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If President Donald Trump thought his sham executive order would put an end to mass grassroots outrage over his unspeakably cruel anti-immigrant agenda, he was sorely mistaken.

As hundreds of immigrant children forcibly separated from their families arrived on flights to New York City from Texas Wednesday night, massive demonstrations kicked off both inside and outside LaGuardia Airport showing solidarity with the young children and demanding that the Trump administration immediately reunite them with their loved ones, who are detained thousands of miles away.

“We want to let them know that there are thousands of people who see them, who love them, and who will fight for them,” Stosh Cotler, CEO of immigrant rights group Bend the Arc and one of the organizers of the rally, said in a statement.


The Supreme Court is poised to make Trump’s human rights crisis at the border even worse

The Trump litigation is, at its heart, a case about whether America’s borders are a civil rights-free zone. It is a case about whether the president of the United States can brag about his intention to violate the Constitution, brag about the specific pretext he will use to mask this violation in a thin veneer of legitimacy, and then get away with it because the president claims that he was acting in the interest of “national security.”

Should Trump ultimately prevail in this lawsuit — and the Court’s Republican majority appeared likely to hand him a victory at last April’s oral argument — Trump will almost certainly read the decision as a green light to commit greater atrocities against immigrants. Though there are legal distinctions between the Muslim Ban case and the arguments supporting the family separation policy Trump implemented earlier this year, the Court’s history is riddled with cases where the justices turned their back on a marginalized group — and authoritarian actors treated that decision as a license to go buck-wild.

Trump v. Hawaii is a case about an authoritarian, anti-democratic president. And it is a case about a racist, who does not feel bound by the Constitution, and who likes to lash out at vulnerable immigrants.

There’s no telling what he may do if the Supreme Court emboldens him further.



A record percentage of Americans in a new survey says immigration is positive for the country.

According to the Gallup poll, published Thursday, 75 percent said immigration is good for the nation, while 19 percent said it is bad.

Gallup noted that the percentage of Americans who said immigration is positive rose 4 points from 2017.



Rising insulin costs are drawing outrage from diabetes advocates, leading to calls for greater transparency and federal oversight of the market for a drug that helps more than 7 million Americans.

Insulin was first discovered nearly 100 years ago, and as newer forms of the drug have been introduced, the price has climbed.

Three companies — Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Novo Nordisk — control 99 percent of the world’s insulin, and advocates have been asking them to explain their pricing. According to the American Diabetes Association, the average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013.



The president’s overtly prejudiced remarks about religious and ethnic minorities, in a country where the accusation of racism is often regarded as morally equivalent to racial discrimination, poses a challenge for media outlets seeking to accurately represent the views of the president and his supporters without enraging either of them. That task is largely impossible, which is why the media have developed a ludicrous and expanding menu of complex euphemisms for describing racist behavior, and why a piece purporting to contrast two presidents’ approaches to racism dances so elaborately around the obvious.

The framing of the piece illustrates how the American discourse concerning racism remains largely about hurt feelings, rather than discriminatory policy: Some people said Obama acknowledging racism was racist, and also some people don’t like that Trump is called racist. This ostensibly neutral framing is centered around a white audience more concerned with being called racist than facing racial discrimination, and one that experiences racism as naughty words rather than as policies that affect whether and how people live their lives. This is why the cancellation of a sitcom about a Trump supporting white working-class family draws more press coverage than the fact that the aftermath of Hurricane Maria may have caused almost twice as many American casualties as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a national trauma so harrowing it continues to shape American politics almost two decades later.


they can always not worry about enraging whomever will be enraged when the truth is told. and not label anyone. just the facts, ma’am.

what is true journalism.


From Bernie: “To fight today’s extreme inequality, we must strengthen the coalition of progressive democrats and challenge the global oligarchy.”


Quite simply, in the United States today, a handful of billionaires and the corporations they run exercise extraordinary power over our economic, political, and social life. Yet this is not just a domestic issue. It is a global issue, one that reaches across oceans and continents as oligarchy, authoritarianism, and kleptocracy spread from country to country, and democratic institutions fight for their survival.

In Russia, Vladimir Putin—who stands at the center of a tight circle of oligarchs and is believed by many to have great personal wealth—is not only undermining democracy at home but destabilizing countries abroad. In Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern monarchies, a handful of multibillionaire despots exerts enormous influence over global energy policy and, under Trump, over American foreign and military policy. In China, President Xi Jinping has steadily consolidated power around himself and his inner circle as his government clamps down on political freedom and aggressively promotes China’s version of authoritarian capitalism abroad. And Eastern Europe, which suffered horribly from the scourge of fascism, is once again seeing the rise of demagogues like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Germany’s Alexander Gauland, one of the heads of the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

Donald Trump, therefore, should not be seen in isolation. He is part of a global trend, and the oligarchic, authoritarian, kleptocratic tendency he represents should be understood as a symptom of a much broader problem: a small number of extraordinarily wealthy people, motivated by greed and power, who see the global community as their plaything.


