Independent Voters Grow in Number, Demand a Third Political Party

It’s time we created a third party movement that will replace the current failed and corrupt duopoly. There is no alternative. We either fight for the 99 percent or become slaves of the 1 percent. Bernie Sanders can help to build that movement or we move on without him:

The political dysfunction in Congress is repelling the public; neither political party represents the interests of working, middle class and low income voters. Members of Congress in both political parties spend an inordinate amount of time and effort on fundraising rather than pursuing legislation that would provide meaningful benefits to the American public. This political dysfunction only benefits the top 1 percent, who have taken over the American government through a corrupt campaign finance system and army of lobbyists.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Most Americans Aren’t Happy With The Current Unemployment Rate

THE PUBLIC TAKES A DIM VIEW OF JOBS NUMBERS, BUT FEW BLAME ― OR CREDIT ― TRUMP – HuffPollster and Arthur Delaney, on a new HuffPost/YouGov poll: “The majority of Americans, 54 percent, describe the current unemployment rate as ‘not so good’ or ‘poor,’ with just 32 percent calling it ‘excellent’ or ‘“good.’ But either way, few see the number as much of a reflection on Trump’s brief time in office.

Source: HUFFPOLLSTER: Most Americans Aren’t Happy With The Current Unemployment Rate | The Huffington Post

Breitbart Leaks Audio of Paul Ryan Dumping Donald Trump

A previously unreleased audio recording of House Speaker Paul Ryan telling Republican congressional representatives that he would never again defend the party’s presidential nominee was published by Breitbart News on Monday evening, the latest salvo in the war between the beleaguered speaker and the far-right news outlet sparked by the introduction of the American Health Care Act.

The audio tape was recorded during a conference call between Ryan and Republican members of the House of Representatives on October 10, 2016, three days after a decade-old video surfaced showing then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. In the recording, Ryan is heard telling his fellow party members that he would not defend Trump then or in the future.

Source: Breitbart Leaks Audio of Paul Ryan Dumping Donald Trump – The Daily Beast

White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO

Trump is making the same mistake Obama made in 2009. It’s going to end up costing Republicans control of the Congress:

The White House’s own internal analysis of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare show even steeper coverage losses than the projections by the Congressional Budget Office, according to a document viewed by POLITICO on Monday.

The executive branch analysis forecast that 26 million people would lose coverage over the next decade, versus the 24 million CBO estimate — a finding that undermines White House efforts to discredit the forecasts from the nonpartisan CBO.

VIDEO: Brutal Police Takedown Draws Cries Of Excessive Force

The suspect was only guilty of behaving in an erratic fashion. Then when a police officer chases him down that’s when the beating began. At one point Vallejo cop used a flashlight to beat the individual. And he continued beat the “suspect” after backup showed up. Then the cop in question pulled his gun on the concerned crowd that had gathered. If that were not enough the police officer used expletives at the crowd. His superiors have defended that outrageous actions as appropriate. This is not how you do policing. And it shows nothing has changed despite all the criticism of law enforcement in America. This story will be forgotten by the media and the politicians. But you and I will not:

Steve Bannon reported to the FBI for allegedly violating campaign finance laws

A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint alleging that a pro-Trump super PAC improperly funneled payments to Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign CEO and now his chief strategist, in violation of the law.

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump, a liberal grassroots organization, has filed a complaint with the FBI alleging that Bannon illegally coordinated Super PAC activities with the Trump campaign, and received payments from the Super PAC after Bannon became an official part of Trump’s campaign this August.

Source: Steve Bannon reported to the FBI for allegedly violating campaign finance laws – Salon.com

Ron Paul: It’s ‘Fantastic’ That WikiLeaks Just Exposed the CIA

Ron and Rand Paul are almost alone among Republicans who condemn the police state created over the last 2 decades:

Ron Paul, the prominent libertarian communicator and three-time US presidential candidate, declared this week in a Fox Business interview that it is “fantastic” that WikiLeaks revealed on Tuesday thousands of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents and files. Speaking with host Kennedy, Paul further says that the information exposed “indicates that liberty is in big trouble” and states his concern about there having been insufficient media coverage of the information.

Employer: A $15 Minimum Wage Benefits Baltimore Business

The Baltimore City Council will soon take a final vote on a bill that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. As a small business owner, I strongly urge the council and Mayor Catherine Pugh to support this important step toward making the city a fairer, more prosperous place. The reasons are both practical and pragmatic.

