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  • Russia's Addiction: How Oil, Gas, and the Soviet Legacy Have Shaped a Nation’s Fate : How Oil, Gas, and the Soviet Legacy Have Shaped a Nation’s Fate    ( Clifford G. Gaddy and Barry W. Ickes, 2019-01-28)
    Brookings Institution Press 2019 240pp. Get Notified When the Book is For Sale Why oil and natural gas are at the center of Russia’s economy and politics Russia’s dependence on its oil and gas is much deeper than generally recognized. Large parts of the economy that Russia inherited from its Soviet predecessor cannot survive without continuous infusions of value from the oil and gas sectors. The privatization of those sectors in the 1990s transferred their ownership to a small number of oligarchs, who promptly plunged into self-destructive internal warfare, putting their companies and the fate of millions of Russians at risk. In Russia’s Addiction, Clifford Gaddy and Barry Ickes describe how Vladimir Putin forced the oligarchs to end their strife and compelled them to share their oil and gas wealth with the rest of society. They argue that the system Putin implemented to manage the nation’s oil and gas resources has been the key to his power in Russia. But they ask the important question: What will happen to this system, and to Russia, when Putin is gone?  Clifford Gaddy, an economist specializing in Russia, is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe. He is a co-founder and senior scientific advisor of the joint Russian-American Center for Research on International Financial and Energy Security, based at Penn State University. Gaddy is the co-author of the recently released second edition of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings, 2015). Barry W. Ickes is a professor of economics and associate head, Department of Economics, The Pennsylvania State University. Ickes is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; director of the Center for Research on International Financial and Energy Security, Penn State; chair of the Research Committee, New Economic School in Moscow; and president of the American Friends of the New Economic School in Moscow. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Clifford G. Gaddy Barry W. Ickes Ordering Information: {9ABF977A-E4A6-41C8-B030-0FD655E07DBF}, 9780815727705, $30.00 Add to Cart         
  • Dilemmas of a Trading Nation : Japan and the Trans-Pacific Economic Order    (Mireya Solís, 2019-01-28)
    Brookings Institution Press 2019 180pp. Japan is at a critical moment in determining its trade policy as it strives for renewed economic growth Its economy still struggling after two decades of low growth, Japan now faces a difficult moment as it confronts this ongoing challenge to economic renewal. Tokyo could deploy a proactive trade policy to help it rise again as one of the world's greatest trading nations. It could also, at the same time, attack the structural problems that have hindered its economic competitiveness and kept it from becoming a leading voice in the drafting of rules for this century's global economy.  Or, it could do nothing and remain shackled to the domestic political constraints that have kept it from playing a central role in international trade negotiations. In Dilemmas of a Trading Nation, Mireya Solís describes how Japan's economic choices are important for the United States, as well.  The two nations are the most important members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade agreement concluded in 2015 intended to spur trade in the world's fastest-growing economic region.  The arrest of Japan’s economic decline, the credibility of America’s resolve to remain a Pacific power, and the deepening of the bilateral alliance are all influenced significantly by the outcome of the TPP agreement. But the domestic politics of trade policy have never been as unwieldy as policymakers across the Pacific aim to negotiate ever more ambitious trade and to marshal domestic support for them. Dilemmas of a Trading Nation describes how, for both Japan and the United States, the stakes involved in addressing the tradeoffs of trade policy design could not be higher. Mireya Solís is the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, where she specializes in Japan’s political economy, foreign policy, and Asia-Pacific trade integration. Her previous books include Banking on Multinationals: Public Credit and the Export of Japanese Sunset Industries, Competitive Regionalism: FTA Diffusion in the Pacific Rim (co-edited), and Cross-Regional Trade Agreements: Understanding Permeated Regionalism in East Asia (co-edited). ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mireya Solís Ordering Information: {9ABF977A-E4A6-41C8-B030-0FD655E07DBF}, 9780815729198, $32.00 Add to Cart         
  • Dream Hoarders : How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It    (Richard V. Reeves, 2019-01-28)
