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Monday December 21, 2015
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3rd Democratic Presidential Debate ABC | 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate: Sanders, Clinton, O'Malley (12/19/15) [2:32:58]
TYT News - http://www.tytnetwork.com/ TYT | ABC News Democratic Debate: The Young Turks SUMMARY (12/19/15) [4:05]
TYT | ABC News Democratic Debate: BIGGEST WINNER (12/19/15) [6:04]
TYT | ABC News Democratic Debate: BIGGEST FAIL (12/19/15) [5:45]

Key Moments From the Democratic Debate
MotherJones | Hannah Levintova | 12/20/15

The third democratic presidential debate was held Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and it covered a wide range of issues, from terrorism and the heroin epidemic to family leave and student debt. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley ratcheted up his attacks on his rivals, while Hillary Clinton seemed more assured of her place as the presumptive Democratic nominee, training her fire on her Republican opponents. Sanders entered the debate with his campaign in damage control mode over news that at least one of his staffers had improperly accessed the Clinton campaign's voter date, but he still managed to mount a solid performance. ...

  1. Sanders apologizes to Clinton for his campaign's breach of her voter data:
  2. O'Malley accuses Sanders and Clinton of flip-flopping on gun control:
  3. "Should corporate America love Hillary?"
  4. Sanders dodges question on racial profiling of Muslims:
  5. Clinton doesn't really understand how encryption works:
  6. etc.
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Islamophobia *TRNN | Dr. Kumar discusses: Islamophobia and a Challenge to Bill Maher, Part 1 (10/10/14) [20:57]

Will One of These Clowns Destroy the Paris Climate Deal?
MotherJones | Ben Adler | 12/18/15

Republicans didn't even wait for a global climate change deal to be struck in Paris to start undermining it.

Last month, congressional Republicans were loudly discouraging other nations from signing onto any agreement, arguing that the US won't keep up its end of the bargain if a Republican wins the 2016 presidential election. And they passed bills that would repeal the Clean Power Plan, the new set of EPA restrictions on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, which is the centerpiece of the Obama administration's strategy for meeting its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement. ... Read more

*China Is Absolutely Destroying the US on Clean Energy
MotherJones | Tim McDonnel | older, 11/24/15

Opponents to President Barack Obama's climate agenda, such as GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio, like to argue that anything the United States does to curb greenhouse gas emissions will be pointless because countries like India and China aren't doing the same.

But new data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that this argument is just hot air: For the first time ever, over the last year the majority of global investment in clean energy projects was spent in developing countries. In fact, clean energy investment in China alone outpaced that in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France combined, BNEF found. Across 55 major non-OECD countries, including India, Brazil, China, and Kenya, clean energy investment reached $126 billion in 2014, a record high and 39 percent higher than 2013 levels. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines forMonday, December 21 [13:14]
TRNN | Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on the Corporate Elections (12/20/15) [25:13]
Abby Martin interviews American political figure Ralph Nader about the 2016 presidential race - from the "Brown Shirt" Trump movement to "corporate criminal" Hillary Clinton - and the reality of who has power in America.
*TRNN | Economist James Henry explains: Congress Cuts Taxes for the Rich While Majority of Americans Want Them to Pay More (12/20/15) [7:11]
Christmas came early for Wall Street and corporations on Friday. Both houses of Congress passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, which includes a $650 billion tax cut. This cut would add up to more than half a trillion dollars to the deficit over the next ten years. Now corporations and banks will be allowed to permanently conduct operations in foreign countries without paying current U.S. taxes, known as active financing. The mostly Republican-supported bill also includes some tax breaks for everyday people, like making permanent the Child Tax Credit, which provides a credit of up to $1,000 per child under the age of 17 for low-income families.
TRNN | Journalist Doug Henwood says: Is the DNC Unfairly Targeting the Sanders Campaign? (12/18/15) [8:17]
*DR | Analysis Of The Last Democratic Presidential Debate Of The Year (12/21/15) [1hr]
TYT | Teacher Fired After Showing Malala Video (12/19/15) [6:15]
TYT | The Impact Of Israel’s Wall (12/19/15) [15:12]
TYT | Vladimir Putin Endorses Donald Trump (12/20/15) [5:38]
TYT | Trump On Putin Killing Journalists, "At least he's a leader" (12/20/15) [6:47]
RT | CrossTalk: Endangered Christians (12/21/15) [25:06]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*ThomHartmann | Rep. Alan Grayson on the Budget, Republicans and Hillary... (12/18/15) [42:44]
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12.21.2015. 11:29

Friday December 18, 2015
News Articles

*UN: World's Refugees And Displaced To Exceed 60 Million This Year
Reuters & WP | Stephanie Nebehay | 12/18/15

"One in every 122 humans is today someone who has been forced to flee their homes."

