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Paul Krugman dissects the staggering ignorance of the Trump White House

Is the Trump White House evil or just stupid? The answer to that burning question is, well, both. In Monday's column, Paul Krugman takes as his subject the incompetence piece, which is evident in matters both large and seemingly trivial.

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Here are 10 scathingly true takedowns of Trump's press conference

In his much-anticipated first press conference at which he announced nothing new, Donald Trump was in full preening, gloating, hypocritical, bullying splendor. Ostensibly, the press conference was called to announce how Trump will disentangle himself from his numerous conflicts of interest, yet nothing new was revealed. His sons are going to run the Trump Organization, and that is supposed to take care of it.

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12 moments of right-wing horror and absurdity in 2016

President-elect Donald Trump had the most perfect New Year’s tweet. And by perfect, we mean perfectly awful. Say what you will, the man has an uncanny ability to compress his entire sick personality into a mere 140 characters.

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Paul Krugman divulges the real reason Trump and Ryan are intent on snatching healthcare away from millions

Paul Krugman is still very angry at James Comey and Vladimir Putin for tipping the scales in favor of Donald Trump. If not for them, he writes on Friday, the Clinton administration would be celebrating the good news that "health reform, President Obama’s signature achievement, is stabilizing after a bumpy year."

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NPR just offered a shocking and disgusting example of 'balanced reporting'

Trump campaign official Carl Paladino recently made headlines for being a disgustingly racist pig of a human being. The former GOP gubernatorial candidate, who managed to get himself elected to the Buffalo, New York, school board, responded to a survey about his New Year's wishes by attacking the Obamas in the most baldly ugly and racist way imaginable, including wishing for Michelle Obama to be “let loose” in Africa so she could live with apes. He also repeated the racist alt-right meme of her being a man, and said he hoped President Obama “catches mad cow disease” and then “dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”

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These 7 weird and disturbing facts about Donald Trump's personality will make your skin crawl

Senator Al Franken, who formerly made his living in comedy, recently made a weirdly unsettling observation about Donald Trump. He never seems to laugh. And it’s true. The New York Times reporter to whom Franken made the comment did some research, observing Trump at events where normal people tend to crack up, like the Al Smith Dinner. Though Trump smiles, he never laughs outright.

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Paul Krugman uncovers chilling parallels between Trump, fascism and the fall of the Roman Republic

The parallels between the rise of fascism in the 1930s and the dawning of the Trump era are already frighteningly clear. So, Paul Krugman thought he'd do a little light reading about ancient Rome to take his mind off of the whole upsetting situation. Instead, he found some scary "contemporary resonances of some Roman history — specifically, the tale of how the Roman Republic fell," he writes in Monday's column.

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The 5 Trump abominations of the week

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet. While atrocities played out in Syria, Trump visited homegrown tragedies and travesties upon America. The week began with his appointment of Exxon chief Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, continued with wild dissembling about Russia's hacks on his behalf and ended with him calling his own supporters "vicious and nasty." It…

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These are the 5 most idiotic Trump moments of this week

We don’t want to alarm you or anything, but it’s beginning to look like Donald Trump does not know how this whole presidenting thing works. And since he has the curiosity level of a pet rock, chances don’t seem great he’ll be learning anytime soon. His week was a combination of gaffes, bizarre confessions and weirdly tone-deaf phone calls that appear to be setting off international incidents. He seems to miss campaigning, and held a rally in Ohio to crow again about all the other people he vanquished when he beat Hillary. He tweeted how he’s just going to unconstitutionally toss flag burners out of the country. (Whee, this presidenting thing is fun!) And he also took the time to oh-so-presidentially tweet his detail-free “big announcement” about how he’s going to step back from running his companies, so no more “conflicts of interest!” Poof, they’ll just magically disappear.

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Here are 5 deeply obnoxious things we learned about Donald Trump this week

Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking the names of his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings. He also made time to sit down with the New York Times to flatter and lie to them, which seems to have inexplicably fooled the paper of record into saying, Look, he's not that bad. The next day, the Times ran a piece about how Trump was “diversifying” his cabinet appointments because he gave Nikki Haley a job for which he has no respect and she has no qualifications, U.N. representative. His appointments ping-ponged between know-nothings, right-wing ideologues the likes of which would make Dick Cheney blush, and gazillionaires who have gutted the very working class Trump once claimed to champion.

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Here are 6 despicable things President-Elect Trump has done in the last week alone

It has been one of the longest weeks in human history and the Trump presidency has not even begun yet. Any notion that reasonable, well-intentioned people should give him a chance—hey, maybe he was just kidding about all that hateful, bigoted stuff he spewed on the campaign trail—was immediately dispelled. One of his first official acts was to name Steve Bannon, the anti-Semitic mastermind of the racist, “alt-right,” fake-news website Breitbart, to chief propagandist and horse’s ass whisperer. The president-elect dodged the media, regained control of his Twitter account and proceeded to confirm all of our worst fears about him.

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Here are 7 things you need to know about Jared Kushner -- Ivanka's husband and vaunted Trump whisperer

Now that Donald Trump has won the White House, his son-in-law Jared Kushner—Ivanka's husband—is reportedly playing a major role on his transition team. It has been widely reported that Kushner was behind the firing of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and others associated with him, a "bloodletting" that was said to create a certain amount of disarray. Kushner's enmity for Christie stems from the fact that Christie once prosecuted Kushner's father for tax evasion and witness tampering, among other charges.

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Paul Krugman: Trump's election will damage America for generations

Paul Krugman is doing his best to regroup after Trump's electoral win. It ain't easy. In his Friday column, entitled "Thoughts for the Horrified," he is hardpressed to come up with silver linings. But he does have some reflections, and they are fairly grim.

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Paul Krugman: The real reason Clinton is winning is not what the pundits tell you

It's not exactly a secret that Paul Krugman has been a Hillary Clinton supporter in this election. On Friday, the columnist examines what her strong debate performances and now apparent large lead reveal about her, and dispels what he sees as the fiction that she is a "terrible candidate."

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Paul Krugman reveals what Libertarian Gary Johnson really stands for — and it's terrifying

Paul Krugman asks in his Monday's column how many of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's young supporters have actually read Johnson's platform. Right off the bat he clarifies that it only makes sense to cast a vote for him if you believe "it makes no difference at all whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump moves into the White House — because one of them will." And, "Second, you have to believe that America will be better off in the long run if we eliminate environmental regulation, abolish the income tax, do away with public schools, and dismantle Social Security and Medicare — which is what the Libertarian platform calls for."

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