Singer Justine Skye took a knee as she sang the national anthem before the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The 22-year-old Brooklyn native dropped to one knee towards the end of her performance at the Barclays Center. She was greeted by a mixture of boos and cheers from the basketball fans, per CBS News.
Even Trump’s supporters are starting to turn on him:
Donald Trump’s approval ratings have been historically and consistently low since he took the oath of office in January, but now, his own voters are losing faith and tweeting words to him that include the phrases “man-child,” “dictator,” and “evil.” New polls analyzing the temperature of American voters on both sides of the aisle are providing even more grim results for Trump’s approval rating today. CNN reports on a new poll that shows Trump’s approval rating is holding steady, but low, at 37 percent.
However, it is the flip side of that approval rating that is a problem for Trump, as support from his own party is declining steadily. Fifty-seven percent of American voters polled disapprove of the president’s job performance. Those numbers are confirmed by other polls that show Republicans overall are declining in approval of Donald Trump.
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The makers of cancer drugs also make vials with too much medication for many patients. The excess drugs are tossed in the trash — another reason health care costs are so high.
It’s coming, Donald. Start packing:
The GOP now fears that the #impeachment of #DonaldTrump may be inevitable, with one Republican lawmaker now considering support for impeachment, and other “privately’ hoping for Trump’s removal — as Trump’s own allies warn that a Democratic win in 2018 would lead to Trump’s removal from office.
Only the progressive press is telling us the truth about the unjust economic system we are living under. The 99 percent are struggling to make ends meet while the wealthy have never been better off. Record corporate profits, CEO pay, and stock market have not even trickled down. It is pure economic tyranny:
The poverty threshold is still based on a formula from the 1960s, when food expenses were a much greater part of the family budget. It hasn’t kept up with other major expenses. Since 1980, food costs have gone up by 100%, housing 250%, health care 500%, and college tuition 1,000%.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says, “If the same basic methodology developed in the early 1960s was applied today, the poverty thresholds would be over three times higher than the current thresholds.” Three times higher!
The median household income in the U.S. in 2016 was $59,039. The Economic Policy Institute’s 2015 Family Budget Calculator determined that the median budget for a two-parent, two-child family is $63,741. As CRS concluded, that’s about three times higher than the current poverty threshold.
In 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, median household expenses were $36,800, against income of about $54,000. But that includes very little for wealth-building investments, such as short- and long-term savings, college education, and life insurance. After accounting for annual outlays for these essential and/or typical family expenses, the median household in the lower third was $2,300 in debt. For the middle third of households, which reaches well into the “middle class,” only $6,000 remained for wealth-building and other discretionary expenses. That $6,000 dissipates quickly. Says Pew Research: “Because income is measured before taxes, some families will have had even less slack in their budgets than this figure implies.”
Let’s not forget that it was Paula Jones’ lawsuit that led to Clinton’s impeachment:
A former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accuses President Donald Trump of past sexual misconduct has filed a subpoena for “all documents concerning any woman who asserted that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” it was revealed on Sunday.Buzzfeed News first reported the existence of the court document, which names Trump’s campaign organization and any applicable “directors, officers, partners, shareholders, managers, attorneys, employees, agents and representatives” as subjects.
That’s the least of the market’s problem. There is a very strong chance of a stock market collapse as well.
Goldman Sachs has circulated a fascinating but scary research note to clients suggesting that the probability of stocks entering a bear market in the next 24 months currently stands at about 88%, based on the history of previous bear markets.
The stock market market will crash because it is a ponzi scheme. And it will be horrific:
Several noted economists and distinguished investors are warning of a stock market crash.
Jim Rogers, who founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros, went apocalyptic when he said, “A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of Americans.”
Mark Faber, Dr. Doom himself, recently told CNBC that “investors are on the Titanic” and stocks are about to “endure a gut-wrenching drop that would rival the greatest crashes in stock market history.”
And the prophetic economist Andrew Smithers warns, “U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued.”
This is why we must impeach this madman before he gets us into a world war:
“Something has to be said here. I think the president has lost almost all credibility with the international community. They’re going to wait him out. So I wouldn’t overstate the damage he’s doing,” Gen McCaffrey told NBC.
“The problem is we’ve got so many crises going on now, potentially, that he’s overloading the diplomatic effort, as well as the US armed forces’ ability to deal with it.
