Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

This is exactly correct. Supposed “liberals” and “progressives” (at least many of them) sold out the last vestiges of “liberalism” with President Obama. In many ways “liberals” and “progressives” within the Democratic Party just devolved into authoritarians. They allowed Obama to run roughshod over the Constitution and to expand the power of the Executive Branch because, well, Obama was your guy.

You were hoodwinked. And the thing is many of you (but not all) were willfully hoodwinked.

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Obama’s corporatist legacy

Carney lets Obama off too easy here. Not only does Obama leave a corporatist legacy, Obama is himself a corporatist, or more specifically and we’d say more accurately a crony capitalist. Obama used government both passively and actively to enrich his friends (and ultimately himself). The president also sought unceasingly to further entwine business and government so that crony fruit could be plucked by allies in the future. He gave away much to pharma and the health complex in Obamacare.

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John Harwood Asks “Who Do You Believe America?” – Gets Surprising Answer (For him)

Surprise to Harwood maybe. (But how could it be at this point? How daft could he be?) But not a surprise to us or likely many of our readers.

Harwood is, as you may remember the the chief political correspondent for CNBC who also ran stories by and offered advice to the Clinton campaign. (This was exposed by Wikileaks.)

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Here are the 52 public companies that make the most money from the federal government

Image: CNBC

This headline comes from CNBC and is misleading. These companies don’t “make the most money from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,” Taxpayers are making these companies rich, not the government. It’s not the government’s money. It’s yours. Too many people forget this.

Why are we going into massive debt, in part, to pad the bottom lines of these companies?

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Rick Perry’s Texas Giveaways

“See now I wear glasses! Almost makes you forget that whole “whoops” moment doesn’t it? My PR person said it would.”

Perry is a crony capitalist. Absolutely. And Trump fans should call Perry and Trump out for it. There are plenty of swamps in Texas and Rick Perry is definitely a swamp thing.

However, if Perry helped Trump scrap the Department of Energy (this is very unlikely) he could redeem himself a bit.

Really though Trump would probably have been wise to let Perry remain out to pasture.

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Italy Urges Europe To Begin Censoring Free Speech On The Internet

Brexit, Trump, and the Italian referendum this month have shown pretty clearly that the global middle class has had about enough. However, the people who have long run the political show aren’t happy about this bourgeois revolt. Indeed as the “deplorables” have gained their voice the (old) powers that be are crying out for censorship. That, not Russian hacking, is what the “fake news” meme is all about. The crony media system, a partnership between government and the media corporations is breaking down and people like Obama,

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