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April 26, 2017

Federal Judge Freezes Trump Order to De-Fund Sanctuary Cities, Citing Violations of Separation of Powers Plus Fifth and Tenth Amendments; Ruling Calls DOJ Arguments “Schizophrenic”; Mnuchin and Cohn of Goldman Sachs Peddle Voodoo Tax Cut Bonanza for Top 1%, Reducing Corporate Rate from 35% to 15%, Ending Estate Tax and AMT, and Instituting Territorial System That Would Encourage Job Flight; FY17 Spending Stalled by GOP Refusal to Guarantee Obamacare Subsidies as Friday Midnight Deadline for Government Shutdown Nears; Ryan Still Trying to Wreck ACA By Pandering to Tea Party

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April 25, 2017

White House Drops Demand for Border Wall Funding in FY17 as Another Magical Campaign Promise Goes By the Boards; Government Shutdown Still On for Friday Midnight as Democrats Demand Guarantees for Payment of Obamacare Subsidies with No Sabotage, Black Lung Benefits for Miners, Saving Medicaid for Puerto Rico – So Don’t Let Them Cave; Chaffetz of House Oversight Committee Suggests Ex-NSC Boss Flynn Failed to Comply With Law On Payments from Russia and Turkey; Press Must Stop Sugar-Coating Reactionaries as Conservatives and Nihilists as Nationalists

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Apr

April 24, 2017

Anti-Immigrant Demagogue Le Pen Barely Reaches Second Round of French Election, Trailing Macron and Edging Out Fillon by Just 1%; French Political Forces Call for Her Defeat to Avoid Civil Strife and International Chaos; Leftist Mélenchon Poaches Her Youth Vote; Russian Intelligence Factions May Attempt to Rescue Le Pen; To Drain Extreme Right Swamp, France Needs €1 Trillion Infrastructure Program for Five Million New Jobs Financed at 0% by European Central Bank; Alternative for Germany Party Congress in Turmoil; Bannon’s Hopes for Europe-Wide Nihilist Wave Dashed

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Apr

April 22, 2017 WCR

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Lincoln Said One War at a Time, but Trump Foments Confrontation with North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Iran; Predicts Paris Terrorism Will Benefit Le Pen, But Anti-Nihilist Revulsion May Defeat Her; Trump Enrages Democrats with New Bid to Destroy Obamacare and Inflict Tax Cuts for the Rich; 100 Days May End In Government Shutdown on April 28; Congressmen Shell-Shocked by Town Hall Protests Against GOP Misrule; As Forecast, Gorsuch Casts First Supreme Court Vote to Kill Random Inmate Caught in Arkansas Execution Spree

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Apr

April 20, 2017

French Presidential Candidate Macron Leads Eleven Rivals on Eve of Sunday’s First-Round Vote, and Is Favored in Second Round May 7; Anti-Foreigner Wheelhorse Marine Le Pen Falling Behind With Demand to Stop All Immigration and Whitewash of Nazi Collaborators’ Crimes; Her Top U.S. Fan Is Bannon; Suspicious Champs-Elysées Shooting Designed to Stoke Islamophobia; Mnuchin Says No Tax Cuts For Rich Before September, Displeasing Wall Street; White House Needs Budget Deal to Keep Government Going After April 28, But Instead Chases New Ryancare Chimera

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Apr

April 19, 2017

Bizarre Tale of Aircraft Carrier Steering Away from Korea Despite Bombastic Hype Leaves Trump, Mattis, McMaster and Spicer with Egg on Their Faces; This Plus April 13 Unauthorized CENTCOM Statement Adds Up to Worst Military Chaos Since Rogue B-52 of September 2007; Kelly Tells Congress To Change Immigration Laws or “Shut Up”; Rep. Joe Crowley of Queens Reminds Him Capitol Hill “Is Not Boot Camp”; Strong Showing By Ossoff in Georgia 6 Is Wake-Up Call For GOP Power Monopoly; Is Chaffetz Leaving Congress To Dodge Russiagate Hearings?; Reactionary Camp in Turmoil as Fox News Fires O’Reilly

