How could anyone be so stupidly offensive:
Nine states, including California, will run out of federal health insurance funding by late December or early January for nine million children and 370,000 pregnant women:
Republicans also plan to give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich and increase the military’s budget to $700 billion.
The Republican majority in the FCC plans to remove equal access protections so that a few giant internet service providers can do whatever they want, including increase prices, slow download speeds, and even block access to websites for political reasons:
The Republicans’ claim that turning over the internet to the free market will benefit consumers is specious, as 50 million homes only have access to one internet service provider. There is no free market without competition:
The changes will permit monopolies to charge whatever they want for internet access and censor the internet to promote their agendas:
Net neutrality protects the people’s access to the internet:
Here is a site that makes it easy for you to contact your Congress member to voice your opinion and save the internet:
If enough people demand net neutrality be saved, Congress and the FCC will notice that the public disagrees with their plans:
Protests are planned nationwide Dec. 7:
An FCC member is urging the public to demand net neutrality be saved:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai attacks celebrities for their criticism of his plans to gut net neutrality protections:
There is reason to be hopeful about the nation’s future:
There’s just one problem with Trump’s bizarre threats: We have this thing called the First Amendment:
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse asked whether Trump is violating his oath of office to uphold the constitution:
Democrats called on the FCC to publicly refuse to revoke NBC affiliate licenses:
Trump has repeatedly threatened the news media:
Trump, our national nightmare, needs to be impeached as soon as possible (or removed with the 25th Amendment):
I am so impressed with Reid’s heartfelt and brilliant comments about why NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem. He makes it clear that the athletes are doing exactly what good citizens are supposed to do in a democracy: They are expressing their opinions about serious problems that are unacceptable:
If only Trump and Pence were half as decent, patriotic courageous as Eric Reid.
When 49ers players knelt during the national anthem, Vice President Pence left the game as a planned stunt in a desperate attempt to divert attention from Trump’s failure to accomplish anything significant as president.
There is now little hope that a DACA deal can be struck. Democrats and moderate Republicans will not agree to Trump’s draconian immigration demands:
Only 24 percent of Americans say the country is heading in the right direction. Even most Republicans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction:
Thus, Trump’s latest threat to attack North Korea and kill hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. The president knows that many Americans rally around the flag and support the military and the president when a war begins.
Imagine giving the power to quickly destroy the world to a failed businessman who is morally bankrupt, erratic, egomaniacal, vindictive and obsessed with hate-fueled violence. No one should be surprised when he starts World War III. We have seen this movie before.
Trump’s low poll numbers also explain his recent attempt to reach a deal with Democrats on health insurance. He is desperate to show that he can accomplish something.
Blowing up the world and health insurance. An odd juxtaposition.
Sen. Bob Corker calls the Trump administration “adult day care”:
California is to become a sanctuary state to protect immigrants:
Election experts have said that it is very unlikely that Russia could have drilled down so precisely to place targeted advertisements in key districts in the U.S. presidential election without help from the Trump campaign. Trump won the two battleground states — Michigan and Wisconsin — by less than 1 percent. And the ads were seen by 10 million Americans.
Thus, it appears that the Trump campaign likely conspired with Russian spies to steal the U.S. presidential election in a bloodless coup by “weaponizing” Facebook ads and fake news. Trump campaign officials appear to be headed for prison, although Trump could pardon them. Can he pardon himself, though?
Marking posts private may not keep out prying eyes, as the spies can and do get warrants to force the tech giants to turn over user data. It can help partially protect privacy in some cases, though, as some court orders only apply initially to metadata instead of the content of messages.
Undocumented people and citizens as well will self-censor when they are afraid of mass surveillance by the government. And democracy dies each time a voice is silenced:
Congress needs to pass legislation to extend DACA protections before they expire in March and create a reasonable path to citizenship. Either one without the other would not be enough.
The deadline to file for DACA renewal is fast approaching:
Other athletes also criticized Trump:
The NFL’s commissioner also criticized Trump:
More than a dozen NFL players knelt or locked arms during the national anthem before their game Sept. 24:
Trump attacks free speech as a racial weapon to divide the nation and divert attention from his failure to help pass any significant legislation:
It’s inspiring to see athletes and sports executives standing up to police brutality and Trump. Now leaders in every profession need to follow their lead. Then there would be a groundswell demanding Trump’s resignation.
The inspirational, timely film is in theaters now and will air on PBS for free on Feb. 26, 2018:
The closest theater is in Claremont:
Trump is expected to announce his decision by Sept. 5:
Many RCC students could be deported if Trump cancels DACA.
There will be court challenges, of course, and many protests. DACA will not go down without an epic fight:
RCC students have the option to withhold their information from the federal government by selecting “No” in WebAdvisor, although the college district’s policy is to comply with warrants, etc.:
Trump, it seems, seeks to harm everything good, decent and worthwhile he can get his brutish hooks into.
California takes steps toward becoming a sanctuary state:
Update: Trump is planning to kick the can down the road on DACA by announcing he will end it in six months unless Congress passes its own legislation to continue the program. Of course, by taking this approach Trump can blame Congress if DACA is eliminated:
The Inland Empire’s people and economy would suffer if DACA is ended:
This brave DACA Dreamer died trying to save lives after the hurricane:
Trump has announced the end of DACA unless Congress acts to protect it, which is extremely unlikely:
The New York Times said in its editorial that Trump is a coward because of the way he handled the announcement to end DACA and because of the decision itself:
Former president Obama described Trump’s decision to end DACA as “cruel.” Here is Obama’s statement:
“They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours,” Obama wrote. “They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.”
