Republican health insurance plan shifts wealth from the poor to the rich


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The effects of losing health insurance for families:

Trump proposes devastating higher education cuts


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Trump’s proposed higher education budget:

  • Cuts Federal Work-Study Programs by $488 million (49 percent).
  • Elimination of Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, a cut of $733 million (100 percent).
  • Eliminates subsidized student loans and public service loan forgiveness for new student loan borrowers.
  • Adult Education Grant cut by $326 million (40 percent).
  • Dislocated Worker Grants cut by $385 million (39 percent).
  • Youth Grants cut by $457 million (52 percent).
  • Perkins Act cut by $166 million (15 percent).
  • GEAR UP cut by $104 million (32 percent).
  • Adult Basic Education cut by $96 million (16 percent).
  • TRIO cut by $92 million (10 percent).
  • Pell Grants: Maximum award stays flat at $5,920.

Trump’s proposed cuts to higher education funding would have severe impacts on tens of thousands of Community College students in California. Many will drop out or never enroll if Congress approves the cuts.



Comey: Trump lied, misled public about reason for firing


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Former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump attempted to stop the investigation of the Trump team’s ties to Russia:

Comey also testified that Russia interfered with the presidential election. This is far worse than what happened with the Watergate scandal.


Trump rejects international climate change plan


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The entire world — even North Korea — signed the agreement in Paris, but not the U.S.

Trump ignores the fact that the use of clean energy helps the economy:

Trump inspires Republicans to attack journalists


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Trump supporters boo and assault journalists:

Trump encourages his supporters to be violent (caution: offensive language):


Trump praises brutal dictator Duterte


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Trump has praised the world’s worst dictators including North Korea’s Kim Jong-un:

Trump praises dictators because he is an infantile fool who wants their approval:

Trump to propose cutting Medicaid for 10 million people


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Trump also is expected to propose cutting funding for Habitat for Humanity, subsidized school lunches and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Trump would also slash funding for food stamps:

Update: Trump’s proposed budget is an outrageous scam:

Update: Republican plan would leave 23 million Americans without health insurance:

Of course, the rich, including Trump, would get giant tax breaks.

Trump staff members seek other employment as impeachment looms


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A Republican consultant has urged Trump staffers to quit:


House Republican majority leader claims Russian dictator Putin pays Trump


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House Speaker Paul Ryan then demanded everyone present during this recorded discussion swear to keep the alleged corruption a secret:

Justice Department appoints special counsel to investigate Trump campaign’s ties to Russia


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Of course, the bully Trump whined that he has been mistreated.

Obstruction of justice will be a significant focus of the special counsel’s investigation:

A former CIA director testified about the Trump campaign’s efforts to conspire with Russian spies to influence the presidential election:


Trump shares highly classified information with Russia


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Republicans say that Trump’s disclosure to Russian officials jeopardizes national security:

Trump even told the Russians about highly sensitive and classified plans by the U.S. military in Syria and Iraq.

Analysis of Trump’s latest bizarre behavior:

It boggles the mind why anyone would support Trump, who is obviously grossly incompetent and stupidly reckless.

Trump’s support is dropping:

Update: As tempers flare among White House aides, Trump lashes back against his own administration and trusts almost no one — not even his own family:

Update: Trump is lashing out against everyone it seems, even the U.S. intelligence agencies. But he is buddies with the Russians and the world’s worst dictators:

Trump threatens FBI director, news media


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Trump has a long history of attempting to bully people. His brutish behavior may come back to haunt him when the recordings he apparently made are subpoenaed:

Trump recommended that Comey imprison journalists:

Trump is acting increasingly paranoid and unstable, and it’s all uphill from here. Next up may be charges of obstruction of justice, which could lead to his impeachment:

Update: Former intelligence chief James Clapper says Trump and Russia are threatening the nation’s institutions:

Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says that Trump’s firing of the FBI director represents a dangerous situation:

Update: Trump unsuccessfully pressured the FBI director, prior to firing him, to cancel its probe of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:

Update: Trump’s attempt to pressure Comey to cancel the FBI’s probe was illegal and may lead to his impeachment:

A national poll has found that “idiot” is the most common word used to describe Trump. Also common were “incompetent” and “liar”:

Trump is so ignorant that he believes fake stories his staff gives to him:

Trump fires FBI director during investigation of campaign’s ties to Russia


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Trump has fired the FBI’s director during an investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:

The New York Times editorial: “Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president”:

Congress reacts:

Concerns have been raised about the future of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:

Politico is reporting that Trump fired Comey because he was enraged about the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia:

This latest development in the Trump-Russia mess represents nothing less than a constitutional crisis. First, Trump’s campaign staff allegedly colluded with Russia to affect the outcome of the presidential election. Then, Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack and share Clinton’s emails. Now, the president has fired the FBI director who was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.

“This was a dark day in American history,” said legal expert Jeffrey Toobin on CNN, who predicted that Trump will now appoint one of his “stooges” to replace Comey. Trump will appoint a loyal supporter as FBI director, Toobin said, specifically to avoid investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Toobin said Trump’s firing of the FBI director during his investigation of the Trump campaign is a “grotesque abuse of power”:

Update: Trump has admitted that he fired Comey because of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:

Update: The FBI’s new acting director, contradicting Trump’s claims, says morale at the FBI was very high and that he had high confidence in Comey. He also said the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia will continue and pledged to notify the Senate if Trump attempts to interfere (of course, Trump has attempted to interfere by firing Comey):

Update: A U.S. senator has recommended that Comey serve as the director of the Senate’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia:

Congress should demand, again, that a special prosecutor be selected. The prosecutor must be highly respected and independent. Toobin pointed out, however, that a special prosecutor would rely on the FBI that will be led by a loyal Trump supporter.

