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Trump's Already Small Circle Of Trusted Advisers Suffers Another Big Blow
HP | S.V. Date , Sam Stein | 03/02/17

Or so it must seem to President Donald Trump who, just five weeks into his term and two weeks after having to fire his national security adviser, has now watched his closest Cabinet ally neutered in a key role.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he was recusing himself from any investigations pertaining to the Trump campaign, following the revelation that he spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice last year, despite having testified under oath during his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with any Russians. ... Read more

Democrats (And Rand Paul) Go In Search Of Secret GOP Obamacare Bill

120 U.S. Generals and Admirals Just Sent Trump a Dire Warning About Diplomacy
AlterNet | JP Sottile / Anti-Media | 03/02/17

America's generals are talking turkey. But we're not talking about the well-known idiom for "speaking frankly" about a subject ... although over 120 retired generals did just send a frank letter in response to a new State Department-slashing budget proposal by President Trump.

In that unusual military missive, a group of "former three- and four-star generals" led by "Retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former CIA director, and retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former NATO supreme allied commander," pled with lawmakers and yet another general, new National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, to preserve State Department funding.

Why do these men of war want to make sure Trump doesn't gut diplomacy? Because they think it is "critical to keeping America safe," according to a report by CNN on the much-discussed letter. ... Read more

Climate Change

'Shell Knew': Oil Giant's 1991 Film Warned of Climate Change Danger
AlterNet | Damian Carrington / The Guardian | 03/01/17

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

... Shell's 28-minute film, called Climate of Concern, was made for public viewing, particularly in schools and universities. It warned of extreme weather, floods, famines and climate refugees as fossil fuel burning warmed the world. The serious warning was "endorsed by a uniquely broad consensus of scientists in their report to the United Nations at the end of 1990", the film noted. ... Read more
ShellOil | What Shell knew about climate change in 1991 (trailer) (1991) [2:40]

ShellOil | Climate of Concern - Royal Dutch Shell (FULL) (1991) [28:31]
Love of Gun(s)
TheGuardian | Gun Nation (09/16/16) [29:56]
VICE | Gun Crazy USA () [26:09]
VICE | Shooting the Biggest Guns Money Can Buy | The Big Sandy Shoot (07/12/12) [13:08]
Economics
Jim Rogers -> We're About To Have The Worst Economic Problems Of A Lifetime (02/10/17) [1:08:19]
Jim Rogers interview begins at --- 12:32

  1. What's in store for the U.S. Equity Markets?
  2. Outlook on the U.S. Dollar
  3. Is the 35-year bond bull market over?
  4. Where are junk bonds going?
  5. History of government failures
  6. His views on the global populist movements
  7. Is there war on the horizon?
  8. Are the Russian's being scapegoated?
  9. Update on his views on gold
  10. His views on movement to cashless society
  11. Are we moving away from a free society?
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, March 03 [14:37]
**DN | Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirmed Despite Questions over Ties to Russian Oligarchs Close to Putin (03/02/17) [18:58]
The New York Times reports that the Obama administration scrambled during its final days in office to preserve evidence of Russia's collusion with the Trump campaign. Citing unnamed former officials, the Times says Obama's aides left a "trail of evidence" across different government agencies to prevent the incoming Trump administration from covering up or destroying evidence. We speak to James Henry about his latest piece, "Wilbur Ross Comes to D.C. With an Unexamined History of Russian Connections."
*DN | David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump's Ties to Russia (03/02/17) [9:40]
*DN | Trump's Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Health & Lives of Tens of Millions of Americans (03/03/17) [12:32]
Some Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | Jeff Sessions Can't Recuse Himself From Stephen's Monologue (03/03/17) [8:00]
TRNN | Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics', Part 4 (03/03/17) [12:27]
*TYT | Cenk's Prediction On Trump And Russia... (03/02/17) [6:24]
TYT | BOMBSHELL: Looks Like Jeff Had A Few Sessions With The Russians... (03/02/17) [10:04]
*RT | CrossTalk: GOP-Which way? (03/03/17) [24:16]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | DHS Intel Doc Contradicts Case For Travel Ban (03/02/17) [18:27]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Weighs In On Sergey Kislyak (03/03/17) [12:59]
Other Videos and Documentaries I Ran Across
BBC The Conspiracy Files: The Trump Dossier (01/20/17) [59:42]
BBC One Documentary President Donald Trump The Kremlin Candidate? (2017) [28:58]
CBC The Fifth Estate | The Rise and Rage of Donald Trump : The Fire Breather () [42:48]

