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Keith Olbermann: Trump wants to ‘overthrow’ US government and ‘replace it with him’

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In his latest Resistance segment, Keith Olbermann reminded viewers of President Donald Trump’s words to the Republican National Convention when he became the official presidential candidate of the Republican Party. “I alone can fix it,” Trump said.

Olbermann called the phrase the “five Trump words that officially proclaimed his bid to overthrow the traditional government of the United States of America and replace it with him.”

He called Trump’s first 60 days a succession of losses and humiliations that would have left most other people in the president’s shoes “fleeing for the Cayman Islands.” Instead, Olbermann wondered if everything Trump has been up to in his first months in office are “part of the plan.”

Olbermann then compared Trump’s “I alone can fix it” moment to leaders of foreign countries to include Former Iraq President Saddam Hussein and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He then pointed to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon who once told The Daily Beast he wants to “bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

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“Thus, ‘I alone can fix it’ would actually just be shorthand for a longer quote, ‘I alone can fix it after so many of you never notice that I alone broke it,'” said Olbermann.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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