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Millennials Are Looking To Socialism Because They Want To Make America Great — But For Everyone

How do you know whether you’re a socialist? Could you be one already without knowing it? By Nathan Robinson NBC (1/2/20) The word “socialism” is becoming more and more mainstream. When Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his 2016 presidential bid, only a fringe few dared to use the label. To call yourself a socialist was supposedly a political death sentence. Now, in part thanks to Sanders, many are wearing “socialism” as a badge of pride. Dozens of socialist candidates have won seats all over the country, including two members of Congress, and membership in the Democratic Socialists of America has exploded. According to a 2019…


Ralph Nader On Eisenhower’s Warning: Prophetic & Presently Understated

    The American Conservative (7/6/18) The American Conservative hosted its annual crony capitalism conference at which Ralph Nader delivered a speech on the military industrial congressional complex titled “Eisenhower’s Warning: Prophetic and Presently Understated.” Nader is an author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate. He is one of America’s most effective social critics, and has emerged as a leading voice against the growing convergence of government and corporate interests. He is the author of Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Link To 32-Minute Video Eisenhower’s Famous Farewell ‘Military Industrial Complex’ Warning — Ike’s warning about the…


DOCUMENTARY — Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky And The Media

  At yet another time of deceit and manipulation toward war, it is essential to understand how the corporate owners of the economy & government manufacture the consent of the population to send their children off to die in yet another useless war. Encore (11/16/17) Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a collage of biography, archival material and various graphics and illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick’s 22-award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky’s probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news….


The Book Corporate Dems Do NOT Want You Reading: Recent History Of Democratic Party Reveals Corrosive Influence Of Corporate Cash, Betrayal Of Workers & The Road To Reform

This is a book of real hope for progressives. In his new book Intercept journalist Ryan Grim lays out what exactly has happened to what used to be known as the party of the working people. Grim shows that when democrats truly stand for progressive ideas and values they win. As Grim documents in this fascinating book, over and over, tired old usual program of Democratic Party Wall Street obsequious corporate ‘centrism’ is the ticket to failure and ruin. If we — and the climate crisis stressed planet — hope to survive, we must wrest back control of the Democratic…


Older Voters Supporting Biden Need A Reality Check: He Has Worked Hard & Cut Deals To Slash Both Medicare & Social Security

By Branko Marcetic In These Times (4/26/19) Former Vice President Joe Biden, who officially announced his presidential campaign on Thursday, is positioning himself as the defender of the embattled working class: giving speeches to union audiences, tapping organized labor for early support, walking the Stop & Shop picket lines, and pairing his announcement with a reportedly impending endorsement from the International Association of Firefighters, who have pledged to help him raise money. However, an episode from the not-so-distant past cuts against this “friend of the working man” image: Biden’s leading role in the Obama administration’s 2011 efforts to slash the deficit by offering Republicans spending cuts to…


Federal Judge Blocks NC’s Restrictive Voter ID Law, Citing State’s ‘Sordid History’ Of Racist Voter Suppression

  By Julia Conley Common Dreams (1/1/20) Civil rights advocates on Tuesday praised a federal judge in North Carolina who struck down the state’s new voter ID law, saying in her ruling that there was likely “discriminatory intent” behind state Republicans’ attempt to force voters to present specific forms of identification at the polls. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs wrote in her ruling that the law, S.B. 824, was the latest example of North Carolina’s “sordid history of racial discrimination and voter suppression stretching back to the time of slavery, through the era of Jim Crow, and, crucially, continuing up to the present day.”…


From Military Brig To Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s ‘Toxic’ Pet War Criminal Cashes In On Newfound Fame

Along with all sorts of items emblazoned with the logo “KILL BAD DUDES,” the site sells a “Waterboarding Instructor” shirt. By Dave Phillips The New York Times (12/31/19) A year ago, Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher was wearing drab prison scrubs at a brig near San Diego, facing murder charges that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life. Now he is modeling his own lifestyle clothing brand, endorsing nutrition supplements and positioning himself as a conservative influencer with close ties to the man who helped clear him — President Trump. Chief Gallagher was…


Russia Monitor: Trump World’s Secret Deals, Back Door Deals & Rudy Deals Stoke World Chaos

  By Dan Peak Commoner Call (1/2/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump’s personal clown lawyer Rudy Giuliani might as well be Trump’s pay-for-play Secretary of State. We are told that Rudy is not being paid by Trump. To date we only know that Giuliani has received $500,000 from indicted associate Lev Parnas, who has been paid $1 million by indicted Russian billionaire oligarch Dymtro Firtash who is linked to Russian mafia in addition to being at the center of all things Trump-Ukraine conspiracy theories. Of course Trump has acknowledged that he’s getting his guidance from Russian President Vladimir Putin, but it’s…


