July 2 – 8, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


North Korea


U.S. Confirms North Korea Fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
(New York Times – 7/4/17)

As concern about North Korea deepens, the U.S. and China are at odds  
(Washington Post – 7/5/17)

U.S. prepared to use force on North Korea ‘if we must’: U.N. envoy
(Reuters – 7/6/17)

US to test THAAD missile defense system
(CNN – 7/7/17)

How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)


Trump’s “First Time” with Putin


Rex Tillerson says Trump’s meeting with Putin took so long, the First Lady was called in to ‘get us out of there’
(Yahoo News – 7/7/17)

Putin says Trump was ‘satisfied’ with his election meddling denials
(Reuters – 7/8/17)

U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)


G20 Summit


Ivanka Trump Sat In for Her Father at the G-20 Leaders’ Table
(Bloomberg – 7/8/17)

Trump’s ‘America First’ approach receives a cold reception at global summit
(Los Angeles Times – 7/8/17)

Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes
(Washington Post – 7/8/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Unwinding a Big Mistake


The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him
(The Atlantic – 7/6/17)

The Five Types of Trump Voters: Who They Are and What They Believe
(Voter Study Group – June 2017)


Voter Fraud Commission


44 out of 50 states have declined to provide data to President Trump’s voter fraud commission
(NY Daily News – 7/4/17)


Media


CNN Story About Source of Trump Wrestling Video Draws Backlash
(New York Times – 7/5/17)

Maddow warns other media of fake NSA documents
(The Hill – 7/7/17)


Rural America


In Minnesota town that voted Trump, a Muslim doctor tries to understand his neighbors
(Twin Cities Pioneer Press – 7/2/17)


US Standing in World


World Leaders Move Forward on Climate Change, Without U.S.
(New York Times – 7/8/17)

Japan and Europe counter Trump with colossal trade deal
(Washington Post – 7/6/17)

Iranians Hold ‘Trumpism’ Cartoon Contest to Mock U.S. Leader
(Bloomberg – 7/3/17)

G20: Does Donald Trump’s awkward performance indicate America’s decline as world power?
(ABC News Australia – 7/9/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Trump Caves to Putin
(The Weekly Standard – 7/7/17)

Putin Meets Tons of Trumps
(New York Times – 7/7/17)

How to handle an unhinged president
(Michael Gerson, Former Senior Advisor to George W. Bush – Washington Post – 7/6/17)

Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’
(Miami Herald – 7/5/17)

Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money
(New York Times – 7/7/17)


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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

April 24 – 30, 2017

April 24 – 30, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


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)


Environment


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:


Editorials


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


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Hasan Minhaj Full Speech at 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
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John Oliver – Last Week Tonight:

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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


April 17 – 23, 2017

April 17 – 23, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Exclusive: Putin-Linked Think Tank Drew Up Plan to Sway 2016 U.S. Election
(Reuters – 4/20/17)

Top National Security Official Leaving Justice Department in Middle of Trump-Russia Investigation
(NBC News – 4/20/17)

US Prepares Charges to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange
(CNN – 4/20/17)


North Korea


Trump’s Missing ‘Armada’ Finally Heading to Korea — and May Stay a While
(Washington Post – 4/19/17)

U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts
(NBC News – 4/19/17)


Mental Illness


Donald Trump Insists on Golden Carriage Procession During Visit to UK
(Evening Standard – UK – 4/15/17)

An Ethical Dilemma: Donald Trump’s Presidency has Some in the Mental Health Community Re-evaluating Their Role
(US News & World Report – 4/21/17)

At Yale, Psychiatrists Cite Their ‘Duty to Warn’ About an Unfit President
(New York Magazine – 4/22/17)

Psychiatrists Claim President Trump has a ‘Dangerous Mental Illness’
(Yahoo News – 4/22/17)

Mental Health Professionals Call for Trump to be Removed from Office
(WTNH – Connecticut Affiliate of ABC News – 4/20/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


March for Science


Historians Say the March for Science is ‘Pretty Unprecedented’
(Washington Post – 4/21/1/7)

The March for Science from Around the World
(CNN – 4/22/17)


Trump and the Press and the Polls


Public Gives Trump Low Marks for First 100 Days: NBC News/WSJ Poll
(NBC News – 4/23/17)

Trump at 100 Days: 96% of His Voters Say They’d Do it Again
(ABC News – 4/23/17)

Trump to Hold 100th-Day Rally on Same Night as White House Correspondents’ Dinner
(Washington Post – 4/23/17)

“In Watergate, in the two years of stories we did at the Washington Post and also at the New York Times, there was not a single quoted source. It was all reporting based on anonymous sources.”

