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Trump Is an Unrepentant Liar—The Mainstream Media Is Finally Calling Him One

May 4, 2018 in Blogs

By Kerry Eleveld, DailyKos

The president isn't just mixing up his facts.


Donald Trump is a liar. The media is catching on. From a New York Times analysis piece by Peter Baker:

As of last week, the American public had been told that President Trump’s doctor had certified he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected.” That the president was happy with his legal team and would not hire a new lawyer. That he did not know about the $130,000 payment to a former pornographic film actress who claimed to have had an affair with him.

As of this week, it turns out that the statement about his health was not actually from the doctor but had been dictated by Mr. Trump himself. That the president has split with the leaders of his legal team and hired the same new lawyer he had denied recruiting. And that Mr. Trump himself had financed the $130,000 payment intended to buy the silence of the actress known as Stormy Daniels.

Washington Post analysis piece from Dan Balz:

Does it bother anyone that President Trump has been caught lying? Does it bother anyone that this is not new? Does it bother anyone that the president has been shown to be a liar?

And you know you're in deep when you've lost the Wall Street Journal editorial board:

Mr. Trump should worry that Americans will stop believing anything he says.

  

With that in mind, Trump served up his whopper of the week (and maybe his entire term) on Friday morning in the same appearance where he assured reporters his personal lawyer Rudy G would “get his facts straight” real soon:

“This country is running so smoothly…”

Sure, it sounds preposterous, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has the special sauce to clean up every lie in retrospect.

“We give the very best information that we have at the time.”

Only the best.

 

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The ACLU and Immigrants' Rights Groups Have Filed for ICE Documents About Detained Pregnant Women

May 4, 2018 in Blogs

By Gabe Ortiz, DailyKos

Approximately 500 pregnant women were detained by ICE in 2016.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council and the Women’s Refugee Commission have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents relating to the detention of pregnant women. Approximately 500 pregnant women were detained by ICE in 2016, and with ICE “determined to continue this cruel and unnecessary practice,” those numbers could surge, and with deadly results:

Their stories are harrowing. One 31-year-old asylum seeker was detained when she was four months pregnant. Shortly after her arrest, she began to experience severe pain and bleeding. She pleaded with detention authorities for medical care, but she was ignored. Instead, she was transferred from a Border Patrol holding facility to an ICE detention center in southern California, and miscarried.

Another 23-year-old asylum seeker was detained at a U.S. port of entry when she was 12 weeks pregnant. She was held in ICE custody for three months and transferred between facilities six times. One transfer between New Mexico and Texas took 23 hours and landed her in the hospital for exhaustion and dehydration. She experienced nausea, vomiting, weakness, headaches, and abdominal pain during her detention and did not receive sufficient prenatal vitamins or adequate medical attention.

Surging arrests combined with substandard care at detention facilities is a recipe for disaster. Even before the administration’s policy change, pregnant detainees said they were already getting denied adequate care. Among the detained population overall, one dozen immigrants died in ICE detention in fiscal year 2017, the most since 2009. “Pregnancy is a serious medical issue that requires close monitoring and attention, which ICE is not equipped to provide,” the ACLU reports. “Locking up more pregnant women is cruel, and puts them needlessly at risk.”

“We will not stand idly by as the negative effects of this administration’s detention policies on pregnant immigrant women continue to unfold,” Congress members Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wrote in a recent op-ed. Both, along with Congress member Adam Smith (D-WA), have authored a bill that would release pregnant women from ICE detention. “We …read more

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The RNC Has Already Started Rigging the 2020 Primary in Trump's Favor

May 4, 2018 in Blogs

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

The party is throwing in behind the president.


Are you a Republican who would like to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020? Good luck with that.

The Republican National Committee just voted to get rid of the body that organizes presidential primary debates, so if you want to debate other GOP presidential candidates, including President Trump, you'll have to do it on your own. (And don't expect Trump to agree to a debate.)

CNN calls it “a small but meaningful change signaling that Republicans do not plan to sanction any primary debates in the upcoming presidential election cycle.” It's also “a warning to would-be Republican rivals of President Donald Trump about his strong support among party loyalists.”

Ohio's John Kasich and Arizona's Jeff Flake are among the disgruntled GOP politicians who oppose Trump's leadership and might challenge him for the nomination.

RNC co-chair Bob Paduchik told Buzzfeed the debates committee is “unnecessary.”

The RNC insisted it discussed the move to dismantle the debates committee. No one opposed shutting it down. In fact, several ”committeemen spoke in favor of the change, including Randy Evans of Georgia, who is awaiting confirmation as ambassador to Luxembourg.”

“Obviously this is intended to dissuade a primary challenge to the president,” Evans said.

Here's Trump in 2016 at a GOP debate:

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How the Failed Search for MH370 Solved 19th Century Maritime Mysteries

May 4, 2018 in History

By Sarah Pruitt

In this handout image provided by Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), an anchor and debris are scattered on the seabed, 4000 metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean, believed to be from a previously unknown shipwreck, on May 11, 2015, off the coast of Western Australia. (Credit:  Australian Transport Safety Bureau via Getty Images)

As a last-ditch search effort for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wraps up in the Indian Ocean, one of history’s greatest aviation mysteries endures. But in an unexpected twist, historians in Australia say the massive search effort for the missing Boeing 777 has uncovered the fate of two lost 19th century ships.

After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mysteriously vanished with 239 people aboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, representatives from some 26 countries joined in what is believed to be the most extensive air-sea search in history. Over three years, searchers combed over some 274,000 square miles (710,000 square kilometers), an area slightly larger than the state of Texas, but managed to find only a few pieces of debris from the Boeing 777.

As their cutting-edge detection devices trawled the seas, however, they turned up something else: two shipwrecks that appeared to have been stranded on the ocean floor for some 200 years. After reviewing high-resolution sonar images of the wrecks, maritime experts at the Western Australian Museum said the two wrecks probably dated to the 19th century, and belonged to sailing ships carrying cargoes of coal.

When the wreckage of the first ship was found in May 2015, Michael McCarthy, a curator at the museum, told Australia’s ABC Network that he thought it was a “mid- to late 19th century wooden hull, iron sailing ship…of unknown origin but of European-style build.” Apart from that, McCarthy said, it would be difficult to identify the ship without knowing where it came from, as there are “hundreds of ships lost in our world’s oceans over time.”

In this handout image provided by Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), an anchor and debris are scattered on the seabed, 4000 metres below the surface of the Indian Ocean, believed to be from a previously unknown shipwreck, on May 11, 2015, off the coast of Western Australia. (Credit: Australian Transport Safety Bureau via Getty Images)

Now, after a detailed analysis of sonar and video data collected by the search vessels, the museum’s experts think they may have identified the two shipwrecksAccording to the Associated Press in Canberra, the wooden ship McCarthy described is believed to be …read more

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MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Trump's Thoroughly Corrupt Idea for Transforming the Justice Department

May 4, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“Effectively, what the President's saying is he doesn't want an actual Department of Justice.”


President Donald Trump's consistent and strident attacks on the Justice Department suggest not only a frustration with its current leadership but a desire to completely undermine the purpose of the institution, according to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace.

Wallace made her case for the president's corrupt view of the department's purpose Friday on her show “Deadline: White House.”

“There's something so profoundly disturbing about the frame,” she said. “The frame we should all stare at… is that this president wants exactly what he described to the New York Times in an interview at Mar-a-Lago. He wants 'his guys,' he wants his Roy Cohn, running the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Evan McMullin, a former intelligence officer and presidential candidate, agreed.

“Effectively, what the President's saying is he doesn't want an actual Department of Justice,” McMullin said. “He wants a phony Department of Justice that protects him and goes after his political rivals. That is exactly what you'll find in any third-rate, third- world dictatorship, banana republic around the world,”

Watch the clip below:

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How the Search for Little Green Men—or Any Life on Mars—Got Smarter

May 4, 2018 in History

By Amy Shira Teitel

The Copernican system showing the planets orbiting the Sun. (Credit: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images)

History Reads is a weekly series featuring work from Team History, a group of experts and influencers, exploring history’s most fascinating questions.

Humans have been captivated by Mars almost as long as we’ve been watching the night sky.

The ancient Greeks and Romans watched nightly as a reddish dot moved among the stars, growing dimmer and brighter in a two-year cycle. Each named it for the god of war; the Roman version, “Mars,” stuck. Renaissance astronomers became fascinated with the planet’s apparent backward movement, the so-called retrograde motion that could only be explained with the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of the solar system. Modern scientists have looked to Mars as a potential home for extraterrestrial life, a search that has reshaped how we explore and think about other planets.

What is it about our celestial neighbor? Is it the planet itself that mesmerizes us? Or are we still, after centuries of speculation, hoping that learning more about Mars will tell us something more about ourselves?

NASA’s InSight lander is the latest in a slew of missions designed to unlock the mysteries of Mars’ past—and discover just how similar it may be to Earth. Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, InSight (short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) offers the first chance to drill beneath the surface and see what’s going on inside the red planet.