If the investigation is effectively blocked, we can say with certainty that our system of checks and balances has been destroyed and that the nation is without question ruled by a dictator. At that point, all Americans and the entire world should refuse to recognize Trump as president. All orders and requests by Trump should then be ignored.

House passes anti-health care bill


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Millions of Americans would be left without health insurance with the Republican plan. Planned Parenthood would be defunded. The rich would receive hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts:

The Republicans’ plan is cruel and heartless:

Republican congressman: “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care”:

My sister died because she did not have health insurance. And thousands more will die every year with the Republican anti-health care plan.

The Senate now takes up the measure. Trump will sign whatever the Republicans offer.

Trump loses on funding for border wall, Pell Grant cuts with spending agreement


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The bipartisan agreement would fund the federal government through September. Congressional lawmakers are expected to approve the spending plan by May 5:

The budget agreement represents a resounding rejection of Trump’s plans to build a border wall, to slash funding for Pell Grants for college students and to deny funding to Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities.

A partial list of the agreement’s budget items:

Trump, of course, will launch a tweet storm attacking Congress and special interest groups. It’s always the fault of everyone else when he doesn’t get his way.

White House Correspondents’ Association defends press freedom at annual event


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You can watch the event live or later:

White House Correspondents’ Association:

“It is our job to report the facts and to hold leaders accountable,” said the association’s president, Jeff Mason, in his opening comments at the annual event. “That is who we are. We are not fake news…We are not failing news organizations. And we are not the enemy of the American people.”

Guest speaker Hasan Minhaj from Comedy Central nailed it: “Even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment. But the president did not show up. Because Donald Trump does not care about free speech. The man who tweets everything that enters his head refuses to acknowledge the amendment that allows him to do it…I am proud that all of us are here tonight to defend that right, even if the man in the White House never would.”

Carl Bernstein, who exposed the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon’s resignation, also spoke at the event.

“Follow the money, but follow also the lies,” Bernstein said to the journalists at the event.

Trump was too chicken to attend the event:

Trump, called the “liar-in-chief” by Minhaj at the correspondents’ dinner, has lied 469 times in his first 100 days as president, The Washington Post reports. Trump is on a pace to tell more than 6,000 lies in his four years as president, if he lasts that long without being impeached:

Trump claimed success in his first 100 days as president and bashed the news media with bizarre comments:

Trump told a journalist that he thought being president would be “easier”:

Trump says he wants more power to force approval of his agenda and prevent judicial or legislative oversight:

Trump also wants to weaken journalism’s scrutiny of his administration. He threatened, again, to change libel laws:

Trump cozies up to brutal dictators:

Trump says he would be “honored” to met with North Korea’s petulant dictator Kim Jong-un:

Trump’s administration has had ties to Nazi groups:

Protestors worldwide rip Trump’s anti-science agenda


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Science is not an opinion:


Trump’s presidency will have devastating effects on the environment:

Protestors march in Riverside:

Earth Day Network:

Species face extinction:

Trump plans to promote dirty fuels instead of clean power:

The Environmental Protection Agency has removed climate change reports from public view on its website:

Protestors again criticize Trump’s attacks on environmental protection in second week of marches:

Bruce Springsteen releases protest song against Trump


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More musicians need to step up like “The Boss” has to protest against Trump’s attacks against the people and the truth:

Bruce Springsteen unveils anti-Trump anthem “That’s What Makes Us Great” — listen

More Bruce about Trump:

State Senate passes California Values Act to protect undocumented immigrants


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Meanwhile, ICE officials invite undocumented people to attend what are usually just routine check in meetings — and then they deport them:

A judge has blocked Trump’s sanctuary cities order in California:

Trump presidency deteriorates into disaster


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The FBI asked for a warrant to investigate a Trump adviser because it believed he was acting as a Russian agent:

Most Americans favor an independent inquiry into the Trump team’s ties to Russia:

A former Trump team member has offered to testify about ties to Russia if he is granted immunity from prosecution:

Flynn’s troubles deepen:

The Trump team met with a Russian spy:

Russia hired 1,000 trolls to attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including in key swing states:

The Trump administration has approved the use of a nerve agent pesticide that harms children’s health:

The Trump administration is deleting climate change research:

A judge has ruled that a lawsuit alleging Trump incited violence may proceed:

Trump, the liar-in-chief, attempts to discredit the news media:

Trump’s press secretary claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons. Trump and his people are doing everything so stupidly and crudely that their bizarre actions and comments have become commonplace. The danger now is that many people will be so bored with the Trump administration’s daily destruction of the nation that they will stop paying attention:

The chances of a Trump impeachment are increasing:

Poverty widespread among Community College students


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After eliminating all funding for work study and cutting funding for Pell grants, the Trump administration canceled an Obama plan to help student borrowers:

Republicans vote to block privacy protections


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No surprise here. Republicans always help corporations at the expense of consumers:

Trump has signed the new plan to eliminate privacy protections:

Using a good VPN can help protect privacy, for now at least:

And here is the reason that privacy is essential online. The Trump administration is demanding to know the identity of an anonymous Trump critic: