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Fukushima’s Dangerous Reactor ; Hostile Audience at GOP Town Halls ; Global Arms Trade Reaches Highest Point Since Cold War …and More Picks

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’Chinese ‘Blackwater’? ; Israeli Forces Go After Homes and Schools ; Kushner Critics CNN to Its Boss: Time Warner …and More Picks

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Trump Uses 80-Year-Old Playbook to Discredit the Media

The agitated man accused the press of lying. He pointed out that reports claiming that the administration wanted to keep its people uninformed were incorrect and came from a “small group of intellectuals and professional naysayers.” The purpose of these false stories was to drive a wedge between the people and their leader. Furthermore, the man ranted, if one were to believe what the press wrote, it would appear that another world war was imminent. Nothing could be further from the truth, he added.

Trump: Bully For You

Jonathan Z. Larsen has seen a lot. 

He covered the 1968 police riots during the Chicago convention, the Charles Manson murders in LA, the implosion of the US Army at the end of the Vietnam War, and the slow decline of media beginning in the 1980s. 

But he has never seen anything as depressing as the election of Donald J. Trump.

TSA’s Profiling of Ethnic Groups Puts Public at Greater Risk

A senior TSA manager at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport who has become a whistleblower talks to WhoWhatWhy’s Jeff Schechtman about the scandalous corruption within the agency, and the retaliation that follows attempts to improve the situation.

Andrew Rhoades is an Assistant Federal Security Director at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport. Rhoades is in charge of mission support and logistics.

He refused when he was pressured by his supervisor to profile Somali-American Imams and community members who visited his office.

Voters with ‘Ethnic’ Names Score Big Win in Georgia

Hundreds of thousands of US citizens have already lost — or could still lose — their right to vote as a result of schemes put in place by Republican lawmakers in states they control. These Americans are not criminals and have committed no offense. The only thing they did “wrong” was to have a name that includes punctuation or a special character like an accent, or to share their first and last name and birthday with someone in another state, even though it can be proven that they are two different people.

Dr. Cyril Wecht on JFK’s Murder: A “Coup d’état in America”

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in the streets of Dallas in broad daylight. According to the Warren Commission (1964), the government’s first official investigative panel into the president’s death, JFK was shot by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald from the 6th floor window of the Schoolbook Depository building with an Italian Mannlicher Carcano rifle.

Classic Who: Tennessee Decides It Is Not Backward Enough

In the spring of 2012, we ran the following short article about the triumph of know-nothingism in education. And today the subject has never been more apt. Pending the confirmation vote, we will have an accomplished Climate Denier as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, plus every other manner of weirdly counter-intuitive choice for other cabinet positions. 

Possibly the greatest triumph of know-nothingness was the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, a person with no relevant credentials whatsoever.

The Republican War on Facts

“I am a firm believer in the people,” Abraham Lincoln supposedly once said. “If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

While Republicans love to refer to themselves as the “Party of Lincoln,” they seem to disagree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of this quote. They certainly don’t want the American people to have facts — and nobody in their right mind would ever refer to their current standard-bearer as “Honest Don.”

A Fishy “New” Deal

With all of the craziness the Trump administration is throwing at us, there is always a chance that a major story is going to slip through the cracks. Like this one: Remember when Donald Trump stood next to piles of (likely empty) folders and pretended that he would take any number of steps to separate himself from his business interests?

Privileges and Power: Comparing Trump and South Korea’s Impeached President

Millions filled the streets and chanted “Not My President,” hoping that their protests would force out the country’s corrupt leader. Now, it appears they may be succeeding.

What sounds like the dream of progressives across the United States is actually the scenario currently playing out in South Korea, where President Geun-Hye Park was impeached by the National Assembly late last year and is on the verge of being ousted. Because of the many similarities between her and Donald Trump, the situation in South Korea should serve as a warning to the new US president.