AlterNet.org: Alexandra Rosenmann http://www.alternet.org/authors/alexandra-rosenmann en John Lewis Hammers Steve Mnuchin over Trump's Sadistic Budget Cuts http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/john-lewis-hammers-steve-mnuchin-over-trumps-sadistic-budget-cuts <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;This budget is not respecting the American people. I think we can do much better.&quot; </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/john_lewis_mnuchin.jpg?itok=cE5F02yi" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to defend President Trump's $4.1 trillion budget, whose nearly $30 billion in cuts he attributed to "<a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/05/24/latest-mulvaney-defends-plans-to-cut-social-programs.html">hard choices</a>." Ranking Democrat Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) wasn't buying it. </p><p>"Mr. Secretary, I've often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities," Lewis began. "This administration's proposal makes crystal clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly and the struggling will be left out and left behind."</p><p>Trump's $1 trillion-plus cut to social programs would, <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/trump-budget-cut-social-programs-238696">hurt many of his own voters the most</a>, despite an increase in military and border security funds. </p><p>"This budget says 'more money for war, for guns, for weapons,'" Lewis noted. "It raised Medicaid and Social Security; it cut funding for food assistance." </p><p>Of all departments, Education, Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development are set to get <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/trump-budget-cuts-programs/">hit the hardest under Trump's plan</a> ($9.2 billion, $4.834 billion and $6.2 billion cut, respectively).</p><p>"We have a right to know what is in the food we eat, what is in the water we drink and what is in the air we breathe," hammered the Georgia congressman. "This budget cuts the EPA," in addition to breaking "promise after promise to the American people." </p><p>"I have a strange feeling," he added, "this budget is not respecting the American people. I think we can do much better." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r1z8NLSYQQA" width="560"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:52:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077405 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Economy News & Politics Video john lewis Steve Mnuchin budget alternet_originals Stephen Colbert Describes the Incredible Cruelty of Trump's New Budget Proposal in No Uncertain Terms http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-describes-incredible-cruelty-trumps-new-budget-proposal-no <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">“I know this is an unpopular position these days, but I believe children should go to the doctor and eat.&quot; </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/colbert_unpopular_trumps_budget.png?itok=8l8cB0m6" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>With its multibillion-dollar cuts to programs for the poor and working-class, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/trump-budget-cuts.html">Trump's $4.1 trillion budget</a>, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness," will harm some of his most adamant supporters the most.</p><p>“It turns out he’s building that foundation out of the ground-up bones of poor people, because this budget cuts things like the food stamp program (SNAP) and the children’s health insurance program (CHIP)," "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert explained Tuesday. "So he’s cutting SNAP and CHIP, to which America’s children replied STOP and HELP!"</p><p>Then, echoing former first lady Michelle Obama's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/12/politics/michelle-obama-school-meal-changes-trump-administration/">criticism</a> of the administration's school food plan, Colbert deadpanned what should be a wakeup call.   </p><p>“I know this is an unpopular position these days," he lamented, "but I believe children should go to the doctor and eat." </p><p>As for Trump's voters, "It’s all there on Trump’s new hat: 'Make the Poor Live on Squirrel Meat Again,'" the host quipped. </p><p>According to The Hill, Trump's budget would completely eliminate <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget">66 federal programs</a>, saving $26.7 billion. The biggest cut? Health and Human Services at $4.834 billion.</p><p>“This budget is filled with brutal, senseless cuts to medical research... including an unbelievable cut of <a href="https://www.statnews.com/2017/05/22/trump-budget-health-science/">19 percent</a> from the National Cancer Institute’s budget," the "Late Show" host added. "Trump said we’d be sick of winning, and he is ready to deliver on the first half of that sentence.”</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Uk30L7lW5v0" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 24 May 2017 05:15:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077380 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Economy News & Politics Video stephen colbert trump President Trump alternet_originals The Alt-Right Is Furious at Trump for His Foreign Trip http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/alt-right-furious-trump-his-foreign-trip <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Bannon&#039;s waning influence on President Trump&#039;s foreign policy has not gone unnoticed.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trump_orb_middle_east_trip.jpg?itok=hrOyz6ri" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Trump's Syria strike, while <a href="http://www.alternet.org/media/editorial-pages-support-trumps-syria-strikes#overlay-context=">widely praised</a> in the mainstream media, drew <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/07/politics/donald-trump-syria-populist-support/">significant backlash</a> from the president's populist base. Now, five weeks later, Trump's first foreign trip has ushered in a new wave of criticism from his core group of supporters.</p><p>One week after the military action, British Infowars vlogger Paul Joseph Watson was joined on his Infowars show by Jack Posobiec, director at Citizens for Trump, where he explained why he'd jumped "<a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-airstrikes-syria-assad-infowars-train-fans-polls-numbers-falling-a7671601.html">Off the Trump train</a>" the week prior. </p><p>"400,000 Syrians had died in this civil war over the past six years before the chemical weapons attack," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvPOg5qlTz4&amp;t=6m25s">told</a> Posobiec. "Assad had been killing his own people for six years... it's a civil war; that's what happens."</p><p>Watson also noted that at a news conference in the Turkish capital, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asserted on March 30 that the Syrian people would determine <a href="https://www.rt.com/usa/382839-tillerson-assad-syrian-people/">Assad's fate</a>. </p><p>"What changed one week later?" Watson <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvPOg5qlTz4&amp;t=7m0s">asked</a>. "The only thing I can see is Bannon being <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/05/politics/steve-bannon-national-security-council/">demoted</a>."</p><p>Posobiec's answer: "A fundamental shift within the administration."</p><p>"It's a fundamental shift basically with him out of the picture, and with [National Security Adviser] H.R. McMaster now there," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvPOg5qlTz4&amp;t=7m5s">explained</a>. "H.R. McMaster is tied to [former director of the Central Intelligence Agency] David Petraeus... [and] a lot of people that were involved with the Obama administration and the Bush administration, so having these people in there allows for them to create a way where they can feed Trump any assessments, any intel they want without any conflicting views."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KqRBVM19u30" width="630"></iframe></p><p>According to Mike Cernovich, Trump isn't draining the swamp, he's drowning in it. And the Pizzagate-pushing conspiracy theorist also attributes Trump's shift to McMaster.</p><p>"More war is coming, and I don't know how to tell you the swamp is drowning Trump," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvPOg5qlTz4&amp;t=8m20s">lamented</a>. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LZAGuIQg18s" width="630"></iframe></p><p>On the other hand, there's been no shortage of ominous moments from Trump's first foreign trip, which kicked off with a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/jared-kushner-saudi-arms-deal-lockheed-martin/">record arms deal</a> with Saudi Arabia ($110 billion) on Saturday. </p><p>"I think it was a bad idea to go to Saudi Arabia," Infowars commentator David Knight <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO_v9_HrZV0&amp;t=2m38s">announced</a> Monday. He then drew on some of the eerie symbolism viewers may have missed. </p><p>President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi were "all standing there holding this orb with our hands on it," Knight <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO_v9_HrZV0&amp;t=2m51s">explained</a>. "Everybody's having a lot of fun with that picture, because they look pretty bad when they're lit from the bottom... but what nobody is paying attention to is that that was all part of a ceremony about setting up a global organization." </p><p>Of course, the symbolism was not lost on everyone. As Vox <a href="https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/22/15674782/trump-orb-what">summed up</a>: </p><blockquote><p>Think about it for a second: This is Donald Trump — the guy who campaigned on banning Muslim immigration to the United States and replacing “globalism” in foreign policy with “America First” — literally holding a globe surrounded by Muslims. That’s absurd!</p></blockquote><p>"I think he's not being very well served by the people who planned this trip," Knight added, turning to what he believed was the worst photo-op; a <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-rex-tillerson-dance-with-swords-during-saudi-trip-949162051950">sword dance</a> with the Saudis and administration officials. </p><p>"I hope that... when they take these swords for the photo opportunities, that they've wiped the blood off of them," Knight said, referencing <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/02/saudi-arabia-beheadings-reach-highest-level-in-two-decades">beheadings</a>. "When you shake hands with people like that, sometimes you get blood on your hands, and we may wind up with blood on our hands in terms of this big arm deal, but of course [Trump's son-in-law] Jared Kushner was at the center of that." </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qO_v9_HrZV0" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 May 2017 11:08:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077293 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics The Right Wing Video World President Trump Steve Bannon alternet_originals Elizabeth Warren Goes Nuclear on Trump and DeVos' Plan to Gut Education Beyond All Recognition http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/elizabeth-warren-rips-trump-and-devos-106-billion-education-cut <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The proposed budget &quot;would ruin lives,&quot; says the Massachusetts senator. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-05-23_at_11.22.47_am.png?itok=O_rk5-NS" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finds herself under fire again, this time for a proposed <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.9dff85483b6c">$10.6 billion budget cut</a> to her department. And much as she did during DeVos' confirmation hearing in February, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is leading the opposition. </p><p>Since January, when DeVos was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/senators-to-scrutinize-betsy-devos-trumps-pick-for-education-secretary/2017/01/17/3a0e6168-da8f-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?utm_term=.b6f91c43c7ab">handpicked for the role</a>, "the big complaint was that this is a woman who does not believe in public education," Warren argued Monday. "Well she just proved it." </p><p>"They want to take away 22 programs that help kids K-12," she continued. Warren explained that the Trump/DeVos budget would virtually eliminate: </p><ul><li>After-school programs</li><li>Teacher training </li><li>Class size reduction</li><li>School arts programs</li><li>Physical education programs</li><li>Foreign language programs</li><li>Education technology</li><li>Mental health services</li><li>Bullying initiatives </li><li>Special Olympics</li></ul><p>"This is an unbelievable statement of where Trump and DeVos want to take this country," Warren noted, before drawing attention to a cut she called "especially awful."</p><p>"They want to roll back the student loan subsidies for low-income college students," she said. In other words, "make student loans more expensive for the students who have the most trouble."</p><p>"Here's the bottom line," Warren concluded. "The Trump/DeVos budget would push opportunities out of reach of millions of students across this country; it would ruin lives." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HwJTOSNny5c" width="630"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 May 2017 05:41:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077324 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Education News & Politics Video elizabeth warren education Betsy DeVos trump alternet_originals Stephen Colbert Takes Apart Trump Official's Deeply Disturbing Observation About Saudi Arabia http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-takes-apart-trump-officials-deeply-disturbing-observation-about <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Can Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross really be this clueless?</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/stephen_colbert_saudi_arabia.png?itok=Vn7qjq7K" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Donald Trump has called for "extreme vetting" of all persons entering the United States from the Middle East. Perhaps those standards should be applied to the president himself upon his return from the region, wonders Stephen Colbert.</p><p>"By the way, federal judges, now would be a good time to reinstate that travel ban," the "Late Show" host quipped Monday. "He'll be flying in from a dangerous part of the world, he's said some radical stuff—I'm just saying." </p><p>Trump's trip, which began with Saudi Arabia, was also attended by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/22/wilbur-ross-says-saudis-did-not-protest-trump-but-misses-key-point.html">appeared on CNBC</a> earlier that day. </p><p>"There was not a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there. Not one guy with a bad placard," Ross gushed.</p><p>"That may be not necessarily because they don’t have those feelings there, but because they control people and don’t allow to them to come and express their feelings quite the same as we do here," CNBC anchor Becky Quick cut in.</p><p>Protesters in Saudia Arabia can be jailed for life, if not beheaded. But Ross brushed off Quick's comments as "theory." </p><p>"The mood was a genuinely good mood," he insisted. </p><p>"Yeah, so great!" Colbert remarked in response. "No protesters anywhere in Saudi Arabia! Nobody holding up a bad placard or anything! Of course, it's pretty hard to hold up anything when you don't have any hands."