HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

239,475 user registrations and 74,144,743 posts since 2001
Pic of the Moment

The Left Column


Michael Flynn once claimed Arabic signs on southern border guide 'radicalized Muslims' into US

(CNN) Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's pick to be his national security adviser, claimed in an August radio interview that Arabic signs were present along the United States border with Mexico to guide potential state-sponsored terrorists and "radicalized Muslims" into the United States.

Flynn further said in the interview he had personally seen photos of such signs in Texas.


This is what happens when Donald Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter

(WaPo) About a year ago, 18-year-old college student Lauren Batchelder stood up at a political forum in New Hampshire and told Donald Trump that she didn’t think he was “a friend to women.”

The next morning, Trump fired back on Twitter — calling Batchelder an “arrogant young woman” and accusing her of being a “plant” from a rival campaign. Her phone began ringing with callers leaving threatening messages that were often sexual in nature. Her Facebook and email inboxes filled with similar messages. As her addresses circulated on social media and her photo flashed on the news, she fled home to hide.


Josh Marshall: "Maybe the Answer Is That He Can't Divest"

(TPM) "Since Donald Trump's surprise election one month ago, there's been a bubbling conversation about the mammoth conflicts of interest he will have if he is running or even owning his far flung business enterprises while serving as the head of state. I've suggested that the whole notion of 'conflicts of interest' doesn't really capture what we're dealing with here, which is really a pretty open effort to leverage the presidency to expand his family business. But a couple things came together for me today which make me think we've all missed the real issue.

Maybe he can't divest because he's too underwater to do so or more likely he's too dependent on current and expanding cash flow to divest or even turn the reins over to someone else.


Sen. Warren is not a fan of the fast-food CEO that Donald Trump just picked for labor secretary

(Boston.com) Elizabeth Warren did not have any kind words for Andrew Puzder, the CEO of the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardees, who was appointed Thursday by Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor.

Warren, who since the election has repeatedly questioned Trump’s commitment to the economic populism on which he built his campaign, called the president-elect’s pick for labor secretary “a slap in the face” to the working class.

“Throughout his entire career, Andrew Puzder has looked down on working people,” the Massachusetts senator said Thursday evening in a statement.


AFL-CIO endorses Ellison for DNC chair

(Politico) The AFL-CIO is endorsing Rep. Keith Ellison to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday.

"Representative Ellison meets the high standard working people expect from leaders of our political parties, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. He is a proven leader who will focus on year-round grassroots organizing to deliver for working families across America. Under his leadership, the Democratic Party will embody the values that our members stand for every day."


Michael Moore begs Trump: Attend security briefings or the next terror attack is all your fault

(Raw Story) “You have to pay attention, you have to attend these briefings,” Moore said. “This is our country, this is our security, this is our safety. You’re horsing around with all this nonsense, and you’re not doing your No. 1 job. And the No. 1 job of the president is to make sure the country is safe.”

“I’m asking you to do your job,” Moore said. “For the sake of the people who may end up dead.”


John Glenn, American hero, aviation icon and former U.S. senator, dies at 95

His legend is other-worldly and now, in his 95th year, that’s where John Glenn has gone.

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.


Ret. Gen. McCaffrey Changes Opinion On Flynn After Reading 'Nearly Demented' Tweets

(TPM) Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey has changed his opinion on the incoming national security adviser, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, after reading his tweets.

“...I must admit,” McCaffrey said, “I’m now extremely uneasy about some of these tweets, which don’t sound so much as if they are political skullduggery, but instead border on being demented. So I think we need to look into this and sort our what’s going on here.”

“I think that we need to aggressively examine what was going on with Gen. Flynn and his son, dealing with these transparent, nearly demented tweets that were going out,” he continued. “I think it needs closer scrutiny.”


Lindsey Graham says the Russians did indeed interfere with the American elections.

And he has vowed to investigate.

GRAHAM: "I'm going to lead the charge to investigate Russia's role, not only in the elections," but everywhere.


Donald Trump now blaming unions for jobs leaving the country

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues

Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!

