alternet.orgTrump's Self-Aggrandizing Military Parade Idea Goes Down in FlamesThe idea has been widely criticized. President Donald Trump's military parade originally planned for November has been scrapped — at least for this year — according to a new statement from the Pentagon Thursday night."The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I," said spokesman Col. Rob Manning in a statement. "We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019."
alternet.orgTrump's Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh Is Historically Unpopular — Which Should Make the GOP SweatIf confirmed, Kavanaugh will tilt the balance of the court. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick to be the next Supreme Court justice, ranks second-to-last in terms of public approval of any nominee dating back to 1987, according to a new CNN poll.Only 37 percent of Americans say they would like the Senate to confirm his nomination, while 40 percent oppose him. The only other nominee to poll worse was President Ronald Reagan's choice of Robert Bork — who failed to get confirmed.
alternet.orgHistory Professor Destroys GOP Senate Candidate's Racist Myths About Robert E. Lee and the Civil WarChris McDaniel tried to whitewash the cause of Robert E. Lee. An Iowa professor resoundingly schooled him. Among the numerous white supremacists running for higher office this year is Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in the special election for Thad Cochran's old seat.
alternet.orgIt's Time to Turn Off Trump and Tune In to Your CommunityNo matter where you live, there is something critically important happening right now that needs your support. I am so sick of news. Aren’t you?I’m sick of Trump’s face on the front page of every newspaper and magazine. I’m sick of turning on the TV and seeing him on every channel. I’m tired of my daily email from the Columbia Journalism Review having something about mainstream media and Donald Trump in the subject line. Every. Single. Day.Of course, this is a mild exaggeration. But it certainly feels that way, doesn’t it?2
alternet.orgFormer Chief White House Ethics Lawyer: If Trump Forces Mueller Into a Subpoena Fight, He Will LoseTrump's allies frequently complain how long the Mueller investigation is taking. Norm Eisen explains a simple way Trump could speed it up. An ongoing complaint Republicans have about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation is that it is supposedly taking too long and he should "wrap it up."
alternet.orgCNN's Don Lemon Breaks Down During Emotional Tribute to Aretha Franklin: 'We Lost A Legend'Lemon also explained Franklin’s impact on his life as a child of the 1960s. CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday broke down during a conversation about “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday.Lemon detailed his relationship with Franklin, explaining she would “text [him] out of the blue” to tell her how proud she was of him.
alternet.orgThe White House Is Completely 'Rattled' by Omarosa — and Some Fear She May Have 200 Recordings: ReportA New York Times report shows the effects of the ex-staffers bombshell of a book tour. As Omarosa Manigault Newman continues her dramatic book tour, promoting her exposé Unhinged and making wild claims about her time in the administration and about President Donald Trump, White House staffers are more fearful than they've been about anything other than the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times.
alternet.orgNew Report About the Stormy Daniels Hush Money Really Makes It Look Like Potentially Illegal Campaign SpendingIt all comes back to the "Access Hollywood" tape. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a startling new revelation that, according to a source's allegation, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, initially did not want to make the now-infamous $130,000 hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to prevent the story of Trump's sexual encounter with her from surfacing.
alternet.orgHere's Why a Former US Attorney Thinks Michael Cohen's Sudden Silence Should Terrify TrumpFor a time, Michael Cohen's name was splashed across national headlines. Now he appears to be laying low. Omarosa Manigault Newman is making a splash with her new book Unhinged, which recounts her time in President Donald Trump's White House and lobs a series of damning allegations against the president. In her promotional tour for the book, the former White House staffer has also made several new claims — including the explosive assertion that Trump knew ahead of time about hacked emails before they were released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign.
alternet.orgWife of Trump Aide Who Pleaded Guilty in Mueller Probe Says He Should Withdraw His ConfessionGeorge Papadopoulos has admitted to lying to the FBI. George Papadopoulos was a relatively unknown member of President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election, but he has since become a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, in which he has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.But on Thursday, Papadopoulos' wife, Simona Mangiante, said that he should withdraw his confession and stop cooperating in a statement she gave to MSNBC's Ari Melber. He revealed the statement Thursday on his show "The Beat."
