May 7 – 13, 2017

May 7 – 13, 2017

Articles & Editorials:

Main Stories


Donald Trump’s Many, Many, Many, Many Ties to Russia
(Time – originally published 8/2/16, but extremely relevant to what is happening now)

Eric Trump Reportedly Bragged About Access to $100 Million in Russian Money
“We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
(Vanity Fair – 5/8/17)

White House Spokesperson: ‘Time to Move on’ from Russia Probes
(The Hill – 5/9/17)

McConnell Rejects Calls for Special Prosecutor
(Politico – 5/10/17)

With Awkward Timing, Trump Meets Top Russian Official
(New York Times – 5/10/17)

Presence of Russian Photographer in Oval Office Raises Alarms
(Washington Post – 5/10/17)

Sally Yates

Sally Yates Tells Senators She Warned Trump About Michael Flynn
(New York Times – 5/8/17)

Full Transcript: Sally Yates and James Clapper Testify on Russian Election Interference
(Washington Post – 5/8/17)

10 Important Questions Raised by Sally Yates’s Testimony on the ‘Compromised’ Michael Flynn
(Washington Post – 5/9/17)

Michael Flynn

Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials
(NBC News – 5/8/17)

Senate Intel Panel Subpoenas Flynn for Docs in Russia Probe
(The Hill – 5/10/17)

James Comey

Comey’s Testimony on Huma Abedin Forwarding Emails Was Inaccurate
(Pro-Publica – 5/8/17)

FBI Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
(New York Times – 5/9/17)

Days Before Firing, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Inquiry
(New York Times – 5/10/17)

Deputy AG Rosenstein was on the Verge of Resigning, Upset Over WH Pinning Comey Firing on Him
(ABC News – 5/11/17)

Trump Interview With Lester Holt: President Asked Comey If He Was Under Investigation
(NBC News – 5/11/17) (Partial Transcript: Real Clear Politics)

In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred.
(New York Times – 5/11/17)

Other Stories That You Should Know About:

Conflicts of Interest

Donald Trump’s Conflicts of Interests: A Crib Sheet
(The Atlantic – 4/24/17)

Kushner Family Stands to Gain From Visa Rules in Trump’s First Major Law
(New York Times – 5/8/17)

The Kushners Add to Trump’s Growing Conflicts of Interest: the Sister of Trump’s Top Adviser Just Pitched Her White House Connections to Chinese Investors
(Bloomberg – 5/8/17)

Trump In-Laws Promote Thorny Visa-for-Sale Program in China
(Washington Post – 5/8/17)

 Keeping Track of the Basics:


Sean Spicer ‘Spent Several Minutes Hidden in the Bushes’
(MSNBC – 5/10/17)

Trump’s Know-Nothing Tour de Force
(Bloomberg – 5/11/17)

Innocent People Don’t Usually Act the Way Trump is Acting
(MSNBC – 5/10/17)

Clapper’s Remarks Constitute the Third Strike for Trump
(Washington Post – 5/12/17)

Cartoons, Images & Videos

Posted on Facebook by Now This – US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Firing of FBI Director James Comey:

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MSNBC Interview with US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):

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This Week’s Blog Entry:


It’s Time for an Intervention in Washington DC (Part 3 of 3)

Events & Actions

Resources & Organizations




April 24 – 30, 2017

April 24 – 30, 2017


Articles & Editorials:

Main Stories


Senate Trump-Russia Probe Has No Full-Time Staff, No Key Witnesses
(The Daily Beast – 4/23/17) 

Guess Who Came to Dinner With Flynn and Putin
(NBC News – 4/29/17)

UK was Given Details of Alleged Contacts Between Trump Campaign and Moscow
(The Guardian UK – 4/28/17)

North Korea

Senate Staff Perplexed by Unusual White House Private Briefing on North Korea
(Washington Post – 4/24/17)

North Korea Threatens Australia With Nuclear Strike Over ‘Toeing The Line’ With U.S.
(NBC News – 4/23/17)

Trump: ‘We’ll See’ if a North Korean Nuclear Test Would Trigger U.S. Response (Los Angeles Times – 4/30/17)

Mental Illness

Transcript of AP Interview with Trump
(CBS News – 4/24/17)

“It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS ‘Face the Nation’ host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation.’ It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”

– President Donald Trump
   (Telling Associated Press about the ratings that he brings
    to the news media)

Fact-Checking President Trump’s Pinocchio-Laden Associated Press Interview
(Washington Post – 4/25/17)

Trump Proclaims May 1 as ‘Loyalty Day’
(Fox News – 4/29/17)

“I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country’s history.”

