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Education. Social Security. Public Lands. An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com / Shane Trotter As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: "Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”

An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America

Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. I grew up in rural Christian white America. In deep-red America, the white Christian god is king, figuratively and literally. At some point during the discussion, they will say, “That’s your education talking,” derogatorily, as a general dismissal of everything I said. Knowing this about their belief system and their view of outside information that doesn’t support it, telling me that the problem is coastal elites not understanding them completely misses the point.

Another problem with rural Christian white Americans is they are racists. Gays being allowed to marry are a threat.

Trump Corruption

Bannon. GOP senator says she’s open to demanding Trump’s tax returns as part of Russia probe. Sen.

GOP senator says she’s open to demanding Trump’s tax returns as part of Russia probe

Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on a Maine public radio program that she wants former national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling, and will demand President Trump’s tax returns if necessary. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says she is open to requesting President Trump’s tax returns as part of the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 elections.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said on a local radio program Wednesday that “many of the members” of the intelligence panel will formally request that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn testify before the committee. Collins did not say whether she expected Flynn to testify openly or behind closed doors to the committee, which conducts much of its business in private. Powerpost false. Reality collides with Trump's promises. President Donald Trump touts “incredible progress” in his first month in office.

Reality collides with Trump's promises

But the frenetic period that opened with an inaugural address about “American carnage” and ended with a raucous campaign rally has brought a spotty record that falls short of his promises. Despite dizzying sound and fury, the president failed to halt immigration from Muslim countries, to label China a currency manipulator, to deliver a serious plan for funding his border wall or to repeal Obamacare—all among his many promises during last year’s campaign. He even weakened ethics rules affecting lobbyists, in the guise of a promised ban.

Story Continued Below The Muslim travel ban, Trump’s most consequential and controversial executive order, one of 23 signed so far, lies dead in the courts. John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview. Sen.

John McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire worldview

John McCain (R-Ariz.) hit out at President Trump in a speech on Feb. 17 at the Munich Security Conference, saying, "this administration is in disarray. " (Reuters) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hit out at President Trump in a speech on Feb. 17 at the Munich Security Conference, saying, “this administration is in disarray.” A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House. WASHINGTON — Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump's White House is beset by a crush of crises.

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. President Trump orders an internal investigation to find the leakers amid reported chaos in the White House. As important positions in the Trump administration remain unfilled, the president has launched an internal investigation to find the staffers who have leaked stories to the media.

President Trump orders an internal investigation to find the leakers amid reported chaos in the White House

According to a report from The Washington Post, White House staff constantly fear that they will be accused of talking to the press and many have resorted to using a secret chat app on their mobile devices in order to freely communicate with reporters. Scrutiny from the media, including the caricatures drawn up by “Saturday Night Live,” has reportedly consumed President Donald Trump and White House staff. Some senior officials are concerned about their futures in the administration, afraid that Trump might order a complete overhaul of personnel. Aides apparently have to avoid appearing “weak” or “low energy,” so as to not agitate the president, The Post reported.

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President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing. Just weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, you would think that everything had changed.

President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing

The uproar over the president’s tweets grows louder by the day, as does concern over the erratic, haphazard and aggressive stance of the White House toward critics and those with different policy views. On Sunday, White House aide Stephen Miller bragged, “We have a president who has done more in three weeks than most presidents have done in an entire administration.” But Miller was dead wrong about this. There is a wide gap, a chasm even, between what the administration has said and what it has done. There have been 45 executive orders or presidential memoranda signed, which may seem like a lot but lags President Barack Obama’s pace. Story Continued Below It is the illusion of a presidency, not the real thing.

Dangerous incompetence: Trump discussed national security issues in front of Mar-A-Lago diners. It’s no wonder that Trump didn’t bother to hide details of military policy from the Mar-a-lago members.

Dangerous incompetence: Trump discussed national security issues in front of Mar-A-Lago diners

They are the people he’s really there to support. Swanning through the club's living room and main dining area alongside Abe, Trump was -- as is now typical -- swarmed with paying members, who now view dinner at the club as an opportunity for a few seconds of face time with the new President. But don’t think that, just because it the discussion was held in public, at a table where the lettuce was arguably the best head present, that this wasn’t a high tech briefing. The patio was lit only with candles and moonlight, so aides used the camera lights on their phones to help the stone-faced Trump and Abe read through the documents. And who were these trustworthy aids holding cameras up to the just delivered documents? Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump.

PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks.

Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump

On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%. If voters could choose they'd rather have both Barack Obama (52/44) or Hillary Clinton (49/45) instead of Trump. Republicans on Rape. A list collects statements about rape made by Republican politicians.

