Trump speaks out to defend hate speech, violence, and lies

Donald Trump generally has less executive time on weekends—tee times come earlier than the start of Trump’s ‘business’ day—but Trump started early on Saturday by whining that social media sites are “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” This follows the removal of hate-site InfoWars and its founder, Alex Jones, from most sites, and a temporary suspension from Twitter. It’s not the first time that Trump has made claims that social media sites filter more right-leaning posts, despite consistent evidence that shows this isn’t true. In fact many sites, including Facebook, are much more likely to promote conservative news sites over more progressive information.

But Trump didn’t stop with whining. He also stated that “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let [the supposed discrimination] happen.” Which would seem to imply that Trump intends to press for some sort of law or regulation that would prevent sites for blocking hate

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Florida man resists airport arrest; complains cops treated him ‘like a f**king black person’

Dr. Jeffrey Epstein made quite the scene at Orlando International Airport on Thursday, though he insists it was all “on purpose.” The 59-year-old doctor reportedly showed up at the ticket counter less than 30 minutes before his flight to Philadelphia, and agents informed him that he wouldn’t be able to make his scheduled departure.

That’s when things took a dark turn, an American Airlines spokesperson tells Inc.’s Chris Matyszczyk.

“He showed up at the ticket counter to check-in for his flight at 6 a.m. for a 6.24 a.m. flight. Our team was going to rebook him for the next available flight to Philadelphia, but that is when he became irate at our team, along with other passengers and children in the area who witnessed this event.”

Epstein’s behavior escalated to the point that a bystander started filming the scene, as folks do these days.

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Florida governor and wife invested millions into company behind the private railway system he backed

Republican governor Rick Scott’s record of shady, possibly corrupt dealings while in office continue to surface. He’s given out tons of taxpayer money to private industry types to whom he has suspicious ties, as well as just giving out money to private industries that don’t really serve the needs of the general public. Back in 2011, the Cryptkeeper come to life was offered $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail project that would connect Tampa to Orlando, and Orlando to Miami. At the time, Scott said “the proposed high-speed rail line is far too uncertain and offers far too little long-term benefit for me to consider moving forward.” First, he was going to cut spending and then take the federal government to task for the “investments it makes.” In his defense, he did argue that he was worried about Florida having to balance a budget—something required by

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 04:  First Lady Ann Scott listens as Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to the media during a visit to the Shell Lumber and Hardware store on June 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. The governor visited the store to highlight the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday running now through June 7th and to encourage residents to prepare for the hurricane season which started on June 1st.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump doesn’t know sh*t from Shinola either

Though climate change policy and activism ought to be getting my full attention, every day I get up wondering what fresh outrage the squatter in the White House is up to. Wondering how much damage he will inflict on a broad range of domestic policies and international relationships by the time he leaves office and how much of this destruction will be permanent.

Only his policy-related tweets interest me. The tweeted personal foibles, including the grammar screw-ups, were titillating for a while, but now they’re just boring. Produced by a low-life. With a low IQ. Sad.

Unfortunately, the pr*sident has shown himself perfectly adept at turning personal grudge into political attack and personal bias into reckless policy. Insults, and cries of “fake news,” and self-praise are easy to ignore after the twentieth time. But tweeted threats of shutting down the government over immigration or raining down fire and brimstone on other nation-states can’t. So I have to pay attention

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My stepdaughter spoke out against faith-based ‘sex ed.’ Her district just ensured it won’t return.

Last week, Joan McCarter told you about my stepdaughter, Abby McElroy, 17, who rocked her district’s school board last month when she informed them that a local faith-based crisis pregnancy center, Amnion Pregnancy Center, had been invited into tenth grade classes repeatedly to teach a sex ed segment.

As Abby explained, the presentation was filled with pseudo-science and lies, as when relationships were compared to sticky tape, and “teens were told ‘if you have sex with too many people it becomes less sticky—and you can’t make healthy relationships.’” They were told that hand-holding, hugging, and kissing were all forms of touching that release the hormone oxytocin, and “that too much youthful activity depletes oxytocin and thus makes it harder for a person to eventually bond with a future spouse”—which scientists have pointed out is based on research with prairie voles, not people.

The school board members were horrified. Wallingford-Swarthmore

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FBI investigation of Christopher Steele memos will spill to public … thanks to Trump and Nunes

In his effort to fill his campaign coffers by being the most Trump-fan of Trump-fans, Devin Nunes authored a multi-page “memo” around the pretense that the information compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele was the primary factor behind the Trump-Russia investigation. The claims put forward by Nunes and other House Republicans, including that the FISA warrant for Trump adviser Carter Page was based on Steele’s documents and that all of Steele’s work had been discredited, were demonstrably false. But Donald Trump was eager to push Nunes’s memo, and in the process he declassified both the memos and supporting documents.

