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Feb 27, 2017

How Long Before Trump’s Lies Are Accepted as Truth? After White House Bars NYT, CNN & BBC from Press Gaggle, Trump Carpet Bombs Media Speaking at CPAC this weekend, Trump continued to carpet bomb the media, stating “A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people. And they are. They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none." *** After 40 days and 40 Nights, Trump to Address Congress Anticipation is building for Trump’s his first presidential address to a joint session of Congress, which is scheduled for tomorrow night, which also happens to be the 40th night of the Trump Presidency. Democratic lawmakers have already begun giving their tickets away to immigrants as a protest Trump’s crackdown against common human decency and the founding principles our nation. Far from “draining the swamp”, Donald Trump has— like the old Testament God— been raining down hard on us for 40 days and 40 nights, while inviting a few kleptocrats, billionaires, and white nationalists onto his Arc. The Trump address may not be biblical, but it will certainly be must see TV. *** Trump to Skip the White House Correspondents Dinner The annual dinner is an olive branch between the White House and the press community, but olives are Mediterranean, which is too close to middle eastern- or perhaps Iranian in the minds of this administration— and they could not help but smash that Olive branch into a million bits and piss all over it on twitter. *** all those stories, plus: The Oscars Troll Trump. *****

Feb 24, 2017

episode rundown 1. Trump on deportations: 'It's a military operation' President Donald Trump, meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday, described his administration's moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a "military operation," a label that runs counter to what his administration has previously said. This new view, combined with the assertion that, according to the government, basic constitutional principles do not apply fully at our borders—and that out “borders” are a 100 mile zone at any external boundary. That means 200 million people are in these zones where constitutional principles do not apply. 2. Bannon and Trump: Make America White Again. At CPAC, shit is getting crazy. We’ll Discuss. 3. Why is Rachel Maddow—perhaps the most respected pundit of the liberal main stream media, going all full Red Commie Scare Joe McCarthy with her Russia obsession when even MSNBC “experts” claim there is no there, there?

Feb 22, 2017

Chase Iron Eyes on Standing Rock’s Last Stand Wednesday, February 22 2017— Today in North Dakota the last remaining water protectors at Standing Rock face a 2pm deadline to vacate the camp. In a moment, I’ll speak with Standing Rock Sioux member, Chase Iron Eyes is a Native American activist, attorney, politician, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe—Chase is a member of the Lakota People's Law Project and a co-founder of the Native American news website Last Real Indians and in 2016 ran unsuccessfully for US Congress. In brief, here is where we are in the epic- almost year long struggle to protect the water by stopping the Dakota access pipeline from drilling under the Missouri river. It has been a peaceful and prayerful protest that has been ongoing since April of 2016 and has captured the imaginations of people all over the world faces and that today faces overwhelming force of local, state and federal agencies—including Morton County police, Bureau of Indian affairs, National Park Service Rangers, and the Department of Homeland Security—armed for war are prepared to enforce the deadline. The tactic of the militarized police state, acting as agents in our country’s longest war—our war against the Native Americans— has been well documented. Water protectors have been shot with rubber bullets, tazed and blasted with water cannons in freezing temperatures. The water cannon tactic reminiscent of the civil rights protests in the 1960s. As reported in the Guardian, FBI representatives have contacted several ‘water protectors’, raising alarm that an indigenous-led movement is being construed as domestic terrorism. Mni Wiconi, or Water is Life—has become the rallying cry for this movement— and on December 4th, 2016— I was at Standing Rock when a victory—albeit temporary—was achieved when President Barack Obama had the Army Corps of engineers deny an easement that Energy Transfer partners needed to finish construction the pipeline. As part of the delay, an Environmental Impact Statement was to be completed. Donald Trump reversed that decision, and halted the Environmental Impact Statement when Donald Trump issued an executive order on January 24—during his first week as president—ordering the go-ahead of the Dakota access pipeline. Although not explicitly written on Trump’s Executive Order, it may has well have been titled: money is life. Yesterday, I spoke with Chase Iron Eyes as he was making final preparations for the coming deadline. Here is our conversation. That was Chase Iron Eyes— Native American activist, attorney, politician, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I want to bring in now Michal Nigro, with whom I also spoke yesterday. Michael is an award award-winning filmmaker, Emmy nominated writer-director and social justice activist. He is a photojournalist and often travel partner of mine—we were at Standing Rock together back in December. Here is my conversation with Michael as he prepared to spend what will likely be the last night at Oceti Sakowin Camp. That is our show for Wednesday, February 22 2017. For more information, additional podcast visit where you can support this show for as little as $5 a month- that’s Tags, Standing rock, Standing Rock protests, water protectors, standing rock Sioux, Mni Wiconi, Donald Trump, Chase Iron Eyes, Police State, a trump show,