    Brookings Institution Press 2019 220pp. America is becoming a class-based society. It's now conventional wisdom to focus on the excesses of the top 1% — especially the top 0.01% — and how the ultra-rich are hoarding income and wealth while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the more important, and widening, gap in American society is between the upper middle class and everyone else.  Reeves defines the upper middle class as those whose incomes are in the top 20 percent of American society. Income isn't the only way to measure a society, but in a market economy it is crucial because access to money generally determines who gets the best quality education, housing, health care, and other necessary goods and services.  As Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is a fracturing of American society along class lines, not just an economic divide. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults. These trends matter because the separation and perpetuation of the upper middle class corrode prospects for more progressive approaches to policy. Various forms of "opportunity hoarding" among the upper middle class make it harder for others to rise up to the top rung. Examples include zoning laws and schooling, occupational licensing, college application procedures, and the allocation of internships. Upper middle class opportunity hoarding, Reeves argues, results in a less competitive economy as well as a less open society. Inequality is inevitable and can even be good, within limits. But Reeves argues that society can take effective action to reduce opportunity hoarding and thus promote broader opportunity. This fascinating book shows how American society has become the very class-defined society that earlier Americans rebelled against — and what can be done to restore a more equitable society.   Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in Economic Studies, co-director of the Center on Children and Families, and editor-in-chief of the Social Mobility Memos blog. His research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. Reeves appears regularly on radio and television as a political commentator, and writes for a variety of publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Observer. He is also a regular contributor to the online 'Think Tank' section of the Wall Street Journal. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Richard V. Reeves Ordering Information: {BE4CBFE9-92F9-41D9-BDC8-0C2CC479A3F7}, 9780815729129, $24.00 Add to Cart         
  • The alt-right didn't invent 'alt-left.' Liberals did.    (By Molly Roberts, 2017-08-17)
  • Big jump in percentage in favor of impeachment and other Trump poll horrors    (By Jennifer Rubin, 2017-08-17)
  • Donald Trump's morning rant attacks Republicans who dare to say his name    (Mark Sumner, 2017-08-17)
    Like Voldemort or Candyman, Republicans fear that mentioning Trump by name will summon him forth. Lindsey Graham dared mention he-whose-name-can-only-be-in-giant-gold-letters on Wednesday, earning himself a personal attack on Thursday morning. xPublicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 Of course Donald Trump didn’t say there was moral equivalency. Because morale equivalency is a phrase Donald Trump couldn’t use without someone to whisper it in his ear. All he did was to say ... What about the alt-left that came charging at the—as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt? … You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. … you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.  See. The words “moral equivalency” don’t appear. Trump also made a point of saying that Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson were just like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, a point his lawyer reinforced on Thursday with a fresh heap of we didn’t say moral equivalency.  Trump didn’t stop himself with an attack on Graham. He also went straight for another Republican who had failed to bend the knee.
  • Another open letter to Jared Kushner    (Daniel W. Drezner, 2017-08-17)
    In 2016, Kushner asserted that his father-in-law was now a racist. What does that mean in 2017?
  • Donald Trump's lawyer equates Lee and Washington, says FBI and BLM are run by terrorists    (Mark Sumner, 2017-08-17)
    John Dowd, the head of Donald Trump’s legal team, forwarded a letter on Wednesday that was filled with neo-Confederate distortions, racist justifications, and accusations that both the FBI and Black Lives Matters have been infiltrated by terrorists. The letter was not a random note floating through Dowd’s email stream. It was specifically titled “The Information that Validates President Trump on Charlottesville” and addresses Trump’s giving moral equivalency to murderous Nazis and those standing up to Nazis, by tossing on more more equivalency. In particular, the letter includes a list of items asserting that Robert E. Lee and George Washington were exactly the same. Both owned slaves. Both rebelled against the ruling government. … Neither man is any different than Napoleon, Shaka Zulu, Alexander the Great, Ramses II, etc. You cannot be against General Lee and for General Washington, there literally is no difference between the two men. No difference. Once you ignore motive, morality, and how one of these two men was at the head of an army that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in the name of owning other Americans. How, exactly, Washington is supposed to be similar to Napoleon, Ramses II, or any other member of the list within the list is unclear. The letter forwarded by Dowd was actually written by Jerome Almon. Whose positions go a step beyond the statements Donald Trump has already made demaning the FBI and and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The email’s author, Jerome Almon, runs several websites alleging government conspiracies and arguing that the F.B.I. has been infiltrated by Islamic terrorists. 