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Apr

April 18, 2017

Ossoff Leads in Early Returns from Georgia 6; If Forced To Second Round, Democrat Must Articulate Program for Economic Recovery and Full Employment, Not Just Anti-Trump; Feinstein Urged by Californians to Fight Harder; Unfinished Business: Democrats Have So Far Proven Incapable of an Autopsy to Account for Hillary’s Defeat in November 2016; Comey and Wikileaks Were Key Wreckers, But Not the Whole Story; How Michael Anton of the Trump White House Misrepresents Machiavelli; A Brief Guide to Watergate-Speak That Will Surely Come in Handy During the Months Ahead

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Apr

April 17, 2017

Tax Day Protests Joined by At Least 125,000 in 200 Cities as Spring Protest Season Kicks Off; Time to Demand Wall Street Sales Tax as Answer to U.S. Budget Crisis; Syria Bounce Proving Short-Lived for White House; Will Democrat Ossoff Win Outright in Tuesday Special Election in Georgia?; Erdogan Garners Meager 51% in Turkey Referendum on Authoritarian Regime as OSCE Calls Process Substandard; Anti-Immigrant Marine LePen Losing Momentum Before First Round of French Election Sunday; Lichtman Study on Impeachment Published This Week Puts Spotlight on Russiagate

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Apr

April 13, 2017

North Korea May Stage Nuclear Test Saturday, Creating Another Potential Wag The Dog Moment; Assad Rejects White House Allegations of Gas Attack in Syria As “100% Fabricated”; U.S Still Offers No Convincing Proof; Russia Vetoes Anti-Syrian Resolution at United Nations; Are Superpower Tensions Partly a Mutual Deprecation Society That Suits Both Sides?; Nikki Haley’s Histrionics Recall the Debut of Sarah Palin; Republicans Running Scared As Democrat Ossoff Rides Anti-Trump Backlash Towards Next Tuesday’s Vote in Georgia 6; Recalling the Origins of Maundy Thursday

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Apr

April 12, 2017

North Korea Threatens U.S. With Nuclear Retaliation as Trump Brags of Approaching “Armada”; Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Was Reportedly Target of FISA Warrant Starting in Summer 2016, Implying Probable Cause; White House Distributes Four Pages of Allegations Against Syria, But Still No Proof, Despite Another Challenge From Putin; With Tillerson in Moscow, Russia Faults “Primitiveness and Loutishness” of Washington Rhetoric, Sees U.S. Syria Policy as a “Mystery”; Danger of Wider War by Miscalculation Grows in Northeast Asia and Middle East

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Apr

April 11, 2017

G-7 Foreign Ministers Not Buying Syrian Crisis Hyped By White House: UK-US Plan For More Sanctions Rejected, With Italy, Germany and France Opposed; Impartial OPCW Proof Demanded; Putin Warns of Imminent Chemical Weapons False Flag Provocations Targeting Assad; Bannon Admonished, But Trump Tax Plan in Chaos

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April 10, 2017

U.S. Cruise Missile Attack on Shayrat Air Base Is Cynical Bid to Preserve Terrorist Enclaves in Syria, Prolonging Butchery; Still No Proof Implicating Assad in Gas Attack: Nikki Haley Claims “It’s Classified!”; Moscow Issues Stern Warning on Eve of Tillerson Visit; How Many Cruise Missiles Were Downed by Syrian-Russian Air Defenses?; NSC Boss McMaster Was Right-Hand Man to Neocon Gen. Petraeus During Bush’s 2007 Iraq Surge: Is This Faction Pushing for Ground Invasion?; Polls Downgrade GOP Chances in Special Elections in Kansas 4 Tomorrow and Georgia 6 Next Week

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Apr

April 8, 2017 WCR

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Seeking to Save Syrian Terrorist Rebellion of ISIS and Nusra from Impending Collapse, White House Embraces False Flag Gas Provocation as Pretext for Attack on Assad; Domestic Policy Defeats and Abysmal 35% Approval Add to Attractions of Classic Wag the Dog Adventurism; Support for “War President” Posturing Could Cause Addiction to Aggression, With Escalation Toward General Nuclear War, Starting with DPRK; Consternation Among MAGA Dupes; Gorsuch Nomination Passes 54-45 Thanks to Nuclear Option; Exactly A Century Ago, Woodrow Wilson Shocked His Dupes By Entering World War I; US Commander Pershing was Favorite General of Wall Street and House of Morgan

