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Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Was paid $10-mil to promote Putin’s interests in the US and abroad. Wow.

Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Was paid $10-mil to promote Putin’s interests in the US and abroad. Wow.

Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Was paid $10-mil to promote Putin’s interests in the US and abroad. Wow.

Donald Trump, Frank Gaffney, and the Looming Threat to American Muslims

Chilling. 

The government’s vast post-9/11 counterterrorism powers have never resided in the hands of people who consider America’s Muslim organizations to be agents of treason. And the Trump administration could use those powers to cripple not only American Muslim civil-society groups, but also mosques.

Analysis: GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year

We reported above the results for individuals. For families, the Republican bill would increase costs by $2,243 if the bill were in effect today. For families with a head of household age 55 to 64, the bill would increase costs by $7,604. For families with income below 250 percent of poverty, the bill would increase costs by $6,228.

The 8 Craziest Moments Of Trump’s Impromptu Press Conference

yikes

Israel’s One-State Reality

Depressing look at the current state of things with Israel and the seeming impossibility of a two-state solution

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit reading Trump news.

The Spy Revolt Against Donald Trump Begins

NSA and other agencies are withholding data from the White House because they think Russia “had ears” there.

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

Steve Bannon: Donald Trump’s chief strategist has a grand vision for remaking America — Quartz

Quartz performed the heroic task of watching Bannon’s films and presents the worldview of “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party”. I guess he’s been promoted to Goebbels now.

Liberal fears of proportional representation and a referendum killed Trudeau’s reform promise

I don’t get why they didn’t just go with a ranked ballot.

Trump’s First Two Days of February

This is a collection of stories from just the past 48 hours or so that I’ve found to be alarming and/or outrageous.

Two Competing Narratives of Intention and a Third Theory

I’ll go light on the Trump stuff from now on, but this is really good

Trump Considers Deporting Legal Immigrants for Being Poor

Wow. Things getting worse, quickly.

How to Build an Autocracy

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.

This guy was Bush’s speechwriter. He’s full neocon.

Four Tet Made a Playlist of Music from Trump’s List of Banned Countries

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

Kathleen Wynne stopping John Tory’s plan for tolls on DVP, Gardiner

The Ontario Liberals don’t believe in anything, do they?

No White House Leaks Like This … Until Now

Josh Marshall summary of two big must-read Trump leak stories that is itself a must-read. Quotes:

We are three days into the administration and the Trump White House leaks not so much like a sieve as a bucket with no bottom.

Or

There is, to put it mildly, a rather clearly recurring theme: a torqued up man-child, alternatively rageful and fragile, both grandiose and profoundly insecure.

A Few Thoughts on Entering the Trump Era

Donald Trump inauguration: Scottish newspaper previews ceremony as Twilight Zone episode

The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible.

How Jokes Won the Election

Great Emily Nussbaum thinkpiece (thanks, y). That Triumph election special where he called Trump a shock comic was prescient.

Trump ‘compromising’ claims: How and why did we get here?

Later, I used an intermediary to pass some questions to active duty CIA officers dealing with the case file – they would not speak to me directly. I got a message back that there was “more than one tape”, “audio and video”, on “more than one date”, in “more than one place” – in the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow and also in St Petersburg – and that the material was “of a sexual nature”.