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  • What Would It Take to Stop the Ice Raids? (New Left-wing strategy?)

    02/19/2017 2:28:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 17, 2017
    Over the past week, nearly 700 people have been rounded up in a wave of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps across the US. In response, people have blockaded roads and ICE vans and organized massive demonstrations. But what would it take to stop the raids altogether? The Assault In some parts of the US, the ICE assault involved brutal militarized raids in which officers smashed windows and set off flashbang grenades inside residential homes. In other places, everything happened so quietly as to go virtually unnoticed: here a bureaucratic change in the status of a prisoner, there the transfer...
  • Deported Arizona mom's lawyer: Trump order 'declaration of war' on immigrants

    02/13/2017 9:53:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2017 | Germania Rodriguez
    The lawyer for an Arizona woman who was deported last week says President Donald Trump's recent executive orders are "a declaration of war" on the immigrant community. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was deported to Mexico Thursday following a routine check-in with a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix. She was required to check in yearly after being convicted in 2009 of using a false Social Security number and had done so with no repercussions until now. "This is a declaration of war, these executive orders, are a declaration of war on the immigrant community," Ray Maldonado, Garcia de...
  • To Bork or Not to Bork? The Old Fight That Shows Democrats Why, and How, to Stop Gorsuch

    02/13/2017 2:29:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2017 | Julian Zelizer
    Trump, like Reagan, squandered his chance to offer a unifying pick to satisfy his most conservative supporters. Thirty years ago, Democrats gave the Supreme Court confirmation process a bad name. When they killed the nomination of President Ronald Reagan’s first nominee to fill a vacancy, a new term was invented: “To Bork.” The term meant to kill a nomination through character assassination, slander, and ideological attacks regardless of the competence of the person who was being considered. Today Judge Neil Gorsuch’s supporters are warning that the Democrats should not “Bork” President Trump’s nominee. Given Gorsuch’s stellar professional record, his competence...
  • Why I'm Skipping The Women's March on Washington [OPINION]

    02/12/2017 10:08:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Colorlines ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jamilah Lemieux
    I don’t know that I serve my own mental health needs by putting my body on the line to feign solidarity with women who by and large didn’t have my back prior to November. I’ve never felt any thing remotely resembling sisterhood with White women. Friendship, affinity, fondness, love—sure. Sisterhood? Nah. That sense of loyalty, interconnectedness, accountability and shared struggle simply isn’t there. That lack of sisterhood haunted me at times during the 2016 election season. As Election Day approached and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton emerged as the frontrunner, I waited to feel something. Some sort of connection between her...
  • Pretending Clinton was Progressive Alienated the Left

    02/11/2017 7:02:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Progressive Army ^ | February 11, 2017 | David A Hill Jr.
    You’ve heard the memes: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton voted together 93% of the time. This was a common refrain from the Clinton camp intended to paint Clinton as ideologically similar to Bernie Sanders, in an effort to minimize criticisms of Clinton’s policies and record. The numbers themselves have a few figures to poke through, for example, Clinton missed some 31.5% of her possible Senate votes, so those don’t count against the statistic. But that’s not what this piece about. This piece is about how pretending Clinton was a progressive champion ultimately alienated some potential support from the left because...
  • JUDGE WHO WILL RULE ON TRUMP TRAVEL ORDER WON ACLU ‘LGBT AWARD’

    02/09/2017 8:46:14 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com | ^ | February 8, 2017 | staff
    Friedland won the State Bar of California's 2013 President's Pro Bono Service Award, and the 2009 ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Award,” reported the Times. The ACLU honored her for her representation of a gay-rights group in a state challenge of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage... represented Equality California in Pickup v. Brown, successfully defending a California law that bans state-licensed mental health professionals from using ‘gay conversion’ therapy (or ‘sexual orientation change efforts’) on minors,” said the backgrounder.
  • Trump denounced nuclear arms treaty in phone call with Putin

