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"Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???"

In Helsinki, Trump Shows He Is Indeed Guilty Of Collusion

July 17, 2018

Trump and Putin issued respective messages that each supported and advanced Russian disinformation. There you have it. Collusion. Trump working with Putin, in the open, to make the Russian attack on the United States disappear. Trump himself has proven the case.

Via: Mother Jones

Trump And Putin Against America

July 16, 2018

There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Via: New York Times

The Most Incompetent Demagogue In History

July 16, 2018

Trump’s pathetic defense is that the Russian hacking happened while Obama was president. And the defense articulated by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was even more pitiful. “The Russians are nailed. No Americans are involved. Time for Mueller to end this pursuit of the President and say President Trump is completely innocent.” Dream on, Rudy.

Via: HuffPost

Good News

Wins, Good Works, Heroines and Heroes

Wins

France’s World Cup Win Is A Victory For Immigrants Everywhere

July 16, 2018

The World Cup champions remind us all that, in an era of globalization, racial and ethnic diversity represent an enduring strength at all levels of society, ones that build cultural and political bridges within and between countries, nation-states and neighborhoods.

Via: CNN

Good Works

Hail To ‘The King,’ An Elvis Movie With Artivism

July 15, 2018

Calling Donald Trump “the antithesis of Elvis Presley,” director Eugene Jarecki said Trump’s election was evidence of how rapidly the “hijacking” of our nation by the wrong people has progressed, “like when you have a chronic sickness and then it moves into an acute sickness. This movie wouldn’t have happened if the country were healthier.”

Via: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

The Fake Outrage Of Trump Apologists

July 13, 2018

We’ve certainly experienced more than our share of aggrieved Trump apologists bemoaning the lack of civility toward them recently. As they go about their work of supporting a president who is terrorizing America’s democratic institutions, demonizing political opponents, praising long-time foes, separating families at the Southern border and threatening to limit our civil liberties, it’s no surprise that Trump’s uncivil servants are finding out firsthand that Americans are restless.

Bookshelf

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Tailspin: The People And Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–And Those Fighting To Reverse It – Steven Brill

From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America’s Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.

Via: Goodreads

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels – John Meacham

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

While the American story has not always — or even often — been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times.

Via: Goodreads

The President Is Missing – Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A spellbinding thriller, written by President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson.

As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing…

Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades.

Via: Goodreads

Big Screen

What we’re watching.

Sorry To Bother You

July 16, 2018

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a black 30-something telemarketer with self-esteem issues, discovers a magical selling power living inside of him. Suddenly he’s rising up the ranks to the elite team of his company, which sells heinous products and services. The upswing in Cassius’s career raises serious red flags with his brilliant girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a sign-twirling gallery artist who is secretly a part of a Banksy-style collective called Left Eye.

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Heaven and Earth – Kamasi Washington

July 16, 2018

“You can always say no,” Washington added. “If Trump pushes the nuclear button, the pilot with the missile can say no.”

Jazz has always been radical in its deconstructions of form and forceful assertions of black identity. Washington took pains to note that this album is political music, even at its most oblique, in the sense that it taps into and tries to understand the primal forces that animate our attitudes and choices.