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LieparDestin

El-Sayed believes he’s ‘disrupting’ Michigan’s politics

Seven months into his 2018 bid for governor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed says he’s confident that his grassroots movement challenging establishment politics is gaining traction.

The 32-year-old former director of Detroit’s health department is sharing a message, he says, is focused on investing in people, and said he’s not discouraged by the endorsements or polling lead of the race’s Democratic frontrunner, Gretchen Whitmer.

El-Sayed met Thursday with The Detroit News Editorial Board and said the system of politics in Michigan might be engrained, but he believes he’s “definitely disrupting that in some big ways.”

“The thing that is inspiring about this moment is that a lot of folks are asking, ‘How do you as a millennial Muslim doctor run in ‘Trump’s America,’” El-Sayed said. “What we are doing is challenging the notion that it is anybody’s America. This is our United States of America.”

The son of Egyptian immigrants, El-Sayed said he’s always been keenly aware of “what this state gave me.”

To that end, his campaign focus has been about investing in people. El-Sayed has come out as a supporter of the national push for a $15 minimum wage and the legalization of marijuana in Michigan.

LieparDestin

EPA asking Ohio attorney general for help with Rover Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Rover Pipeline, continues to insist it doesn’t have to get a stormwater permit and refuses to continue negotiating a dollar amount for related fines.

The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday said there is some good news to report surrounding Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Rover Pipeline.

But he also had some bad news about ETP/Rover.

“I have some very good news to report and also just to let you know we’ve reached an impasse and had to ask for some assistance,” Craig Butler, the director of the Ohio EPA, said during a Wednesday conference call with media. “The good news here is we’ve focused very heavily on the environmental restoration component.

“The unfortunate component is they’re still in violation of at least one component of that unilateral order. They have through negotiations concluding as late as this week said they will not comply with the component of the order and we’ve been left with no other choice but to make a referral to Attorney General (Mike) DeWine and ask for his assistance in working with us to bring this to a conclusion and getting them to comply with the order that they’re not in compliance with as well as pay an appropriate civil penalty,” Butler said.

LieparDestin

Rocky Mount farmer calls on politicians over pipeline issues

Residents are waiting for a decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
In the meantime, one pipeline opponent invited local candidates to tour her farm – and asked them to join her in the fight against the pipeline.

At Four Corners Farm in Franklin County, farming is a family business. And Thursday the Reilly family invited a group of candidates onto their property while they were joined by some unwelcome guests – all in the lead up to the decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

On the farm Thursday were a group of archaeological surveyors.
These surveyors have been on the Reillys’ property before searching for archaeological artifacts.
It’s part of the process in surveying for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

“‘Yeah, uh it’s completely changed our life as a family,” said Carolyn Reilly.

Reilly’s farm raises poultry for meat and egg consumption. They also raise pigs. They’re used to having their pastures full but not with surveyors working to determine if the soil on their property would be suitable for a pipeline. Reilly and her family and neighbors have spent years now fighting it.

“I won’t lie like there are times when I cry and I am fed up and I feel like we don’t know what’s gonna happen,” she said.

LieparDestin

EPA Adds Prison Locations to Its Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

s an environmental reporter, it’s not every day that I get to communicate good news—the state of our environment often feels pretty bleak. But today, at least, there is a victory to celebrate: Thanks to the persistence of a small group of prison ecology advocates, the support of their allies, and the assistance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), prisoners rights and environmental justice advocates have a new tool to add to their activist arsenal.

This summer, the EPA added a “prisons layer” to its Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool. Known as EJSCREEN for short, the tool can be used by the public to assess possible exposure to pollutants that might be present in the environment (i.e., land, air and water) where they live or work.

The new layer allows the public to overlay the locations of the country’s 6,000-plus prisons, jails and detention centers with information about environmental hazards like superfund and hazardous waste sites, something the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center has been pushing for as part of its campaign for the EPA to consider prisoners within an environmental justice context. For the prison ecology movement, which addresses issues at the intersection of mass incarceration and environmental degradation, it could be a game changer.

