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Name: Miles Archer
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Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
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Current location: Nevada
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BREAKING: Tesla and SpaceX Founder @elonmusk has resigned from his post as an advisor...

...to the president after decision to leave Paris Accord

Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 04:32 PM (3 replies)

Mother Jones: Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits

Trump Has No Idea What He Just Did or the Backlash That Awaits
If he's capable of regret, he'll regret leaving the Paris deal.

REBECCA LEBER JUN. 1, 2017 3:47 PM


The negotiations leading up to the Paris climate accord involved years of delicate diplomacy and thousands of voices offering guidance. President Donald Trump's handling of the decision to leave was the polar opposite.

Despite claiming that he's been "hearing from a lot of people," Trump doesn't appear to have any more detailed knowledge of climate change or the 2015 deal now than when he first pledged to cancel it on the campaign trail. The "lots of people" he's heard from include a disproportionate number of climate-change deniers, even though there are far more leaders in industry and on both sides of the aisle advocating for the US to remain in the agreement. They have argued that the Paris deal is important to the US, not just for its environmental merits, but also not to be excluded from the rest of the world, both economically and politically.

His months of hints and delays on a decision have drawn more than one comparison to The Bachelor reality show, but one with the highest of stakes. He recently went to the strongest US allies at the G7 without a clear answer, leading the G6 to isolate the US when it issued its communiqué that reaffirmed the agreement. As Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent noted, Trump’s nationalist case to exit Paris "does not allow space for recognition of what the Paris deal really is, which is constructive global engagement that serves America’s long term interests, as part of a system of mutually advantageous compromises.”

Trump doesn't have any sense of the backlash that's coming for him and the US now that he's kickstarted the process of pulling out, which won't be official for another three years. Two factors will especially hurt the US: First, the world has been dealing with the US as an unreliable partner on climate change for more than two decades, and leaders still well remember the other times the US reversed course on its promises; second, the world has never been more aligned in favor of action, making climate change a much bigger factor in the US relationship with its allies in non-climate related issues—from trade to defense to immigration—than it once was.

Add HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) to Trump's broken campaign promises list.

Trump Vowed to "Absolutely Prioritize" Black Colleges. Then Came His Budget.
Is the White House betraying a promise to HBCUs?


On the morning of February 27, more than 70 presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) stood in a West Wing corridor, waiting to enter the Oval Office. The meeting with President Donald Trump would be historic—the first time the head of every HBCU in the country had been invited to meet with the president at the White House. Top aides Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Reince Preibus mixed and mingled with the group. According to Morgan State University President David Wilson, who was among those attending, Bannon voiced a promise: "If you give us a plan, we will execute it." The implication was clear, Wilson says: Tell us what resources HBCUs need and the administration will find a way to pay for them in Trump's budget.

The Oval Office meeting was one of many conversations and phone calls since Election Day between HBCU presidents, leaders of HBCU advocacy groups, and the Trump White House. Earlier that day, the White House had promoted a newspaper story headlined "President Trump Seeks to Outdo Obama in Backing Black Colleges," which alluded to a plan for "historic" support for the schools. The next day, Trump signed an executive order that relocated a federal office devoted to helping fund and support black colleges from the Department of Education into the White House.

"We will make HBCUs a priority in the White House," Trump said at the signing. "An absolute priority."

But for leaders and advocates of these institutions, the release of Trump's budget in late May did nothing of the sort. Not only was there no new funding for HBCUs in the budget; Trump called for slashing millions of dollars from federal programs that also support degree programs at the schools. Trump's plan appeared to boost Pell Grants by extending their use to year-round—but meanwhile called for taking away $5 billion-plus in reserves from the Pell program and cutting at least $1.5 billion from other federal financial aid programs, including work study. Taken together, these cuts would disproportionately affect low-income students at black colleges and cost the schools millions in revenue.
Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 01:55 PM (0 replies)

Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on own initiative: Putin

Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on own initiative: Putin


President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow on their own initiative, but said the Russian state had never been involved in such hacking.