alternet.orgRetired Admiral Scolds Trump in Fiery Op-ed: 'You Have Embarrassed Us in the Eyes of Our Children'The rebuke came in response to Trump's targeting of former CIA Director John Brennan. President Donald Trump has demonstrated a noticeable fondness for military leaders, surrounding himself with officers such as Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and former national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Many have speculated that this fondness comes from personal insecurity, as Trump himself famously avoided military service during the Vietnam War — supposedly because he had "bone spurs."
alternet.orgRESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Contributions to Civil RightsThe "Queen of Soul" died Thursday. Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin—who battled pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems—has died, her publicist told the Associated Press Thursday.NEW YORK (AP) — Publicist for Aretha Franklin says the Queen of Soul died Thursday at her home in Detroit.
alternet.orgJohn Brennan Calls President Trump's Claim of No Collusion With Russia 'Hogwash' in Scathing NYT Op-Ed"Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash," Brennan wrote. Former CIA director John Brennan called out President Donald Trump as a liar -- and a possible traitor -- in a scathing column published a day after the announcement that he had been stripped of his security clearance.
alternet.orgHere's How the Hallucinogen Ayahuasca Taught Me a Valuable, Old-School Republican LessonTo the extent possible, don't harsh other people's trips. Ayahuasca, a Peruvian hallucinogen, is on people’s minds these days, in part with Michael Pollan’s best-selling book How to Change Your Mind.1 I’d been meaning to try it and my opportunity came up recently.
alternet.orgFCC Shuts Down Alex Jones' Pirate Radio Station and Slaps Operators With $15,000 FineLiberty Radio has allegedly been operating without a license for years. The Federal Communications Commission has shut down Alex Jones' flagship Austin, TX-based pirate station, Liberty Radio, and has levied a $15,000 fine.
alternet.orgOther People Are Having Way Less Sex Than You Think They AreMen have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women. Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed view of the sex lives of young women.As part of Ipsos’ long-running studies on misperceptions, to be released in a new book, The Perils of Perception, we asked people in Britain and the US to guess how often people aged 18-29 in their country had sex in the past four weeks.
alternet.orgHere Are 5 of the Worst Scandals Showing the Cruelty and Corruption of the Trump EraEach day reveals new stunning behavior from the White House and the president himself. Republican Charles J. Sykes, author of How the Right Lost Its Mind and one of President Donald Trump’s vocal critics on the right, recently described the Trump era as one of “corruption and cruelty” — summing it up perfectly.
alternet.orgI Went From Prison to Professor – Here’s Why Criminal Records Should Not Be Used to Keep People Out of CollegeStanley Andrisse was once branded a career criminal and served time in prison. Today, he is a professor at two medical schools and an advocate for higher education for those who've served time. Beginning next year, the Common Application – an online form that enables students to apply to the 800 or so colleges that use it – will no longer ask students about their criminal pasts.
alternet.orgHere's How Democrats Can Defeat Trump — by Pledging to Fulfill One of His Biggest Broken PromisesThis could be a winning issue in the midterms. While commentators chastise congressional Democrats for lacking a cogent message for midterm voters, does the opposition really need to say much more than "to hell with Trump"? If so, they can start hammering a theme that will unite the party base, attract wavering supporters and blister the hide off this president for a monumental broken promise.The killer issue is perfectly obvious: infrastructure.
alternet.org'An Attempt to Stifle Free Speech': 12 Former Intel Officials Sign Statement Condemning Trump's Intimidation TacticsIt is rare for such officials to issue such a stern denunciation of the White House. A group of a dozen former intelligence officials signed a joint statement Thursday night condemning President Donald Trump's revocation of former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance in an apparent effort to silence a critic.Such a statement is a rarity, as is Brennan's outspoken criticism of Trump. It shows the seriousness with which they take Trump's breach of precedent that they chose to issue a statement at all.