“It’s huge,” said Panagioti Tsolkas, cofounder of the Prison Ecology Project, a program of the Human Rights Defense Center. “It’s one of those things that I think if you just look at it quickly, it seems almost mundane to have added a layer to this existing map. And in the absence of a movement present to actually use it for something, it could be meaningless…. But in the presence of what we’ve been doing over the last three years, of building this national movement and organizing model of looking at prisons from an environmental justice perspective … this is pretty massive.”

polarbear4

great news. now if TPTB would act on these things….

magsview

That sounds like a good step!

Surprised that Trump allowed that. Maybe no-one told him?

Tsolkas thinks the tool will prove valuable in the fight against new prison projects. Prisons are often built on marginal lands that, after having been mined, logged, or otherwise contaminated, may not be seen as suitable for any other use. At the same time, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a subdivision division of the US Department of Justice, doesn’t typically address the impact of prison-siting decisions on the health of prisoners when completing federally mandated environmental impact statements (EIS).

That was originally the case with the proposed construction of a maximum-security prison atop a former mountaintop-removal coal-mining site in Letcher County, Kentucky.

LieparDestin

Richard Branson to Donald Trump: The Whole World Knows Climate Change is Real

Virgin Group founder and longtime environmentalist Richard Branson, who faced two damaging hurricanes in a row from his home in the British Virgin Islands, called out President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the science of climate change.

“Look, you can never be 100 percent sure about links,” the British billionaire said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day” when asked about the correlation between global warming and the recent string of major hurricanes to hit the Carribean and the United States.

“But scientists have said the storms are going to get more and more and more intense and more and more often. We’ve had four storms within a month, all far greater than that have ever, ever, ever happened in history,” he said. “Sadly, I think this is the start of things to come.”

“Look,” Branson insisted, “Climate change is real. Ninety-nine percent of scientists know it’s real. The whole world knows it’s real except for maybe one person in the White House.”

orlbucfan

WU posted his tweets showing he and his staff getting set to ride the storms out in the wine cellar. SMH. I can tolerate him cos he has environmental cred up the yin yang. T and R, wi59. 🙂

LieparDestin

San Francisco Becomes First Major U.S. City to Sue Fossil Fuel Industry Over Costs of Climate Change

San Francisco and Oakland are suing Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, BP and Royal Dutch Shell—the five biggest investor-owned fossil fuel producers in the world—over the costs of climate change.

The two Californian cities join the counties of Marin, San Mateo and San Diego and the city of Imperial Beach that have taken similar legal action in recent months, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera and Oakland city attorney Barbara J. Parker filed separate lawsuits on Tuesday in the superior courts of San Francisco and Alameda County on behalf of their respective cities.

They seek to hold the companies responsible “for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure necessary to protect San Francisco and Oakland from ongoing and future consequences of climate change and sea level rise caused by the companies’ production of massive amounts of fossil fuels,” according to a joint announcement from the attorneys.

They claim that the oil and gas giants have known about the link between fossil fuels and climate change for decades but continue to sell their products anyway, thus creating “an ongoing public nuisance that is causing harm now, and in the future risks catastrophic harm to human life and property, including billions of dollars of public and private property in Oakland and San Francisco.”

Herrera accused the fossil fuel companies of copying a page from the Big Tobacco playbook by launching a “multi-million dollar disinformation campaign to deny and discredit what was clear even to their own scientists: global warming is real, and their product is a huge part of the problem.”

LieparDestin

Update: Enbridge pipeline protest expands to two Hamilton sites

A group of about 30 protesters are blocking access to work sites on the controversial Enbridge Line 10.

The group gathered to intentionally disrupt work on the petroleum pipeline, picking a spot on Highway 52, just south of the Ancaster Fairgrounds where there is heavy equipment, said group spokesperson Jaydene Lavallie.

The group, which she described as a mix of environmental and indigenous rights protesters, gathered at the site around 6:30 a.m. and so far everything is calm and peaceful.

Lavallie said they have had brief conversation with Enbridge security. Hamilton police showed up shortly before 9 a.m.