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have "far surpassed" a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday. The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report.

Nearly 2.5 million asylum seekers have requests pending, with Germany, Russia and the United States receiving the highest numbers of the nearly one million new claims lodged in the first half of the year, it said. ... Read more

Interview With Paul Mason, Producer of #ThisIsACoup
theintercept.com | author | 12/17/15

Recounting the moment last January when the leftist Syriza party was elected to power in Greece, Paul Mason said, "I knew it would be the most important political crisis of my life."

As economics editor for Channel 4 News in the U.K. and the author, most recently, of PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, Mason is well-suited to examine the tumultuous recent history of Greece, which has confronted both creditors and the European Union on the austerity measures that have crippled the country's economy. ... Read more

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Shadow War and an American Drone Unit Under Wraps
TomDispatch.com | Nick Turse | 12/17/15

Am I the only person who still remembers how Pentagon officials spoke of the major military bases already on the drawing boards as the invasion of Iraq ended in April 2003? It was taboo back then to refer to those future installations as "permanent bases." No one wanted to mouth anything that had such an ugly (yet truthful) ring to it when it came to the desires of the Bush administration to occupy and dominate the Greater Middle East for generations to come. ...

America's Secret African Drone War Against the Islamic State

On October 7th, at an "undisclosed location" somewhere in "Southwest Asia," men wearing different types of camouflage and dun-colored boots gathered before a black backdrop adorned with Arabic script. They were attending a ceremony that mixed solemnity with celebration, the commemoration of a year of combat that left scores of their enemies slain. One of their leaders spoke of comraderie and honor, of forging a family and continuing a legacy.

While this might sound like the description of a scene from an Islamic State (IS) video or a clip from a militia battling them, it was, in fact, a U.S. Air Force "inactivation ceremony." There, Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Drake handed over to Colonel John Orchard the "colors" of his drone unit as it slipped into an ethereal military limbo. But that doesn't mean the gathering had no connection to the Islamic State. It did. ...

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'Star Wars' Just Came Out And Already Broke A Box Office Record
HP | Sara Boboltz | 12/17/15

Ticket vendor Fandango says "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has already broken its record for the most tickets sold for any film over its entire theatrical run. It usurped "Jurassic World" -- another nostalgia-heavy flick -- for the title.

"Star Wars" just might show us the biggest opening in film history. We'll soon find out whether it knocks "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2" off its box-office throne for the most single-day ticket sales ($91.1 million). Or usurps "Jurassic World" for the crown of the biggest opening weekend on record ($208.8 million). As of Thursday morning, the film had scored $14.1 million overseas since it opened on Wednesday.

Fandango, which sells tickets to a majority of theater screens in the U.S., did not specify the value of the tickets sold. But The Associated Press reported earlier today that the film has earned more than $100 million in presale tickets in North America. ... Read more
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (trailer) [2:36]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 18 [11:10]
*DN | Bob Herbert on GOP Debate: Democracy Is Being Dismantled Before Our Eyes (recent) [6:19]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
*Stephen Colbert | Michael Moore's New Movie Is Neither Liberal Nor Conservative (12/18/15) [8:41]
Michael Moore - "Where to Invade Next" (trailer) (2016)
The Secret Bank Bailout
The Secret Bank Bailout German TV Award 2013 [58:30]
International Banking Cartel Documentary (full) [1:05:50]
*DR | Friday News -- Domestic (12/18/15) [1hr]
The Fed raises interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. Congress is poised to pass a year-end tax and spending bill. And a Baltimore judge declares a mistrial in the Freddie Gray case. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
*DR | Friday News -- International (12/18/15) [1hr]
U.S-led airstrikes target an ISIS offensive in Iraq. Saudi Arabia forms an alliance against terrorism. And the UN's human rights chief says Burundi is on the cusp of civil war. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
*TYT | Bernie Sanders Raising Massive Cash WITHOUT Corporate Donors (12/17/15) [4:42]
*TYT | Republicans Compare Childlike ISIS Strategies (12/17/15) [6:05]
TYT | Price Gouging CEO Martin Shkreli Arrested (12/17/15) [3:59]
RT | CrossTalk: Road to peace? (12/18/15) [24:10]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E222) - Can The GOP Get Any Worse? (12/18/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Bernie Nabs Two More Major Endorsements (full) (12/17/15) [57:02]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.18.2015. 11:05