Putin, speaking to international media at an economic forum in St Petersburg, was answering a question about allegations Moscow might try to interfere in this year's German elections.

Moscow's attitude towards cyber crime is under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence officials alleged that Russian hackers had tried to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House, something Russia has flatly denied.

"If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russia. Is that possible? Theoretically it is possible," said Putin.
Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 01:49 PM (4 replies)

New intel may prove Trump - not just Sessions - had "private encounter" w/ Kislyak at campaign event

New intel may prove Trump — not just Sessions — had ‘private encounter’ with Kislyak at campaign event


Five current and former U.S. officials tell NBC News that “they are aware of classified intelligence suggesting there was some sort of private encounter between Trump and his aides and the Russian envoy” last April at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Trump, officials believe that the intelligence shows that then-Senator Jeff Sessions and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner were also at the meeting.

The officials emphasized to NBC news that this new evidence does not yet “amount to proof” and have “declined to provide details about it.”

Sessions had to recuse himself from the Russia investigation earlier this year when it was revealed that he failed to disclose two meetings with Kislyak during questioning at his Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general earlier this year. CNN reported on Wednesday night that Sessions may have had a third undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel, although this report did not suggest that Trump himself was at the meeting
Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 12:52 PM (1 replies)

Immigrant crime victim who appeared with Trump at rallies now feels "abused and exploited" by him

Immigrant crime victim who appeared with Trump at rallies now feels ‘abused and exploited’ by him


A group of people who have been victimized by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants now say they’ve been “abused and exploited” both by President Donald Trump and by a non-profit group that was purportedly trying to help them.

In an interview with Politico this week, so-called “angel mom” Brenda Sparks says that she feels that Trump and the Remembrance Project organization used her son’s death at the hands of an undocumented immigrant in 2011 to gain money and power — and then left her and several other families like hers with nothing to show for it.

“We were used, abused and exploited, and what’s worse is that my son was used abused and exploited and is still being used, abused and exploited,” said Sparks, who appeared onstage with Trump at rallies last summer. “Trump used the Remembrance Project to get to us, and the Remembrance Project also used him.”

Sparks alleges that the Remembrance Project — a non-profit group that says it’s dedicated to “educating and raising awareness of the epidemic of killings of Americans by individuals who should not have been in the country in the first place” — used their stories to raise money but didn’t do anything to help them out financially, despite the organization’s suggestions that it would.
Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 10:44 AM (7 replies)

Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" Guitar Sells for $1.9 Million, proceeds go to Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Garcia’s infamous “Wolf” guitar hit the auction block at last night's Guernsey's auction in Brooklyn—and its sale will wind up raising more than $3 million for charity.

The guitar was bought by Brian Halligan, CEO of marketing group HubSpot and a lifelong Deadhead.

Halligan paid $1.9 million, which includes the buyer's premium, and his $1.6 million pre-premium bid was matched by an anonymous charity. You can see a photo of Halligan with the guitar at last night's auction right here, courtesy of the BBC.

All the proceeds from the sale will go to Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC).


The new Mother Jones cover nails it, but may also make you sick to your stomach.

Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 09:39 AM (4 replies)

White House: Trump's need for aides "outweighs" any ethics concerns

President Donald Trump has granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists.


They also reveal a president who is granting ethics waivers at an unusually rapid pace. The 17 senior White House appointees were all granted waivers in the past four months. His predecessor, Barack Obama, granted that same number of waivers to his top staff over the course of his eight years in office.

The waivers allow those covered under them to be exempt from some of the restrictions imposed by Trump’s executive order on ethics, which he signed just days after taking office. Most involve allowing contact with former clients and employers.

According to White House lawyers, each of these waivers is justified because the administration’s “need for the covered employee’s services outweighs the concern” that he or she might put their own financial interests above the interests of the nation.

Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 09:24 AM (3 replies)

SHOCKING NEW REVELATIONS from President Trump on Russia...it's OBAMA! #OhChristNotThisShitAgain

Posted by Miles Archer | Thu Jun 1, 2017, 09:15 AM (5 replies)
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