What's "The Irony of Trump's Attack on the National Endowment for the Arts," according to Henry Godinez at TruthOut? Why, the fact that so much NEA funding goes to the very same distressed rural areas that support Mr. Trump, of course! Which I imagine is all part of the plan -- take from rural Americans, blame Democrats, enrage rural Americans further, rinse, repeat. If you are a rural American, of course, you might want to say something to your Reps and Senators about it.
Dean Baker reminds us Our Glorious Elites are having a very, very hard time coming to grips with the fact that the American people understand full well what "free" trade deals do to us. Hence the lies about automation, the booga-booga about China, and the bait-and-switch where Our Glorious Elites talk about American support for "trade" as a way of suggesting Americans support "free" trade, which is a bit like trying to prove Americans all love bestiality by saying Americans all love sex. Also, too, Americans hate "free" trade because it's the most obvious way politicians try to "redistribute income upward."
Ari Berman says the Trump Administration's utter lies about "voter fraud" "Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression." I know what you're saying: will lead to? But "voter fraud" hysteria leads to bills outlawing same-day registration and tightening Voter ID requirements, all while we're waiting for someone, anyone, to win a lawsuit against the Interstate Crosscheck database, which I presume is inevitable if someone will but file it. (Oh, and "(t)his morning, on this show, is not the venue to lay out all the evidence" should have ended Stephen Miller's political career, but it won't, because ours is a sick, immoral, and decadent society led by a sick, immoral, and decadent Administration.)
American military veterans join the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, by literally standing between Native protestors and the governments that aim to remove them. Will right-wingers assault the patriotism of these brave veterans? I kid -- of course they will, because when you're morally and intellectually bankrupt, all you have left is to defend the "leader" of your "team," no matter whom you insult in the process.
Finally, because it can't all be bad news, a blue-collar California town stands up to Chevron and builds a better future for itself. The Richmond Progressive Alliance -- an actual populist coalition, versus the fake ones running our government at present -- has been around for a dozen years; its victories include getting a supermajority on the city's Council and leveraging a threat to use eminent domain to force banksters to renegotiate mortgages into solid rent controls for working families. I wish them luck in their future endeavors -- particularly against Chevron, which makes residents because of its own laziness.