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Leid Stories—Cloak and Swagger: What Will Be Missing in the Russia-Trump Election/Obama Wiretap Probe—03.20.17

The House Intelligence Committee today opens its much-anticipated probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election to produce a win for then-candidate Donald Trump and, more broadly, the extent of Moscow’s alleged influence in the Trump administration.

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Alice Salles – We Finally Know Why Americans Spend More On Prescription Drugs Than Other Nations

Last week, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FTC look into some makers of prescription drugs and how they price insulin. Sanders and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wrote that though the original insulin patent expired …

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Gilbert Doctorow – The Establishment Strikes Back

The immediate impact of Donald Trump’s victory among those of us who favored his candidacy over Hillary Clinton’s was triumphalism on the day after. This euphoric mood was very well captured on a special edition of the Russia Today’s “Cross Talk” show, which registered an audience of more than 110,000 on-line viewers, a number which is rare if not unprecedented. …

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Naomi Klein – It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump

They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry. But this leaves out the force …

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Ken Silverstein – This Election Has Disgraced the Entire Profession of Journalism

We still don’t know the outcome of the 2016 election, in which our “democratic process” has produced two candidates widely despised by the American people, but we do know the race’s biggest loser: reporters and the profession of journalism, which has been reduced to surrogacy, largely on behalf of Hillary Clinton. Before going further, let me state that my own …

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ALAN NASSER – The Coming Plague of Poverty Among the Elderly: Clinton’s Plan For Gutting Social Security

In the recent Wikileaks revelations confirming Hillary Clinton’s duplicity, one of the clearest disclosures of her policy plans concerns her intention regarding Social Security. She stated that she would return to the position of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, charged with producing recommendations for reducing the deficit, i.e. cutting government social spending. The Commission, or “Simpson-Bowles committee”  …

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Ron Madden – Is Steve Pieczenik Just Plain “Coup, Coup”?

Below is Dr. Steve Pieczenik’s recent message to the American people. Dr. Pieczenik claims to be an agent of revolutionary change in this country, along with other members of US intelligence and law-enforcement agencies. The existence of such “disaffected” individuals within our intelligence communities who are, in fact, in the process of trying to directly influence the outcome of the …

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Pepe Escobar – Hillary Clinton, FBI and the Real November Surprise

“As bad as it is the folks above the President make the decisions. They may have decided on Trump. These things do not happen by accident.” Universe-related circles, amidst the utter political chaos provoked by head of the FBI James Comey’s latest bombshell. It’s virtually established by now that US Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Comey not to release his letter to Congress. But Comey did …