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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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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Open Secrets: Trump “self funded” $56.1 million, only 22.67% of funds raised

Source: OpenSecrets.org

This is from the most recent report from Open Secrets on the Trump campaign. It shows that Trump, though heavily invested did not “self fund” his campaign as he said he was doing. This is an important point as Trump’s self funding was a significant part of his appeal for many. The idea that he owed no one was powerful.

To a large degree the “Trump independence” meme does appear to hold true even if Trump only self funded 1/5 of his campaign.

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Tweet: Trump suggests an upgrade to F-18 Super Hornet in light of F-35 cost overruns

The F-18 is a beloved jet. The Navy might be happy with this. Always better to have 2 engines over the open ocean than just one. (The F-35 has a single engine.)

How one creates a “comparable” version of the F-18 seems quite a challenge to say the least. Trump’s challenge might keep Lockheed a little more honest however. (This is of course relative. We are talking about Boeing and the defense contractor game here.)

In reality we should probably be asking whether we should even have human pilots in the next generation of fighters.

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“I went all in for Bernie,” she said. “But the DNC burned him, so I went off the plantation to become a deplorable.”

This is an interesting article because it hints of the tectonic shifts going on in the electorate. Some shifts, like Pennsylvania going Republican are obvious. Others are much more subtle, the result of quiet movements in political magma bubbling under the surface.

In the attached article, Politico (being Politico) makes sure to trot out the already tired memes of Tumptist racism. The article also perpetuates the “Steve Bannon is a ‘white nationalist’” bit. (Which for the record,

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