  • Cheers and Jeers: Thursday    (Bill in Portland Maine, 2017-08-17)
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Official White House Statement August 17, 2017 For Immediate Release During his inspiring and very prestigious press engagement Tuesday at Trump Tower, The President made the following statement about the weekend events that transpired in Charlottesville: "I watched much more closely than you people watched it, and you had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say that right now. You had a group on one side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.” In response to media inquiries, the president is providing the following examples of permit-less "alt-left" behavior that he himself witnessed with his own infallible 20-20 eyesight: A leftist mother showing her baby how to load and fire a bazooka Mexican rapists and murderers bused in from sanctuary cities that pillaged and plundered the entire town Crooked Hillary loading her email server into a catapult and launching it at the Robert E. Lee statue Saul Alinsky driving a bulldozer over a copy of the U.S. Constitution Land-based, laser-armed sharks on leashes Ken Frazier of Merck running around raising drug prices Reporters from the failing New York Times stabbing wildly with their fake news writing pencils Barack Hussein Obama wadding up his Kenyan birth certificate, lighting it on fire, and hurling it at the very fine and silent permit-holding protesters Deep state leakers blabbing secrets that will severely damage our country but are all false anyway Thousands upon thousands of Muslims cheering the carnage As the President stated: "When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. Before I make a statement, I need the facts." Having just presented the above incontrovertible facts about the Charlottesville counter-protesters, we hope the fake media will now agree that both sides are to blame. P.S. When visiting Charlottesville, be sure to stop by the President's fabulous winery. It is the largest and greatest in America by a huge and massive margin and every grape is perfect, believe us. ### Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold...[Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]
  • Daily Kos Radio is ALL-NEW at 9 AM ET!    (David Waldman, 2017-08-17)
    We’re not done with Nazi Sergeant Pepper just yet. But also, Russia! It’s still there! And the swamp is getting murkier. Eventually, Republicans and pundits are going to forget that they’re outraged that Trump is unfit for office, and remember that he’s also corrupt on a cosmic scale. Listen right here at 9:00 AM ET! Hello. Do you think the world has gone crazy? Well, so do we. That’s why we get up early each weekday morning to say so on Daily Kos Radio. There’s no better way to start the day than by commiserating with Daily Kos editors David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter, and even Armando. Wait! We can prove it! Take our latest show for a FREE test drive. Then, after you decide you love it so much you can’t live without it, click on the links below the player to contribute and help sustain the progressive podcast that kept people sane, even on The Day After: Nov. 9, 2016! Now that’s value! x YouTube Video YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Keep us on the air! Donate via Patreon or Square Cash David Waldman isn’t sure when “today” is in today’s new, pre-recorded KITM, but he does remember about when last week was, and he certainly can find next week on a calendar—that’s when he returns. But how au courant does one need to be nowadays, anyhow? Throw a dart at a list of reprehensible, inhuman, unAmerican traits and actions and prescience is yours. Today’s words are: Nazi, and… Gorka. To some Sebastian Gorka is synonymous with “Nazi”, but his reprehensibility has somewhat more depth and nuance. Gorka tried to bring a handgun through airport security. He thinks the Minnesota Mosque Attack was probably the fault of the left. Gorka says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much. He is exactly the pit bull Trump doesn’t need, which is precisely why he has his White House job. He tried pulling this stuff in Hungary, but just couldn’t find the right tin-pot dictator to hook up with until he came here. Remember the Jewish community centers bomb threats? There have been more than 100 since the election, but the FBI arrested a few suspects so far. One was some loon trying to harass an ex-girlfriend. Another was an Israeli American teenager, who could also be a loon, but really, he was just in it for the money. (Thanks again to Scott Anderson for the show summary! Please help me pay him more!) Need more info on how to listen? Find it below the fold.
  • Morning Digest: Court ruling striking down Texas GOP's congressional map still disappoints Democrats    (Daily Kos Elections, 2017-08-17)
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off TX Redistricting: Late on Tuesday, a federal court in San Antonio struck down Texas' congressional map on the grounds that the Republican lawmakers who drew it had engaged in intentional racial discrimination in violation of both the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. The court ordered lawmakers to swiftly lay out their plans to redraw the map. The new districts will take effect for the 2018 midterm elections if this ruling survives a likely appeal to the Supreme Court.​ Campaign Action ​Meanwhile, Texas' Republican Gov. Greg Abbott didn't sound too keen on calling a special session over redistricting, stating that he feels "confident the Supreme Court will overturn [the ruling]." If he doesn't do so ahead of the court's Friday deadline, the court itself could redraw the map after its upcoming Sept. 5 hearing. ​​If the Supreme Court ultimately sustains this ruling, Democrats and Latinos could gain one congressional seat. However, that's a major disappointment compared to the two or even three seats that plaintiffs had hoped for. Specifically, the court invalidated Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold's 27th District, which is based in Corpus Christi and branches northwest toward Austin and northeast toward the Houston area, and Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett's 35th District, which connects San Antonio and Austin via a narrow tendril. However, the court did not strike down Republican Rep. Will Hurd's 23rd District, a huge beast that stretches from El Paso to San Antonio, something that multiple redistricting experts had expected to happen. The court also declined to strike down any districts in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metro area even though plaintiffs—and an analysis by Daily Kos Elections—have repeatedly demonstrated that Republicans could have easily drawn another district in the region that would allow Latinos to elect their candidate of choice. In a new post, Stephen Wolf takes a detailed look at what could happen next in Texas.