</p><p>The "Late Show" host hammered home just how disturbing the secretary's comments truly are. </p><p>"Political dissent in Saudi Arabia is punishable by decapitation," the host noted. "So, Saudi political chants are a lot tamer than they are here." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0sREGo3l-F0" width="630"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 May 2017 04:18:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077318 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video alternet_originals saudi arabia President Trump Huge Increase in Anti-Trump Protest: 5 Signs Resistance Is Growing Stronger http://www.alternet.org/activism/huge-increase-anti-trump-protest-5-signs-resistance-growing-stronger <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">April showed a huge increase in nonviolent protest activity across the U.S.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_632971349.jpg?itok=G70ykis9" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>As co-director of the <a href="https://sites.google.com/view/crowdcountingconsortium/about">Crowd Counting Consortium</a>, Erica Chenoweth has been collecting political crowd data since the Women's March in January. She also produces a monthly breakdown for the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/22/new-data-shows-a-sharp-increase-in-u-s-protest-activity-in-april/?utm_term=.b23c9a72eaff&amp;wpisrc=nl_politics&amp;wpmm=1">Washington Post</a> on political activism trends based on the numbers. Based on Chenoweth's data for April, here are five signs indicating engagement in the resistance to Trump is on the rise.</p><p><strong>1. The reported crowd size increased more than 60 percent.</strong></p><p>According to Chenoweth's report, "April had a 62 percent increase over the number of reported crowds in March [as well as] a major increase in participation—between eight and 13 times greater than the estimated number who participated in March."</p><p>The largest event was the March for Science, in which approximately half a million Americans participated.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6v1WmBuKffk" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>2. Violence was extremely rare. </strong></p><p>"At more than 930 events (98 percent), no arrests were made," reported Chenoweth. And there were even fewer arrests reported in April than in March (201 to 160). That's a huge blow to a long-held right-wing theory, which resurfaced during April's notorious "free speech" <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-berkeley-alt-right-20170417-story.html">brawl at Berkeley</a>. </p><p><strong>3. Actions had solid non-partisan support.</strong></p><p>The Consortium estimates that 78 percent of political activities (including the March for Science) were held in opposition to Trump. The Tax Day marches, the second largest day of activity in April, called on Trump to release his tax returns. Nearly <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/314483-almost-three-quarters-of-americans-want-trump-to-release-tax-returns">three-quarters</a> of Americans believe he should release his returns.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/869OZcjXXso" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>4. There was a sharp drop in actions in support of Trump. </strong></p><p>"Just over 2 percent of the events we recorded, or 22 gatherings, were rallies supporting the president and his policies," said Chenoweth. "This is a decrease from prior months, where we saw about 12 percent to 15 percent of the crowds representing pro-Trump claims," she added. </p><p><strong>5. Protests took place far and wide. </strong></p><p>Not a single state was left out of the tally of 950 protests, demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and rallies. </p><p>"Our conservative guess is that between 637,198 and 1,181,887 people showed up at these political gatherings, although it is likely that there were far more participants," Chenoweth explained, with caveats resulting from the media's lack of thorough reporting on local, nonviolent action. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6C1p0me4eto" width="630"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077253 at http://www.alternet.org Activism Activism News & Politics Video resistance protest anti-trump John Oliver Has Some Devastating News for Those Eagerly Awaiting Trump's Impeachment http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/john-oliver-has-some-devastating-news-those-eagerly-awaiting-trumps-impeachment <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Odds are we&#039;re stuck with him for four years, and possibly more.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/president_trump_oliver.png?itok=RwLC0MEt" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>John Oliver, who (regrettably) <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk_QnKtBH8w">urged</a> Trump's presidential run in 2013, now insists we're stuck with him for years.</p><p>In his latest "Stupid Watergate" segment, the "Last Week Tonight" host weighed in on the whirlwind of news from the past week involving James Comey's investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, which Trump privately requested Comey end. He also touched on Trump's meeting with Russian officials in the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/?utm_term=.6543b3834239">Oval Office</a>, the day after Comey's firing.</p><p>"I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off," Trump had told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their meeting the week before last.  </p><p>“It’s almost difficult to believe your ears when you hear something so audaciously corrupt," remarked Oliver. "It’s like if Hillary Clinton had sent an email with the subject line: ‘Sup—I did Benghazi.’”</p><p>Yet despite the rapid escalation of the Trump-Russia scandal, Oliver remains skeptical impeachment is in the offing any time soon.</p><p>"Impeachment is a long shot for many reasons," he noted. "Not the least of which is it would require a majority of the House to vote to impeach, and that is currently controlled by Republicans. It would then need two-thirds of the Senate to vote to convict the president, and it is also controlled by Republicans right now."</p><p>“Why would this be the end of the line for him?" he asked before offering a chilling reminder: "Trump has seemed to reach the end of the line on multiple occasions only for nothing to happen.”</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YugvYQ1Wu5s" width="630"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 May 2017 05:21:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077250 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video john oliver impeachment trump President Trump 'I Spent 13 Years Killing People—What Am I Supposed to Do in the Civilian World?' http://www.alternet.org/documentaries/i-spent-13-years-killing-people-what-am-i-supposed-do-civilian-world <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A new documentary follows an Iraq War veteran&#039;s struggle with PTSD.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/farmer-veteran.jpg?itok=Ck9IQjDF" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>After 13 years and three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton returned home “feeling zombified” from prescription medications and a massive identity crisis. </p><p>“I spent 13 years killing people," he explains in "<a href="https://www.marketplace.org/2012/11/09/life/veteran-serves-his-country-through-farming">Famer/Veteran</a>," a new Independent Lens documentary premiering this month. "What am I supposed to do in the civilian world?”</p><p>Raised in rural Iowa, Sutton began raising poultry on his new 43-acre home in North Carolina. Now he's the owner of Sutton Heritage Farms, which he operates with his wife, Jessica Silberhorn. In addition to chickens, the farm is home to quails, ducks, turkeys, pigs, goats and horses. The two also grow corn and soybeans.</p><p>Sutton largely attributes the operation's success to the <a href="http://www.farmvetco.org/about-us/history/">Farmer-Veteran Coalition</a>, a unique nonprofit that encourages farmers to take out micro-loans to get their businesses started.</p><p>“The veterans, the challenge that they face is the same challenge that all beginner farmers face and they need a lot of support,” <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/2012/11/09/life/veteran-serves-his-country-through-farming">says</a> founder Michael O'Gorman. “And we need to invest in them."</p><p>But like many veterans, Sutton faces the added challenge of post-traumatic stress disorder, for which he takes more than a dozen medications. </p><p>"They put me on Topamax for the seizures, and it helped, but it took the memory," he tells fellow <a href="http://www.farmvetco.org/stories/fred-curtis-lewis/">veteran-farmer</a> Fred-Curtis Louis in the film. "But Fluoxetine...that one's helped me a lot. I have the same thing, the anger." </p><p>"Farmer/Veteran" <a href="http://www.thirteen.org/schedule/">premieres</a> on Independent Lens on Monday, May 29, 10pm EST.</p><p><em>Watch an exclusive clip:</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/218225267" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p><p><a href="https://vimeo.com/218225267">Farmer/Veteran</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/alternet">AlterNet</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:53:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077210 at http://www.alternet.org Documentaries Documentaries Economy Video veteran farmer documentary alternet_originals 3 Insane Evangelical Theories About Why the Trump White House Is Imploding http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/3-insane-evangelical-theories-why-trump-white-house-imploding <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;The apocalypse has already begun.&quot; </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/right_wing_watch_apocalypse.jpg?itok=Ni8zC--n" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>The resistance has sparked endless right-wing speculation since Trump took office about who might be behind the movement. But with support for impeachment <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/poll-voters-favor-impeaching-trump-by-7-point-margin.html">steadily increasing</a>, many of the president's die-hard supporters are struggling to explain the chaos that has engulfed Washington. And few are quite as unhinged as the evangelicals in his base. </p><p>Here are three of their more insane theories about why the Trump White House is imploding.</p><p><strong>1. Jim Bakker, televangelist</strong></p><p>In an interview with Steve Strang of Charisma News on Thursday, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jim-bakker-satan-is-out-to-destroy-trump-maybe-kill-him/">Bakker warned</a> of an assassination attempt against Trump, given that "the apocalypse has already begun."</p><p>“There’s going to be an attempt on our president’s life very soon," he stated. "The world is marching in the streets against our president, and it is a war."</p><p>"This is the first horse of the apocalypse," Bakker promised. "The apocalypse has already begun." </p><p>According to Bakker, Trump's opposition is "the spirit of the Antichrist," fighting back against God's miracle: the election of Trump. The strongest indicator of end times for Bakker was the cancellation of ABC's "Last Man Standing" last week. Conservatives have blamed Allen's political leanings for the show's cancellation, despite offering <a href="http://www.snopes.com/tim-allen-cancelled-political-views/">no evidence</a> to support their claims.</p><p>Although Bakker never watched the show, he insisted it was cancelled because of hatred for Trump.</p><p>"This is not a normal spirit. This is not a normal hate. This is that spirit of the first horse of the Apocalypse," Bakker continued. "It's the spirit of hatred that's taking over America."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S-AuhWqQQaY" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>2. Rick Joyner, founder MorningStar Ministries</strong></p><p>After the Comey memo news broke earlier this week, the Jackson, Mississippi-based pastor took to Facebook to weigh in.</p><p>"I think Trump is going to fight," he predicted. "He's fighting his own party as much as the other party, he's fighting in every direction, he's a fighter, he was made for that... wait and see if he doesn't prevail."</p><p>Joyner has long attributed Trump's win to a higher power.</p><p>"I believe we have someone even bigger who is setting things up in our country, that it is God himself responding to the prayers of his people, and Trump is being used in an incredible way," he added. </p><p>As for Trump's detractors in the Republican Party, Joyner <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYAHN5zV6TM&amp;t=1m25s">remarked</a>, "You can't really take out your enemies until you see them, and I think it's being proven with everybody in our Congress, what their true state is."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sl8OhgiQxfE" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>3. Lance Wallnau, motivational speaker </strong></p><p>Wallnau, author of <em>God’s Chaos Candidate: Donald J. Trump and the American Unraveling</em>, believes that women marchers are <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/02/preacher-women-s-march-was-witchcraft">witches</a> and late-night talk show hosts their "evangelists." </p><p>"It doesn't matter how good Trump is doing in his first 100 days," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgqIffsz6AQ&amp;t=12m20s">lamented</a> last week, having dubbed the ongoing Russia investigation "the stupidest, most hilarious thing." </p><p>Wallnau's solution to the resistance? A mass mobilization of Trump voters. </p><p>"There's no grassroots mobilizing five million or 10 million voices or 20 million or 30 million voices, and I promise you, we're out there," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgqIffsz6AQ&amp;t=18m18s">bemoaned</a>. "But there's like a fog that's got to be pierced over the minds of leaders." </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dgqIffsz6AQ" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 May 2017 11:28:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077187 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing News & Politics The Right Wing alternet_originals evangelicals trump president The Endless Chaos of Trump's Presidency Has GOP Donors in Panic Mode http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/endless-chaos-trumps-presidency-has-gop-donors-panic-mode <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Strategists and fundraisers fear Republicans are squandering control of all three branches of government.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trump_health_2_art_0.jpg?itok=9HO31mX1" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>After pinning their hopes on Trump's presidency, many GOP donors are now looking to the midterm elections with unease.</p><p>“If you’re not concerned, you’re not paying attention,” Mississippi-based GOP strategist and veteran fundraiser Austin Barbour <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article151101062.html">told the Miami Herald</a>. “President Trump was elected because people believed in what he was saying, that he was going to turn the country around, bring more and better jobs to the country, fix the issues with immigration."