This combination of actions, Nunes’s memo and Trump’s declassification, may have given Trump what he wanted at the moment, but it has another effect. According to Politico, a district court judge previously allowed the FBI to refuse Freedom of Information Act requests asking about their efforts to confirm the information

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Democrats willing to sue over the documents proving that Trump’s SCOTUS nominee lied to the Senate

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Senate Democrats know that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath to them before, in 2006 during his confirmation hearing to sit on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. That lie is central to the documents fight they’ve been having with Republicans, who are pushing Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing weeks before the National Archives can even produce the fraction of documents they’re willing to allow. Democrats have been forced to unprecedented measures in trying to get the documents, having to file a Freedom of Information request from the National Archives and threatening a lawsuit if the documents aren’t released ahead of the scheduled September 4 hearing.

“We stand ready to sue the National Archives for Judge Kavanaugh’s full records if necessary,” Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. “The American people deserve a methodical and thorough examination of a nominee to the Supreme Court who will yield immense influence

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Fox News posts ‘memoriam’ image for Aretha Franklin … showing Patti LaBelle singing

Legendary singer, musician, and performer Aretha Franklin died today. The world mourns and everyone is a little shaken. It seems though, that the design staff over at Fox News is the most shaken by this news. The Huffington Post’s Philip Lewis tweeted out a screenshot of Fox News’s announcement of Aretha’s passing, with the memorial image they solemnly flashed.

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Yes. The woman singing in the background is famed singer Patti LaBelle. Listen, this would be deemed an “honest mistake” if there was anything “honest” about Fox News or if they weren’t one of the most bigoted organizations in the world.

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Someone quickly put up the clip.

350 newspapers run editorials against Trump’s press attacks. Now, about their news coverage …

Hundreds of newspapers across the country ran editorials Thursday pushing back on Donald Trump’s slur against the media as the “enemy of the people.” These are the very same newspapers that offer a litany of mealymouthed excuses for not labeling Trump’s lies as lies and helped put him in the White House by focusing on imaginary Hillary Clinton scandals while ignoring real Trump scandals, but now that he’s openly campaigning against the free press, they are bringing the weight of their editorial pages, if not their news coverage, to push back.

The Miami Herald wrote that “If one first comes successfully for the press as an ‘enemy of the American People,’ what stops someone for coming next for your friends? Your family? Or you?” According to the Des Moines Register, “The true enemies of the people—and democracy—are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonizing the

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Claims that tweet shows special information about Trump’s security revocations are conspiracy theory

This tweet went out on July 24—two days before the date written on the document Sarah Sanders read on Wednesday announcing that Donald Trump was revoking the security privileges of former CIA director John Brennan and putting nine others under review.

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According to Google Translate, that message reads:

Ex-CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, ex-FBI director James Comey and his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-director of the National Intelligence Service James Clapper, ex-national security adviser Susan Rice say goodbye to access to classified materials. Welcome to the real world!

In addition to starting with Brennan, all of those names are on

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Trump’s pick for California governor race says DMV is ‘worse’ than ‘the Holocaust’

California businessman and Trump-endorsed GOP candidate for California’s gubernatorial race, John Cox is in some deep doo doo. Thursday Cox made some doo doo remarks during a campaign stop to a California DMV, as reported by Capital Public Radio. 

“You know, I met a Holocaust survivor in Long Beach. He survived concentration camps, and he said this was worse. He’s 90 years old and he had to wait four hours down in Long Beach. Can you imagine that?” Cox says.

Cox was trying to play an everyman of sorts, and do what Republicans and fascists have always done, tell the “common folks,” that they will “make the trains run on time.” Cox is running against Democrat Gavin Newsome and this won’t help. Cox’s campaign made sure to explain that while John Cox said that the lines at the DMV were worse than the lines to (maybe?) concentration camps, he

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Time for Jim Jordan to sweat: Federal government investigating Ohio State University abuse

The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating whether Ohio State University responded to sexual abuse allegations “promptly and equitably.” A string of former wrestlers have come forward to say that Dr. Richard Strauss molested them under the guise of medical examinations; since Strauss died by suicide in 2005, the investigation is focused on the response. And part of that response was the responsibility of Rep. Jim Jordan, now the co-founder of the extremist right-wing House Freedom Caucus but previously an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State.

Jordan denies having known about the abuse though several former wrestlers have said that not only was it common knowledge but they directly reported the abuse to Jordan or witnessed their teammates reporting it. Through the team’s former head coach—who has said he confronted Strauss about his behavior in the 1990s—Jordan pressured the victims to come to his defense.

But Jordan

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Where are Republicans now that Trump’s yanked security clearances from former top officials?

Hello there, very serious media people! You may have noticed that yesterday the White House announced that Donald Trump had decided to revoke the security clearances of former top government officials who had dared to criticize him. This is the very same action that House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed as “trolling” that wouldn’t happen when Trump first floated it. Similarly, Sen. Bob Corker, with the courage of someone who’s retiring and also won’t take any hard votes against Trump anyway, had strong words back in July:

“I can’t even believe that somebody at the White House thought up something like this,” Corker said during an interview on MSNBC. “I mean, when you’re going to start taking retribution against people who are your political enemies in this manner, that’s the kind of thing that happens in Venezuela.”