  • Morning Bits    (By Jennifer Rubin, 2017-08-17)
  • Abbreviated pundit round-up: Waiting for DJT to order staff to smile when he spews; Charlottesville    (Meteor Blades, 2017-08-17)
    Here’s something to start out today’s APR that’s nearly 10 weeks old and not really punditry but that still merits notice under our current circumstances. Gen. Robert E. Lee typically gets a pass even from many liberals when discussing the Civil War. Adam Serwer at The Atlantic points out that this is a false assessment in his excellent The Myth of the Kindly General Lee—The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed: [E]ven if one conceded Lee’s military prowess, he would still be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans in defense of the South’s authority to own millions of human beings as property because they are black. Lee’s elevation is a key part of a 150-year-old propaganda campaign designed to erase slavery as the cause of the war and whitewash the Confederate cause as a noble one. That ideology is known as the Lost Cause, and as historian David Blight writes, it provided a “foundation on which Southerners built the Jim Crow system.” [...] Lee’s cruelty as a slavemaster was not confined to physical punishment. In Reading the Man, the historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor’s portrait of Lee through his writings, Pryor writes that “Lee ruptured the Washington and Custis tradition of respecting slave families,” by hiring them off to other plantations, and that “by 1860 he had broken up every family but one on the estate, some of whom had been together since Mount Vernon days.” The separation of slave families was one of the most unfathomably devastating aspects of slavery, and Pryor wrote that Lee’s slaves regarded him as “the worst man I ever see.” The trauma of rupturing families lasted lifetimes for the enslaved—it was, as my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates described it, “a kind of murder.” After the war, thousands of the emancipated searched desperately for kin lost to the market for human flesh, fruitlessly for most. In Reconstruction, the historian Eric Foner quotes a Freedmen’s Bureau agent who notes of the emancipated, “in their eyes, the work of emancipation was incomplete until the families which had been dispersed by slavery were reunited.” Lee’s heavy hand on the Arlington plantation, Pryor writes, nearly led to a slave revolt, in part because the enslaved had been expected to be freed upon their previous master’s death, and Lee had engaged in a dubious legal interpretation of his will in order to keep them as his property, one that lasted until a Virginia court forced him to free them. [...] There are former Confederates who sought to redeem themselves—one thinks of James Longstreet, wrongly blamed by Lost Causers for Lee’s disastrous defeat at Gettysburg, who went from fighting the Union army to leading New Orleans’s integrated police force in battle against white supremacist paramilitaries. But there are no statues of Longstreet in New Orleans. Lee was devoted to defending the principle of white supremacy; Longstreet was not. This, perhaps, is why Lee was placed atop the largest Confederate monument at Gettysburg in 1917,  but the 6-foot-2-inch Longstreet had to wait until 1998 to receive a smaller-scale statue hidden in the woods that makes him look like a hobbit riding a donkey. It’s why Lee is remembered as a hero, and Longstreet is remembered as a disgrace. The white supremacists who have protested on Lee’s behalf are not betraying his legacy. In fact, they have every reason to admire him. Lee, whose devotion to white supremacy outshone his loyalty to his country, is the embodiment of everything they stand for. Tribe and race over country is the core of white nationalism, and racists can embrace Lee in good conscience. The question is why anyone else would. FFS. Steven J. Hadley, one of the key civilian architects of the Iraq invasion, is giving advice about A new, winning strategy for Trump in Afghanistan. The problem is it’s not new. It depends on a central government that just doesn’t match the socio-political reality of Afghanistan. It depends on becoming more directly involved against extremists in Pakistan, something Islamabad is not keen on. It requires new talks with India and Pakistan to deal with their differences and build cooperation. Uh-huh. Oh, and more troops. Always the siren call. And more years. Just a few more, of course. Always just a few. But only until the Kabul government is stable and broadly seen as legitimate. There is no reason to believe  will happen before the Milky Way collides with Andromeda. Read this pile if you must. xToday is scarier than yesterday. The fact that no WH staffers resigned as a result of trump's remarks shows just how much danger we are in.— David Hoffman (@atDavidHoffman) August 17, 2017
  • Trump's tax cuts: They're even more regressive than I thought    (Jared Bernstein, 2017-08-17)
    When you consider how Republicans are most likely to offset the cost of their already highly regressive tax cuts, they're even more regressive.