Carl Bernstein, one of two reporters who broke the Watergate story


Conflicts of Interest


Trump’s Daughter Meets Chinese President, Receives Chinese Trademarks
(MSNBC – 4/18/17)


Taxpayer Money


Trump and His Aides Take Hard Line on Border Wall, as Threat of Government Shutdown Looms
(Washington Post – 4/23/1/7)

Sessions: We’ll Fund the Wall ‘One Way or the Other’
(CNN – 4/23/17)


 Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


US Unlikely to Have been Behind Botched North Korean Missile Launch
(The Hill – 4/22/17)

If a Nuclear Bomb is Dropped on Your City, Here’s Where You Should Run and Hide
(Business Insider – 3/18/17)


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.

How Progressives Cherry-Pick Science They Like
(National Review – 4/21/17)


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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


April 10 – 16, 2017

April 10 – 16, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


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The Russia Story Just Keeps Getting Worse for President Trump
(CNN – 4/12/17)

How Russia Hacked Obama’s Legacy
(Buzzfeed – 4/13/17)

Classified Docs Contradict Nunes Surveillance Claims, GOP and Dem Sources Say
(CNN – 4/12/17)

FBI Obtained FISA Warrant to Monitor Trump Adviser Carter Page
(Washington Post – 4/11/17)

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“What lingers for Trump may be what deals — on what terms — he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian money when others in the west apparently would not lend to him.”

Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6 (British intelligence agency)
(The Sun UK, 4/13/17)

British Spies were First to Spot Trump Team’s Links with Russia
(The Guardian UK – 4/13/17)

“Concrete Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Team and Russia” Handed to Official Investigation
(The Independent UK – 4/14/17)

House’s Inquiry Into Russia Points a Congressman to Cyprus
(New York Times – 4/14/17)


North Korea


China’s Xi Calls Trump, Urges Peaceful Approach to North Korea
(Washington Post – 4/12/17)

US May Launch Strike if North Korea Moves to Test Nuclear Weapon: Report
(The Hill – 4/13/17)

China Warns of ‘Storm Clouds Gathering’ in U.S.-North Korea Standoff
(New York Times – 4/14/17)

 North Korean Official: Ready for War if Trump Wants it
(Associated Press – 4/14/17)

Ex-Acting CIA Chief: Trump is Making North Korea Situation Worse
(Politico – 4/14/17)

North Korea Appears to Jab at Trump with Missile Test
(Politico – 4/15/17)


China


Trump Faces Chinese Mockery Following Embarrassing Reversals
(MSNBC – 4/14/17)


Syria


Tillerson Meets With Putin Amid Deepening Tensions Over U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria
(Washington Post – 4/12/17)

U.S.-Led Coalition Accidentally Bombs Syrian Allies, Killing 18
(Washington Post – 4/13/17)


Afghanistan


US Drops Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Bomb in Afghanistan
(Military – 4/13/17)

‘It Felt Like the Heavens Were Falling’: Afghans Reel from MOAB Impact
(The Guardian – 4/14/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Trump and the Press


“That’s the Job. We Are Adversarial.”
(Politico – 4/10/17)


Draining the Swamp/Government Transparency


The White House Will Keep Its Visitor Logs Secret
(Time – 4/14/17)

With Trump Appointees, a Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’
(New York Times – 4/15/17)

The Tax March: Protesters Around the Country Call on Trump to Release his Taxes
(Washington Post – 4/15/17)

Trump Blasts Tax Day Protests, Says ‘Election is Over!’
(Fox News – 4/16/17)


Relearning History


Spicer: Hitler ‘Didn’t Even Sink to Using Chemical Weapons,’ Although He Sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust Center’
(Washington Post – 4/11/17)

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Trump is Still Learning What Most People Already Know
(MSNBC – 4/13/17)

“After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,”

President Donald Trump
Recalling his 4/12 phone conversation with Chinese Prime Minister Xi regarding Trump’s idea that China could simply make North Korea stop misbehaving


 Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


The Unforgivable Mistake Sean Spicer Makes Every Day
(Washington Post – 4/12/17)


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.

