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Mar

March 16, 2017

Support for Ryancare Cratering as Bill is Reported Out of House Budget Committee by a Single Vote, with Tea Party Voting No; Federal District Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Latest Trump Immigration and Refugee Ban; White House FY 2018 Budget a Saga of Broken Promises: No New Infrastructure Program, But Department of Transportation Will Cut Already Meager Funding for Amtrak and Light Rail; Army Corps of Engineers Reduced by 16%; National Institutes of Health Face Cuts of $6 Billion or 20%, Equal to Total Current Funding for Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Mental Health Research; WIC High-Protein Foods for Expectant Mothers Curtailed; No More Federal Money for Meals on Wheels for Elderly and Disabled; LIHEAP Heating Assistance Cut; Fierce Backlash Against Brutal GOP Austerity Building Up; After Defeat of Wilders in the Netherlands, Prospects Dimming for Anti-Immigration Candidate Marine Le Pen to Win French Presidency

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Mar

March 15, 2017

Partisan Republican Chair of House Intelligence Committee Forced to Concede He Has No Evidence that Obama Bugged Trump Tower; Surfacing of President’s 2005 1040 Tax Document Appears as Deliberate Exercise in Scandal-Hopping, Trying to Focus Public Attention On the Least Dangerous Story of the Moment To Divert from More Threatening Issues; Tactic Cannot Work For Long If News From All Fronts is Bad; Anti-Immigrant Pseudo-Populist Wilders, Purveyor of Angry Tweets, Falls Short in Netherlands Vote as Governing Party Keeps First Place; Reactionary Populism Seen Declining in Europe; Recalling the Catastrophic Presidency of Andrew Jackson

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Mar

March 14, 2017

White House Internal Estimate Forecasts 26 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Health Care Coverage by 2026 Under Ryancare; GOP Bets Everything on Fear-Mongering with Baseless Demagogy of Obamacare “Death Spiral”; Reported “Manager’s Amendment” Might Placate House “Freedom Caucus” Reactionaries with More Savage Cuts, But Would Leave Bill DOA in Senate; GOP Factions Crystallize: Breitbart Features Ryan Attack on Trump From Last October, Condemns Ryancare as “Obamacare Lite”; Republican Blather About Choices and Lower Costs Hides Brutal Reality of Mini-Med Placebo Policies, Which Bill Would Revive; Congress Must Vote No On This Turkey

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Mar

March 13, 2017

Bi-Partisan Congressional Budget Office Forecasts GOP’s Ryancare Bill Will Strip 14 Million Americans of Health Insurance in 2017-2018, Leave 24 Million Without Coverage by 2026; Premiums To Increase by 15% Over Obamacare Levels, Violating Campaign Promises; Many Will Take Refuge in Fake Mini-Med Plans GOP Would Bring Back; Bottom Line: Immense and Needless Human Suffering, All to Save a Wretched $34 Billion on Yearly Deficit-Far Less Than Ryan’s Tax Cuts for the Rich; Netherlands Green-Left Party Gains on Eve of Wednesday Vote, Eclipsing Wilders Anti-Immigration Party

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Mar

March 11, 2017 WCR

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Over 15 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Medical Insurance By Ryan Plan, Forecasts Brookings Institution; Republican Freezing and Capping of Medicaid Would Devastate Program that Pays for Half of U.S. Births and Long-Term Care, Says Former Medicare-Medicaid Director Slavitt; Medicare Trust Fund Would Be Left in Crisis and Defenseless Against Next GOP Attack; Ryan’s AHCA Is Massive Tax Windfall for “Unpopular” Cartels and Wealthy Rent-Seekers, Resulting In Upward Income Redistribution from Modest Earners to the Affluent; Chinese and Russian Arguments Against THAAD Anti-Missile Defense for South Korea are Without Merit; Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Calls on Ryan to Raise Debt Limit, Implements “Extraordinary Measures” to Stave Off Catastrophic U.S. Default; White House Must Invoke Fourteenth Amendment, Which Makes National Bankruptcy Illegal