The lander has only a handful of instruments and three main scientific goals. The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe, HP3 for short, will drill almost 16 feet straight down to measure heat escaping from Mars’ interior. Figuring out the heat source will tell scientists whether Mars formed from the same stuff as Earth and the Moon—and how it has evolved over millennia. Another tool, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, will sit on the surface and measure vibrations from—wait for it—marsquakes. (Even the smallest of geologic tremors will register; in development, the instrument registered waves crashing on the beach in California from its lab in Colorado.) These measurements, combined with data tracking the wobble of the Mars’ north pole, will tell scientists about any subsurface water and the nature of the planet’s iron core.

Taken on its own, InSight’s mission seems esoteric, but it’s actually building on decades of research. Studying Mars’ interior will help answer key questions about …read more

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These Humans Survived Crocodile Attacks. Here Are 6 Ways You Can, Too

May 4, 2018 in History

By Robert Shapiro

Allied troops run ashore after the amphibious assault on Japanese-held Ramree Island. (Credit: PA Images/Getty Images)

A crocodile’s jaw crushes down on its victim with 3,700 pounds per square inch of force. That’s more than three-and-a-half times the bite of a lion and 25 times a human. Historically, crocodile attacks are 100 times deadlier than shark attacks—and far more frequent—ranging from harrowing individual confrontations to a mass attack on World War II soldiers. Living on four different continents and hunting both in water and on land, crocodiles have inspired fear for millennia. But sometimes, against all odds, humans have defeated these ancient reptiles.

Saltwater crocodiles are giant and deadly—avoid them.

Most attacks occur near or in the water. A saltwater croc can weigh more than 2,000 pounds and launch itself with its tail. “The Dominator,” a famous 20-foot long crocodile in Australia’s Northern Territory, has been known to leap up past the railing of a tour boat on the Adelaide River.

During World War II, the Imperial Army learned firsthand how deadly saltwater crocs could be in the Battle of Ramree Island. On January 26, 1945, the Allies launched an attack to retake Ramree from the Japanese. Forced to retreat, some soldiers headed to the mangrove swamps. Either unaware that the waters were infested with crocs, or vastly underestimating their power, British soldier and naturalist Bruce Stanley Wright estimated only 20 of the 1,000 soldiers survived the night. It was possibly the worst crocodile attack in history.

Pro Tip: If you are swimming, do so in areas that are marked safe for water activities—and even then, keep an eye out. Boaters should avoid leaning over the side of their rafts: Crocodiles not only snap at dangling limbs, but they can jump on and capsize small vessels.

Allied troops run ashore after the amphibious assault on Japanese-held Ramree Island. (Credit: PA Images/Getty Images)

Faced with a croc? Back away slowly and run in a straight line.

In 2016, a video of a woman making noise with her flip flop to scare away crocodiles in Kakadu National Park, Australia became a viral sensation. While she was successful, confronting a crocodile is a risky thing to do.

Pro Tip: If you spot one of these scaly creatures, the first thing to do is to back away slowly and not make sudden movements. Splashing in water will only draw attention. If a crocodile heads your way, run away in a straight …read more

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Watch JFK Tour NASA 6 Days Before His Assassination

May 4, 2018 in History

By Allison McNearney

History Flashback takes a look at historical “found footage” of all kinds—newsreels, instructional films, even cartoons—to give us a glimpse into how much things have changed, and how much has remained the same.

On October 4, 1957, the USSR launched the first satellite into space. As Sputnik—which means “traveler” in Russian—began its orbit around the earth, the realities of the new age it heralded set in.

Sputnik was partly a provocation. In the midst of the deadly tensions of the Cold War, it was proof that the Russians had successfully developed intercontinental ballistic missiles and that they were—at least for the moment—winning the arms race between the two nations. But it was also a resounding success for humankind. As a New York Times report noted, it was a “step toward escape from man’s imprisonment to earth and its thin envelope of atmosphere, and opened new vistas of knowledge and travel in space.”

Three years later, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. Before his presidency was tragically cut short, Kennedy embraced the hope of this “new vista of knowledge” and rallied the country around the challenge and possibilities of exploring the skies above.

Kennedy Sets His Sights on the Moon:

The start of 1961 was a tough one for the U.S. The Soviets had not only beaten the country in the race to launch a satellite into space, but in April, they also sent the first man into orbit around the Earth. The next month, Alan Shepard became the first American in space, but he merely reached it on that first flight. He didn’t orbit the planet.

Kennedy knew that the country needed a major pep talk. So he devised an impressive goal that all Americans could rally around. On May 25, 1961, he challenged the United States to beat the Soviet Union to the moon before the decade was out. He put his money where his mouth was, not only restoring the budget for the space program—it had previously been cut—but actually increasing it in line with the new national goals.

“For the eyes of the world now look into space…and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest,” Kennedy said later in a 1962 speech at Rice University. He famously added, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and …read more

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