  • Republican-controlled states might be Trump’s best hope to reform health care    (Elizabeth Mann, Molly E Reynolds, 2017-08-17)
    Early on in this year’s health care debate, we wrote about how the interests of Republican governors and their federal co-partisans in Congress would not necessarily line up. Indeed, as Congress deliberated options to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, several GOP governors came out against the various proposals. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, for…         
  • Who is out of the labor force?    (Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Lauren Bauer, Ryan Nunn, Megan Mumford, 2017-08-17)
    Our nation’s labor force participation rate, or the fraction of adults who are either employed or are searching for work, has fallen steadily since 1999. This is a trend that many economists find troubling, as the labor force participation rate is an indicator of household living standards and economic vitality. In 2016, over one-third (37.2…         
  • Open thread for night owls. Katherine Cross: The Art of the Real—Disinformation vs. Democracy    (Meteor Blades, 2017-08-16)
    Katherine Cross calls herself a pizza-loving feminist sociologist, trans Latina, and amateur slug herder, working on her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her blog can be found at quinnae.com. At The Baffler, she writes—The Art of the Real. Disinformation vs. Democracy. An excerpt: THE CONCEPT OF “THE BIG LIE”—a brazen untruth pushed so relentlessly in mass media that it’s eventually mistaken for truth—is hardly novel. As is the case with so many other wretched stratagems of its ilk, capitalism got there first with the PR technique known as FUD: fear, uncertainty, and doubt. FUD campaigns disseminate plausibly deniable aspersions on, say, the safety of a competitor’s products. Such a tactic works because the advent of mass media flooded public discourse with info gluts, bubbles, and echo chambers that can overload a person’s capacity to sort fact from fiction. Contrary to all the Luddite wailing about our social media insularity, biased news streams date back at least to the storied yellow-journalism career of William Randolph Hearst, and have been a fixture of salons and coffeehouses since Gutenberg. After all, there’s a reason some particularly venerable American newspapers are called the X Republican or Y Democrat. So why has “post-truth” only now become the OED word of the year? Without question, something has shifted in our ever more postmodern world. What the KGB once called dezinformatsiya, and the Reagan administration named “perception management,” has now come to dominate public life. Everywhere we turn in the aborning age of Trump, we see the deliberate spreading of contradictory, misleading, and outright false “news.” The ceaseless fount of counter-information creates a general climate of mass confusion, causing even the most resolute auditors to doubt their senses. This increasingly influential phenomenon is strangling both the internet and liberal democracy. What separates our brave new world of counterfeit information from the ideologically driven news outlets of the past, or even the late Cold War propaganda initiatives mounted by the United States and the USSR, is that this time, the Big Lies are bubbling up from grassroots internet cesspools—though these are increasingly in cahoots with powerful moneyed interests. Donald Trump stumbled down his golden escalator at a particularly congenial historical moment. Fake news—the original, Facebook-enabled variety, not the casual slur trotted out against the press on a near-daily basis by the Trump White House—effectively dominated news cycles the week before Election Day, steeped in the same ethos that innervated the alt-right Nazis: chan culture. “Trolling” and online harassment campaigns rely on a brand of perception management that would have made Reagan’s State Department proud: targeting individuals or groups, causing them to doubt facts and reality, or even doubt their senses, but leaving them in a constant state of unknowing terror. These tactics, bred in a nihilistic and proudly apolitical world, were folded back into the realm of activism, absorbed into right-wing media, and have now made their way into the White House. [...] • An Activists’ Calendar of Resistance Events • Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.”                    ~Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches (2007) TWEET OF THE DAY xIf you have ever had a problem grasping the importance of diversity in tech and its impact on society, watch this video pic.twitter.com/ZJ1Je1C4NW— Chukwuemeka Afigbo (@nke_ise) August 16, 2017 BLAST FROM THE PAST At Daily Kos on this date in 2006—Experts to Bush: Back Off, Iran is “Not a Crisis”: Apprehensive that Bush's "hard line" toward Iran is a "prelude" to a U.S military campaign against Iran, 21 former U.S. generals, diplomats and national security officials will release an open letter to the president tomorrow, demanding, according to the Los Angeles Times, a "a complete overhaul of U.S. policy toward both Iran and Iraq." [...] As Plutonium Page diaried well more than a year ago, these voices are being joined to that of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Hans Blix. It appears that any action against Iran will not be able to filed under the "Nobody could have anticipated ..." category in the Bush White House. When such experts come out so openly and vigorously - and preemptively - against a destructive path, there's hope that no matter how desperately the president wants to expand the violence, the public and the press will be armed with solid ammunition against the attempt. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: If Jared and Ivanka could really do anything, it’d be an outrage that they’re on vacation again! Then again, so is David Waldman. Luckily, he left us with an all-new show about Nazis in the White House. Not Trump, but his Nazi Sgt. Pepper, Sebastian Gorka. x Embedded Content YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Keep us on the air! Donate via Patreon or Square Cash
  • Trump’s double standard for white supremacists and Muslims    (Wajahat Ali, 2017-08-16)
    If a Muslim had been driving the car in Charlottesville, the president would have seen only one side.