“I don’t want us to take our eye off North Korea. The current language out of the administration, that lack of a diplomatic and serious engagement strategy, in my view, has us sliding toward war by next summer,” the retired general said.
Though in public, Donald Trump has recently taken a low-key approach to the investigation into his Russia ties by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — with his legal team even floating the idea that Trump would voluntarily invite Mueller to interview him — behind the scenes Trump’s closest friends and longtime allies fear that the Mueller investigation could culminate in Trump’s impeachment, according to an Associated Press report this week.
In interviews with 15 longtime Trump allies and confidants, the AP found that those closest to Trump have become deeply worried that his legal team is “naive” regarding what they see as an “existential threat” posed by Mueller, and are pushing Trump to battle against the special counsel, and to attack the respected former FBI director “with abandon.”
A group of psychologists and mental health professionals on Saturday marched through New York calling for President Trump to be removed from office.
The group — which included more than 100 psychologists and mental health professionals — are pushing for Trump to be ousted from his post, according to The New York Post.
“We can sense the power of Trump’s underlying fear that he is worthless and weak by how intensely he resists and retaliated against any criticism,” said Harry Segal, a Cornell University psychologist.
“No matter how minor, he can’t let anything go.”
Michelle Golland, a clinical psychologist, told The New York Post the country is “suffering from his narcissistic personality.”
…The march was organized by The Duty to Warn PAC, a group of psychologists that believes Trump has a malignant narcissism, according to Newsweek.
A leading House Democrat has asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the water situation in Puerto Rico after a published report that people were drinking water taken from a federally designated hazardous-waste site.The request comes a day after a story from CNN’s John Sutter concerning workers from the Puerto Rican water utility Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados distributing water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site. The site was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous water cleanup.
30,000 US citizens of Utuado, Puerto Rico have NO water. They are drinking contaminated water from the river. I am sitting next to them crying. – @KrapelsMarco
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 14, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 14, 2017
Authorities in Puerto Rico are reportedly pumping water from a well at a federally designated Superfund site, CNN said late Friday night, citing Superfund documents and interviews with federal and state officials.
It is the latest indication of the growing humanitarian crisis in the US territory, three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island — leaving many people without food, electricity, or safe drinking water.
At least 35% of the residents in Puerto Rico have no access to clean water, according to Status PR, the Puerto Rican government’s website that keeps track of relief efforts there.
CNN reported that it witnessed workers for Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the island’s water utility, distributing water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site, which was included on a list of federal Superfund sites last year.
President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”
President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians.
…That is also likely to strengthen the hand of hard-liners within Iran, who long have insisted that United States remains the same “Great Satan” denounced in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “Under the deal, it was supposed to be that we get concessions, not that we give more concessions,” the hard-line Kayhan newspaper raged.
Dr. Dodes also offered a very troubling conclusion about Donald Trump’s mental health and behavior.
The best diagnosis for Trump is that he is a malignant narcissist. It contains the narcissistic part, which is no big deal alone — lots of people are narcissistic — but the malignant part is the sociopathy dimension. These terms suggest that Trump is a very primitive man. He is also a man who has a fundamental, deep psychological defect.
Sen. Bob Corker calls out Trump again for trying to ‘publicly castrate’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Sen. Bob Corker is not finished criticizing President Trump.
The Tennessee Republican admonished the commander-in-chief on Friday for attempting to “publicly castrate” his own secretary of state.
Corker, who publicly engaged in a war of words with the President earlier in the week, again said that Trump is undermining the work of Secretary of State Tillerson and endangering the U.S with his tweets and actions.
At least we have 1 patriot among Republican Senators in the Congress:
In an interview with Washington Post editorial page editor Jackson Diehl, the Tennessee lawmaker said Trump is creating a “binary” situation in which the U.S. would have a choice between war, or a nuclear-armed North Korea or Iran.
“You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice,” Corker said, according to the Post.
Corker also stressed the importance of working with China to alleviate tension with North Korea, and said Tillerson has been important in forging that relationship, according to the Post. But he went on to say Trump’s undermining of Tillerson — for example, saying that Tillerson was “wasting his time” negotiating with North Korea — could cause China not to apply that pressure on the rogue nation.
It’s another reason why Sanders is wasting his time (and ours) by trying to win the Democratic Party nomination in 2020:
Women’s March organizers angered their supporters Thursday by announcing that Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver an address on the opening night of its inaugural National Women’s Convention, leading to some saying they are boycotting the event and the group.