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Mar

March 9, 2017

Speaker Ryan’s Bid to Replace Obamacare Rejected by Retirees, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Governors, Medicaid Officials, Insurance Lobby, Tea Party Groups, and GOP Senators; House Leaders Escalate Obamacare “Death Spiral” Rhetoric; Embattled Bill Was Top Secret, Is Now Being Rammed Through Congress at Warp Speed; Vote No on This Turkey; Civil Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+, With $4.59 Trillion in Spending Needed to Improve to B; TWSP Demand For Fed to Buy $5 Trillion in 0% Century Bonds for Infrastructure Vindicated; White House Lacks Vision of Great Projects Like Transcontinental Maglev and NAWAPA; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Radio Shack Declaring Bankruptcy for the Second Time, Closing 200 Stores

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Mar

March 8, 2017

Demonstrations That Fail to Advance Mass Traction Economic Demands Are A Tragic Waste of Precious Political Energy; Parochialism and Identity Politics Are Recipe for Defeat; In Order to Grow, Movement of 2017-2018 Must Get Results on Issues of Vital Importance to Broad Spectrum of Working Families; Avoiding the Baleful Mistakes of Occupy Wall Street, Which Camped in the Park But Left Behind Zero Elected Officials; U.S. Deployment of THAAD Anti-Missile Defense in South Korea is Urgent, Despite Beijing’s Complaints; Time for U.S. Negotiations Without Preconditions With North Korea; A Century After the Start of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Laws of Mass Strike Development Still Require Political Movements to Mobilize New Social Strata or Ebb Away

8
Mar

March 7, 2017

House GOP’s Health Care Replacement Bill Would Strip Many Americans of Coverage and Raise Costs for All; Bill Would Freeze Medicaid Enrollment and Block-Grant the Program, Ending Entitlement and Shifting Costs to States; GOP Approach Gives Power to Insurance Companies, Not Patients and Doctors; Ending Obamacare Taxes Will Yield $35 Billion Bonanza for Super-Rich; Tea Party Ultra-Reactionaries Decry “Obamacare Lite;” Deportation Dragnet Now Targeting Black Africans; Wikileaks Dump of CIA-NSA Techniques Delights Nihilists; #WomenWorkersRising Rally in DC for Living Wage and Paid Family Leave at U.S. Dept. of Labor, 3:30 to 5:30 pm Wednesday-Judiciary Square Metro-www.womenworkersrising.org

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Mar

March 6, 2017

“Day Without a Woman” Strike On March 8 Needs A Clear Purpose in the Form of Mass Traction Class-Based Economic Demands; Two-Thirds of All Minimum Wage Workers Are Women; Tillerson, Sessions, and Kelly Sent Out to Proclaim Modified Travel Ban; GOP Cannot Agree on How to Maintain Health Insurance Coverage for 22 Million Obamacare Beneficiaries, Showing Republicans Incapable of Governing; Mulvaney of OMB Replaces Price of HHS as Top Health Austerity Enforcer; Hedge Funds Reported Bracing for Sell-Off; Orgy of Deregulation Threatens National Interest

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Mar

March 4, 2017 WCR

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Russiagate Takes Center Stage in Washington; Republicans Split Over Anti-Obamacare Tactics and “Border Adjustment Tax,” With No Joint Strategy for Fateful March 15 Attempt to Re-Impose Federal Debt Ceiling; Stock Bubble in Growing Peril; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Over 1,500 Stores Closing in Early 2017;

Nixon’s Anti-Leak Campaign Discovered No Leakers; Recalling the Late Nikita S. Khrushchev, a Populist Russian Leader Who Imagined a Quick Fix Could Solve His Strategic Problems But Blundered Into the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; He Was Toppled Two Years Later for “Subjectivism,” “Hare-Brained Scheming,” and Adventurism

