Ban on U.S. Entry by Nationals of Seven Majority Moslem Countries Widely Rejected at Home and Abroad; Merkel Demands U.S. Live Up to Geneva Refugee Agreement; Iran and Iraq Prepare To Retaliate With Reciprocal Measures; Over 100 State Department Officials Support Statement of Dissent; Mass Protests Multiply at Airports and Cities Across America as Opponents Go to Court; Measure May Seek to Mask Widespread Fear of Repealing Obamacare With No Replacement Revealed by GOP Politicians at Last Week’s Philadelphia Retreat; Tuesday January 31 Is Next Deadline for Buying Into Obamacare and Staking a Claim for Future Benefits; Ideologue Bannon Gets Permanent Seat on National Security Council as Chair of Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence Are Demoted; Trump and Saudi King Salman Advocate “Safe Zones” in Syria and Yemen, Vow to Oppose Iran
January 31 May Be Last Chance to Join Obamacare/ACA; Executive Orders Close U.S. Borders to Seven Largely Moslem Countries, Advance Border Wall, and Assail Sanctuary Cities; 20% Tariff on Mexican Imports Dropped; State Department Disrupted by Loss of Top Administrative and Consular Personnel; For Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Birthday, Remembering the Original Heroic 100 Days of March 4 Through June 16, 1933, Which Stabilized the Country Through Real Achievements Like the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Billions in Cheap Credit from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez on Mexico: “You Build a Wall, You Will Push Them Straight Into China’s Hands”; Beijing’s Influence Already Expanding to Fill Void Left by TPP; Threat of 20% Mexican Border Tax is Economic Harassment to Pay for Futile Wall, Not Orderly Re-Regulation for the Development of World Trade; In First Inaugural, Franklin D. Roosevelt Blamed Wall Street Bankers for Great Depression of 1930s; Obama in 2009 Blamed “Our” Greed and Entitlements; Trump Accused Washington Politicians, Not Financiers; On 137th Anniversary of His Birth, Recalling Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Military Genius and Progressive Reforms for Women, Labor, Farmers, and Peace in Japan After World War Two
Trump Orders Building of Mexican Border Wall, But Provides No New Money; Tells DHS to Expand Prisons and Police; Sanctuary Cities Threatened With Loss of Federal Funds, But Court Challenges Are Imminent; Alleged Surge of Illegal Immigrants Across U.S. Southern Border Not Factual; Supreme Court Nomination Due Next Week; White House Talks Up Need to Further Limit Voting Rights; Moves Are Coherent with Permanent Austerity Regime; Kissinger Advocates Recognizing Crimea as Part of Russia; Humiliating Mexico Could Drive Southern Neighbor Into Arms of Beijing; Astana Deal Among Russia, Turkey, and Iran Keeps Syria Ceasefire Going
GOP’s “Nightmare Scenario” For Affordable Care Act Now Operational; Federal Agencies Can Exempt Insurance Companies and Big Pharma from Parts of Law They Might Consider a Burden; Will Administration Enforce the Individual Mandate, Without Which Obamacare Financing May Crumble Into Chaos?; Health and Human Services Candidate Tom Price Wants to Block-Grant Medicaid to the States, and Reduce Medicare from a Legally Binding Entitlement to a Voucher; Federal Hiring Freeze Will Be a Straitjacket for Effective Government
Worldwide Women’s March May Be Largest One-Day Political Protest Action in World History; 4.6 Million Participants in U.S. Eclipse Inauguration; Washington Turnout Close to 1.2 Million, Followed by 750,000 in Los Angeles, 400,000 in New York, and 250,000 in Chicago; Among World Cities, London Leads with 100,000; Marchers Present on Every Continent; Results Refute Myth of Dawning Era of Right-Wing Nativists and Cultural Populists: This is Still New Deal America; Movement Must Develop Mass Traction Economic Platform, Avoiding Democratic Party’s Mistakes; Executive Order May Void Obamacare Individual Mandate, Threatening Health Care Chaos; Federal Hiring Freeze, $500 Interest Hike on FHA Mortgages Also Imposed; TWSP Urges Activists to Master Use of Federal Reserve Credit and Wall Street Sales Tax to Pay For Medicare for All, Free College, 40 Million New Jobs, and 21st Century Infrastructure
At Inauguration, Trump Evokes “American Carnage” in Speech Bereft of Conciliatory Gestures; Tone Is Unprecedented Pessimism
Promise to Defend Forgotten People Contrasts with Cabinet Choices; Sen. Schumer Reviled by Crowd, Undercutting GOP Argument of Civic Pageant; Nuclear Football and Biscuit Transferred; Executive Orders Against Obamacare and Dreamers Loom; Dangers of “Positive Thinking”
Senate Democrats Signal Inauguration Day Confirmation of Mattis for Pentagon and Kelly for Homeland Security; Momentum Builds for Saturday Women’s March; Mortgage Banker Mnuchin, Tapped for Treasury, Defends His Foreclosure Policies; U.S. to Attend Astana Conference on Syria January 23; Perils of Populism: The 1971 Nixon-Connally Demolition of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Bretton Woods System, Packaged as a U.S. Defense Against Foreign Profiteers, Still Plagues World Economy Today; Bretton Woods Was Crowning International Achievement of New Deal; Nixon’s Folly Cut World Growth Rate from A Robust 5% to A Stagnant 2.5%, Introduced Currency Risk and Demand for Derivatives via Floating Rate Chaos, Leading to Creation of Euro