Rumble With Michael Moore Episode 10: Reconsidering The Important Legacy Of Ralph Nader

  Rumble With Michael Moore (12/29/19) Michael Moore and Ralph Nader have a complicated relationship. So during his trip to D.C. to witness the impeachment of Donald Trump, Michael was surprised when he bumped into Ralph while visiting the office of Flint’s representative in Congress. They ended up having their first real conversation in nearly 20 years. Ralph agreed to let Michael record it for this podcast. Rumble Reads: Ralph Nader and Mark Green’s new book “Fake President” is here. Read more about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact here. Follow Ralph here. Send in a voice message to Michael….


What Citizen Needs Could Be Met If Billionaires Paid The Taxes They Should? We Do The Math

The richest 1% own nearly 40% of all the wealth, but pay only 20% of all the taxes.   By Michael Linden The Guardian (12/13/19) “Every billionaire is a policy failure.” So says a key adviser to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez herself says that it’s wrong to have a “system that allows billionaires to exist” alongside poverty. And the New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo recently called for us to “abolish billionaires”. For most of the last four decades, the gains from economic growth have flowed overwhelmingly to the rich. Much of those gains to the rich weren’t “earned” in any traditional sense, but rather extracted,…


Hey, Progressive Dems, Get Ready For A Nasty Stop-Bernie Onslaught Like You’ve Never Seen Before

From the grassroots, as 2020 gets underway, the solution should be clear: All left hands on deck. By Norman Solomon Nation Of Change (12/27/19) A central premise of conventional media wisdom has collapsed. On Thursday, both the New York Times and Politico published major articles reporting that Bernie Sanders really could win the Democratic presidential nomination. Such acknowledgments will add to the momentum of the Bernie 2020 campaign as the new year begins — but they foreshadow a massive escalation of anti-Sanders misinformation and invective. Throughout 2019, corporate media routinely asserted that the Sanders campaign had little chance of winning the nomination. As is…


Guide For The Coming Year: 15-Point Guide To Resisting Authoritarianism

Rule #1: Always think critically and fight ignorance with facts.   Kali Holloway & Martin Mycielski AlterNet (12/15/17) Nearly a year ago, intuitively recognizing the Trump administration’s authoritarian aspirations, Polish journalist and activist Martin Mycielski wrote “Year 1 Under Authoritarianism.” In those early, nerve-racking days following Trump’s inauguration, the piece was shared across social media, an ominous portent of what was to come. The document — helpfully subtitled, “What To Expect?” — offered a list of predictions and warnings about Trump’s first year in office, and exhortations to fight back at every turn. In his introduction, published just days after…


Right Wing Religion Round-Up: Bill Barr Is On A Theocratic Mission To Use DOJ To ‘Deliver’ America From Eternal Damnation

By Matthew Chapman Raw Story (12/30/19) Attorney General William Barr is worse than a simple right-wing partisan, wrote religious nationalism biographer Katherine Stewart and former American Constitutional Society president Caroline Fredrickson for The New York Times. Rather, they argued, he is best understood as a fanatical theocrat who believes America is damned to burn in hell — and seeks to use the powers of his office to course correct the nation’s sinful ways. “Why would a seemingly respectable, semiretired lion of the Washington establishment undermine the institutions he is sworn to uphold, incinerate his own reputation, and appear to willfully misrepresent the reports…


Notably Quotable: “In the Age of Trump there will be no thunder in the streets…”

“In the Age of Trump there will be no thunder in the streets from the treads of tanks or the boot-heels of soldiers. As the late political theorist Sheldon Wolin warned some years ago, American fascism will just be a new type of normal. In too many ways, it already is.” — Chauncey Devaga, As we turn the page on 2019, our president is mentally unwell — but that’s only one symptom of deeper illness ***** “With few exceptions, MSNBC puts forward the views of ‘corporate liberalism’—or more accurately: ‘liberal corporatism. It’s anti-Trump but rarely is there a focus on corporate greed or…


Craziest Op-Ed Of 2019 Arguing Trump Will Inspire A Religious Revival Is Far More Than It Seems

By Mike Lofgren Common Dreams (12/27/19) “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” —Matthew 24:24 Just when you thought the soon-to-expire year had long since reached peak stupidity, Newsweek published a piece that set a record for preposterous ideas, confidently but incoherently argued. At first glance, it also appeared to demonstrate the lengths the supposedly mainstream media will go in giving equal time to fringe points of view—what is pretentiously called the national conversation. But it may actually be the result of a more ambitious agenda than just a…