Never fails…Trump uses division to keep the public’s eye on outrageous acts by DOJ and Homeland Security while making changes to the Executive Branch. The NYT picked up this story yesterday.

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to propose a reorganization of the federal government as early as Thursday that includes a possible merger of the Education and Labor Departments, coupled with a reshuffling of other domestic agencies to make them easier to cut or revamp, according to administration officials briefed on the proposal.

The plan, which will most likely face significant opposition in Congress from Democrats and some Republicans, includes relocating many social safety net programs into a new megadepartment, which would replace the Department of Health and Human Services and possibly include the word “welfare” in its title.

Mr. Trump and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, the architect of the plan, have sought to redefine as welfare subsistence benefit programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and housing aid. It is part of a rebranding effort, championed by conservative think tanks and House Republicans, to link them to unpopular direct-cash assistance programs that have traditionally been called welfare.

So what’s at the center of this agency combination plan?

At the heart of the plan is expected to be an attempt to shift SNAP, which serves more than 42 million poor and working-class Americans, to the new agency from the Agriculture Department. Conservative think tanks, including the Heritage Foundation and Koch-related entities, have long sought to de-link food aid from agriculture in hopes of cutting costs.

I don’t think the Farm bill has been voted on yet.


Democratic Party Has Its Own Sheldon Adelson: Michael Bloomberg

After moving freely between elite circles in both parties for years, Mr. Bloomberg is now poised to become one of the Democrats’ most important benefactors: His spending on House campaigns appears likely to exceed the involvement of donors like Sheldon Adelson, the Republican casino billionaire who recently donated $30 million to a “super PAC” aligned with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and Tom Steyer, the liberal hedge-fund investor spending tens of millions of dollars on voter-turnout programs and television ads demanding Mr. Trump’s impeachment.

Massive campaign spending by partisan billionaires — like Mr. Adelson and Mr. Steyer, and the powerful conservative donor network led by the Koch brothers — has yielded a hodgepodge of results over the years. In many cases, it has helped to amplify existing political trends, allowing parties already on the rise to gain ground even more rapidly. In other instances, billionaire-funded “super PACs” have helped parties limit their losses in difficult political conditions, as Republicans hope their outside groups will do this year. But money alone rarely determines the outcome of national elections.

Mr. Bloomberg outlined his plans in a statement, denouncing the Republican Congress and urging a return to divided control of the federal government. His 2018 effort is to be overseen by Howard Wolfson, a close adviser who is a former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Mr. Wolfson confirmed the scale of the spending envisioned.

Anyone notice the name of the overseer for this initiative?


More from the same article…

In a sign of Mr. Bloomberg’s deep alienation from the Republican Party, he has recently told associates that if he were to run for president in 2020, he would likely do so as a Democrat, according to people who have spoken with him directly.

It is unclear whether Mr. Bloomberg, who would be 78 on Election Day in 2020, is actively contemplating another presidential campaign or simply leaving the door open to the possibility.

While his money could be an enormous help to Democrats, Mr. Bloomberg is imperfectly matched with the party on important matters of policy and his involvement in the midterms has the potential to stir unease on the left. He has defended Wall Street banks over the years from liberal criticism, and as mayor he championed an aggressive approach to policing that is now anathema to much of the Democratic coalition.

And Mr. Bloomberg, despite his antipathy for the G.O.P., has not shed some of his reservations about the Democrats. He has indicated to aides that he only wants to support candidates who share his relatively moderate political orientation, avoiding nominees hailing from the populist left. In his statement, Mr. Bloomberg also took strong issue with any Democrats campaigning on impeachment, declaring: “Nothing could be more irresponsible.”


Sadly it shows the depth to which the Clintons still have control of the party.


A native of New York City, Wolfson graduated from the University of Chicago and holds a Masters in U.S. History from Duke University. He first worked for U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) as her chief-of-staff and press secretary, and was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1998 to 2000. He served as communications director for the U.S. Senate campaigns of Charles Schumer (1998), Hillary Clinton (2000, 2006), and Ned Lamont (2006).

Wolfson was co-chief strategist and communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, after which he became managing director at the consulting firm Glover Park Group. He advised the campaign of Bill Thompson for New York City Comptroller in 2005. He was a senior strategist for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign. Wolfson served as a strategic adviser to News Corp. in its public relations campaign against Nielsen. He was a Fox News contributor, and advised Ned Lamont’s campaign for governor of Connecticut. Wolfson is also the author of the music and politics blog Gotham Acme. From August to November 2008, Wolfson wrote a blog on The New Republic’s website, called “The Flack”, that covered the final months of the 2008 presidential campaign. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The 74, an education news website


As mentioned earlier in this post concerning Saban, the influence of these mega donors make any change in the direction of the party a near impossible task.