03.03.2017. 12:30

Thursday March 02, 2017
News Articles

Trump Team's Ties To Russia Face Sharper Scrutiny Amid New House Probe And Explosive Reports
HP | Jessica Schulberg , Sam Stein | 03/01/17

A series of bombshell revelations Wednesday night cast new light on Donald Trump's potential ties to the Russian government during the course of the presidential campaign and seem likely to escalate calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter.

The New York Times reported that intelligence officials working for the Obama administration had grown so concerned about the scope of Russia's meddling in the elections and the evidence of ties to Trump's operation that they began to leave a breadcrumb trail of clues for future investigators to follow. Among those data points that had them spooked were a series of meetings that affiliates of the Trump campaign and the Russian government allegedly held in European capitals ? meetings that the Trump White House has consistently denied ever took place.

About an hour later, The Washington Post published its report that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russia's ambassador to the United States and failed to disclose it to lawmakers during his January confirmation hearing. Sessions had been a top surrogate for the Trump campaign and a senior member of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee. ... Read more

Stockman: "Trump Will Create A Debt Crisis Like Never Before"
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

"Trump is so deep in fiscal la-la-land, he won't even find the wrong envelope... he is saying crazy things."

Stockman added that "...by the time we get to June or July, we are going to see a debt ceiling crisis like never before." "I think what people are missing is this date, March 15th 2017. That's the day that this debt ceiling holiday that Obama and Boehner put together right before the last election in October of 2015. That holiday expires. The debt ceiling will freeze in at $20 trillion. It will then be law. It will be a hard stop. The Treasury will have roughly $200 billion in cash. We are burning cash at a $75 billion a month rate. By summer, they will be out of cash. Then we will be in the mother of all debt ceiling crises. Everything will grind to a halt. I think we will have a government shutdown. There will not be Obama Care repeal and replace. There will be no tax cut. There will be no infrastructure stimulus. There will be just one giant fiscal bloodbath over a debt ceiling that has to be increased and no one wants to vote for." Read more
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Democrats On Donald Trump's Address To Congress: It Was 'Surreal'
HP | Laura Barron-Lopez , Michael McAuliff |03/01/17

"It was a surreal experience," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told The Huffington Post moments after Trump's address. "We have a reality show host in the White House masquerading as the president of the United States of America and half the country is still in complete shock."

For freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a constitutional law professor who won election in November, it was unlike anything he's ever heard. "To me, it actually felt a little bit like The Hunger Games at points. There was something kind of dystopian, science fiction about the experience," he said. "I looked up and I saw [former House Speaker] Newt Gingrich and suddenly I felt that I was transported to a different world." ... Read more

Crony Capitalism at Work? Trump Adviser Carl Icahn Strong-Arms Ethanol Lobby to Save His Company Millions
TheIntercept | David Dayen | 03/02/17

that billionaire investor Carl Icahn has used his position as Donald Trump's deregulatory czar to strong-arm the ethanol lobby into agreeing to a change that will save one of Icahn's companies $200 million a year.

If so, this would be the most obvious example yet of crony capitalism in the Trump era.

