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July 27, 2017

Trump’s Talk of Taxing the Rich Is A Smokescreen; His Cruel, Stupid, and Unworkable Ban on Transgender Soldiers Designed to Placate Pro-Sessions Bigots During Ouster of AG; Democratic Party Presents Modest Program for 10 Million Jobs, $1 Trillion For Infrastructure, $15 Minimum Wage, Controlling Pharma Prices, and Antitrust Enforcement; But “Better Deal” is Vague, Timid, and Often a Rehash of Hillary Platform; So Far No Plans to Tax Wall Street, Implement Medicare For All, Strengthen Unions, or Coerce the Federal Reserve Into Serving the Public Interest in Economic Recovery


July 26, 2017

Weakness of Divided Senate GOP Exposed By Defeat of Anti-Obamacare Bills: Tuesday, McConnell’s Flagship “Repeal and Replace” Measure Lost Nine Senators To Succumb 43-57; Today, Simple Repeal Rejected 45-55, With Seven Republican Defections; Democratic Opposition United Throughout; Voting No Was Murkowski, Target of Twitter Insults; Twelve Hours of Debating Time Remain Before Concluding Voterama; Unprincipled Vandalism Underlines Need for Extinction of GOP as National Political Force; Trump Continues Attacks on Sessions, Whom He Fears To Fire; Stay Mobilized!


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


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


July 22, 2017 WCR


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


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


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


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


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


June 15, 2017 WCR


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


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?


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


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


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


July 8, 2017 WCR


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


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


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


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


June 1, 2017 WCR


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