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It's Official: How the Koch Brothers Killed Trump’s Job Plan. It’s Official: How the Koch [...]

It's Official: How the Koch Brothers Killed Trump’s Job Plan

This post originally appeared at Alternet. As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s embattled presidency approaches, it’s official: the self-proclaimed champion of America’s forgotten workers has no jobs plan. In announcing his new tax plan, President Trump quietly abandoned his biggest legislative initiative aimed at creating American jobs, and postponed again his ambitious but vague trillion-dollar infrastructure jobs program. Trump’s problem is translating his rhetoric into reality.

"They tried to supplant mainstream media": Jane Mayer on the billionaire behind Bannon and Trump. The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM – Based on the assets revealed in recent financial disclosure reports, presidential advisers Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon are key players in the wealthiest administration in American history, making decisions that greatly impact less well-off Americans.

The Rich Line Up at the White House ATM –

(Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump's Liaison to Congress - Activists hold a protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch on June 5, 2014 in New York City.

Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump's Liaison to Congress -

The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers who are owners of Koch Industries Inc. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) This post originally appeared at The GOP of 2017 is the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Republican Party in 2017 isn’t an ordinary political party.

The GOP of 2017 is the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War.

It is an ideological outlier, the most extreme party coalition since the Civil War. Trump voters may expect a more conservative spin on the status quo, but what they’ll get is a radical shift to the right, with fundamental changes to vital programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Trump voters who earnestly hoped for relief are in for a shock. It’s Ayn Rand’s America now: Republicans have stripped the country of its last shred of morality.

What Trump and the G.O.P. Can Agree On: Tax Cuts for the Rich. Beyond sharply cutting income tax rates across the board, both Mr.

What Trump and the G.O.P. Can Agree On: Tax Cuts for the Rich

Trump and the House Republicans would eliminate the (which currently applies to only about 5,300 of the richest families); end the 3.8 percent surtax on high earners’ investment income, which helps pay for health coverage for lower-income Americans; and scrap the , which is aimed at making it harder for the affluent to take advantage of various tax breaks. Koch Brothers lose big, Seattle voters pass I-122. Oil SCUM.

The men who crashed the world.

Koch Brothers Manipulating Policy for Profit

Weight of Chains. Courting Business. In Antonin Scalia’s thirty years on the Supreme Court, his name became a byword for social conservatism.

Courting Business

And when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would refuse to consider any replacement President Obama nominates it was natural that opponents of same-sex marriage and abortion were relieved. Yet Scalia’s death will have only a limited impact on the culture wars, because regarding many social issues he was already in the minority on the Court. But there is one area where the question of his replacement has huge consequences: business. As a member of the Court’s conservative majority, Scalia played a key role in moving American law in a more corporate-friendly direction. Now that majority is gone, and a huge amount rides on what happens next. Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has not gone as far in limiting government power over the marketplace as many conservatives would have liked.

The ‘Anti-Knowledge’ of the Elites. This post was first published at Consortium News.

The ‘Anti-Knowledge’ of the Elites

In a previous piece, I described how the Republican Party and its ideological allies in the fundamentalist churches have confected a comprehensive media-entertainment complex to attract low-information Americans and turn them into partisans. It would be comforting to believe that somewhere in the commanding heights of our permanent government, there are important players who are serious grownups who know what they are doing. The propaganda they are fed has become so disconnected from facts, evidence and logic that it is all too easy to laugh at people operating on demonstrably — and even ridiculously — false premises, such as the notion that Barack Obama, born in Hawaii, is not a natural-born American, or that the Sandy Hook school massacre was an elaborate fake designed to take away the firearms of patriotic Americans.

Think of Robert Gates, Ashton Carter, Timothy Geithner or Eric Holder. That pose is nonsense. Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ Fresh chatter among Washington insiders is not about whether the Republican Party will win in 2016 but whether it will survive.

Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’

Donald Trump—the fear that he might actually become the GOP nominee—is the ultimate nightmare. Some gleeful Democrats are rooting (sotto voce) for the Donald, though many expect he will self-destruct. Nevertheless, Republicans face a larger problem. The GOP finds itself trapped in a marriage that has not only gone bad but is coming apart in full public view. NSA Rats Out Republicans, Proves Netanyahu Bribed Them Against Iran Nuclear Deal Bipartisan Report. Politics can certainly make for a strange bedfellow.

NSA Rats Out Republicans, Proves Netanyahu Bribed Them Against Iran Nuclear Deal Bipartisan Report

In this spy versus spy world, longtime bosom buddies Israel and America have been spying on each other for decades, even as they help each other spy on the rest of the world. As former Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers once stated, “Intelligence professionals have a saying: There are no friendly intelligence services.” Sheldon Adelson Bets It All. It was around 10:30 p.m. when Steve Jacobs rolled down the gravel driveway.

Sheldon Adelson Bets It All

The air was warm for early January, even for Florida. Yellow boat lights bobbed on St. Augustine's harbor, and the scent of star jasmine hung on the breeze. The G.O.P. Created Donald Trump. Photo The betting markets now say that the most likely Republican nominee for president is a man who mocks women, insults Latinos, endorses war crimes like torture, denounces party icons and favors barring people from the United States based on their religion. He’s less a true-believer conservative than an opportunist, though, for he has supported single-payer health insurance, abortion rights and tighter gun measures.

Watch This Congressman Plagiarize A Lobbyist On Payday Loans. This Is Sheldon Adelson's Election. There are a few universal conversations at large political events: Who's sleeping less, transportation woes, etc. But each event also has its own unique conversation, and for the fifth GOP debate, at the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, it was this: "Who just bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal? " The guess was usually the same: Adelson. Even if it was wrong, it was right. Sheldon Adelson Is Ready to Buy the Presidency. He just hasn’t decided which Republican candidate to back. Care to make a pitch? Photo-illustration by Darrow In a few weeks, when the nuclear deal Barack Obama negotiated with Iran comes before Congress, it’s all but certain that not a single Republican will vote in support of it.

3 Republican Attacks on the Constitution. If you’ve listened to conservative rhetoric throughout the Obama presidency, they’ve framed our commander-in-chief as an unpatriotic man trying to rip up the Constitution. Republicans, on the other hand, are the true defenders of the country’s founding documents, with the RNC’s whole platform being about “restoring” the Constitutional government.

That sounds nice, but are the Republicans really the Constitution’s #1 fan? It seems like, given the opportunity, there are a number of things they’d like to edit out of the Constitution: 1. Ending Birthright Citizenship Ratified a century and a half ago, the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed American citizenship to all people born on U.S. soil.

The ludicrous myth of Republican fiscal responsibility: A history lesson for the modern GOP. Over the past three decades, the Republican party has followed a familiar strategy — get elected to executive office by preaching fiscal responsibility, make a complete mess of things fiscally, and then, when a Democrat comes in to clean up the mess, blame them endlessly for not fixing it fast enough. We see this currently, with the insipid Republican candidates blaming President Obama for our current debt level, despite the fact that Republican policies, like cutting taxes for the wealthy and putting two wars on the credit card made it all possible. It is a kind of reasoning that Mitch McConnell presented when Obama first entered office, saying, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Why’s GOP Only Science-Denying Party on Earth? America's Gun Business, By the Numbers. Before a gun can be used to hunt, for protection, or in a mass shooting like Wednesday's tragic killing in San Bernardino, California that left 14 victims dead and 17 wounded, it must be bought. That one sale is a single dot in a multibillion-dollar industry, one that is coming under new scrutiny during the post-massacre gun control debate.

Here's a by the numbers breakdown. $13.5 billion Annual revenue of gun and ammunition manufacturing industry, with a $1.5 billion profit. (IBIS World) $3.1 billion Annual revenue of gun and ammunition stores, with a $478.4 million profit. Posted by Christian Drake on 03 Dec 2015 President George W. Bush is a serious embarrassment to America. The amount of stupid and uninformed things he has said can’t be easily counted.