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December 2, 2016 at 11:06:39
Donald Trump reaches out to like-minded foreign leader, Rodrigo Duterte

x BREAKING: U.S. President-elect Trump invited Philippines' Duterte to visit White House next year: Duterte aide -- Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) December 2, 2016 Rodrigo Duterte was last in the US media calling President Obama "a son of a bitch," declaring that he will ignore treaties with the US, and making an alliance with Vladimir Putin to replace weapons the United States won't sell him.

 

December 2, 2016 at 09:56:18
Becerra, Schneiderman: Two of the most important resistance leaders over the next four years

With popular vote-loser Donald Trump set to wage war on everything we hold dear, the center of the resistance will shift outside of Washington to the two biggest Democratic bastions in the country--California and New York. In California, we should all celebrate Xavier Becerra's appointment as attorney general to fill the seat vacated by Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

December 2, 2016 at 09:53:34
One place where Donald Trump did get a landslide--news coverage

It was obvious throughout the campaign that Donald Trump's lie-a-minute approach had captured the heart of the media. He Gish-galloped his way from one story to the next, with headlines breathlessly reporting his every word, but rarely getting past the surface of any outrageous statement before Trump was on to the next. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton made the mistake of giving substantive speeches that refused to answer complex issues with impossible promises, and failed to say things that were clear violations of the law and reason. Entertainment value? Nil.

 

December 2, 2016 at 08:51:48
Post-conflict of interest, post-presidential, post-fact

Donald Trump has already made it clear that the president can't have a conflict of interest. Pressed to respond to criticism in other areas, he was defiant. He declared that "the law's totally on my side" when it comes to questions about conflict of interest and ethics laws. "The president can't have a conflict of interest," he said.

 

December 2, 2016 at 08:50:49
Gillibrand stands up for civilian control of the military as Trump nominates a general at defense

Donald Trump has chosen a defense secretary--but retired Gen. James Mattis won't need just the usual confirmation vote. Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013, and there's a law prohibiting anyone who has been on active duty in the past seven years from becoming defense secretary. Congress could clear the way for him with a waiver from that law, but at least one Democrat doesn't plan to go along. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a statement Thursday that:

 

December 1, 2016 at 22:00:18
Open thread for night owls: The New Yorker on propaganda about Russian propaganda

Adrien Chen at The New Yorker has added his voice to the many who have challenged The Washington Post 's dreadful story about PropOrNot, the group that has compiled a list of sites that it alleges are conduits for Russian propaganda. PropOrNot had contacted him to see if he would write a story on their work or connect them to someone who would at the Post or The New York Times . He did neither. Excerpts from his critique: But a close look at the report showed that it was a mess. "To be honest, it looks like a pretty amateur attempt," Eliot Higgins, a well-respected researcher who has investigated Russian fake-news stories on his Web site, Bellingcat, for years, told me. "I think it should have never been an article on any news site of any note." [...]

 

December 1, 2016 at 16:40:00
Fox News host: Those stripped of Obamacare coverage can just go to the emergency room, right?

In our latest episode of Deep Thoughts with the Collected Cast of Fox News , the dumbest man on Fox's second dumbest show explains why it's not all that big a deal for Republicans to strip 20 million Americans from their Affordable Care Act-provided health insurance because duh , those millions of uninsured people can just go to the emergency room if there's a problem. JUAN WILLIAMS (CO-HOST): What about these 20 million people who got coverage [through the Affordable Care Act]? What about the people who said I like keeping my kid on until 26? What about people with pre-existing conditions? Oh no, well you can't take care of them because we have no mandate. Which I know is a big objection of yours. And we don't have a plan. And so, even President-elect Trump once said, you can't just put these people out on the street. ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): They're not on the street. You still have Medicare and Medicaid. So that's always going to be there. And you have emergency rooms which we had before. Until another plan is floated, that's acceptable.

 

December 1, 2016 at 15:56:37
Donald Trump will soon gain ability to text messages to every American cell phone at once

You know what? America deserves this. I don't mean that in a good way. x You think Trump's tweets are bad? Wait until he has control over the completely unblockable presidential alerts on your cell phone.

 

December 1, 2016 at 15:21:37
House Science committee tweets link to Breitbart's most notorious climate change denier

James Delingpole ia a Briton who admits he's just a reader of English literature, not a scientist. That didn't stop him from publishing another of his duncecap climate change denier pieces at Breitbart, where he has posted for the past couple of years. Meanwhile, somebody--perhaps Chairman Lamar Smith himself--at the House Science, Space & Technology Committee tweeted (or authorized) a link to Delingpole's piece, tossing it out like Sen. James Inhofe's snowball on the Senate floor for everyone to see:

 

December 1, 2016 at 13:11:55
Hoping to shutter yet another abortion clinic, Ohio pulls license of one in Dayton

Under Ohio law, abortion clinics must obtain transfer agreements with nearby hospitals for emergencies. Because the Women's Med Center of Dayton failed to do so, the state pulled its license Wednesday. The clinic has 15 days to appeal, which it says it will do. Ohio is one of the majority of states that have tried, with considerable success, to reduce the number of clinics providing abortions with unnecessary regulations. Several states now have a single abortion clinic as a result. Since his first year in office in 2011, Republican Gov. John Kasich has signed 17 different bills to restrict abortions.

 

December 1, 2016 at 13:01:26
New York Times labels bathroom governor Pat McCrory 'North Carolina's Sore Loser'

As an ambitious Republican governor with national ambitions, North Carolina's Pat McCrory probably always dreamt of the day he would make national headlines. He hit the jackpot in 2016--first with his calamitous law targeting LGBTQ citizens for discrimination and now with his desperate bid to delegitimize the vote that was a referendum on his tenure. Facing defeat in a state Donald Trump won handily, McCrory has engaged in a scorched-earth attack on the integrity of North Carolina's elections. Apparently, that's what a "sore loser" does when they don't like the results, writes the national newspaper of record, the New York Times .

 

December 1, 2016 at 11:32:32
Good news, everyone! Bill Kristol is now the 'center' and that 'center' will save us all!

Poor David Brooks, still out of touch with the reality that is America. You see, he thinks that with the election of Donald Trump, and the mere existence of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, this will happen: The most important caucus formation will be in the ideological center. There's a lot of room between the alt-right and the alt-left, between Trumpian authoritarianism and Sanders socialism

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