2018-04-23: News Headlines

Julian Vigo (2018-04-23). Weaponizing Data to Subvert Democracy. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues—especially since 9/11—have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants—corresponding to every child in the U.K.—went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…

WSWS (2018-04-23). The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange. World Socialist Web Site The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.

WSWS (2018-04-23). Geoffrey Rush defamation case: Australian judge dismisses newspaper's latest defence. World Socialist Web Site Friday's ruling is another legal setback for the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph and the #MeToo campaign's contempt for democratic principles.

The Conversation (2018-04-22). What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power. AlterNet.org Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-22). Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day. Human Rights Watch News Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

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Ray McGovern (2018-04-21). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Global Research Wednesday's criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis. | Named in the …

True Publica (2018-04-21). Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland. Global Research Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …

WSWS (2018-04-21). Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents. World Socialist Web Site The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

WSWS (2018-04-21). US students hold national walkout against school violence. World Socialist Web Site While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe. World Socialist Web Site A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Turkish government calls snap election for June 24. World Socialist Web Site Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Italy continues without a government. World Socialist Web Site Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

RT (2018-04-21). DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback. RT US News The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT.
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Glenn Greenwald (2018-04-21). The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom. The Intercept The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-20). These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels. AlterNet.org Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son—but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .

Paul Street (2018-04-20). Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not. counterpunch.org Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"? More

Jim Hightower (2018-04-20). With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash. MintPress News Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

Morris Pearl (2018-04-20). Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship. counterpunch.org We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born More

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election. AlterNet.org The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Xinhua News Agency (2018-04-20). Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader. Article — People's World Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-04-20). Remembering Barbara Bush. counterpunch.org Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts. World Socialist Web Site The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Macron and the democracy of class war. World Socialist Web Site For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election. World Socialist Web Site UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

RT (2018-04-20). Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks. RT US News In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.
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RT (2018-04-20). 'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey. RT US News Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday.
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RT (2018-04-20). Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman. RT US News Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies. Democracy Now! This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans—and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Democracy Now! Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2018. Democracy Now! Released Comey Memos Show Trump Distracted by Rivalries, Fear, Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team, Nationwide Student Walkout Marks 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, Dick's Sporting Goods to Destroy Assault-Style Rifles It Didn't Sell, Trump Admin Moves to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Trump Admin Aims to Expand Sale of Armed Drones Globally, GOP Voter Suppression Architect Kris Kobach Found in Contempt of Court, Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest New Pension Plan, 4 Reported Dead, Chile: Massive Student Mobilization Protests Privatization of Education, Detroit Threatens to Shut Off Water at 17,000 Homes for People $150 Behind on Bills, Wells Fargo to Be Hit with $1 Billion Fine over Financial Crimes, Natalie Portman Refuses to Go to Israel to Accept Award over "Recent Events", Reproductive Justice Activist Alejandra Pablos Freed from ICE Detention…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship. Democracy Now! The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-20). Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million. The Intercept Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…

Natasha Lennard (2018-04-20). Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left. The Intercept Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-20). Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast. AlterNet.org There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Consortiumnews Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more →

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Jim Naureckas (2018-04-19). NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'. FAIR Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times—iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology—one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you: "A liberal can believe that government can do more good or…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-19). Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C. Article — People's World WASHINGTON—Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers—even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment Is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement. Democracy Now! Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests—many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist—Yaser Murtaja—was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more, we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."

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Weaponizing Data to Subvert Democracy
Julian Vigo | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
While Mark Zuckerberg tells us that the job of making Facebook secure is a "never-ending battle," security issues–especially since 9/11–have been mirrored between the battlefields in the Middle East and the realm of social media. Now the language of protection makes as much sense when hearing about homeland security as it does when listening to Zuckerberg testify before Congress, as he did recently. | In studying various breaches of private data over the years, one common factor that emerges among many of these wide-ranging incidents is that they occurred because of human error. For instance, take the 2007 HM Revenue & Customs data breach, the largest in the United Kingdom's history, in which two CDs containing the records of approximately 25 million child-benefit claimants–corresponding to every child in the U.K.–went missing in the mail. This benefit (common in the U.K.,…
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The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee is an attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the press.
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Geoffrey Rush defamation case: Australian judge dismisses newspaper's latest defence
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
Friday's ruling is another legal setback for the Murdoch-owned Daily Telegraph and the #MeToo campaign's contempt for democratic principles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/23/rush-a23.html