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Apr

April 6, 2017

In Abortive Flight Forward From Crumbling Domestic Agenda and Russiagate Indictments, Trump Readies Bombing Attack on Syria Using Pretext of Gas Atrocity By al Qaeda-Nusra, Not Assad; Crocodile Tears in Rose Garden; Clash of U.S. and Russian Warplanes Could Escalate Towards World War Three; Severe U.S. Losses Would Trigger Escalation; McConnell’s GOP Rent-A-Mob Subverts Senate Rules; Gorsuch Vote Set for 6pm Friday; Permanent Austerity Dictatorship In Sight with Gorsuch Joining New Gang of Five Majority to Strangle Voting Rights, End Collective Bargaining, Favor Billionaires

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Apr

April 5, 2017

Bannon Removed From National Security Council; Trump Rushes to Pin Alleged Syria Gas Attack on Assad Government, Without Proof; At United Nations, Nikki Haley Threatens U.S. Unilateral Aggression Against Damascus in Worst Neocon Style; Tillerson’s Laconic Response to North Korean Missile Launch Holds Similar Threat; Russia Plausibly Argues that Gas Came from Al Qaeda Chemical Weapons Factory Near Idlib Bombed by Syrian Air Force; Sen. Merkley in All-Night Filibuster Against Gorsuch; Cloture Vote and McConnell’s Attempted Nuclear Strike on Senate Rules Likely for Thursday

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Apr

April 4, 2017

Senate Now Debating Gorsuch Nomination With 44 Democrats Backing Filibuster; Only Angus King of Maine Still on the Fence; McConnell Threatens Nuclear Option to Cut Off Debate; Gorsuch is Part of Trump’s Plan to “Absolutely Destroy” Federal Regulations; April 6 Marks One Hundredth Anniversary of Tragic and Unpopular U.S. Entry Into World War One; Woodrow Wilson Betrayed His 1916 Re-Election Promise to Keep U.S. Out of War After Ambassador Walter Hines Page Warned Him That UK and France Would Soon Collapse, Bankrupting Their Morgan Creditors; A Useful Reminder of How Candidates Lie

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Apr

April 3, 2017

Democratic Filibuster Against Gorsuch Supported By 42 Senators, One More Than Needed to Prevent Cloture; Menendez and King Still Undecided; Judiciary Committee Minority Exposes Gorsuch’s Judicial Activism, Legislating From Bench, Favoritism for Monied Interests, Contempt for Average Americans, and Evasion During Hearings; Whitehouse Reviews Skein of Recent 5-4 High Court Decisions Favoring Wealthy and Powerful; Will Gorsuch Join New “Gang of Five”?; Gorsuch’s Crusade Against Federal Regulation Would Roll Back “Forty Years of Law,” Dismantle “Administrative State”

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Apr

April 1, 2017 WCR

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Thirty-Six Democratic Senators Now Pledged to Filibuster Gorsuch This Week; Five More Needed to Reach Necessary Minimum of Forty-One; Ten Still Undecided, and Two Supporting Cloture; Time to Call Mitch McConnell’s Bluff on “Nuclear Option”; Pre-Emptive Surrender Not an Option in Face of Permanent Austerity Dictatorship; Former NSC Director Flynn Will Plead Fifth Amendment if Not Granted Immunity; Nunes Was Given Documents by White House Staffers in Juvenile Information-Laundering Stunt; Trump Foolishly Antagonizes House GOP Tea Party Caucus, Who May Soon Hold Key to Impeachment

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Mar

March 30, 2017

In Latest Whip Count, 34 Democratic Senators Support Filibuster to Stop Pro-Billionaire Stealth Ideologue Gorsuch, With Two Pledged to Vote Yes and 14 Undecided; Make Sure Your Senators Hear From You; Republicans Vulnerable to Ossoff Challenge in Georgia 6, Where Early Voting is Already Under Way for April 18 First Round; Despite White House Posturing on Opioid Epidemic, HHS Secretary Price Refuses to State That Real Insurance Must Include Anti-Addiction Services; Trump Hits New Low of 35% in Gallup Poll; French Presidential Candidate Marine LePen Makes Pilgrimage to Moscow