</p><p>"They’ve got to deliver on that," Barbour continued. "They’ve got to be able to work with Congress to get things done.”</p><p>A White House in constant chaos does not bode well for maintaining the Republican majority in Congress come 2018, and Trump's continued legal troubles threaten to stifle his legislative agenda.</p><p>"Now look, if you had a stronger Democratic Party, which they are laughably, pathetically weak at this point, and not control of the government—three branches, okay, which is what the Republicans obviously have—they should be able to get things done," commented "Young Turks Nation" host Jeff Waldorf on Thursday. </p><p>"And of course Donald Trump, all the different stuff about Russia and Comey that is overshadowing any attempt to do anything that he wants," Waldorf added. </p><p>The Senate <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/house-health-care-bill-senate-doa-238000">rewrite</a> of the Obamacare replacement bill <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/politics/health-care-bill-vote.html">passed</a> by the House on May 4 could provide a major indicator of progress. But Trump's following through on a tax plan, including a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/us/politics/trump-corporate-tax-rate-15-percent.html">15 percent corporate tax cut</a>, is what donors are watching most. </p><p>"They want to cut individual tax rates; they want to reduce the amount of tax brackets, so that's like, the Republican dream. They want to get rid of taxes, because you know, they want their donors to have more and more money," explained Waldorf. "That's what the donors pay the Republicans to do." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JqHqkPNVPqA" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 May 2017 07:36:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077158 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video republican donors gop donors trump Seth Meyers Reminds Us Trump Is Even More Clueless About World Affairs Than We Think http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/seth-meyers-reminds-us-trump-even-more-clueless-about-world-affairs-we-think <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The president&#039;s first major trip abroad has &quot;disaster&quot; written all over it.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/seth_meyers_trumps_first_foreign_trip.png?itok=bfZgDrEV" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>After former FBI Chief Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Trump's possible Russia ties, late-night host Seth Meyers weighed in on the chain of events leading up to Trump's first major trip abroad since his election. </p><p>"Donald Trump and his associates are facing multiple FBI investigations over foreign payments and possible collusion with a foreign government as well as investigations in the House and Senate and now a special counsel," Meyers began Thursday night's "Closer Look." "This isn't Watergate; it's the Watergate Express."</p><p>The timing of the James Comey fallout could not be worse. Trump's excursion to Europe and the Middle East begins Friday, although the president's sheer lack of knowledge about world affairs has been drastically overshadowed by the chaos consuming the White House.</p><p>"Today, Trump took questions for the first time on the appointment of a special counsel during a press conference with the president of Colombia," noted Meyers. "But even when he was trying to focus on topics other than the Russia investigation, he didn't seem very sure of himself, like when he discussed the two countries' joint efforts to end the production of coca, from which cocaine is made. But he kept mispronouncing it."</p><p>"Last year, Colombia 'cocoa' cultivation and cocaine production reached a record high," Trump announced. "Today, I affirm the United States' willingness to assist Colombia's strategy to target and eliminate drug trafficking networks, illicit financings [and] 'cocoa' cultivation."</p><p>"Cocoa? Does he think chocolate and cocaine come from the same place?" Meyers asked.</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fG1LqU8Nq1A" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 May 2017 06:31:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077156 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video Seth Meyers President Trump Stephen Colbert Marvels at the Raging 'Dumpster Fire' That Is the Trump Presidency http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-marvels-raging-dumpster-fire-trump-presidency <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">It&#039;s an apt metaphor for Trump&#039;s first four months in office.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-05-19_at_10.06.43_am.png?itok=fS-_ef9Q" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to continue the Trump-Russia investigation, and Stephen Colbert is ecstatic. </p><p>“The [phrase] ‘dumpster fire’ gets thrown around so casually these days, but when a special counsel gets appointed to investigate your administration <em>just four months in</em>, that’s a new high and low,” the "Late Show" host opened Thursday.</p><p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions was unable to appoint a special counsel due to his recusal from the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/jeff-sessions-russia-trump-investigation-democrats.html">inquiry in March</a>. </p><p>"The ‘twist’ is that the counsel was appointed by Deputy Attorney General—and lesser Buscemi—Rod Rosenstein,” explained Colbert. “Remember Rosenstein? Last week, when the administration was looking for someone to blame for the Comey firing, they tried to throw Rosenstein under the bus, forgetting that as deputy AG, he’s actually the bus driver. Next up, Indictment Avenue!”</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UF8LoVSRPDs" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 19 May 2017 04:55:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077154 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video special prosecutor Bernie Sanders Schools Larry Wilmore on How to Spot Fake News http://www.alternet.org/media/bernie-sanders-schools-larry-wilmore-how-spot-fake-news <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The Vermont senator offers a few helpful pointers (and a nod to AlterNet).</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/bernie_sanders_larry_wilmore.png?itok=hyeU5ZKA" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>As is his wont, Donald Trump turned his commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy this week into another opportunity to rail against his "enemies" in the media.</p><p>On the "Bernie Sanders Show" Thursday, the Vermont senator weighed in on the president's persecution complex and offered guest Larry Wilmore a few pointers about how to spot "fake news."</p><p>Here are three of his most basic rules for media consumption.</p><p><strong>1. Open your eyes. </strong></p><p>"An incident is reported differently on Fox News than it will be in Common Dreams or on AlterNet, or some progressive site," he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-2t0ppTis&amp;t=33m40s">began</a>. "I would say to the young people who are just getting involved; number one, open your eyes and look around you. Don't let any media tell you what reality is... the reality in your life." </p><p><strong>2. Look internationally. </strong></p><p>"Many of the ideas that I talked about [on the presidential campaign trail], people said were always revolutionary, radical," Sanders <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-2t0ppTis&amp;t=33m58s">noted</a>. But as he explained, tuition-free college and single payer health care are not "radical" in much of the first world.</p><p>"We are the only major country not to guarantee health care at all," he told Wilmore. "I'm 50 miles away from the Canadian border, what I want is what happens in Canada... It's not Che Guevara running Canada."</p><p><strong>3. Read the right. </strong></p><p>"Read the right-wing media," Sanders <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-2t0ppTis&amp;t=34m40s">proposed</a>.</p><p>"I think you should read it all, yes. I feel you have to get both perspectives, you have to know what people are saying on both sides and make up your own mind," Wilmore said in agreement.</p><p>"And then... watch how they present things, [and ask] what are they leaving out," Sanders added. "Which is more important than what they're putting in." </p><p><em>Watch the full interview below:</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cY-2t0ppTis" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 May 2017 14:05:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077150 at http://www.alternet.org Media Media News & Politics Video bernie sanders Larry Wilmore Elizabeth Warren Loses It with Steve Mnuchin Over His 'Orwellian Doublespeak' on Bank Reform http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/elizabeth-warren-loses-it-steve-mnuchin-over-his-orwellian-doublespeak-bank-reform <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;What do you think Glass-Steagall was?&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/elizabeth_warren_mnuchin.png?itok=V3h2Tcmm" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>During his testimony at Thursday's Senate Banking Committee's hearing on Domestic and International Policy Update, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted the Trump administration never intended to break up big banks, despite its prior messaging.</p><p>That didn't sit well with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a long-time critic of Wall Street's "<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/elizabeth-warren-assigned-to-senate-banking-committee/">rigged</a>" game.</p><p>"The president and this administration have said repeatedly that they support a 21st-century Glass-Steagall. It was in the Republican Party platform; Donald Trump said it, specifically a few weeks before the election; you said [it] at your confirmation hearing and now you've just said exactly the opposite," Warren began.  </p><p>"In the past few months, you and the president have had a number of meetings with big bank CEOs and lobbyists; is that the reason for the reversal on Glass-Steagall?" she asked Mnuchin, once dubbed the "<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/02/steve-mnuchin-profile-donald-trump-treasury">foreclosure king</a>" of the financial crisis. </p><p>Glass-Steagall, a Depression-era bank regulation that effectively separated commercial and investment banking, was dismantled in 1999. Its repeal has been cited as a key cause of the 2008 financial crisis. But as the New Yorker explained in April, Trump's support of its restoration was always to be <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-would-be-wrong-with-trump-restoring-glass-steagall">heeded with caution</a>. </p><p>"We during the campaign... specifically came out and said we do support a 21st-century Glass-Steagall," Mnuchin told Warren. "That means there are aspects of it that we think may make sense, but we never said before that we supported a full separation of banks and investment banks."</p><p>"There are 'aspects' of Glass-Steagall that you support, but not breaking up the banks and separating commercial banking from investment banking?" Warren asked, baffled. "What do you think Glass-Steagall was if that's not right at the heart of it?"</p><p>Mnuchin explained that the banking reform act was "actually about conflict, not about credit risk."</p><p>"If we had supported a full Glass-Steagall, we would have said [that] at the time," he mumbled. </p><p>Warren, creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, pressed on. </p><p>"Let me get this straight: you're saying you are in favor of Glass-Steagall, which breaks apart the two arms of banking. Except you don't want to break apart the two parts of banking," she summed up. "This is like something out of George Orwell." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q10v4sDeQTs" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 May 2017 10:40:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077125 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Economy News & Politics Video elizabeth warren Steve Mnuchin glass-steagal 5 Late-Night Hosts Who Are Thriving in the Age of Trump Where Jimmy Fallon Has Failed http://www.alternet.org/media/5-late-night-hosts-who-are-thriving-age-trump-where-jimmy-fallon-has-failed <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Some comedians are better suited to the political moment than others.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trump_fallon2-620x412.jpg?itok=v1WFJyjg" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>In a New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/arts/television/jimmy-fallon-tonight-show-interview-trump.html">feature</a> this week, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon lamented his softball interview with Donald Trump during the 2016 elections and the hyper-polarized era his presidency has helped usher in.</p><p>“I haven’t talked about it at all," said the "Late Night" host, who was slammed for tussling the candidate's blonde mane. "[My critics have] a right to be mad."</p><p>Still, Fallon has no plans to change his comedic approach, even as his ratings continue to dip. "People that voted for Trump watch my show as well," he reasons.</p><p>Here are five late-night comedians who have thrived where the "Late Night" host has failed.</p><p><strong>1. Stephen Colbert</strong></p><p>The "Late Show" host's controversial "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/arts/television/stephen-colbert-monologue-apology.html?mtrref=www.nytimes.com&amp;gwh=2536997FED3F94329EAA006F4485D32D&amp;gwt=pay">cockholster" joke</a> about Trump's relationship with Putin made during his May 4 monologue appears to have had no effect on his <a href="http://nypost.com/2017/02/15/colbert-beating-fallon-in-ratings-since-trump-took-office/">ratings</a>, even after a social media call to "Fire Colbert." In fact, the host is now within striking distance of Fallon's 3.18 million viewers this year. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u_I_8mxDS08" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>2. Jimmy Kimmel</strong></p><p>While nearly a million viewers behind Colbert, Kimmel has emerged as arguably the most effective host when it comes to actually influencing policy. His personal plea on behalf of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions has resonated on Capitol Hill, with senators like Bill Cassidy (R-LA) now overseeing the Obamacare replacement bill. Dubbed by Cassidy the "<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/politics/senator-cassidy-health-bill-jimmy-kimmel-test-cnntv/">Jimmy Kimmel Test</a>," children—like the host's newborn son—must get the care they need in that crucial first year, asserted the Louisiana Republican. Whether the rest of his party agrees remains to be seen.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SToeM55KMzU" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>3. Seth Meyers</strong></p><p>According to the president, <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/time-donald-trump-told-seth-912453">Meyers crossed the line</a> back in 2011 during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The notable roast provided a mere jumping-off point for Meyers' nightly "Closer Look" series, which recently skewered Trump's unhinged commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qnD0PqiNxcw" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>4. James Corden</strong></p><p>"It's that time, let's do what we all came here to do, let's talk about Donald Trump!" Corden began his show Friday. Though Colbert's "Late Show" is a tough act to follow, Corden made headlines for his monologue <a href="http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/james-corden-returning-to-host-2018-grammys-117051800256_1.html">speculating</a> about what might come after Trump. The "Late Late Show" host has been tapped to host the 2018 Grammys.