    02/09/2017 7:38:52 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 February 2017 | Julian Borger
    Thomas Countryman, former assistant secretary of state raised the possibility of New Start’s extension last month …Steven Pifer, former senior state department official, argued that if the US walked out of New Start now, it would give Russia a strategic advantage… James Jay Carafano, under the existing “New Start” Russia now has functioning production lines producing new nuclear weapons to replace the old...New Start really got the US nothing while it allowed Russia free space to upgrade”
  • Central American migrants say Trump's border wall "can't stop us from coming"

    02/09/2017 1:46:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    America - The Jesuit Review ^ | February 8, 2017 | Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico City correspondent
    In the scorching afternoon heat of Mexico’s southeastern gulf coast, three men wash their clothes in former oil barrels. They laugh when asked about the border wall planned by U.S. President Donald J. Trump. “It can’t stop us from coming,” Hunley Salgado, a 24-year-old Nicaraguan, says. “We’ll just climb over it. If they make it too high, we’ll tunnel under it.” Willie Rodríguez, a tall and skinny 42-year-old Honduran, nods as he hides from the sun in the shadow of a wall across the street. “The whole point of us making this journey is that we’re trying to realize a...
  • Beating Milo: How Berkeley Defeated the Alt-Right’s Biggest Troll (They think they won!)

    02/07/2017 11:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 7, 2017 | Anonymous Contributor
    If you were involved last night, thank you. I’ve never felt safer on campus than I did when you walked in! It felt so affirming for someone to stand up against misogyny on a campus that blames rape victims not perpetrators, and protects sexual harassers. If the antifas hadn’t come, Milo would have endangered my undocumented students, so I am so grateful! – PhD candidate / Graduate Instructor at UC Berkeley (name withheld) ****** On February 1, Milo Yiannopoulos was invited by the Berkeley College Republicans (BCR) to perform in UC Berkeley’s Pauley Ballroom at 8pm. Since December 2016, hundreds...
  • What I Saw at the Anti-Milo, UC Berkeley Riots!

    02/06/2017 12:08:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Being Libertarian ^ | February 5, 2017 | Nima Mahdjour
    Ticket screening was supposed to begin at 7:00 pm, so at around 6:15 pm I started walking up Telegraph Avenue towards the event at the Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley campus. On my way there, I was already seeing ubiquitous anti-Milo Yiannopoulos signs calling this gay, Jewish, immigrant (who predominantly dates black men) a “Nazi”, a “fascist”, and many other unoriginal epithets sufficient to excite the decently large “low information” crowd around here.(MAP-AT-LINK) I continued on through Sather Road coming closer to the Ballroom venue. I briefly walked into the supposed ticketing area, by the Amazon store, to get...
  • People Are Honoring Trayvon Martin's Birthday On Social Media

    02/05/2017 8:53:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | February 5, 2017 | De Elizabeth
    Almost five years ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a "neighborhood watch" member as he walked home from a convenience store where he had purchased a juice drink and a package of Skittles. George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon, believed him to be "possibly dangerous" because of his race and the fact that he was wearing a hoodie. Trayvon's murder – and Zimmerman's eventual acquittal – incited nation-wide outrage and was part of launching the powerful Black Lives Matter movement. To this day, Trayvon's name serves as a reminder of the progress that is necessary in...
  • AREVA AND NORTHSTAR JOINT VENTURE, FOR DECOMMISSIONING ACQUIRED NUCLEAR FACILITIES

    02/04/2017 9:10:42 PM PST · by Rabin
    areva ^ | February 01, 2017 | Staff
    Washington, D.C., February 1, 2017 – ADP is designed to contain all decommission U.S. nuclear energy sites … to accelerate decommissioning of shutdown nuclear power facilities through a complete and permanent transfer of ownership of the asset, including used nuclear fuel, from utility owners to an entity who is an expert in decommissioning and used fuel management, Sam Shakir, CEO of AREVA Nuclear Materials. //Back-snip// http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/239819-new-questions-about-clinton-foundation-russian-nuclear Clinton Foundation donors sold one of the largest uranium mining companies in America to a Russian nuclear agency in a deal signed off by the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of...
  • Who Are the Anarchists?: Why Resistance Is Coming from Below

