THE TRAITOROUS “MULVANEY DOCTRINE”

Public Citizen calls out Mulvaney for what he is, and Senator Sanders confronts him head on.

Deidre Fulton at Common Dreams reports on the mounting outrage.

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WE’RE KILLING MORE AND MORE AFGHAN CHILDREN

Ruchi Kamar in Truthoout describes the juvenile toll of the endless war.

2017 was a record year for children’s casualties there.

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I’VE PUT IN A CALL TO GAIL BREWER’S OFFICE

After the fiasco of the Rizzoli demolition–there is now almost nothing left on 57th Street to indicate that this was once the premier neighborhood of luxurious private homes in Manhattan–the Borough President announced she was going to propose new landmark designation procedures to forestall another loss to the city like that one.

What are the new guidelines her office is drafting?

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MULVANEY IS INTOLERABLE

His tortured perversion of morality and linguistics truly suggests the placards at the concentration camps exhorting the value of work.

Since Mulvaney now redefines “compassion” to mean sadism, why don’t we all redefine “salary” in his case to mean debit, and start a monthly withdrawal from his bank account in lieu of remuneration?

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WHO IS VETTING THE HOME PAGE OF NYTIMES.COM?

Why is Julie Hirschfeld Davis allowed to make the hogwash claim that Medicare and Social Security are the two largest drivers of US debt?

One more time:

Social Security is self-funded.

We spend more on military than on Medicare.

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SPIN FAUCET MICK MULVANEY

This insufferable operative is lying his head off about Trump’s budget and its devastating cuts.

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THE LAST THING EAST MIDTOWN NEEDS

is more new buildings of greater height, but apparently something called the East Midtown Steering Committee, connected to the NYC Planning Commission, is trying to push through new zoning to allow just that in an already monstrously overdeveloped neighborhood. To do so they’ve tried to invent a crisis that at this point is even less than hypothetical: at some time in the future, the area’s office buildings might not be considered posh and new enough. Therefore we must encourage a new era of leviathans.

This is, of course, transparently balderdash.

Winnie Hu in The New York Times makes the mistake of incorporating the Steering Committee’s sales pitch into the body of her article without offering us a independent perspective on their claims. But the real focus of her article is the way that Greenacre Park on East 51st Street is projected to be covered in shadow from the supersized buildings to come. A NYC Planning Commission flack offers a limp, boilerplate denial.

Sounds like the latest NYC real estate boondoggle.

Hu’s piece is a must read.

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WHITE HOUSE, INC HAS NO TOLERANCE FOR DEMOCRACY

Wilbur Ross’s effusions over demonstration-free Saudi America is so telling.

That was a Freudian slip.

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ANDREW LACK DRAGGED TO NEGOTIATING TABLE

I mean, why would the MSNBC head want to retain ratings champ Lawrence O’Donnell?

Corporate media is about championing ideology at least as much as profit.

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THE VILE, STINKING LEGACY OF ROGER AILES

Ailes, writes Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone “is on the short list of people most responsible for modern America’s vicious and bloodthirsty character.

“We are a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people whose chief source of recreation is slinging insults and threats at each other online, and we’re that way in large part because of the hyper-divisive media environment he discovered.”

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