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Mar

March 29,2017

Gorsuch’s Inhuman Cruelty in Frozen Trucker and Disabled Student Cases Renders Him Unfit for the Supreme Court; GOP Stealth Ideologue Widely Compared to Eddie Haskell of Sitcom Fame; Nominee Would Promote Chaotic Deregulation of U.S. Economy; More Democratic Senators Join Filibuster, But Others Still Vacillate; British, Ignoring Lessons of History, Leap Into Brexit Abyss; President Must Act to Save Westinghouse for Science, Jobs, and the Nuclear Navy; Latest German State Election Sees Anti-Immigrant AfD Party Fading as CDU and SPD Take Center Stage; Marine Le Pen Stagnating

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Mar

March 28, 2017

Senate GOP Boss McConnell Boasts He Will Impose Stealth Ideologue Gorsuch on Supreme Court on Friday, April 7; Twenty-One Democratic Senators Pledged to Support Filibuster and Reject Gorsuch; Voters Must Demand Total Commitment to Filibuster; More Shades of Nixon: Did White House Eye Executive Privilege to Muzzle Former Attorney General Sally Yates on Russiagate at Today’s Cancelled House Intelligence Hearing?; Increasingly Erratic Rep. Nunes Under Massive Pressure to Step Aside; “I’m President and You’re Not” as the Distilled Essence of Empiricism and Pragmatism

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Mar

March 27, 2017

Gorsuch Nomination Vulnerable to Democratic Filibuster; Nominee’s Evasiveness on Constitutional Issues Generates Pushback; Democratic Base Must Mobilize Now to Block Another Billionaires’ Advocate; Nunes First Shown Alleged Info on Wiretaps at White House Compound; Jared Kushner to Lead New Team for Privatization and Deregulation; “Office of American Innovation” Sets Up Three-Way Power Struggle With McMaster NSC and Bannon-Miller-Gorka “Strategic Initiatives Group”; Kushner To Be Questioned by Senate Intelligence Committee on Russiagate

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Mar

March 25, 2017 WCR

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Trump-Ryan Attack on Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare Repulsed Without a Vote as GOP Ultra-Reactionaries and Moderates Revolt; Entire White House Deconstruction Agenda in Deep Trouble; Danger Is Now Deliberate Republican Sabotage of ACA to Validate Big Lie of “Death Spiral”; HHS Secretary Price Commands Many Wrecking Tools; Emboldened “Freedom Caucus” Extremists plus Assorted Austerity Ghouls May Stage Debt Ceiling and Default Crisis; Time to Parlay Healthcare Win into Anti-Gorsuch Filibuster; Rep. Schiff Cites Russiagate Evidence that Goes Beyond Circumstantial; CNN Reports FBI Counterintelligence Sources Say Coordination May Have Occurred; Obamacare Victory Won for American People by Activists and Demonstrators at Countless Town Hall Meetings, Protest Marches, and 5.5 Million Person Women’s March of January 21, The Largest in American History; Now Mobilize to Reject Gorsuch

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Mar

March 23, 2017

Obamacare’s Ten Essential Health Benefits Junked in Desperate Bid for Votes of Reactionary Freedom Caucus; Many Governors Fear Costs of Wrecking Medicaid; Tell Your Congressman to Vote No; Sen. Schumer Declares Democratic Filibuster Against Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch, Exposed By Hearings as Evasive Right-Wing Ideologue; Democratic Senators Must Join In

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Mar

March 22, 2017

Rep. Nunes of House Intelligence Committee Muddies the Waters on Russiagate; White House’s Promised Tax Bonanza for Corporations and Wealthy In Danger as Ryancare Bill Lacks Votes to Pass Late Thursday; Tell Congress to Vote No; Wall Street Stock Bubble Could Deflate If Fiscal Windfall is Not Forthcoming; Gorsuch’s Crusade Against Chevron Deference is Pretext for Massive Deregulation of Economy Against Public Interest; Bannon’s “Deconstruction of Administrative State” is Goal; Frozen Trucker Case Shows Bankruptcy of Gorsuch’s Textualism; U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Gorsuch Opinion in Case of Disabled Student He Relegated to De Minimis Education

