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Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

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..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

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July 13, 2018

'Carnival of Resistance' as Hundreds of Thousands March Against Trump in UK

Demonstrators say "Trumpism directly threatens steps towards tackling" inequality, peace and disarmament, climate change, discrimination, and corporate greed

Published on 13 July 2018 by Common Dreamshttps://www.commondreams.org/author/jessica-corbett-staff-writer

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Hundreds of thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators took to the streets of London and in separate protests across the U.K. on Friday in a massive and historic show of opposition to a sitting U.S. president.

After Donald Trump was greeted with angry protesters as he arrived in London on Thursday to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, a 20-foot-tall Trump baby blimp took flight over the city early on Friday as the massive "Carnival of Resistance" protests—which are slated to last through the weekend—kicked off.

250,000 people are protesting #togetheragainsttrump in central London right now! #resist #carnivalofresistance #UKtrumpvisit pic.twitter.com/bTacIgyvpT

— Stop Trump (@UKStopTrump) July 13, 2018

My report for @euronews on today’s #TrumpVisitUK #TrumpProtests in central London as hundreds of thousands try to #BringtheNoise: pic.twitter.com/B35yB5L650

— Vincent McAviney (@VinnyMcAv) July 13, 2018

The controversial blimp depicting US president Donald Trump as a nappy-clad baby has taken flight in London as crowds gather for a major demonstration #TrumpBaby https://t.co/BSEJ05ZsvD pic.twitter.com/eY2XpSahrJ

— ITV News (@itvnews) July 13, 2018

While May and Trump held hands then delivered a press conference at Chequers, tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets for the main event—a 2pm march to Trafalgar Square in Central London, where anti-Trump Britons plan to host a rally Friday evening, despite accusations that U.K. officials aimed to curtail protests.

Participants shared updates on social media with the hashtags #TrumpUKVisit, #StopTrump, #TogetherAgainstTrump, and #CarnivalofResistance.

This is the #carnivalofresistance #13july #resist #UKtrumpvisit pic.twitter.com/PJmPHcCwNX

— Stop Trump (@UKStopTrump) July 13, 2018

We're joining the #carnivalofresistance today to send a clear message to the UK government: stop making us the puppet of #Trump's America. #TrumpVisitUK #13July #TogetherAgainstTrump #StopTrumpism #Resist pic.twitter.com/ghrs1ywW2n

— Global Justice Now (@GlobalJusticeUK) July 13, 2018

More and more people are arriving with their placards, smiles and humour to #London’s #CarnivalofResistance #StopTrump#TogetherAgainstTrump @UKStopTrump pic.twitter.com/naP4NxXqRk

— Shaista Aziz (@shaistaAziz) July 13, 2018

Several of the events have been organized by the Stop Trump Coalition, which played a key role in Trump's previous canceled trips and warns that "Trumpism directly threatens steps towards tackling" several issues including inequality, peace and disarmament, climate change, fighting discrimination—"particularly against already marginalized groups like migrants and Muslims"—and corporate greed. The Trump administration's family separation policy has further fueled widespread outrage and opposition to his visit.

In a column for the Guardian on Thursday, Owen Jones, who is part of the coalition, noted that "some of the establishment opposition has focused on Trump's vulgarity, his manners, that he is somehow unpresidential, rather than his political substance and what he represents," and emphasized the importance of protesting against Trump's actions and policies.