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‘I Think Mr. Trump is Uninformed’: George Takei Answers CNN Anchor Asking if He Thinks Trump’s Evil

George Takei appeared on CNN this morning and compared the internment of Japanese during World War II with Donald Trump’s proposed policies as it relates to Muslims. …

‘We Don’t Think It Swayed the Election’: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Reflects on Fake News

“But we take that responsibility really seriously. And we’re looking at things, like working with third parties, helping to label false news, doing the things we can do to make it clearer what’s a hoax on Facebook.” …

An Activist’s Playbook: How To Influence Trump’s Cabinet And Policies

Sarah Snyder, American University School of International Service As Donald Trump works to fill his cabinet, his choices have inspired considerable anxiety among his critics. Advocacy organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have reacted with concern and outright objections, in particular to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general and Rep. Michael Pompeo to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. They claim these appointments show that “Trump’s administration will threaten human rights protections.” In 1980, Ronald Reagan’s election similarly raised widespread anxiety among human rights advocates. His nomination of Ernest W. Lefever to head the State Department’s Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs heightened their fears. Lefever had been a vocal critic of Jimmy Carter’s emphasis on human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Lefever’s nomination elicited a groundswell of opposition among members of Congress, human rights activists and the public that helped defeat his nomination. My research shows how this coalition succeeded. Its efforts could serve as a model for concerned activists today. ‘Outspoken apologist’ …

The Media In the Trump Age: Why We Should Be Terrified

Get ready America, we’re about to enter unchartered waters in our 241-year history. Instead of a democracy with a free and open press, the United States in 36 days is going to more resemble a propaganda-driven fascist dictatorship. Goodbye facts and reality. Hello ‘post-truth’ era. While America won’t have state-run television, radio and newspapers per se, the overall messaging will be controlled by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump just the same. Trump and his Steve Bannon/KellyAnne Conway-led propaganda machine will twist, manipulate and conflate the truth so much like Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin and Baghdad Bob that it’ll make your heads spin, believe me….believe me. Forget the truth. That’s so old-school. This is the Trump Age. The new administration will tell us what we want to hear or, more so, what it thinks we need to hear. No more, no less. And it won’t matter whether the information will be rooted in reality or in Trump’s alternate universe. Everything will be “great.” Everything will be “successful.” Everything will be the “biggest” and the “best.” There will be no losses. No failures. No mistakes. For the first time in U.S. history we will no longer be able to trust anything…

Washington Post Adds Massive Editor’s Note to Story Blaming Russia for Fake News

A November 24 story by The Washington Post that earned massive attention for its claim that Russian “fake news” may have influenced the 2016 presidential election has been updated to included a lengthy editor’s note acknowledging criticism of the piece. …

Unfortunately, Congress Needs to Pass This Fourth Amendment Reminder

Our Constitution’s Fourth Amendment reads as follows: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” As with nigh all | Read More »The post Unfortunately, Congress Needs to Pass This Fourth Amendment Reminder appeared first on RedState. …

Thursday’s Morning Email: Meet Trump’s Picks To Lead The DHS AND EPA

TOP STORIES TRUMP’S PICKS FOR DHS, AMBASSADOR TO CHINA, EPA The president-elect has chosen retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as Department of Homeland Security secretary, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his ambassador to China and Scott Pruitt, who is currently suing the Environmental Protection Agency over climate change, to lead the EPA. [Elise Foley and Jessica Schulberg, HuffPost]
TRUMP REPORTEDLY TRYING TO KEEP A STAKE IN HIS BUSINESS “President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering formally turning over the operational responsibility for his real estate company to his two adult sons, but he intends to keep a stake in the business and resist calls to divest, according to several people briefed on the discussions.” [NYT]
THE RNC IS THROWING ITS HOLIDAY PARTY AT TRUMP’S D.C. HOTEL Because of course. [Sam Stein, HuffPost]
‘U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY DECLINES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1993’ “Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death.” [WaPo]
ALL 47 PEOPLE ABOARD PLANE BOUND FOR ISLAMABAD DIED IN PAKISTAN PLANE CRASH Including the “Pakastani Brad Pitt.” [CNN]
TWO JUVENILES CHARGED WITH ARSON THAT STARTED DEADLY TENNESSEE FIRES The blaze…