Federal Government Squeezes Workers, Bloats Pentagon by Carl Lewis + May Day: Struggle For A Mass Strike!

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by Carl Lewis
Workers World
March 23, 2017

A recent hiring freeze for federal employees is one of a barrage of anti-worker laws and executive orders recently put forth by the Trump administration. These serve as a cover-up for gutting the people’s social safety net, on the way to implementing brutal capitalist austerity.

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The Omission of Facts, by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 22, 2017

It is not just Donald Trump whose rhetoric is chronically bereft of reality. Politicians, reporters, commentators and academics are often similarly untethered to hard facts, albeit not for narcissistic enjoyment. There are many patterns of fact, relevant to a subject being discussed, that are off the table—either consciously or because they are deemed inconvenient. Rarely are there omissions due to the facts being hard to get or inaccessible.

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Swamping the Supremes Department: No Cloture for Judge Gorsuch by Rob Hager

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by Rob Hager
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 18, 2017

Maine’s Angus King is a swing Independent Senator who caucuses with Democrats. As a former lawyer, like many of his colleagues, he cannot plead ignorance about the historic importance of his vote on the fateful Senate filibuster to deny Neil Gorsuch confirmation as Trump’s first Supreme Court appointee. Confirmation hearings for this far-right, “friendly fascist,” defender of torture, Federalist Society nominee are scheduled to begin March 20. A filibuster will follow. The key vote will come, likely in the first week of April, when Gorsuch supporters vote for cloture (i.e. termination) of the filibuster. The Republicans will need 60 votes for cloture in order to proceed to a vote on confirmation. They only have 52 votes, which is enough for confirmation but not enough to first end the filibuster.

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“Making America Great” at Americans’ Expense by Ralph Nader + 2 Video Reports

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Updated: March 17, 2017, added two video reports

by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page, Mar. 13, 2017
March 16, 2017

Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” at their expense.

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Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Mar 14, 2017

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.

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Trumpcare or Ryancare–Dead on Arrival? by Ellen Brown + Healthcare or Wealthcare?

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
March 14, 2017

“The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans…. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”

— Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)

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Ralph Nader: Corporate Crime, Corporate Violence, Corporate Welfare, and Corporate Regulations

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with Ralph Nader

GVFJ on Mar 6, 2017

Ralph Nader, founder of Consumer Protection, gave a talk at University of La Verne on the topic of Empowering People in the Trump Era based on his latest book Breaking Through Power.

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Chris Hedges: Resistance in the Age of Trump

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Mar 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses successful strategies for resistance in the age of Trump with activist and attorney, Kevin Zeese. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at how Republican lawmakers are attempting to quell demonstrations across the US.

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Ralph Nader: Trump’s Attack on the EPA and Regulatory Agencies Will be a Disaster

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Mar 1, 2017

Ralph Nader tells Paul Jay that Trump’s attack on the EPA and regulatory agencies will be a disaster.

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Chris Hedges: The Corporate State’s Assault on the Arts

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 25, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the corporate state’s assault on the arts with theater director and writer JoAnne Akalaitis. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines calls to defund the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Chris Hedges: The Dysfunctional U.S. Health Care System Can Be Fixed + Republicans Lead In Obamacare Replacement, Act Now by Margaret Flowers

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with Chris Hedges and Margaret Flowers

RT America on Feb 18, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring cost of health care.

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Glenn Greenwald: Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal and Wholly Justified + How Israel Is Turning into an Apartheid-Like State

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Democracy Now! on Feb 16, 2017

http://democracynow.org – While congressional Democrats and some Republicans are pushing for probes into President Trump’s ties to Russia, Trump has focused largely on going after those who have leaked information to the press. On Monday, Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign after The Washington Post reported on leaks of classified intelligence revealing that Flynn had engaged in talks with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the transition period, while Barack Obama was still president. In a tweet this morning, Trump wrote, “The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” On Wednesday, he wrote, “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia.” We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept.

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Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: Insane Clown President

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 11, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the spectacle of the 2016 presidential election and the system that created President Donald Trump with Matt Taibbi, author of “Insane Clown President”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil highlights some of the more absurd moments of the election season.

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A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up by Nicole Colson

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by Nicole Colson
Socialist Worker
February 10, 2017

Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right.

LESS THAN three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a uniter, not a divider.” Only he’s been uniting many hundreds of thousands of people in protest and many millions in outrage at his bigoted, right-wing actions since taking office.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Political Cartoons

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Feb 4, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the influence of editorial cartoons and the plight of the artists who make them with political cartoonist Dwayne Booth, also known as Mr. Fish. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil explores what we have done to dissident artists throughout American history.

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