I found out I can register as [some weird title here] that will allow me to switch from the Dem party. However, only Independents have opened up their primaries to unaffiliateds like me.


Gag/Vomit X 1M!! I only stay registered as a Democrap cos of closed primaries.




Never having been on a NYC subway I still imagine that this would score some points.


I have and to be honest I found it somewhat intimidating. 😉

The mega-sized rat that I saw down there my first time didn’t help!


RIP Koko


Koko, the western lowland gorilla that died in her sleep Tuesday at age 46, was renowned for her emotional depth and ability to communicate in sign language.

She became an international celebrity during the course of her life, with a vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and the ability to understand 2,000 words of spoken English, according to The Gorilla Foundation.

Koko became the most visible member of her species, the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), which is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy,” the foundation said in a statement.


Gorilla love to you, Koko. <3


In polar bear related news.


Awww, thanks humphrey. 🙂


Cenk weighs in on the NY-21 race.

From what I read when I looked into all of those vying for that nomination I prefer Patrick Nelson, but Katie Wilson might be my second choice, and I certainly love her statement on this endorsement:

“The ‘Luv Guv’ is a puzzling choice of validators,” Wilson told NBC5. “When voters are asking us to fix Washington, doubling down on endorsements from people who represent DC hypocrisy and misogyny strikes me as tone deaf.”

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer endorses Dylan Ratigan in NY21 primary


That is a bizarre tweet from Cenk. A Spitzer endorsement? Oh I see Rattigan worked for the Young Turks. NY primaries next week are going to be interesting. My district NY18 has a Dem incumbent who is also running for NY AG. Don’t like him in either position, but rather have him in Congress than AG.


History reminder:



U.N. Ambassador Dismisses Report on Extreme Poverty in America in Letter to Sanders

WASHINGTON, June 21 – In a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) following his call for the Trump administration to uphold international human rights treaty obligations and present Congress with a plan to alleviate poverty, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed a non-partisan U.N. report on extreme poverty in America as “politically motivated” and “misleading.”

“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” Haley wrote to Sanders on Thursday. “The Special Rapporteur wasted the UN’s time and resources, deflecting attention from the world’s worst human rights abusers and focusing instead on the wealthiest and freest country in the world.”

The U.N. report prepared by Special Rapporteur Philip Alston highlights the contrast between the few Americans with immense wealth and the more than 40 million people living in poverty, including millions living in what the report describes as “Third World conditions of absolute poverty.”

Sanders responded to Haley’s dismissal of the U.N.’s report.

“You are certainly right in suggesting that poverty in many countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi is far worse than it is in the United States. But what is important to note about poverty in America is that it takes place in the richest county in the history of the world and at a time when wealth and income inequality is worse than at any time since the 1920s,” he wrote to the ambassador. “As it happens, I personally believe that it is totally appropriate for the UN Special Rapporteur to focus on poverty in the United States.”


Good response from Bernie.


MS Haley is over due to a trip to any large inner city or areas of the south to improve her education about the poor and hungry right here in the US of A


It is a lost cause. She was the Governor of South Carolina.


South Carolina Report – 2016

South Carolina 2016

Population: 4,750,144 Number in Poverty: 790,715

There are a number of charts at the link which breaks down the numbers.


Good thread:


But, but that’s what public/private partnerships are all about!!! Show me the money, honey. Ruining lives, the American way. And Dems do it too, just more quietly.


Basically $700 to the so called non profits running it, the rest for the kids incarcerated.


Trump is at it once again!



Traverse City – President Donald Trump has thrown out a policy devised by his predecessor for protecting U.S. oceans and the Great Lakes, replacing it with a new approach that emphasizes use of the waters to promote economic growth.
Trump revoked an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in 2010 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama said the spill – which killed 11 workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude – underscored the vulnerability of marine environments. He established a council to promote conservation and sustainable use of the waters.
In his order this week, Trump said he was “rolling back excessive bureaucracy created by the previous administration,” saying the Obama council included 27 departments and agencies and over 20 committees, subcommittees and working groups.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat and ranking member of the committee, demanded a hearing and accused Trump of “unilaterally throwing out” years of conservation work.


American version -Pravda

Sinclair forces news stations to air segment blaming media for overreacting about child separation

Sinclair’s newest “must-run” segment is all passive voice and full of lies about Trump’s abusive immigration policy.

Sinclair forces news stations to air segment blaming media for overreacting about child separation


Hi friends! Have been out of the loop for the most part today, a day of work then a graduation thing, but just went online and saw this, guess there’s an a Ocasio/Crowley thing going on:

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