“America’s diplomacy power is being completely destroyed, ambassador warns”


SALON

“She added, “There is no denying that our leadership ranks are being depleted at a dizzying speed, due in part to the decision to slash promotion numbers by more than half. The Foreign Service officer corps at State has lost 60 percent of its Career Ambassadors since January. Ranks of Career Ministers, our three-star equivalents, are down from 33 to 19. The ranks of our two-star Minister Counselors have fallen from 431 right after Labor Day to 369 today — and are still falling.” MORE

“It Only Took Trump One Year To Trash America’s Global Reputation”


HUFFINGTON POST

“In the year since the Nov. 8, 2016 election, dread and anxiety around the world has only mounted with the realization that Trump doesn’t care for strategic alliances or multilateral solutions to global challenges. His is a zero-sum approach to world affairs in which the “winner” takes all and diplomacy is for losers.

The United States has become less respected under Trump, polls suggest, and as the president disdainfully discards the nation’s mantle of global leadership, erstwhile close allies are relying less on America and instead are going their own way.” MORE

“Mike Flynn Is Going Down With Trump On Russia By Refusing Request To Be A Senate Witness”


POLITICUS USA

President Donald Trump warned his fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn to “stay strong” last April, and Flynn is “staying strong” by refusing a new request to appear as a witness before the Senate Intelligence committee, according to a report by CNN.

 

 

 

“Porn Star In Randy Video ‘Liked’ By Ted Cruz Wishes He Paid For It”


HUFFINGTON POST

“The actress who starred in the porn video liked by Ted Cruz’ Twitter account has harsh words for the Texas Senator.

“I didn’t like that he watched it for free,” Cory Chase told HuffPost. “He pirated that video. He should have paid Reality Kings for a subscription.”

Cruz denied that he was responsible for the incident, blaming the issue on a “staffing issue.”  MORE

“Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn’t work, study says”


POLITICO

“Facebook touts its partnership with outside fact-checkers as a key prong in its fight against fake news, but a major new Yale University study finds that fact-checking and then tagging inaccurate news stories on social media doesn’t work.

The study, reported for the first time by POLITICO, found that tagging false news stories as “disputed by third party fact-checkers” has only a small impact on whether readers perceive their headlines as true. Overall, the existence of “disputed” tags made participants just 3.7 percentage points more likely to correctly judge headlines as false, the study said.” MORE

“Paul Krugman: America has begun its slide into fascism”


SALON

“Trump has a who’s who of vote suppressors working to keep the GOP in majority in 2018”


SALON

“Understanding contemporary white supremacy: Is the alt-right really something new?”


SALON

A panel of scholars discusses the historical roots of modern white supremacy — and its most recent reinvention

“Top Democrat Warns That Trump Is Marching Towards Authoritarianism With Attack On Press Freedom”


POLITICUS USA

“He is a hostage of the Jews”: Trump angers his alt-right fans with Holocaust Remembrance statement”


SALON

Trump has finally issued a Holocaust statement that isn’t anti-Semitic — and his far right supporters aren’t happy