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emptywheel
Trump's unpopularity taints long-standing practices of Obama and Bush
There’s something I like about the Trump Administration. People are now aware of and opposed to them in a way they weren’t when the same policies or beliefs were widely held under George Bush or Barack Obama. Many, though not all, of these policies or beliefs were embraced unquestioningly by centrists or even avowed leftists. As an example, Obama deported a huge number of people. But now that Trump has expanded that same practice, it has been made visible and de-legitimized.    at 12:26

Antiwar
Trump Continues Obama's Wars
US General Wants to Hike Intervention in Somalia
US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya
US Commander: Russia Links to Libya General 'Undeniable'
Mattis Wants Troops in Iraq 'For Years'
Iraqi Civilians Continue to Flee Mosul, Facing Danger, Uncertainty    at 12:21

Zero Hedge
Trump Tweet
ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!    at 11:22

Peak Prosperity
Chris Martenson blasts Fed and Yellen    at 11:14

Instapundit
NRA Will Target Democrats Who Vote Against Gorsuch.
"The NRA has every confidence that Judge Gorsuch will protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners and will faithfully apply the Constitution in the cases that come before him. He has our strongest support for confirmation.

Why is ‘Sesame Street’s’ New Muppet with Autism a Girl?    at 11:01

Foreign Policy
The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of
The NGA remains by far the most shadowy member of the Big Five spy agencies. The NGA is to pictures what the NSA is to voices. Its principal function is to analyze the billions of images and miles of video captured by drones in the Middle East and spy satellites circling the globe. But because it has largely kept its ultra-high-resolution cameras pointed away from the United States. Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become. Among them is ARGUS-IS, the world’s highest-resolution camera with 1.8 billion pixels. Invisible from the ground at nearly four miles in the air, it uses a technology known as “persistent stare” — the equivalent of 100 Predator drones peering down at a medium-size city at once — to track everything that moves.    at 10:56

naked capitalism links
Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps
One of the most telling examples of media mania was the insistence that Trump was referring only to wiretapping and no other form of surveillance. From the earliest days of the scandal, I balked at that narrow reading. As someone who has written and litigated in the surveillance field for over three decades, the narrow reading is absurd. “Wiretap” has often been used as a generality for surveillance, particularly among those of Trump’s generation. It is the same colloquial meaning as when the Supreme Court commonly used “eavesdropping” to refer to surveillance.    at 10:41

World Socialist Web
Trump scuttles Obamacare replacement bill
While the collapse of the bill is a significant setback for Trump, the claim by Democratic leaders that it is a “victory for the American people” is a lie. The failure of the Republican bill leaves in place the scheme largely devised by the insurance and health care corporations and implemented by the Democrats under Obama, which has already dramatically cut health benefits for millions of working people, increased their out-of-pocket costs, and imposed deductibles so high as to make it impossible for many workers who have policies to see a doctor or obtain prescription medicines.    at 10:23

New Eastern Outlook
Blowback from revelation that the intelligence community did surveil Trump’s team
Three weeks ago I predicted that President Trump had cast an irresistible piece of bait before the New Democratic Order with his “sick Obama” Tweet. I told my colleagues Trump would get the Congress to disclose some of his corroborative evidence, and that he would then reel in the big swamp fishes like a master angler. Devin Nunes’ carefully crafted statements the other day, that “President Trump’s transition team may have had its communications picked up and distributed throughout the intelligence community”, was a bombshell the media tried to stifle almost immediately.

Zero Hedge
Nunes: I had a duty and obligation to tell the President about surveillance
I have information that indicates Americans’ names were unmasked during surveillance. “The lack of a leak investigation is quite concerning. We need to make sure that these leaks are being tracked down.”    at 09:42

25 de Marzo    at 00:00


FIX THE MEDICAL CARE SYSTEM

New York Times
The Case for Medicare for All
“Single-payer national health insurance, also known as ‘Medicare for all,’ is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.”

World Socialist Web
A socialist policy for universal health care
The capitalist principle of for-profit health care must be ended. Working people must take the position that health care is a social right—along with education, housing, employment, retirement and access to culture—not a privilege reserved for the wealthy, and must be provided to all free of charge.