    02/04/2017 4:40:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    It's Going Down ^ | February 4, 2017
    America is in the throes of crisis. Polling as the least popular starting President in history, Donald Trump has taken the reins and intends to force his agenda on the world by brute force. Alongside him, outright white supremacists are coming out of the woodwork, convinced that their time has arrived. Millions who once counted on the Democratic Party are losing faith in the entire political system. Can anything be done to halt the rise of tyranny? This is the context in which anarchists are once again returning to the stage of history and the front page of the New...
  • Helpline for Muslim women flooded with calls following Trump ban, Quebec shooting

    02/03/2017 6:20:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | February 3, 2017 | Michelle Ghoussoub
    A Surrey, B.C.-based helpline for Muslim women has been flooded with calls following President Trump's executive order on immigration, and a shooting in a Quebec city mosque. Nisa, an Arabic word for women, is a free, confidential helpline offering counseling services to Muslim women all across Canada and the U.S. Director Tanweer Ebrahim said this week has been particularly difficult for the Muslim community. ​"People are scared of the repercussions the ban will bring, and also after the Quebec shooting, people are frightened," she said. She said Muslim women can feel particularly vulnerable in public places. "Muslim women can easily...
  • Open Call For Muslims To Run For Office

    02/02/2017 4:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    JETPAC ^ | February 2, 2017 | Nimblebot
    CAMBRIDGE, MA—This “open call” for American Muslims to immerse themselves in local politics is the product of twelve months of organizing by startup nonprofit Jetpac Inc., who are leading the drive for an increase in civic education for American Muslim communities across the United States. Jetpac was founded by Nadeem Mazen, Massachusetts’ first Muslim City Councillor, and Shaun Kennedy, former Deputy Campaign Manager for Mazen’s landslide 2015 Cambridge City Council win. President and Executive Director respectively, their team has already been training American Muslim community leaders, coordinating group workshops, and organizing civic education programs in what they describe as “America’s...
  • Resist!: An Antifascist Fashion Show & Radical Bake Sale

    02/02/2017 12:56:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hoodline ^ | February 1, 2017
    Thursday, Feb. 9, 8pm - Friday, Feb. 10, 12am | El Rio From the organizer Look, things are rough right now. We're organizing, resisting, fighting back. But we also need to take some time to have a little fun, right? Well, enjoy a little r&r while also enjoying some revolution with this radical bake sale and antifasc fashion show presented by local gender queer feminist art collective The Degenderettes! Door: $5-20 sliding scale, all $ goes towards #TheResistance, NOTAFLOF (and paying that bit more makes it easier for us to support this for others, so thank you in advance! ♥)...
  • Exclusive: Black Lives Matter releases statement on Trump's Muslim ban

    02/01/2017 1:17:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mic ^ | January 31, 2017 | Aaron Morrison
    On Tuesday, the Black Lives Matter Global Network issued a statement on President Donald Trump's executive order concerning immigration restrictions and refugee resettlement program suspension. The statement, shared exclusively with Mic, follows the mass protests that erupted nationwide Saturday and Sunday. The demonstrations included participation from several chapters of BLM at airports in Los Angeles, Boston and New York City, as well as activists from organizations in the Movement for Black Lives collective. Mic explored those efforts in an article also published Tuesday. Below is the statement in its entirety: The Black Lives Matter Global Network and movement could not...
  • Mothers of the Movement share what they'd rather be doing with their loved ones (Trayvon biography?)

