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Trends This Week – Put Away Your Pink Hats – 01.18.17

While the liberals, celebrities, and crybabies alike have turned Donald Trump’s election into a war on women, they remain silent on the real issues. President Obama continues to take away our rights and wage war on foreign nations, all without discourse from his celebrity fan base. Elsewhere, organizations composed of the elite continue to try and dissect the refugee crisis but refuse to discuss how it was created.

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PAUL STREET – Hit the Road, Barack: Some Farewell Reflections

The lying neoliberal imperialist Barack Obama’s nationally televised Farewell Address from Chicago last Tuesday was a fitting monument to the deceptive, fake-progressive oratory he wielded so elegantly in becoming a national phenomenon and a U.S. President. As usual, his oratory was plagued by a deep disconnect between his words and his deeds. “When Ordinary People Get Involved” “Now this,” Obama …

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JOSHUA FRANK – Farewell Obummer, Hello Golden Showers

There’s been a few hot topics this week, from Obama’s final speech as president to the amusing allegations of Donald’s pee fetish. Let’s start with Obama. The era of hope and change most certainly ended with a whimper. Not much has changed and we don’t have much to hope for either. Over the last eight years income disparity increased in the US (despite …

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Leid Stories—Recalling Milestones and Urging Increased Civic Involvement, President Obama Bids Farewell; On the Same Day, Hillary Clinton Dedicates A Monument to Herself—01.11.17

From his home city of Chicago, and 10 days before he officially leaves office, President Barack Obama last night delivered his farewell speech to the nation as its 44th president. Astutely avoiding the stunning losses the Democratic Party and his administration sustained in the 2016 elections, Obama instead focused on the many accomplishments of his two terms in office—made possible in large measure, he said, by popular support. He warned that such support will be needed again to put the brakes on some of the Trump administration’s policies.

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PATRICK COCKBURN – Saudi Arabia’s Dream of Domination Goes Up in Flames

As recently as two years ago, Saudi Arabia’s half century-long effort to establish itself as the main power among Arab and Islamic states looked as if it was succeeding. A US State Department paper sent by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in 2014 and published by Wikileaks spoke of the Saudis and Qataris as rivals competing “to dominate the …

Rebecca Gordon – Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Best Defense

At the height of the George W. Bush years, a bit of a TomDispatch piece would sometimes be reposted at a right-wing website with a disparaging comment, and I’d suddenly be deluged with abusive emails (many homophobic) that regularly advised me to take my whatever and get out of Dodge. Though I was born in New York City, as was …

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AMANDA MARCOTTE – Fake news for the Great Leader: Donald Trump’s readymade White House propaganda machine

Donald Trump ran a campaign built almost exclusively on lies and demagoguery, so it stands to reason that his presidency will usher in a new era of deceitful propaganda as well. It could very well dwarf the George W. Bush administration’s infamous propaganda push around the Iraq War. As detailed in a recent report from Media Matters, is that Trump …

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Jon Queally – Majority of Americans Unconvinced Trump Can Handle Nation’s Top Job

With his inauguration now less than three weeks away, a new survey shows a majority of the American people are far from confident that Donald Trump, a former reality television star who won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is up to the major tasks entrusted to the President of the United States. …