I hope that as more Trump voters come to the conclusion that she has, that people on the left will respond with compassion, tolerance (yes, tolerance) and decency rather than ridicule and “I told you so”s. The power to bring some degree of unity back to our nation and move forward in a positive direction is largely going to be in the hands of Democrats and their individual decisions to gloat or be humble. Don’t blow it, lefties.


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Events & Actions

Major nationwide protest coming up:

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: Scientists and people who believe in and support science will be having marches nationwide to encourage the use of science and facts in creating government policy – find your nearest march here!

Resources & Organizations


April 3 – 9, 2017

April 3 – 9, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


How Russian Twitter Bots Pumped Out Fake News During The 2016 Election
(National Public Radio – 4/3/17)

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Says Russia “Certainly” Involved in US Election
(Newsweek – 4/3/17)

Exclusive: Powerful Russian Partner Boasts Of Ongoing Access To Trump Family
(Forbes – 3/20/17)

Blackwater Founder Held Secret Seychelles Meeting to Establish Trump-Putin Back Channel
(Washington Post – 4/3/17)

Devin Nunes to Step Aside From House Investigation on Russia
(New York Times – 4/6/17)


Syria


Syria Chemical Attack: Doctors Say Child Gas Victims ‘Arrived Dead’ at Hospital
(The Independent – 4/5/17)

Banned Nerve Agent Sarin Used in Syria Chemical Attack, Turkey Says (New York Times – 4/6/17)

What You Need to Know About US Airstrike on Syrian Air Base
(CNN– 4/7/17)

Syria War: Russia Condemns US Missile Strike on ‘Chemical Weapons’ Base
(BBC – 4/7/17)

Russia Suspends Key Air Agreement With US Over Syria Strike
(Boston Globe – 4/7/17)


International Relations


Trump Ready to Tackle North Korea Alone
(Financial Times – 4/2/17)

US Aircraft Carrier-Led Strike Group Headed Toward Korean Peninsula
(CNN – 4/9/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Internal White House Dynamics


Trump Removes Stephen Bannon From National Security Council Post
(New York Times – 4/5/17)

Inside the White House, Paranoia and Unrest Among Top Staff
(CNN – 4/6/17)

War Breaks Out Between the Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner Factions in the White House
(Business Insider – 4/6/17)

Trump to Bannon and Kushner: Work This Out
(CNN – 4/8/17)


Gorsuch Confirmed


Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to the Supreme Court
(CNN – 4/7/17)

Gorsuch’s Impact on Divided Supreme Court Will Begin Immediately
(Los Angeles Times – 4/9/17)


Trump and the Republican Party


McCain: No Comparison Between Trump and Reagan
(CNN – 4/2/17)

“I am more worried about this country than I’ve been in my entire lifetime.”

– US Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
    4/2/17


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Series by the Los Angeles Times

Part I: Our Dishonest President (4/2/17)

Part II: Why Trump Lies (4/3/17)

Part III: Trump’s Authoritarian Vision (4/4/17)

Part IV: Trump’s War on Journalism (4/5/17)

Part V: Conspiracy Theorist in Chief (4/6/17)

Rachel Maddow Explains Why Pence Is Going Down With Trump For Russia
(MSNBC – 3/30/17)

Trump Faces Foreign Policy Tests He Doesn’t Know How to Pass
(MSNBC – 4/6/17)

The Coming Incompetence Crisis
(David Brooks, Conservative Pundit, New York Times – 4/7/17)

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face
(Fusion.net – 4/5/17)


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.

Ten Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives
(National Review – 11/29/16)


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Events & Actions

Two major nationwide protests coming up:

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: Trump Tax Day Marches nationwide to let President Trump know that it’s not just reporters who care about his undisclosed tax returns – find your nearest march here!
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017: Scientists and people who believe in and support science will be having marches nationwide to encourage the use of science and facts in creating government policy – find your nearest march here!

Resources & Organizations