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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday tore into President Trump’s tax proposal, calling the plan “totally absurd.”

“What concerns me right now, I have to tell you sitting here in the Congress, is these incredible tax breaks that President Trump and the Republican leadership are proposing,” Sanders said on “CBS This Morning.”

“It just seems to me in a time of massive income and wealth inequality, the idea that we would give $353 billion in tax breaks to the top two tenths of one percent while cutting back on education and healthcare and the needs of our children and seniors is, to me, totally absurd.”


Dunno if anyone posted this yet, but it is totally awesome what these guys are doing! Wish I could teleport to NYC for a drink!



Great I’ll visit sometime–I’m only a subway ride away.


Have one for me, and tell them cheers from Arkansas.


More Signs Emerge That Russiagate Is Dying (Caitlin)

I’ve been saying it for months and I’ll say it yet again: Stop trying to make Russiagate happen. It’s not going to happen. I promise right here and now that if hard proof ever emerges of Trump colluding with Russia to win the 2016 election, I will change my Twitter handle to PeterDaou’sSexKitten. If he’s impeached or arrested for it I’ll delete my Medium account and personally crawl on my knees to David Brock to apply for a job at ShareBlue. It will not happen.



Caitlin Johnstone is priceless!


They won’t call this terrorism. But if it had been a Muslim…


So much for the Trump followers being peaceful and law-abiding, LOL. No doubt the dude is a little unhinged, but he is also no doubt an alt-right wingnut.


you know it. geesh.


The headline surely leaves a lot of wiggle room.

U.S. spy agency stops gathering some messages from Americans: sources.


The U.S. National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target without a warrant, three sources told Reuters.

The decision to stop the program, which collected messages sent or received internationally and which had been criticized by privacy advocates, was first reported by the New York Times.

The change is an attempt to remedy privacy compliance issues raised by rules implemented in 2011 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which operates in secrecy, sources said. The chief concern had been that the specific kind of collection sometimes produced surveillance of messages that were wholly domestic because of technical reasons.

I guess “some” is better than “none”.


Bernie is live now on FB about the Tax proposal

Some quick notes, tax breaks to the following, in the form of Estate Tax:

Walton (Walmart) up to 53B
Koch Bros up to 34B
Adelson up to 12.6
Trump Family up to 4 B


Not to overdo this, but it’s a well-sourced, well-argued piece by Katie Halpern:

A Millennial Feminist Explains the New Feminism to a Boomer Feminist Philosopher

I had assumed, perhaps falsely, that every feminist to the left of Sarah Palin sees a living wage as a feminist issue, given that two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women. But you didn’t even address this significant difference. It’s your prerogative to focus more on the gender dynamics and micro-aggressions that you perceive to be at play between Clinton and Sanders than a policy that will improve the lives of millions of people, the majority of whom are women. But that’s a very entitled feminism.

As the daughter of a second-wave boomer feminist, I have a deep appreciation of the subjugation that my mother and Hillary and their whole generation suffered and the advances they won for my generation. And, as often happens, people who benefit from sacrifices made and struggles won before them take these gains for granted.

But your discussion of sexism and of the generational divide flatten women into a demographic pancake. …

Of course, getting behind this requires that you accept the idea, foreign to so many Clinton enthusiasts, that candidates need to win elections by earning support. It’s not on the voters to woo and court the candidates. “I’m with her.” You and many feminists in your generation were and that’s fine. But many people, especially those who did not see themselves reflected in Hillary Clinton, including, but not only, young feminists, wanted to hear and believe, She’s with me. She understands my life. And she will be my champion against crushing debt and corporations and endless war that degrade my life and future. But Clinton was not that candidate. And though we voted for her in large numbers in the general election, her vision, as we’d feared in the primary, was not bold enough to counter the faux populism of Donald Trump.

Young women owe your generation of feminists much. But you owe us honesty, respect, and compassion. That’s what many of us millennial feminists felt Hillary Clinton failed to provide. …

She is answering a Guardian op-ed of Susan Bordo’s, a supposedly respected feminist scholar. But she and others found many outright “misrepresentations” about Sanders, something scholars usually do not do. Halpern attributes it to a fierce emotional identification to Clinton that really blinded some otherwise intelligent, honest, older feminists.

Interesting read.


I doubt that North Korea is reacting to China!


North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday, South Korea’s and U.S. militaries said, defying intense pressure from the United States and the reclusive state’s main ally, China.

U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have failed, in what would be a fourth successive unsuccessful missile test since March.

The test came as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the U.N. Security Council that failure to curb North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

Perhaps it was directed towards the “Tweeter in Chief”


Bad! omg.


Omg indeed. Sad or bad. That’s the choice with Trump

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