    01/31/2017 11:07:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mic ^ | January 31, 2017 | Jamilah King
    What do you call a mother whose child has been brutally and irrevocably snatched away from her? Usually, we call her an "advocate." And that's what Sybrina Fulton describes in her new book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, a biography of her slain son, which was released on Tuesday. An "advocate" is the modern characterization you can give a woman like Mamie Till, who in 1955 insisted that her 14-year-old son, Emmett, be buried in an open casket. Emmett had been lynched by two white men in Mississippi and, as the world had clocked to the...
  • Letter of global exec meeting Trump

    01/31/2017 2:02:54 AM PST · by lavaroise · 5 replies
    Johnson&Johnson ^ | 1-30-2017 | Alex Gorsky
    I am inspired every time I hear one of you share the deeply held belief that we have an obligation, as Johnson & Johnson, to marshal our resources and help leaders around the world address the greatest healthcare challenges of today. The work we continue to do around the Zika vaccine is a terrific example of this collaborative approach in action. Since the founding of our company in 1886, Johnson & Johnson has worked with 24 U.S. Presidents. We find common ground to address public health challenges and find wins for our patients, consumers and healthcare providers in every era....
  • This Government is An Existential Threat to Every Single One of Us (Rant-of-the-week)

    01/27/2017 5:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Flavorwire ^ | January 27, 2017 | Tom Hawking
    It gets harder and harder to keep track of every single piece of terrible news coming out of Washington these days, so much so that amongst the litany of despair from the last 36 hours or so — the prospective implementation of Donald Trump’s ban on the acceptance of refugees and on immigration from several Muslim countries, the possible death of net neutrality, the ridiculous ongoing smokescreen about “electoral fraud”, etc etc etc etc — it was easy to miss the news with perhaps the most dramatic ramifications for the future of this planet: the continuing efforts to silence the...
  • Chicago improv performer to play Barron Trump in new comedy show

    01/27/2017 4:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 27, 2017 | Nina Metz
    Chicago improviser and stand-up comedian Shannon Noll will play the title character in the new stage show "Barron Trump: Up Past Bedtime," opening Saturday at The Revival in Hyde Park. "It's a variety show in the style of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' and it's basically Barron Trump getting read a bedtime story, and then deciding to stay up past his bedtime and play with his imaginary friends," Noll said Friday....
  • German Newspaper Editor: Assassination Easiest Way To End ‘Trump Catastrophe’ [VIDEO]

    01/27/2017 1:59:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jacob Bojesson, foreign correspondent
    Josef Joffe, the editor-publisher of German weekly Die Zeit, suggests the easiest way to end the “Trump catastrophe” is to murder the president in the White House. Joffe joined panel show ARD-Presseclub to answer questions from the public. A viewer called in to ask if it was possible to impeach President Donald Trump and end the “catastrophe.” “There has to be a qualified two-thirds majority of the Senate in order for a removal of office to take place,” a female panelist responded. “These are politically and legally pretty high hurdles, a lot would have to happen for it, we’re far...
  • Protesters Decry Trump Immigration Orders at Washington Square Park Rally (CAIR organized)

    01/25/2017 4:01:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    DNA Info ^ | January 25, 2017 | Danielle Tcholakian
    GREENWICH VILLAGE — Crowds gathered at Washington Square Park Wednesday evening to protest President Donald Trump's recent executive orders. The president moved this week to restrict people from select countries with large Muslim populations from entering the United States, to build a wall along the border of Mexico and to cut federal funds to "sanctuary cities" like New York that don't cooperate with deportations and other federal actions against undocumented immigrants. "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here," the crowd chanted. (TWEETS-AT-LINK) The protest was organized quickly by the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic...
  • Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

    01/24/2017 2:18:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Antidote Zine ^ | January 22, 2017 | Ed Sutton
    Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method of analyzing people’s behavior down to the minutest detail by looking at their Facebook activity—thus helping Donald Trump to victory. On November 9th, around 8:30 in the morning, Michal Kosinski awoke in his hotel room in Zurich. The 34-year-old had traveled here to give a presentation to the Risk Center at the ETH [Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule or Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich] at a conference on the dangers of Big Data and the so-called digital revolution. Kosinski gives such presentations all over the world. He is a leading expert on psychometrics, a data-driven offshoot...
  • Ways to put America Last

