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All Trump's Men..
#1
Quote:But under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News’s impishness became something else. When it was not promoting Pravda-esque lies during the campaign season — for example, reporting as “100% vindicated” Trump’s claim that “thousands” of people in New Jersey celebrated the September 11 attacks — the site built up its viewer base by catering to the alt-right, a small but vocal fringe of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and Internet trolls. In May, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol was labeled a “Renegade Jew.” In September, an article about Trump’s “birther” press conference was accompanied by a picture of Harambe, the gorilla shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year. This summer, Bannon cheerfully informed Mother Jones that Breitbart News had become “the platform for the alt-Right.” (And if you, like Newt Gingrich, believe that the alt-right does not exist, please consult my Twitter feed.)
Steve Bannon: Trump Administration Pick’s Alt-Right Associations Should Worry Conservatives | National Review

If even Glenn Beck warns us against Bannon..

Quote:Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck on Monday tore into Steve Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be his chief strategist during his radio show. "Steve Bannon wants to burn it down," said Beck, who has been a fierce Trump critic since the billionaire first launched his campaign.  "He's a nightmare," Beck continued. "And he's the chief adviser to the President of the United States now."  The talk-radio host also suggested that Bannon holds views that are far more extreme than Trump's, saying that the press should spend more time examining Bannon's "clear tie" to white nationalism and anti-Semitism.  "He has built [Breitbart News] as a platform for the alt-right," said Beck, referring to the far-right website that has often taken controversial and racially charged stances on policy issues, while abandoning traditional conservative news coverage for a more ethno-nationalist platform.
Glenn Beck: Steve Bannon 'is a nightmare' who 'wants to burn it down' - Business Insider
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#2
Quote:President-elect Donald Trump is so disgusted with Chris Christie’s handling of the Bridgegate scandal that he’s kicking the New Jersey governor out of his inner circle, The Post has learned. “Trump thought it was shameful that Christie didn’t take the fall for [convicted aide] Bridget Kelly,” said a source close to the transition team. “Trump is really angry that Christie is sending a soccer mom to jail. He believes 100 percent that Christie was behind it all.”
Trump said to be ‘disgusted’ with Chris Christie - MarketWatch
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#3
Quote:Krugman implied that Trump's $550 billion infrastructure plan — which was reduced from a $1 trillion proposal during the campaign — using both private and public investment would be used to enrich Trump and his friends. The plan calls for equity investments from private companies that are then given tax cuts and ownership stakes in a final product. Thus in Krugman's and other analysts' eyes, this would turn large-scale infrastructure investments like bridges and airports that have long been owned by the government into private projects.

"His transition team is basically all lobbyists and his infrastructure plan, such as it is, sounds as if it's going to be largely about privatizing public assets," Krugman wrote. The economist said the inclusion of lobbyists within Trump's transition team and the fact that Trump has passed control of his businesses to his children shows that he "won't separate himself from his business interests." Krugman said Trump would use these private infrastructure contracts to enrich himself or people with whom he is associated.

"In short, we're almost surely looking at all-out kleptocracy, along the lines of what happened in Russia or Ukraine. Strange, isn't it?" Krugman wrote. "After all, it's not as if we've just empowered the same people who stole all those assets abroad."
KRUGMAN: Trump will turn US into an 'all-out kleptocracy' like Russia - Business Insider
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#4
Quote:The Senate GOP conference will likely enjoy a tiny 52-seat majority, which means three independently minded members can exert extraordinary influence on the staffing of Trump’s administration.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told the Washington Post on Tuesday that he’s inclined to oppose confirming Rudy Giuliani and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton—two Trump allies who, horrifyingly, are reported to be leading candidates to serve as secretary of state. The same day, Arizona Senator John McCain warned Trump that abrupt efforts to thaw relations with Russia are “unacceptable.” 

Both McCain and Paul have just been re-elected to six-year terms, and can thus exert leverage over the Trump administration without worrying about near-term political costs.
The Trump Meltdown Begins | New Republic
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#5
An interesting read:

Quote:The characterization of Bannon as anti-Semitic, racist, and white nationalist has mostly been based on articles published at Brietbart News, an alt-right news website. But, while it does not stretch the imagination to hold Bannon accountable for material published at the organization under his leadership, it seems prudent to examine Bannon’s own words and writings to try to understand his worldview. Much can be gleaned from Bannon’s numerous columns at Breitbart since taking over in 2012, as well his speeches at conferences and on radio shows.
What Trump's chief advisor Steve Bannon believes - Business Insider
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#6
At the heart of the opioid addiction boom lies..

Quote:Rudy Giuliani, who is being considered for a position in President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet, has ties to Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. According to The New York Times, Giuliani "used his clout with the Justice Department to press the federal authorities to offer a less onerous punishment to the company after allegations that security problems at its warehouses might have contributed to black market sales." In 2007, Purdue pleaded guilty to "charges it misled doctors and patients about the addiction risks of the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin," ABC News reported at the time.