  • Odd statement from the ACLU of California: 'White Supremacist Violence is Not Free Speech'    (By Eugene Volokh, 2017-08-16)
  • It is indefensible for Republicans to stick with Trump    (E.J. Dionne Jr., 2017-08-16)
    GOP lawmakers need to rebuke him by name and support a resolution to do so formally.
  • Five Confederate statues in Maryland will be removed. Here are some candidates to replace them.    (Charles Lane, 2017-08-16)
    The remova makes room for others to honor.
  • A new, winning strategy for Trump in Afghanistan    (Stephen J. Hadley, 2017-08-16)
    A different approach could provide a clear victory over terrorists and help stabilize the country and region.
  • Should the president’s advisers stay or resign?    (Editorial Board, 2017-08-16)
    The morality of damage control.
  • The U.S. cannot abandon Afghanistan now    (Editorial Board, 2017-08-16)
    A continued effort is preferable to the troubled nation falling apart.
  • Remember Heather Heyer    (Editorial Board, 2017-08-16)
    Killed in Charlottesville, she refused to stay home and be silent.
  • When Trump needs a friend, that’s what ‘Fox & Friends’ is for    (Dana Milbank, 2017-08-16)
    In defending the president, the network is encouraging racists to come out from under their rocks.
  • Un-American activities    (By Eugene Volokh, 2017-08-16)
  • Readers ponder where Charlottesville goes from here    (2017-08-16)
  • Happy Hour Roundup    (By Paul Waldman, 2017-08-16)
  • Ding dong, Texas' anti-trans bathroom bill is dead, for now    (Kerry Eleveld, 2017-08-16)
    When the Texas legislature's special session came to a close Tuesday, so did GOP Lt. Gov Dan Patrick's crusade to prohibit transgender individuals from using public restrooms. The bathroom bill, which Patrick tried to force into consideration by holding other legislation hostage, was ultimately blocked by a Republican House speaker who sided with trans activists, law enforcement officials and the state's business community. The Texas Tribune writes: Transgender women, men and children from across Texas descended on the Capitol to testify about how the proposal — which would ban local policies that ensured transgender individuals’ right to use public and school restrooms that match their gender identity — could endanger their lives. The business community rallied against the legislation too, giving House Speaker Joe Straus cover as he refused to negotiate with Patrick on bathroom restrictions. [...] With the national debate over North Carolina's bathroom still lingering, he was backed up by top business executives, including the heads of dozens of Fortune 500 companies, who worried that Texas could invite the same economic blows the Tar Heel State faced after passing a similar bill, including canceled corporate expansions and sports tournaments. They called [Republican Gov. Greg] Abbott to express their displeasure and launched a flurry of letters warning about the harm that laws deemed discriminatory toward the LGBT community could cause. Abbott, who was eager to sign the bill, hasn't ruled out calling a second special session, but at this point it's hard to imagine the effort could gain the support of Straus, or even other Republicans. It actually lost momentum during the first special session.
  • Robert E. Lee is worth remembering. Just don't honor him.    (Richard Cohen, 2017-08-16)
    The old general still has work to do.
  • Is the Confederacy finally about to die for good?    (Tony Horwitz, 2017-08-16)
    Violence in Charlottesville gives us an authentic view of Civil War mythology.
  • Meltdown day    (By Jennifer Rubin, 2017-08-16)
  • 'No Free Speech for Fascists' is impossible    (By Eugene Volokh, 2017-08-16)
  • As Trump embraces both-siderism, media abandons it    (By Erik Wemple, 2017-08-16)
  • The president continues losing friends    (Elaine Kamarck, 2017-08-16)
    The focus of last week’s news was how many Republican Senators seemed to be in open defiance of their president. This week’s story is the president’s response to a white supremacy and Nazi rally in Charlottesville and its fallout, including the defection of high-level corporate CEOs who were on two presidential advisory councils. In fact,…         
  • Our top cop Sessions demonstrates exactly the kind of moral clarity we needed on 'Charlotte'    (Kerry Eleveld, 2017-08-16)
    The country needs someone to pull the country out of a spiral and since Donald Trump is steering us into the ground, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is here to do the job.   xHere's AG Jeff Sessions on #Charlottesville, which he mispronounced as Charlotte: pic.twitter.com/p52K1D0Mu8— Esther Lee 👩🏻‍💻📰 (@EstherYuHsiLee) August 16, 2017 Nothing like bringing some clarity to the “Charlotte” situation. That aside, what exactly is Sessions saying, really? We’re desperate for someone to take a clear stand, and “those kind of things” is the best he can do? We can’t even tell whether he’s taking issue with Trump’s justification of racist violence or thinly backing Trump’s stance (like Pence is.) xSo Sessions says we can't accept racism & bigotry but we also can't apologize for it? https://t.co/Q5FAfWH3ey— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) August 16, 2017 But of course we can’t tell what he’s saying. Sessions doesn’t want us to know. The day after Trump provided safe harbor to white supremacists, Sessions rushed to Miami to plug the administration’s nativist anti-immigrant efforts and slam sanctuary cities—because that was just the type of leadership we needed from our top law enforcement official, right as the nation teeters on the edge.
