Special coverage in the Trump Era

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 -- shorter version

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

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June 03, 2017

Elizabeth Warren on "Trump Climate Move," plus "Drought and Gender" report

"[T]he Republicans have been framing this for a long time, jobs versus the environment," she said. "It is not. This is really about big donors to the Republican party."

Warren: Trump Climate Move a "Gift" to Right-Wing Donors, Not American Workers

By Jake Johnson, published on Friday, June 02, 2017 by Common Dreams

"Adding to the massive wave of outrage sparked by President Donald Trump's "stupid and reckless" decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday denounced the move as a "big gift to Republican donors" at the 'Joyous Persistence' rally in San Francisco.

In response to critics like Warren and countless others, White House officials and Trump allies have attempted to defend the withdrawal by characterizing it as part of a broader plan to protect American jobs and spur economic growth.

"This is really about big donors to the Republican party."
—Sen. Elizabeth Warren

..."For weeks, Trump was lobbied by a coalition consisting of, among others, his daughter Ivanka, Pope Francis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, all of whom urged him to stick with the international community by firmly committing to the climate pact. In the end, however, it was the "big oil darlings" who won out, as the Guardian put it on Thursday." ...
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Drought and Gender, from Living on Earth

Air Date: Week of June 2, 2017 stream/download this 7:18 min. segment

Nasetnaka Ramatse outside her home in Thaba-tseka, Lesotho. (Bobby Bascomb)

Women often fetch water over long distances in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the current devastating drought is not only increasing hunger and disease, it is also creating more opportunities for violence against women. Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb reports.