NEW SHOW ALERT: The Conspiracy Guy – 12.21.16

The Conspiracy Guy #4: It has been astonishing to see a conspiracy theory being touted by the Director of the CIA to attempt to sway Trump electors from casting their votes for the candidate who won their states, but the evidence shows that he has been aided and abetted by The Washington Post, The New York Times and even the President of the USA. So a conspiracy theory has been used to promote a conspiracy to deny the American people their choice to succeed Barack Obama. The motivation for this extraordinary effort, moreover, appear to be corrupt, including suppressing information emerging about what (I predict) will become the greatest scandal in the history of the United States. And should the statements from Rudy Giuliani turn out to be fake, as some suggest, their content otherwise appears to be accurate and true.

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Deirdre Fulton – Trump Receives Right-Wing Wish List to Gut Rules on Climate, Nutrition, Wages

A wish list from the conservative House Freedom Caucus delivered to President-elect Donald Trump recommends dismantling a whopping 232 Obama administration rules and regulations that govern everything from school lunches and ceiling fans to net neutrality and the minimum wage for federal contract workers. It would overturn restrictions on oil exploration and coal extraction on federally owned land, repeal the …

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US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday. The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share …

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Lauren McCauley – As Trump Transitions to Power, ‘Cabinet of Horrors’ Takes Shape

As President-elect Donald Trump began his transition to power on Thursday, early reporting has opened a window into what the nation can expect as his “cabinet of horrors,” as AFP put it, takes shape. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin are among the more high-profile …

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GARY LEUPP – Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

“Very competent, very professional, very intelligently moving towards the center, very shrewdly and effectively serving on the Armed Services Committee.” — Rep. Newt Gingrich, referring to fellow committee member Hillary Clinton, April 2005 “She ran the State Department in the most effective way that I have ever seen.” — Henry Kissinger, referring to Hillary Clinton, Sept. 9, 2014 “Her so-called …

Ted Cruz

A Tour of the GOP 2016 Posse — A Noah’s Ark of Right-Wing Specimens

The 2016 Republican presidential posse is now in its right-wing flavor-of-the-month phase. According to recent polls [3], the most popular not-quite-new face on the presidential trail is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Some of that is attributable to Cruz announcing he’s running before others—although that will soon change with Tuesday’s announcement by Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, and others to follow. But Cruz the …