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Mar

March 2, 2017

Under Pressure From Both Parties, Sessions Recuses Himself From Russiagate Probe; Beware the Ides of March: In Less Than Two Weeks, Federal Debt Ceiling Will Be Re-Imposed, Risking U.S. Default; Crisis Comes Amidst Largest-Ever Net Shorting Of Treasury Notes; With Intransigence of Reactionary Republicans Visible in Obamacare “Replacement” Debate, National Solvency May Be In Doubt; White House Must Prepare for Normal Operations Under Fourteenth Amendment; More On Retail Apocalypse, With Thousands of Store Closings Due 20% to E-Commerce Competition, 80% to Declining Real Disposable Personal Income

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Mar

March 1, 2017

Wall Street Bubble Tops Dow 21,000, Largely Based on Expectations of Tax Cut Bonanza Which May Not Arrive; Is Systemic Financial Crisis Once Again In Sight?; Despite Cosmetic Changes, Trump Speech to Congress Confirms Pre-Existing Policy, But Fails to Deliver Specifics; No Effective Replacement for Obamacare Offered; Deportations Continue As Revised Immigration and Refugee Ban is Postponed for Public Relations Reasons; Ryan-McConnell GOP Is Not Committed to Infrastructure; In Real World, Serious Upgrades Will Require Trillions of 0%, Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit

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Mar

February 28, 2017

Has the Trump Administration Given Up on Building Infrastructure, or Is This Program Already Postponed to Next Year For Political Expediency?; GOP Congressional Leaders Ryan and McConnell Are Hostile to What They See as a “$1 Trillion Stimulus”; Rollback of Obamacare Proving to be “So Complicated”; Perils of a Stock Market Bubble Based on Tax Cuts for the Rich that May Be Months in the Future; Irrationalism and Mysticism in Times of Social Upheaval

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Feb

February 27, 2017

White House Policies Colliding With Reality on Numerous Fronts; After Rep. Issa (R-CA) Urges Special Prosecutor for Russiagate, Spicer and Nunes Insist Investigations Are Already Finished; $54 Billion Hike In Pentagon Spending Seen As Attempt to Regain Momentum, But Will Medicare and Social Security Remain Intact?; Governors Turning Against Obamacare Repeal After Report Shows Millions Could be Stripped of Health Care; DHS Anti-Terrorism Report Proves Futility of Banning Immigrants and Refugees By Country of Origin; Bad News for Betsy DeVos As Studies From Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana Link Declines in Academic Performance With School Vouchers

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Feb

February 25, 2017 WCR

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White House Reportedly Pushing FBI and Congress to “Knock Down” Russiagate; At CPAC, White House Ideologue Bannon Touts Three “Verticals”: Dismantling Multilateral Cooperation, Hobbesian Economic “Nationalism,” and “Deconstruction of the Administrative State”; Assails “Corporatist, Globalist, Media”; “Strategic Initiatives Group” Emerging as Parallel to National Security Council; Anti-Immigrant Parties Suffer More Reverses in Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and France; UK Independence Party Defeated in Pro-Brexit Citadel of Stoke-On-Trent; Recalling Julius Evola, Anti-American Misogynist and Alt-Right Guru

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Feb

February 23, 2017

Congressional Republicans Have No Answer for Americans of Modest Means Who Must Have Health Care to Stay Alive; In Town Hall Meetings, Life or Death Issues Posed by Obamacare Repeal Show Absurdity of GOP’s Plutocratic Ideology; Speaker Ryan’s Promise of Post-ACA “Freedom” a Cruel Hoax; Medicare for All Paid for by Wall Street is the Answer; Half a Dozen Goldman Sachs Alumni Slated for Top Jobs in Cabinet and Executive Branch; Democratic National Committee Needs a Leader Free of Wall Street and Free Trade Taint To Weld Identity Politics Groups Into A National Movement for Economic Recovery

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Feb

February 22, 2017

As Mass Protests Against Republican Misrule Continue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Is Slammed by Rural Voters for His Cynical Failure to Deliver Promised Coal Jobs and His Plan to Destroy Obamacare; Critics Are All Outside Agitators, GOP Claims; Is H.R. McMaster a Tactical Thinker in a Strategic Job?; New Polling Shows 66% of Americans Fear Major War Over the Next Four Years; Deep State or Shadow Government Does Exist, and it Backed the Republicans in 2016, Starting with Comey and the New York FBI Field Office

