Updates 12/03/2017 Mueller/Flynn/White House probe;09/20/2017 warning; 08/19/2017 Ely article; 08/12/2017 Mother Jones, The Daily Beast; 07/08/2017 06/25/2017;  03/24/2017 TRUMP IS DANGEROUS  Keep the deleterious Trumpsky/Putinsky package at the top of mind awareness in the early post-election period and beyond. Brief Links (Trump)  09/20/2017: Warning.  Although Trump needs to be impeached, watch out for Fake News and biased reporting on him.  Some groups to suspect are Nation of Islam, newer Black Panthers and La Raza with Muslim, Native American and Hispanic ties.  Blacks both born in the USA and abroad can be infiltrating our media, military prisons, security agencies, Civil Rights and Human RIghts groups and more.  Some of the things to look out for are obsessive/compulsive insistence on black supremacy or all topics have to go back to just a few certain key groups and topics. ON THIS PAGE - Trump:  Premise for Impeachment     Impeachment Petitions     Problems With Russia (Mafia, Technology, etc.)   Religious Issues (Possible Cults Behind Trump’s Religious Appointments)   See also:  electoral college corruption  Comment:   Pay attention to possible Trump Nordic royalty corruption.  That is, consider Trump took office as part of a plan to plant a monarchy and its family lineage through the American presidential line.   Since sources might be flaky when articles suggest this royalty lineage and that, keep digging and be prepared to provide scholarly based evidence.  The few articles listed here cannot be taken at face value, but are offered as a start-up investigation for further careful investigative work. 12/03/2017 Mueller probe into Trump White House - Flynn, Mueller background New York Times: Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty Lying to F.B.I. Cooperate Russia Inquiry. By Michael D. Shear/Adam Goldman (12/01/2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/us/politics/michael-flynn-guilty-russia-investigation.html AEI: Precedented: The Flynn fiasco. By Michael Barone (02/14/2017) http://www.aei.org/publication/precedented-the-flynn-fiasco/ Wikipedia: Robert Mueller https //en wikipedia org/wiki/Robert_Mueller Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-low-level-volunteer-papadopoulos-sought-high-profile-as-trump- adviser/2017/10/31/dc737a42-be5f-11e7-8444-a0d4f04b89eb_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.008322967a3d https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/muellers-swift-moves-signal-mounting-legal-peril-for-the-white- house/2017/12/01/36962e9a-d6b4-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html?utm_term=.8f081bcf7d63 LA TImes: As he investigates Trump's aides, Robert Mueller's record shows surprising flaws.  By David Willman (11/24/2017) http://www.latimes.com/topic/crime-law-justice/robert-s.-mueller-iii-PEPLT0008908-topic.html http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mueller-record-20171122-story.html Mother Jones:  Why the Flynn Indictment is Bad News for Pence and other Senior Trump Officials. Dan Friedman, etc. (12/2017) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/12/why-the-flynn-indictment-is-bad-news-for-pence-and-other-senior-trump- officials/ 08/19/2017 New Mexico Political Report: Trump Needs to Go: By Daymon Ely (08/17/2017) http://nmpoliticalreport.com/369960/trump-needs-to-go/ Excerpt: However, there is something new.  We now have a President who has revealed himself.  He is sympathetic with these angry hateful people.  And these evil people have taken solace in the President’s lack of meaningful condemnation.  David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, thanked the President for his support.  This has shaken me as it should all people of good will, Republicans, Democrats and people of every political persuasion. Hatred and bigotry should not fall on party lines. While deep divisions on policy and conduct have developed between our two major parties, I have always hoped that we could all agree on this one point; that hate does not belong in our society. http://nmpoliticalreport.com/369960/trump-needs-to-go/ 08/12/2017 Mother Jones: Trumps massive Saudi arms sale was all sizzle and no substance. By Dave Gilson (06/06/2017) http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/trumps-massive-saudi-arms-sale-was-all-sizzle-and-no-substance/ The Daily Beast:  The Klansmen and mobsters in Donald Trump’s closet. By Michael Daly (02/29/2016) http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-klansmen-and-mobsters-in-donald-trumps-closet added 07/08/2017: MSNBC: Trump baffles US attorneys with sudden mass firing (05/18/2017) http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-baffles-u-s-attorneys-with-sudden-mass-firing-947765827950 MSN: New York Mayor on Germany trip Trump doesnt represent Americans. By Kristine Phillips (07/08/2017) http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/new-york-mayor-on-germany-trip-trump-doesnt-represent-americans/ar- BBDYc04?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp  History News Network: The Scary Parallels Between Trump and Mussoliniby Mark Bickhard (03/19/2017) Mark Bickhard is Henry R. Luce Professor in Cognitive Robotics and the Philosophy of Knowledge in the Department of Psychology at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA).  - See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165404#sthash.UWxa8KWS.dpuf Excerpt:  Comparisons between Trump(ism) and Fascism have become frequent, and with good reason. These comparisons are strongest between Trump and Mussolini — stronger than with Hitler and Nazi-ism. Detailed comparisons are difficult for at least two reasons: 1) the historical circumstances are quite different between the 20s and 30s and today, and 2) Fascism was never a coherent political theory or philosophy, but, instead, was a populist and nationalist development in Italy that Mussolini did not create, but did take over. A comparison between Trump and Mussolini in terms of character and style, however, is frighteningly strong — and does give some guidance concerning future concerns. This comparison is based primarily on quotes from a book about Mussolini by R.J.B. Bosworth (2010). In general, the quotes speak for the themselves, though I will add some commentary along the way. It should be noted that this book was published years before similarities between Trump and Mussolini became politically relevant, and, thus, were not written with Trump in mind. I begin with Trump’s arrogant ignorance and incoherence: “Other more critical contemporaries noticed instead the fluctuations in Mussolini’s ideas and the way he preferred to avoid in- depth conversations, sometimes excusing himself by saying that the details should be left to the experts. Here, they discerned, was a leader more interested in imposing his will than in harmonising his attitudes or policies. Here was a politician more interested in seeming to know than in knowing.” pg 142 “He understood that a totalitarian dictator had to be, or to seem to be, expert in everything.” pg 177 “Cowing the press was only one part of building a totalitarian dictatorship.” pg 177 Bosworth points to a later developing ambition for Mussolini that is not yet overt with Trump — but it has already been hinted at by some in his inner circle: “The real novelty of his ambition lay in his pretensions to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects, and so install Fascism as a political religion.” pg 177 Again, Trump’s ambition combined with a lack of coherence: “and so readjusting his own history with his usual aplomb” pg 277 “ ‘Reactionary dictators are men of no philosophy, no burning humanitarian ideal, nor even an economic program of any value to their nation or the world. [George Seldes]’ They were ‘gangsters’ more than anything else.” pg 246 - See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165404#sthash.UWxa8KWS.dpuf - See more at: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165404#sthash.UWxa8KWS.dpuf http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/165404 added 03/01/2017 from recent email from Move On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7h43BwyzhQ&feature=youtu.be A couple of hours ago, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against investigating Donald Trump's financial entanglements and ties to the Russian government.  This vote is the latest piece of evidence that Republicans are unwilling or unable (and very likely both) to do their jobs—which is why the American people deserve an appointed commission charged with leading a full-on and independent investigation.  In a new television ad—thanks to a partnership between Vote Vets and MoveOn—retired Rear Admiral Michael Smith calls on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to appoint such an independent commission to get answers about Trump. To increase the chance that Trump would see the ad prior to his address this evening to a joint session of Congress, we aired it on "Fox and Friends" and "Morning Joe"—two of Trump's go- to TV shows.  Rear Admiral Smith delivered a message to Trump, Sen. McConnell, and Rep. Ryan: Defending America means finding the truth. Yes it does. There’s legislation in both houses of Congress that calls for—essentially—a 9/11-style commission to investigate the ties between Trump and Russia, but it won’t see the light of day until Sen. McConnell and Rep. Ryan get on board. Premise Legal Scholars: Why Congress Should Impeach Donald Trump  (Time dot com article/Ideas section) James C. Nelson, John Bonifaz  Feb 06, 2017 Note from Time dot com/Ideas:  Nelson is a retired Justice of the Montana Supreme Court and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for Free Speech For People. Bonifaz is the co-founder and president of Free Speech For People. http://time.com/4658633/impeach-donald-trump-congress/ Excerpt:  To address this unprecedented corruption of the Oval Office and this threat to our Constitution and our democracy, we believe Congress must move forward now with an impeachment investigation of President Trump. More than 575,000 people from across the country have already called for this, joining a new campaign launched moments after President Trump took the Oath of Office. The President’s possible conflicts of interest have become increasingly apparent… http://time.com/4658633/impeach-donald-trump-congress/ Impeach Trump Petitions Change dot org: The People Impeach Donald J. Trump https://www.change.org/p/the-people-impeach-donald-j-trump The Petition Site http://www.thepetitionsite.com/707/508/189/impeach- trump/?src=google_sem&campaign=sign_707508189&s_kwcid=google_sem&z00m=28778008&gclid=CjwKEAiA8dDEBRDf19yI 97eO0UsSJAAY_yCSpanbEV9naEGqqHZpfoA50vKbmo2mz3TjDLPes0QafBoCHtjw_wcB Impeach Donald Trump Now dot org (link found on Time dot com) Excerpt:  From the moment he assumed the office, President Donald Trump has been in direct violation of the US Constitution. The President is not above the law.  