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Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that many who voted "no" receive substantial contributions from the pharmaceutical industry

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Republicans who voted in favor are: John Boozman (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY), & John Thune (R-SD). So yeah, these Democrats have some fucking thinking to do about their life choices.
Democrats Welcome CIA as Liberators! Unelected Praetorian Guard Government Saviors Slays Orange Emperor, Safeguarding The Empire Republic! Media's Hair on Fire as Orange Emperor Claims Slander. 4Chan Did it for the LOLZ. 2017 is Making 2016 Look Sane...

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The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.
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How a Former CIA Officer Reads the Trump Dossier
Fact, fiction, or speculation?

Yesterday, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier containing allegations that Russian operatives worked to identify and develop compromising personal and financial information about Donald Trump. Allegedly, this is the full document from which a two-page synopsis was drawn and provided to Trump and President Obama as an appendix to a report about Russian interference in the election.
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The president-elect called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage” and refused to take a CNN reporter’s question.

NEW YORK ― President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly called out the publication of unverified allegations that he has ties to Russia as “fake news” during Wednesday’s press conference, his first in nearly six months.

Trump thanked news organizations that didn’t publish the allegations, which were raised in a dossier commissioned by his opponents and which haven’t been corroborated. But he took aim at BuzzFeed, called it a “failing pile of garbage,” and refused to call on reporter Jim Acosta from CNN, which he labeled “fake news.”Read more...Collapse )

Source: HuffPost

Whether there's any truth to the allegations or not, Drumpf is obviously bugged by the whole thing, which to me is highly worthwhile and enjoyable, in and of itself.
During the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, American parents found politics to be a painfully embarrassing subject to discuss in front of their children. The TV news stayed off at dinner time. But even before taking office, Donald Trump has surpassed Bill Clinton. The details of what’s said to have taken place in a Moscow hotel room with a group of prostitutes are lurid enough to damage even someone with Trump’s sexual history. Trump himself has described the allegations as “fake news”. Their significance is that, if true, the President-elect of the United States would be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. The CIA believes it “credible” that the Kremlin has such kompromat – or compromising material – on the next US Commander in Chief. At the same time a joint task force, which includes the CIA and the FBI, has been investigating allegations that the Russians may have sent money to Trump’s organisation or his election campaign.

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OP: Reading the thread on the mothership this morning was glorious. Especially after having woken up to the fairly dry exposé in the Guardian. And now... real life spy stuff!

Source: Phil Cook at the Spectator

It started with hope, and it will end with a call for participation.

President Barack Obama plans to reflect on America's founding principles in his Tuesday farewell address, according to remarks from the speech released early. He will make the speech from his hometown of Chicago, where he also delivered his historic victory speech in 2008.

Obama still believes that "change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," he said in prepared remarks. The president said this is the "beating heart" of America's "bold experiment in self-government."

It's not just that every person is created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, but Obama said in prepared remarks, "it's the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy can form a more perfect union."

The speech is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The president had indicated in his weekly address Saturday that he would focus on the active role Americans must play in self-government, something he said is easily lost in the "day to day back and forth of Washington." Obama has consistently emphasized that collective action leads to "change for the better."

In his prepared remarks for Tuesday, Obama said "the great gift our Founders gave us" was "the freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a greater good."

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The Age Of Great Expectations And The Great Void

The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between those two watershed moments? Answering that question is essential to understanding how Donald Trump became president and where his ascendency leaves us.

Hardly had this period commenced before observers fell into the habit of referring to it as the “post-Cold War” era. Now that it’s over, a more descriptive name might be in order. My suggestion: America’s Age of Great Expectations.

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source is the hufflepufflepost

goals for 2017 - bruce hornsby and don henley recording a new version of this</a>

The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. urged Congress to block the 1986 nomination of Jeff Sessions for federal judge, saying that allowing him to join the federal bench would “irreparably damage the work of my husband,” according to the letter written by King that was previously publicly unavailable and obtained on Tuesday by The Post.

“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts,” King wrote in the cover page of her 9-page letter opposing Sessions’s nomination, which failed at the time.

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.”

Thirty years later, Sessions, now himself a senator, is again undergoing confirmation hearings as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, and is facing fierce opposition from civil rights groups.

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Full letter can be read at the source.
The Neo-Nazi murder trial revealing Germany’s darkest secrets

The only known survivor of a far-right group accused of a series of racist killings is now on trial. But the case has put the nation itself on the dock

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Some additional links:
-An earlier post of mine to this comm included a profile of the AfD (extreme) right-wing party in Germany.
-I also posted about the Hanning trial (i.e. Hanning was an Auschwitz SS guard during WWII).
-I also posted about the rise of the far right in Europe.
-stoneheart's post on police racism in Germany.

OP: I'm not German, but I see so many countries (including my own) that need to do SO MUCH better at confronting racism. Also, I think the actions of this group qualify as terrorism.
Twelve federal jurors said Tuesday that Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people in a 2015 massacre at a historically black Charleston, South Carolina, church, should be put to death.

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Source CNN
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