Thursday December 17, 2015
News Articles

*Where's Bernie? Media Ignores Sanders Though He's More Popular Than Trump
TheIntercept | Zaid Jilani | 12/17/15

The headlines about Donald Trump hitting new highs in national polls are tremendously deceptive, as they only measure his support among self-declared Republican primary voters, a small subset of the nation as a whole.

For example, in the recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Trump was the first choice of 27 percent of the Republican voters who responded. Given the weighted samples in this poll (38 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican) this translates into Trump capturing the support of about 11 percent of American voters in total.

In the same poll, 37 percent of Democratic voters supported Democratic contender Bernie Sanders. Given the weighted samples (43 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat) that translated into roughly 16 percent of all American voters. ... Read more

And the Winner Is... ISIS
magazine | Georges Ugeux | 12/17/15

Following the debate was like listening to presidential candidates who consider that the most important issue facing the United States of America is to "beat ISIS." They did not even realize that, by doing so, they were giving ISIS the golden keys to the kingdom: the ability to define our policies. ... Read more

Ryan unveils sweeping $1.8T deal on government funding, taxes
TheHill | Scot Wong | 12/15/15

Last night, under the cover of the GOP debate, we had a bipartisan budget deal. Now it's going to Obama. Paul Ryan seems very excited. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola (Think Tank), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced to the House Republican Conference on Tuesday night that leaders have reached a sweeping year-end deal on taxes and funding the government after days of intense negotiations...

The full text of the 2009-page omnibus bill was posted online early Wednesday morning at about 1:30 a.m... He told colleagues that the spending bill will postpone the "Cadillac tax" on expensive healthcare plans and the tax package will place a two-year moratorium on the medical device tax, two critical sources of revenue for ObamaCare.

The Speaker told rank-and-file Republicans that they won more victories in the tax package than in the $1.15 trillion omnibus funding bill, which has been largely stripped of the policy amendments that Republicans wanted, according to a GOP lawmaker in the room.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, said the tax package provides $560 billion through breaks that will no longer expire -- and $650 billion in total tax relief -- over 10 years."
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The Question No One Dared Ask at the GOP Debate
MotherJones | Jeremy Schulman | 12/16/15

Four days ago, world leaders finalized one of the most significant international agreements in history. The Paris Agreement, intended to combat climate change, included nearly 200 countries and was spearheaded by the United States and some of its most important allies. Republicans bitterly oppose President Barack Obama's efforts to fight climate change, and most of the party's presidential candidates have committed themselves to policies that would undermine the historic accord.

... The CNN debates focused on security and foreign policy. You don't have to be Bernie Sanders--who maintains that global warming is the greatest threat to US national security--to understand why CNN should have asked about the climate. Both Marco Rubio and Chris Christie complained that America's ability to fight ISIS has been degraded because our allies no longer "trust" us. It's hard to imagine that breaking the promises we just made in Paris would do anything to improve that trust. ... Read more

"Most Hated Man in America" Martin Shkreli Was Just Arrested for Alleged Securities Fraud
MotherJones | Inae Oh | 12/17/15

Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old pharmaceuticals executive who landed in the news in September for price-gouging a life-saving drug by a staggering 5,000 percent, was arrested on Thursday for alleged securities fraud.

