapons Can Be Deployed as Stopgap; China and Russia Helped Pyongyang to Procure Missile and Nuclear Technology; Moscow and Beijing Will Quickly Change Their Tune if U.S. Commits to Strategic Defense; Trump Should Re-Assure Poland With Strong Commitment to Mutual Defense Under NATO Article Five

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Jul

July 3, 2017

Ending Obamacare With No Replacement Would Strip 32 Million of Coverage by 2026; Premiums Would Increase 25% Right Away and Double By End of Decade, CBO Estimates; Americans Urgently Need Medicare For All as Public Option Within Obamacare; Congress Is Home For July 4 Recess, So Give Your Representatives a Piece of Your Mind; Beijing Regime Proclaims South China Sea International Waterway a Chinese Lake; U.S. Tradition is Freedom of the Seas For All Nations; Beware Assorted Sellouts at G-20 Later This Week; On July 4, Take Pride in the American Revolution Against Despotism and Tyranny

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Jul

June 1, 2017 WCR

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More Indications Trump Backers Colluded With Russian Hackers to Subvert 2016 Election; U.S. Declaration of Independence Condemned Tyranny of George III, Citing “Obstructing the Laws for Naturalization Of Foreigners”; “Obstructing the Administration of Justice”; Imposing “Jurisdiction Foreign to Our Constitution” Using “Pretended Legislation” and “Foreign Mercenaries”; American Revolution Started in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, August 15, 1774; Celebrating the Birthday of G.W. Leibniz: Among Greatest Minds of Second Millennium: Inventor of Computers, Calculus, and Steam Engine, and Inspiration For Classic American Optimism, Born July 1, 1646; His Opponent Voltaire a Scurrilous Venetian Asset; The Key Role of Antonio Conti of Venice, the Original for Senator Pococurante in Candide

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Jun

June 29, 2017

Towards a Better Understanding of the Astounding Cruelty and Stupidity of the Republican Health Care Bills: 500 Years After Martin Luther’s Launching of the Protestant Reformation, His Frontal Attack on the Good Works of Charity and Insistence on Salvation by Faith Alone Still Exercise Vast and Baleful Influence; Recent Scholarship Suggests that Luther Did Not Nail His 95 Theses to the Door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31,1517 As a Widely Accepted Legend Recounts; Carlo Cipolla’s Theory of Stupidity as a Central Factor in Human History

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Jun

June 28, 2017

Republican Bid to Wreck Obamacare Breaks Down In Senate As Vote Is Delayed; Plan Would Loot Medicaid to Finance Monster Tax Cut for the Rich; Pressure and Protest Are Proving Effective and Must Be Escalated; Expect New Attacks on Health Care When Congress Returns July 10; Use July 4 Recess To Make GOP Cynical Nihilists Hear Righteous Anger of People Horrified by Deadly Health Care Austerity; Solution Is Rollback of Cuts, Medicare For All As ACA Public Option Subsidized By Wall Street and Fed; Governors in the Medicaid Expansion States Lean on GOP Senators to Reject Current Bill

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Jun

June 27, 2017

White House Claims Assad of Syria Is Preparing Gas Attack, Threatens More Bombing of Syria; Warning Issued by the Hapless Spicer, Not McMaster or Senior Officials; State Department Taken by Surprise; Pentagon Leakers Have No Such Information; Initiative Looks Like Improvised Wag The Dog Operation to Deflect From Sinking Job Approval and Possible Defeat of Obamacare Repeal; Suspicion Buttressed by Delay Of Senate Vote Today; May Be Prelude to Trump-Putin Meeting at G-20 in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8; Compare to Sir Neville Chamberlain’s Pre-Munich Plot of September 1938

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Jun

June 26, 2017

Congressional Budget Office Estimates Senate GOP Plan Will Strip 15 Million of Health Insurance Next Year, Total of 22 Million Over Coming Decade; Six Republican Senators Claim to Oppose Bill, But Beware of Deception; Chief Austerity Ghoul McConnell Speeds Up Coup; Supreme Court Lifts Freeze on Trump’s Moslem Ban as Thomas-Alito-Gorsuch “Three Horsemen” Clique Emerges; No Word From Kennedy on Possible Retirement; BIS Warns of World Financial Panic Starting in China; Democrats Still Failing to Demand Obvious Obamacare Fix Using Medicare for All as Public Option

