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Trump was of course lying. There is no $4 billion contract with Boeing. But the quick drop in Boeing’s stock price sent an unmistakable message about the consequences of getting on Trump’s bad side.

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Over the past six years, my eyes have been opened to the obstructionist, racist, presidential disrespectfulness, big business-over-people-supporting, 1%-pandering, corporate welfare-giving, social security-cutting, climate change-denying, war mongering, foreign policy-sabotaging (think Iran GOP letter), military veteran patronizing, national infrastructure non-funding, environmental catastrophe-inviting (think Keystone XL pipeline), union-busting, rich-getting-richer-while-poor-get-poorer-ensuring, NRA-ingratiating, income inequality encouraging, human rights-preventing, war on women perpetuating, sensible gun law-blocking, middle class-erasing, student loan lower interest rate-rejecting, Medicaid expansion refusing, minimum wage hike-fighting, equal pay-denying, path to citizenship opposing, gerrymandering, vote suppressing, environmental deregulating, “Citizens United” overturning (think GOP-controlled SCOTUS), Koch-indebted, poor-and-less-fortunate-hating, birther and fake scandal creating, presidential daughter attacking, 53 time Obamacare repealing (and failing), lying, executive appointment-blocking, jobs bill-ignoring, FAUX News-supporting, presidential suing at taxpayer expense, propagandizing, government closing and do-nothing positive GOP party that has been wreaking havoc since Obama took office…..and all this cloaked as the one true “religious” and “conservative” party and yet, contrary to the will of the American voter in two presidential elections.

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What is the secret ingredient in the fake news coverage? It is not just its integrity, its exposure of hypocrisy, and its questioning of the status quo; it is also its use of irony. The irony, sarcasm, and parody of fake news work to help us to take the critical distance necessary to form our own opinions. The fake news doesn’t tell us what to think; it asks us to think for ourselves. As we face yet another crisis that will likely cost our nation valuable resources and precious lives with no clear strategy for success nor end in sight, our nation’s future depends on citizens who know better than to believe the hype.

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Those with money usually think they deserve it. But most people who make the world run—who care for kids, who grow food, who would rebuild after natural disasters and societal collapse—will never be rich, no matter how hard or well they work, because society is constructed with only so much room on top.

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He maintains that Socrates goes wrong because he assumes a false view of the role of reason in human life. ”Reason is not fit to rule; it was designed to seek justification, not truth,” where justification means pursuing “socially strategic goals, such as guarding our reputations and convincing other people to support us.”