The company's tactics have been blamed by many for triggering the opioid-addiction epidemic in the United States. As the American Journal of Public Health put it in 2009: "Purdue pursued an “aggressive” campaign to promote the use of opioids in general and OxyContin in particular." 
The Times, in its own 2007 story, detailed how, in 2002, Purdue hired "Mr. Giuliani and his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, to help stem the controversy about OxyContin."

"Among Mr. Giuliani's missions," The Times said, "was the job of convincing public officials that they could trust Purdue because they could trust him."
Rudy Giuliani had ties to OxyContin maker - Business Insider
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#7
Quote:The retired general whom President-elect Donald Trump tapped to advise him on matters of national security has promoted stories involving conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn shared two thinly sourced articles on his Twitter account alleging that Clinton was involved in everything from "money laundering" to "sex crimes with children" just days before the election.
Michael Flynn's controversial tweets - Business Insider

Quote:Flynn, a registered Democrat who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014 before he was reportedly forced out by his peers, was one of Trump's earliest and most prominent supporters in the foreign-policy realm. But he has come under scrutiny for some of his business ties, his views toward Russia, and — like Trump — his Twitter account, where he often promoted conspiracy theories during Trump's campaign. Among them: a fake news story connecting Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine to the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, a story falsely suggesting Democrat Hillary Clinton was implicated in "sex crimes," and a meme making unsubstantiated claims about prominent journalists colluding with Clinton. Flynn also tweeted in February that "fear of Muslims is RATIONAL," including a link to a YouTube video that claims the religion of Islam wants "80% of people enslaved or exterminated."
Who is Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser? - Business Insider

Quote:In the interview, Bannon also said that central bank's policies of negative interest rates would be a boon for the US economy. "I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan," said Bannon in the interview. "With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Ship yards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks." Of note, many economic analysts have shown that negative interest ratescan actually be a negative for the economy. Additionally, the US currently does not have negative interest rates. Additionally, the overall effectiveness of fiscal stimulus is not guaranteed according to economists.
Bannon negative interest rates 'opportunity to rebuild everything' - Business Insider

The latter is interesting as Trump himself has accused the Fed of keeping interest rates too low to support Obama/Clinton.
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#8
Hardly surprising, this..


Quote:The Department of Defense has called climate change a “threat multiplier,” noting that it has the potential to exacerbate conflict and threaten national security. And in September, 25 military and national security experts — including former advisers to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush — issued a report warning that climate change poses a “significant risk to U.S. national security and international security.” Middle East experts have suggested that the Syrian civil war is a contemporary example of a climate-driven conflict, one where widespread drought and crop failures helped tip the scale.

Trump, on the other hand, does not believe in the scientific consensus on climate change. He has called climate change a “hoax,” and has vowed to roll back nearly every single climate policy enacted under the Obama administration, from the Clean Power Plan to the Paris climate agreement.
So it should be no surprise that, when it comes to climate change, Trump’s first five advisers also reject the scientific consensus, as well as national security community’s warnings, regarding the dangers of global warming.
Donald Trump’s first staff picks all deny the threat of climate change
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#9
Quote:Stephen Bannon, whom Donald Trump tapped as his chief strategist in the White House, has come under fire for his self-admitted promotion of the alt-right, a haven of white nationalists, when he was head of far-right Breitbart News. His defenders have insisted Bannon is no racist or anti-Semite. 

But Mother Jones has uncovered another clue about Bannon's political personality: Bannon joined a conservative Facebook group that has featured racist and extreme material. This material includes posts urging a military coup against President Barack Obama, featuring an image of the president dressed as an SS officercelebrating the Confederate flag, highlighting a photoshopped picture of Obama with watermelons, praising a police officer who called Obama a "F*cking Nigger," and calling for Obama to be "executed as a traitor."

This Facebook group is for an outfit called Vigilant Patriots, which claims its goals are defending and upholding the Constitution and preserving "our history and culture." As of Friday morning, it listed nearly 3,600 members, including Stephen Bannon, who apparently joined the group seven years ago.
Here's Evidence Steve Bannon Joined a Facebook Group That Posts Racist Rants and Obama Death Threats | Mother Jones

Just a bunch of nice guys defending the constitution, right?
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#10
Likely Defense Secretary..


Quote:The four-star general was praised for leading Marines in the 2004 battle of Falluja in Iraq, described as one of the bloodiest of the war.

The following year, however, he was condemned for saying "it’s fun to shoot some people" while talking to service members in San Diego.

"Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot," he said during the panel discussion. "It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
'It's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot some people': Meet Donald Trump's likely defence secretary | The Independent
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