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Jun

June 24, 2017 WCR

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GOP Senate Leader McConnell Attempts Cynical Coup to Strip Americans of Entitlement Rights for First Time in U.S. History; Wrecking of Obamacare Could Be Signed Into Law by End of Next Week; Time for Political Resistance Is Now; Purported GOP Critics Are Largely Fake; Senate Bill Gouges Medicare Even More Than “Mean” House Version; Democrats Must Counter Sabotage By Private Insurers With Obamacare Public Option in Form of Medicare For All at $200 Per Person Per Month, Helped By Revenue From Wall Street Sales Tax; Russian Posture Increasingly Truculent As ISIS Collapse Creates Power Vacuum

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Jun

June 22, 2017 Part 2

From New York Left Forum Lecture On The Science of Organizing: To Defeat Trump and GOP, Rudderless Democratic Party Needs Mass Traction Economic Demands Including 40 Million New Jobs Financed by Federal Reserve Credit and Taxing Wall Street Speculation; Free Four-Year College; Medicare for All; $15 Minimum Wage; These Economic Populist Demands Can Make GOP a Paper Tiger; Centrist Timidity and Identity Politics Lead to Fragmentation; Russian Plan For Aggrandizement Based on Oligarchs and Mafiya; U.S. Is Classical Land of Mass Strike Movements And Can Lead World Out of This Crisis

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Jun

June 22, 2017 Part 1

From New York Left Forum Lecture On The Science of Organizing: To Defeat Trump and GOP, Rudderless Democratic Party Needs Mass Traction Economic Demands Including 40 Million New Jobs Financed by Federal Reserve Credit and Taxing Wall Street Speculation; Free Four-Year College; Medicare for All; $15 Minimum Wage; These Economic Populist Demands Can Make GOP a Paper Tiger; Centrist Timidity and Identity Politics Lead to Fragmentation; Russian Plan For Aggrandizement Based on Oligarchs and Mafiya; U.S. Is Classical Land of Mass Strike Movements And Can Lead World Out of This Crisis

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June 21, 2017

Center-Right Campaign by Ossoff Falls Short In Georgia; Democrats Need National Job Creation Program For 40 Million Jobs Paid for by Wall Street and Federal Reserve; 50-State Strategy Urgent; Democrats Weak on Counterpunch Against Character Assassination; GOP Orchestrated Sympathy for Handel After She Received Envelope Containing Baking Soda; Republican Leaders Gloated That Scalise Shooting Would Spell Victory for Them; SuperPac TV Ads Linked Milquetoast Ossoff to “Violent Left”; Georgia Has Obsolete Voting Machines With No Paper Trail and No Possibility of Recount

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Jun

June 20, 2017

“Islamic State” Nears Collapse as Territorial Entity, Triggering Clash Among Russia, U.S., Iran Contending for Spoils of Caliphate; Russia’s Exit From Deconflicting Mechanism A Blunder by Moscow; Urgent Need for Inclusive Geneva Conference to Put an End To Syrian Conflict and Liquidate Remnants of ISIS; Anti-Western Mentality of Russian Propaganda Machine Recalls Outlook of Nineteenth-Century Slavophiles, Reactionary Romantics Obsessed With Decadence of the “Putrid” West; Ossoff Leads Handel in Early Returns From Bellwether Georgia Six Special Congressional Election

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Jun

June 19, 2017

Stop the GOP’s Genocidal Health Bill! Democrats Shut Down Senate to Block Monstrosity Now Being Concocted Behind Closed Doors By Thirteen Republican Tyrants With Input From Billionaires; Kentucky Screech-Owl Mitch McConnell Plans Deed Done in the Dead of Night; On Tuesday, Vote to Defeat GOP’s Karen Handel in Georgia’s Sixth CD; Handel Exemplifies Method of Sacrificing Thousands of Lives for Crackpot Ideology and Greed; Russia Issues Threats to U.S. Aircraft in Syria as Kurds Advance on Raqqa; Happy Juneteenth, Anniversary of Union Army’s Proclaiming End of Slavery in Texas, 1865

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Jun

June 17, 2017 WCR

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Trump Confirms Leaks, Tweets Admission He Is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice; Washington Gripped By Reports Special Counsel Mueller May Soon Be Fired, Triggering Most Dangerous Constitutional Crisis of Our Time; National Interest Requires That Democrat Jon Ossoff Soundly Defeat GOP’s Karen Handel on Tuesday June 20 In Special Election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District; All Persons of Good Will Should Lend A Hand; Required Reading: Eric M. Freedman’s Distinguished 1999 Essay “On Protecting Accountability” Arguing That Presidents Can Indeed Be Indicted Before They Are Impeached

