May 28 – June 3, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Trump Administration Moves to Return Russian Compounds in Maryland and New York
(Washington Post – 5/31/17)

Congress Investigating Another Possible Sessions-Kislyak Meeting
(CNN – 5/31/17)

Putin Ridicules Claims of Meddling in US Vote
(Washington Post – 6/2/17)

Mueller’s Investigation Goes Wide:
The Special Counsel Takes Over a Criminal Probe into Paul Manafort’s Ukrainian Business Dealings, Broadening His Original Scope
(The Atlantic – 6/2/17)

Explanations for Kushner’s Meeting with Head of Kremlin-Linked Bank Don’t Match Up
(Washington Post – 6/1/17)

Nigel Farage is ‘Person of Interest’ in FBI Investigation into Trump and Russia
(The Guardian UK – 6/2/17)


Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord


The Latest: Scientist Warns US Climate Move Short-Sighted
(Washington Post – 6/1/17)

Massive Crack in Antarctica Ice Shelf Grows 11 Miles in Only 6 Days
(USA Today – 6/1/17)

Paris Agreement on Climate Change: US Withdraws as Trump Calls it ‘Unfair’
(Fox News – 6/1/17)

Trump’s Speech on Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal, Annotated
(National Public Radio – 6/1/17)

Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Statement Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
(Politifact – 6/1/17)

World Leaders Condemn Trump’s Decision to Quit Paris Climate Deal
(CNN – 6/3/17)

The World’s Front Pages Mourn Trump’s Paris Decision
(New York Magazine – 6/2/17)

Winners and Losers in Trump’s Paris Decision
(The Hill – 6/2/17)

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord
(New York Times – 6/1/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Ethics


White House Details Ethics Waivers for Ex-Lobbyists and Corporate Lawyers
(New York Times – 5/31/17)


National Security


An Unexpected Problem: Trump Handing Out his Cellphone Number
(MSNBC – 5/31/17)

Security Experts to Donald Trump: Stop Handing Out Your Cellphone Number
(Time Magazine – 6/1/17)


Covfefe


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Less Tweeting, Lawyers Beg. ‘Covfefe,’ the President Says.
(New York Times – 5/31/17)


Kathy Griffin


It Was Just Revealed How 11-Year-Old Barron Trump First Learned of Kathy Griffin’s Photo — Horrific
(Independent Journal Review – 6/1/17)

Claiming ‘Bullying’ by Trump Over Gruesome Joke, Griffin Says She’s Standing up for Free Speech
(Yahoo News – 6/2/17)

‘He Broke Me’: A Defiant, Tearful Kathy Griffin Slams Attacks by Trump and His Family
(Washington Post – 6/2/17)


Hate Crimes


Portland Train Suspect: ‘I Hope Everyone I Stabbed Died’
(CNN – 5/31/17)


Random Tdibits


Watch A Mentally Not There Trump Wander Off From Meeting And Be Brought Back By Staff
(Politics USA – 5/26/17)

This White House Statement on Trump’s ‘Positive Energy’ Reads Like a Parody
(Washington Post – 5/30/17)


 Keeping Track of the Basics:

Trump’s Cabinet Picks and Their Status in the Approval Process
(Full Article – The Atlantic)

Entire Trump Administration: Who’s Who
(Full Info – Real Clear Politics)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Compiled and updated by the office of US Representative Eric Swalwell, House Intelligence Committee)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Washington Post)

How Much Have Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Stays Cost Us So Far?
(Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago?)