Around DU

Good Reads

General Discussion



Latest Breaking News

Russia Signs Rosneft Deal With Qatar, Glencore

29 min ago - ? This may be the largest privatization deal in Russian history. Russian state holding company Rosneftegaz on Saturday signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and commodities trader Glencore to sell a 19.5% stake in state-owned oil ... (Fortune)

Michigan Supreme Court Slams The Door On Jill Steins Recount Case

2 hrs ago - he Michigan Supreme Court on Friday shot down Green Party presidential nominee Jill Steins request to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that had halted the states election recount. The decision effectively ends the Michigan recount ― and ... (Huffington Post)

Turkeys Recep Tayyip Erdogan Seeks to Consolidate Power With Overhaul of Constitution

2 hrs ago - Proposed changes give head of state sweeping powers to govern by decree By Emre Peker Updated Dec. 10, 2016 12:02 p.m. ET ISTANBULTurkeys government submitted a bill Saturday to overhaul the constitution and concentrate power in President Rece ... (WSJ)

Congress sends bill to Obama on civil rights-era deaths

3 hrs ago - Dec. 10, 2016 11:37 AM ET WASHINGTON (AP) Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era that are now cold cases. The legislation passed by voice vo ... (Associated Press)

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson named secretary of state: reports

3 hrs ago - WASHINGTON Diplomacy in the world of Donald Drumpf is going to be directed by the CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the worlds largest oil companies. The President-elect tapped Rex Tillerson, a private sector Texan with no formal diplomatic experience, to ... (McClatchy)

Protesters gather as Donald Trump heads to Baltimore for Army-Navy game

4 hrs ago - out one hundred people gathered in Baltimore's Inner Harbor before marching toward M&T Bank Stadium to protest President-elect Donald Trump ahead of the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore, which he is scheduled to attend. Trump, who has been holdi ... (baltimoresun)

Reid: Comey should be investigated in wake of Russia report

4 hrs ago - Retiring Sen. Harry Reid on (D-Nev.) on Saturday blasted FBI Director James Comey, calling for him to be investigated in light of a report that the CIA secretly concluded Russia was trying to help Donald Trump win the presidency. "I think should be ... (thehill)

Schumer calls for full investigation by Congress of Russian interference in U.S. election

4 hrs ago - The CIA's findings that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency are both stunning and not surprising, the next leader of Senate Democrats said, raising the need for Congress to conduct a full investigation. The ... (MSN/Wapo)

Maine pastor in midst of divorce leaves rehab, kills daughter and self after spray-painting

4 hrs ago - A former Air Force chaplain who had just completed 90 days in rehab left the center and immediately killed his adult daughter, scrawled messages against his estranged wife inside the family home and then turned his weapon on himself, police said. Da ... (NY Daily News)

Muslim teen who reported NYC subway harassment reported missing

4 hrs ago - NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- A Muslim teen who said she was verbally attacked by three drunk men on the subway last week has been reported missing, CBS New York reports. Yasmin Seweid, 18, was last seen leaving her New Hyde Park, Long Island, home on W ... (MSN/CBS News)

More than 20,000 sign petition to recall socialist Seattle councilwoman who urged Trump protests

5 hrs ago - Shes the first socialist elected to the Seattle City Council in 100 years, and she campaigned on a platform that included rent control, a revenue-raising tax on millionaires and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Now, Kshama Sawant is raising eyebrows well ... (LA Times)

Weekly Address: Its Time to Get Covered on the Health Insurance Marketplace

9 hrs ago - In this weeks address, President Obama discussed Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1. The deadline to sign up for coverage beginning on January 1 is this Thursday, December 15, and the final deadline to sign up ... (White House)

US to send 200 more troops to Syria to bolster Raqqa assault

9 hrs ago - The US defence secretary has announced that 200 more military personnel will be sent to Syria to strengthen the fight against Islamic State in its stronghold of Raqqa. Speaking at talks on Middle East security, Ash Carter said Barack Obama had appro ... (The Guardian)

Top Republican a defiant response to intelligence on Russia's alleged involvement in the election

9 hrs ago - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raised doubts about intelligence pointing to Russia trying to help President-elect Donald Trump win the election. In a confidential briefing, McConnell reportedly expressed doubt about intelligence findings tha ... (Business Insider)

Pinochet shadow looms over Chile 10 years after death

12 hrs ago - Pinochet shadow looms over Chile 10 years after death The government of President Michelle Bachelet, whose father was tortured to death at the hands of Pinochet's agents, said the anniversary had little relevance for modern-day Chile. By: AFP Sant ... (Agence France-Presse)