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Jun

June 15, 2017

In Major Break, Trump Now Reportedly Focus of FBI Criminal Investigation for Obstruction of Justice; “Possible Financial Crimes” Also Scrutinized; NSA’s Rogers and DNI Coats Will Be Promptly Interviewed as Witnesses; Substance of Report Not Denied by White House; New Phase of Probe Started Soon After May 9 Comey Ouster; Firing of Special Counsel Mueller Still Considered, Despite Warnings From Top Aides and Widespread Staff Disaffection Amid Purge Rumors; Democrat Ossoff Must Win Special Election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District Next Tuesday June 20, So Do Your Part

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June 14, 2017

Beware Political Exploitation of Tragic Shooting Incident Involving Members of Congress; Virginia Democrats Lead In Race for Governor; GOP’s Deregulation and Tax Cuts For Rich Fail in Kansas; 39 States, 122 Voting Systems Hit By Russian Hackers in 2016; In Oliver Stone Interview, Putin Condemns U.S. For Spying on Allies, But Lauds World War II Nuclear Espionage by Soviet vs. Moscow’s American Ally, Implicating Rosenbergs; Putin Justifies Khrushchev’s 1962 Flight Forward To Deploy Nuclear Missiles In Cuba, Foreshadowing Current Russian Flight Forward in Election Meddling

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Jun

June 13, 2017

Sessions Goes Beyond Nixon in Stonewalling, Refusing to Reveal Conversations With Trump About Comey Firing Based on Preserving President’s Future Option of Asserting Executive Privilege; Choleric Attorney General Claims “Appalling and Detestable Lie” and “Secret Innuendo” in Charges of Perjury Regarding His Undisclosed Russian Meetings; Contempt of Congress Citation Required to Protect Russiagate Probe; Trump Crony Says Special Counsel Robert Mueller May Be Fired, Posing Risk of Constitutional Crisis; Another Legal Rebuff for Moslem Ban in Appellate Court

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Jun

June 12, 2017

After UKIP Wipeout in Britain, Le Pen Party Flops in First Round of French Legislative Elections; Maryland and DC Attorneys General Sue President Over Emoluments Clause, Demand End of Old Post Office Lease; Tax Returns Issue Likely to Arise; Pre-Comey Quinnipiac Poll Shows Record Low 34% Approval for Trump; Post-Comey Gallup Poll Shows Record 59% Disapproval; Bizarre Scene in White House Cabinet Room as Trump Stages Variations on Shakespeare’s King Lear, Demanding Courtiers Compete in Flattery and Adulation; All Grovel on Cue; In Play, Fey Spectacle is Prelude to Social Chaos and War

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Jun

June 10, 2017 WCR

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Comey Testimony Viewed by Tens of Millions; Scathing Indictment of President Is Historic Watershed; White House Lawyers Threaten Complaint Against Comey As Leaker; In Foolhardy Gesture, Trump Pledges to Testify Under Oath About Obstruction of Justice; British Voters Reject Brutal Tory Austerity and Hard Brexit; Theresa May’s Majority Gone as Labour Gains 31 Seats; Hung Parliament Means No Party Has Majority; May Attempts to Cling to Power With Votes from Ulster Unionists, Who Want Soft Border With Ireland; Scottish Secessionists Lose Big, While Farage’s Europhobic UKIP is Wiped Out; Bannon’s International Subversion Strategy in Ruins; Recalling Hamilton’s Federalist 65, Which Describes Impeachment as Response to “Misconduct of Public Men” and “Injuries Done Immediately to Society Itself,” Not Narrow Statutory Crimes; Free Reality Winner!

