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Trump administration continues to flout the law, McConnell continues to yawn

A 1990 budget law sets a deadline every year for the White House: The president's budget must be presented to Congress by the first Monday of February. That didn't happen yesterday, and no one...

The Zeitgeist of Darkness and Despair Has Been w/Us Since Day One Of Trump’s...

This is a full reprint of a piece I published on January 20, 2017, the day that Donald Trump took office. The original title was “Trump Is Attuned To The Zeitgeist of Darkness and Despair; That Is The America He Spoke To, Not Us.” You may remember hearing Trump’s American Carnage speech that day, which was addressed to his America, the people living in fear, resentment and rage, whose zeitgeist he captured when he ran for office — but not to all Americans. It’s a custom for newly inaugurated presidents to speak inclusively, to one and all, to bring the nation together — at least it’s a gesture that is made. But not the day Donald Trump took office. I’ll speak specifically of El Paso at the end of the piece. The mood of the nation today so resembles January 20, 2017 that I wanted to revisit that day and my thoughts at that time, before speaking of our latest American mass murder. ******************************************************************** Trump’s inauguration speech was dark, militant, and paranoid, not surprisingly.  Steve Bannon unquestionably authored it and one thing I’ll give to Steve Bannon is that he has his finger firmly on the pulse of the chaotic and despairing mindset of a great many Americans in 2017. Bannon understands the impotent rage and frustration which so many average Americans feel. They feel forgotten and passed over by a world that has left them behind and that’s why they voted for Donald Trump; to strike back at a society they feel abandoned them. Months ago when it seemed evident that he would get the nomination, I saw Trump as a cult leader. He fit all the basic criteria, a charismatic figure preaching a shockingly different message that captured the imagination of marginalized people and made them feel that they belonged again; or perhaps for the first time ever.  Now I think that Trump is an idiot savant, because of his gift for tapping into the irrational fear that exists in the darkest recesses of the cultural psyche, his ability to extract it, and then mainline it back into his voters again, and again like a drug. That is how he built his popularity with one outrage after another, by tapping into the reptilian brain and unthinking, emotional response of his voters. Trump unconsciously tapped into the currents of repressed rage that flow just beneath the surface of our culture. He cracked the ice and that rage geysered upwards and continues to geyser upwards.  It is no secret that Trump’s supporters have taken his election as a cultural carte blanche to misbehave in any manner which they see fit. Just the other day, Texas Congressman and Democrat Filemon Vela reported that a group of migrant children which he brought to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration were disparaged by Trump voters who called them, “beaners,” “burritos,” and even spit on them. Trump is the pied piper for these people. His gauche vulgarity and excess may mesmerize the normal minded and cause us to ask, jaw droppingly, what is wrong with these people?  What is wrong? They’re enraged and they’re totally lost, that’s what’s wrong. And what is really wrong is that they are totally alienated from their government.  They feel that their government is a thing apart from themselves, that their government […]
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McConnell’s in hibernation on Trump’s impeachability, a sign the political calculus has changed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began the week with what by all means was a win for Democrats when he conceded that he would have no choice but to conduct a Senate trial if the House voted...
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OK Mr. Sessions, it’s time for you to say bye-bye. NOW!

What the hell is it with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions anyway? Politically, this guy seems to have more lives than nine cats. He seems to have done nothing but piss...
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Who ISN’T corrupt in the Trump White House?

White House senior economic adviser Gary Cohn is the latest to join the revolving door of Donald Trump appointees who are running for (or being pushed toward) the exits. One name we’d love to add ...
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White House officials bungled a call with reporters and it turned into a bonafide...

The terrible, no-good day at the White House continued as Team Trump tried to pivot away from Trump’s racist "shithole” comments to the Iran sanctions. Apparently nobody from the Trump White House could figure out how to mute participants and put the...
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White House press secretary: John Kelly has ‘full authority … all staff will report...

Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly is clamping down on the White House with the full force of a former Marine general. "General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him," Press...
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ICE Spokesman Quit Rather Than Lie About Raid; Oakland Boycotting Companies That Support Trump’s...

Oakland is ground zero right now in the Trump-Sessions v. California war. If you missed all the excitement, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced an ICE raid 24 hours before it took place, incurring the wrath...
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House Republicans will spend first week back from recess wasting time with balanced budget...

After passing a nearly $2 trillion tax cut, followed by a $1.3 trillion spending bill, House Republicans are set to do the most transparently hypocritical thing they've done all year: vote on a balanced budget amendment, probably Thursday. Speaker Paul...
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Trump administration considers scaling back its North Korea ambitions, but Trump’s lies stay big

While Donald Trump was becoming the first U.S. president to go into North Korea, the Trump administration may be scaling back its ambitions with the country, from complete denuclearization to a nuclear freeze that...

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