Feb 20, 2017

013 Sweden Terror Attack, Resistance Recess, and Repeal and Replace—with what? Today on a Trump Show: >Sweden Terror! Who is programming Donald Trump’s teleprompter, the ONION? Beyond the invented Sweden Terror attack, Trump continued his commitment to alternative facts at his fist campaign event for his 2020 re-election campaign. That was not a type-o. He is already running for re-election. > Resistance Recess. Congress is on recess, and Town Hall’s will be overflowing with righteous anger. >”Mar-a-logoville” President Trump's weekend vacations to his private club in Florida have cost taxpayers almost as much in a month ($11.3 million) as President Obama's entire travel spending for a year ($12.1 million). But don’t worry—he is going to make Mexico pay for it. >Repeal and Replace, with Medicare for All. Dr. Margaret Flowers joins me for an interview about the renewed push for true Universal health care: Medicare for all. Margaret Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician and mother of three. In 2007 she stopped practicing medicine to start advocating full-time for a state and federal single payer health care system. In 2011 Margaret joined Kevin Zeese as co-director of In October of 2011 she helped lead the Occupation of Washington DC on Freedom Plaza—full disclosure— I was also an organizer with Margaret on this effort. She is now the co-editor of, which carries on the Occupation by reporting on and helping organize events across the county.  Margaret has been a lead organizer of a campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for the past 5 years. Margaret co-hosts Clearing the FOG Radio, broadcasting on We Act Radio, 1480 AM in Washington, DC.  Her writing is featuring TruthOut, TruthDig, and Alternet and she has appeared on Bill Moyers' Journal, Democracy Now, and Fox Business News as well as many local and international media outlets and documentaries.

Feb 17, 2017

Donald Trump’s First Solo Press Conference: How He Won the Day Donald Trump was on the ropes. For the first 4-weeks of his Presidency, Trump—and his administration—have been on the receiving end of a barrage of well-deserved body blows from the media. However, in Donald Trump’s Epic 77-minute rant that was the twitter troll predator in chief’s first solo news conference, Donald came out swinging. Love him or hate him—and to be clear, I hate the guy—Trump won the day yesterday. The body blows continue, pundits are justifiably pounding Trump for his branding leaks real and news fake, and Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward, a former U.S. Navy Seal, Trump’s choice to succeed Mike Flynn as National Security advisor, rejected the offer, calling it a shit sandwich, and Trump continues to be called out for his alternative facts and thin skin— but Trump’s base is still feasting on the red meat tossed their way yesterday. Trump reminded them that campaign Trump is the same as President Trump. Trump is right when he brags that he is “good ratings” and his support among his base Is just as strong as it ever was. While Trump’s overall approval rating is at 41%— a full 21 points below the average at the one-month mark, that number is still higher than the 32% of Americans who say they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. That number is at is as low as it has been since Gallup started polling on the questions in 1972. Pamela Brown joins Dennis on the show today to unpack the Trump press conference. Pamela Brown is producer and co-host of the WBAI/Pacifica Tuesday Morning Show. She is an activist, scholar, writer and filmmaker.