What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .
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Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-22
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | March 26, 2018 Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |
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Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland
True Publica | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …
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Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.
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US students hold national walkout against school violence
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.
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Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/pers-a21.html

Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/lond-a21.html

Turkish government calls snap election for June 24
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/turk-a21.html

Italy continues without a government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/ital-a21.html

DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT. …
www.rt.com/usa/424743-dnc-trumps-russia-lawsuit-lionel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/the-dncs-lawsuit-against-wikileaks-poses-a-serious-threat-to-press-freedom/

These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son–but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .
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Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .
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Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship
Morris Pearl | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-the-census-shouldnt-ask-about-citizenship/

Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/how-come-questions/

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/ruling-class-operatives-say-the-darndest-things-on-devils-known-and-not/

Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/democratic-space-in-adverse-times-milestone-at-haitis-university-of-the-aristide-foundation/

New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .
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Remembering Barbara Bush
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/remembering-barbara-bush/

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader
Xinhua News Agency | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gree-a20.html

Macron and the democracy of class war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/pers-a20.html

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/uaws-a20.html

Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks. …
www.rt.com/usa/424712-last-chance-for-russiagate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday. …
www.rt.com/usa/424724-republicans-go-nuclear-comey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him. …
www.rt.com/usa/424638-wikileaks-russia-congressman-assange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-20
A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/20/displaced-congolese-face-being-returned-harms-way

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans–and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/earth_day_2018_ending_plastic_pollution

Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_lulas_imprisonment_is_part

Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_the_rise_of_brazils

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/republicans-have-found-a-nuclear-option-to-kill-regulations/

Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/elliott-broidy-trump-russia-sanctions/

Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left
Natasha Lennard | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/andrew-cuomo-voting-rights-parolees-cynthia-nixon/

Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .
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On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story?
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/19/on-the-criminal-referral-of-comey-clinton-et-al-will-the-constitution-hold/

Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-04-19
Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times–iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology–one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you:…
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Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON–Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers–even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/police-armenia-detain-dozens-demonstrators

Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
As President Trump continues to refuse to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, we speak to a former prisoner at the camp–Moazzam Begg. He was held in extrajudicial detention by the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005, first in Kandahar then at Bagram Air Base for approximately a year before being transferred to Guantánamo.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/former_gitmo_prisoner_moazzam_begg_explains

Rashid Khalidi: Ending the Proxy Wars in Syria is Key to De-escalating Deadly Conflict
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi discusses how the war in Syria in has become a proxy war with a number of nations involved, including Russia, Iran, the United States, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_ending_the_proxy_wars

Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment Is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests–many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist–Yaser Murtaja–was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more, we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_the_israeli_security_establishment

Stunning Investigation Confirms Black Mothers and Babies in the U.S. Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Tuesday marked the end of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The effort was launched to build awareness and activism around the state of black maternal health in the U.S. The United States ranks 32 out of the 35 wealthiest nations in infant mortality. Black infants are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a disparity greater than existed in 1850, 15 years before slavery ended. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S., which is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is worse than it was 25 years ago. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/stunning_investigation_confirms_black_mothers_and

Moazzam Begg on Syria: A No-Fly Zone Is Needed Around Idlib to Prevent "Unprecedented" Massacre
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
In Syria, international chemical weapons inspectors are still attempting to enter the town of Douma, where an alleged chemical gas attack killed dozens of people earlier this month. Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on Saturday but have been unable to reach Douma and have accused Syrian and Russian authorities of blocking access to the town. On Friday, the United States, France and Britain carried out airstrikes against two chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria. In response to the U.S.-led strikes, Russia announced it may supply Syria with a state-of-the-art air defense system–a move likely to anger the United States and Israel. Israel has carried out more than 150 bombing raids in Syria since 2011. Just last week Israel bombed an Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base. | We go to…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/moazzam_begg_on_syria_a_no

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2018-04-22: News Headlines

The Conversation (2018-04-22). What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power. AlterNet.org Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-22). Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day. Human Rights Watch News Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |

Ray McGovern (2018-04-21). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Global Research Wednesday's criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis. | Named in the …

True Publica (2018-04-21). Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland. Global Research Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …

WSWS (2018-04-21). US students hold national walkout against school violence. World Socialist Web Site While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents. World Socialist Web Site The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe. World Socialist Web Site A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Turkish government calls snap election for June 24. World Socialist Web Site Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Italy continues without a government. World Socialist Web Site Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

RT (2018-04-21). DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback. RT US News The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT.
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Glenn Greenwald (2018-04-21). The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom. The Intercept The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-20). These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels. AlterNet.org Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son—but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .

Paul Street (2018-04-20). Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not. counterpunch.org Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"? More

Jim Hightower (2018-04-20). With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash. MintPress News Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Morris Pearl (2018-04-20). Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship. counterpunch.org We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election. AlterNet.org The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-04-20). Remembering Barbara Bush. counterpunch.org Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when More

Xinhua News Agency (2018-04-20). Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader. Article — People's World Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts. World Socialist Web Site The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Macron and the democracy of class war. World Socialist Web Site For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election. World Socialist Web Site UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

RT (2018-04-20). Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks. RT US News In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.
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RT (2018-04-20). 'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey. RT US News Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday.
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RT (2018-04-20). Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman. RT US News Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Democracy Now! Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship. Democracy Now! The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2018. Democracy Now! Released Comey Memos Show Trump Distracted by Rivalries, Fear, Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team, Nationwide Student Walkout Marks 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, Dick's Sporting Goods to Destroy Assault-Style Rifles It Didn't Sell, Trump Admin Moves to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Trump Admin Aims to Expand Sale of Armed Drones Globally, GOP Voter Suppression Architect Kris Kobach Found in Contempt of Court, Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest New Pension Plan, 4 Reported Dead, Chile: Massive Student Mobilization Protests Privatization of Education, Detroit Threatens to Shut Off Water at 17,000 Homes for People $150 Behind on Bills, Wells Fargo to Be Hit with $1 Billion Fine over Financial Crimes, Natalie Portman Refuses to Go to Israel to Accept Award over "Recent Events", Reproductive Justice Activist Alejandra Pablos Freed from ICE Detention…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies. Democracy Now! This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans—and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-20). Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million. The Intercept Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…

Natasha Lennard (2018-04-20). Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left. The Intercept Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-20). Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast. AlterNet.org There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Consortiumnews Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more →

Jim Naureckas (2018-04-19). NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'. FAIR Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times—iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology—one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you: "A liberal can believe that government can do more good or…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria. Consortiumnews The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more →

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-19). Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C. Article — People's World WASHINGTON—Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers—even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment Is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement. Democracy Now! Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests—many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist—Yaser Murtaja—was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more, we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS. Democracy Now! As President Trump continues to refuse to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, we speak to a former prisoner at the camp—Moazzam Begg. He was held in extrajudicial detention by the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005, first in Kandahar then at Bagram Air Base for approximately a year before being transferred to Guantánamo.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Rashid Khalidi: Ending the Proxy Wars in Syria is Key to De-escalating Deadly Conflict. Democracy Now! Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi discusses how the war in Syria in has become a proxy war with a number of nations involved, including Russia, Iran, the United States, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States.

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What Putin's Policies Teach Us About Post-Feminist Power
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-22
Who really runs the world? | The ability to transform yourself — and the cultural expectation that we should — has changed the way we think about authenticity. Today, celebrities are often valued less for their "natural beauty" and more for working on their appearance in transformative ways. Women admire the famous for their ability to style themselves, while countless articles are published every day about their weight loss. On one level, this is a democratisation of attractiveness — if we learn the techniques we can all do it. But it also makes femininity a highly crafted performance. This all ties into a wider cultural shift. In a range of ways, we now produce ourselves to be viewed by others. Instagram stars, for example, create highly crafted representations of "authentic" living. And apps can "enhance" the images posted on social media. But when. . .
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Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-22
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | March 26, 2018 Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |
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Protecting Environmental Defenders This Earth Day
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-22
Indigenous people arrive in Quito after marching for 10 days to protest new mining and water law initiatives, as well as a constitutional reform project that would have allowed for indefinite re-election of the president. August 12, 2015. | © 2015 José Jácome/EFE | Last month, Latin America and Caribbean countries adopted a landmark regional agreement on environmental rights — the first to offer specific protections for people who stand up in defense of their right to a healthy environment. | On Earth Day, the effort is a good reminder of the dangers and challenges that still face environmental defenders around the region. |