Wealth Of World’s Richest 500 Zoomed 25% In 2019

  By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman Huffington Post (12/27/19) The world’s richest 500 people increased their collective wealth by 25% in 2019 ― a stark reminder of worsening income inequality, particularly in the U.S. The 500 wealthiest people held a net worth of $5.9 trillion dollars ― collectively up $1.2 trillion over this year alone, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Topping the list of richest people were familiar names: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, French luxury group head Bernard Arnault, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The 400 richest people in…


Three Ways The 2020 Election Could Go Very, Very Wrong…

By Cameron Joseph VICE News (12/27/19) WASHINGTON — Welcome to 2020, which could be President Trump’s final full year in office. But those counting down to election day should probably stop now, because there’s a real chance we won’t know who won until well after Nov. 3. A close election, possible recounts, and unusual voting laws in key states could very easily delay the results of the election and send the fight to the courts. For example… If Trump loses Michigan and Pennsylvania, his two weakest states that he won in 2016, but holds onto every other state he won in…


Russia Monitor: Year Of The Whiner In Chief

“The guy is freaking evil.” — Special Operator Miller describing Trump’s ‘election hero’ Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/30/19) Dear Fellow Readers, 2019. This was the year: On January 25, 2019 special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against long-time Trump associate Roger Stone. On March 22 Mueller delivered his 448-page report to Attorney General William Barr. Ignoring Mueller’s own summaries of his report, Barr issues his own 4-page summary, which we will eventually learn is intentionally misleading, erasing any consideration of whether Barr is biased in support of Trump – he is. On…


The 18-Year Afghanistan Debacle: A West Point Combat Ranger Vet Talks With Chris Hedges About The Rule Of Our Republican & Democratic War Criminals

Torching lives, reputation, treasure, national values and reputation in an 18-year bonfire of racketeering, ignorance & lies by both Republicans & Democrats. [Editor’s Note: This discussion is an excellent overview of the revelations from the recent Washington Post series on the Afghanistan War papers. Given the bipartisan fraud, lying and complicity in this 18-year long corrupt war crime, the story is not getting the attention it deserves in the corporate media. — Mark L. Taylor] By Chris Hedges On Contact / RT (12/21/19) Chris Hedges talks to Spenser Rapone, former combat veteran and US Army Officer, about the Washington Post’s…


Michael Moore: Republicans Who Oppose Impeachment Are “Dying Dinosaurs,” But Trump Could Still Win In 2020

“The Republicans let out this noise, this otherworldly noise, that — it wasn’t a “boo.” It was like a “uuuaaarrrhh.” It’s like, “Wow!” And I said to my sister, “That is what the dying dinosaurs must have sounded like in their final moments.” Democracy Now! (12/26/19) Last week, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore witnessed the historic vote to impeach the president from the front row of the House gallery. He joins us for the hour to discuss the impeachment process, the 2020 election and why he thinks Trump would win re-election today. Link To Story, Transcript And 46-Minute Video ***** Michael…


Trump Touts Dithering Dems’ Feckless Budget Surrender As Endorsement Of His Brutal Immigration Policies

“The Democrats don’t like the issue anymore, because they know we’re right. When you see what’s happening over there, they know we’re right. They sort of let that one sail through.” — Donald Trump By Bill Van Auken World Socialist Web Site (12/24/19) With conditions facing immigrants and those seeking asylum in the US becoming increasingly horrific, US President Donald Trump gloated over the weekend that the Democratic Party has bowed to his rabid anti-immigrant policy by voting to approve billions of dollars in new funding for his border wall. In a speech to a meeting organized by the far-right student…


Bernie Sanders Warns Of Joe Biden’s Troubling Voting Record: ‘My God… Trump Will Eat His Lunch’

  By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (12/27/19) Warning that President Donald Trump cannot be defeated by an establishment Democrat running a “same old, same old type of campaign,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times editorial board published Thursday that Trump would have a field day with former Vice President Joe Biden’s record of support for the Iraq War, job-killing trade deals, and other destructive policies. “Joe Biden is a personal friend of mine, so I’m not here to, you know, to attack him,” Sanders said. “But my God, if you are, if you’re a Donald Trump and you…



Corporate Dem Pete Buttigieg’s Close Ties To McKinsey & Company Brings Scrutiny To Firm’s Grubby, Deadly Business