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Feb

February 21, 2017

Immigration Crackdown Announced by Memos From Gen. Kelly of DHS is Ominous Sign For Bill of Rights; Fifth Amendment Guarantee of Due Process in Danger in Many Cases; Who Is Gen. H.R. McMaster, and Will He Keep Bannon as Part of NSC Principals’ Committee?; In Questionable Geopolitics, Administration Tilting Against Iran and In Favor of Saudi Arabia on Yemen; Feb. 25 Democratic Party Protests Must Transcend Identity Politics to Offer Unified Platform on Health Care, Immigration, Women, Job Creation, and Economic Recovery

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Feb

February 20, 2017

Protest Demonstrations Continue, With an Effective Program of Anti-Austerity Demands Emerging as an Urgent Necessity; OMB Boss Mulvaney’s Budget Hit List Targets Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Two Agencies That Foster Jobs and Exports While Making a Profit for U.S. Treasury; Office of National Drug Control Policy Also on Chopping Block; Recalling the Death of Rasputin as Prelude to the February Revolution in St. Petersburg, Russia A Century Ago; C-SPAN Presidential Rankings Confirm Lincoln, Washington FDR, LBJ, and Kennedy, But Overrate Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Truman, and Reagan Among Top Ten

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Feb

February 16, 2017

Trump Condemns Leaks to Press as “Real Problem,” Arguing That Such Leaks Are Real But Media Reports About Them Are “Very Fake News”; Says He Did Not Tell Flynn to Contact Russian Embassy, and Claims to Have “Nothing to Do” With Moscow; In Rambling Comments, Asserts He “Inherited a Mess” But Has Built “Fine-Tuned Machine”; Revised Draft of Immigration and Refugee Ban to Be Issued Shortly; Alito Law Clerk Alexander Acosta is New Nominee for Secretary of Labor, Replacing Puzder

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Feb

February 15, 2017

Trump Rails Against Leaks from U.S. Intelligence Community, Presaging More Conflict; Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine Is No Longer American Policy; White House Candidate for Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder Forced to Withdraw in Face of a Dozen GOP Defections as Senate Lockstep Crumbles; Nunes of House Intelligence Committee Wants to Investigate Leaks, Not Allegations Against Flynn; Schumer Calls on Sessions To Recuse Himself from Russiagate Probe of Trump Campaign; Republican Mythology Clearly Views Lois Lerner as More Dangerous Than FSB and GRU Combined

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Feb

February 14, 2017

National Security Council Chief Gen. Michael Flynn Resigns; FBI Had Interrogated Flynn on Russian Contacts Early in New Administration; Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Told White House Counsel on Jan. 26 That Flynn Was Subject to Blackmail, But He Remained in His Post; Administration Thus Loses Its Most Aggressive Opponent of Iran; Fables Portraying Flynn as Adversary of “Deep State” Are Absurd; Democrats Demand Independent Investigation on Whether Flynn Was Off the Reservation, or If His Activities Were Authorized by Superiors

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Feb

February 13, 2017

Sanders and Schumer Call for Nationwide Healthcare Demonstrations on Saturday, February 25; Congress in Recess from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26, With Many Town Hall Meetings Scheduled; Tax Wall Street Party Urges Mass Traction Program of Medicare for All, Free College, $15 Minimum Wage, 40 Million New Jobs, All Paid for by Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, Not Regressive Taxes; CBS News Poll Sees 22% Dedicated Trump Backers, 22% Softer Supporters Who Are Waiting to See the Jobs, 21% Critical Onlookers With Mixed Views, and 35% Strongly Opposed; Did Mattis Come Close to Clash With Iran Last Week?

