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ADDED 01/10/2018

Federal workers upholding their oath

FROM  | The Register Guard

BY Jason Lewis-Berry

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, I joined many public servants in private conversations about how to approach federal service in the age of Donald Trump. Most of us had been through presidential transitions before and had proudly served under Republican and Democratic administrations. But everyone knew this time was different. They had watched […]

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ADDED 01/10/2018

Beware the illiberal alliance of Poland and Hungary, a grave threat to the EU

FROM 01/06/2018 | The Guardian

BY Will Hutton

Both governments prefer ‘conservative nationalist’ states to democracy. Brussels should take a standd Hungary has fortified its border with Serbia to stop migrants entering. Photograph: Zoltán Gergely Kelemen/AP It’s ugly and on the rise; and it’s hard to see how it can end well. The global rise of conservative nationalism with the aim of creating […]

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ADDED 01/09/2018

The war on reason

FROM 01/07/2018 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

BY Randy David

“The fist is the synthesis of our theory.” That statement, made sometime in 1920, belongs to a militant follower of Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, the leader of Italian fascism.  But, it could have been uttered just as proudly by an ardent DDS (Diehard Duterte Supporter) while executing the fist salute made famous by President Du30. […]

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ADDED 01/09/2018

Beware creeping U.S. authoritarianism, Yale’s Timothy Snyder warns

FROM 01/07/2018 | The National

BY Susan Ormiston

Donald Trump has been labelled many things since becoming U.S. President — a nationalist, a patriot, but also an authoritarian and a tyrant. Yale University history expert Timothy Snyder believes Trump is undermining American democracy and its institutions. Snyder pulls examples from the rise of fascism and communism in Eastern Europe to warn that democracy […]

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ADDED 01/09/2018

On the Self-Destructive Left

FROM 01/08/2018 | Spiked

BY Andrew Doyle

Which came first: the chicken or the egg? I’ve never understood why the age-old causality dilemma should be expressed in these terms. As far as I’m concerned, chickens are blundering, ignoble creatures who have no place in the realm of philosophical discourse. So let’s put it another way. Which came first: the alt-right or the […]

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ADDED 01/08/2018

Weaker sections under threat from fascist forces: SMP

FROM 01/06/2018 | Daily Excelsior

BY Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 5: National secretary general, Social Movement Party (SMP), Advocate Ashok Kumar Basotra today alleged that the SCs, STs, OBCs & minority communities are being attacked by the fascist forces in whole country and terror is being created by the so called upper castes in the minds of these people so that they shouldn’t […]

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ADDED 11/15/2017

The Founding Fathers provided us with a way out of troubled presidency — the direct, doable process of impeachment

FROM 10/16/2017 | Los Angeles Times

BY Barbara Radnofsky

Many people see chaos in the Trump administration and fear for the nation’s future. The president was duly elected, and yet this presidency has already been marked by lawsuits, an FBI investigation, policy confusion and escalating rhetoric with North Korea. Fortunately, the U.S. Constitution offers a direct, doable way to respond to such crises: impeachment. The Founding […]

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ADDED 11/14/2017

Russian Money in Silicon Valley

FROM 11/09/2017 | The Atlantic


A new trove of leaked documents, the so-called Paradise Papers, have revealedthat Yuri Milner, a Russian businessman with extensive investments in Silicon Valley, used funds from two Kremlin-controlled—and now U.S.-sanctioned—banks to make large investments in Facebook and Twitter. Both stakes have been sold off, but Milner’s path to Silicon Valley, where he continues be a power […]

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ADDED 11/13/2017

Instead of tax cuts for the rich, we could literally fund anything else

FROM 11/09/2017 | The Hill


Some of the supporters of this $1.5-trillion debt-financed tax bill are the very same members of Congress who insisted that a relief package for Hurricane Sandy — costing roughly 4 percent of what their current tax bill costs — be fully “offset” by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. Similarly, many, including Congressman Ryan himself, objected to the […]

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ADDED 11/11/2017

Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster

FROM 11/08/2017 | Esquire


BY CHARLES P. PIERCE NOV 8, 2017 Are you ready to have your mellow harshed just a little? On Tuesday, when nobody was looking, the state of Wisconsin brought the country a step closer to a constitutional bloodbath unseen since 1789. The Wisconsin state senate voted, 19-14, to join the call for an Article V […]

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