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March 21, 2017

GOP Factions Split As Thursday Vote on Ryancare Approaches; Even Trump’s Hard-Core Supporters Nervous About Obamacare Demolition; Leahy: Gorsuch Owes His Selection to Hard Right, Big Money Pressure Groups; Gorsuch Indifferent to Rights of 60 Million Working People He Trampled in Hobby Lobby Decision; Gorsuch’s Dismal Originalism and Textualism in Sharp Opposition to the Great John Marshall, Who Recognized That a Durable Constitution Needs “To Be Adapted To the Various Crises of Human Affairs”; White House Praise of Henry Clay and American System Totally Negated by Commitment in Practice to Catastrophic Andrew Jackson Policies; Time to Contact Your Congressman on Health Care

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Mar

March 20, 2017

Comey of FBI and Rogers of NSA/Cybercommand Publicly Confirm Investigation of Russian “Active Measures” Interference in November 2016 Election, Including Any Links or Coordination Between Trump Campaign and Kremlin; FBI Started Probe Last July; Comey and Rogers See No Proof of Wiretap Charges By White House Against Obama, and No Proof of Alleged British Role; Attempts To Embroil Germany’s Merkel “Not Helpful”; GOP Not Interested in Russiagate, But Indignant About Leaks, Eyeing Punishment for Leakers and Reporters; Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz Seen as Key Gorsuch Backer; Martin Schultz Wins Social Democratic Nomination to Oppose German Chancellor Merkel in September Vote

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March 18, 2017 WCR

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House Must Reject GOP Demolition of Obamacare in Thursday Vote; Tell Your Congressman to Defeat Ryan Bill; Medicare For All Paid for by Wall Street Is the New Public Option; Comey Faces Russiagate Accountability in Monday Hearing; More Wages of Scandal-Hopping: White House Drags Britain and Germany into Swamp of Wiretap Accusations; Combination of Negotiations With THAAD Deployment Is Best Formula For War Avoidance with North Korea; Senate Must Reject Gorsuch for Supreme Court Seat; Wilders Defeat in Netherlands Signals that Planned Nihilist International May Fail to Launch

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Mar

March 16, 2017

Support for Ryancare Cratering as Bill is Reported Out of House Budget Committee by a Single Vote, with Tea Party Voting No; Federal District Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Latest Trump Immigration and Refugee Ban; White House FY 2018 Budget a Saga of Broken Promises: No New Infrastructure Program, But Department of Transportation Will Cut Already Meager Funding for Amtrak and Light Rail; Army Corps of Engineers Reduced by 16%; National Institutes of Health Face Cuts of $6 Billion or 20%, Equal to Total Current Funding for Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Mental Health Research; WIC High-Protein Foods for Expectant Mothers Curtailed; No More Federal Money for Meals on Wheels for Elderly and Disabled; LIHEAP Heating Assistance Cut; Fierce Backlash Against Brutal GOP Austerity Building Up; After Defeat of Wilders in the Netherlands, Prospects Dimming for Anti-Immigration Candidate Marine Le Pen to Win French Presidency

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March 15, 2017

Partisan Republican Chair of House Intelligence Committee Forced to Concede He Has No Evidence that Obama Bugged Trump Tower; Surfacing of President’s 2005 1040 Tax Document Appears as Deliberate Exercise in Scandal-Hopping, Trying to Focus Public Attention On the Least Dangerous Story of the Moment To Divert from More Threatening Issues; Tactic Cannot Work For Long If News From All Fronts is Bad; Anti-Immigrant Pseudo-Populist Wilders, Purveyor of Angry Tweets, Falls Short in Netherlands Vote as Governing Party Keeps First Place; Reactionary Populism Seen Declining in Europe; Recalling the Catastrophic Presidency of Andrew Jackson

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March 14, 2017

White House Internal Estimate Forecasts 26 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Health Care Coverage by 2026 Under Ryancare; GOP Bets Everything on Fear-Mongering with Baseless Demagogy of Obamacare “Death Spiral”; Reported “Manager’s Amendment” Might Placate House “Freedom Caucus” Reactionaries with More Savage Cuts, But Would Leave Bill DOA in Senate; GOP Factions Crystallize: Breitbart Features Ryan Attack on Trump From Last October, Condemns Ryancare as “Obamacare Lite”; Republican Blather About Choices and Lower Costs Hides Brutal Reality of Mini-Med Placebo Policies, Which Bill Would Revive; Congress Must Vote No On This Turkey