Source: A $15 minimum wage benefits Baltimore business – Baltimore Sun

White House wants spy law renewed, but won’t say how many Americans it spies on

The clock is ticking for a controversial surveillance provision, which is is set to expire at midnight at the end of the year.

But the Trump administration has signaled that it will support its clean reauthorization. Passing a clean version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, is “necessary to protect the security of the nation,” according to a White House official speaking to Reuters.

Already, bipartisan lawmakers in Congress are gearing up for a fight — ready to oppose the law’s reauthorization of the provision without some level of significant reform.

Source: White House wants spy law renewed, but won’t say how many Americans it spies on | ZDNet

Ex-Clinton Labor secretary lists four Grounds to ‘Impeach Trump’

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who served under President Clinton, floated four reasons this week he said could justify an effort to impeach President Trump.

“By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Trump. The fifth seems to be on its way,” Reich tweeted alongside a screenshot of his reasons.

Source: Ex-Clinton Labor secretary lists four grounds to ‘impeach Trump’ | TheHill

Increase in minimum wage would reduce births by adolescent parents

A $1 increase in the minimum wage would likely reduce the U.S. adolescent birth rate by about 2 percent, according to new Indiana University research.

That would mean about 5,000 fewer births annually, and the number could go higher if the minimum wage increase climbed over $1, according to Lindsey Rose Bullinger, the study author and an associate instructor and doctoral student at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

“Higher wages can give teens a reason to keep working,” Bullinger said. “Their advancement opportunities would improve, and they’d have good reason to delay childbearing or substitute work for leisure.”

Source: Increase in minimum wage would reduce births by adolescent parents

Switzerland named world’s best country, while the US slips in new global ranking

America is in decline. This ranking is only the latest example of that. And there can be no greater proof of that than the election of Donald Trump. In fact, the Democrats made his election possible because of their ineptitude:

A new ranking has named Switzerland the world’s best country, based on a survey that polled more than 21,000 people from 36 countries.

The results of the US News & World Report’s report offer a glimpse into the global reputation of countries around the world — and the current political climate.

Questions were aimed at evaluating countries across 65 attributes that were grouped into nine subrankings: adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life.

Switzerland made its debut as the world’s top country this year, driven largely by positive global perceptions of its social systems, protection of human rights and business-friendly environment, notes US News & World Report.

Rounding out the top five spots are Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan and Sweden.

Of particular note, the US slipped from fourth spot in 2016 to seventh this year, with nearly 75 percent of respondents saying they had lost respect for the country, in large part because of the toxic tone of the 2016 presidential campaign.

There are more indications of a nation in decline (December 2016):

Life expectancy in the United States has declined for the first time in more than two decades.

– A major indicator of a declining nation is debt. The U.S. ranks in the top 10 with debt as percentage of GDP.

And there is more:

Let’s see Trump try to change this around. Don’t hold your breathe.

Whistleblower: NSA Illegally Spying on All Americans–Including Donald Trump

Trump is paranoid. But not completely. The U.S. government has created a police state that spies on all of us. Edward Snowden first exposed this reality. Now we have further proof. Why aren’t angry? We should be marching on Washington demanding it stop. Because obviously the both parties are cohoots. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for this assault on our constitution. See you in Washington:

An NSA whistleblower who quit the organization in 2001 claims  Donald Trump is correct to think that he was being spied on by the intelligence community.

Bill Binney, who spent 32 years with the NSA claimed the US intelligence agency is illegally monitoring all Americans – including Donald Trump.

Binney claimed all electronic communication was being regularly collated and stored, enabling it to be mined at a later basis.

Native American Tribes from around U.S. head to Washington to Protest DAPL

We must win this fight…again:

 American Indians from around the country are headed to Washington, D.C., for the next four days to express frustrations they have with the Trump Administration and its approval of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Tribal members and supporters say they are going to camp on the National Mall, with teepees, ceremonial fires, cultural workshops and speakers.

The week’s activities will wrap-up on Friday with a “Native Nations March on D.C.” that will lead participants from the Army Corps of Engineers office to a rally near the White House.

Thousands are expected to participate.

Veteran fighting deportation after 2 tours in Afghanistan

This is utterly disgusting. He risked his life for this country. This soldier earned the right to remain in this country. It’s another perfect example of how the U.S. government doesn’t give a damn about our soldiers after they come home:

A group of soldiers, family, and community members came together Saturday to fight a deportation order for a former U.S. soldier.