– President Donald Trump
  (Weekly radio address)


Trump Tax Plan

White House Unveils Dramatic Plan to Overhaul Tax Code in Major Test for Trump
(Washington Post – 4/26/17)

What’s in the Trump Tax Plan that Promises ‘Massive’ Cuts
(ABC News – 4/26/17)

Other Stories That You Should Know About:

Conflicts of Interest

Dow Chemical Donates $1 Million to Trump, Asks Administration to Ignore Pesticide Study
(Vanity Fair – 4/20/17)

State Department Website Removes Article Touting History of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Estate
(Washington Post – 4/24/17)

“It’s like we’re watching somebody reading a Dictatorship for Dummies book.”

– Christian Bale
(Actor: “The Dark Knight”) on Donald Trump
(Mashable – 4/24/17)


 Mar-a-Lago Ad Belongs in Impeachment File
(Bloomberg – 4/25/17)

Meanwhile, in the Democratic Party …

Poll: Trump, Democrats and GOP All Unpopular
(CNN – 4/24/17)

100 Days of Democratic Rage: Trump has Enabled the Democratic Party to Overlook its Serious Problems
(Politico – 4/25/17)

Warren, Sanders Unhappy by Wall Street-Paid Obama Speech
(Washington Post – 4/28/17)


Trump Orders Easing Safety Rules Implemented After Gulf Oil Spill
(New York Times –4/27/17)

Climate March: Tens of Thousands Protest Trump Climate Policies, Demand Environmental Action
(Fox News – 4/29/17)

 EPA Website Removes Climate Science Site from Public View After Two Decades
(Washington Post – 4/29/17)

In Over His Head

Trump Now Agrees With the Majority of Americans: He Wasn’t Ready to be President
(Washington Post – 4/28/17)

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

– President Donald Trump
   (Interview with Reuters)

Exclusive: Trump Says He Thought Being President Would Be Easier Than His Old Life
(Reuters – 4/28/17)

 Keeping Track of the Basics:


I was the Target of a Neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm’
(The Guardian – 4/20/17)

There are at Least Four Grounds to Impeach Trump
(Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton: Salon – 4/7/17)

Trump’s First 100 Days Destroyed the Myth That Government Should be Run Like a Business
(Vox – 4/28/17)

How Western Civilization Could Collapse
(BBC – 4/18/17)

Alternative Facts from an Alternative Universe

Self-selecting our news sources, a reluctance to hear opposing ideas, and the choice by many of us to surround ourselves only with like-minded individuals has resulted in many Americans becoming oblivious to the beliefs of those with whom they disagree. This bubble helped create the world of “alternative facts” in which Donald Trump could become President.

To counter this, each week I will present a little of what Trump’s supporters are thinking. Their reality may be very different from yours. Please listen/read to the end, and consider what respectful questions you could ask to better understand and have a conversation, rather than seeking to prove them wrong as quickly as possible and shut them down. We can’t change minds if we can’t talk to each other.

Trump Voters Split on Unkept Promises (Part 1 of 3)
(CNN – 4/24/17)

Trump Voters Split on Unkept Promises (Part 2 of 3)
(CNN – 4/24/17)

Trump Voters Split on Unkept Promises (Part 3 of 3)
(CNN – 4/25/17)

Cartoons, Images & Videos

Posted on Facebook by The Simpsons:

Hasan Minhaj Full Speech at 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
(C-SPAN – 4/29/17)

John Oliver – Last Week Tonight:

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Cartoon by Pjil Hands for Wisconsin State Journal:


Source: New Century Times:


Events & Actions

Resources & Organizations