Editorials


Al Franken: Time for Hillary Clinton, Democrats to ‘Move on’
(Washington Post – 6/2/17)

Europe’s Leaders Confront the Worst Case Scenario: Trump
(Talking Points Memo – 5/29/17)

Trump’s Incompetence Won’t Save Our Democracy
(New York Times – 6/2/17)

How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science
(New York Times – 6/3/17)

White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss
(Teen Vogue – 5/9/17)


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This Week’s Blog Entries:

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Are You “Over-Sharing?” Leaking in the Age of Trump

 


Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

May 21 – 27, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Ex-C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia
(New York Times – 5/23/17)

CIA Director Alerted FBI to Pattern of Contacts Between Russian Officials and Trump Campaign Associates
(Washington Post – 5/23/17)

Calculating or Naive? Trump Caught in Cloud of Russia Probe Revelations
(CNN – 5/23/17)

GOP Strategist Admits he Colluded with Russian Hackers to Hurt Hillary Clinton, Democrats
(Salon – 5/25/17)

Trump Asked DNI, NSA to Deny Evidence of Russia Collusion
(CNN – 5/23/17)

White House, Department of Justice Miss Deadline to Provide Comey Memos, Records
(USA Today – 5/24/17)


Jared Kushner


Russian Ambassador Told Moscow that Kushner Wanted Secret Communications Channel with Kremlin
(Washington Post – 5/26/17)


Mike Flynn


Jeff Sessions


Trump’s Casino was a Money Laundering Concern Shortly After it Opened
(CNN – 5/22/17)

Explosive Dutch Documentary Says Trump has Deep Ties to Russia’s Mafia Underworld
(Raw Story – 5/12/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Trump Budget


 Trump’s Budget by the Numbers: What Gets Cut and Why
(CNN – 5/23/17)

Trump Budget Seeks Huge Cuts to Science and Medical Research, Disease Prevention
(Washington Post – 5/23/17)

Trump’s Budget Cuts Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CNN – 5/24/17)


Trump Leaks Information Again, Jeopardizing US Military and More


Trump Revealed Submarine Locations to Philippines President
(The Hill – 5/24/17)

Trump’s Loose Lips Drive Allies to Reassess U.S. Access to Intel
(Miami Herald – 5/25/17)


Conflicts of Interest


Despite Promise, Trump’s Business Offers Little Information About Foreign Profits
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)


Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy


Read the Embarrassing Scribbled Note Donald Trump Left at the Holocaust Memorial in Israel
(Daily KOS – 5/23/17)

With Gift and in Conversation, Vatican Presses Trump on Climate Change
(New York Times – 5/24/17)

Out of Step: G7 Leaders Take a Stroll, Trump Takes a Golf Cart
(The Times UK – 5/26/17)


International Relations


Following Trump’s Trip, Merkel Says Europe Can’t Rely on ‘Others.’ She Means the U.S.
(Washington Post – 5/28/17)


Ethics


White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll
(New York Times – 5/22/17)

On Same Weekend as Record-Breaking Arms Deal, Saudis Announced $100 Million Donation to Ivanka Fund
(Daily KOS – 5/21/17)


 Keeping Track of the Basics:

Trump’s Cabinet Picks and Their Status in the Approval Process
(Full Article – The Atlantic)

Entire Trump Administration: Who’s Who
(Full Info – Real Clear Politics)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Compiled and updated by the office of US Representative Eric Swalwell, House Intelligence Committee)

Ongoing Tracking of Trump-Russia Connections
(Washington Post)

How Much Have Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Stays Cost Us So Far?
(Is Trump at Mar-a-Lago?)


Editorials


Satire: Trump Boasts that his Impeachment will Get Higher TV Ratings Than All Other Impeachments
(Andy Borowitz – New Yorker – 5/1217)

What Will Trump’s Fake-News Habit Mean in a Crisis?
(The Atlantic – 5/15/17)

Right-Wing Extremists are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS
(Newsweek – 2/4/16)

Mike Pence Wants us to Believe he’s Innocent. Don’t Buy it.
(Washington Post – 5/19/17)

 Donald Trump’s $10 Trillion Magic Asterisk
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)

The Enormity of Trump’s Scam is Coming into View
(Washington Post – 5/24/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


Melania Slaps Away President Trump’s Hand on Tel Aviv Tarmac at Start of Israel Trip
(New York Daily News – 5/22/17)

 

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Offers Advice to Donald Trump:

 

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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

May 7 – 13, 2017

May 7 – 13, 2017

Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


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:


Editorials


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


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This Week’s Blog Entry:

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Events & Actions


Resources & Organizations


 

 

 

May 1 – 6, 2017

May 1 – 6, 2017

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Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


Senate Committee Asks Carter Page to Reveal Russian Contacts
(NBC News – 5/5/17)

Comey Reveals Few Details About State of Russia Inquiry
(CNN – Updated 5/4/17)


Mental illness


Donald Trump Just Gave Two Incredibly Bizarre (and Fact-Free) Interviews
(CNN – 5/1/17)

“It’s something that I think is frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”

President Donald Trump on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict


Healthcare


Republican Healthcare Pitch Built on a Foundation of Falsehoods
(MSNBC – 5/5/17)

Senate Won’t Vote on House-Passed Healthcare Bill
(Washington Examiner – 5/5/17)

What is in the Republican Health-care Bill? Questions and Answers on Preexisting Conditions, Medicaid and More
(Washington Post – 5/4/17)

50 Health Issues That Count as a Pre-existing Condition
(Time Magazine – 5/4/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Separation of Church and State


Trump Signs Order Aimed at Allowing Churches to Engage in More Political Activity
(Washington Post – 5/4/17)


Immigration


Sen. Bob Casey Unleashes Tweetstorm at White House
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 5/3/17)


Relations with Dictators


Trump’s ‘Very Friendly’ Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides and Critics Alike
(New York Times – 4/30/17)

President Trump Says he Would be ‘Honored’ to Meet with North Korean Dictator
(Washington Post – 5/1/17)

“We’ve never lived in a Third World banana republic. I don’t mean that gratuitously. I mean the reality is he is governing as if he is the President of a Third World country: power is held by family and incompetent loyalists whose main calling card is the fact that Donald Trump can trust them, not whether they have any expertise.”

Jerry Taylor, President
Niskanen Center (Libertarian think tank)
(The New Yorker – 5/8/17)


US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross


Wilbur Ross Says Syria Missile Strike Was ‘After-Dinner Entertainment’ at Mar-a-Lago
(Variety – 5/1/17)


 Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Trump has a Dangerous Disability
George F. Will, Conservative Columnist
(Washington Post – 5/4/17)

“His fathomless lack of interest in America’s path to the present and his limitless gullibility leave him susceptible to being blown about by gusts of factoids that cling like lint to a disorderly mind. Americans have placed vast military power at the discretion of this mind.”

George F. Will, Conservative Columnist
(Washington Post – 5/4/17)


When is it Okay to Say the President Might be Nuts?
Jennifer Rubin
(Washington Post – 5/2/17)

How Trump Could Get Fired
(The New Yorker – 5/8/17)

“He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t do drugs. His drug is himself.”

Sam Nunberg
2016 Trump Campaign Adviser
(The New Yorker – 5/8/17)


Elizabeth Warren: Obama was Wrong. The System is More Rigged Than You Know.

(Vox – 4/26/17)


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.

Meet the Evangelicals Who Still Love Trump
(Think Progress – 5/5/17)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


Fake Trump interview with Stephen Colbert:

Late Night host Seth Meyers rants about Trumpcare:

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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
(C-SPAN – 4/29/17)

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)


Cartoons, Images & Videos


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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


March 27 – April 2, 2017

March 27 – April 2, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories

 


Russia


Who’s Who in Trump-Russia Saga
(CNN – 3/29/17)

Here’s What We’ve Learned from the Senate Hearing on Russia So Far
(Washington Post – 3/30/17)


Paul Manafort and Russia


Russian Dissident Shot Dead Who Would Have Been Star Witness in Paul Manafort Trial in Ukraine
(Palmer Report – 3/23/17)

Paul Manafort’s Puzzling New York Real Estate Purchases
(WNYC – 3/28/17)


Michael Flynn … and Russia


Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity
(Wall Street Journal – 3/30/17)

‘General Flynn Certainly Has a Story to Tell’
(Atlantic – 3/30/17)

Too Soon to Discuss Immunity for Flynn, Investigators Say
(Washington Post – 3/31/17)

Questions, Answers About the Legal Immunity Process
(Washington Post – 3/31/17)

Michael Flynn Failed to Disclose Income From Russia-Linked Entities
(New York Times – 4/1/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Conflicts of Interest


Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property
(Washington Post – 3/26/17)

Trump Couple, Now White House Employees, Can’t Escape Conflict Laws
(New York Times – 4/1/17)


Trump and the Press


Stop Shaking Your Head’: Sean Spicer Lashes Out at Reporter April Ryan
(NBC News – 3/29/17)


Trump University


Trump University Suit Settlement Approved by Judge
(New York Times –3/31/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Trump Promised to Bring Back Coal Jobs. That Promise ‘Will Not be Kept,’ Experts Say
(Washington Post – 3/29/17)

The GOP is Not a Pro-Life, Christian Party
(John Pavlovitz – 3/29/17)

Understanding the Angry Mob at Middlebury That Gave Me a Concussion
(New York Times – 3/13/17)


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 believed everything he said’: Ex-supporter whose son OD’d says Trumpcare made him turn on the president
(Raw Story – 3/21/17)


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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


March 20 – 26, 2017

March 20 – 26, 2017

 


Articles & Editorials:


Main Stories


Russia


During James Comey’s Hearing Before Congress, US Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) Lays Out Evidence for Russian Involvement in 2016 Presidential Election
(Video below – Huffington Post – 3/20/17– 8:20)
or read transcript (Time Magazine – 3/20/17)

Comey Confirms F.B.I. Inquiry on Russia; Sees No Evidence of Wiretapping
(New York Times – 3/20/17)

Former Trump Campaign Head Manafort Was Paid Millions By A Putin Ally, AP Says
(National Public Radio – 3/22/17)


Deaths and Injuries of Putin Critics


Lawyer For Russian Whistleblower’s Family Falls From Building One Day Before Hearing
(Huffington Post – 3/21/17)

Ukraine’s Leader Calls Killing of Putin Critic a Russian Terror Act
(CNN – 3/23/17)


Committee Chair Devin Nunes Bypasses Intelligence Committee to Inform President


Nunes Claims Some Trump Transition Messages Were Intercepted
(Politico – 3/22/17)

What Devin Nunes’s Bombshell Does and Doesn’t Say
(The Atlantic – 3/22/17)

Nunes Apologizes to House Intel Committee, Member Says
(CNN – 3/23/17)


Mental Illness


Trump Dismisses Risk of Falsehoods: ‘I’m President, and You’re Not’
(The Hill – 3/23/17)

Read President Trump’s Interview With TIME on Truth and Falsehoods
(Time Magazine – 3/23/17)


Other Stories That You Should Know About:


Hate Crimes


White Man Traveled to New York to Kill Black Men and ‘Make a Statement,’ Police Say
(Washington Post – 3/23/17)


Healthcare Reform


Republicans Pull Healthcare Legislation Plan in Blow to Trump
(Reuters – 3/24/17)

‘Hello, Bob’: President Trump Called My Cellphone to Say That the Healthcare Bill was Dead
(Washington Post – 3/24/17)


Phones at Trump Tower WERE Tapped – Sort Of


Russian Mafia Boss Still at Large After FBI Wiretap at Trump Tower
(ABC News – 3/21/17)


Keeping Track of the Basics:


Editorials


Trump’s Weary Defenders Face Fresh Worries
(New York Times – 3/20/17)

A President’s Credibility: Trump’s Falsehoods are Eroding Public Trust, at Home and Abroad
(Wall Street Journal – 3/21/17)

Donald Trump Should be Immediately Removed from Office — Before We Hit Rock Bottom
(Shaun King – Daily News – 3/21/17)

Trump’s Terrifying Comey Tweet: the President is Using His Office as a Platform to Contest the Very Nature of Truth
(Slate – 3/21/17)


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 Believed Everything He Said’: Ex-Supporter Whose Son OD’d Says Trumpcare Made Him Turn on the President
(Raw Story – 3/21/17)


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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