Trump named Icahn as deregulatory czar in December, saying he would be "a leader in helping American entrepreneurs shed job-killing regulations that stifle economic growth." But because Icahn was a "special adviser" to the president with no formal White House position, the administration said he did not have to divest from any of his prodigious financial holdings. At the time, observers noted that Icahn would have a perfect opportunity to advise on deregulatory actions that would line his own pockets. Read more

Federal Officials Are Searching Caterpillar's Corporate Headquarters; Stock Plunges
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

Federal officials have executed search warrants at three Caterpillar, Inc. facilities in the Tri-County Area -- including the corporate headquarters -- Thursday morning. Company officials confirmed the presence in a statement without specifying which agency was performing the search or what the search was in regard to. ... Read more

The Illusion Of Progress
ZeroHedge | author | 03/02/17

This is precisely what you'd expect of a self-serving elite that was desperate to cloak the unhappy reality that the relative few are benefiting immensely at the expense of the many. ... Read more
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, March 02 [13:16]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday (FULL) (03/02/17) [59:00]
  1. Headlines
  2. David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump's Ties to Russia
  3. Billionaire Wilbur Ross Confirmed Despite Questions over Ties to Russian Oligarchs Close to Putin
  4. Asylum Seeker Battling Brain Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital in Handcuffs, Taken to Private Jail
A Bit of Humor
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | Fake Presidential Pivot Was Trump's Plan All Along (03/02/17) [4:33]
Trevor Noah/Daily Show | The GOP vs. Constituents: The Daily Show (03/01/17) [6:57]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | The 'O' Presidents: Obama And Oprah (03/02/17) [2:50]
TRNN | Michael Hudson -> 'J is for Junk Economics', Part 3 (03/01/17) [10:57]
TYT | Fact-Checking Trump's Speech To Congress (03/01/17) [9:07]
TYT | Economic Crisis Forces Country To Starve (03/01/17) [7:24]
TYT | Veterans 'Yelled In Pain' As VA Staff Neglected Them (03/01/17) [8:04]
TYT | Trump Says "Radical Islamic Terrorism"... Nothing Happens... (03/01/17) [6:11]
RT | Keiser Report: Financial Toxicity in the US (E 1039) (03/02/17) [25:46]
Max and Stacy discuss financial toxicity in the U.S. 'healthcare' industry. In the second half Max interviews economic researcher, writer and trend forecaster, Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com about 'the mother of all bubbles' in U.S. equity markets.
RT | Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS (03/01/17) [5:44]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Is Trump's $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan A Scam? (03/01/17) [11:31]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC Rachel Maddow | President Donald Trump's Travel Ban Hard To Justify With Facts (02/28/17) [6:39]
MSNBC Brian Williams | Adam Entous, national security reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Brian Williams about the discovery that Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the Donald Trump campaign (03/01/17) [6:54]
MSNBC Chris Hayes | Cancer Survivor Calls Obamacare Repeal 'Dehumanizing' (02/28/17) [6:31]
More Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: President Trump's Address Would Have Been A Good Inaugural Speech (03/01/17) [20:37]
RT | On this episode of "Watching the Hawks" Tyrel Ventura, Tabetha Wallace and Sean Stone look at the newfound liberal love for George W. Bush and Mainstream Media's new acceptance of Donald Trump. (03/01/17) [28:05]

03.02.2017. 11:55

Wednesday March 01, 2017
News Articles
**Bernie Sanders' BRILLIANT Response To Trump's Speech To Congress (03/01/17) [14:15]
PBSNewsHour | Watch Trump's address to Congress in 7 minutes (02/28/17) [7:00]
CNN | Donald Trump delivers first address to Congress (FULL) (02/28/17) [1:01:04]

Wilbur Ross Comes to D.C. With an Unexamined History of Russian Connections
dcreport.org | James S. Henry | 03/01/17

In the midst of the Trump Administration's many other Russian entanglements,[1] it turns out that Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire American investor who is one of Donald Trump's closest advisors on trade and economics, has direct financial ties to several leading oligarchs from Russia and the Former Soviet Union or FSU.