... The arrest comes just months after reports first surfaced accusing Shkreli of hiking the price of Daraprim, a parasite-killing drug used to treat patients with HIV or cancer, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Outrage over the price hike prompted multiple headlines declaring him the "most hated man in America." ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 17 [11:10]
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
CorbettReport | Stephen Totally Watched CNN's GOP Debate (12/17/15) [7:07]
*DR | Assessing Violent Threats Against Our Schools (12/17/15) [1hr]
The two largest school systems in the U.S. received terror threats this week, leading Los Angeles to keep nearly 700,000 students home. Diane and guests discuss assessing threats against our schools, and how to keep children safe without disrupting learning.
New Reported Successes in Efforts to Reduce Suicide Rates (12/17/15) [1hr]
More than 40,000 Americans reportedly die by suicide each year. Some states and health systems are trying new approaches to reduce suicides and are reporting impressive results. We look at what methods seem to be working and why.
TRNN | Gerald Epstein says: Fed's Interest Rate Hike and Why You Should be Concerned? (12/17/15) [9:19]
*TRNN | Wealthiest 20 Americans Have More Wealth Than the Entire GDP of India (12/03/15) [14:44]
*TYT | Bipartisan Budget Agreement: More Handouts For Rich (12/16/15) [9:53]
TYT | "Affluenza" Teen On the Run From The Police (12/16/15) [4:10]
TYT | Republicans On Board With Trump: Target And Kill Families Of Terrorists (12/16/15) [15:09]
RT | 'ISIS far smarter than we give them credit for' -- McAfee predicts cyber war (12/16/15) [2:41]
RT | Keiser Report: Floating ruble & Progressive nationalism (E850) (12/17/15) [25:44]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E221) - Medical Marijuana Is No Joke (12/16/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
Thom Hartmann | What's Next For Climate Activists? (12/17/15) [9:37]
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.17.2015. 12:54

Wednesday December 16, 2015
News Articles

Great Speech by Bernie Sanders
CNN | Bernie Sanders, Georgetown University - Democratic Socialism Nov 19, 2015 [1:09:26]

ThomHartmann | The Media Is Ignoring the Most Important Issue of Our Time (12/16/15) [5:53]

HP | author | 12/16/15

The long-simmering feud between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) finally broke open Tuesday night at the fifth Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, with several heated exchanges on topics of national security, the fight against terror and immigration.

It was not immediately clear whether either candidate vying for second place in the race for the GOP nomination, behind real estate mogul Donald Trump, landed enough punches to bring the other down. ... Read more
CNN | 5th Republican Presidential Debate, December 15, 2015 [2:12:16]

Study: Muslim Americans Are More Likely to Reject Violence, Intolerance Than Many Other Americans.

10 Biggest Lies and Distortions From the GOP Debate
AlterNet | Adam Johnson | 12/16/15

Another GOP debate, another steaming pile of half-truths, lies and pseudo-facts. The Republican Party seems to be almost entirely post-truth at this point, and if you call them out, you're the liberal media! It's a brilliant racket and one that led us to the current state of affairs where facts aren't just dispensable, but a political liability. ...

  1. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz: "We cannot vet refugees." This has been repeatedly debunked as hysterical posturing, yet remains a popular trope among the far right. In addition to a rather thorough takedown by John Oliver two weeks ago, PoliticoFact rated this claim, "Mostly False" in its detailed analysis this evening.
  2. Marco Rubio claims Assad created ISIS. Rubio has pushed the conspiracy theory that the reason ISIS grew in Syria is because the U.S. didn't back the rebels opposed to Assad when in fact the CIA, according to documents revealed by Edward Snowden, spent $1 billion a year arming, funding and assisting the opposition.
  3. Donald Trump cites bogus poll that 25% of Muslims condone acts of violence. As the New York Times notes: the poll -- conducted by the Polling Company, a Republican firm -- is in no way truly representative of all Muslim Americans because of its methodology.
  4. Chris Christie insists he was appointed U.S. Attorney on Sept 10, 2001. Why does Christie keep repeating this lie? It's been debunked several times and it's a matter of public record.
  5. Ted Cruz claims George W. Bush deported 10 million people. Geroge W. Bush deported 1.8 million people. Obama deported 2 million. It's unclear where Cruz is getting this number from.
  6. Donald Trump keeps saying he self-funds, but we know that's demonstrably false. This is another assertion that's completely disproven and easily searchable online (which raises the question of why CNN hasn't bothered doing this).
  7. Moderator lie: CNN's Wolf Blitzer claimed terrorism fears are higher than they've been since 9/11. That's not true. A recent Gallup poll shows terrorism fears have spiked recently, but are the same as in 2005 and nowhere near as high as after 9/11.
  8. Lie by omission: Why was the attack on Planned Parenthood not mentioned in a debate about terrorism? As Sean McElwee of Demos noted, in a debate that was nominally about "terrorism," non-Muslim terrorism was completely absent. The recent Planned Parenthood terrorist attack carried out by a man who claims to be a "warrior for babies" which embodies the true definition of terrorism.
  9. Lie by cliche: What the hell is Fiorina talking about? Fiorina keeps referencing "building up the sixth fleet" because presumably it sounds like some important walk-and-talk dialogue in the West Wing, but it actually makes no sense.
  10. Several candidates keep claiming the Iran deal "gives $150 billion to Iran." As the LA Times notes, it's not "giving" $150 billion to Iran, it's relieving sanctions that will ultimately unfreeze more than $150 billion in assets to Iran, but the funds were already Iran's to begin with.
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Matt Taibbi on Obama's Economy
RollingStone | Matt Taibbi | (old 12/01/09)

