Trump will try to replace democracy with ‘a regime in a permanent state of emergency’: Yale historian Timothy Snyder

he U.S. government has now been partially shut down for three weeks, the longest such closure in our nation’s history. What began as an act of brinksmanship and political hostage-taking by Donald Trump in an effort to extort billions of dollars for his wall along the Mexican border has spiraled out of control.

Trump and the Republican Party’s gambit has left almost a million federal employees without pay, created a situation where some federal employees may even be made homeless, imperiled public safety — including the country’s food supply — and in total betrayed the common good and the president’s oath to protect the well-being of the country. When asked about the harm his shutdown of the federal government is doing to the American people Trump reportedly told Democratic Party leaders, “Then you won’t give me what I want.”

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Hurricane Florence, ‘storm of a lifetime,’ generating 83-foot high waves as it barrels towards Carolina coast

 
Lucia I. Suarez Sang | Fox News//Hurricane Florence’s potentially devastating winds are generating enormous waves as high as 83 feet as it continues to make its way toward the East Coast and insurers predict it will become the costliest such storm to ever hit the continental U.S.

In as many days Kim Jong Un Penned President Trump Another Letter

Advertisements The White House says President Donald Trump received a new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Wednesday following up on their Singapore summit. Trump tweeted early Thursday his thanks to Kim “for your nice letter — I look forward to seeing you soon!” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the correspondence isContinue reading “In as many days Kim Jong Un Penned President Trump Another Letter”

In the president’s mind, the media’s role is not to hold government to account, but simply to support it.

During Trump’s presidential campaign, supporters at his rallies were regularly told that journalists were liars or establishment stooges – in the pocket of big business or other supposed opponents of the Donald. No wonder that media representatives covering those events were frequently harangued or hassled by the Trump faithful.

And lest we imagine this is only an American, Trump-inspired phenomenon, let’s not forget that the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, was given a bodyguard during last year’s Labour Party conference after receiving a welter of abuse from some of Jeremy Corbyn’s more ardent supporters. Corbyn himself condemned the harassment – but only belatedly and after being urged to do so by many of his colleagues. He had previously claimed the BBC was “obsessed” with trying to discredit him.

Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury

Advertisements We now know the name of at least one witness in the federal probe of President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer Michael Cohen.The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed. Weisselberg happens to the be the CFO of the Trump Organization. Rebecca Ballhaus, one of the bylines on this story, pointed out that Weisselberg’s testimony could beContinue reading “Trump Organization Finance Chief Called to Testify Before Federal Grand Jury”