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Leid Stories—Psychiatrists: Trump Is Mentally Ill; An Alliance Forged in Struggle—02.06.17

All throughout his presidential campaign, a self-fixated Donald Trump touted his exceptionalism every chance he got. It helped him win the big prize. Finally, his supporters thought, we’ve got a guy in the White House who’s not run-of-the-mill; he’s different.

Steve Bannon, chief strategist and senior counselor to US President Donald Trump, attends a meeting with automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 24, 2017. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

KATE BRANNEN – Steve Bannon Is Making Sure There’s No White House Paper Trail, Says Intel Source

If there was any question about who is largely in charge of national security behind the scenes at the White House, the answer is becoming increasingly clear: Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet, and now White House advisor. Even before he was given a formal seat on the National Security Council’s “principals committee” this …

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert – The history of anti-authoritarian struggle is a history worth repeating

Throughout his campaign, critics have drawn comparisons between Donald Trump and authoritarian leaders from the past. From his proposed plans to create a Muslim registry, to threats against journalists and other opponents, these critics urge us to learn from history about the dangers of a leader like him rising to power. Now that Trump is president, however, we must learn …

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Robert Reich – Six reasons why Trump’s wall is even dumber than most of his other ideas

At his turbulent news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and “Mexico will pay for the wall.” Here are 6 reasons why Trump’s wall is an even dumber idea than most of …

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Black Agenda Radio – 01.16.17

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey. Coming up: Dr. Anthony Monteiro says the U.S. political and economic system is coming apart at the seams, with the ruling class fighting among itself — and that’s one reason the Democrats seem to have gone crazy over the imagined Russian threat. We’ll talk with Dr. Monteiro about the Democrats’ disarray, and the larger crisis of capitalism.

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Ben Casselman – Stop Saying Trump’s Win Had Nothing To Do With Economics

In the months leading up to Election Day, a heated debate broke out among political commentators over the source of Donald Trump’s support. Was it driven primarily by economic anxiety, as the early conventional wisdom often argued, or more by racism and other cultural factors? The debate has continued in the weeks since Trump’s win, and lately the anxiety skeptics …

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Trends This Week – “We did it” is out; optimism is in – 01.11.17

Since Trump’s victory – with Hollywood in mourning, the mainstream media obsessing over who hacked what and President Obama trying to rewrite the history of his eight years of failures – in the real world, consumer confidence surged to a 15-year high in December and optimism spiked the most since 1980. Celente breaks it down.

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Don Hazen – Stressed out by Finances? Maybe You’re Suffering from Acute Financial Stress

One potential consequence of economic stress is a kind of PTSD, which psychologist Galen Buckwalter has termed Acute Financial Stress via findings in his research on the topic. Over the past month, AlterNet has produced a series of articles on AFS by Buckwalter, which has led to some interesting and robust discussions in the AlterNet comments section. To broaden understanding, AlterNet conducted …

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DAVE LINDORFF – It Wasn’t the Russians: Hillary Lost Because She Blew Off Sanders and His Voters

The incredible group-think that has seen the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, President Obama, the Clinton campaign and most of the corporate media braying that Vladimir Putin scandalously upended American democracy and threw the election to his favored candidate Donald Trump is based on a ludicrous premise. That premise: that the election went Trump’s way because several tens of thousands …

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Deirdre Fulton – Electoral College Revolt Growing Into ‘Powerful Show of Force’

With the Electoral College vote less than a week away, Harvard University constitutional law professor Lawrence Lessig says 20 Republican members are considering voting againstDonald Trump—more than half the number needed to potentially block the real estate mogul’s election. The 538 delegates to the Electoral College will gather at state capitols on Monday, December 19 to cast their votes for …