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Feb

February 9, 2017

Is U.S. Headed Toward Strategic Confrontation With Iran? Tehran Placed “On Notice,” But Can Deploy Formidable Array of Conventional Ballistic Missiles; YPG Kurds Need Better Weaponry to Liberate ISIS Capital of Raqqa, But Turkey Says No; Outcome of Yemen Raid Stirs Controversy--

Breaking: Affirming Judicial Reviewability of Executive Decisions and Citing Due Process, Ninth Circuit Declines to Reinstate Immigration Ban

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Feb

February 8, 2017

In Arguments on Immigration Ban Before Three-Judge Panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Administration Comes Close to Suggesting That Presidential Actions Are Not Subject to Judicial Review by the Courts; If Upheld, This Would Overturn Vital Tradition of Jurisprudence Going Back to Chief Justice John Marshall’s Landmark Opinion in Marbury v. Madison (1803); Early Example of Checks and Balances Found in Tribunes of the People in the Roman Republic Starting c. 500 BC, a Key Precedent for Machiavelli and John Adams; Nativist-Populist Politicians Running Into Big Problems in Europe, with Polls Showing Marine LePen As Probable Loser of Second Round of French Presidential Election Despite Her Russian Support and the Beppe Grillo City Government in Rome Reeling From Corruption Charges

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Feb

February 7, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments on Immigration Order; Further Appeal to Supreme Court Likely; After Women’s March, Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Are Urgently Needed As Protests Continue; Democratic Party Leaders Not Reliable; Attempts to Maintain Identity Politics Template Cannot Be Successful; Martin Luther King’s Non-Violence is Best Antidote to Anger Generated by Social Crisis; In Post-Superbowl Wrap-Up, Recalling Dante’s Portrayal of the Wrathful in the Middle Inferno

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Feb

February 6, 2017

U.S. System of Checks and Balances Is Getting a Chance to Work, as Judge Robart’s Federal District Court in Seattle and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Block Dismantling of Traditional Immigration Policies; Decision by Three-Judge Appellate Panel Expected Tuesday-Wednesday; Our Enormous Debt to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Who Developed the Practice of Judicial Review to Foster Legality Over Arbitrary Rule; Three Branches of Government Built on John Adams’ Reading of Machiavelli as Reflected in Massachusetts Constitution; If Ancient Rome Had Bread and Circuses, Modern America Has Pro Football, But Now This Key Shock Absorber of the System Is Becoming Less Effective

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Feb

February 4, 2017

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After Half a Century of Relative Quiescence, Renewed Politics of Protest Are Transforming Democratic Party and American Life in General; Brooklyn Crowd Gives Schumer C- Grade on His Performance as Senate Minority Leader; Issue of Immigration Ban May Be Decided by Three-Judge Panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco; Does U.S. Face “Fourth Turning”?; Balancing Spontaneity vs. Organization and Program in Ebbs and Flows Ahead

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February 2, 2017

How Venice Used Apocalyptic Religious Movements to Destabilize Its Adversaries: From the War of Ferrara (1482) and Savonarola in Florence to the post-1509 Venetian Promotion of Martin Luther During the War of the League of Cambrai, Triggering 130 Years of Confessional Warfare in Germany

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Feb

February 1, 2017

The Present as History: Comparing the Current Wave of Self-Destructive Anti-Establishment Politics With The Crisis of the Florentine Renaissance Under Savonarola at the End of the 1400s; Will American Civilization Join End Up on the Bonfire of the Vanities?

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January 31, 2017

Midnight Tonight is Deadline to Sign Up for Obamacare; Ouster of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Brings Increased Turbulence For White House; Senate Democrats Boycott Committee Votes for Mnuchin and Price to Keep Up with Mass Protests; Media Anoint Steve Bannon of NSC Principals’ Committee as Emerging Power Center of New Administration, But He Does Not Qualify as a Nationalist; His Fascination With Military History Noted; Trump Picks Gorsuch as Supreme Court Nominee

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January 30, 2017

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

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January 28, 2017

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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

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January 26, 2017

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

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Jan

January 25, 2017

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

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January 24, 2017

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

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January 23, 2017

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

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January 21, 2017

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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”

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January 19, 2017

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

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January 18, 2017

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

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January 17, 2017

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

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January 16, 2017

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

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January 12, 2017

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

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January 11, 2017

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

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January 10, 2017

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

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January 9, 2017

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

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January 7, 2017

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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!

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January 5, 2017

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

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January 4, 2017

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

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January 3, 2017

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!

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