Republicans on Rape

See Example(s) Collected via Facebook, August 2014.

Russia

Intolerant Liberals – Tucker FitzGerald – Medium. “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov So Nicholas Christof, whom I am fond of, recently wrote an article that argues that Liberals are intolerant because there aren’t many Christians or conservatives teaching in universities. There is so much to be exhausted about right now, but this article connects too much with several thoughts that have been swirling around in my soul.

They mostly have to do with false equivalency. And relativism. Growing up as a conservative Christian, I was warned about secular, liberal relativism. Donald Trump repeats respect for 'killer' Putin in Fox Super Bowl interview. Donald Trump has once again said that he respects Vladimir Putin, even though the Russian president is “a killer”. Speaking to Fox News, the president appeared to place the US and Russia on the same moral plane in an interview to be broadcast before the most American of sporting events, Super Bowl LI, kicks off in Houston on Sunday. Log In - New York Times.

Populism

Log In - New York Times. Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties. Was Trump’s executive order an impeachable offense? - The Washington Post. President Trump signed an executive order halting all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, among other provisions. Here's what the order says. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post) President Trump signed an executive order halting all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, among other provisions. McConnell to Trump: Do not lift sanctions on Russia. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan are drawing a hard line against easing sanctions on Russia, issuing stern warnings ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official communication with Vladimir Putin since his inauguration last week. “I’m against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. Will the men in the white coats drag Trump away? Check out the 25th Constitutional Amendment.

A vice president, working with a "majority of either the principle officers of the executive departments, or of such body as Congress may by law provide," can remove the president for being "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. " Yeah, I know. It's too soon. Yeah, I know. Nobody has ever invoked the 25th for reasons of mental impairment. But even the craven enabling Republicans would do well to read that proviso, because the day may come when they're finally compelled to acknowledge — in the national interest — that Trump is dangerously off his rocker. Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.

Jump to: Results table | Regional analysis | Resources Let's get straight to the point: No country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Report: Populist leaders often add to corruption they vow to rid from governments. —From the Philippines to Britain, 2016 was a year of political shake-ups, with voters in several countries across the globe ushering populist candidates or policies into office to combat inequality and "politics as usual," often highlighting corruption in the "insider" system they opposed. But in the push to reform their countries, such politicians can play a role in further corrupting government offices, a new report cautions, leading to continued social disparities and decreased transparency. An annual index of corruption by Transparency International, a Berlin-based watchdog organization, finds that two-thirds of the world's nations now fall below the midpoint grade on their scale of corruption, spanning nearly every continent – and more countries saw their scores slip, rather than climb, since last year.

“In part, what populism does, is it focuses power in the individual leader versus the party. The National Park Service Won't Be Silenced - Scientific American Blog Network. On CNN, Prof. Brian Schaffner Explains How Trump Distorted His Data To Invent False Voter Fraud Claims. Merkel Calls For A More Open World: 'We Won't Get Anywhere' With Populism.

Presidents Aren't CEOs - The Atlantic. Among the more arid and promiscuous expressions in the English language is saying that someone is “in business.” The pawnbroker, the accounts executive at CBS, and the risk arbitrageur are all nominally engaged “in business,” but that fact probably does more to obscure the differences in their daily affairs than to reveal any fundamental similarities. Donald J. Kerry warns Trump against abusing Twitter. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday rebuked America’s incoming tweeter-in-chief, Donald Trump, warning Americans that “we have a problem” if the president-elect sets policy via social media to escape accountability. Trump Sees FBI Admission on Hacking Bolstering His Doubts - Bloomberg. U.S. Taking Aim at Trump, Leaders Strongly Affirm Findings on Russian Hacking. Sanders sticks it to Trump: He promised 'millions' he wouldn't cut Social Security and Medicare.

Fake news and propaganda

How To Stop Trump: Bernie Sanders Demands Major Anti-GOP Rallies Before Inauguration Day. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, sent a letter to congressional colleagues across the United States this week demanding they host major rallies ahead of Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. The three Democratic leaders called for a “day of action” on Jan. 15, in which thousands of grassroots activists will urge President-elect Donald Trump to protect health care coverage for millions of Americans who benefit from government-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

The CIA concluded that Russia worked to elect Trump. Republicans now face an impossible choice. A boy looks at a mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Belgrade, Serbia, on Dec. 5, 2016. The message on the mural reads in Serbian, Russian and English 'Kosovo is Serbia'. Presidential Election 2016: An American Tragedy. The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.

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