Betsy Devos Offers Nothing to 85% of U.S. Kids Who Are In Public Schools; In Strange Double Standard, Republicans Condemn Obama’s Humanitarian Clemency for Manning, but Continue to Adulate Wikileaks and Assange; Davos Globaloney Ideologues Can’t Grasp that The Only Alternative to Reactionary Cultural Populism is Progressive Economic Populism Based on Mass Traction Economic Demands; In Last Press Conference, Obama Pledges to Act as Watchdog for Voting Rights, Dissent, Press Freedom, and the Dreamers; Recalling the Last Cultural Populist U.S. President, Richard M. Nixon, Who Incited the Silent Majority Against the Effete Snobs
Obama Refused to Force Wall Street and the Federal Reserve to Pay for the 2008 World Derivatives Panic and Depression They Created; Administration Never Developed an Effective Strategy for Countering Tea Party Fanatics and GOP Threats of Default and Government Shutdown; Obama Capitulated to Austerity Mentality with Ideas Like Chained CPI to Chisel Entitlements; Sequestration Caps Left Over from August 2011 “Satan Sandwich” Still Strangling Domestic Programs and U.S. Military; Iran Nuclear Accord and Opening to Cuba Are Real Achievements; Russian Government Should Stay Out of U.S. Politics
Obama in Review: President Gets Much Credit for Not Starting New Wars in Second Term after 2011 Libyan Debacle; He Never Promised to Bomb Syria if Chemical Weapons Red Line Were Crossed; Slow Recovery from World Derivatives Panic of 2008 Looks Good Compared to Great Fear In Months After Collapse of Lehman Brothers; 2009 Stimulus Flawed But Helped Steer Clear of the Abyss; Obama’s Tragic Mirage of Bipartisan Cooperation with Republicans Was Supposed to Appeal to Fussy “Independents,” But Has Led to Crippling Unilateral Concessions to the GOP; Affordable Care Act Needed a Strong Public Option in the Form of Medicare for All; Obamacare Now at the Mercy of Private Insurance Companies; Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Who Died Seeking to Unite Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Labor Movements Into a Force Capable of Contending for Power
Under Camouflage of Vote-A-Rama, GOP Senate Majority Starts Demolition of Obamacare for Up to 30 Million Americans; Despite Promises, Republicans Have Not Offered a Serious Replacement; Ryan Cynically Claims Health Care Entitlement is Already “Collapsing”; Bernie Sanders Warns of Needless Deaths; Justice Department Inspector General Will Probe Interference by Comey and FBI in Election; Mattis Would Maintain Iran Nuclear Accord; Pompeo Endorses CIA Account of Russian Election-Year Hacking; House Armed Services Committee Snubbed By Failure of Mattis to Testify on Waiver He Needs to Lead Pentagon; Carson Waffles on His Condemnation of Government Assistance to Poor
In Flurry of Senate Confirmation Hearings, State Department Nominee Tillerson Calls Obama Foreign Policy Weak, But Declines to Endorse Russophobic Rhetoric of Rubio; DHS Nominee Gen. Kelly Wants Cooperation with Moslems, Doubts the $20 Billion Wall Can Be Built Quickly; Sen. Booker and Rep. John Lewis Wrap Up the Case Against Sessions; Trump Conflict of Interest Avoidance Plan Falls Short on Emoluments Clause; Unsubstantiated Dossier Suggests Putin Badly Advised on Meddling in U.S. Elections as Competent Diplomats Allegedly Warned Against Dangers, While Propaganda Types In Kremlin Foolishly Pressed Ahead Despite August Firing of Chief of Staff Ivanov; Prime Minister Medvedev Reportedly Appalled
Case Study in the Instability of Cultural Populism and the Limits of Charisma: Ex-Comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, Third Largest in Italy, in Crisis After Chaotic Management of Rome City Government Followed by Current Monumental Fiasco at European Parliament; Grillo Jilted UKIP’s Farage and Incredibly Sought to Join the Pro-Austerity Neoliberal ALDE Faction, But Was Rebuffed and Is Returning to Farage; These Antics Are Now the Laughingstock of Europe; Grillo’s Movement is Leading Model for “Anti-Politics” Practiced by Right-Wing “Anti-Establishment” and Anti-Immigrant Parties
Tax Wall Street Party in Dialogue with Our Revolution: Democratic Regroupment Efforts are Welcome and Need to Stress Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Like Medicare for All and Free College, Not Ideology; Will Working People or Bankers Pay for Infrastructure and Other Needs?; U.S. Infrastructure Crisis Cannot Be Solved With User Fees, Privatization, the Gasoline Tax, or Tax Breaks for Wealthy Investors; Key Demand is Federal Reserve Purchase of $5 Trillion of Zero-Coupon Century Bonds Issued by States, Localities, and Authorities to Create 30 Million New Productive Jobs Under Davis-Bacon Act; Eisenhower’s Landmark Interstate Highway Program Did Not Include Tolls and Boosted Economy for Decades
304 Electoral Votes for Trump Are Certified by Joint Session of Congress; U.S. Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking Still Lacks Direct Proof in De-Classified Version, But Circumstantial Evidence Grows; House GOP’s “High Risk Pools” Are a Cruel Joke that Does Not Solve the Problem of Pre-Existing Conditions if Obamacare is Demolished; GOP Proposes Subsidies for Insurance Companies, Not Sick People; Recalling the Forgotten Nixon-Kissinger Indo-Pakistani “Tilt” Crisis of December 1971, the Least-Known Nuclear Confrontation; Happy Orthodox Christmas, Twelfth Night, and Epiphany!
