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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they heard ‘shithouse' rather than ‘shithole,' allowing them to deny the president's comments on television over the weekend, Credibility is like virginity. You only get to lose it once. read more


Monday, January 15, 2018

David Corn: Once again, the political-media world is in a tizzy over a Donald Trump remark. In a White House meeting on Thursday, he ... oh, you know what happened. ... Trump's "s---hole" moment was years in the making. With the nation -- or at least, part of it -- trying to come to terms with this latest manifestation of Trump's vileness, it's a good time to remember a fundamental reality: Trump became racist-in-chief because Republicans and conservatives embraced him and normalized his racism-driven politics. ... His racist comment is much more than the latest reminder of his dark soul; it is a reflection of the values (or lack thereof) of a party and movement that has accepted Trump and elevated him to its highest rank.


Kevin Jennings, Los Angeles Times: For those clamoring for a wall against immigrants, it may come as a surprise to learn that there were no federal laws concerning immigration until well into the history of the United States. When people say "my ancestors came here legally," they're probably right. For the first century of the country's existence, anyone could land here and walk right off the boat with no papers of any kind ... The first federal general immigration law was enacted in 1882. It prohibited from entering the U.S. "any convict, lunatic, idiot, or any person unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge." In other words, unless you were physically or mentally incapable of taking care of yourself, you were in -- unless you were Chinese. That's because the first sweeping federal restriction on immigration also came in 1882, in the form of the Chinese Exclusion Act. read more


Today is the day many American politicians pretend to care about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, one of the wisest souls who attempted to save this sorry nation. Don't fall for their scams. Modern day Republicans and Democrats often speak as if they love King, even as they excoriate the real heirs to his legacy: the Black Lives Matter activists and other social justice warriors who fight for racial and economic liberation. But the truth is, many of these American politicians would have hated King when he was alive as much as they hypocritically dishonor his radical legacy today. As you listen to American politicians from both parties invoke MLK, think about if their actions live up to King's vision of justice – and push them as hard as he would have when they fall short. read more


Sunday, January 14, 2018

A video posted on Twitter last night shows the innovative work of a national hero who projected "This Place is a S---hole" onto the walls of the Trump International Hotel. read more


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Examples from the essay:

• Trump's real-estate company was sued twice by the federal government in the 1970s for discouraging the renting of apartments to African-Americans and preferring white tenants, such as "Jews and executives."

• In 1989, Trump took out ads in New York newspapers urging the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park; he continued to argue that they were guilty as late as October 2016, more than 10 years after DNA evidence had exonerated them.

• He spent years claiming that the nation's first black president was born not in the United States but in Africa, an outright lie that Trump still has not acknowledged as such.

• He began his 2016 presidential campaign by disparaging Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists."

• He has retweeted white nationalists without apology.

• He frequently criticizes prominent African-Americans for being unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.

• He called some of those who marched alongside white supremacists in Charlottesville last August "very fine people."

• He is quick to highlight crimes committed by dark-skinned people, sometimes exaggerating or lying about it (such as a claim about growing crime from "radical Islamic terror" in Britain). He is very slow to decry hate crimes committed against dark-skinned people (such as the murder of an Indian man in Kansas last year).

• At the White House yesterday, Trump vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway.


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