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Ben Carson Believes Poverty is Just a ‘State of Mind’

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

When Sallie Mae calls you next month to collect on your student loans, tell them that your debt is just a state of mind, and you actually don’t owe them a thing.

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Your President Really Hates Poor People

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 19: Copies of President Trump’s FY’18 budget books are stacked, at the Government Publishing Office, on May 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s new budget proposal will be reveals that he really and truly hates poor people. It comes with major cuts to Medicaid and changes to anti-poverty programs that would allow states to limit a range of benefits for needy families, something that Congress has already been uneasy about.

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In Case You Missed It, Your President is Horribly Corrupt

US President Donald Trump Meets Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

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The Washington Post is reporting that in his capacity as president, Donald Trump reportedly asked two high-ranking national intelligence officials in March to help him push back against the FBI investigation into possible connections between his presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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Justice Department Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Robert Mueller, Former FBI Director

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year’s conference. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed an order Wednesday appointing former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into whether or not Trump associates and Russian officials coordinated last year to interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election.

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Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

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Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

Trump sexual assault allegations: The floodgates are open.

Donald Trump is a disgusting pig. I have seen people asking why all these allegations are just now coming to light. Please don’t do this. Unless you have been sexually assaulted yourself, then you will never understand the pain, shame, and trauma victims suffer in the aftermath. It is at times paralyzing, and makes it hard to want to come forward. In fact, people questioning sexual assault victims and their motives for telling their stories makes it hard to come forward.

Maybe people like you are the reason they don’t come forward.

A Miss Teen USA 2001 contestant told the Guardian today that Trump “deliberately walked in” on her and another contestant in their dressing rooms “while they were naked and getting dressed for a rehearsal”; this report followed a Buzzfeed story alleging that Trump, during the 1997 pageant, intentionally walked into a communal dressing room being used by girls as young as 15. In yet another report from today, CBS News produced a 1992 video from Entertainment Tonight shot at Trump Tower: “In the clip, Trump asks one of the 10-year-old girls if she’s ‘going up the escalator.’ When the girl replies, ‘yeah,’ Trump turns to the camera and says: ‘I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?’”

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Suspended for Rest of Term

This is the second time Moore has been removed from the bench for defiance of federal courts; the first was in 2003 when Moore refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.

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Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

the House voted 348-77, and the Senate voted 97-1, well over the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s objection to a bill which would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the attacks. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only ‘no’ vote, and neither Tim Kaine (D-Va) nor Barry Sanders (I-VT) participated in the vote. In the House, 59 Democrats and 18 Republicans voted against the veto.

Source: Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

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