Around 10 a.m. the group moved to block a second worksite nearby on Book Road.

It’s not clear how long they intend to stay there, but the goal is to at least stop construction of the pipeline expansion from happening today.

“The reason why we choose Enbridge is because of a pattern of disrespect to indigenous nations,” Lavallie said.

LieparDestin

Phillips 66 Partners acquires Dakota Access Pipeline stake and more for $1.7B

Houston’s Phillips 66 is selling its 25 percent stake in the Bakken pipeline system, including the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, and more to its master limited partnership business for $1.7 billion.

The deal is intended to give Phillips 66 more financial flexibility while making its MLP business, Phillips 66 Partners, larger and more attractive to investors.

A publicly traded master limited partnership, is a uniquely American corporate structure aimed at avoiding taxes. MLPs, which are popular with pipeline companies, require businesses to distribute most of their income to investors in payments similar to stock dividends.

The deal gives Phillips 66 Partners a 25 percent ownership stake in the 1,926-mile Bakken pipeline system that runs all the way from North Dakota to Nederland, Texas. The last portion of the system, the Dakota Access Pipeline, was completed earlier this year after months of delays and protests from environmentalists and Native American groups. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is the lead owner and operator of the system.

LieparDestin

Phillips 66 Unloads Dakota Access Pipeline, Other Assets on MLP

Oil refiner Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) has agreed to sell to its midstream partner, Phillips 66 Partners L.P. (NYSE: PSXP), the parent company’s 25% stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), its stake in another company that holds a 25% stake in the Bakken Pipeline and 100% of its interest in a coking unit at its Sweeny refinery, for a total consideration of $2.4 billion.

Phillips 66 Partners plans to fund the $1.7 billion cash portion of the transaction with a combination of debt, private placement of common units, and additional units valued at $240 million issued to Phillips 66. The master limited partnership (MLP) also will assume $625 million of Phillips 66 Bakken Pipeline debt and $100 million of Phillips 66 debt on the coking unit.

The Bakken Pipeline includes the controversial DAPL that delivers 520,000 barrels a day of crude oil from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, and then delivers the crude to the Phillips 66 terminal in Beaumont, Texas, through a converted natural gas pipeline — the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline. The total length of the system is 1,926 miles.

This is basically a standard “drop-down” deal that transfers debt from the parent to an MLP, along with cash from the MLP to the parent, in a move that dresses up the parent’s balance sheet.

LieparDestin

Minnesota agency says Enbridge fails to show new pipeline need

Enbridge Energy has failed to establish the need to replace its aging Line 3 crude-oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said in September. The department added that shutting down the line would be a better option.

Wisconsin environmental activists cheered the development, which could impact Enbridge’s tar sands expansion in the state.

“This is a key turning point,” said Mary Beth Elliott, spokeswoman for the environmental group 350 Madison.

The proposal by Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge to replace Line 3 — which was built in the 1960s to carry Canadian crude Superior, Wisconsin — has generated strong opposition from tribal and environmental groups. That’s partly because the company’s preferred route cuts through the Mississippi River headwaters region and pristine lake country where Ojibwe bands harvest wild rice. And the new pipeline could carry tar sands oil, which is dirtier than light crude and puts more wear on the pipes.

Business and labor groups back the $7.5 billion Enbridge project.

LieparDestin

Elizabeth Warren Gears Up the Sequel to Her Wells Fargo Beatdown

Almost exactly a year ago today, Senator Elizabeth Warren tore then Wells Fargo C.E.O. John Stumpf several new orifices when she delivered a verbal disemboweling the likes of which few people testifying before a Senate committee had ever seen. “You should resign. . . . You should be criminally investigated,” Warren told Stumpf, who was there to discuss the matter of his bank having opened millions of accounts in customers’ names without said customers’ consent. “You haven’t resigned, you haven’t returned a single nickel of your personal earnings, you haven’t fired a single senior executive. Instead, evidently your definition of ‘accountable’ is to push the blame to your low-level employees who don’t have the money for a fancy P.R. firm to defend themselves. It’s gutless leadership,” Warren continued, pointing out that while Wells employees were setting up the sham accounts, Stumpf had personally benefited as the stock climbed over the previous five years. “You squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers and you could drive up the value of your stock and put hundreds of millions of dollars in your own pocket.”