</p><p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Rbu9oDHbco" width="630"></iframe></p><p><strong>5. Trevor Noah</strong></p><p>Noah's interviews with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-wFM3nrKAI">President Obama</a> and former Blaze host <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2xv4fba65U">Tomi Lahren</a> (both December 2016) have been instrumental in catapulting his rise post-election. According to Comedy Central, during the <a href="http://press.cc.com/press-release/2017/04/03/press-the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-records-most-watched-and-highest-rated-quarter-ever-and-is-the-only-daily-late-night-talk-show-to-grow-year-over-year-with-both-total-viewers-and-adults-18-49">past quarter</a>, "The Daily Show" not only drew its largest viewership since Noah succeeded Jon Stewart, but it also overtook all other daily late-night shows to earn the title as the top-rated show among millennials, adults 18-24, in the category." </p><p>Despite his nightly frustration with Trump, the U.S. president is Noah's <a href="http://vegasseven.com/2017/05/10/one-question-trevor-noah-wants-ask-donald-trump/">dream guest</a>. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d2bg-YK8xXc" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 May 2017 07:48:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077102 at http://www.alternet.org Media Media News & Politics Video jimmy fallon stephen colbert trevor noah Stephen Colbert Skewers Trump's Utterly Bizarre Ideas About the Human Body http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-skewers-trumps-utterly-bizarre-ideas-about-human-body <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;By [his] logic, the strongest people in the world are babies.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trump_physical_health_colbert.png?itok=KJzvgkuM" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Donald Trump has his share of <a href="http://theslot.jezebel.com/i-cant-stop-watching-trump-rant-about-hairspray-and-the-1775497234">strange theories</a>, but perhaps none more bizarre than those about the workings of the human body.</p><p>"According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-thinks-that-exercising-too-much-uses-up-the-bodys-finite-energy/2017/05/12/bb0b9bda-365d-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.cb771a13fd14">believes</a> the human body is ‘like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted,’" "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert cited Wednesday. </p><p>Trump’s easily debunked exercise theories were also noted in <em>Trump Revealed</em>, the Washington Post’s 2016 biography of the president, which notes the president abandoned athletics shortly after college.</p><p>“OK, good news, kids, there’s going to be a new presidential physical fitness test," joked Colbert. "See that rope? Don’t touch it. There, you passed.”</p><p>The American Council on Exercise, the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have consistently promoted exercise as a crucial component to maintaining physical and mental health.</p><p>"The article helpfully explains, 'the human body actually becomes stronger with exercise,' that [is] according to a recent study by the New England Journal of No Duh,'" the "Late Show" host quipped. "[By Trump's logic], the strongest people in the world are babies."</p><p>“Though I suppose we should have seen his anti-exercise thing coming,” Colbert added. “After all, one of the first things Trump did was replace Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign with his own: ‘Let’s Not.’”</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u_I_8mxDS08" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 May 2017 04:39:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077093 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Personal Health Video stephen colbert President Trump Turkish President's Personal Security Force Beats Up and Bloodies Kurdish Protesters in Washington, D.C. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/turkish-presidents-personal-security-force-beats-and-bloodies-kurdish-protesters <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">At least nine demonstrators were hospitalized following the melee. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/turkey_embassy_protest.png?itok=LC3yKjNo" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>A violent clash between Kurdish protesters and the bodyguards of visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prompted the State Department to issue a <a href="https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/05/270923.htm">response</a> Wednesday after reviewing footage of the incident. </p><p>"We are concerned by the violent incidents involving protesters and Turkish security personnel Tuesday evening," read the statement. "Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest."</p><p>News reports the previous day captured Turkish security agents assaulting protesters outside of Turkey's embassy. The demonstration was held in opposition to Erdogan’s "crackdown on dissent and his consolidation of power," as well as Turkey's prosecution of pro-Kurdish leaders, <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/turkeys-presidential-guards-violently-clash-with-protesters-outside-embassy/2017/05/17/8420942a-3b05-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.54b106fbdb6e">reported</a> the Washington Post. </p><p>Of the two-dozen protesters, nine were taken to the hospital following the melee and two Americans were arrested. </p><p>D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser also weighed in on the incident, which she <a href="http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/255049250-story">called</a> "an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans." </p><p>"The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served," she added.</p><p>Meanwhile, District police have <a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/17/violence-erupts-as-erdogans-goons-attack-protesters-in-washington/">vowed</a> to work with the State Department and United States Secret Service to "identify and hold and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="//www.voanews.com/embed/player/0/3854189.html?type=video" width="635"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 May 2017 11:47:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077077 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video World turkey protesters Tucker Carlson Admits He's More Interested in Public Urination Than Trump's Taxes http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/tucker-carlson-admits-hes-more-interested-public-urination-trumps-taxes <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">These are the Fox News host&#039;s priorities right now. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/unnamed_3_0.jpg?itok=IoFx0IlY" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Donald Trump's taxes have been a subject of controversy since the Republican primary. Now a <a href="http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc/2017/05/15/metro-us-nyc-councilmans-plan-to-compel-trump-tax-return-release/">new bill</a> introduced by Corey Johnson aims to hold the president accountable by forcing city concession contractors to release their returns. </p><p>On Tuesday, the New York City councilman appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to defend his legislation.</p><p>"This bill would pertain to anyone, in the future, who goes for a city concession contract who emblazons their name on the property and is making money off the city of New York," he argued.</p><p>"You preside over a city that just <a href="http://abc7ny.com/news/nyc-approves-easing-punishments-for-public-urination-litter/1355015/">decriminalized public urination</a>... and the effects are really obvious," Carlson snorted. "There's a lot going on in Manhattan, not all of it good, and you're taking your time to basically grandstand on the national stage because you don't like Trump." </p><p>"It's okay if you don't like Trump, but how about filling some potholes and, you know, arresting some public urinators?" the Fox News host asked.</p><p>Johnson was floored. </p><p>"This is the first time I've heard a connection between public urination and President Trump's tax returns...this is really about getting some transparency and accountability," he explained. "Do you think the president should release tax returns?" </p><p>Carlson demurred, instead railing about the conditions of New York's public transit stations.</p><p>"Penn Station is yours and you're worrying about Trump's tax returns? Are you joking?" he asked, outraged. "Have you been in the men's room there? Dead serious question." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KifvcT2AQT0" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 May 2017 10:29:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077069 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video tucker carlson nyc tax bill 'Time to Do Whatever Is Necessary': GOP Congressman Stresses Need for Impartiality in Trump-Russia Investigation http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/time-do-whatever-necessary-gop-congressman-stresses-dire-need-impartiality <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The Comey memo about the investigation of Michael Flynn may provide another shakeup. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/adam_kinzinger_.jpg?itok=nwXmfIK3" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>After learning President Trump had likely asked FBI director James Comey to end the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html">Michael Flynn investigation</a> in February, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has come out in favor of a special prosecutor or independent commission to continue the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. </p><p>"I think it's time that we look at the idea of whether it's an independent commission or a special prosecutor; I'm not sure the best venue," he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday. "But I think it's time that we do whatever is necessary; that when this is over we give the American people the confidence that justice...has been served."</p><p>Despite controversy on both sides of the aisle, few Republicans on the hill are pursuing these options. Even a week after Comey's firing, Kinzinger remains one of a handful of GOP reps supporting an independent commission, including <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-other-administration/332766-vulnerable-house-republican-calls-for">Barbara Comstock</a> of Virginia, <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-other-administration/332766-vulnerable-house-republican-calls-for">Justin Amash</a> of Michigan and <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republicans-shy-independent-commission-trump-russia-ties-comeys/story?id=47328904">Carlos Curbelo</a> of Florida. </p><p>In the interview, Kinzinger cited the Comey memo detailing the president's request as a major turning point in his decision. </p><p>"When we begin to hear about the potential of asking the FBI director to stop an investigation [of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn], this has raised real red flags in the level of seriousness," he said, urging for a thoroughly non-partisan approach going forward.</p><p>"I think we're getting to a point where this has become so political, people are making determinations of whether something did or didn't happen by their political stripes not by the rule of law," he added. </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aoV58GSmLY0" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 May 2017 07:59:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077054 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video james comey President Trump russia investigation trump russia Fox News Makes Outrageous Accusation About Noam Chomsky http://www.alternet.org/media/fox-news-makes-outrageous-accusation-about-noam-chomsky <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">A new low for the right-wing fake news outlet.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/noam_chomsky_rally.jpg?itok=7mx4hOXl" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>After decades of being virtually ignored by the mainstream, Noam Chomsky is getting his due—sort of. According to a May 17 Fox News op-ed, the prolific author and lifelong activist is largely to blame when leftist protests turn violent. </p><p>In an op-ed titled "Liberals (and the media) are finally getting the violence they wanted," Dan Gainor, a vice-president of the politically conservative Media Research Center, <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=TykKulVqY9UC&amp;pg=PA245&amp;lpg=PA245&amp;dq=people+with+power+understand+exactly+one+thing:+violence+chomsky&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=-cIQS9mrPD&amp;sig=-LgPWAEREmzru7nJe3w_cS74AXY&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiV4KzcnPPTAhXMJsAKHb4zC40Q6AEIRzAH#v=onepage&amp;q=people%20with%20power%20understand%20exactly%20one%20thing%3A%20violence%20chomsky&amp;f=false">references</a> Chomsky's <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Power-Indispensable-Chomsky-Noam/dp/1522694358/?tag=alternorg08-20" target="_blank">Understanding Power</a> (2002) in the first line of his assertion.</p><p>"Liberal commentator Noam Chomsky once wrote, 'people with power understand exactly one thing: violence,'" Gainor <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/17/liberals-and-media-finally-getting-violence-wanted.html">writes</a>. "His alt-left supporters must have been paying attention."</p><p>"As a result," explains Gainor, "the liberal cold war against the right has escalated from demonization to intimidation, harassment and violence, with Trump administration officials and members of Congress as prime targets."</p><p>However, Chomsky was referring to a possibility of the U.S. reassessing its policies toward Israeli-occupied territories, "just as you can see the Israeli leadership reassessing them—because violence isn't working anymore," Chomsky continued in the book. </p><p>With regards to resistance, Chomsky has repeatedly condemned violent protests of any kind. </p><p>"The argument that resistance to the war should remain strictly nonviolent seems to me overwhelming," Chomsky <a href="https://chomsky.info/19671207/">stated</a> at the height of the Vietnam War. </p><p>"As a tactic, violence is absurd," Chomsky added. "No one can compete with the government in violence, and the resort to violence, which will surely fail, will simply frighten and alienate some who can be reached, and will further encourage the ideologists and administrators of forceful repression."</p> Wed, 17 May 2017 07:18:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077047 at http://www.alternet.org Media Activism Media fox news noam chomsky Stephen Colbert Trolls Trump and the GOP for Total Hypocrisy on Mishandling of Classified Intel http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-trolls-president-trump-and-gop-total-hypocrisy-mishandling <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Out of context, Colbert completely agrees with President Trump on one thing. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/colbert_classified_info_trump.png?itok=ddqaLJmZ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Four months into Trump's presidency, Stephen Colbert has long been fed up with Republicans' excuses for Trump. But few things are more frustrating in times of crisis than total hypocrisy from the other side. </p><p>"Right now, things that are self-evidently bad are being sold to us by people who know better as perfectly okay," Stephen Colbert began Tuesday's "Late Show." </p><p>He turned to the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.102de20a1cca">Washington Post report</a> on Trump's meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last Wednesday, which revealed Trump had leaked highly classified information to the scandal-plagued foreign official. </p><p>During the meeting, Trump oddly boasted to Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the "great intel" he gets. </p><p>"It's like the guy working the fry station saying, 'You would not believe the tater tots I have access to,'" Colbert remarked.</p><p>For viewers understandably lost in the chaos, the host quickly summed up the chain of events following FBI director James Comey's dismissal last Tuesday.</p><p>After "firing the man in charge of investigating his Russian ties, [Trump] met with two Russian diplomats, a meeting that was arranged by Vladimir Putin, and which we only saw because Russian photographers were in there to take photos, and at that meeting he admit[ted] he gave Russian diplomats classified information," rehashed Colbert.</p><p>But while others have cautiously broached the horror, one top Republican "did not mince words," Colbert noted. Ironically, it was Donald Trump himself. </p><p>"We can't have someone in the Oval Office who doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'confidential' or 'classified,'" said candidate Trump at a campaign rally on Sept. 6, 2016.</p><p>"I gotta say—and I don't care if this is taken out of context," Colbert quipped after rolling the clip. "I completely agree with Donald Trump."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YNVqbcrWFII" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 May 2017 05:30:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077044 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video stephen colbert Bernie Sanders Weighs in on a 'White House in Crisis' http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/weighing-white-house-crisis-bernie-sanders-reveals-major-divide-america <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sanders dismissed the notion that Trump&#039;s political inexperience was to blame for his missteps, saying it goes much deeper.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/bernie_sanders_john_kasich.jpg?itok=g-CwSE41" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>CNN's town hall debate between Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), aptly titled "A White House In Crisis," focused on the fallout of Trump's leaking top-secret information to Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office last Wednesday.</p><p>During the hour-long segment, Trump's competency provided the biggest rift between the two 2016 presidential candidates on opposite sides of the aisle.</p><p>Kasich, who last year took ample heat from the media and his own party for not endorsing Trump, has made it clear he's no fan of the president. On the other hand, he's willing to give Trump a chance. After all, there's "a learning process for everybody," he told moderator Jake Tapper.</p><p>Meanwhile, Sanders doubts any foreseeable progress.</p><p>"I'm not a psychiatrist," Sanders said, "but there's something strange going on, I think, with Mr. Trump... there has never been a president or a candidate who has lied all the time."</p><p>Sanders drew from a long list of controversies emblematic of Trump's past four months, from the president's continued fake news obsession to his immigration ban tied up in courts.  </p><p>"This is not a typical president," Sanders insisted. "I don't think this is just a learning curve. I think he's a smart guy, but something else is going on [especially given his] affection for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin."</p><p>"All of this leads me to think you've got an authoritarian-type mind here; somebody who is not a great believer in dissent or democracy," he added. "And that worries me very much." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7dJRmZa9Mag" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 17 May 2017 04:19:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077043 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video President Trump bernie sanders John Kasich Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women Graduates Honor Elizabeth Warren at Ceremonies Nationwide http://www.alternet.org/culture/nevertheless-they-persisted-women-graduating-college-are-honoring-elizabeth-warren <!-- iCopyright Horizontal Tag --> <div class="icopyright-article-tools-horizontal icopyright-article-tools-right"> <script type="text/javascript"> var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_content_id = '1077031'; </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://license.icopyright.net/rights/js/horz-toolbar.js"></script> <noscript> <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href="http://license.icopyright.net/3.18566?icx_id=1077031" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"> <img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src="http://license.icopyright.net/images/icopy-w.png"/> Click here for reuse options! </a> </noscript> </div> <div style="clear:both;"></div><!-- iCopyright Tag --> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The infamous three-word phrase appears on many a graduation cap this season.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/boston.com_twitter.jpg?itok=htWui7cs" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Despite their reputation as bastions of left-leaning thought, most colleges are opting for apolitical <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/08/college-commencement-speeches-2017-donald-trump-zone-campuses/101426414/">graduation ceremonies</a> this May. But that doesn't mean the resistance won't... persist.</p><p>"Nevertheless, she persisted," entered into the current political lexicon from an unlikely source: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who in February <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/08/nevertheless-she-persisted-becomes-new-battle-cry-after-mcconnell-silences-elizabeth-warren/?utm_term=.fb4ff7333c12">defended</a> his silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during her fiery rebuke of Jeff Sessions' nomination as attorney general.</p><p>The phrase quickly became the Democrats' battle cry, so it's only fitting to see those three words emerge on countless caps this graduation season. But like Warren's speech at UMass Amherst last Friday, its message rings loudly with both red and blue voters, even in deeply partisan times. </p><p>"Yeah, I am Democrat, I am a proud Democrat, but my point applies to Ds and Rs, and Independents, and Libertarians, and vegetarians and to Big Mac-atarians," Warren <a href="http://time.com/4778169/elizabeth-warren-umass-amherst-democracy-graduation-commencement-speech/">announced</a>. "The point I want to make is a point about democracy. Our country, our democracy, is not a machine that will run on its own. It needs you out there fighting for what you believe in."</p><p>Otherwise, she noted, someone else will.</p><p>Here are just a few of the graduation caps used to spread Warren's message of persistence, including some captions explaining the relevance for each grad's experience:</p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:62.5% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUIoXOpl-3O/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">I completed my first day as a social worker And I couldn't help but reflect a bit. Some people thought my decorated cap was political but it was so much more than that. I worked 40-60 hours every week while I went to college, I switched majors, dropped out twice, was told by loan providers that I was too "high risk" as a first generation college student, who ultimately finished my bachelor's in social work after 6 YEARS. There was no safety net. But I had the most amazing friends, family, hubby, co-workers, peers, teachers, and supervisors who helped me persist. This year, running between jobs and internship 90 hours a week, was the hardest and most rewarding year of my life. But I persisted. Going to college shouldn't mean sacrificing your physical, emotional, financial, and psychological well being. But that's the reality for a lot of people. So I want to give a huge shout out to everyone #classof2017 but I want to give a special shout out to all the #nontraditional #firstgeneration college students we can all persist together. #shepersisted</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Brooke Ashley Marlow (@brooklynmarlow) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-16T01:30:45+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 15, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUDJKVIAawg/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">It took a move to NYC, unfathomable amounts of caffeine and mental anguish, &amp; countless skipping of birthday parties/brunches/concerts over the last couple of years to study, but the M.S. in Statistics is now mine!! (I was going to wait until next week to post my cap with grad pics, but I'm too excited/proud of it).#neverthelessshepersisted #masterofscience #statistics #appliedstatistics #columbia #cu #columbiauniversity #graduate #shepersisted #classof2017</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Sarah B. (@sarahbeenyc) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-13T22:21:54+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 13, 2017 at 3:21pm PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUCXvB5ltya/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">per·sist·ence pərˈsistəns/ noun firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. As I sit here, graduating from THE Howard University, I am still in awe. It took more than my 10 year old dream to get here. It took more than hard work... BUT when hard work doesn't pay off work harder. SHE PER$I$TED #shepersisted</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Nayah (@nayahbynature) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-13T15:10:00+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 13, 2017 at 8:10am PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTzsS0GBlpe/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">I already shared on Facebook, but I forgot to share here! I graduated yesterday...and so did Calypso! We purr-sisted #graduation #graduate #graduated #graduation2017 #graduationcap #feminism #feminist #shepersisted #catsofinstagram #cat #calicocat</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Rachel Skelton (@rachelskel) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-07T22:21:03+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 7, 2017 at 3:21pm PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BTzOpqHhzVX/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">The tunnel out of college graduation drops you in the middle of the parking lot. #ShePersisted #msucal #msugrad17 #UnemployedAdult #LansingTownie</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Micaela Harris (@meeks_h) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-07T18:02:01+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 7, 2017 at 11:02am PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><!-- iCopyright Interactive Copyright Notice --> <script type="text/javascript"> var icx_publication_id = 18566; var icx_copyright_notice = '2017 Alternet'; var icx_content_id = '1077031'; </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://license.icopyright.net/rights/js/copyright-notice.js"></script> <noscript> <a style="color: #336699; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;" href="http://license.icopyright.net/3.18566?icx_id=1077031" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"> <img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src="http://http://license.icopyright.net/images/icopy-w.png"/>Click here for reuse options!</a> </noscript> <!-- iCopyright Interactive Copyright Notice --> Tue, 16 May 2017 14:48:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077031 at http://www.alternet.org Culture Activism Culture Education persisted graduation alternet_originals Noam Chomsky: America Poses a Unique Threat to World Safety http://www.alternet.org/world/noam-chomsky-america-poses-unique-threat-world-safety <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trump&#039;s brinkmanship is nothing new. Time and again, the U.S. has abandoned diplomacy for violence.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/chomsky_robot_takeover.jpg?itok=31jKnPUR" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Shortly before North Korea completed its latest <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/politics/north-korea-trump-defiance/">missile test launch</a>, Noam Chomsky sat with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman to examine some of the tensions that have been simmering between the U.S. and North Korea for the past half-century.</p><p>"Now, maybe Americans don’t remember very well, but North Koreans [remember their country being] absolutely flattened, literally, by American bombing... [It was] a major war crime," the renowned philosopher and linguist explained. </p><p>During the Korean War, U.S. threats to use a <a href="http://www.nti.org/learn/countries/north-korea/nuclear/">nuclear weapon</a> led North Korea to seek its own nuclear deterrent, and the small country's massive defense spending, Chomsky explains, has slowed its economic development and literally starved its people. </p><p>"Over and over again, possibilities for diplomacy and negotiation [have been] abandoned, dismissed, literally without comment, in favor of increased force and violence," he noted.</p><p>"In fact, that's also the background for the <a href="http://thebulletin.org/timeline">1953 moment</a>, when, [during the first thermonuclear weapons tests], the [Doomsday] clock moved to two minutes to midnight, and the U.S. faced the first serious threat to its security since probably the War of 1812," Chomsky added. </p><p>Trump's election has pushed the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/opinion/thanks-to-trump-the-doomsday-clock-advances-toward-midnight.html">Doomsday clock</a> to two and a half minutes before midnight, the latest it has been since that "moment" 64 years ago.</p><p>Watch: </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KhIpnMlplvM" width="630"></iframe></p> Tue, 16 May 2017 09:29:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1077000 at http://www.alternet.org World News & Politics Video World noam chomsky north korea If You Think Corporate Media Is Bad Now, Wait Until This Monster Merger Goes Through http://www.alternet.org/media/if-you-think-corporate-media-bad-now-wait-until-monster-merger-goes-through <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The right-leaning Sinclair Broadcasting Group could soon reach nearly three-quarters of American homes.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trumptv2.png?itok=q_IpxixT" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Sinclair's proposed <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/business/media/sinclair-tribune-media-sale.html">acquisition</a> of Tribune Media for $3.9 billion would allow the right-leaning broadcast group to reach nearly three-quarters of American homes.