We will not allow President Trump to profit from the presidency at the expense of our democracy. https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/ Free Speech for People https://freespeechforpeople.org/ Problems With Russia (Remember Trump’s Connection to It) Russian Mafia In reviewing Donald Trump’s connection to Russia, please consider a Russian mafia or underground network.  Books to consider reading: Investigating The Russian Mafia (2008) Serio, Joseph D. The Russian Mafia in America (2011) Radanko, Laura Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice (2015) Browder, Bill Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America (2009) Friedman, Robert I. HAARP Reality-Choice dot org:  SURA : The Russia HAARP which could destroy USA in one fell swoop. By Veda 09/26/2011 Excerpt:  A Russian geophysical weapon equivalent to the American HAARP installed in Alaska could cause earthquakes from anywhere in the world. The SURA, located near the small town of Vasilsursk about 100 km east of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, would have the same capacity for the HAARP, and can cause seismic movements in non-seismic areas like the East coast of the USA, where the majority of nuclear power plants in the country accumulates. The ghost of Fukushima fly over North America. http://www.reality-choice.org/177/sura-the-russia-haarp-which-could-destroy-usa-in-one-fell-swoop Wired:  Russia’s HAARP, Explored https://www.wired.com/2008/09/russias-haarp/ Excerpt:  The U.S. military runs a facility, way out in the woods of Alaska, that beams hugely-powerful radio waves into the ionosphere. Depending on who you believe, this High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) installation blasts out these transmissions in order to learn more about the electrically-conductive layer of the atmosphere. Or HAARP is designed to spy on unwitting foes, control the weather, and spew out death rays.  In either event, HAARP wasn’t the first installation of its kind. The Soviets had their own, high frequency ionospheric research center. It’s now abandoned, mostly.  But the pictures of the place are very much worth a few clicks. https://www.wired.com/2008/09/russias-haarp/ Dominionism:  Linked to Christian Nation Types and those Trump is pulling in? The Daily Beast: A Christian Plot for Domination? (2011) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/14/dominionism-michele-bachmann-and-rick-perry-s-dangerous-religious- bond.html Excerpt:  Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry aren't just devout—both have deep ties to a fringe fundamentalist movement known as Dominionism, which says Christians should rule the world….Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America’s most radical theocrats, it’s long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing. But because it seems so outré, getting ordinary people to take it seriously can be difficult. Most writers, myself included, who explore it have been called paranoid….Its members “believe Christians—certain Christians—are destined to not just take ‘dominion’ over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the ‘Seven Mountains’ of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/14/dominionism-michele-bachmann-and-rick-perry-s-dangerous-religious- bond.html Possible Jewish Link to a Dominionist Type of Takeover The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family and the Birth of Christianity (2006) James Tabor A, B, C, #s 538 dot com: 14 versions of Trump’s Presidency from Maga to Impeachment Excerpt: Here, then, is a list of 14 plausible futures for Trump, grouped into a few broad categories. Some of them are mutually exclusive while others can be mixed and matched. And there are undoubtedly many possible futures that I haven’t considered.1 But I hope that these make for a reasonably representative range of possibilities. If you find yourself feeling a strong urge to rule some of them out, ask yourself whether there’s really enough evidence to do that given that we’re just 1 percent of the way through Trump’s first term. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/14-versions-of-trumps-presidency-from-maga-to-impeachment/ Donald Trump is the world’s greatest troll https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/donald-trump-is-the-worlds-greatest-troll/ ABC News:  Women’s March Heads Washington Day Trumps Inauguration. By Meghan Keneally 01/21/2017 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/womens-march-heads-washington-day-trumps-inauguration/story?id=44936042 AOL: Why millions electoral college protestors likely to fail to make Hillary Clinton president (11/20/2016) http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/11/20/why-millions-electoral-college-protestors-likely-to-fail-make-hillary-clinton- president/21609476/ The Atlantic: The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet (10/16) http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/donald-trump-scandals/474726/ Americans United: Movement to impeach Donald Trump well under way (02/05/2017) http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/movement-to-impeach-donald-trump-well-under-way/news- story/3c757458abcd842d3a4011d8fb3c54a3 Excerpt: IT’S been a rollercoaster first two weeks with Donald Trump in the Oval Office. In less than a fortnight, Mr Trump has already offended Mexicans, offended Australians, offended Muslims and offended women.  The groundswell of anger for some at least is being channelled into efforts to see him marched out of the White House before his tenure is up. The only way that happens is via impeachment.  