“You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. This just isn’t right,” she added, somehow not sitting back and taking a long drag off of a cigarette afterwards. Less than a month later, Stumpf resigned. All of which is to say: Good luck, Tim Sloan!

LieparDestin

Wells Fargo CEO faces a grilling from Elizabeth Warren

The Senate Banking Committee revealed plans on Thursday to hold a new hearing on the Wells Fargo scandals on October 3.

EO Tim Sloan, who took over during the bank’s fake-account fiasco, is likely to be grilled by Warren, a vocal critic of Wells Fargo, and her colleagues on the committee.

The Republican-controlled banking committee came under pressure to hold another hearing after the disclosure of a string of additional problems at America’s second-largest bank.

The first hearing, held last September, was triggered by Wells Fargo’s firing of 5,300 workers for creating 2 million fake accounts. Warren unleashed a verbal takedown of former Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf that instantly went viral.

Since then, Wells Fargo has run into more trouble. The bank has uncovered as many as 1.4 million more fake accounts by digging deeper into its broken culture. Wells Fargo has also admitted to charging thousands of customers for car insurance they didn’t need. At least some had their vehicles wrongfully repossessed.

LieparDestin

‘Blank Check to Kill With Impunity’: Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions

President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to roll back even the most limited restrictions on U.S. drone operations overseas, further opening the door for the expansion of airstrikes and commando raids into nations like the Philippines and Nigeria and setting the stage for an upsurge in civilian casualties—already at record highs in Afghanistan and soaring in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zeke Johnson, senior director of programs for Amnesty International USA, told the New York Times in an interview that while Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes “fell far short on human rights protections,” any move to water down drone warfare rules even further would be a “grave mistake.”

The White House appears to be committed to the move nonetheless, the Times reported on Thursday, noting that the plan “has quietly taken shape over months of debate among administration officials and awaits Trump’s expected signature.”

LieparDestin

Healers as Fighters: Union Convention Celebrates Pow

This is what we are: We’re healers. And we need to heal what is happening in this country.”

So said Dotty Nygard, a registered nurse and congressional candidate, on Thursday at the Convention of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) taking place this week in San Francisco.

The yearly event comes days after Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) introduction of his Medicare for All bill on the Senate floor, legislation that both the CNA and National Nurses United (NNU) have rallied behind in an effort to make sure every American is able to receive healthcare.

Sanders is scheduled to deliver the event’s keynote address on Friday, and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, spoke on Thursday with RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the CNA/NNOC and longtime social justice advocate.

Jane Sanders praised the nurses for their commitment to fighting for universal healthcare and called the union “a beacon of leadership” in the progressive movement, while DeMoro highlighted the nurses’ commitment to putting pressure on legislators to back Sanders’s bill, resulting in a quarter of Democratic senators signing on as co-sponsors.

LieparDestin

The Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Local Fossil Fuel Resistance

In an attempt to highlight and bolster the “groundswell of resistance” against fracking wells, pipelines, and other fossil fuel projects throughout the United States, a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday launched the Fossil Fuel Resistance Mapping Project, which details precisely where opposition to Big Oil is taking hold throughout the United States and how others can join in.From the Gulf Coast where people are recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to the Pacific Northwest where wildfires are raging, many communities are leading fights against fossil fuel projects amidst life-altering climate impacts,” the coalition—which includes 350.org, Sierra Club, and Bold Alliance—said in a joint statement Thursday.

“These fights are not isolated events, but rather a groundswell of steadfast and widespread local resistance to fossil fuel projects across the continent in the absence of federal climate action,” the groups continue. “Grassroots leaders in these efforts are pushing back on the fossil fuel industry’s injustices, from environmental racism to violating Indigenous sovereignty.”