... Central to this inquiry is the question of Ross's role as Vice Chair and a leading investor in the Bank of Cyprus, the largest bank in Cyprus, one of the key offshore havens for illicit Russian finance. Ross has been Vice Chairman of this bank and a major investor in it since 2014. His fellow bank co-chair evidently was appointed by none other than Vladimir Putin. ... Read more

Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein (2017)

Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

What emerges through Loewenstein's re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world's most valu­able commodity.

Fact-Checking Donald Trump's First Presidential Address to Congress
AlterNet | Alan Yuhas / The Guardian | 02/28/17

Jobs, taxes and business
"Since my election, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Wal Mart, and many others have announced they will invest billions and billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs."

Some of these corporations announced jobs and investment before the election, though Ford credited the president with its decision to create 700 jobs and make a $700m investment in Michigan. General Motors had committed $2.9bn and Walmart announced an expansion before any votes were cast, on the other hand, and several companies, including Chrysler, had previously agreed to create jobs. ... Very long & good article, read more

Climate Change
*CBS | Michio Kaku Explains Why He Is No Longer A Climate Change Denier Global Warming Is Real (02/12/17) [4:55]
*Climate Change the Crisis, Part 1 (12/17/16) [29:46]
*Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye discussing about climate change. (full) (02/27/17) [34:16]

Trump Wants You to Think All the Immigrants He'll Deport Are Criminals. They're Not.
TheIntercept | Zaid Jilani | 03/01/17

PRESIDENT TRUMP ON TUESDAY night blamed undocumented immigrants for violent, criminal behavior -- also accusing them of hurting the economy, stealing jobs from struggling families, costing the government billions of dollars, and generally creating "an environment of lawless chaos."

The man who began his presidential campaign talking about "rapists" coming over the border cast his crusade to deport and block undocumented immigrants as a moral choice between protecting Americans or leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and death. "What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?" he asked. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, March 01 [11:54]
*DN | Trump Seeks Record Pentagon Budget Eclipsing Spending by Ronald Reagan & George W. Bush (03/01/17) [3:44]
*DN | Bernie Sanders Slams Trump for Ignoring Climate Change, Income Inequality & Voter Suppression (03/01/17) [4:24]
*DN | "Trump Is Resurrecting the Scare Tactics": Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernández on Trump's Deportation Plans (03/01/17) [7:13]
*DN | In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants (03/01/17) [5:07]
A Little Bit of Humor
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert | Trump Lays Out His Vision For Moving Forward (03/01/17) [12:38]
Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann | Let's Be Honest: Trump's Banning Muslims and Purging Hispanics (02/28/17) [5:02]
**TRNN | Ralph Nader -> on Trump's Speech to Congress (03/01/17) [19:56]
**TRNN | Corinna Gilfillan -> With Transparency Rule Eliminated, Industries Can Hide Billions in Payments to Foreign Government (03/01/17) [14:22]
**TRNN | Economist James Henry says -> New Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Tied to Russian Oligarchs, Money-Laundering Bank (03/01/17) [10:54]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
**ThomHartmann | The Age Of Trump Is the Age Of Disaster Capitalism (02/28/17) [27:42]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
**MSNBC Rachel Maddow | Wilbur Ross At Nexus Of Donald Trump Russian Deal (02/28/17) [21:56]
**CNN | Donald Trump News: white house dismisses russia ties (02/28/17) [12:50]
Main Stream Media
MSNBC Morning Joe | Mika: President Trump's Address Would Have Been A Good Inaugural Speech (03/01/17) [20:37]
MSNBC | Nancy Pelosi: President Trump's Speech Was 'Bait-And-Switch' (03/01/17) [11:53]
MSNBC | Ted Cruz: President Trump's Speech Was Very Positive, Unifying (03/01/17) [8:33]
Who Are These People??
Unhinged Left so far gone that Civil War now seems unstoppable (02/03/17) [20:56]
Stop LYING to yourself: The Left wants you DEAD! (02/17/17) [9:14]
Alex Jones : Leave The U S While You Still Can! Civil War Coming! (02/13/17) [12:28]

03.01.2017. 15:54

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