Misadventures of a minority-elect President 29

Time for Trump to put up or shut up about his Obama wiretap claims, growing list of victims being left behind by the GOP’s fraudulent TrumpCare replacement plan, why Trump and Bannon mirror ISIS with their incessant warmongering, the anti-Trump resistance is larger than the Tea Party and growing, doubling down on Trump’s Dystopian wants, purging his predecessor’s US attorneys to aid in covering up his malfeasance, Trump’s NBC Apprentice catastrophe, Trump’s growing Bannon issues, Trump confidante acknowledges conversation with DNC hackers, Trump administration brings historic level of corruption to the Presidency and more.

House committee wants evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

Trump supporters in the heartland fear being left behind by GOP health plan article from the Guardian. –

“Janice Phelps, a 60-year-old disabled factory worker in Evansville, Indiana, knows how expensive healthcare is.

Each month, shots for her severe asthma cost $3,000. Quarterly injections for knee pain cost $3,200. Medication for depression costs $900. She has had seven back surgeries, two shoulder surgeries, and two knee surgeries since 1985. The largest public health programs in America – Medicaid and Medicare, which aid the poor and the elderly – paid for nearly all of it.

Yet, those programs are now threatened by the men she voted for: Donald Trump and former Indiana governor Mike Pence.

“I’m all in favor of repealing it,” she said about Republicans’ push to do away with the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. But, she said when you talk about cutting Medicaid: “I don’t agree with that at all…”

Opposition to Trump continues to grow – and from some unlikely sources article from the Daily Kos. –

The Anti-Trump Resistance Is Much Bigger than the Tea Party – And It Has to Be article from AlterNet. –

Trumpcare’s biggest losers: Trump voters article from the Daily Kos. –

Trump Has Given the Mainstream Media a Gift – Why Are They Blowing It? article from AlterNet. –

Abrupt Trump purge of US attorneys raises questions video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Intolerant War Mongering: Why Trump (and Bannon) Mirror ISIS article from AlterNet. –

“What if the purpose of the Trump administration’s travel ban is not to protect America from terrorist infiltration, as the president and his top advisers insist? What if the true aim of their anti-Muslim rhetoric, articulated over and over again, is actually to offend Muslims — and intensify their alienation from the West?

Those questions are salient because the newly revised restrictions announced on Monday, are certain to accomplish only that: They will inflame the Muslim world, without improving security in this country at all. According to actual experts on terrorism, distinct from the ideological amateurs in the White House, the ban is not just ineffectual but provocative. And again, countries long implicated in Islamic extremism and terrorist activities remain exempt from restrictions (possibly because some of those same regimes also host Trump Organization enterprises).

Only days ago, the Trump flacks argued strenuously that Iraqi immigrants are dangerous, but the revised restrictions exempt Iraq, too, after protests from our military — whose officers were enraged by the White House betrayal of Iraqi translators and others who had aided them in battle.

But backing down on Iraq doesn’t answer the real riddle: Why would Trump provoke conflict with a Mideast ally, whose army has courageously charged into battle against the Islamic State? And why would he seek to fracture that alliance when Iraqi forces, advised and supported by our military, were headed toward a major victory over ISIS in Mosul?…”

Tomgram: John Feffer, Next Stop: The Deconstruction Zone article from Tom Dispatch. –

“…Doubling Down on Dystopia
Preventing the Triumph of Trump’s Will
By John Feffer

Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories — The Giver, Hunger Games — like Goths to piercings. TV shows about zombie apocalypses, pandemics, and technology run amok inspire binge watching. We’ve seen the world-gone-truly-bad a thousand times over on the big screen.

This apocalyptic outpouring has been so intense that talk of “peak dystopia” started to circulate several years ago. Yet the stock of the doomsday cartel has shown no signs of falling, even as production continues at full blast. (A confession: with my recent novel Splinterlands I’ve contributed my own bit to flooding the dystopia market.) As novelist Junot Diaz argued last October, dystopia has become “the default narrative of the generation.”

Shortly after Diaz made that comment, dystopia became the default narrative for American politics as well when Donald Trump stepped off the set of The Celebrity Apprentice and into the Oval Office. With the election of an uber-narcissist incapable of distinguishing between fact and fantasy, all the dystopian nightmares that had gathered like storm clouds on the horizon — nuclear war, climate change, a clash of civilizations — suddenly moved overhead. Cue the rumble of thunder and the flash of lightning…”

Mistrustful Trump, under pressure, purges US attorneys video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

US Attorney Preet Bharara Was Investigating Fox News When Trump Fired Him article from Media Matters. –

Steve Bannon under active criminal investigation for… get this… residency fraud article from the Daily Kos. –

“Courtesy of O’Harrow and Boburg at the Washington Post. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, a white nationalist who has repeatedly pushed false claims of massive voter fraud by minorities voting in jurisdictions where they do not actually live, is now the subject of an active criminal investigation in Florida, centering on Bannon’s “residency” and “qualifi[cations] to vote in the state”:

The Post learned that state prosecutors in Miami have an active investigation into Bannon’s assertions that he was a Florida resident and qualified to vote in the state from 2014 to 2016. In late August, investigators subpoenaed Bannon’s lease of a Coconut Grove home and other documents. They also contacted the landlords of that home and another that Bannon leased nearby, and sought information from a gardener and handyman who worked at one of the homes, according to documents and interviews.

The problem for Mr. Bannon is that it seems he may have actually been living in California (or possibly in Washington, or New York, but definitely not Florida):…”

NBC’s Historic Trump/Celebrity Apprentice Catastrophe article from Media Matters. –

Roger Stone, Trump confidant, acknowledges ‘innocuous’ Twitter conversation with DNC hackers article from the Washington Times. –

“Roger Stone, President Trump’s former campaign advisor, engaged privately last year with a persona involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee, he told The Washington Times Friday, but insisted the conversations were “completely innocuous.”

“It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it,” the political consultant told The Times on Friday with respect to a private Twitter exchange he had with “Guccifer 2.0,” a pseudonymous entity explicitly tied to the DNC hack…”

McCain says Trump has two choices on wiretap claim: provide evidence or retract article from Yahoo! News. –

This Level of Corruption Is Unprecedented in the Modern History of the Presidency article from Esquire. –

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