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The World According to Trump
"SECOND MEXICAN: Will it work? This can’t weigh more than forty or fifty pounds.
FIRST MEXICAN: The sack weighs sixty pounds.
SECOND MEXICAN: I understand now. That is the exact number of pounds required to knock someone out.
They throw the sack over the border, knock the guard unconscious, and cross into the U.S. while laughing at it, because the country is now a laughingstock."
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5 days ago by bankbryan
The case for normalizing impeachment - Vox
To many of Trump’s supporters — and perhaps many of his opponents — this would look like nothing less than a coup; the swamp swallowing the man who sought to drain it. Imagine the Breitbart headlines, the Fox News chyrons. And would they truly be wrong? Whatever Trump is today, he was that man when he was elected too. The same speech patterns were in evidence; the same distractibility was present. The tweets, the conspiracy theories, the chaos: It was all there. The American people, mediated by the Electoral College, delivered their verdict; mustn’t it now be respected?
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8 days ago by lorenzck
Peter Thiel Out of Y Combinator, Two-Year Partnership Dissolved
Donald Trump champion and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel built his career by getting to know startups early. That’s going to get more difficult.
17 days ago by sfriedenberg
Alex Azar, Trump’s HHS Pick, Has Already Been a Disaster for People With Diabetes | The Nation
In fact, price gouging from Eli Lilly and other insulin manufacturers has already had deadly consequences. Shane Patrick Boyle, a founder of Zine Fest Houston, died on March 18 after his GoFundMe campaign to pay for insulin came up $50 short. Alec Raeshawn Smith, age 26, was found dead in his apartment on June 27. He was rationing his insulin after he aged out of his parent’s insurance coverage. The sad fact is more people would be alive today if insulin was affordable for all Americans.
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19 days ago by yolandaenoch
Donald Trump’s Eternal Feud With Blackness
“Uppityness” is today recognized as a slur, and how it got that way is instructive in explaining Trump’s rise to power. Back when the lives and career prospects of black people were officially constrained by the state, and when social and cultural hierarchies were enforced on pain of death, black people who dared aspire to a life and world beyond those constraints were often branded with the label. The maintenance of those hierarchies depended on making examples of the outspoken and the ambitious. Though the implements have changed from the braided whips of the past to the verbal upbraidings of the present, the purpose of attacking uppity blacks has always been to reinforce the status quo and limit mobility, in all senses of that word.

He may have little appetite to master policy or struggle to manage his office, but Trump is a savant when it comes to knowing how to harness white resentment and hostility towards outspoken people of color.
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19 days ago by yolandaenoch
DAVID DUKE IN THE U.S. SENATE? - The Washington Post
Learned about from Adam Serwer's article at The Atlantic: "The Nationalist's Delusion." In the comments to the tweet when he announced the article, someone recommended it.
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20 days ago by yolandaenoch
The Nationalist's Delusion - The Atlantic
What I found was that Trump embodied his supporters’ most profound beliefs—combining an insistence that discriminatory policies were necessary with vehement denials that his policies would discriminate and absolute outrage that the question would even be asked.

It was not just Trump’s supporters who were in denial about what they were voting for, but Americans across the political spectrum, who, as had been the case with those who had backed Duke, searched desperately for any alternative explanation—outsourcing, anti-Washington anger, economic anxiety—to the one staring them in the face.

The frequent postelection media expeditions to Trump country to see whether the fever has broken, or whether Trump’s most ardent supporters have changed their minds, are a direct outgrowth of this mistake. These supporters will not change their minds, because this is what they always wanted: a president who embodies the rage they feel toward those they hate and fear, while reassuring them that that rage is nothing to be ashamed of.

these Americans, who would never think of themselves as possessing racial animus, voted for a candidate whose ideal vision of America excludes millions of fellow citizens because of their race or religion.

The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal.

The plain meaning of Trumpism exists in tandem with denials of its implications; supporters and opponents alike understand that the president’s policies and rhetoric target religious and ethnic minorities, and behave accordingly. But both supporters and opponents usually stop short of calling these policies racist. It is as if there were a pothole in the middle of the street that every driver studiously avoided, but that most insisted did not exist even as they swerved around it.
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20 days ago by yolandaenoch
Indianz.Com > Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

On August 8, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation were never disestablished by Congress. The unanimous decision prevents the state of Oklahoma from executing a tribal citizen for a crime that occurred within the tribe's original reservation.

But the state wasn't ready to accept the outcome so it asked the 10th Circuit to rehear the case or put it before a larger panel of judges. A slew of industry interests swooped in with briefs in support of the request.

That's when the Trump administration chimed in. Rather than assert its trust responsibility and side with tribal interests, the Department of Justice said the Muscogee Nation's reservation was in fact diminished by Congress.

In doing so, government attorneys defended the negative federal policies that led to the destabilization of the tribe's government. The brief essentially turned back the clock to the early 1900s, when the United States opened up the reservation for allotment.
Donald-Trump  Fourth-world  Oklahoma  Capital-punishment 
4 weeks ago by quant18

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