“So you just don’t do that. I can’t believe they even allowed it

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Stormy Daniels isn’t the only sex worker who matters

Listen, everyone should care about Stormy Daniels. She is a witty and charming adult industry performer, who has long been embroiled in a serious legal scandal with a sitting president whom we’d all like to oust. However, we also need to care about her—and other sex workers—even when they aren’t politically convenient to us.

Everyone should take issue with the police state attempting to intimidate and silence her with arrest, and not just because we want Daniels to speak out about crimes committed by the Trump campaign team. We need to care because law enforcement often uses arrests and bullying tactics against sex workers as a means of silencing them, and taking away their measures of safety.

Sex work is a broad industry, encapsulating many different types of careers—most of which are legal in the United States. Strippers, phone sex operators, performers in pornographic films, kink service providers

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Illinois manufacturer says it will close its doors and move to Mexico because of Trump tariffs

Donald Trump’s “big stick” the past few months has been the trade tariffs on China. Those “economically anxious” Trump supporters are getting the full con man treatment, as they serve to bear the brunt of the tariffs and their consequences. Consumer goods have begun to skyrocket, manufacturing unions have warned their members that these trades could mean the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and Republicans have been working to give farmers welfare checks that will delude them into thinking everything is going just fine.

But while all of that happens, manufacturers like Stack-On Products, a storage safe manufacturer, begin to close up shop and head on down to Mexico.

“The operation is really not profitable,” Fletcher said. He said the decision to relocate operations to Juarez, Mexico, was made about two months ago when President Donald Trump announced tariffs on numerous goods and materials from China as

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Republicans try to sneak fetal personhood language into tax plan

Republicans never stop trying to ban abortion—even, apparently, when drawing up plans on how to tax college savings. In the section on 529 college savings accounts, Republicans added a provision on “treatment of unborn children,” defined specifically as “a child in utero,” which “means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.” Emily Peck reports that:

Pro-abortion rights advocates were quick to call out the language. “This is a back-door attempt to establish personhood from the moment of conception,” Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, said in a statement. “The tax code is no place to define what constitutes an ‘unborn child.’ What’s next, giving a Social Security number to a zygote?” […]

Abortion foes believe that if fetuses were legally considered people, then abortion would

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Carter Page is withholding documents … all the documents

During his just short of seven hour appearance in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Carter Page admitted that he did tell Jefferson Sessions about his upcoming trip to Russia. But Page spent much of the day attacking the Steele dossier rather than talking about his own actions. 

And when it came to documents, Page had a frustrating response.

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The refusal to hand over any document did not endear page to the members of the House committee who spent a good piece of time trying to explain why “Nothing” was not an offer the committee was willing to accept.

Lawmakers said after the session that Page did not hand over documents they subpoenaed, though

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Carter Page is withholding documents … all the documents

During his just short of seven hour appearance in front of the House Intelligence Committee, Carter Page admitted that he did tell Jefferson Sessions about his upcoming trip to Russia. But Page spent much of the day attacking the Steele dossier rather than talking about his own actions. 

And when it came to documents, Page had a frustrating response.

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The refusal to hand over any document did not endear page to the members of the House committee who spent a good piece of time trying to explain why “Nothing” was not an offer the committee was willing to accept.

Lawmakers said after the session that Page did not hand over documents they subpoenaed, though

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Surprise! At global warming confab next week in Bonn, Trump regime will push fossil fuels, nukes

You would think it would be better not to show up at all next week in Europe for the 195-nation climate-change conference rather than to come promoting the burning of fossil fuels. But that’s exactly what the Trump regime plans to do at the latest session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany:  

“It’s embarrassing,” said Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, a Democrat. “After forfeiting international leadership on climate, the Trump White House is compounding their error with a silly stunt. Fossil fuel companies are not clean energy companies, and no amount of spin will change that.”

The “stunt” is a presentation on Nov. 13 titled “The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation.” Featured will be speakers from Peabody Energy, previously Peabody Coal; NuScale Power, a nuclear engineering firm; and Tellurian, a liquefied natural gas exporter.

Even though the Environmental

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Trump groped them and called them liars. These women just want us to remember that.

Donald Trump is hoping to keep his gross treatment of women out of court. The women who’ve come forward to tell their stories of being groped, kissed, and grabbed by Trump over the years are hoping that a lawsuit brought by one of them, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, will at least mean that their experiences are heard and taken as seriously as those of Harvey Weinstein’s victims. Or Bill Cosby’s. Or Kevin Spacey’s. Or Mark Halperin’s.

Not that any of those accusers got justice, even in the court of public opinion, quickly—but they didn’t have to watch their harassers or rapists be inaugurated president, either. The White House press secretary didn’t call them liars on national television. And it’s that response that’s at the center of the lawsuit that Trump’s victims hope will let them be fully heard:

The plaintiff in the lawsuit — Summer Zervos, a

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