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Jun

June 8, 2017

Comey Adamant That Kremlin Aimed at Subverting U.S. Election; Testimony Points Towards Obstruction of Justice, Legal Experts Say; Comey Says He Was Fired to Weaken Russiagate Probe; Former FBI Chief Sought Appointment of Special Prosecutor, Alleges Lies and Defamation of Bureau By Trump; GOP Senators Offer Muted Defense of White House But Scant Counterattack on Comey; Trump’s Personal Lawyer Denies Loyalty Demand and “Let It Go” Directive, Brands Comey as Egregious Leaker; At Hearing, Pro-Impeachment House Democrats Sherman, Green, and Waters Look On

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Jun

June 7, 2017

Intelligence Bosses Coats, Rogers, Rosenstein and McCabe Stonewall Senate Intelligence Committee With Non-Denial Denials About Trump’s Efforts to Shut Down Russiagate Probe; AG Sessions Offered to Resign; Qatar Crisis Worsens as Turkish Troops May Soon Be Jostling U.S. Forces; Current Feud Triggered by Russian Hackers Who Planted Fake Story on Qatar News Service Endorsing Iran, Israel, and Hamas; After Gloating Over Chaos and Attacking Qatar, Trump Offers to Mediate Crisis; Tax Wall Street Party Calls for Freeing of NSA Contractor Reality L. Winner; Comey Testifies Thursday

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Jun

June 6, 2017

Courageous Whistleblower Reality L. Winner Refutes Media Lie That Russian Hacking Was Not Vote Fraud and Had No Impact on 2016 Outcome; Relevant Document Should Never Have Been Classified, So Free Her Now; Comey Testimony Now Set for Thursday Morning, But Trump Can’t Recruit Staff for War Room and Legal Defense; After London Attack, Theresa May’s Record of Cutting Cops May Defeat Her in Thursday UK Vote; Kremlin Tries to Recant Putin’s Confession to Meddling in US Election; Sessions May Be Next to Fall as White House Pointedly Refuses to Endorse Him; Article Five Snub Rankles in Europe

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Jun

June 5, 2017

LEFT FORUM PANEL 1

Oligarchical Ideologies in Crisis: Cultural Populism, Dark Enlightenment, Nihilism, and Liberalism

The Alt-Right expected Brexit and the Trump presidency to trigger a triumphant march of cultural populism across Europa and America. But cultural populists have fallen short in Austria, the Netherlands, and France, and are struggling in Germany and Italy. Melenchon showed in the first round of the French election that vigorous leftist economic populism can defeat reactionary cultural populism. A resurgence of militant nihilism is clearly observable from Russia to Washington DC. In the US, the pro-Wall Street liberalism of the Democratic Party is increasingly discredited. As Anton Erkelenz saw in Weimar Germany in 1931, the struggle against fascist ideology must be waged on the level of ideas, but ultimately requires the victory of full employment and rising standards of living over deflation and austerity.

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Jun

June 3, 2017 WCR

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Trump Cuts Off His Nose to Spite His Face With Bannon-Inspired Exit From Paris Climate Change Accord; Another Needless Step Towards Chinese World Domination; Move Is Attempt to Erase A Dozen Major Broken Promises and to Stanch The 1% Per Month Decline in Hard-Core True Believer Base, Now At Just 19%; In Run-Up to UK Election, Anti-May Ballad “Liar, Liar” Hits Top of British Pop Music Charts; Brexit-Style Cultural Populism a Demagogic Theater of Rage and Resentment, While Economic Populism Is a Rational Appeal to Enlightened Self-Interest, Accomplished Through Concrete, Measurable Economic Reforms; Alt-Left Exposed as Dupes By Putin’s Admission That “Patriotic” Russian Hackers Meddled in U.S. Election

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Jun

June 1, 2017

Recalling Edward VIII, the Royal Who Posed as an Anti-Establishment Populist and Reigned as King of Great Britain in 1936: An Axis Sympathizer and Arch-Appeaser Who Enabled Hitler’s Daring March Into the Rhineland, Betrayed U.S. Code Secrets to Fascist Italy, Delivered an Infamous Radio Appeal for Appeasement in Spring 1939, Helped Guide the German Attack Through the Ardennes That Started the Rout of France in May 1940, and Encouraged the Terror Bombing of British Cities as the Path to Peace Even as He Proclaimed His Concern About Coal Miners; How He Was Forced to Abdicate

 

 

Oligarchical Ideologies in Crisis: Cultural Populism, Dark Enlightenment, Nihilism, and Liberalism

Host/Sponsor: 
Tax Wall Street Party
 
Room: 
1.83
 
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
 
Abstract: 
The Alt-Right expected Brexit and the Trump presidency to trigger a triumphant march of cultural populism across Europa and America. But cultural populists have fallen short in Austria, the Netherlands, and France, and are struggling in Germany and Italy. Melenchon showed in the first round of the French election that vigorous leftist economic populism can defeat reactionary cultural populism. A resurgence of militant nihilism is clearly observable from Russia to Washington DC. In the US, the pro-Wall Street liberalism of the Democratic Party is increasingly discredited. As Anton Erkelenz saw in Weimar Germany in 1931, the struggle against fascist ideology must be waged on the level of ideas, but ultimately requires the victory of full employment and rising standards of living over deflation and austerity.

