President Trump Is Driving the End of the GOP | US News


Week after dramatic week, it’s becoming increasingly clear that, under President Donald Trump, the Republican Party as Americans came to know it for 40 years is vanishing.

Trump is redefining conservatism in his own erratic image, and most Republican members of Congress are going along with him even though the long-time pillars of their belief system are crumbling.

Trump is not a true conservative. He is taking some pages from the right’s agenda but abandoning others, and GOP stalwarts are in a stew over it. Yet there is no Republican rebellion and precious little pushback.

Source: President Trump Is Driving the End of the GOP | The Report | US News

House GOP pushes hardline immigration plan as Senate deals fail | TheHill


House GOP leaders are forging ahead with their own hardline immigration bill, as the Senate threw in the towel Thursday on legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Source: House GOP pushes hardline immigration plan as Senate deals fail | TheHill

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Will Lead to More Harm: We Need Broad-Based Public Investment


I think the structure of the plan is what we expected to see. It is only $200 billion in federal funding, as opposed to the headline claims of either $1.5 trillion or $1 trillion that the administration had been claiming.

Of that, $100 billion goes to this sort of grant program that kicks the funding decisions to states and localities. They are required to come up with 80 percent of the funding and the federal government only provides 20 percent.

There is $50 billion for rural projects. All of it comes back to what appears to be their belief that state and local governments need to spend even more on funding our infrastructure.

Then, there are quite a lot of boilerplate claims about leveraging the private sector.

Source: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Will Lead to More Harm: We Need Broad-Based Public Investment

For the Love of Liberation: Let’s Stop Belittling Others and Start Organizing


The road to better insights, which many of us are still actively traveling on, is often marked by people who take the time to help us learn and grow, and who don’t belittle others simply because they’re not as informed.

During difficult times like these we’re living in, there will always be people who are prone to behave in desperate ways. Some are ready, willing and able to quickly betray themselves and/or others for anything that even just slightly appears to resemble relief or security.

They may be capable of committing themselves to the same political missteps that helped lead us all to this despicable moment we’re in.

Actual progress and change can die and do die at the hands of an overzealous optimism that relies on the same to give us anything new.

Source: For the Love of Liberation: Let’s Stop Belittling Others and Start Organizing

The perils of going digital with an imperfect design

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.. digitization is actively being looked upon as a solution to numerous challenges. However, it is often forgotten that digitization is merely a mode for delivery of solutions and not the solution itself.

While digitization of a process may help in enhancing the outreach, its design process must establish clear objectives and an inclusive and good planning.

.. The agricultural lard records available online are not free of errors; also these cannot be used for legal purposes (as the website itself claims). In short, the government assumes no responsibility for the land records, they have facilitated on their websites.

In fact, the entire process has become even more cumbersome than before, thanks to the entry of another layer of authentication, the tehsildar.

Source: The perils of going digital with an imperfect design

5Pointz graffiti artists were awarded millions after developer Jerry Wolkoff painted over their pieces | Quartzy


The case is of particular interest to street art lovers everywhere because it involves the famed “United Nations of graffiti” in Queens, New York called 5Pointz.

The mecca for the world’s most prominent street artists has been demolished and turned to luxury condos. This is the first time that graffiti writers—once considered a scourge upon cities, but now increasingly lauded as artists—won a lawsuit based on the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA), which bestows artists certain rights to their work regardless of who owns it or where it’s installed.

Source: 5Pointz graffiti artists were awarded millions after developer Jerry Wolkoff painted over their pieces — Quartzy

Global Debt Crisis II Cometh


The ducks are beginning to line up for yet another global debt crisis. US mortgage rates are hinting at another crash, student debt crises loom in both the US and UK, consumer and corporate debt is at record levels and global debt to GDP ratio is higher than it was during the financial crisis.

When you look at the figures you realize there is an air of inevitability of what is around the corner. If the last week has taught us anything, it is that markets are unprepared for the fallout that is destined to come after a decade of easy monetary policies.

Global debt is more than three times the size of the global economy, the highest it has ever been.

Source: Global Debt Crisis II Cometh

US Economy Is in Danger of Overheating and Exploding Into Financial Crisis | US News


.. By this time next year, we will have had another 2008-2009 style global economic and financial market crisis. And we will do so despite Janet Yellen’s recent reassurances that we would not have another such crisis within her lifetime.

There are two basic reasons to fear another full-blown global economic crisis soon: The first is that we have in place all the ingredients for such a crisis.

The second is that due to major economic policy mistakes by both the Federal Reserve and the U.S. administration, the U.S. economy is in danger of soon overheating, which will bring inflation in its wake.

That in turn is all too likely to lead to rising interest rates, which could very well be the trigger that bursts the all too many asset price bubbles around the world.

Source: US Economy Is in Danger of Overheating and Exploding Into Financial Crisis | Economic Intelligence | US News

White House counsel walks a fine line in serving Trump’s demands | The Washington Post


The previously unreported episode underscores White House counsel Donald McGahn’s precarious position in the Russia probe as he seeks to both mollify and protect his client, the commander in chief.

He has served as an adviser, a participant and most recently a witness in the continuing Russia investigation — a complex role that puts him at the center of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s examination of whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

Source: White House counsel walks a fine line in serving Trump’s demands – The Washington Post

Riding an Untamed Horse: Priebus Opens Up on Serving Trump | The New York Times


The meeting, to say the least, had not gone well.

Upset at a presidential dressing down, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just left the White House vowing to resign. Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, raced out of the building, found him in his car, banged on the door and implored him to come back inside.

Mr. Priebus’s account comes in a new chapter included in the paperback edition of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” by Chris Whipple, to be published on March 6 by Broadway Books.

Source: Riding an Untamed Horse: Priebus Opens Up on Serving Trump – The New York Times