Friday, May 25, 2018

James Clapper

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Clapper recently revealed in an interview with Rachel Maddow that he believed Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election did tip it to Donald Trump. A claim he also makes in his recent book "Facts and Fears."  The compelling interview is a must-watch and can be seen here in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. After the interview Maddow pointed out how Clapper's assessment calls into question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency saying, "If James Clapper is correct that Donald Trump is only in office because Russia put him there, the Trump Russia investigation isn't just a matter of crime and punishment... It is a critical nexus between the rule of law and national sovereignty."  It should be noted that yesterday Trump claimed on twitter that Clapper admitted there was spying on his campaign when, in fact, Clapper actually did not say that. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Moon Jae-In

South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a historic declaration on Friday pledging "no more war."  Later when responding to a letter from former Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae Jung's wife, which said Moon deserves a Nobel for the successful summit, Moon said, "President Trump can take the Nobel prize. All we need to take is peace." Moon was apparently referring to Trump taking credit for Korean nuclear talks and conservatives' erroneous claims that Trump should win the prize for the summit.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt

Donald Trump’s EPA pick Scott Pruitt has come under fire recently when it was revealed that he took a $40,000, taxpayer-funded first class trip to Morocco late last year. The reason the trip reportedly cost so much is because it wasn’t only Pruitt flying first class but his entire staff. The explanation for Pruitt’s trip was to pitch the supposed benefit of liquefied natural gas imports on Morocco’s economy. At that time, Cheniere Energy owned the only liquefied natural gas export in the US. We now know that at that time, Pruitt was living in the Cheniere Energy lobbyist’s house for $50 a night which is less than a third of what other nearby two-bedroom homes list for. Other recent scandals involve Pruitt reassigning the guy who would not let him use a police siren to get out of DC traffic,
EPA officials being demoted after raising concerns about Pruitt's ethics and perks for Pruitt's staffers. Donald Trump's response to this is that Pruitt has done a 'fantastic job.'

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Emma Gonzalez is a Warrior for Change

Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. After the shooting Gonzalez, 18,  gave a speech advocating for gun control in the US. In the speech, she called out the NRA, Trump and called BS to gun industry talking points declaring, "They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don't know what we're talking about, that we're too young to understand how the government works. We call BS." Her bravery and impassioned plea absolutely catapulted her into the spotlight making her one of America's most prominent advocates for gun control. More recently Gonzalez appeared on 60 Minutes. When asked why she thought the issue of arming teachers was stupid, she responded. "First of all, they have-- Douglas ran out of paper for, like, two weeks in the school year, and now all a sudden they have $400 million to pay for teachers to get trained to arm themselves? Really?"  Last week Gonzalez wrote an outstanding essay on gun control for Teen Vogue. In her essay she writes, "we don’t need to wait around to have our voices heard or for someone else to make a change — we have to be the change we need to see.” Today hundreds of thousands are expected to participate across the country in the March For Our Lives rally which sends a message to Congress for tougher gun regulations. If you're interested in joining the fight visit the hashtags #neveragain and #marchforourlives on Twitter. Gonzalez can be followed on Twitter at @Emma4Change