It’s never been done before but it’s far from impossible. A lawyer for the movement Impeach Donald Trump Now says the wheels are already in motion.But how would it work? Put simply, with a vote in Congress.  There’s a clause within the US Constitution that allows for a US President to be removed from office for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanours”.It’s a broad definition of wrongdoing, and some say Mr Trump’s failure to divest his businesses before taking office qualifies as a high crime.It’s a stretch, but the good news for the impeachment movement is that Congress doesn’t need any actual evidence to proceed with the vote. It simply requires a member to introduce a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation. From there, voting would get under way in the House of Representatives first. If a majority ruled against Mr Trump, it would proceed to the Senate. There’s a precedent for that. An impeachment against former president Bill Clinton was initiated in December 1998 after it emerged he had an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Two charges passed the House of Representatives but were defeated in the Senate. Mr Clinton was acquitted on both… “The violations, the corruption, and the threat to our republic are here now, but they will only get worse the longer he stays in office. Americans deserve a President who is not beholden to foreign governments to keep his businesses afloat, and whose decisions about bread-and-butter, not to mention life-and-death matters, will not be used to prop up Trump Towers around the world.”  The betting markets think impeachment is a possibility, too — SportsBet in Australia said on Thursday that impeachment had firmed from $5 to $2.80. But the problem for the anti-Trump movement is that no matter what the president does, Republicans control both houses. Basically, an extraordinary series of events would be required for the president to be ousted prematurely. http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/movement-to-impeach-donald-trump-well-under-way/news- story/3c757458abcd842d3a4011d8fb3c54a3 CNN:  Martin Luther King Donald Trump Ellis Opinion (11/11/2016) http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/opinions/martin-luther-king-donald-trump-ellis-opinion/ D, E Dallas News: Texas Rep Joaquin Castron charges forward talk impeaching Trump. By James Lovegrove (02/03/2017) http://www.dallasnews.com/news/donald-trump-1/2017/02/03/texas-rep-joaquin-castro-charges-forward-talk-impeaching- trump Democracy Now:  Millions Sign onto call for electoral  11/11/2016 http://www.democracynow.org/2016/11/11/millions_sign_onto_call_for_electoral EFF: Overbearing government invasions, Trump’s access to wide-ranging infrastructure. eff.org Excerpt:  With the election of Donald Trump last Tuesday, it became more important than ever that we stand up to protect people and the values that lead to a free and open digital world.  Overbearing government invasions into private lives must be stopped. Mr. Trump and his staff will soon have access to some of the most wide-ranging surveillance infrastructure and powers that have ever existed. In a campaign interview, Trump expressed a willingness to restore the oft-abused telephone records surveillance under the Patriot Act, the law that eviscerated the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of innocent Americans with no proof of a countervailing gain. This naked embrace of unconstitutional surveillance is particularly chilling given its historical misuse against political opponents and Mr. Trump’s raw hostility to journalists and those who would seek to shine a critical light on abuse of those powerful tools.  We must protect the Internet from censorship. During his campaign, Mr. Trump issued wild challenges to free speech online and net neutrality, and his transition team has signaled that the coming policy agenda will undercut values that have been essential to the Internet’s growth as an engine of communication and commerce. If those threats are carried out, they could shutter the innovations and business opportunities that have emerged alongside the robust exchange of ideas, knowledge, and access enabled by digital technologies.  Since 1990, the lawyers, technologists, and activists of the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been "on patrol," combating government overreach and using a leading understanding of law and technology to fight dystopia. Every step of the way, grassroots supporters like you have formed the backbone of EFF's work for free expression, privacy, and innovation. eff.org F, G, H The Guardian: Russian Hackers  By Luke Harding 12/16/2016 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/16/qa-russian-hackers-vladimir-putin-donald-trump-us-presidential- election Security experts believe two Kremlin-connected groups were behind the hacks. One was was from the FSB spy agency, the other from Russian military intelligence. Amazingly, they appear to have operated independently….Vladimir Putin has a visceral dislike of Clinton. As US secretary of state, Clinton was responsible for a doomed attempt to “reset” relations between Washington and Moscow.  In 2011-12, Russians took to the streets to protest against Putin’s decision to become president for the third time. Putin didn’t see this as a popular uprising; rather he believed Clinton had paid protesters to try to push him from power.  In the run-up to the US election, Russia’s state media portrayed Clinton as a warmonger. Its coverage of Donald Trump, by contrast, was favourable. On Thursday, Barack Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said he shared the view of US intelligence officials that Putin had directly authorised the hack. (Putin’s press spokesman dismissed the claim as absurd.)  Putin’s primary objective was probably to undermine the US election and create chaos. He may not have actually expected Trump to win. The president-elect is now likely to lift sanctions on Russia. This would delight the Kremlin. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/16/qa-russian-hackers-vladimir-putin-donald-trump-us-presidential- election The Hill: DUMP TRUMP Democrats boldly fighting Trump: Dump Trump (11/14/2016)  http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/305920-two-presidential-electors-to-colleagues-dump-trump Excerpt:  Two Democratic members of the Electoral College have launched a campaign to keep President-elect Donald Trump from entering the White House, according to a new report. Washington’s Bret Chiafolo and Colorado’s Michael Baca hope at least 37 of their GOP colleagues will abandon Trump and force the House into picking the next president instead, Politico said Monday.  Politico said the pair’s so-called “Moral Electors” movement has already found one backer in Washington’s Robert Satiacum.  “This is a longshot,” Chiafolo told Politico in a phone interview Monday. "It’s a hail Mary. However, I do see situations where – when we’ve already had two or three [Republican] electors state publicly they didn’t want to vote for Trump. How many of them have real issue with Donald Trump in private?”  Politico said neither Baca nor Chiafolo is seeking the election of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  Both vowed they would encourage GOP electors to write-in either Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) or 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney instead.  The House would choose from among the top-three vote getters should enough electors reject Trump’s claim to the White House.  Politico noted the 538 members of the Electoral College are scheduled to gather in their various state capitals and formally vote for president Dec. 19.  Baca and Chiafolo are seeking 37 other electors to halt Trump due to the Republican’s results in the Electoral College vote last week. Trump claimed 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228, and currently leads in Michigan, which awards another 16. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/305920-two-presidential-electors-to-colleagues-dump-trump The Hollywood Reporter: Trump Will Get Us Killed - Michael Moore.  By Ryan Parker 12/14/2016 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-moore-pens-long-warning-how-donald-trump-will-get-us-killed- 956080?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_1346791 Huffington Post:  Trump Inaugural Speech Sounded More Like a Takeover. By Howard Fineman 01/20/2017 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-inaugural-speech_us_588273b3e4b096b4a231a7ad Huffington Post:  The March To Impeachment:  There are already plenty of grounds to impeach Trump. The question is when Republicans will decide that he’s more of a liability than an asset. By Robert Kuttner (02/05/2017) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/march-to-impeachment_us_5897b401e4b0406131376a32 Excerpt:  If Trump keeps sucking up to Vladimir Putin, it could happen sooner than you think.  The first potential count is Trump’s war with the courts. The Supreme Court is likely to give expedited review to the order by the 9th Circuit upholding Judge James Robart’s order that tossed out Trump’s bans on immigrants or refugees from seven countries, even permanent US residents and others with valid green cards.  It’s encouraging that the agencies of government, such as the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, immediately deferred to the court order, not to a president who thinks he can govern by decree.But suppose the Supreme Court finds against Trump? Will he try to defy the high court? That would be a first-class impeachable offense. Even Richard Nixon deferred to a Supreme Court order to turn over the Watergate tapes. A second category of impeachable offense involves his mixing his personal profits with his official duties as president. That describes his bizarre romance with Vladimir Putin, who presides over a nation where Trump has extensive business interests, as well as Trump’s double standards in determining which Muslim nations were exempted from his executive order.  Trump randomly excluded Muslim nations in which he has business interests? These were precisely nations that did send terrorists. The covered countries sent no terrorists, and had no Trump investments.  Meanwhile, the CIA investigation of Trump’s bizarre coziness with Putin continues.  I know, I know ― impeachment requires charges by the House, and then a trial by the Senate. And these chambers are of course controlled by Republicans.  However, Republican alarm at Trump continues to increase at an accelerating rate.  What is most appalling Republicans right now is T http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/march-to-impeachment_us_5897b401e4b0406131376a32 Iceland Monitor: : Donald Trump related to most icelanders and danish (royalty, Vikings) (01/24/2017) http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/culture_and_living/2017/01/24/donald_trump_is_related_to_most_icelanders_and_dani/ M, N, O MSN/US News:  China Says It Will Cooperate With Trump But Warns On Taiwan.  By Gerry Shih, 12/23/2016 http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-says-it-will-cooperate-with-trump-but-warns-on-taiwan/ar- BBxrekU?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=wispr Excerpt:  In the People's Daily interview, Wang said U.S.-China relations are generally trending toward stable cooperation and mutual benefit. He quoted a Chinese poem — previously cited by President Xi Jinping as a metaphor for U.S.-China ties — depicting a river that flows inevitably, regardless of mountainous obstacles. "This is a historical trend that cannot be changed by an individual's will," Wang said. After what he described as a turbulent year steered by the trend of "reverse globalization" and punctuated by terror attacks, Wang said China is now a mature nation that could act as a "stabilizer" in global affairs. China under Xi is adopting an assertive leadership role on the world stage, Wang said, such as hosting the G20 summit and heading discussions at the APEC forum in Peru. "The world is choosing between openness and conservatism, cooperation and closure, transformation and old ways," Wang said. "We will lead the way amid a shake-up in global governance, we will take hold of the situation amid international chaos, we will protect our interests amid intense and complex games." http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-says-it-will-cooperate-with-trump-but-warns-on-taiwan/ar- BBxrekU?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=wispr Naral   http://www.naral.org Excerpt:  People are responding to the results of the presidential election in all sorts of ways. But this is one of our favorites: NARAL members from across the country have been making contributions in the name of Mike Pence, the viciously anti- choice Vice President-elect who said he "longs for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history."1It's clear to us that many members, just like you, are looking for a way to tell Mike Pence and Donald Trump that we know what their true agenda is and we are NOT taking this sitting down. We are standing up and we are fighting back. And Mike Pence is the perfect target for this message, because he just might be the most anti-choice governor in America. Check it out: He's governor of a state that literally criminalized women for having abortions. He repeatedly signed clinic shutdown measures that subject abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals. In Congress, he led the fight to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. He repeatedly cosponsored legislation that would make abortion illegal nationwide in almost all cases and voted for legislation that would imprison abortion providers for up to two years. This is the man who will be Vice President and the person President-elect Trump has put in charge of his transition. What better way to protest than to send a donation to NARAL Pro-Choice America in his name? http://www.naral.org New York Times:  Donald Trump Transition (11/18/16) Excerpt:On the other hand, Jon Soltz, chairman of the liberal veterans group VoteVets.org, greeted the selection of Mr. Pompeo by saying, “This administration is turning out to be as scary, bigoted and abnormal as most people feared.” As for General Flynn? “Michael Flynn has shown a stunning contempt for the Geneva Conventions and other laws prohibiting torture,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “By offering this key post to Flynn, President-elect Trump is undermining U.S. commitments to international laws that have been broken to America’s detriment.” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/donald-trump-transition.html Reince Priebus Chief of Staff Donald Trump (11/14/2016) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/us/politics/reince-priebus-chief-of-staff-donald- trump.html?rref=collection%2Fnewseventcollection%2FPresidential%20Election%202016&action=click&contentCollection= The%20Upshot&module=Collection&region=Marginalia&src=me&version=newsev Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy? By STEVEN LEVITSKY and DANIEL ZIBLATT (12/16/2016) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/sunday/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy.html?_r=0 Excerpt: Donald J. Trump’s election has raised a question that few Americans ever imagined asking: Is our democracy in danger? With the possible exception of the Civil War, American democracy has never collapsed; indeed, no democracy as rich or as established as America’s ever has. Yet past stability is no guarantee of democracy’s future survival.  We have spent two decades studying the emergence and breakdown of democracy in Europe and Latin America. Our research points to several warning signs.  The clearest warning sign is the ascent of anti-democratic politicians into mainstream politics. Drawing on a close study of democracy’s demise in 1930s Europe, the eminent political scientist Juan J. Linz designed a “litmus test” to identify anti-democratic politicians. His indicators include a failure to reject violence unambiguously, a readiness to curtail rivals’ civil liberties, and the denial of the legitimacy of elected governments. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/sunday/is-donald-trump-a-threat-to-democracy.html?