    01/23/2017 7:46:02 AM PST · by Degaston · 1 replies
    If any of you can't handle satire/parody then please stop reading this thread. Alright guys it seems like the hope to make America terrible and put America Last has a huge obstacle in its way called Donald Trump. Thus our first order of the day is to undermine his Presidency in every way possible. That way America can finally become dead last in the world as our righteous ISIS brothers and the sympathists of their peaceful religion cause shall prevail. Same goes for the glorious Tienanmen Square massacre oligarchs with their huge trade surpluses with the USA and the huge...
  • Liberal Preppers Stock Up On Guns, Food As Trumpocalypse Looms

    01/22/2017 12:33:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Voactiv ^ | January 17, 2017 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
    Colin Waugh bought a shotgun four weeks before November’s election. An unapologetic liberal, he was no fan of firearms. He had never owned one before. But Waugh, a 31-year-old from Independence, Missouri, couldn’t shake his fears of a Donald Trump presidency — and all of the chaos it could bring. He imagined hate crimes and violence waged by extremists emboldened by the Republican nominee’s brash, divisive rhetoric. He pictured state-sanctioned roundups of Muslims, gays, and outspoken critics. “I kept asking myself, ‘Do I want to live under tyranny?'” said Waugh, who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and later...
  • Madonna at Women’s March: ‘I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House’

    01/21/2017 9:16:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 21, 2017 | Colin Campbell
    Madonna made a surprise Saturday appearance at the Women’s March on Washington, the cornerstone of the massive worldwide protests following President Trump’s inauguration. In her speech at the pre-march rally, the pop megastar declared that she was angry and that “good did not win this election.” “Are you still awake out there?” she asked the Washington, D.C., crowd. “Are you sure about that? Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love, to the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women...
  • I Rather Have Jesus; Will you accept Him today? Look (Show More) at Bottom ;

    01/20/2017 7:52:20 AM PST · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/20/2017 | Revski
    Have faith and live life; Eternal-Forever.
  • Sharpton defends John Lewis' claim and says the process that elected Trump 'was not legitimate'

    01/18/2017 12:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2017 | Nikki Schwab, US political reporter
    Al Sharpton backed up his fellow civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who last week questioned the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump. 'I think there is no question that the process that elected him was not legitimate,' Sharpton said yesterday on MSNBC, the network where he also hosts a show. Since Lewis said that he didn't view Trump as a 'legitimate president,' he's been whacked around by the president-elect, who continued to tweet about the civil rights leader and Democratic congressman today. During the interview and citing intelligence reports that pointed to Russian interference, Sharpton said the electoral process...
  • MLK Symposium looks at black lives under Trump

    01/17/2017 6:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Pennsylvanian ^ | January 17, 2017 | Roberta Nin Feliz
    Spoken word artists and community organizers filled the Goodhand Room at the LGBT Center on Sunday, reading poems about the terror of racial violence, lynching and systemic injustice. The poetry readings marked the kick-off event, “Will Black Lives Matter during the Presidency of Donald Trump?” of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. The symposium is a series of events from Jan. 15 to Feb. 2 on campus honoring King’s legacy. The kickoff event hosted artists and activists from the National Black Author’s Tour. They spoke about dismantling systems of oppression, the fear many black people...
  • Michael Moore: Trump will ‘absolutely’ ban Muslims

    01/17/2017 1:10:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jennifer Calfas
    Filmmaker Michael Moore said he thinks Donald Trump will “absolutely” ban Muslims from entering the U.S., rejecting those who call for not taking the president-elect literally. “He’s shown how he’s going to do it. He’s going to get away with it by making it a ban on Muslims who come from the following countries. He needs just enough cover for his crowd to say, ‘Oh, he’s being reasonable there. He’s not banning all Muslims,’” Moore said in an interview with Variety published Tuesday. Moore said he also expects Trump to follow through on his plan to build a wall along...
  • Van Jones Predicts ‘Horrendous Abuse of Power’ Under Trump