The groups hope that the map, which can be accessed on the coalition’s website, will serve as “a resource for people to find, start, or join a campaign in their community to resist fossil fuel projects, and for those involved in existing fights to connect with each other.”

magsview

It’s a ‘bold’ kind of day, eh LD? Kinda fits with my mood today actually.

The Killing of History

John Pilger goes off! And none of us are spared.

Burns’ “entirely new” Vietnam war is presented as “epic, historic work”. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in 1971 was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam.

Burns says he is grateful to “the entire Bank of America family” which “has long supported our country’s veterans”. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land. More than 58,000 American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives.

There’s more:

For me – as it must be for many Americans — it is difficult to watch the film’s jumble of “red peril” maps, unexplained interviewees, ineptly cut archive and maudlin American battlefield sequences.

In the series’ press release in Britain — the BBC will show it — there is no mention of Vietnamese dead, only Americans. “We are all searching for some meaning in this terrible tragedy,” Novick is quoted as saying. How very post-modern.

Nothing has changed. When Donald Trump addressed the United Nations on 19 September – a body established to spare humanity the “scourge of war” – he declared he was “ready, willing and able” to “totally destroy” North Korea and its 25 million people. His audience gasped, but Trump’s language was not unusual.

His rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, had boasted she was prepared to “totally obliterate” Iran, a nation of more than 80 million people. This is the American Way; only the euphemisms are missing now.

Much more:

The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned against “repeating the worst mistakes of the Cold War … All the good treaties on disarmament and arms control from Gorbachev and Reagan are in acute peril. Europe is threatened again with becoming a military training ground for nuclear weapons. We must raise our voice against this.”

But not in America. The thousands who turned out for Senator Bernie Sanders’ “revolution” in last year’s presidential campaign are collectively mute on these dangers. That most of America’s violence across the world has been perpetrated not by Republicans, or mutants like Trump, but by liberal Democrats, remains a taboo.

Brutal.

About seeing Michael Moore’s Broadway play:

I admired Moore’s film, Roger & Me, about the economic and social devastation of his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and Sicko, his investigation into the corruption of healthcare in America.

The night I saw his show, his happy-clappy audience cheered his reassurance that “we are the majority!” and calls to “impeach Trump, a liar and a fascist!” His message seemed to be that had you held your nose and voted for Hillary Clinton, life would be predictable again.

He may be right. Instead of merely abusing the world, as Trump does, the Great Obliterator might have attacked Iran and lobbed missiles at Putin, whom she likened to Hitler

Wow. Pilger just called Hillary “the Great Obliterator”.

magsview

As I said, Pilger went for it. There’s much more at the link. Needless to say, Obama does not escape his wrath either. Nor does ‘the left’:

What is known in the US as “the left” has effectively allied with the darkest recesses of institutional power, notably the Pentagon and the CIA, to see off a peace deal between Trump and Vladimir Putin and to reinstate Russia as an enemy, on the basis of no evidence of its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Benny

Do we want every post in bold font? 🙂

magsview

I was wondering if LD might be trying to fix the italics issue?

LieparDestin

Trying to figure it out, didnt happen on my posts!

Benny

Maybe we are in a bar this weekend…with a good band!

magsview

There are 3 types of Single-Payer ‘Concern Trolls’ — and They All Want to Undermine Universal Healthcare.

Most of us are all too familiar with that particularly abhorrent creature commonly known as ‘concern trolls’.

But, in case you have not yet had the misfortune to have been subjected to their passive aggressive, duplicitous, disingenuous, and cowardly ways:

“concern trolls” — broadly defined as “a person who disingenuously expresses concern about an issue with the intention of undermining or derailing genuine discussion.”

The first kind of concern troll that Adam Johnson calls out is:


The nuance troll: ‘We need more details!’

As (Jonathan Chait) noted, Lyndon Johnson failed and Hillary Clinton failed and Barack Obama failed to undo the private system. So why bother? It’s too hard; everyone go home.