</p><p>For Democrats and progressives, the consequences could prove disastrous.</p><p>"There are some ramifications [of the deal], especially when you consider the fact that they force the networks they work with to run these (very obviously right-leaning) must-run ads," explained "Young Turks" co-host Ana Kasparian on Monday. </p><p>"Must runs," as the New York Times <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/media/sinclair-broadcast-komo-conservative-media.html">calls</a> them, are "short video segments that are centrally produced by the company [worked] into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hours." One of Sinclair's most propagandist ads in the past year included a package urging voters not to <a href="http://circa.com/politics/election-2016/conservative-pastor-hopes-provocative-video-will-create-more-black-republicans">support</a> Hillary Clinton and the historically "pro-slavery" Democratic Party.</p><p>"I know there are a lot of democrats who did not like Hillary, but they felt that way due to justifiable reasons," noted Kasparian. "The Democratic Party being historically in favor of slavery is <em>not</em> one of the reasons why people did not want to vote in favor of Hillary." </p><p>"That is a classic propaganda lie that people who are right-wing put out there for the purpose of deceiving you," added Cenk Uygur, followed by a brief overview of <a href="http://factmyth.com/factoids/democrats-and-republicans-switched-platforms/">major party switches</a> in political history.</p><p>While the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, fought against the slave-owning Confederacy, "what they don't tell you is in 1964, because of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, the parties, in essence, switched and the Republicans did what is called the <a href="http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Southern_strategy">Southern Strategy</a> to make sure they could get racist voters in the south to vote for the Republican Party," Uygur explained. </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9nZTDeOa01A" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 16 May 2017 06:10:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076984 at http://www.alternet.org Media Media News & Politics Video fake news right-wing Stephen Colbert Cuts Right to the Chase After Trump's Classified Info Fiasco http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-cuts-right-chase-after-trumps-classified-info-fiasco <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;If you&#039;re watching, you&#039;re a bad president, please resign.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/colbert_resign_trump_may_16_2017.png?itok=104ukdib" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>The White House set off a firestorm when it refused to grant U.S. media access to the president's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last Wednesday. Then came Monday's bombshell <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html?utm_term=.5fad81771dcb">report</a> that Trump had shared highly classified information with the Russian officials. Like most of the country, Stephen Colbert was beside himself.</p><p>"The good news? Trump found the leaker," the "Late Show" host began. He went on to explain that the Islamic State information leaked by Trump was so sensitive only "code words" could be used to describe it. </p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MJC2CMvNgaA" width="630"></iframe></p><p>"Code-word means the vital aspects of the story have to be replaced with other words," he explained. "You have to say things like, 'The package has been delivered,' 'The squirrel is in the basket,' 'The idiot is in the Oval.'"</p><p>As Colbert notes, the Trump administration is still weathering the nuclear fallout of James Comey's abrupt dismissal.</p><p>"The entire week has been a messaging disaster, and sources say Trump is 'frustrated and angry at everyone' and that he's considering a 'huge reboot,'" he said. "Yes, it's yet another '70s reboot, <em>Watergate 2: Resign Harder</em>— this summer, he is a crook.</p><p>The "Late Show" host has only one suggestion for the president.</p><p>"Donald Trump, if you're watching, first of all, you're a bad president, please resign," Colbert proposed. "Second of all, please, please, please don't take Sean Spicer from us! Where else am I going to get my daily dose of veiled anger and condescension?"</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/15wtWkcv3VU" width="630"></iframe></p> Tue, 16 May 2017 04:47:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076982 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video stephen colbert President Trump Elizabeth Warren Just Offered Terrifying Proof Republicans Have Given Up on Democracy http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/elizabeth-warren-just-offered-terrifying-proof-republicans-have-given-democracy <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The GOP won&#039;t even let Democrats participate in negotiations over the Senate health care bill. </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/elizabeth_warren_health_bill.jpg?itok=hBMhTjdp" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Senate Republicans have been dubiously <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/house-health-care-bill-senate-doa-238000">dissecting the House health care bill</a> since it <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/politics/health-care-bill-vote.html">passed 217 to 213</a> on May 4. But don't count on them seeking any aid from across the aisle. </p><p>According to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), "The Republicans have literally locked the Democrats out of the negotiations over the Senate health care bill. They have gone into closed rooms and they will not let the Democrats participate at all." </p><p>A week and a half later, "what the Republicans are planning to do with the House version of the bill remains a mystery [even] to those of us who serve on the committees to consider health care in America and those of us who are deeply concerned about the impact of health care changes on our home states," she told MassLive on Monday. </p><p>Warren, having called the first iteration of the house bill "<a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/09/senator-warren-says-gop-health-care-plan-fundamentally-cruel/UOwTdHl3KFloausjuGQK0H/story.html">fundamentally cruel</a>," also touched on <a href="http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/03/gov_charlie_baker_massachusett_2.html">Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA)'s March assessment</a> of its explosive costs—an estimated $1 billion loss in federal health care aid for Massachusetts by 2020. </p><p>"His billion-dollar estimate was on an earlier version of the bill that was a less brutal than the current version," Warren noted. "The cost to Massachusetts would be enormous to our budget and just in human terms, to our people." </p><p>"This is a serious fight in Washington right now," she added. "And right now, in part, it's a fight to just try to get in the door." </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C54BE-XnKno" width="630"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 May 2017 08:59:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076933 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video elizabeth warren health bill affordable care act obamacare trumpcare The Numbers Are In: Trump's Trillion-Dollar Tax Cuts Will Take a Stunning Toll on American Society http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/numbers-are-trumps-trillion-dollar-tax-cuts-will-take-stunning-toll-american <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Even the administration admits the tax cuts are unlikely to help the middle class.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trump_health_2_art_0.jpg?itok=9HO31mX1" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Vox.com has compiled a list of what President Trump's $5.5 trillion tax cuts over 10 years <a href="https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/9/15558410/trump-tax-comparison">could pay for</a>, and it's nothing short of shocking. </p><p>The massive tax cuts are "so one-sided that Trump administration officials have even admitted, publicly, that they're not even sure if it's going to help the middle class at all," "Ring of Fire" co-host Farron Cousins began, in his breakdown of the report.</p><p>"Trump wants to eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax, thereby benefiting many of the richest taxpayers," <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/04/26/trump-tax-cut-huge-vague-and-likely-mild-boost-for-economy.html">reported</a> Fox Business. The right-wing network says the plan's boost to the economy could be "mild" at best.</p><p>In a parallel America, that $5.5 trillion sum could be used to solve many of the ills afflicting the country's poorest, rather than grossly benefiting its <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/us/politics/individual-business-tax-wealth.html?_r=0">richest</a>. </p><p>According to Vox, $5.5 trillion is enough to cut the rate of child poverty in half, carry out Bernie Sanders' free college plan and eliminate all lead-contaminated soil, in addition to providing universal preschool and dramatically decreasing the ranks of the uninsured.</p><p>"We could drive down the cost of health insurance for every single person in this country and it would cost $1 trillion over 10 years," noted Cousins. "But instead of doing any of [the projects outlined by Vox], Donald Trump has decided to take that $5.5 trillion and give it to the wealthy."</p><p>"Keep in mind this is the largest tax cut in the history of the United States," Cousins added. </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1w_jdnxmKis" width="630"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:40:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076928 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Economy News & Politics Video President Trump tax plan John Oliver Has Just One Question for Americans After Trump's Latest Spectacular Meltdown http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/john-oliver-has-just-one-question-americans-after-trumps-latest-spectacular <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">This insanity will never stop, warns the host of &quot;Last Week Tonight.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/comey_john_oliver.png?itok=HBdGY2Mk" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Nearly four months into Trump's presidency, nothing surprises John Oliver anymore. Still, Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey was bizarre even by the standards of a White House in constant chaos. </p><p style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">“Do you remember normal weeks?" opened the "Last Week Tonight" host before diving into the big news of the week: Comey's abrupt dismissal, which appears to be the result of his refusal to pledge his <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-denies-asked-comey-loyalty-threatens-cancel-press/story?id=47395748">loyalty</a> to Donald Trump.</p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">Trump's <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/here-s-president-trump-s-letter-firing-james-comey-n757336">termination letter</a> to Comey was "the equivalent of a breakup text reading, ‘While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I was the most enthusiastic, dexterous, and intuitive lover you ever had, I nevertheless must terminate your position as my girlfriend, eggplant emoji," </span><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">Oliver quipped.</span></p><p><font face="arial, verdana, sans-serif">According to the White House, Comey was fired late Tuesday on the</font> recommendation of the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. But on Thursday, President Trump asserted in an <span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">NBC interview with Lester Holt that he had planned to fire Comey regardless.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">“Trump is so desperate to appear dominant, he will rush to take the credit for anything, no matter how bad it is,” Oliver noted.</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,'" Trump told Holt. </p><p style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">“What are you doing?" Oliver asked incredulously. "‘I was thinking of the Russia investigation when I fired Comey’ is the one thing that you are NOT supposed to say out loud.” </p><p style="font-family: arial, verdana, sans-serif;">“It is too easy to point at Trump being crazy," concluded Oliver. "That’s what he does, that is not going to stop... The important question is, what do the rest of us do?” </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FPNlk6dKoUs" width="630"></iframe></p> Mon, 15 May 2017 05:08:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076923 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video john oliver donald trump President Trump Bill O'Reilly Has a Thoroughly Bonkers New Conspiracy Theory About Why He Was Fired from Fox News http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/bill-oreilly-has-thoroughly-bonkers-new-conspiracy-theory-about-why-he-was-fired <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The disgraced television host is blaming George Soros for his ouster. Of course.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/9925141843_452d685e7c_o.jpg?itok=ic0JY5SW" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>A resentful Bill O’Reilly has returned to national radio after being <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/business/media/bill-oreilly-fox-news-allegations.html">dumped by Fox News</a> in April, and he has an ominous message.</p><p>"The entire ordeal was a hit job, and in the weeks to come, we will be able to explain some of it," the former "Factor" host told Glenn Beck in an interview Friday. "It has to do with destroying voices that the far-left and the organized left-wing cabal doesn’t like. That’s the general tone."</p><p>"I can’t get specific," he added. "There’s a lot of legality here."</p><p>O'Reilly was forced out of Fox News after <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/04/media/list-oreilly-factor-advertisers-responses/">60-plus advertisers</a> fled following revelations the network paid <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/business/media/bill-oreilly-sexual-harassment-fox-news.html">$13 million</a> to settle five separate sexual harassment claims against him. The "left-wing cabal" in question appears to include Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights group that pushed its 1.2 million members to <a href="http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bill-oreilly-fired-campaign-advertiser-deflections-color-of-change-1202390705/">pressure O'Reilly's advertisers</a>. </p><p>“I’ll point you to an article seldom seen. It’s about nine corporations that are now being targeted by organized left-wing groups funded by George Soros because they allegedly are profiting from President Trump’s immigration stance," O'Reilly said, likely referencing a Washington Free Beacon <a href="http://freebeacon.com/issues/soros-funded-groups-behind-anti-trump-corporate-targeting-campaign/">article</a> published Wednesday. </p><p>"That gives you your road map," he told Beck. "Soros is putting up big money right now."</p><p>Despite former Fox chairman Roger Ailes being <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/roger-ailes-kicked-fox-news-headquarters-office-article-1.2720469">ousted last June</a>, O’Reilly believes he was "target number one," and told Beck weeks later he'd have handled things differently looking back. </p><p>"It’s sad for me. It’s sad for my family. It’s grossly dishonest," he lamented during the three-hour show. "From now on when I’m attacked, I’m going to take action. Mostly legal action.”</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9rC08IL24v4" width="560"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 May 2017 08:49:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076839 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Media News & Politics Video bill o'reilly glenn beck Melissa McCarthy Spotted Riding Sean Spicer's Podium Through Midtown Manhattan http://www.alternet.org/culture/melissa-mccarthy-spotted-riding-sean-spicers-podium-through-midtown-manhattan <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;Saturday Night Live&quot; arrived one day early this week.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/sean_spicer_mccarthy_snl.jpg?itok=MYqA72zM" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>"Saturday Night Live" favorite Melissa McCarthy took to the streets Friday morning in full Spicer attire, driving through Midtown Manhattan on a motorized podium. </p><p> </p><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/melissamccarthy">@melissamccarthy</a> as "Spicey" takes off down 58th St outside <a href="https://twitter.com/CNN">@CNN</a> offices for the filming of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNL?src=hash">#SNL</a> <a href="https://t.co/RhzlEqNRCt">pic.twitter.com/RhzlEqNRCt</a></p>— Abigail Brooks (@_abigailbrooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/_abigailbrooks/status/863019979775627264">May 12, 2017</a></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">How my Friday started: <a href="https://twitter.com/melissamccarthy">@melissamccarthy</a> as Spicey - filming outside my office for <a href="https://twitter.com/nbcsnl">@nbcsnl</a> segment <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNL?src=hash">#SNL</a> <a href="https://t.co/lPK3vziY0e">pic.twitter.com/lPK3vziY0e</a></p>— Leezel Tanglao (@leezeltanglao) <a href="https://twitter.com/leezeltanglao/status/863017751446769664">May 12, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"Come on! Watch out!" McCarthy yelled at other drivers as she whizzed by. The stunt followed her viral trolling of Spicer from the NBC rooftop on Thursday, after it was revealed that Spicer hid in (or among) the <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/correction-spicer-was-among-the-bushes-not-in-them.html">bushes</a> following President Trump's ouster of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday.</p><p>McCarthy will return to "SNL" this Saturday to play the White House Press Secretary, according to a new ad released by NBC on Wednesday.</p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9dGAdAxhL/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Straight out da bushes @nbcsnl #snllivecoasttocoast #snl</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-11T17:20:38+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 11, 2017 at 10:20am PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><p>Will McCarthy play both Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week? The principal deputy White House press secretary filled in for Spicer on <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/sarah-huckabee-sanders-is-suddenly-the-star-of-the-feel-bad-story-of-the-day/2017/05/11/1269bec2-35c1-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html?utm_term=.d8e8a765c048">Wednesday</a>, appearing noticeably less combative, but just as in the dark when it came to Trump's agenda. </p><p> </p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">This week's host <a href="https://twitter.com/melissamccarthy">@melissamccarthy</a> feels pretty, oh so pretty. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SNLLiveCoastToCoast?src=hash">#SNLLiveCoastToCoast</a> <a href="https://t.co/dvh4ZmXPmc">pic.twitter.com/dvh4ZmXPmc</a></p>— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) <a href="https://twitter.com/nbcsnl/status/862359806568534020">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Fri, 12 May 2017 07:09:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076826 at http://www.alternet.org Culture Culture Media Video sean spicer Melissa McCarthy Stephen Colbert Declares Victory in His War of Words with Donald Trump http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-declares-victory-his-war-words-donald-trump <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;The president of the United States has personally come after me and my show. Yay!”</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/colbert_trump_no_talent_time.png?itok=zTq87-bH" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Despite the near-constant chaos of the White House since January, President Trump has exhibited restraint in one area: the nightly attacks of "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert. That was until Thursday. </p><p>“You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says," Trump <a href="http://time.com/4775633/donald-trump-stephen-colbert-cnn-msnbc-chris-cuomo/">said</a> in a Time Magazine interview. "And what he says is filthy."</p><p>Trump also took ample credit for saving the show.</p><p>“The guy was dying," he told Time. "They were going to take him off television. Then he started attacking me and he started doing better."</p><p>At the same time, Trump falsely claimed that when he guest-starred on Colbert's show, it was "the highest rating he’s ever had.”</p><p>Colbert, now the anti-Trump king of late night, issued a pitch-perfect response Thursday: "The president of the United States has <em>personally</em> come after me and my show,” he said. “Yay!”</p><p>"Mr. Trump,” he added, addressing the president. “There’s a lot you don’t understand. But I never thought one of those things would be show business. Don’t you know I’ve been trying for a year to get you to say my name?! And you were very restrained. Admirably restrained. But now you did it! I won.”</p><p>Before wrapping his monologue, the "Late Show" host couldn't help but correct the ratings-obsessed president.</p><p>“The night you appeared on this show...was very highly rated (4.6 million viewers). In fact, the only episode that got better ratings was the night I had Jeb Bush on (6.6 million viewers, also September 2015).” </p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_wMvItIDMPU" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 May 2017 05:56:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076824 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video President Trump stephen colbert 'America Is in Deep Sh*t': Seth Meyers Pushes the Panic Button as Trump Unravels in Real Time http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/america-deep-sht-seth-meyers-pushes-panic-button-trump-unravels-real-time <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;The optics of the last 48 hour have been a disaster.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/comey_trump_firing_meyers.png?itok=G6IhYerG" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey has thrown his administration into a tailspin since the news broke this week—and that was before the president directly contradicted the White House during an interview with Lester Holt Thursday. </p><p><span style="font-size: 12px;">"Even putting aside the substance and the suspicious timing of the Comey firing (due to Comey's investigation of Trump), the optics of the last 48 hours have been a disaster," opened Seth Meyers in his Thursday "Closer Look."</span></p><p>"The day after Trump fired the man investigating him over his ties to Russia, Trump met with two top Russian officials (Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak) in the Oval Office, including one (Kislyak) who's been at the center of several <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-profile-donald-trump">damaging stories</a>," he said. </p><p>Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly been reduced to hiding in the bushes outside the White House. </p><p>"I wasn't <em>in</em> the bushes. I was merely <em>among</em> the bushes," Meyers mocked. "And when the White House is clarifying the press secretary's position in relation to bushes, it's important to remember, America is both among and in deep sh*t."</p><p>Since Tuesday, the White House has argued that Comey's firing was based on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the FBI director's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation last fall. </p><p>But according to an NBC interview with Trump on Thursday, firing Comey was entirely his idea. </p><p>"Trump's ego is so huge," quipped Meyers. "He can't even let somebody else have the spotlight in his alibi."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4YnupTif-dk" width="630"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 May 2017 04:47:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076822 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video james comey President Trump Remarkable Women Are Reshaping the World, and Are Still Practically Anonymous http://www.alternet.org/documentaries/these-remarkable-women-are-reshaping-world-and-youve-almost-certainly-never-heard-them <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Trust Docs follows a handful of anonymous trailblazers from across the globe.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/trust_docs_.png?itok=p58hRSaZ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Every day, working women around the world are breaking new ground in surprising and dangerous fields. In partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a new Link TV documentary series titled <a href="https://www.linktv.org/shows/trust-docs">Trust Docs</a> explores some of their vastly underreported stories.</p><p>Manju Devi is a new train porter at the Jaipur Junction railway station in India, a country where women are still largely regarded as <a href="http://asiafoundation.org/2016/03/09/where-are-indias-working-women/">homemakers</a>. After the death of her husband, the mother of three desperately needed full-time employment in order to provide for her family. She's been on the job for two months. </p><p>"In my village, there is no water," Devi says. "We have no land. We have just a flimsy hut where we stay."</p><p>Jaipur Junction employs 200 porters, and Devi is the only woman among them. As a porter, she carries luggage, pulls trolleys and unloads bags.</p><p>"Some people think this is a man's job and question how am I doing this job," Devi says. "I know that I don't have any other choice."</p><p>The "trust" in <em>Trust Docs</em> refers to Reuters' “trust principles” and "represents a dedication to the truth of the people and situations we are representing," executive producer Liz Mermin <a href="https://www.linktv.org/shows/trust-docs/an-inside-look-at-trust-docs-with-thomson-reuters-foundation-executive-producer-liz">told</a> Link TV. "We want people to speak for themselves, and we want to represent the reality of their experience as directly as possible," she added.</p><p>Episode 1, "Women's Work," <a href="https://www.linktv.org/schedule">airs</a> Thursday, May 11 on Link TV. </p><p><em>Watch a clip:</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8IMlA9NFhIU" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 11 May 2017 08:55:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076789 at http://www.alternet.org Documentaries Documentaries Labor Local Peace Economy News & Politics trust docs documentary women work Stephen Colbert Gives Republicans Shielding Trump a Class in 'Authoritarianism 101' http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/stephen-colbert-gives-republicans-shielding-trump-class-authoritarianism-101 <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The &quot;Late Show&quot; host says it&#039;s no mystery why the president fired his FBI director.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/colbert_comey_trumped.png?itok=fJmjyUxy" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>President Trump's abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey on Tuesday has raised any number of questions, particularly about Republicans' unflinching loyalty to a transparently unstable president.</p><p>"Why did Trump do it?" Stephen Colbert began Wednesday night's "Late Show." "Now, while it looks like Donald Trump fired James Comey to stop the Russian investigation — that is why." </p><p>"Firing Jim Comey, head of the FBI, really feels like Authoritarianism 101," noted Colbert. "There's no grand strategy; he's not some puppet-master; he's not some wizard playing three-dimensional chess. He's playing Hungry-Hungry Hippos... He's a baby pool. You could not get your ankles wet in Donald Trump."</p><p>Colbert read through several possible iterations of Trump's termination letter to Comey, skewering the administration's bizarre reasoning for his dismissal.</p><p>"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau," Colbert <a href="https://www.bustle.com/p/read-trumps-bizarre-dismissal-letter-to-james-comey-56831">read</a>.</p><p>"Did you catch that?" he asked his audience. "He's saying this is not about the Russia investigation in a letter firing Comey for the Russia investigation."</p><p>The host concluded Trump's statement was about as "clever" as "carving your alibi on the murder weapon." </p><p>"Hold on one second!' he pantomimed, as Trump. "Not Donny's gun. I think the maid did it. Sad! Build the wall."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q47sFg_WFus" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 11 May 2017 06:31:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076770 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video colbert comey trump Samantha Bee Read Ivanka Trump's Appalling New Book So You Don't Have To http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/samantha-bee-read-ivanka-trumps-appalling-new-book-so-you-dont-have <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ivanka&#039;s new book &quot;contains more fonts than original thoughts.&quot; </div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/ivanka_trump_book_bee.png?itok=T73BKJ4q" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Ivanka Trump's new book, "Women Who Work," has been universally trashed but perhaps never quite as spectacularly as it was on Wednesday's episode of "Full Frontal."</p><p>"What was the secret to Ivanka's success?" quipped host Samantha Bee. "We had no idea!"</p><p>The first daughter and "human tooth-whitening strip" "broke the glass ceiling for how many conflicts of interest a West Wing staffer can have," Bee noted. "[But] if there's one thing the author inherited from her dad—besides absolutely everything—it's his recipe for word salad."</p><p>Ivanka's horrifying manual for working women frequently uses the word "architect" as a verb. </p><p>"Learn how to architect a sentence, that's not how you language," the "Full Frontal" host joked.</p><p>The New York Times has called Trump's book—which cites over 200 authors and thinkers—"a strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes."</p><p>"Practically every word that isn't I, Trump, or architecting, is cribbed from BrainyQuotes.com or another self-help book," Bee explained. </p><p>Trump's "vision-boarding" of other people's ideas and stamping her name on them was just part of the family brand, right? Wrong. </p><p>"One particular regrettable passage [is her use of] a Toni Morrison quote about the devastating impacts of black slavery to start a chapter called, 'Working Smarter' that asks 'Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?'" observed Whoopi Goldberg on "The View" last week. </p><p>"Oh, no," Bee jeered. "When Whoopi Goldberg is sighing at you, things have gone horribly wrong."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JFq77o0hYjg" width="630"></iframe></p> Thu, 11 May 2017 04:36:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076769 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video women who work Ivanka Trump #ComeyGate White House Protest Kicks Off Nationwide Push for Independent Investigation at Senate Offices http://www.alternet.org/activism/comeygate-white-house-protest-kicks-nationwide-push-independent-investigation-senate <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Protests are taking place a day after President Trump fired of FBI director Comey.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/white_house_impeachment_patrick_irelan.jpg?itok=21GKdHVe" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey Tuesday has spurred <a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/332770-gop-senators-on-comey-firing-where-they-stand">heated controversy</a> from both sides of the aisle. Following Preet Bharara and Sally Yates, Comey was the third official to be dismissed while investigating the president and his associates. And Democrats' disapproval of Comey for souring the electorate on Hillary Clinton was suddenly overshadowed by Trump's tyrannically Nixonian action. </p><p>By early Wednesday, groups like MoveOn.org and Indivisible were already preparing to "Sound the Alarm" at Senate offices at 5pm EST nationwide.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">We protested @ the White House &amp; now it's your turn. Join a rally near you @ 5 p.m. TODAY: <a href="https://t.co/BuG8Au7GSg">https://t.co/BuG8Au7GSg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoundtheAlarm?src=hash">#SoundtheAlarm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ComeyGate?src=hash">#ComeyGate</a> <a href="https://t.co/5shlIIKjeT">pic.twitter.com/5shlIIKjeT</a></p>— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoveOn/status/862416084808462337">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"Our ask: Congress must establish an independent commission to investigate Trump. (One that he can’t fire!) This isn’t business as usual, and we’ll make ourselves heard," the MoveOn.org site <a href="https://front.moveon.org/soundthealarm-events/#.WRNwUBPyvGI">read</a>. </p><p>Attendees were advised to bring pots and pans and convey their outrage via <em>cacerolazo</em>, a popular Latin American protest method in which people call attention to an issue by making noise. </p><p>"We cannot trust the Trump administration to investigate itself. The American people deserve the full story behind Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election," <a href="https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/demand-independent-russia-investigation/">added</a> Indivisible's Recess Toolkit. "But the public cannot trust that Republican MoCs (Members of Congress) with close ties to Trump and his campaign will investigate the facts thoroughly and impartially."</p><p>As of Wednesday morning, nearly two dozen protests were scheduled. </p><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"><div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"><div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"> </div></div><p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BT6-ZiIA7o4/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Crazy times in DC. #trump #comey #protest #demonstration #whitehouse #politics #fbi #washington #washingtondc #capital #usa #resist</a></p><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by Miriam (@miriam.krs) on</p><time datetime="2017-05-10T18:13:56+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">May 10, 2017 at 11:13am PDT</time></div></blockquote><script async="" defer="defer" src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="und" xml:lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpRussia?src=hash">#TrumpRussia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ComeyGate?src=hash">#ComeyGate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoundtheAlarm?src=hash">#SoundtheAlarm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MoveOn">@MoveOn</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RISETogetherPT">@RISETogetherPT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RISETogether_NC">@RISETogether_NC</a> <a href="https://t.co/KTrN8Cd6ds">pic.twitter.com/KTrN8Cd6ds</a></p>— RISE Together PT (@RISETogetherPT) <a href="https://twitter.com/RISETogetherPT/status/862415265543356417">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoundTheAlarm?src=hash">#SoundTheAlarm</a> This is how people show up in Santa Rosa &amp; demand an independent hearing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Comeygate?src=hash">#Comeygate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/IndivisibleSoCo">@IndivisibleSoCo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/IndivisibleTeam">@IndivisibleTeam</a> Pls.RT <a href="https://t.co/xiZ5h78ytX">pic.twitter.com/xiZ5h78ytX</a></p>— Indivisible Petaluma (@IndivisibleLuma) <a href="https://twitter.com/IndivisibleLuma/status/862421317055782912">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShutDownTheSenate?src=hash">#ShutDownTheSenate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ComeyGate?src=hash">#ComeyGate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SoundTheAlarm?src=hash">#SoundTheAlarm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MoveOn">@MoveOn</a> Senators Office <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NYC?src=hash">#NYC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SenSchumer">@SenSchumer</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SenGillibrand">@SenGillibrand</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TrumpLiesMatter?src=hash">#TrumpLiesMatter</a> <a href="https://t.co/4oQwYFJGB6">pic.twitter.com/4oQwYFJGB6</a></p>— LovelyLowEnd (@LovelyLowEnd) <a href="https://twitter.com/LovelyLowEnd/status/862420951320973312">May 10, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Wed, 10 May 2017 12:30:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076738 at http://www.alternet.org Activism Activism News & Politics Video protest comey Douglas Brinkley Minces No Words: 'Donald Trump Just Behaved Like a Tyrant' http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/douglas-brinkley-minces-no-words-donald-trump-just-behaved-tyrant <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The country&#039;s leading presidential historian weighs in on the &quot;Tuesday Night Massacre.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2017-05-10_at_2.28.44_pm.png?itok=6CyPOzPU" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>On Tuesday, leading presidential historian and <a href="https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/top-presidential-historian-trumps-confused-mental-state-creating-surreal-disarray-in-us-government/">frequent Trump critic</a> Douglas Brinkley joined a chorus of voices denouncing the president's dismissal of FBI director James Comey.</p><p>"It's a very troubling abuse of power," Brinkley told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "Donald Trump just behaved like a tyrant. We see that in other countries in the world. We don't expect it here." </p><p>Brinkley also addressed CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/05/09/jeffrey-toobin-grotesque-abuse-of-power-comey-fired-tsr.cnn">earlier assessment</a> of the parallels between the presidencies of Donald Trump and Richard Nixon.</p><p>"What was important about [the Saturday Night Massacre in 1973, when Nixon filed Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox], was that we had resignations, two real profiles of courage: Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus [who] said, This is not okay, we're putting our country above party, and they quit," echoed Brinkley.</p><p>"And after that Saturday Night Massacre, eventually just like Donald Trump didn't want to talk a lot now, Nixon didn't want to talk a lot," he added. "When Nixon did come out of the woodwork, he famously said, 'I'm not a crook.'"</p><p>The Saturday Night Massacre marked an important turning point in <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/08/08/how-the-watergate-crisis-eroded-public-support-for-richard-nixon/">public opinion</a>. For the first time, a majority of the population supported the impeachment of President Nixon.</p><p>"The fact that Donald Trump is trying to exonerate himself is deeply troubling, I think, to everybody," said Brinkley. "The only historical precedent to it, Anderson, really is that Saturday Night Massacre."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fo1mmOQpYBI" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:53:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076709 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video President Trump tyrant james comey president nixon A New Protest Movement Is Rising from the Ashes of Standing Rock, and It's Targeting Big Banks http://www.alternet.org/activism/new-protest-movement-rising-ashes-standing-rock-and-its-targeting-big-banks <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;Young Turks&quot; praises the work of 350 Seattle and offers a suggestion to climate activists.</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/c_vy-q7uiae-ezd.jpg?itok=oBoAT8Y9" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Operations at more than a dozen JPMorgan Chase bank branches were disrupted by climate activists in Seattle Monday in response to their role in funding pipeline projects such as the Keystone and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain. </p><p>The protest was organized by 350 Seattle, as well as Native American activists who participated in the year-long Standing Rock action against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Twenty-six protesters had been arrested by Monday afternoon, but the groups vow to continue putting pressure on big banks.</p><p>“If we can make these projects as politically toxic as they are for the environment, maybe they will get cold feet," <a href="http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/climate-activists-shut-down-chase-bank-branches-in-seattle/">explained</a> Emily Johnston, communications manager for 350 Seattle.</p><p>On Tuesday, "Young Turks" co-hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian praised the effort.</p><p>"I think that activists are realizing that it is one thing to go after those who are constructing the pipeline or the companies behind the pipeline; it's also very effective to go after the banks that are funding the construction of these pipelines," Kasparian opened.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en">Pardon the inconvenience.....we'll be back to despoiling the planet and stealing your kids future any minute now.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ShutDownChase?src=hash">#ShutDownChase</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NoKXL?src=hash">#NoKXL</a> <a href="https://t.co/5MfiDjE3dU">pic.twitter.com/5MfiDjE3dU</a></p>— 350 Seattle (@350_Seattle) <a href="https://twitter.com/350_Seattle/status/861674752540200960">May 8, 2017</a></blockquote><script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"I think it is such an effective strategy," agreed Uygur. "I think they took it from me, except I've never said it on-air, so I don't know how they read my mind."</p><p>Uygur, who was <a href="http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/cenk_uygur_arrested_at_democracy_spring_protest_video_20160412">arrested</a> in Washington D.C. during last year's Democracy Spring action, encouraged the protesters to keep going.</p><p>"I think these kinds of actions at businesses are effective; I think that's what people are worried about them," he said, and offered a small suggestion: "You know, if possible, what I would want is small business owners... your acountant down the street, your dentist, to go to these protests," he added. "Because when you touch their pocketbooks, that's when you get real change."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9njTj9wyxSU" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 10 May 2017 06:44:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076706 at http://www.alternet.org Activism Activism Economy News & Politics Video protesters banks pipeline dapl Chase bank Elizabeth Warren Connects the Dots on Trump's Firings: 'It's Pretty Clear What's Going On' http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/elizabeth-warren-connects-dots-trumps-firings-its-pretty-clear-whats-going <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">&quot;Donald Trump doesn&#039;t want anyone coming anyplace close to an active investigation.&quot;</div></div></div><!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/warren_comey.jpg?itok=kLglnjPJ" /></div></div></div><!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Hours after Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) laid out a timeline of the president's deeply disconcerting firings of officials investigating him and his <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/comey-yates-bharara-fired-after-investigations/">campaign members</a> on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes."</p><p>"Remember, Sally Yates was acting attorney general, and one of the things she told the Trump administration was that his [former national security] adviser [Michael] Flynn was compromised by the Russians, and she gets fired," she recalled Monday night. </p><p>Yates' firing was attributed to her opposition to Trump's <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/why-trump-had-to-fire-sally-yates-214715">travel ban</a>, implemented his first week in office. Similarly, Preet Bharara was <a href="http://time.com/4699086/us-attorney-preet-bharara-fired/">dismissed in March</a> for refusing to resign with 45 other U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration. </p><p>But as Warren noted, Bharara had jurisdiction "over any investigation into what happened at Trump Tower."</p><p>"You put those together and it's pretty clear what's going on here," she added. "Donald Trump doesn't want anyone coming anyplace close to an active investigation into the relationship between the Russians, the Trump campaign and Donald Trump himself."</p><p>Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-confirmed-as-deputy-attorney-general/2017/04/25/e59bc3a8-29dc-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html?utm_term=.c415397be6e0">confirmed</a> April 25 and would be responsible for appointing a special prosecutor. Attorney General Jeff Sessions <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/jeff-sessions-russia-recuse/518457/">recused himself</a> from the investigation in March.</p><p>"Do you believe a special prosecutor should be appointed by the deputy attorney general?" Hayes asked. </p><p>"Absolutely," she answered. "The only way we go forward here is if we've got someone who is independent."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/H67EkAogvNc" width="630"></iframe></p> Wed, 10 May 2017 05:51:00 -0700 Alexandra Rosenmann, AlterNet 1076704 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics Video elizabeth warren james comey