    01/16/2017 7:24:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sharon Waxman
    Less than a week before the inauguration, political commentator Van Jones predicted “a horrendous abuse of power” once Donald Trump takes office as president of the United states. The CNN commentator spoke on Sunday night at the home of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos about the documentary “13th,” on a panel with filmmaker Ava DuVernay and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The film explores the abuses and racial inequities of the prison system, with the title referring to the 13th amendment abolishing slavery. Asked by Winfrey what he expected of the new administration, Jones said, “I think mostly bad things. Both parties...
  • Hillary Clinton’s operatives stoke doubts of Trump presidency

    01/15/2017 7:58:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    Spread rumors about Russian vote rigging, push protests Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives have fueled efforts to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump, pushing allegations of his complicity with Russian email hacks and boosting protests of the inauguration. Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for the Clinton presidential campaign, has said there’s “too much evidence” that Mr. Trump was in league with Russian spies trying to rig the election. Former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri used Twitter to circulate maps of protest sites for Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Neera Tanden, a policy adviser on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, has made her anti-Trump stance...
  • Report: CIA set up task-force in 2016 to investigate possible Russian funding of Trump's campaign

    01/15/2017 7:12:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 91 replies
    business insider ^ | Jan. 14, 2017, 11:25 AM | Natasha Bertrand
    US counterintelligence task force established by the CIA Director John Brennan in 2016 to investigate a recording was apparently passed by “one of the Baltic States” alleging Russian funding of President-elect Donald Trump's presidential campaign… The task force included the FBI, the Treasury and Justice Departments, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Security Agency (NSA), “SNIPP” A “dossier” created by an opposition research project funded by anti-Trump Republicans teamed with Clinton Democrats circulated by Sen. John McCain of Arizona Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and later presented by the intelligence community, to Trump,...
  • Redesigning the journey to critical benefits for Americans

    01/15/2017 7:02:28 AM PST · by spintreebob
    United States Digital Service via Medium.com ^ | 1/14/2017 | Jess Kahn & Mollie Ruskin
    The United States Digital Service is a startup at The White House, using design and technology to deliver better services to the American people. www.usds.gov For people who need timely access to critical benefits, interacting with the government can become as time consuming as a part-time job. As William has encountered time and again, enrolling in these programs can be cumbersome, duplicative and at odds with the demands of working and caring for one’s family. In recent years, non-profits, academia and state and federal government agencies alike began studying and experimenting with a shift toward a more family-centered — as opposed to...
  • DNC Chair Candidate Keith Ellison Once Called For Separate Country for Black Americans

    01/14/2017 2:06:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 28, 2016 | Alex Griswold
    Democratic Minnesota Representative and Democratic National Committee chairman candidate Keith Ellison once called for slavery reparations and a separate country for black Americans in a university newspaper column. Ellison’s writings while a student at the University of Minnesota law school– under the name “Keith Hakim”– raised eyebrows when he announced his first congressional run in 2006. The Weekly Standard noted that “Ellison refers to ‘Minister Louis Farrakhan,’ defends Nation of Islam spokesman Khalid Abdul Muhammad, and speaks in the voice of a Nation of Islam advocate… ‘Hakim’ demands reparations for slavery and throws in a demand for an optional separate...
  • Hillary Clinton and her team tried to warn us about Trump’s ties to Russia (4chan alert)

    01/12/2017 10:36:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    ShareBlue ^ | January 12, 2017 | Tommy Christopher and Melissa McEwan
    Every day brings a new bombshell revelation about President-elect Donald Trump and the Russians. And the people who tried to tell the world about it while it could have made a difference are still speaking out. This week has seen some truly stunning revelations about President-elect Donald Trump and the help he received from the Russian government in securing his electoral victory, including allegations that Russia compromised Trump, and may have colluded with his associates in their campaign to influence the election. Although Hillary Clinton has largely stayed out of public view since the election, her key aides are beginning...
  • Donald Trump Spy File Is ‘Bogus,’ ‘Forgery,’ Security Expert Claims

