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Leid Stories—Donald Trump’s Unchecked Taste for War—04.13.17

Within his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has accomplished what no other president has: He committed an act of war by bombing one country (Syria), dispatched an “armada” in preparation for possible war with another (North Korea, and threatened a superpower (Russia) with wartime sanctions for continuing to support an “enemy” country (Syria). The president has a …

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Leid Stories—Trump’s Major Supporters Worry He’s A Captive President—04.12.17

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s attempt at shuttle diplomacy with Russia to salvage a pre-U.S.-bombing-in-Syria thaw in relations has failed. Fresh from talks with G7 nations in Lucca, Italy—where Tillerson was unable to deliver “clarity” about current and future U.S. policy in Syria—the U.S.’s top diplomatic envoy came into a blistering critique of the United States by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about recent Trump administration actions and statements that Lavrov said have eroded trust in working with the United States “across the whole spectrum of bilateral and multilateral affairs.”

The rapid downward spiral in U.S.-Russia relations mirrors an open breach at home between Trump and his political base—including some of his staunchest supporters—who believe their erstwhile hero has been “captured” by a cabal of military-globalist “advisers,” and, being himself politically naïve, is being manipulated into spheres and issues he had no intention of getting in involved in.

Leid Stories asks: Is Donald Trump is a captive president?

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Leid Stories—04.11.17

At an urgent meeting yesterday in Lucca, Italy, of G7 member-states, the focus was the situation in Syria and, specifically, last Thursday’s U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airfield. President Trump said it was retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun, a town under the control of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Trump said Assad himself was responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun attack, which killed almost 90 people and injured more than 500.

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Deirdre Fulton – In Show of Internal Dissent, Federal Workers Rising Up Against Trump

From the 1,000 State Department officials rushing to sign an official dissent cable, to the 180 federal workers signing up for a workshop on civil disobedience, to the dozens of “rogue” agency Twitter accounts that have sprouted up in the last week, internal resistance to the right-wing Trump agenda is rivaling the power of people on the streets—perhaps not in …

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MASON ADAMS – TRUMP AND THE OUTDOORS

Many conservationists are fearing the worst. Trump could be the most anti-environmental president ever to take office, and he will have the support of a Republican Congress. The 2016 Republican platform, after all, called for the rollback of environmental regulations; expansion of fossil fuels; a prohibition against regulating carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas; transfer of federal lands to the states; …

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Jon Queally – Entire Senior Staff at Trump’s State Dept. ‘Unexpectedly’ Resigns

Update: Despite some initial speculation that their ‘unexpected’ and ‘abrupt’ departures were possibly an expression of protest by employees who did not want to work for the State Department under President Trump, later reporting on Wednesday indicates the mass exodus was triggered, according to department officials, by the new administration “cleaning house” and telling the top-level managers their services were …

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BRIAN KENNEDY – Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

President Donald Trump is promising major changes on climate and energy policy, including efforts to increase production from fossil fuel energy sources such as coal. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources. Support for concentrating on …

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Harvey Wasserman – Crumbling Reactors and Other Nightmares of a Trump-Perry Energy Policy

Mr. Burns, Matt Groening Productions, Inc. Published by HarperPerennial. The Simpsons & 1990 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. In the area of energy policy under the presidency of Donald Trump, two concerns loom above all others. One is Trump’s support for nuclear power and fossil fuel energy, at a time when other powerful countries are going renewable. Trump’s economic commitments to nuclear …

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BRUCE E. LEVINE – Stripped of False Realities: Americans’ Political “Psychotic Break”

Stripped of the false realities of democracy, legitimate media authorities, and American exceptionalism, U.S. society is having a “psychotic break” of sorts. What many Americans have previously believed to be “reality” is disintegrating. Science provides us with no monolithic explanation for what is commonly called a psychotic break, but for some people who have lived this experience, they describe their …