McKinsey’s work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in detaining and deporting immigrants disturbed career immigration officials. By Jeremy Scahill Intercepted Podcast (12/18/19) THE POWERFUL GLOBAL consulting firm McKinsey is facing scrutiny over its work for a wide range of shady governments and companies. This week on Intercepted: Former senior health insurance executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter explains McKinsey’s role in our insurance nightmare and how Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is using industry talking points to attack Medicare for All. Potter also discusses his career working for insurance giants, soaring medical costs in the U.S., and his role in killing Hillary Clinton’s health…


The People Of Iceland Confront Growing Reality Of The Great Thaw

Assignment / BBC (12/26/19) Iceland’s glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, with scientists predicting that they could all be gone 200 years from now. How is this affecting the lives of local people, and the identity of a nation that has ice in its name? Maria Margaronis talks to Icelandic farmers and fishermen, scientists and environmental activists about their (sometimes surprising) responses to climate change, and asks why it’s so difficult even for those who see its effects from their windows every day to take in what it means. Link To Story And 27-Minute Audio


‘The Afghanistan Papers’: Bipartisan War On Truth Revealed In The Washington Post Series

“The American people have constantly been lied to.” — John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). By Meghna Chakrabarti, Geoffrey Line & Stefano Kotsonis On Point / WBUR (12/23/19) The Washington Post’s massive investigation that U.S. officials misled the public about the Afghanistan War for almost 20 years. We talk with one of those same officials on what they said then, and what they think now. Guests: Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter focusing on national security for the Washington Post. (@CraigMWhitlock) Ryan Crocker, diplomat-in-residence, Princeton University. He has served as U.S. ambassador six times: Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2007-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007),…


Russia Monitor: A Bonfire Of Personal Reputations & Torching Of Values

‘Everything Trump Touches Dies’ — Book title by former Republican strategist, author and Never-Trumper Rick Wilson By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/26/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I sat down to write about the Trumpsters that seem to come into the day with highly regarded pedigrees only to soil themselves in defense of the indefensible. Before I started, I happened to click on this: In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats The opening statement sets the stage and underscores a partial answer to my question. From Trump’s perspective it is all about him, that much is clear;…


Evo Morales Says He Is ‘Absolutely Convinced’ US Led Coup In Bolivia To Exploit Lithium Reserves

“Transnational companies are behind the coup. The United States, too, because of the lithium issue.” — Evo Morales By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (12/25/19) Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said in an interview Tuesday that he is “absolutely convinced” the United States orchestrated the military coup that removed him from power last month with the goal of exploiting Bolivia’s enormous lithium reserves. Morales told AFP that he believes the U.S. had not “forgiven” him for pursuing lithium partnerships with China and Russia over Washington. “It was a national and international coup d’etat,” said Morales. “I’m absolutely convinced it’s a coup against lithium. We as a state had begun…


Climate Emergency: The Earth Is In A Death Spiral & Only Radical Action Can Save Us

  Extinction Rebellion graphic. Even the bodies that claim to be addressing our predicament remain locked within destructive frameworks.  By George Monbiot The Guardian (11/14/19) It was a moment of the kind that changes lives. At a press conference held by climate activists Extinction Rebellion last week, two of us journalists pressed the organisers on whether their aims were realistic. They have called, for example, for UK carbon emissions to be reduced to net zero by 2025. Wouldn’t it be better, we asked, to pursue some intermediate aims? A young woman called Lizia Woolf stepped forward. She hadn’t spoken before, but the passion,…


In Year-End Address, Dying Healthcare Activist Ady Barkan Reminds Public Joe Biden Is The Only 2020 Democrat Not To Meet With Him

Healthcare activist Activist Ady Barkan first publicly asked former Vice President Joe Biden to meet with him on September 18, 2019. (Image: screenshot/NowThis) By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams (12/23/19) Dying healthcare activist Ady Barkan in an end-of-year video to his supporters Monday called out the one candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination who has refused to meet with him: Joe Biden. “I got to sit down and talk about healthcare with every major presidential candidate,” Barkan said. “Except for Joe Biden.” Barkan, who is dying of ALS, or Lou Gherig’s disease, met with Democrats vying for the 2020 nomination…


Censorship In The Corporate State: Silencing Unpopular Ideas & Smothering Inconvenient Facts

“Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines-being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralised, and most of it is owned by…


Ralph Nader: “To The Ramparts” And The Hunger For Justice

“If we don’t have time for democracy we don’t have time for ourselves.” [Editor’s Note: Progressive leader Ralph Nader shows how citizens have more power than they realize. Unused, that power atrophies. Nader shows the opening to regaining our rights and freedoms. The power is right before us. — Mark L. Taylor] Politics And Prose (10/1/18) Ralph Nader discusses his book, “To The Ramparts”, at Politics and Prose on 9/23/18. Since the release of Unsafe at Any Speed in 1965, Nader has led the charge against destructive and exploitative corporate power. The co-founder of public interest groups including Public Citizen,…


Trump’s Sour Holiday Menu: More Handouts For Billionaires, Hunger For The Poor

Ultimately, we must make a choice as a society: will we tolerate the insatiable greed and cruelty of the billionaire class? By Bernie Sanders & Rep. Rashida Tlaib The Guardian (12/24/19) When it comes to billionaires benefiting from the generosity of the American taxpayer, the holiday spirit is alive year-round. Taxpayers paid out $115m to Donald Trump so he could play golf at his own resorts. And Amazon didn’t just pay zero in federal taxes on $11bn in profits – taxpayers gifted the corporation $129,000,000 in rebates. That’s enough to pay for CEO Jeff Bezos’s three apartments in Manhattan, including a penthouse, that cost him $80m. We must demand that the…


Houston’s Police Chief RIPS Mitch McConnell After Shooting Of Police Officer Responding To Domestic Violence Call

  The Young Turks (12/10/19) Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is tired of the NRA and its corrupt politicians. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comments below. “A Texas police officer who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call may have been struck by a bullet that penetrated his ballistic vest, authorities said Monday. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made the disclosure about Sgt. Christopher Brewster’s killing Saturday in a note to officers, just hours after he denounced Republican Senators who he said have…


Notably Quotable: “It strikes me as strange that for people that take the teachings of Jesus Christ seriously…”

“It strikes me as strange that for people that take the teachings of Jesus Christ seriously, teachings of the Ten Commandments seriously, that we can’t at least say publicly and out loud and in front of God and everybody that this man’s character is deeply, deeply concerning to us and, in my judgement, has crossed a line and no longer think he’s fit to lead the United States of America.” — Mark Galli, Christianity Today Editor Reveals The Point Trump ‘Crossed The Line’ For Him ***** “We have one chance to return to a certain amount of normality and respect. Much more…


Here Are The Corporate Bribers Hosting Joe Biden’s Big Money Manhattan Fundraisers

By Alex Kotch Sludge (12/19/19) The president of an investment bank that collapsed from selling junk bonds. A shadow lobbyist at private equity giant Blackstone. A law partner who defended a Saudi Arabian banker against criminal charges. A lawyer who represents bankers accused of securities fraud. A financial executive who inspired the character Gordon Gekko, a personification of limitless greed. These are some of the wealthy Manhattan elite who will be hosting fundraisers for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden early next month as he prepares for the first Democratic presidential caucuses in February. One event, a reception, will take place…


American Christmas Hypocrisy

The nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church, Claremont California. Like families in our federal concentration camps, Jesus, Mary & Joseph portrayed as refugees separated in cages. As folks gather with family and friends this Wednesday for Christmas keep in mind the thousands of immigrant children — including toddlers and infants — separated from their mothers and fathers in the spreading United States concentration camps along the southern border.  The message of the season couldn’t be further removed from the policies of this criminal government. While conservatives love to rail on and on about a fictitious “war on Christmas” and many…


‘Impresident’ Trump Is Number One … BIGLY!

 126 members of Congress voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson in 1868. 221 members of Congress voted to impeach President Bill Clinton for obstructing justice in 1998. 230 members of Congress voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power this week. In other words, Donald Trump holds the singular distinction of being impeached by more members of the U.S. House of Representatives than any other president in our nation’s history. — Aaron Matteson, Dem frenz Facebook page (12/20/19) (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2019. Open source and free for non-derivative use with link to www.thecommnercall.org )


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Primary Adviser Sent Him On The ‘Ukraine Did It’ Fantasy

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/23/19) Dear Fellow Readers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s response to Senate Leader ‘Moscow’ Mitch McConnell has been to hold onto the two Articles of Impeachment authorized by the House. The Daily Kos reported that Pelosi explained, “This is what I don’t consider a fair trial, that Leader [Mitch] McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his ‘cues’ from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.” The Daily Kos article references a recent ABC/Washington Post poll that showed…


Cowardly Democrats Wimp Out To Trump & Republicans In Shameful Secret Budget Deal

What a grotesque way to waste our money! By Ralph Nader Common Dreams (12/21/19) While attention was focused on the House of Representatives’ impeachment of Donald J. Trump, legislators from both parties were secretly huddling with White House aides to seal a $1.4 trillion budget deal to fund the government until next September. They were rushing to do this to avoid a partial government shutdown starting December 21, 2019. Had the budget been deliberated in open Congressional hearings, the media would have reported on this backroom deal and the people of this country would have had a chance to weigh…