Efforts Emerging to Build Grass-Roots Political Opposition, But Recipes Appear Incomplete; Focus on Congressional Races is Good, But Total Lack of National Organization Would Leave Initiative To Unreliable Democratic Party Leaders Whose Recent Record Does Not Inspire Confidence; Failed Hillary Clinton Approach of Just Saying No Is Not Enough-Effective Organizing Must Advance Practical Solutions to Kitchen-Table Needs of Working Families with Mass Traction Economic Demands; TWSP Advocates “Make the Fed Pay!” Demand for $6.5 Trillion in Zero-Interest, Long-Term Federal Reserve Lending for 40 Million Jobs Through Education, Infrastructure and Economic Recovery; Fragmentation Inherent in Identity Politics is No Longer Viable
Insolvencies in Italian and German Banks Could Trigger Severe Financial Crisis in Europe in 2017; World Economy Slowed by Chinese Downturn, European Unemployment Stuck at 10%, Disruptions in EU Supply Chains Caused by Brexit; U.S. Treasury Bonds Selling Off, but Stocks are Overvalued with Dow Close to 20,000; Wall Street Bubble No Longer Stoked by Fed’s Quantitative Easing, 0% Interest, or Keynesian Stimulus; “Lehman Moments” Cannot Be Excluded; Answer to a New Systemic Crisis is Not More Austerity and Bank Bailouts but 1% Wall Street Sales Tax to Hinder Speculation Plus $6.5 Trillion of 0% Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit for Infrastructure and Education
House Vote to Dismantle Ethics Office Represents Tea Party Rebellion Against Ryan; In Awkward Reversal, Measure Is Quickly Taken Back After Deluge of Phone Calls from Irate Voters and Critical Tweets from Trump; Ryan Elected as Speaker 239-189 Over Pelosi As Democrats Decry Threats to Speech and Debate Clause and Warn of Assault on Obamacare; Ford Cancels New Plant in Mexico Due To Low Demand for Cars; Electoral Votes to Be Counted on Friday; Schumer Wants Full Hearings and Critical Witnesses for Eight Key Cabinet Nominees Including Tillerson, Sessions, Price, and Puzder; Newly Discovered Notes from White House Aide H.R. Haldeman Show Richard Nixon Deliberately Sabotaged President Johnson’s Pre-Election Peace Negotiations with North Vietnam in October 1968; Additional Years of War Cost U.S. Over 20,000 Additional War Dead
A Wonderful "Twelfth Night" Cake!
Will Incoming GOP Congress Deprive Up to 30 Million Americans of Health Insurance with Their “Repeal and Delay” Tactic Against Obamacare?; House Republicans Still Unable to Agree on Anything to Replace Affordable Care Act; Divergences Between White House and Capitol Hill Still Possible; Democrats Announce Nationwide Rallies on Jan. 15 to Call Attention to Threats to Social Security and Medicare; Turkish-Russian Ceasefire for Syria Wins Support of UN Security Council, But Deal is Partly Directed Against U.S.-Backed YPG Kurds
Syrian Truce Fraying as Some Terror Rebels Reject It and Nusra/al Qaeda Disrupts Damascus Water Supply; State Department Calls Ceasefire Positive, and UN Security Council Should Endorse It; Beware Erdogan’s Targeting of YPG Kurds Under Cover of Truce; Homeland Security-FBI “Grizzly Steppe” Hacking Report Lacks Proof, but Circumstantial Case Persists; Putin Declines to Retaliate; Tuesday is Obama’s Last Chance for Recess Appointments; Strange Contortions by Britain’s Theresa May; Remembering Robert Burns of Scotland, the Author of “Auld Lang Syne,” as We Wish Happy New Year 2017 to All!