  • The Trump Premium Tax Will Increase Premiums Up to $2,500 Next Year    (Sam Berger and Emily Gee, 2017-08-16)
    Trump’s sabotage of the individual insurance market will cause premiums to increase an extra 20 percent to 29 percent in 2018. The post The Trump Premium Tax Will Increase Premiums Up to $2,500 Next Year appeared first on Center for American Progress.
  • Campus sexual assault policies are unfair to the accused. This case shows how.    (KC Johnson, 2017-08-16)
    A wrongfully accused student finally settles his case with Amherst College.
  • Turkish democracy might be dead — and things could soon get a lot worse    (By Nicholas Danforth, 2017-08-16)
  • Colorado Republican feels the heat back home for his Obamacare repeal vote    (Joan McCarter, 2017-08-16)
    Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) probably felt he was pretty safe having town meetings this week, since he actually came out of the gates Saturday with a very strong statement on Charlottesville, tweeting "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism." He did get credit for that at his meetings, but that's about all, because what was on his constituents' minds was his vote to take away their health care. While Gardner’s constituents in this purple state applauded him for his swift and strong condemnation of white supremacist groups this weekend, he was interrupted by boos and jeers of “shame” and was called a “liar” as he defended his support for health care legislation that would have significantly scaled back Obamacare and Medicaid. One attendee at the town hall here, held at Colorado Christian University in a Denver-area suburb, was escorted out by police after repeatedly shouting, “Why are you taking away health care?” “This was so partisan in what you came up with,” said Scott McLean, a 63-year-old who said he pays roughly $830 in premiums each month for an Obamacare plan. “You didn’t even have a woman on the panel,” McLean said, referring to the 13-member, all-male working group tasked with drafting the Senate’s original repeal legislation. The comment drew a standing ovation from the roughly 400-person crowd in Greeley, the second of Gardner's three town halls on Tuesday. Gardner is up for re-election in 2020. I think it's pretty darned likely he's not going to be pushing for any more Obamacare repeal votes in the Senate.
  • Of marble men and myths    (Tom Wheeler, 2017-08-16)
    Statues are seldom erected to losers. Statues are erected in celebration. The current disputes about statues of Confederate leaders are less about those individuals than what prompted their erection in the first place. Normally, I write blogs on technology-related topics. But I have also written two books on the Civil War. Having studied and saluted…         
  • Controversial medical examiner backs off 'shaken baby' claim in death penalty case    (By Radley Balko, 2017-08-16)
  • Midday open thread: Nazi site gets a new home, Hope Hicks gets a new title. Laugh! Cry!    (Laura Clawson, 2017-08-16)
    ● Today’s comic by Matt Bors is What gets Trump mad: ● The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized, because welcome to 2017. ● Laugh, then cry a little: xSomeone updated the list of Confederate presidents on Wikipedia pic.twitter.com/lKfW7Ov1ao— jordan 🌹🌹 (@JordanUhl) August 16, 2017 ● The ever-loyal Hope Hicks will be Donald Trump's interim communications director: Ms. Hicks, who grew up in Greenwich, Conn., will temporarily fill the vacancy left by Anthony Scaramucci. Unlike Mr. Scaramucci, who kept a high profile during his 10 days in the position, Ms. Hicks has long been a hidden hand, staying behind the scenes and outlasting other administration staff members. She knows Mr. Trump’s rhythms, and he views her as one of the few people around him truly looking out for his interests, not tending her own image. ● The Daily Stormer was a little too Nazi for GoDaddy, but it has a new Russian domain, so neo-Nazis can continue getting their “news” without further interruption. ●  xHeather Heyer's mother: "I'd rather have my child. But, by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're going to make it count." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/183Upj5xNr— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 16, 2017 On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: If Jared & Ivanka could really do anything, it’d be an outrage that they’re on vacation again! Then again, so is David Waldman. Luckily, he left us with an all-new show about Nazis in the White House. Not Trump, but his Nazi Sgt. Pepper, Sebastian Gorka. x Embedded Content YouTube | iTunes | LibSyn | Keep us on the air! Donate via Patreon or Square Cash
  • Libel by quotation out of context    (By Eugene Volokh, 2017-08-16)
  • Can private employers fire employees for going to a white supremacist rally?    (By Eugene Volokh, 2017-08-16)
  • Pence suddenly cuts overseas trip short so he can literally 'stand with' Trump    (Kerry Eleveld, 2017-08-16)
