Thursday, November 17, 2016

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1-- Fake Content Puts Pressure on Facebook, Google-- New attempts at censorship of unpopular views

“Do you really want Facebook and Twitter deciding what you can talk about?” asked Karen North, director of the social-media program at the University of Southern California.

In a post on Saturday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “We must be extremely cautious about becoming arbiters of truth ourselves.”

2-- Who is Steve Bannon?

We’ve never met Mr. Bannon, and we don’t presume to know his character, but maybe one lesson of 2016 is that deciding that Americans who disagree with you are bigots is a losing strategy. Politics would be healthier if accusations of racism in the country that twice elected the first black President were reserved for more serious use...

“I’m a Leninist,” Mr. Bannon told a profiler for the Daily Beast in 2014. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”...

The recent media habit of searching out neo-Nazis, Confederacy nostalgists and other undesirables to opine about Mr. Trump is also a mistake. These voices have long been relegated to the fringes of politics and there’s no reason to give them a soapbox now. Nobody credible was poring over the Daily Stormer until the left found it politically useful.

Mr. Trump’s obligation is to avoid lending the prestige of the White House to this political underbelly. About the worst thing for U.S. democracy would be the legitimization of a white-identity grievance politics, mirroring how the left has polarized racial and sexual tensions to motivate voters. The President must represent all Americans, as Mr. Trump has promised to do

3-- Trump Threatens the Postwar Order--America’s role as a beacon of freedom and democracy is being jeopardized

Donald Trump’s election threatens the world order the United States has nurtured and led for the past 70 years.
In the wake of World War I, Americans rejected continued foreign engagement and turned inward, opening up a space that anti-democratic movements were happy to fill....

Of most immediate concern is the president-elect’s skeptical stance toward the world’s most important security alliance—the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, one of whose provisions commits all member states to come to the aid of any member under attack. This provision (Article 5) has been invoked only once since NATO came into existence in 1951—in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

During the Republican primary contest, Mr. Trump repeatedly called the trans-Atlantic alliance “obsolete.” Although he subsequently insisted that he wants to preserve it, his remarks after securing the nomination were less than reassuring. Any ally that doesn’t “reasonably reimburse” the United States for the cost of its defense will be told, “Congratulations, you are defending yourself...

For those Americans—Democrats and Republicans—who cherish America’s global role as a beacon of freedom and democracy, a Trump presidency presents a clear and present danger. Leaders in both parties must meet this challenge head-on before Mr. Trump irreparably damages our cause

4--Obama And Merkel: Globalization Is Here To Stay

“Today we find ourselves at a crossroads — the future is upon us, and we will never return to a pre-globalization economy. As Germans and Americans we must seize the opportunity to shape globalization based on our values and our ideas,” Obama and Merkel wrote in the article published in the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Merkel during her remarks at the press conference said something similar when speaking about “progress” with trade between the United States and Germany. “I think we share this conviction is that globalization needs to be shaped politically. It needs to be given a human face, but we cannot fall back into pre-globalization times.”

5--Anti-Defamation League Backs Down: ‘We Are Not Aware of Any Anti-Semitic Statements from Bannon’

6--Hillary Clinton Says ‘Radical Fringe’ Is Taking Over G.O.P. Under Donald Trump

7--Jeb Hensarling Says GOP Wants to End Rules on Retirement Advice and Payday Loans -- House Financial Services chairman says the Labor Department and CFPB rules ‘hurt struggling citizens’

8--What Dismantling Dodd-Frank Can Do

The Volcker rule, another Dodd-Frank provision, prohibited banks and their affiliates from trading securities for their own account.....The act would also repeal the Volcker rule, returning liquidity to the markets for debt securities....

The Choice Act is meant to replace Dodd-Frank with an approach that would be friendlier to the banking industry.

9--Obama’s Hollow Legacy

Even the unpopular and shady Hillary Clinton could have won Michigan if the people of Flint had received the federal help they needed so badly. Not only did the Obama environmental protection agency allow the beleaguered city to be given contaminated water, but he showed up for a photo opportunity and did nothing else as residents suffered. He drank a glass of water, posed for the cameras and returned to Washington. The people of Flint are still living under conditions Americans think of as being “Third World.”

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