    01/12/2017 9:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Amanda Katherine
    A former US intelligence expert says that the 35-page document claiming that Russia hatched a blackmail plot against Donald Trump is a “forgery” and completely “bogus.” Wayne Madsen, a former disinformation analyst at the U.S. Navy’s Washington, D.C., telecommunications command, claimed to Radar Online that the dossier that leaked online Tuesday night is a bogus attempt to discredit the president-elect....
  • Democrats say Obama must 'deprive' Trump of using Guantanamo Bay

    01/11/2017 4:54:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 11, 2017 | Christopher Brennan
    Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Obama to close Guantanamo Bay because "Donald Trump must be deprived of the use” of the controversial prison. Representatives including New York City’s Hakeem Jeffries, Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano signed a letter sent to the White House Wednesday. Obama promised during his first presidential campaign to close the facility on Cuban soil, which was filled with suspected terrorists during the Bush administration, some of whom have stayed there for years without a trial or charges. The White House has said that it is working to move the 18 inmates who remain...
  • Radio Show Host Calls For Immediate Arrest Of HomoClemson Player After Gay Championship......

    01/11/2017 5:02:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    TNN RAW 2 ^ | Published on Jan 10, 2017 | TOMMY SOTOMAYOR
    Full TITLE: Radio Show Host Calls For Immediate Arrest Of HomoClemson Player After Gay Championship Celebration! ***warning language***
  • To Defeat Trump, We Must Make Ourselves Ungovernable (It just keeps getting sillier)

    01/09/2017 3:55:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    In These Times ^ | January 9, 2017 | Sarah Lazare
    “We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet over the phone. “We shouldn’t legitimize that rule in any form or fashion. We need to build a program of being ungovernable.” As the co-director of the Mississippi-based group Cooperation Jackson and an organizer with the nationwide Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Akuno is one of countless people across the country working diligently to build a platform sturdy enough to confront Trump’s America. Movimiento Cosecha, led by undocumented people and immigrants, is planning to go on the offensive to...
  • 'Know Your Rights' campaigns pop up ahead of Trump's inauguration (Illegals and Muslims)

    01/09/2017 4:01:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | January 9, 2017 | Tatiana Sanchez, Tribune News Service
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — When shoppers walk into Mi Pueblo Foods to pick up fresh produce in the next few weeks, they'll also get a lesson on their legal and civil rights. The grocery retailer, which serves a heavily Latino clientele and supports a variety of community initiatives and educational programs, has partnered with the San Jose-based organization SIREN in an effort to inform the public — and in particular immigrants — of their constitutional rights in a variety of settings. During informational sessions at select stores, customers can learn about what to do if, for example, a law enforcement...
  • Michelle Obama’s Farewell Address Will Leave You an Emotional Wreck

    01/06/2017 1:50:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Virrales ^ | January 6, 2017
    Michelle Obama delivered her final remarks as first lady of the United States on Friday, telling a room of educators that the role has been “the greatest honor” of her life. It was an emotional end to a White House event honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, where she also urged young people to embrace diversity and empower themselves through the education. “As I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send to our young people,” Obama said. “For all the young people in this room and that are watching,...
  • Park Slope Rally to Call for Total Obstruction of Trump Agenda

    01/05/2017 1:11:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Patch ^ | January 5, 2017 | John V. Santore
    "Play ball with dangerous, amoral people and we will devote ourselves to your political demise," the organizers wrote. PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — Brooklynites determined to stop President-Elect Donald Trump's agenda in its tracks will deliver their message to New York Senator and Park Slope resident Chuck Schumer on Jan. 7. A rally planned for 1 p.m. outside Schumer's 9 Prospect Park West apartment building had been signed up for on Facebook by 169 people as of Thursday afternoon, with nearly 300 more saying they were interested. "We, the people of NYC and New York State, vow to hound you day...
  • Trump Presidency Will Disproportionately Affect Marginalized Communities in Years to Come