    Crisis, anyone?  xJust in: VP Pence ending his international trip early, coming home tomorrow— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 16, 2017 It seems Mike Pence has woken up to the fact that this is a perilous political moment for the White House—and Republicans, more broadly. Is he the man to help? Surely, he thinks he is—even after he committed a total dereliction of duty with the benefit of a full sleep cycle to ponder Donald Trump’s defense of neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Vice President Mike Pence declined Wednesday to distance himself from President Donald Trump’s controversial doubling down on violence that occurred at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. “I spoke at length about this heartbreaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia,” Pence told reporters during a news conference in Chile alongside President Michelle Bachelet. “I stand with the president, and I stand by those words.” “I stand with the president.” Those could be fateful words, folks. If Pence manages to outlast Trump politically, those words aren’t going to look good alongside video of torch-carrying hate marchers yelling, “Jews will not replace us!”   But more importantly, Pence clearly doesn’t have what it takes to meet this political moment, just like Republican lawmakers don’t. They collectively have no idea what a total cluster f*ck they are making of an already disastrous situation by pretending Trump didn’t just publicly declare himself a white supremacist sympathizer. 
  • Every Republican must sign a censure of the president    (By Jennifer Rubin, 2017-08-16)
  • From racist bully to victim: watch this Nazi leader break down in tears over his imminent arrest    (Jen Hayden, 2017-08-16)
    If you watched Vice News’ chilling, terrifying “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” episode, you’ll recognize Christopher Cantwell, lead Nazi and shit talker in the lead-up to the Charlottesville hate rally. If you haven’t seen the segment, watch it below. it is 1000 percent-required watching for all Americans, providing shocking insight into the minds of the white nationalists who marched in Virginia. Much of the Vice episode focused on Cantwell, a white nationalist leader and one of the rally organizers. He can be seen in the video pouring milk over his face after he was maced and telling Elle Reeve of Vice News, “We’re not non-violent. We’ll fucking kill these people if we have to.” Only a short time later, James Fields Jr. did kill one of those people when he plowed his car into counter-protesters, injuring nearly two dozen more. Cantwell later told Reeves, “The fact that nobody on our side died, I’d call that points for us” and said he believed “a lot more people are going to die here.” Fast forward to today, and what does tough guy and white nationalist Christopher Cantwell have to say now? Upon hearing the news that the police are looking for him, he released a tear-filled video, pleading for America to understand he was only talking shit before! He didn’t really mean it. Sure he was carrying a small arsenal of guns and told Vice he has been preparing and training for violence, but now? It was all locker room talk, right guys? Watch it below.
  • The fact Trump's first pardon may be for an 'authoritarian racist' shouldn't be a shock to anyone    (Gabe Ortiz, 2017-08-16)
    Donald Trump’s recently announced Arizona rally is fueling speculation he may go through with pardoning Crooked Joe Arpaio, recently found guilty of criminal contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s order to stop racial profiling Latino and immigrant drivers in Maricopa County in order to turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But the fact that Trump may pardon Arpaio while he himself is in the midst of self-inflicted chaos following Charlottesville should be a shock to no one. This is who Donald Trump is. While he may have initially been cajoled into some words of condemnation following the terror attack, don’t be fooled, because his subsequent, unscripted embrace of white supremacists shows who he really is. His “both sides-ing” of decent people and Nazis shows who he really is. His openness to pardoning a racist, lawless thug like Joe Arpaio shows who he really is: You’ll probably remember that the president often pines for a time in the past when violence was doled out to the powerless without any accountability. During campaign rallies, he would respond to protesters by telling his supporters to “knock the crap out of ’em, would you?”, and at times specifically cited that kind of mob violence as the mark of a lost and better time: “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. It’s true. … I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you.” Trump wasn’t only complaining about the “political correctness” of social mores; he was also lamenting the fact that legal protections against violence and discrimination have grown stronger in recent decades (granting that they aren’t nearly strong enough). For his part, Arpaio looked for nostalgic ways to humiliate and brutalize the prisoners in his care, making them wear old-fashioned striped uniforms and putting them into roadside chain gangs. He too was someone who saw the “good old days” as a better time, when racial minorities knew that laws and institutions would not protect them from powerful people who wanted to put them in their place — indeed, those laws and institutions would be wielded against them, civil rights be damned.

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