 

Back on Track Towards Republican Collapse and Democratic Split: An Autopsy for the Old Two-Party System Amidst a Mass Extinction of Political Parties Across the World

Host/Sponsor: 
United Front Against Austerity
 
Room: 
1.83
 
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
 
Abstract: 
Nine years after the Panic of 2008, the coming of the Trump administration has finally detonated the greatest mass strike upsurge in US history, with over 5 million protesters in the streets on January 21, followed by months of continuous agitation. The opportunities now emerging are breathtaking, and require new methods. The Democratic ticket lost the 2016 election most of all because of the lack of mass traction economic demands, especially the absence of a program for 40 million new productive jobs. But the Resistance is hobbled by the residue of decades of marginalization, in particular the overwhelming stress on identity politics that can become a straitjacket when mass action is once again possible. Demands like Free College, Medicare for All, the $15 Minimum Wage, Halting Foreclosures, and full employment job creation – all paid for by Wall Street and the Fed -- can quickly become the basis for a united front capable of contending for political power in the years just ahead. Good strategy can also lead to the collapse of the racist and reactionary GOP as a national force, and a split among Democrats leaving the Wall Street faction isolated

 

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Jun

May 31, 2017

Successful Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Test Shows How to Neutralize North Korean Threat Without Regional or World War; Limits of Kinetic Kill Approach Indicate Defenses Based on New Physical Principles More Effective; Protests Against Defensive Weapons Are In Bad Faith; British Shock Poll Suggests Hard Brexit Enforcer Theresa May’s Tories Could Lose 20 Seats in Westminster, Leading to Hung Parliament or Labour Rule; Need to Fight Back Against Nihilist Wrecking Job Against Europe; Was Kathy Griffin Conned Into Macabre Pix to Trigger Pro-Trump Media Purge of CNN, CBS, MSNBC?

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May

May 30, 2017

Trump’s Outbursts Against Germany Continue; Macron Hosts Putin at Versailles for Frank and Constructive Talks, But Denounces Propaganda Lies of Some Russian Media; Trump’s Lawyer Gets Document Requests From Congress in Russiagate Investigation, But Refuses to Cooperate; Media Surrogate Boris Epshteyn Also Scrutinized; Oregon Double Murder Suspect Is a Nihilist; VA Secretary Shulkin Shreds His Own Reputation In White House Bid to Make 225,000 Vietnam Veterans Choose Between Disability Benefits and Social Security; Ben Carson Thinks Poverty is Purely Subjective

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May

May 29, 2017

After Trump Wrecking Ball Antics at NATO Summit and G-7 Meeting, German Chancellor Merkel Says U.S. Is No Longer Reliable Partner, Urges Europe to Provide for Self-Defense Starting From Franco-German Bloc; Post-Brexit UK Also Unreliable, Merkel Finds; Atlantic Alliance Has Provided Longest Peace in Europe in Historical Memory, With U.S. Role Proving Decisive; Drastic Changes Needed in Washington to Contain Damage; Persistent Reports of Coming White House Shakeup and Purge As Russiagate Investigations Close In; Remembering the Union Dead on Memorial Day

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May

May 27, 2017 WCR

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Kushner Revealed as Alleged Person of Interest in FBI Russiagate Investigation; Said to Have Asked Russian Ambassador To Enable Secret Communications With Kremlin; NSC Chief McMaster Claims He’s Not At All Concerned; Rehabilitated Bannon Setting Up War Room Staffed With “Street Fighters”; Congress Wants To See All Trump Campaign Records Regarding Russia; Presidential Bungler Issues Outrageous Insults to Germany; Another Defeat for the Moslem Ban as Fourth U.S. Circuit in Richmond Rejects Second Executive Order By 11 To 3 Vote; Chief Judge Notes Measure “Drips with Religious Intolerance, Animus, and Discrimination”