Feb 15, 2017

On Tuesday, we learned that the White House has known for weeks that Mike Flynn, former National Security Advisor, had discussed sanctions with Russia on December 29. While White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer characterized the Flynn, resignation stemming from an “eroding level of trust.” However, many will conclude that the trust—had it eroded—should have eroded days into the Trump administration. As the New York Times is reporting: “Just days into his new position as President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn found himself in a meeting that any White House official would dread. Face to face with F.B.I. agents, he was grilled about a phone call he had had with Russia’s ambassador.” The questions we explored on yesterday’s show—What did Trump know and when did he know it?— remain unknown today. While many on the left line up behind the admittedly attractive and seductive narrative that Trump has colluded with our decades old bogey man, David Swanson, who joins me for the interview today, will have you hitting the pause button. David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson's books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Tags Donald Trump, Mike Flynn, Russian ambassador, Impeach Trump, David Swanson, Mike Pence, Russia, ******

Feb 14, 2017

Mike Flynn Fired—What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It? *** episode notes for February 14, 2017 *** “Our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see—as we begin to take further actions—the powers of the President to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”- White House senior policy advisor Stephan Miller, auditioning for SNL. The sanctimonious, lying, alt-right parade continues. Meanwhile, BAD NEWS ON the Dakota Access pipeline front. The AP is reporting that A U.S. federal judge on Monday denied a request by Native American tribes seeking to halt construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline, the controversial project that has sparked months of protests by activists aimed at stopping the 1,170-mile line. Also on the show today—as Donald Trump asks for and gets Mike Flynn’s resignation over revelations that Flynn lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador about Russian sanctions in December, what did Trump know, and when did he know it? ***

Feb 13, 2017

The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain is joins Dennis Trainor Jr to discuss his recent article AS TENSIONS RISE, STEVE BANNON AND ISIS GET CLOSER TO THEIR COMMON GOAL: CIVILIZATIONAL WAR. Hussain outlines Steve Bannon’s history of espousing apocalyptic theories of history and theorizes on the recent travel ban: “The order was based on plainly dubious claims about national security, targeting for scrutiny some of the most heavily vetted visitors to the United States. But the tangible purpose it did serve, before being at least temporarily frozen by the courts, was to divide Americans from millions of people in the Muslim world by sending the latter a message of gratuitous insult and contempt — and emboldening the very extremist movements the order was ostensibly directed against.” When a terror attack does come, how will the Trump administration treat the media, the courts, activists, or anyone who gets in the way of the nationalism that will metastasize beyond the early stage cancer currently attacking our country?

Feb 10, 2017

A Trumps Show—Justice in the Trump Era February 10, 2017 Jeff Sessions is your New Attorney General, and the brouhaha leading up to that confirmation gave us what will be Elizabeth Warrens Campaign slogan when she runs for President in 2020: you can print the bumper sticker now that’s to Turtle man Mitch McConnell’s now infamous drawl heard around the world: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Now Trump has his errand boy to green light his so-called law and order agenda Jeff Sessions has called the ACLU—a group leading the way in protecting Muslims, undocumented individuals and others from Trump’s wrath of terror—un-American and Communist because they “try to force civil rights down the throats of people.” This is a man with a long documented history of opposing civil rights. This is a man who has used his privilege and power to suppress the vote. This is the man that Coretta Scott King was writing of in 1986, when she wrote—in a letter entered into the Congressional record, that Elizabeth Warren has no famously revisited. Sessions was appointed by a President who was a clear rebuke to the Black Lives Matter movement. The man who said of Black Protestors at his rallies that he longed for the good old days and that they should be carried out on a stretcher— that is Trumplandia. The 9th Circuit of Appeals refused—in a unanimous 3-0 vote— to reinstate Trump’s travel ban. It will be interesting to see how Trump reacts now. Will he continue to take this up the chain to the Supreme Court? Will he try to twist the arm of Department of Homeland Security to ignore the courts and enforce his EO anyway?  Or will he tweet about Nordstrom? For now, he is tweeting, both about Nordstrom and about his intention to take the court to court. Tom Price was sworn in as Health Secretary. Price notable wants to gut Medicare—a very successful program—rather than expanding it to everyone, which should be the only replace of Obamacare when it gets repealed. Additionally, as reported in the New York Times: “Buying and selling health care stocks as a member of Congress while you’re voting and helping those companies, that’s bad enough,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. “But what he wants to do to maybe the greatest program in American history, Medicare, is much, much worse.” Finally, Kellyanne Conway made what appears to be another little blunder. Speaking remotely to the chipper crew at Fox and Friends Conway, with the white house logo right behind here, set aside her role as Advisor to the President for a full 30 seconds where show auditioned for what might just well be her next job: host on the home shopping network. *** Tags Nevertheless She Persisted, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, A trump Show, podcast