Nuance trolling is argument by way of tautology, an attempt to pass off power-serving defeatism as savvy pragmatism. Nuance trolls simply cannot envision a bold legislative movement to alter the system.

The second:

The deficit troll: ‘How do you pay for it?’

Of all the water-muddying tactics, this one is the easiest to set aside. As I’ve noted in these pages before, deficit scare-mongering is used, almost exclusively, as a bludgeon to smear progressive policy proposals. When it comes to launching wars or bailing out banks, these fears vanish.

Third:

The feasibility troll: ‘What about the GOP?’

Many pundits seem to believe that leftist politicians must preemptively agree internally to some assumed compromise that is “practical” even before attempting to change the conversation, much less the law. Thus feasibility trolls argue that GOP opposition to government-run health insurance renders futile any such proposal.

That’s ahistorical. Maximalist demands aren’t all or nothing, they’re about establishing broad moral goals that people can rally around.

Indeed, the Tea Party movement provided a clear counterexample to conventional wisdom. It routinely held “unrealistic” positions such as shutting down the entire U.S. government and establishing a 14.5% flat tax, but nonetheless went on to help the GOP net 900 seats nationwide as well as the White House and both houses of Congress.

To have seen this play out and still conclude that maximalism can’t work is perplexing. Progressives lose nothing by setting bold targets right out of the gate.

More from Adam Johnson at the link.

Benny

What a contrast this place is…and then there is the Village.

Tomorrow is their second nirvana…the baroness is a guest on Joy Ann Reid’s show.

I guess ponies will be a topic there. 😮

magsview

the baroness is a guest on Joy Ann Reid’s show

Yikes.

magsview

magsview

Hell yah

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Don midwest

Ex-Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn helped create the financial crisis. Now he’s running Trump’s economic agenda.

From a couple of days ago on The Intercept

GOVERNMENT BY GOLDMAN:
Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration

Don midwest

20 ways to resist tyranny in the USA

Book came out in Feb. Just noticed it this morning because the author, a Yale Historian has been on an infomercial for Free Speech TV

Has anyone else seen it? Very short. To the point.

ON TYRANNY: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

By Timothy Snyder

Historian Timothy Snyder does not offer a corrective to the pessimism of this genre — he is a scholar of the Holocaust, after all — but begins to illuminate a path forward from it. “On Tyranny” is a slim book that fits alongside your pocket Constitution and feels only slightly less vital. Steeped in the history of interwar Germany and the horrors that followed, Snyder still writes with bracing immediacy, providing 20 plain and mostly actionable lessons on preventing, or at least forestalling, the repression of lives and minds.

The short book is around $8 or less.

Here is a review from salon.com

Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy:
Yale historian and author of the new book “On Tyranny” says we may have one year left to save American democracy

This is an interview

American democracy is in crisis. The election of Donald Trump feels like a state of emergency made normal.

Trump has threatened violence against his political enemies. He has made clear he does not believe in the norms and traditions of American democracy — unless they serve his interests. Trump and his advisers consider a free press to be enemies of his regime. Trump repeatedly lies and has a profoundly estranged relationship with empirical reality. He uses obvious and naked racism, nativism and bigotry to mobilize his voters and to disparage entire groups of people such as Latinos and Muslims.

Trump is threatening to eliminate an independent judiciary and wants to punish judges who dare to stand against his illegal and unconstitutional mandates. In what appears to be a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, Trump is using the office of the presidency to enrich himself, his family and his inner circle by peddling influence and access to corporations, foreign countries and wealthy individuals. Trump and his representatives also believe that he is above the law and cannot be prosecuted for any crimes while in office.

What can the American people do to resist Donald Trump? What lessons can history teach about the rise of authoritarianism and fascism and how democracies collapse? Are there ways that individuals can fight back on a daily basis and in their own personal lives against the political and cultural forces that gave rise to Trump’s movement? How long does American democracy have before the poison that Donald Trump and the Republican Party injected into the country’s body politic becomes lethal?

Eileen R

Testing work around for italics, on a MAC.
Testing work around for italics, on a MAC.
If it worked, the second line of test will be in italics.

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