_r=0 New Yorker: Aftermath - Sixteen writers on trumps America Essays by Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more (11/21/2016) http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/aftermath-sixteen-writers-on-trumps-america Excerpt:President Donald Trump should be given every chance to break his campaign promise to govern as an autocrat. But, until now, no one had ever won the office by pledging to ignore the rule of law and to jail his opponent. Trump has the temperament of a leader who doesn’t distinguish between his private desires and demons and the public interest. If he’s true to his word, he’ll ignore the Constitution, by imposing a religious test on immigrants and citizens alike. He’ll go after his critics in the press, with or without the benefit of libel law. He’ll force those below him in the chain of command to violate the code of military justice, by torturing terrorist suspects and killing their next of kin. He’ll turn federal prosecutors, agents, even judges if he can, into personal tools of grievance and revenge. All the pieces are in place for the abuse of power, and it could happen quickly. There will be precious few checks on President Trump. His party, unlike Nixon’s, will control the legislative as well as the executive branch, along with two-thirds of governorships and statehouses. Trump’s advisers, such as Newt Gingrich, are already vowing to go after the federal employees’ union, and breaking it would give the President sweeping power to bend the bureaucracy to his will and whim. The Supreme Court will soon have a conservative majority. Although some federal courts will block flagrant violations of constitutional rights, Congress could try to impeach the most independent-minded judges, and Trump could replace them with loyalists. But, beyond these partisan advantages, something deeper is working in Trump’s favor, something that he shrewdly read and exploited during the campaign. The democratic institutions that held Nixon to account have lost their strength since the nineteen-seventies—eroded from within by poor leaders and loss of nerve, undermined from without by popular distrust. Bipartisan congressional action on behalf of the public good sounds as quaint as antenna TV. The press is reviled, financially desperate, and undergoing a crisis of faith about the very efficacy of gathering facts. And public opinion? Strictly speaking, it no longer exists. “All right we are two nations,” John Dos Passos wrote, in his “U.S.A.” trilogy. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/aftermath-sixteen-writers-on-trumps-america P, Q, R Politico:  Donald Trump Corruptible (12/2016) http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/donald-trump-corruptible-214541 Public Eye: Fascist/Third Position  (An issue which might connect with Trump/Pence) http://www.publiceye.org/fascist/third_position.html Who they are: The Public Eye is now Political Research Associates.  Mission Statement:  Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights. Goal: Political Research Associates seeks to advance progressive thinking and action by providing research-based information, analysis, and referrals. Why We Focus on the Right:  While attacks on civil liberties can come from any direction, the political and Christian Right use skillful marketing that exploits the public’s desire for quick solutions and capitalizes on today’s hectic information flow. With clever slogans that oversimplify complex public policy issues, the Right routinely scapegoats others in pursuit of their agenda. PRA responds with fair and accurate analysis, looking beneath the sound-bites and slogans of the Right, exposing the true goals and agendas of specific leaders, organizations and movements. We then present our analysis in ways that can help the media, advocates and educators understand and challenge the Right Excerpt:  Including a Discussion of Possible Connections Between Militant Islamic Fundamentalists and the U.S. Extreme Right There is no hard evidence linking domestic U.S. right-wing groups to either the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01;  the mailing of real anthrax letters, or other acts of domestic terrorism. For example, the list of potential suspects in the real anthrax mailing cases is long, and the evidence is missing.  Claims about a connection between the Oklahoma City bombing and Middle East terrorists are based on dubious speculation. Some U.S. Extreme Right groups praised the 9/11 attacks along with some militant Islamic fundamentalists. Most Muslims around the world denounced the attacks. In considering potential suspects for terrorism, however, possible connections between the U.S. extreme right and certain elements of militant Islamic fundamentalism cannot be dismissed. There is also a possible connection between these sectors and some Black Nationalists, the Third Position, and Antisemitism. Racial nationalism is a core building block of fascism. Most Black nationalists do not ascribe to the Third Position tendency. The matter of mental illness also needs to be considered. If right-wing domestic groups are shown to be involved in the live anthrax letters, it may well be rank opportunism based on one of the first two ideological affinities with the terrorists. The intriguing ideological link of Third Position ethnonationalism deserves special scrutiny because it explains one reason why U.S. and European  Extreme Right White supremacist activists have already forged an alliance with Islamic supremacists or Arab supremacists that goes back over two decades. http://www.publiceye.org/fascist/third_position.html Raw Story: FBI corruption probe just the tip of the iceberg for Trump’s scandal plagued border patrol nominee (03/2017) Excerpts  Pres. Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being investigated by the FBI for possible improper use of money and weapons seized during criminal investigations….For six years, Babeu carried on an affair with an undocumented immigrant named Jose Orozco. Babeu reportedly threatened to use his powers as sheriff to have Orozco deported from the U.S. if he ever breathed a word about their relationship to the public. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/fbi-corruption-probe-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-for-trumps-scandal-plagued-border- patrol-nominee/ Reason:  Trump Won Because Leftist Political Correctness Excerpt: I have tried to call attention to this issue for years. I have warned that political correctness actually is a problem on college campuses, where the far-left has gained institutional power and used it to punish people for saying or thinking the wrong thing. And ever since Donald Trump became a serious threat to win the GOP presidential primaries, I have warned that a lot of people, both on campus and off it, were furious about political-correctness-run-amok—so furious that they would give power to any man who stood in opposition to it. I have watched this play out on campus after campus. I have watched dissident student groups invite Milo Yiannopoulos to speak—not because they particularly agree with his views, but because he denounces censorship and undermines political correctness. I have watched students cheer his theatrics, his insulting behavior, and his narcissism solely because the enforcers of campus goodthink are outraged by it. It's not about his ideas, or policies. It's not even about him. It's about vengeance for social oppression. Trump has done to America what Yiannopoulos did to campus. This is a view Yiannopoulos shares. When I spoke with him about Trump's success months ago, he told me, "Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions. That's a misunderstanding of what the Trump phenomenon is." He described Trump as "an icon of irreverent resistance to political correctness." Correctly, I might add. http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/09/trump-won-because-leftist-political-corr Reuters: Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states. By David Ingram, Susan Heavey.  (Dec. 2016) Excerpt: Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes in three states where Trump, a Republican, won with narrow victories. Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three "Rust Belt" states which bucked their history of supporting Democrats and gave Trump thin wins in the Nov. 8 election http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-recount-idUSKBN13R1SV RootsAction   rootsaction.org Excerpt:  The earth's climate is under threat. So is democracy in the United States. Nations in the Pentagon's crosshairs are fearful, and so are many people here at home.  Not just climate change may be nearing a point of no return. The same goes for wealth inequality, government secrecy, and the imperial presidency.  RootsAction is gearing up for the struggle ahead: to fight against Trump and directly challenge any elected Democrat who won’t fully oppose his entire hateful agenda.  Steadily, RootsAction has grown as a truly independent progressive force. Now -- as the Trump presidency nears -- we need your support more than ever.  Activism is an unlimited and largely untapped resource. With 730,000 active members, RootsAction has grown large enough to have a major impact and -- with your help -- quickly grow much larger.  RootsAction has piled up a long list of successes by working in coalitions and maintaining independence from blind partisanship. We’re ready to take on the Trump tycoons as well as the corrupt Democratic Party establishment, broken election system, and miserable corporate media cartel that made Trump possible.  There's no substitute for Roots Action now. Please help us grow stronger.  RootsAction is supporting and encouraging whistleblowers, advancing strategic reforms at the state level nationwide, building a new antiwar coalition, engaging in activism on a wide array of issues, and working to change the media conversation for the better.  RootsAction has been strongly endorsed by such respected, independent-minded progressives as Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others. rootsaction.org RT: Backlash Bannon Trump Strategist https://www.rt.com/usa/366933-backlash-bannon-trump-strategist/ Excerpt:  President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for White House chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, is facing a social media backlash from Democrats and civil rights groups. They are now urging Trump to dump his “racist” campaign chief. Trends US Elections 2016 Bannon, the chief executive of Breitbart News, became CEO of Trump’s campaign in August, replacing Paul Manafort. Trump named Bannon his “chief strategist” on Sunday, while making Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus his chief of staff. On Monday, leading Democrats denounced Bannon as a divisive pick and proof that Trump’s campaign was based on bigotry. Two major civil rights organizations also denounced Bannon, accusing him of racism and anti-Semitism. https://www.rt.com/usa/366933-backlash-bannon-trump-strategist/ Spectator:  Trump Must Go. https://spectator.org/trump-must-go/
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