    01/05/2017 12:38:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Rainbow Times ^ | January 5, 2017 | Mike Yepes, TRT Guest Columnist
    November 8 was a whirlwind of emotions. Starting my day off in Rhode Island, I eagerly rushed over to my local polling location in Providence at 7 a.m. with my younger brother to cast my ballot for Hillary Clinton. She was not perfect, not by a long shot, and any claims to the contrary were often rooted in the shortcomings of white feminism—which roots its platform in the obstructions faced by cisgender white women without nuanced conversations around race, class, ethnicity, queer theory, and other issues related to identity. However, what she did hold was potential for progress and improved...
  • Women's March organizers predict 200,000 will attend anti-Trump protest

    01/03/2017 7:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 3, 2017 | Daniel Strauss
    Organizers of the Women’s March on Washington estimate 200,000 people will participate in its inauguration weekend protest, according to a National Park Service's list of First Amendment permit applications. The group organizing the protest (which was initially pegged as a “million woman march”) applied for a permit application under the name “The Gathering for Justice,” according to Mike Litterst, the chief of communications for the NPS’ National Mall & Memorial Parks. The application says the march’s purpose is “to come together in solidarity to express to the new administration & congress that women’s rights are human rights and our power...
  • Teens Raise Money for Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz By Selling “P—- Pops” (warning graphic)

    01/02/2017 7:33:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Jan 2, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Warning: Contains graphic language. Two individuals who claim to be LGBT high school students are selling lollipops shaped like genitalia to support the abortion chain Planned Parenthood. For $3.99, the teens promise to send a “p**** pop” shaped like a vagina to President-elect Donald Trump, and for $4.99, they will send a penis-shaped lollipop. They also claim to send 50-percent of the “p—- pop” proceeds to Planned Parenthood, the Daily Wire reports. Here’s more from the report: The vagina-shaped lollipops appear to reference Trump’s infamous “grab them by the p*****” comment to Billy Bush–a statement used against the president-elect during...
  • 9 Powerful Hillary Clinton Quotes From 2016 To Remember All The Good Times (Fan fiction)

    01/01/2017 1:53:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Bustle ^ | December 6, 2016 | Natasha Guzmán
    Although she didn't win on Election Day, Hillary Clinton ran an extremely memorable campaign. There were scandals, feuds, and federal investigations, but the former Secretary of State also made history on multiple occasions. In July, she became the first female presidential nominee for a major party, and in November she became the second most voted-for presidential candidate in the United States after Barack Obama — more than any white man to ever run for president. In addition to breaking glass ceilings, Clinton also left a trail of memorable quotes and moments behind. Clinton has never been a natural performer, which...
  • New post from DU...cant make this up.

    12/30/2016 11:04:34 AM PST · by kyperman · 67 replies
    I had to do a lot of editing to make this safe for my own eyes...I just found it while I trolled on DU. I have a bit of an obsession with this lately..and watching you tube videos of liberal crying...I just found this not only a bit funny, but also so sad...this is unreal..that there is a good 47 percent of the US that would agree with garbage..read at your own risk and enjoy. #### you, Donald Trump" by Chris Cluwe #### you for being a hypersensitive, grossly plump caricature of a human being; a squirming mass of cockroaches...
  • 10 Reasons Obama’s Presidency Will Go Down In History: Some of the biggest accomplishments

    12/30/2016 10:03:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Black Enterprise ^ | December 29, 2016 | Selena Hill
    In a few short weeks, President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House will officially come to an end and Donald Trump will begin his terrifying reign as the leader of the free world. For many, this is a very scary reality, one that I’m still grappling to come to terms with myself. Nevertheless, as we prepare for Obama’s exit, let’s remember what his administration as president has done for the American people. 1. Health insurance for millions One of Obama’s primary goals as president was to tackle the country’s broken healthcare system. Although we still have a long way...