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Countering Trump’s Twitter Distractions

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Editor’s Note: In President Barack Obama’s final two press conferences and his farewell address from Chicago, he advised Democrats to learn how to talk to average, working people like the ones who voted for Donald Trump. Now there is an academic who has solid advice for how…

The Very Legitimacy of Our Democracy Is Under Threat

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Donald Trump’s presidency is just one element of our disintegrating democracy. By Russ Feingold – Today, less than two months into a new administration, we are now facing the biggest crisis of legitimacy of our democracy in a generation or more. But the crisis has been building…

Trump’s War on the Truth Tellers

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the credibility of the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. They even do it preemptively. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned that the…

Three Terrifying Reasons for Trump’s Latest Rant on Obama Wiretaps

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Early Saturday morning, March 4, the 45th president of the United States alleged in a series of tweets that former president Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Exposed as a Partisan Hatchet Man

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Partisan political prosecutions have a long history in the system of jurisprudence in the United States, in spite of what judges, lawyers and politicians want the public to believe. Republicans and Democrats have been guilty of…

Robert Reich: Seven Signs of Tyranny

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they…

Oops, They Did It Again: Crowd Bowls Over Gaetz in Beery Alley

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By David Underhill – PACE, Fla. – The dapper dude in a dark suit entered with a surrounding shield of so many uniformed cops that he looked like one of those football coaches who can’t cross the field at game’s end to shake the opposing coach’s hand…

Republicans Rob Public Education Funding With Alt-Facts

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…EDITOR’S NOTE: Republican legislators in Montgomery are monkeying around again and turning more public education funding over to private schools. They claim 5,793 scholarships have been awarded under the Alabama Accountability Act, but numbers from the Department of Revenue show that only 127 people have asked for…

Donald Trump is Unfit to Serve as President of the United States

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By E.J. Dionne Jr. – Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States? The Michael Flynn…

Thanks Jeff Sessions: Alabama is a National Joke Again

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Joe Reed and the Democrats are no better: It’s time for an independent third party to emerge. The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Little Jeffry Beauregard Sessions of Alabama has made the big time. No, it’s not just because a Republican majority in the U.S.…

The Watchdog Press Must Expose the Liar-in-Chief

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Since television celebrity businessman Donald J. Trump shocked the world and became president of the United States, the news has become so dissonant it’s hard to find a place to enter the conversation with facts that matter. This…

Mobile Civil Rights Activist Jerry Pogue Dies at 80

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…EDITOR’S NOTE: During the turbulent 1960s when the civil rights movement made Selma and Birmingham Alabama infamous, turning Martin Luther King Jr. of Atlanta and other activists into household names, including Fred Shuttlesworth of Birmingham, there were other activists in other cities who never became so well…

Trump’s War on the Courts, the Press and the States

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to three centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why Trump is…

Trump and Bannon’s ‘America First’ is Dangerous

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group…

Trump’s Real Fascination With Russia’s Putin: Dictatorial Control of All Branches of Government, the Press and the Power to Jail and Kill Critics

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – The mainstream, corporate news media in America is in a quandary over what to do about the new U.S. president, Donald J. Trump. He calls them all “horrible people” and “liars” and purveyors of “fake news.” So what do…

Garrison Keillor: Trump is What he is, and God Help Us Now

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Garrison Keillor – What we know so far is that the man is who he is. There is no larger, finer man inside him trying to get out. Everyone who is paying attention knows this. Flags flying at the Capitol, the U.S. Marine Band, gray eminences…

Bernie Sanders: The Corporate Media Threatens Our Democracy

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Bernie Sanders – MEDIA SHAPES OUR VERY LIVES. It tells us what products we need to buy and, by the quantity and nature of coverage, what is “important” and what is “unimportant.” Media informs us as to the scope of what is “realistic” and “possible.” When…

Trump’s Two-Step Strategy To Take Over the Truth

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press – finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate…

Trump’s Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps, and Neuter Our Democracy

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside…

The Second Coming of The Donald: Trump’s Return to Mobile and Ascent to DC

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By David Underhill — Associate Editor – MOBILE, Ala. – The fervent thousands who streamed in Mobile’s football stadium for a campaign appearance by quirky celebrity candidate Donald Trump in August 2015 surprised even his vain self. That was his first mega rally, and it showed he…