Obama is correct: It would be cruel to deport DACA Dreamers. They are as American as any citizen. They serve in the U.S. military, provide the food we eat, excel in college and generate billions of dollars for the economy. They have proven that they deserve to be here.
Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York says Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA is “contrary to the spirit of the Bible and of our country, and a turning away from the ideals upon which our beloved country was founded”:
Update: Trump has proposed a legislative DACA compromise, but it is very unlikely Congress will agree to it or any other legislation within Trump’s six-month deadline:
Update: Congressional leaders and Trump have agreed to attempt to pass legislation that would protect DACA Dreamers. Nothing has been approved yet, but this new development looks promising:
What has propelled this new spirit of compromise between Trump and Democrats is Trump’s frustration with Congressional Republicans and his desire to be seen as successful in approving new legislation. Let’s hope the trend continues and that he is then impeached after the investigation into his ties to Russia concludes.
Update: Undocumented young people have until Oct. 5 to attempt to renew DACA status:
Even if a deal is struck to extend DACA, the protections would only be temporary:
Trump’s attack was so vicious that several media experts are now even more concerned for the safety of journalists:
There has always been tension between the press and presidents, but Trump has gone way beyond anything ever seen before in the U.S., surpassing even Nixon in attacking the news media.
There is no end to Trump’s reckless madness:
Trump also said he may pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio, a blatant bigot who brutally housed inmates in tents during the summer in Arizona in 120 degree temperatures and illegally imprisoned people for no reason other than that they were suspected of being undocumented.
Update: Trump followed through with his plan to pardon the blatant racist Joe Arpaio:
Trump tweeted that he wants the nation to “heel.” That is exactly what he wants. Merriam-Webster, the dictionary, tweeted that its most searched word is “fascism.” Indeed:
Section 4, Amendment 25 to the Constitution:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
It should be clear by now to all reasonable people that Donald Trump cannot effectively lead the nation and that he will actively seek to harm it by severely weakening its institutions and threatening everything good people hold dear.
Members of nonprofit groups, activists, environmentalists, civil rights attorneys, opinion writers, musicians, artists, actors, celebrities, athletes, teachers, professors, students, religious leaders, politicians, and everyone with a moral conscience could unite in one awe-inspiring national day of music, marches, speeches, walkouts, meetings, vigils, petitions and tweets for the sole purpose of demanding that President Trump immediately resign. If he ignores this demand, Trump would still be so severely weakened that he would quickly figure out that he cannot succeed with any of his plans to destroy the nation’s institutions. The people will have won, either way.
This can be done. Tens of millions of Americans and people throughout the world can unite to end this nightmare.
Prominent charities fire Trump:
How to contact your representatives to request that they impeach Trump:
Trump actually claimed that people who express their opposition to Nazis are just as bad as Nazis:
One of these Nazis killed an activist in Charlottesville. And the president of the United States then said one group is no worse than the other.
The most defining and consistent characteristic of Trump as president has been his lust for violence fueled by hate. It was clear during his campaign when he encouraged his supporters to attack protestors at his rallies. It was clear last week when he threatened to launch nuclear weapons. It was clear this week when he said Nazis are no worse than people who express their opposition to Nazis. And it will continue to be clear throughout his presidency.
Today’s editorial from The Washington Post: “The nation can only weep”:
Corporate executives are fleeing Trump:
Former CIA director John Brennan described Trump’s bizarre and bigoted comments as “despicable”:
World leaders react to Trump’s bigotry:
NBA players and coaches react to Trump’s bigoted comments:
Prominent Republicans hammer Trump for claiming Nazis are no worse than people who oppose Nazis:
A Move On petition to demand Congress censure Trump for failing to condemn white supremacy and Nazis:
Enough is enough:
Seth Meyers criticizes Trump for his failure to lead the nation after the violence in Charlottesville:
The mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed by a Nazi in Charlottesville, urges everyone to confront bigotry:
The police in the county where Trump spoke released a statement strongly rejecting police brutality:
Los Angeles police react:
Trump also encouraged his supporters to attack protestors during the election campaign:
Trump has a creepy fixation with violence and a sad lack of basic human decency.
What a bizarre week for Trump:
Trump’s chief White House strategist, Stephen Bannon, says he wants to destroy the nation:
Trump claimed during his election campaign that he would support transgender people, but now everyone can see what a bigot he really is:
Transgender people react to the ban:
Trump, who received deferments and avoided military service during the Vietnam war, did not even attempt to explain his decision to ban transgender people or discuss the topic publicly. Instead, he callously made the announcement in a few curt tweets to discriminate against thousands of brave American volunteers who put their lives on the line to defend the nation.
Sen. John McCain, who was tortured while being held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, opposes Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from military service:
Celebrities react to Trump’s ban:
Trump announced the ban on transgender people serving in the military on the anniversary of the military’s desegregation:
Critics told CNN that Trump made the decision for political reasons to divert attention from the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia and his party’s failure to approve a new national health insurance plan.
There comes a point when some older adults lose their minds and behave as children. Trump has reached that stage, apparently, and would seem better situated in a nursing home than in the White House:
This is not someone who can be trusted with the nuclear codes.
The effects of losing health insurance for families: