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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Trump’s Toxic To-Do List

Trump's opponents should take no comfort from White House disarray.
June 11-17, 2017
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Trump's Toxic To-Do List

Donald Trump's presidency appears to be headed for disaster, if not an untimely end, with investigations and scandals mounting daily. Yet as Naomi Klein writes in an excerpt from her new book, "No Is Not Enough," Trump's opponents should take no comfort from White House disarray, because the Trump administration's anti-democratic corporate agenda remains in place. While much of the world gapes in horror, distracted by the latest episode of The Trump Show, crucial regulations designed to prevent environmental and financial disasters are being gutted, and the U.S. military is escalating conflicts around the globe. All of these actions are designed to enrich Trump's corporate sponsors, and they are tailor-made to create the kind of shocks that disaster capitalists delight in exploiting. A major terror attack in the U.S., for instance, would give Trump the opportunity to suspend civil liberties and enact the most damaging items on his toxic to-do list.

Fortunately, when it comes to his flurry of executive orders, Trump has been giving himself an awful lot of homework that isn't getting done. This week, The Intercept launched a ongoing feature, "Own Goals," that will track the hundreds of specific actions the president has promised or demanded. So far, the record is pretty sad.

Roger Hodge
Deputy Editor
The Worst of Donald Trump's Toxic Agenda Is Lying in Wait — A Major U.S. Crisis Will Unleash It
Naomi Klein
While we are distracted by (or addicted to) the Donald Trump Show, the quiet, methodical work of redistributing wealth upward proceeds apace.
 
Trump Assigned Himself an Awful Lot of Homework That Isn't Getting Done
David Dayen
Each executive order Trump theatrically signed comes with a deadline. We're watching to see if he hits them.
 

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