Russia Hacked Republican Committee but Kept Data, U.S. Concludes

12 hrs ago - American intelligence agencies have concluded with high confidence that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clintons chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials ... (New York Times)

Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war

16 hrs ago - Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war By Yemeli ORTEGA (AFP) 2 hours ago. Ten years after Mexican troops were unleashed against drug cartels, the country will mark the anniversary without fanfare on Sunday, with murders rising again and the ... (Digital Journal)

Brazil's austerity package decried by UN as attack on poor people

16 hrs ago - Senior official says proposed budget cuts, which have been protested in violent street clashes, are lacking in all nuance and compassion Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro Friday 9 December 2016 11.04 EST Brazil is poised to implement the most soci ... (The Guardian)

'Lost' Austrian film predicting rise of nazism restored and relaunched

16 hrs ago - 'Lost' Austrian film predicting rise of nazism restored and relaunched City Without Jews premiered in Vienna in 1924. Now the original version, lost for 90 years, has been saved from decay Philip Oltermann in Vienna@philipoltermann Friday 9 Dec ... (Guardian)

Indigenous group in Peru vows to block oil drilling on Amazon ancestral land

17 hrs ago - The chiefs of 45 Achuar communities opposed government plan, spokesman said, and would physically prevent GeoPark and Petroperu from encroaching Reuters in Lima Friday 9 December 2016 11.36 EST An indigenous federation opposed to a recently approv ... (Reuters)

Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

17 hrs ago - Originally published December 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm Updated December 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN The Associated Press HAVANA (AP) Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet gia ... (Associated Press)

Ex-trader at Cantor Fitzgerald indicted on securities fraud

17 hrs ago - Updated 5:55 pm, Friday, December 9, 2016 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A former trader for Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has been indicted on securities fraud charges. Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 35-year-old David Demos, of Westport, cheated cust ... (Associated Press)

Supreme Court: Kansas violated rights of man jailed 4 years

17 hrs ago - Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Updated 5:04 pm, Friday, December 9, 2016 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) The state violated the rights of a convicted sex offender by holding him in jail for years without a trial under the claim that he was a sexually viol ... (Associated Press)

School boss changes ruling, bans Confederate flag clothes

17 hrs ago - Updated 6:55 pm, Friday, December 9, 2016 PLUM, Pa. (AP) A school district where a black student was upset that a classmate was allowed to wear a sweatshirt depicting the Confederate flag said on Friday that after more students went to class wea ... (Associated Press)

Lawyer: Reno boy shot by school cop had been bullied, beaten

18 hrs ago - Scott Sonner, Associated Press 6:35 p.m. EST December 9, 2016 Reno, Nev. An emotionally distressed 14-year-old armed with a knife had been bullied and beaten and was trying to escape from a crowd of classmates this week who had gathered to capture ... (Associated Press)

Critics: Alabama execution helps case against sedative

18 hrs ago - Kim Chandler and Kate Brumback, Associated Press Updated 7:39 pm, Friday, December 9, 2016 ATMORE, Ala. (AP) An Alabama execution in which a prisoner heaved his chest, coughed and appeared to move offers more evidence that a drug used to sedat ... (Associated Press)

Accusations of Fraud at Wells Fargo Spread to Sham Insurance Policies

18 hrs ago - When Wells Fargo admitted a few months ago that thousands of its employees had created as many as two million unauthorized accounts for its customers, alarm bells went off at Prudential, one of the nations biggest insurance firms. Wells Fargo has a ... (NYTimes)

Arkansas Court puts basic biological truths ahead of same-sex parents rights

18 hrs ago - Arkansas highest court on Thursday threw out a judges ruling that could have allowed all married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their childrens birth certificates without a court order, saying it doesnt violate equal protection ... (AP)

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson emerges as Trump's top Secretary of State candidate

18 hrs ago - Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson has emerged as the top candidate for secretary of state, two people familiar with the deliberations told the Washington Post Friday. Tillerson and former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential no ... (dallasnews)

Trump team memo on climate change alarms Energy Department staff

19 hrs ago - President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team sent the agency a memo this week asking for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers, alarming employees and advisor ... (Reuters)