In "Obama's Big Sellout", Matt Taibbi argues that President Obama has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway. Rather than keeping his progressive campaign advisers on board, Taibbi says Obama gave key economic positions in the White House to the very people who caused the economic crisis in the first place. Taibbi also points to the ties Obama's appointees have to one main in particular: Bob Rubin, the former Goldman Sachs co-chairman who served as Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton.

Click above for Taibbi's video breakdown of his argument in which he identifies the major players on Obama's economic team, untangles the web that ties them to Rubin and points to how these relationships play into the financial "reforms" the Democrats are currently pushing through Congress. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, December 16 [10:58]
DN | Bob Herbert on GOP Debate: Democracy Is Being Dismantled Before Our Eyes (12/16/15) [6:20]
DN | Arun Kundnani (Author of "The Muslims Are Coming!") on Donald Trump (12/16/15) [6:12]
DN | Juan González: GOP to Puerto Rico - "Drop Dead" (12/16/15) [3:11]
*DR | Analysis Of The Last Republican Presidential Debate Of The Year (12/16/15) [1hr]
Nine Republican hopefuls meet in Las Vegas for the final GOP debate of the year. Donald Trump has his biggest lead ever in the polls but Ted Cruz tops him in Iowa. How the candidates fared and what it means for the GOP presidential nomination.
New Questions About The Use Of Forensic DNA (12/16/15) [1hr]
Forensic DNA has a reputation as an infallible science that catches bad guys and exonerates the innocent. But some experts warn it might not be the silver bullet its perceived to be.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
CorbettReport | Whoo! The World Will Stay Hospitable For Human Life! (12/15/15) [5:33]
TRNN | Journalist Laila Al-Arian discusses: In 'Homeland', Good Muslims Are CIA, Bad Ones Terrorists (12/16/15) [7:12]
TYT | Biggest WINNER | CNN Republican Debate (12/15/15) [8:31]
TYT | Biggest LOSER | CNN Republican Debate (12/15/15) [6:00]
TYT | Summary | CNN Republican Debate (12/15/15) [6:26]
RT | CrossTalk: Syrian minefield (12/16/15) [23:59]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E220) - The Koch Spy Network (12/16/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Caller: Don't Count Jeb Bush Just Yet... (12/16/15) [4:24]
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MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.16.2015. 13:18

Tuesday December 15, 2015
News Articles

9 Candidates Will Take The Stage At The GOP Debate, But All Eyes Will Be On Donald Trump And Ted Cruz
HP | Julie Pace | 12/14/15

Donald Trump will be standing at center stage, but Ted Cruz will be in the spotlight at Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.

The Texas senator is challenging Trump's lead in the kickoff Iowa caucuses, and he has the money, campaign infrastructure and conservative appeal to compete deep into the GOP primary season. Those assets now make him a target for his rivals, most notably Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. ... Read more

Here's What's Up With The East Coast's Absurdly Warm Weather
HP | Nick Visser | 12/14/15

The weather's been positively toasty across much of the east coast over the past several days, especially for a December. In New York, Sunday temperatures shattered a 30-year-old record, hitting 70 degrees Fahrenheit. And the month has been chock-full of 60-plus days.

