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The Upcoming Infrastructure Package and Its Impact on the Energy Sector

President-elect Donald Trump has made infrastructure investment one of his top priorities for the first few months of his administration. While the details of the program are still unclear, these investments may have real impact in the energy sector. Show More Summary

Obama Inspires To 'Have Each Other's Backs' During His Final National Tree Lighting Ceremony

In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge lit a 48-foot fir tree in the Ellipse at the White House adorned with over 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white, and green--as voices sang holiday carols in the background. In 2016, and for the 94th time,...Show More Summary

Bait And Switch: No One Voted To Destroy Medicare

Donald Trump did not campaign on a promise to destroy Medicare. In fact, he promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. But now that the Republicans are in charge of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, destroying Medicare appears to be on the top of their agenda. This is classic bait and switch. Show More Summary

The Reality-Based Community And Trump's Orwellian Dystopia

Back in 2004, journalist Ron Suskind interviewed a top aide to President George W. Bush, later identified as Karl Rove. As Suskind reported: The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality."... Show More Summary

Hamburger Boy to Become Secretary of Labor

It was announced that President-elect Donald Trump (how those four words still curdle in our throat!) will be appointing Andrew Puzder as his Secretary of Labor. Even though, considering all that's happened in the last 30 years, there...Show More Summary

Harnessing Outrage: Lessons On Squandering The Fire In The Belly

Amid the aftershock of Hillary Clinton's bizarre loss to the ugliest American values, we turn to the lessons of the 2008 election success. Eight years ago, hope fueled progressives with an energy not seen for generations, and the squandering...Show More Summary

How To Survive The Pre-Trump Holidays: DO's And DON'T's For The Next 43 Days

One month ago, Donald J. Trump won 80,000 more votes in a few states that gave him the needed margin for a likely Electoral College victory. Unless something dramatic happens in the next several weeks, he will become the 45th President...Show More Summary

Why A Rigorous Voting Investigation Is Essential For Our Democracy

For American democracy to work, there is one element that is non-negotiable: our vote. It is the great equalizer and the foundation of all democratic progress. It is the most sacred right we have as citizens, giving us the ability to...Show More Summary

Trump, Taiwan and the Weapons Deal

The president-elect stumbles over the protocols of geopolitics and war, tweeting all the way. It's not just insane. It's awkward. "Since 1979," the Guardian points out, "the U.S. has acknowledged Beijing's claim that Taiwan is part of...Show More Summary

Donald's New Restaurant

A new gourmet restaurant has just opened in the White House, called the Osteria Trump. Here is the carte de jour: APPETIZERS: Cannelini Trumpetta A dish of Truscan beans, guaranteed to make you fart, plus the privilege of writing your...Show More Summary

Blaming Russia To Overturn The Election

When the Clinton campaign said it would join the recount in three Rust Belt states narrowly lost to Donald Trump, it didn't say its motive was overcoming the vote totals but instead to find out if there was "foreign interference" inShow More Summary

The Fightback Against Trumpism: The Three-Step Program to Rescuing Our Country

This is the final part of a Three-Part series on a Post-Trump America and world. Part 1 and Part 2 can be found here As the late legendary coach Pat Summitt always reminded her players: "You can't always control what happens, but you...Show More Summary

Trump's infrastructure plan is a privatization trap

"We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks." That's what Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's chief strategist and cofounder of the white supremacist website Breitbart, said a few weeks ago about Trump's plan to rebuild America's infrastructure. That pretty much fits with what we know so far. Show More Summary

Resist the Divide

By Jeanene Louden The president elect is calling for American unity as a way forward. Those that did not support him are calling for unity as a way forward. What do we mean by "unity"? What will it take for us to actually be "one nation,...Show More Summary

Dear Dems: The Sooner You Get Out Of Shock, The Sooner We Can Get Moving

I know that my liberal friends who remain hopeful are not going to want to hear this, but being popular isn't my goal. I prefer the truth. Instead of spending millions of dollars recounting ballots that aren't going to make any difference,...Show More Summary

How To Swamp Washington And Double-Cross Your Supporters Big Time

Trump’s Bait and Switch Cross-posted with Given his cabinet picks so far, it’s reasonable to assume that The Donald finds hanging out with anyone who isn’t a billionaire (or at least a multimillionaire) a drag. What would...Show More Summary

Swamping The Drain In Washington

Cross-posted with Just whom Donald Trump will appoint to various key posts in his future administration has an unbearably enticing set of moving targets for the media (until, as at a recent rally in Cincinnati, dramatic announcements are made at unexpected moments, or released in other ways). Show More Summary

President Obama Should Pardon Red Fawn To Honor Standing Rock Water Protectors

American history was written at Standing Rock during the past year, and future generations will learn about Sophia Wilansky and Vanessa Dundon. The Standing Rock Sioux’s battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is reminiscent of America’s past: a history of oppression against Native Americans involving broken treaties and widespread violence. Show More Summary

Trump Could Turn Western Values Into a Facade

Joseph Nye is one of America’s top political scientists. He is the former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and has been chair of the National Intelligence Council and assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Show More Summary

Why Hong Kong Shouldn't Rush Toward Independence

LONDON (Project Syndicate) ? Nearly 40 years ago, when I visited Moscow for the first time, my initial reaction was surprise. The hotels and restaurants were so poorly run that it seemed shocking that the military could be run competently enough to pose a genuine threat to the Soviet Union’s adversaries. Show More Summary

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