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March 13, 2017

Bi-Partisan Congressional Budget Office Forecasts GOP’s Ryancare Bill Will Strip 14 Million Americans of Health Insurance in 2017-2018, Leave 24 Million Without Coverage by 2026; Premiums To Increase by 15% Over Obamacare Levels, Violating Campaign Promises; Many Will Take Refuge in Fake Mini-Med Plans GOP Would Bring Back; Bottom Line: Immense and Needless Human Suffering, All to Save a Wretched $34 Billion on Yearly Deficit-Far Less Than Ryan’s Tax Cuts for the Rich; Netherlands Green-Left Party Gains on Eve of Wednesday Vote, Eclipsing Wilders Anti-Immigration Party

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Mar

March 11, 2017 WCR

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Over 15 Million Americans Will Be Stripped of Medical Insurance By Ryan Plan, Forecasts Brookings Institution; Republican Freezing and Capping of Medicaid Would Devastate Program that Pays for Half of U.S. Births and Long-Term Care, Says Former Medicare-Medicaid Director Slavitt; Medicare Trust Fund Would Be Left in Crisis and Defenseless Against Next GOP Attack; Ryan’s AHCA Is Massive Tax Windfall for “Unpopular” Cartels and Wealthy Rent-Seekers, Resulting In Upward Income Redistribution from Modest Earners to the Affluent; Chinese and Russian Arguments Against THAAD Anti-Missile Defense for South Korea are Without Merit; Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Calls on Ryan to Raise Debt Limit, Implements “Extraordinary Measures” to Stave Off Catastrophic U.S. Default; White House Must Invoke Fourteenth Amendment, Which Makes National Bankruptcy Illegal

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March 9, 2017

Speaker Ryan’s Bid to Replace Obamacare Rejected by Retirees, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Governors, Medicaid Officials, Insurance Lobby, Tea Party Groups, and GOP Senators; House Leaders Escalate Obamacare “Death Spiral” Rhetoric; Embattled Bill Was Top Secret, Is Now Being Rammed Through Congress at Warp Speed; Vote No on This Turkey; Civil Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+, With $4.59 Trillion in Spending Needed to Improve to B; TWSP Demand For Fed to Buy $5 Trillion in 0% Century Bonds for Infrastructure Vindicated; White House Lacks Vision of Great Projects Like Transcontinental Maglev and NAWAPA; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Radio Shack Declaring Bankruptcy for the Second Time, Closing 200 Stores

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March 8, 2017

Demonstrations That Fail to Advance Mass Traction Economic Demands Are A Tragic Waste of Precious Political Energy; Parochialism and Identity Politics Are Recipe for Defeat; In Order to Grow, Movement of 2017-2018 Must Get Results on Issues of Vital Importance to Broad Spectrum of Working Families; Avoiding the Baleful Mistakes of Occupy Wall Street, Which Camped in the Park But Left Behind Zero Elected Officials; U.S. Deployment of THAAD Anti-Missile Defense in South Korea is Urgent, Despite Beijing’s Complaints; Time for U.S. Negotiations Without Preconditions With North Korea; A Century After the Start of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Laws of Mass Strike Development Still Require Political Movements to Mobilize New Social Strata or Ebb Away

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March 7, 2017

House GOP’s Health Care Replacement Bill Would Strip Many Americans of Coverage and Raise Costs for All; Bill Would Freeze Medicaid Enrollment and Block-Grant the Program, Ending Entitlement and Shifting Costs to States; GOP Approach Gives Power to Insurance Companies, Not Patients and Doctors; Ending Obamacare Taxes Will Yield $35 Billion Bonanza for Super-Rich; Tea Party Ultra-Reactionaries Decry “Obamacare Lite;” Deportation Dragnet Now Targeting Black Africans; Wikileaks Dump of CIA-NSA Techniques Delights Nihilists; #WomenWorkersRising Rally in DC for Living Wage and Paid Family Leave at U.S. Dept. of Labor, 3:30 to 5:30 pm Wednesday-Judiciary Square Metro-www.womenworkersrising.org

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Mar

March 6, 2017

“Day Without a Woman” Strike On March 8 Needs A Clear Purpose in the Form of Mass Traction Class-Based Economic Demands; Two-Thirds of All Minimum Wage Workers Are Women; Tillerson, Sessions, and Kelly Sent Out to Proclaim Modified Travel Ban; GOP Cannot Agree on How to Maintain Health Insurance Coverage for 22 Million Obamacare Beneficiaries, Showing Republicans Incapable of Governing; Mulvaney of OMB Replaces Price of HHS as Top Health Austerity Enforcer; Hedge Funds Reported Bracing for Sell-Off; Orgy of Deregulation Threatens National Interest

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Mar

March 4, 2017 WCR

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Russiagate Takes Center Stage in Washington; Republicans Split Over Anti-Obamacare Tactics and “Border Adjustment Tax,” With No Joint Strategy for Fateful March 15 Attempt to Re-Impose Federal Debt Ceiling; Stock Bubble in Growing Peril; Retail Apocalypse Rolls on With Over 1,500 Stores Closing in Early 2017;

Nixon’s Anti-Leak Campaign Discovered No Leakers; Recalling the Late Nikita S. Khrushchev, a Populist Russian Leader Who Imagined a Quick Fix Could Solve His Strategic Problems But Blundered Into the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis; He Was Toppled Two Years Later for “Subjectivism,” “Hare-Brained Scheming,” and Adventurism

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March 2, 2017

Under Pressure From Both Parties, Sessions Recuses Himself From Russiagate Probe; Beware the Ides of March: In Less Than Two Weeks, Federal Debt Ceiling Will Be Re-Imposed, Risking U.S. Default; Crisis Comes Amidst Largest-Ever Net Shorting Of Treasury Notes; With Intransigence of Reactionary Republicans Visible in Obamacare “Replacement” Debate, National Solvency May Be In Doubt; White House Must Prepare for Normal Operations Under Fourteenth Amendment; More On Retail Apocalypse, With Thousands of Store Closings Due 20% to E-Commerce Competition, 80% to Declining Real Disposable Personal Income

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Mar

March 1, 2017

Wall Street Bubble Tops Dow 21,000, Largely Based on Expectations of Tax Cut Bonanza Which May Not Arrive; Is Systemic Financial Crisis Once Again In Sight?; Despite Cosmetic Changes, Trump Speech to Congress Confirms Pre-Existing Policy, But Fails to Deliver Specifics; No Effective Replacement for Obamacare Offered; Deportations Continue As Revised Immigration and Refugee Ban is Postponed for Public Relations Reasons; Ryan-McConnell GOP Is Not Committed to Infrastructure; In Real World, Serious Upgrades Will Require Trillions of 0%, Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit

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February 28, 2017

Has the Trump Administration Given Up on Building Infrastructure, or Is This Program Already Postponed to Next Year For Political Expediency?; GOP Congressional Leaders Ryan and McConnell Are Hostile to What They See as a “$1 Trillion Stimulus”; Rollback of Obamacare Proving to be “So Complicated”; Perils of a Stock Market Bubble Based on Tax Cuts for the Rich that May Be Months in the Future; Irrationalism and Mysticism in Times of Social Upheaval

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February 27, 2017

White House Policies Colliding With Reality on Numerous Fronts; After Rep. Issa (R-CA) Urges Special Prosecutor for Russiagate, Spicer and Nunes Insist Investigations Are Already Finished; $54 Billion Hike In Pentagon Spending Seen As Attempt to Regain Momentum, But Will Medicare and Social Security Remain Intact?; Governors Turning Against Obamacare Repeal After Report Shows Millions Could be Stripped of Health Care; DHS Anti-Terrorism Report Proves Futility of Banning Immigrants and Refugees By Country of Origin; Bad News for Betsy DeVos As Studies From Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana Link Declines in Academic Performance With School Vouchers

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February 25, 2017 WCR

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White House Reportedly Pushing FBI and Congress to “Knock Down” Russiagate; At CPAC, White House Ideologue Bannon Touts Three “Verticals”: Dismantling Multilateral Cooperation, Hobbesian Economic “Nationalism,” and “Deconstruction of the Administrative State”; Assails “Corporatist, Globalist, Media”; “Strategic Initiatives Group” Emerging as Parallel to National Security Council; Anti-Immigrant Parties Suffer More Reverses in Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and France; UK Independence Party Defeated in Pro-Brexit Citadel of Stoke-On-Trent; Recalling Julius Evola, Anti-American Misogynist and Alt-Right Guru

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February 23, 2017

Congressional Republicans Have No Answer for Americans of Modest Means Who Must Have Health Care to Stay Alive; In Town Hall Meetings, Life or Death Issues Posed by Obamacare Repeal Show Absurdity of GOP’s Plutocratic Ideology; Speaker Ryan’s Promise of Post-ACA “Freedom” a Cruel Hoax; Medicare for All Paid for by Wall Street is the Answer; Half a Dozen Goldman Sachs Alumni Slated for Top Jobs in Cabinet and Executive Branch; Democratic National Committee Needs a Leader Free of Wall Street and Free Trade Taint To Weld Identity Politics Groups Into A National Movement for Economic Recovery

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February 22, 2017

As Mass Protests Against Republican Misrule Continue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Is Slammed by Rural Voters for His Cynical Failure to Deliver Promised Coal Jobs and His Plan to Destroy Obamacare; Critics Are All Outside Agitators, GOP Claims; Is H.R. McMaster a Tactical Thinker in a Strategic Job?; New Polling Shows 66% of Americans Fear Major War Over the Next Four Years; Deep State or Shadow Government Does Exist, and it Backed the Republicans in 2016, Starting with Comey and the New York FBI Field Office

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February 21, 2017

Immigration Crackdown Announced by Memos From Gen. Kelly of DHS is Ominous Sign For Bill of Rights; Fifth Amendment Guarantee of Due Process in Danger in Many Cases; Who Is Gen. H.R. McMaster, and Will He Keep Bannon as Part of NSC Principals’ Committee?; In Questionable Geopolitics, Administration Tilting Against Iran and In Favor of Saudi Arabia on Yemen; Feb. 25 Democratic Party Protests Must Transcend Identity Politics to Offer Unified Platform on Health Care, Immigration, Women, Job Creation, and Economic Recovery

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February 20, 2017

Protest Demonstrations Continue, With an Effective Program of Anti-Austerity Demands Emerging as an Urgent Necessity; OMB Boss Mulvaney’s Budget Hit List Targets Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Two Agencies That Foster Jobs and Exports While Making a Profit for U.S. Treasury; Office of National Drug Control Policy Also on Chopping Block; Recalling the Death of Rasputin as Prelude to the February Revolution in St. Petersburg, Russia A Century Ago; C-SPAN Presidential Rankings Confirm Lincoln, Washington FDR, LBJ, and Kennedy, But Overrate Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Truman, and Reagan Among Top Ten

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February 16, 2017

Trump Condemns Leaks to Press as “Real Problem,” Arguing That Such Leaks Are Real But Media Reports About Them Are “Very Fake News”; Says He Did Not Tell Flynn to Contact Russian Embassy, and Claims to Have “Nothing to Do” With Moscow; In Rambling Comments, Asserts He “Inherited a Mess” But Has Built “Fine-Tuned Machine”; Revised Draft of Immigration and Refugee Ban to Be Issued Shortly; Alito Law Clerk Alexander Acosta is New Nominee for Secretary of Labor, Replacing Puzder

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February 15, 2017

Trump Rails Against Leaks from U.S. Intelligence Community, Presaging More Conflict; Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine Is No Longer American Policy; White House Candidate for Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder Forced to Withdraw in Face of a Dozen GOP Defections as Senate Lockstep Crumbles; Nunes of House Intelligence Committee Wants to Investigate Leaks, Not Allegations Against Flynn; Schumer Calls on Sessions To Recuse Himself from Russiagate Probe of Trump Campaign; Republican Mythology Clearly Views Lois Lerner as More Dangerous Than FSB and GRU Combined

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February 14, 2017

National Security Council Chief Gen. Michael Flynn Resigns; FBI Had Interrogated Flynn on Russian Contacts Early in New Administration; Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Told White House Counsel on Jan. 26 That Flynn Was Subject to Blackmail, But He Remained in His Post; Administration Thus Loses Its Most Aggressive Opponent of Iran; Fables Portraying Flynn as Adversary of “Deep State” Are Absurd; Democrats Demand Independent Investigation on Whether Flynn Was Off the Reservation, or If His Activities Were Authorized by Superiors