“This choice sends the wrong message. We’ve reached out to the @womensmarch organizers to share our disappointment and offer our help,” EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock, who heads the political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, wrote on Twitter.
An explosive report in Vanity Fair finds President Donald Trump fuming behind closed doors and succumbing to dark, unstable moods.
“I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” he reportedly said to his security chief Keith Schiller.
A former official suggested that Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have discussed what to do in the event Trump tried to launch nuclear weapons. “Would they tackle him?” the individual said.
On Wednesday the Associated Press reported that Bannon, who dabbled in film production, partnered with Weinstein and his brother Bob on a now-defunct DVD distribution company in 2005. The Weinstein brothers owned 70% of Genius Products, as it was so humbly called, when they joined Bannon’s project.
Genius Products filed for bankruptcy in 2011 — but not before Bannon pocketed upwards of $700,000 as a consultant for the company; he also reportedly received more than $1 million in stock options when the company started.
And as it so surprisingly turns out, Bannon was quite thrilled by the company’s partnership with Bob and Harvey. Bannon’s enthusiasm for the Weinstein partnership was relayed to investors on several calls, transcripts of which the AP obtained
Like something out of the movie, Dr. Strangelove. This guy is just as insane. But it’s real. We have to impeach this madman before he starts a real nuclear war. Just ask Senator Corker:
President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.
Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.
According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.
This Senator has stood up and done his duty as an American. Where is everyone else, Democrat or Republican. At this point, any Congressperson who doesn’t denounce the madman in the White House are betraying their country:
In the past year, many left-leaning Americans have had the strange experience of finding themselves vigorously nodding along with a handful of right-wingers with whom they never thought they’d agree about anything. We can now add Tennessee senator Bob Corker to that list, for the same reason as the rest: He has said something obviously true but politically taboo about the incompetence of Donald Trump.
In their escalating war of words on Sunday, Corker, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tore into Trump in a New York Times interview, accusing the president of acting “like he’s doing The Apprentice or something” and putting the country “on the path to World War III” with his reality-show mentality and Twitter antics.
Maybe Trump will give him a job at the White House when he gets fired:
A model leaked video of a Miami Dolphins coach apparently snorting cocaine as revenge for the team owner backing President Donald Trump on player protests. Kijuana Nige, a Las Vegas-based model, posted the video late Sunday on Facebook showing offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting lines through a $20 bill inside Dolphins offices before a team meeting, reported the Miami New Times.
This is an important article:
Call me a unicorn, but I have been outspoken about my criticism of NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem, and I continue to believe that police brutality directed at African Americans is a serious problem.
Last summer, in the wake of the police killings of Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and Philando Castile, I wrote a column outlining how video had changed my perception about the prevalence of police violence directed at African Americans. The piece made some waves―NPR had me on to discuss it, and Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro name-checked me on “This Week.”
Carter should be considered the greatest mass murderer in American history–by far:
Harlon Carter transformed the NRA from a rifle club into the take-no-prisoners anti-gun-control powerhouse. But he also had a very dark past.
The stock market will collapse. It’s a bubble that has reason to be where it is. It’s a game for the very wealthy that continued the same casino mentality that existed prior to the last crash in 2007. And there is no one in government sounding the alarm–just as in 2007:
For months, stock market pessimists have been saying that US equities are overvalued.
And, as of this past week, they have a major piece of tangible evidence.
The measure in question is the so-called relative strength indicator (RSI), which indicates when the stock market has gotten too stretched in either direction. When the measure exceeds 70, that means it’s overbought, and a downturn may be imminent. Meanwhile, a drop below 30 for the RSI indicates an oversold condition.
The RSI for the benchmark S&P 500 climbed above 70 last week, and stayed in that overvalued territory for five straight days. Now, the index’s repeated climb to new record highs is in danger — at least if the past 12 months is any indication.
Police body camera footage shows officers killing a man with his arms raised in the air, despite earlier claims that he was pointing a gun .
The footage was released by the North Carolina police department after officers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg shot 29-year-old Reuben Galindo last month.
Five videos show what happened at the scene, with officers shouting at Galindo and telling him to drop a gun they believed he was holding in his left hand. Two videos capture the moment he was shot dead .
When all is said and done we will learn that the Trump mafia sold their country out to the Russians:
As US officials investigate potential collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, the series of reports by the former UK intelligence official Christopher Steele are casting an ever darker shadow over the president.