So what's going on? Is this a climate change thing, or a welcome boon from the ongoing El Nino tropical weather event? The answer actually lies with a buzzword from 2014's equally extreme temperatures: the polar vortex. ... Read more

The Fixed Income Bloodbath Continues: Wall Street Harbinger Jefferies Reports Another Terrible Bond Trading Quarter
ZeroHedge | author | 12/15/15

Earlier today Jefferies reported another quarter in which its Fixed Income revenue could best be described as dismal: Fixed Income posted a nominal $8.4 million in revenue: a whopping 83% collapse from the already subdued $48.6 million a year ago. The biggest irony is that while other banks are clamoring to be allowed to "prop trade" again, Jefferies which has had the green light to do just that as it never got an FDIC bailout and remains the only sizable pure-play investment bank, just got crushed precisely due to its junk bond prop trading. ... Read more

Essentially, TV news producers are wondering: "How do we keep getting the great ratings without helping elect the Fourth Reich?"

Matt Taibbi: It's Too Late To Turn Off Trump
AlterNet | author | 12/14/15

At some undefined moment over the past two weeks a light bulb suddenly came on over the talking heads in our corporate media as it dawned on them that Donald Trump was saying things that were really not so nice and kinda scary. Why it took them nearly half a year to reach this epiphany has not been satisfactorily explained or even examined, but as Matt Taibbi takes note in Rolling Stone, a good bet is that it had something to do with ratings, a factironically acknowledged by Trump himself. Citing the moral quandary posed to big TV execs by continuing to profit from coverage of someone who could at any day float the idea of, say, ethnic cleansing to his adoring fanbase, Taibbi sees this as an uncharacteristic problem for CNN and all of the major media who've sold out to Trumpmania: ... Read more

The 'Independence Day: Resurgence' Trailer Is So Good Even Jeff Goldblum Can't Handle It
HP | Cole Delbyck | 12/13/15

Football fans got quite the treat this Sunday when Fox aired the first trailer for the hotly anticipated follow-up to the sci-fi classic "Independence Day." Picking up 20 years later, "Independence Day: Resurgence" follows humanity's second round with an alien race hell-bent on world domination.

After the events of the first film, Earth has shored up its defenses, using alien tech to prevent another invasion. However, an alien distress signal draws a new force of life-threatening extraterrestrials, forcing the human race to once again fight for its survival. ... Read more
The 'Independence Day: Resurgence' (trailer) [2:21]

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 15 [11:48]
*DR | What An Interest Rate Hike From The Fed Could Mean For The Economy (12/15/15) [1hr]
On Wednesday the Federal Reserve is expected to announce an interest rate hike for the first time in nine years. What higher rates could mean for the economy, small businesses and consumers.
DR | Voter Discontent And Demographic Trends Driving The 2016 Presidential Race (12/15/15) [1hr]
Donald Trump continues to top Republican presidential polls and will be center stage for the upcoming debate. Diane and guests discuss voter discontent and the demographic trends driving the 2016 presidential race.
*TRNN | Bill Black: A "Jihadist" Against the Banks? (12/15/15) [8:11]
*TRNN | Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union (12/15/15) [27:16]
*TRNN | Professor Chris Williams says: 'Fossil Fuels' Nowhere to be Found in the Paris Agreement (12/15/15) [11:49]
TYT | No, Solar Panels Don't Suck Up All The Sun's Sun Juice (12/14/15) [3:51]
TYT | Deal Reached In Paris Climate Talks (12/14/15) [8:36]
TYT | Timid Ted Cruz Turns The Other Cheek After Trump Attack (12/14/15) [6:03]
RT | 'US doesn't understand what it's doing in Syria' -- CIA Veteran (12/14/15) [24:45]
RT | Keiser Report: Financial Monster Creations (E849) (12/15/15) [25:44]
RoF | ow And DuPont: The Largest Criminal Merger In History? (12/15/15) [7:30]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
*Thom Hartmann | Who Were the Bolsheviks and Why They Matter Today... (11/05/15) [43:10]
Thom Hartmann talks with Professor Stephen Cohen, Contributing Editor-The Nation / Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies & Politics at NYU and Princeton. Stephen's books, Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution (still in print) PLUS, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives, which examines the "New Cold War," BOTH available in paperback.
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/

12.15.2015. 13:00

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