Feb 8, 2017

Donald Trump escalated America’s Longest War on Tuesday —its war against the Indigenous people of Turtle Island— by giving the go ahead to the Dakota Access Pipeline. He did so in truly Trump fashion: by gloating that this was not a controversial thing to do; that he has not gotten a single call about it. The number to call Trump—the number to reach the Army Corps of Engineer line about the Dakota access pipeline is 1-888-201-9377. I just called it, and you can too. A recording of my call is at the top of this podcast. I was at Standing Rock on December 4th filming for a documentary project when the news came down that the Army Corps of Engineers was not granting the easement for Energy Transfer Partners to drill under the river. #DAPL was defeated. Temporarily. At Oceti Sakowin Camp, which had swollen with an influx of close to 10 thousand people, there was a jubilation followed very shortly after that by a resignation. On today’s show, I’d like to highlight some of the voices from Standing Rock, culled from the interviews I conducted on December 4, 2016. . They include interviews with Tokata Iron Eyes, the 14 year old daughter of Chase Iron Eyes who many credit with starting the entire movement; Tara Houske of Honor the Earth; Tarak Kauff- a member of Veterans for Peace who had made multiple trips to Standing Rock and was there on Dec 4 with thousands of veterans willing to protect the water protectors from the national guard, state police and Morton county sheriff department, and Remi—of the Navajo Nation— and also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He had been at camp for over five months.

Feb 7, 2017

Betsy DeVos is Education Secretary: All Child's Left Behind Betsy DeVos is likely to win a highly contested nomination and become the next Secretary of Education, despite a 24-hour marathon hail mary effort by Democrats to stop the nomination. The Senate vote is likely to be evenly split 50-50, with 2 Republican Senators defected—and for those of you out there making phone calls to your Republican Senators to block Devos, keep calling. Last week, two Republican lawmakers, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, announced plans to vote against DeVos, leaving Senate Republicans one vote short of confirming her— citing as a reason for crossing the isle the “overwhelming number of phone calls they had received from constituents bout this issue. *** Trump: The US is “Not So Innocent. We’ve got a lot of killers.” Donald Trump was bracingly honest with Bill O’Reilly in his Super Bowl Sunday Interview, refusing to shy away from the fact that the Unites States is “not so nice” – in response to O’Reilly’s incredulity over Trump’s admiration of Vladimir Putin. “He’s a killer!” O'Reilly said, to which Trump responded: "We Got a lot of Killers! You think our country is so innocent?” We will dig deeper in those statements and find out what lies behind them. *** Trump’s Media Conspiracy Theory Speaking at US Central Command and Special Operations Command headquarters in Tampa yesterday, Donald Trump accused the media of conspiring to NOT report terrorist attacks. I’m not kidding. Those are the stories we will cover today PLUS listener comments including the comment from my Mom: she joining the majority of you who thought that I was either demanding too much of Lady Gaga or just plain missed the full meaning of her performance Super Bowl Sunday as I discussed it on yesterday's show. Tags Betsy Devos, Devos confirmation hearing, Secretary of education, Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly, Interview, podcast, a Trump Show

Feb 6, 2017

Lady Gaga performed at halftime of Super Bowl LI last night in a performance that some hailed as a missed opportunity—while others point out the political fervor thrumming beneath the surface. Compared to Beyonce's 2016 halftime performance (perhaps the most radical of her career) that paid homage to the black panthers, Malcolm X, and spoke directly to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Lady Gaga’s moment on the world’s largest stage was more subtle. Can “subtle” apply to Lady Gaga? Dennis Trainor Jr examines the performance + gives us run down of today’s top stories in Trumplandia, including:

- Trump's immigration ban facing a new legal hurdle.
- Trump may not “make America great again”—but he just might make SNL great again.
- Trump angered to learn that he does not actually know the details of the Executive Orders Steve Bannon is having him sign.


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