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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

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

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."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."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- new version

Local Futures offers a free, shortened version of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. This 19-minute abridged version "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

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May 12, 2009

LIVING FOR CHANGE: Obama's First 100 Days

Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs' analysis: ..."Obama’s weaknesses are especially troubling because in the coming period the situation in the U.S. will increasingly resemble that of post-World War I Germany when military defeat, the Great Depression and gigantic inflation created the conditions for Hitler’s rise to power.
"Our responsibility, at this watershed in our history, is to face the past honestly and do the things necessary to heal ourselves and our planet..."

Her weekly "Living for Change" newsletter for May 10-16, 2009, starts:

"I supported Obama’s election because his “Together We Can” campaign helped restore in the American people, and especially in young Americans, the conviction that we have the power within us to create the world anew.

"I didn’t support him for his color or for his politics, which are those of the average Democratic politician. I was also clear that, once in the Oval Office, Obama’s options would be limited.

"However, President Obama’s appointments and actions have been worse than I anticipated. True, things are worse now than when he began his campaign. But that should have challenged him to probe more deeply into the roots of the crisis.

"Instead, his immediate re-appointment of Bush’s Defense Secretary and sending additional troops to Afghanistan reveal that, despite his early opposition to the Iraq war, he has no understanding of the root cause of 911: that the Muslim world is fed up with U.S. support of Israel’s occupation of Palestine and of the Saudi regime. The new Pentagon budget also reveals that counter-insurgency, or putting down the spreading global rebellion against the U.S., is what the administration is preparing us for.

"Similarly, the appointments of Geithner and Summers reveal that Obama has no grasp of the root causes of the economic meltdown and climate crisis."...

Read full article here.