Beat the Press
New Health Care Plan: Open Source Drugs, Immigrant Doctors, and a Public Option
Now that the Republican health care plan has been sent to the dust bin of history, it’s worth thinking about how Obamacare can be improved. While the ACA was a huge step forward in extending insurance coverage, many of the complaints against the program are justified. The co-pays and deductibles can mean the plans are of little use to middle income people with relatively low bills.    at 06:30

POLICE STATE WATCH

Kunstler
The CIA is expressly forbidden from spying on US citizens
and anything overheard incidentally when bugging foreigners is supposed to remain suppressed or “masked.”) Somebody at the CIA just handed the info straight to The New York Times, The WashPo, and CNN. That story broke in back in January. How come the CIA has not rooted out the culprit and handed him/her/zhe over to the Department of Justice?

Antiwar
Do We Live in a Police State?
We have created a monster, a Deep State with such unchecked power, armed with such Orwellian technology, that it represents a clear and present danger to our constitutional republic. This threat is underscored not only by the latest WikiLeaks revelations, but also by the intelligence community’s intervention in our domestic politics, which has been documented in the headlines of the nation’s newspapers for the past few months.

Duran
The US president can spy on anybody, anytime, anywhere. No warrants necessary
Judge Napolitano also stressed that “wiretapping” per se, is not even really required, since everything we say or write on our mobile phones or computers is already digitally captured by the NSA and stored for future retrieval. It would therefore have been a simple matter for the Obama administration, as well as those in the intelligence community hostile to President Trump, to obtain private conversations of Trump or anyone they wished.

Paul Craig Roberts
Truth Is Rare and Hard to Find
If the CIA can leave the fingerprint of an innocent party, we must assume the CIA can also put secret documents or child pornography on a person’s computer. Because of the CIA’s capability, henceforth we cannot know if any evidence presented in any trial against any defendant is real of faked.

Mint Press
Border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them.
Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the U.S. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from U.S. borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.

Foreign Policy
The Multibillion-Dollar U.S. Spy Agency You Haven’t Heard of
The NGA remains by far the most shadowy member of the Big Five spy agencies. The NGA is to pictures what the NSA is to voices. Its principal function is to analyze the billions of images and miles of video captured by drones in the Middle East and spy satellites circling the globe. But because it has largely kept its ultra-high-resolution cameras pointed away from the United States. Few civilians have any idea how advanced these military eye-in-the-sky drones have become. Among them is ARGUS-IS, the world’s highest-resolution camera with 1.8 billion pixels. Invisible from the ground at nearly four miles in the air, it uses a technology known as “persistent stare” — the equivalent of 100 Predator drones peering down at a medium-size city at once — to track everything that moves.    at 23:50

POLITICAL PARTIES

Listen Liberal
The broken two party political system
Thomas Frank asserts that the two political parties dominated by societal elites have systemically failed the workers in America, resulting in a space for populism to naturally grow into.

"When Trump makes claims, the press takes him literally, but not seriously;
his supporters take him seriously, but not literally."

Amazon bestseller ‘Reasons to Vote for Democrats’ is a book of 266 blank pages

Jacobin
How the Left Can Win
You might think that the Democrats would, in response to their catastrophic defeat, try to adjust to the populist surge and indeed try to capture it. But it seems to me very unlikely that they’re going to do this, for the very reason that Clinton took the political positions and adopted the electoral strategy she did.

Unz Review
Trump Is Obama’s Legacy. Will This Break Up the Democratic Party?
It is easier to begin afresh than to try to re-design a party (or any institution) dominated by resistance to change, and whose idea of economic growth is a pastiche of tax cuts and deregulation. Both U.S. parties are committed to this neoliberal program – and seek to blame foreign enemies for the fact that its effect is to continue squeezing living standards and bloating the financial sector.

As Trotsky said, fascism is the result of the failure of the left to provide an alternative.

Governing
I think the two parties are already being remade.
Trump lost a lot of upper income voters, and he gained a lot of lower income voters. As Trump begins to redefine the Republicans, Democrats themselves will begin to redefine as a response. They’re already moving toward their own kind of populism. I don’t think a candidate like Hillary will be nominated again.    at 18:00

IMMIGRATION

The American Conservative
The benefits of prioritizing skilled immigrants.

Real Clear
Common Sense on Immigration

NumbersUSA
Ten Steps to Re-establish the Integrity of the Immigration System

Numbers
Does the US want a population of 500 million, a billion?

Breitbart
Bill Clinton Advocates Open Borders, Claims ‘Nationalism Destroying’ U.S.

The phrase “illegal aliens” is banned by the mainstream media
but not be the rest of us.
   at 23:54

CORPORATIONS SHOULD NOT HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS

Democracy Now
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with free speech rights
and can spend unlimited amounts of their money in our elections. And as a result, we now see effectively a corporate takeover of our democracy.

Personhood' is not synonymous with 'humans.'
A 'person' is the law's way of saying that entity has the capacity for rights.    at 22:56

Ron Paul
Don't Forget JFK's Fight With The CIA
JFK was threatening the existence of the entire national-security establishment.

Huppi
The origins of the overclass can be traced back to the CIA    at 21:00

Unz Review: Andrew Napolitano
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is a Monster Created by Congress    at 18:57


NEOLIBERALISM, GLOBALISM AND TRADE POLICY

naked capitalism
Trump is attacking neoliberalism's foundations: free trade and unlimited capital mobility

Beat the Press
The "Free Traders" Do Not Believe in Free Trade
   at 17:00

Intercept
Neoconservatives and liberal hawks have much in common    at 15:00


THE MEDIA CANNOT BE TRUSTED

Manufacturing Consent
Summary of Noam Chomsky's analyses on how the corporate media functions.

Paul Craig Roberts
The media serve as propagandists for military/security complex and Wall Street

George Friedman
Rage between a president and the press is not new.
   at 16:00

THE FED, MONETARY REFORM AND PUBLIC BANKING

Monetary reform is the creation of debt-free money by government
for the direct payment of public goods and services.

Public banking creates at-cost and in-house credit to pay for public goods and services
without the expense and for-profit interest of selling debt-securities. North Dakota has a public bank for at-cost credit that results in it being the only state with annual increasing surpluses rather than deficits.

Permit US Postal Service to Accept Deposits and Have ATM's

Audit the Fed, Then Close It
Auditing the Fed is only a baby step. We need to end the Fed, end fractional reserve lending, and have a free market in currencies and interest rates. Regulation can be conducted by other Federal agencies and states.

New York Times
Trump Wants Faster Growth. The Fed Isn’t So Sure.
The central bank, for its part, is indicating that it will seek to restrain any acceleration in economic activity. The Fed does not want faster growth. Fed officials estimate that the economy is already growing at something like the maximum sustainable pace. Fed officials predicted in December that the economy would expand 2.1 percent this year, slightly faster than the 1.8 percent pace they regard as sustainable.

Peak Prosperity
Federal Reserve squeezes retirees, hurts savers
Fed's low interest policy transfered a trillion dollars in wealth from savers to the 1%?    at 08:22

ANTI-WAR

Mint Press
Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Wades Further Into Middle East
Despite that campaign platform and electoral mandate, now-President Donald Trump is doubling down on military intervention in the Middle East.

Unz Review
The neocons are most definitely an integral part of the Deep State
Having a plausible and dangerous enemy like Russia on tap keeps the cash flowing from defense industries to the foundations and think tanks that the neocons nest in when they are not running the Pentagon and National Security Council. Follow the money. So it is all about self-interest combined with tribal memory: money, status and a visceral hatred of Russia.    at 10:22

THE FOURTH TURNING

Burning Platform, Part 1
The catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning was the 2008 financial crisis

Burning Platform, Part 2
Who will lead the country during the second half of this Fourth Turning Crisis.

Burning Platform, Part 3
Economic distress is likely to be the driving force in next phase of this Crisis

Abby Martin
Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. Empire as Trump's Chief Strategist.

Consortium
Steve Bannon’s Apocalyptic ‘Unravelling’
Donald Trump’s upbeat slogan is “Make America Great Again,” but his chief strategist Steve Bannon sees apocalyptic days ahead, a harsh winter before society’s renewal, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.
   at 01:00

FASCISM IS A SNARL WORD

The Archdruid
A snarl word ia a content-free verbal noise that expresses angry emotions and nothing else

The Archdruid
Any fascist movement ALWAYS had these three organizational features
* a cult of charismatic leadership,
* a uniformed Party militia,
* the goal of totalitarianism.

Any fascist movement NEVER had these three features
* Marxism
* Liberalism
* Conservatism - the hot-button one

The Archdruid
Fascism and the Future
There really is a difference between a troubled, dysfunctional, and failing representative democracy and a totalitarian state, and that a movement that promises to overturn a broken status quo, and succeeds in doing so, is perfectly capable of making things much, much worse.
   at 13:42

Macrobusiness
A list of characteristics of fascism.
Rent-seeker pricing
Closed economic borders
Closed immigration
Socially conservative
Nepotistic
Oligarchic
Martial
Post-truth    at 02:52