Army Private 1st class Miguel Perez, Jr., was born in Mexico and grew up in Chicago. On Monday, Perez faces a deportation hearing because he committed a non-violent drug offense, his family said.

Perez represents thousands of green card veterans who face deportation, according to a press release by Ashley’s Memory Project, which was started by the immigrant mother of a deceased veteran, and a local church. They said many enlist with the promise of citizenship.

He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was injured in an explosion. He sustained a brain injury and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, his family said.

Bombshell report links Trump hotel to corrupt Azerbaijan oligarchs and Iranian terror group

We are still learning how corrupt Trump is:

President Donald Trump and his eldest daughter developed a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation run by a family known as “the Corleones of the Caspian” with links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku — conceived in 2008 as a luxury apartment building but converted in 2014 into a hotel — has never opened, and both local observers and international experts are baffled by the building’s existence, reported The New Yorker.

The project was intended as an “ultra-luxury property” with both hotel and residential space, but both its location and timing are odd, according to the report.

Father of Slain Soldier who Criticized Trump has Travel Rights Threatened

This should not be a surprise. Trump is thin-skinned to the hilt. Nonetheless it is utterly outrageous and illegal. This man is an American citizen being harassed for his political beliefs:

The father of an American soldier killed in Iraq who came under criticism last year from then-candidate Donald Trump said he has canceled a speaking engagement in Toronto after being notified that his U.S. travel privileges were under review.

Bernie Sanders Blames Establishment Democrats For Donald Trump Victory

I could have told you that before you decided to endorse Hillary Clinton. This is another example of Sanders trying to have it both ways. He wanted to win the nomination from a party that he was not even a member of. Then he refused to denounce Hillary for her illegal private email server. And finally, after losing to Clinton he then refused to run as independent (despite pleading from Jill Stein) because he didn’t want Trump to win the election. That was a foolish mistake. If Sanders had run as an independent/third party candidate there was good chance he would’ve won. Bernie, you’ve been wrong all along. Time to move on. Time for someone else to lead the revolution:

“Let me suggest to you, and some will disagree with me and that’s okay, too. But let me suggest to you that what happened on November 8th. Trump’s victory was not a victory for Trump or his ideology. It was a gross political failure of the Democratic Party,” said Sanders, who went on to explain his perspective on why Donald Trump won and where the Democratic Party has gone astray.”

40% of Voters Support Impeaching Donald Trump

That’s a surprising large number. And it will only increase. Public support for impeachment is essential to removing Trump from the White House:

President Donald Trump just started his term, but some voters are ready to end it. In a Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday, 40 percent of respondents said they supported impeaching the Republican — including 3 percent of people who voted for him.

Sanders Reopens Democratic Primary Wounds

If and when Keith Ellison is not chosen to be the new DNC head, it will prove once and for all that Bernie Sanders has no influence in the Party and that Democrats will never change. Let’s not waste our time on then:

Bernie Sanders is opening old wounds.

Sanders’s recent swipe against former Vice President Joe Biden has angered Democratic party officials, who are accusing the onetime Democratic presidential candidate of refighting a bitter primary season that ripped the party in two.

The independent senator from Vermont has also infuriated supporters of Tom Perez, a top contender for Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, after an unprovoked attack against the former Labor secretary.

Sanders, who backs Perez rival Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for DNC chairman, has shaken up a race that has until now featured few fireworks.

The DNC campaign changed this week after Biden endorsed Perez for chairman. Sanders let loose, saying that it’s time to move beyond the “failed status-quo approach” of Biden and Perez.

Conservationists rally and kill bill to sell off federal land

Another victory for the 99 percent movement. Keep it going until we’ve won America:

Following backlash from conservationists across the Western states, Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced that he is pulling a bill that would have sold off more than 3 million acres of federal land.

“I am withdrawing HR 621,” Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday night about the proposed legislation. “I’m a proud gun owner, hunter and love our public lands. The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands Pres. Clinton identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message. The bill was originally introduced several years ago. I look forward to working with you. I hear you and HR 621 dies tomorrow.”

The bill was introduced to the House on Jan. 24 and would have directed the secretary of the interior to sell off lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. A 1997 report to Congress identified the acreage but warned that “many lands identified appear to have conflicts which may preclude them from being considered for disposal or exchange.” The parcels, whose borders haven’t changed in the intervening years, comprise an area roughly the size of Connecticut.

The pushback to Chaffetz’s bill culminated in a rally of more than 1,000 people at the Montana statehouse Monday.