Trump will roll back Obama’s LGBT rights protections, Mike Pence confirms

Donald Trump would roll back Barack Obama's orders on LGBT rights, his running mate Mike Pence has confirmed. In the interview, Dobson asked Pence whether Obama’s guidance would be reversed. The VP candidate confirmed that the Republicans would roll back  Obama’s orders so that “the transgender bathroom issue can be resolved  with common sense at the local level”.He said: “This is such an example of an administration that seems to  have… there’s no area of our lives too small for them to want to  regulate, no aspect of our constitution too large for them to ignore.

Trump just laid out a pretty radical student debt plan

Donald Trump is promising the most liberal student loan repayment plan since the inception of the federal financial aid program, in a clear effort to court the millions of Americans struggling with the high cost of college.

Trump Presidency Could Be Worth $14 Billion to His Troubled Lender

Donald Trump’s election has likely given a massive lifeline to Deutsche Bank, the German financial firm that has been rocked recently by rumors that they would have to pay a $14 billion fine to the Justice Department over crisis-related mortgage abuses. That money is unlikely to ever be imposed, now that one of Deutsche Bank’s biggest borrowers – Trump – will soon be sitting in the White House.

Donald Trump May Select an Architect of Bush’s Torture Program to Run CIA

Donald Trump may select Jose Rodriguez, one of the primary architects of the George W. Bush torture program, to run the Central Intelligence Agency, according to a law firm with close ties to Trump. Rodriguez, the former director of the National Clandestine Service, helped developed the CIA black sites, secret prisons operated in foreign countries where interrogators used a range of torture tactics, including the use of “waterboarding,” the simulated  drowning technique once used by the Khmer Rouge and Nazi agents to glean information from detainees.

It’s Worse Than You Think

Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes  it has been betrayed. I do not know when this will happen. But that it will happen is certain. Investments in the stocks of the war industry,  internal security and the prison-industrial-complex have skyrocketed  since Trump won the presidency. There is a lot of money to be made from a militarized police state.

The Media Blew the Election. Now They’re Blowing the Transition to Trump.

This is an emergency, and Americans need to be prepared for it. The situation that confronts us is extremely dangerous, and not just for all the civic dissension Trump has inspired, or for his erratic, unpredictable nature. Apart from all the hiring Trump would have to do anyhow, his offensiveness and grotesque unfitness for office is likely to lead to an unusual number of civil-service departures. Relatedly, most decent, honorable professionals are not going to want to work for the Trump administration. At a nuts and bolts level, much of the federal government is going to be run by goons or not at all.

Trump has a plan for government workers. They’re not going to like it.

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation. Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and the Crisis in American Life

A historian recalls a conversation with the Donald Trump adviser, which may provide a window into Bannon's views on what's next for the U.S. During the 1990s, two amateur historians, Neil Howe and the late William Strauss, developed a new theory of American history in two books. They identified an 80-year cycle in American history, punctuated by great crises that destroyed an old order and created a new one. Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who has been appointed Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, is very familiar with Strauss and Howe’s theory of crisis, and has been thinking about how to use it to achieve particular goals for quite a while.