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May

May 25, 2017

Trump Delivers Diplomatic Affront to 28 NATO Member States by Refusal to Confirm Principle of Mutual Defense; Brussels Speech Consumed Instead by Petty Hectoring About Spending 2% of GDP on Defense, With Wayward Suggestion That Arrears Might Be Demanded; Address Full of Bannonism; Merkel Pointedly Condemns Berlin Wall and Walls in General, Calls for Open Societies, Shared Values, and Solidarity; Pope Francis Saturnine in Private Audience; GOP’s Montana Congressional Candidate Gianforte Cited for Misdemeanor Assault; CBO Finds Trumpcare Would Strip 23 Million of Insurance

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May

May 24, 2017

Trump’s Cruel and Stupid Austerity Budget Would Cost Tens of Thousands of American Lives: Medicaid Would Be Cut by 50% for 87 Million Recipients; Food Stamps Slashed 29%; S-CHIP Program for Children’s Health To Decline by 19%; Social Security Disability Insurance to Forfeit $10 Billion Yearly; NIH Medical Research Pared 16%; DOE Help For Public Schools Reduced 13%; All of Trump’s Promises to Preserve Social Safety Net Violated; Goal of Savagery is Obscene Tax Cut for Super-Rich; Measure Would Guarantee Chinese World Domination; Montana GOP Congress Hopeful Beats Up Reporter

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May

May 23, 2017

Context for Manchester Bombing: Brexit Enforcer Theresa May’s Tory Party Lost Half Their Lead Over Labour in One Week in “Dementia Tax” Furor Over Her Plan to Loot Assets of Alzheimer’s Victims; Trump Budget Includes $900 Billion Cut in Medicaid, Which Pays for U.S. Nursing Homes; CIA’s Brennan Testifies He Saw “Brazen” Election Meddling by Moscow During Summer 2016, Personally Warned Russian Intelligence Chief to Back Off; Trey Gowdy Still Obfuscating for GOP; Will Shaub’s Office of Government Ethics Be Next Target for White House?; Cummings Demands Subpoena For Flynn Documents

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May

May 22, 2017

Trump and Saudis Seek Front of Sunni Arabs Plus Israel For Confrontation With Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah; Does Strategic Partnership With Saudi Dark Ages Monarchy Include U.S. Nuclear Umbrella Over Riyadh, Potentially Embroiling America in War?; Priebus and Bannon Rush Back to Washington, Possibly to Deal With Crisis Around Top-Level White House “Person of Interest” Probed by FBI; Full 2018 Austerity Budget To Mandate $1.7 Trillion in Killer Cuts; Latest: Trump Vainly Sought Public Denials of Russiagate Collusion From New DNI Coats and Admiral Rogers of NSA, Reports Say

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May

May 18, 2017

After 118 Days of GOP One-Party Despotism, Mueller Role as Special Prosecutor Is Great Watershed In Restoring Government of Laws; Trump Rails Against Russiagate “Witch Hunt” and Denies Collusion, But His Prospects Look Grim; Wall Street Sells Off, Fearing Tax Cut Bonanza May Never Arrive; White House Reportedly Knew Flynn Was Target of FBI Probe But Gave Him Super-Sensitive NSC Job Anyway; Cynical Nihilism of Ryan Clique On Public Display; Did Flynn Delay Final Defeat of ISIS For Several Months By Preventing Arming of YPG Kurds To Please His Turkish Sponsors?

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May

May 17, 2017

Comey Memo Makes Prima Facie Case For Obstruction of Justice by President, Finally Tipping Balance in Favor of Russiagate Special Prosecutor; Former FBI Chief Robert Muller Named by Rosenstein; Nihilists In Panic; Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas Is First to Propose Impeachment Investigation on House Floor; House Dems Launch Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Russiagate Independent Commission; Putin Still Meddling in U.S. Domestic Politics; Democrats Eye Job Creation Program; Mirror for Magistrates: British King Edward VIII and His Penchant For Strategic Leaking

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May

May 16, 2017

Trump’s Position Worsens With Revelation He Impulsively Shared Code Word Intelligence on ISIS With Russian Envoys; His Campaign Had Centered on Careless Handling of State Secrets by Hillary Clinton; Israel Now Said to Be Source of Proprietary Secrets, But Jordan and Other Countries May Have Been Involved; At White House, Erdogan Highlights “Frank” Disagreements About Arming the Kurds and Extraditing Gulen; Between Eleven and Thirteen Investigations of Trump Campaign Now Ongoing; Comey Memo Reportedly States Trump Demanded End to Flynn Probe, Raising Obstruction of Justice