| | March 26, 2018 Report | Amazonians on Trial: | Judicial Harassment of Indigenous Leaders and Environmentalists in Ecuador |
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Dolphins or LNG Tankers in the Shannon Estuary? The Processing of U.S. Fracked Hydrocarbons in the Republic of Ireland
True Publica | Global Research | 2018-04-21
Ireland banned fracking but Sambolo Resources wants to open one of Europe's biggest projects to process fracked material in a Shannon Estuary nature reserve where whales and dolphins swim. Right now, they're trying to renew planning permission with An …
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Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.
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US students hold national walkout against school violence
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.
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Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.
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Turkish government calls snap election for June 24
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.
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Italy continues without a government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.
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Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
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DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT. …
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The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.
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These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son–but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .
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Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .
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Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship
Morris Pearl | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-the-census-shouldnt-ask-about-citizenship/

Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/ruling-class-operatives-say-the-darndest-things-on-devils-known-and-not/

Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/democratic-space-in-adverse-times-milestone-at-haitis-university-of-the-aristide-foundation/

"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/how-come-questions/

New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .
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Remembering Barbara Bush
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/remembering-barbara-bush/

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader
Xinhua News Agency | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gree-a20.html

Macron and the democracy of class war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/pers-a20.html

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/uaws-a20.html

Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks. …
www.rt.com/usa/424712-last-chance-for-russiagate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday. …
www.rt.com/usa/424724-republicans-go-nuclear-comey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him. …
www.rt.com/usa/424638-wikileaks-russia-congressman-assange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-20
A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/20/displaced-congolese-face-being-returned-harms-way

Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_lulas_imprisonment_is_part

Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_the_rise_of_brazils

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans–and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/earth_day_2018_ending_plastic_pollution

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/republicans-have-found-a-nuclear-option-to-kill-regulations/

Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left
Natasha Lennard | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/andrew-cuomo-voting-rights-parolees-cynthia-nixon/

Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/elliott-broidy-trump-russia-sanctions/

Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .
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On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story?
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more ?…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-04-19
Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times–iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology–one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you:…
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Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON–Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers–even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C.

Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/18/four-lessons-from-the-strike-on-syria/

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/police-armenia-detain-dozens-demonstrators

Moazzam Begg on Syria: A No-Fly Zone Is Needed Around Idlib to Prevent "Unprecedented" Massacre
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
In Syria, international chemical weapons inspectors are still attempting to enter the town of Douma, where an alleged chemical gas attack killed dozens of people earlier this month. Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on Saturday but have been unable to reach Douma and have accused Syrian and Russian authorities of blocking access to the town. On Friday, the United States, France and Britain carried out airstrikes against two chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria. In response to the U.S.-led strikes, Russia announced it may supply Syria with a state-of-the-art air defense system–a move likely to anger the United States and Israel. Israel has carried out more than 150 bombing raids in Syria since 2011. Just last week Israel bombed an Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base. | We go to…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/moazzam_begg_on_syria_a_no

Stunning Investigation Confirms Black Mothers and Babies in the U.S. Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Tuesday marked the end of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The effort was launched to build awareness and activism around the state of black maternal health in the U.S. The United States ranks 32 out of the 35 wealthiest nations in infant mortality. Black infants are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a disparity greater than existed in 1850, 15 years before slavery ended. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S., which is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is worse than it was 25 years ago. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/stunning_investigation_confirms_black_mothers_and

Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment Is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests–many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist–Yaser Murtaja–was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more, we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_the_israeli_security_establishment

Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
As President Trump continues to refuse to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, we speak to a former prisoner at the camp–Moazzam Begg. He was held in extrajudicial detention by the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005, first in Kandahar then at Bagram Air Base for approximately a year before being transferred to Guantánamo.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/former_gitmo_prisoner_moazzam_begg_explains

Rashid Khalidi: Ending the Proxy Wars in Syria is Key to De-escalating Deadly Conflict
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi discusses how the war in Syria in has become a proxy war with a number of nations involved, including Russia, Iran, the United States, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_ending_the_proxy_wars

Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied and Pasted Bills Written by Lobbyists
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-19
Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday's special election to Arizona's 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko's work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. | ALEC, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for its outsized role in helping businesses and other interest groups to covertly craft public policy in states across the country. Lobbyists for corporate interests pay a hefty membership fee to join ALEC and then help to author "model" legislation. The aim is that a legislator member of ALEC will then introduce text closely resembling — or sometimes directly copied from — the…
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2018-04-21: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-21). US students hold national walkout against school violence. World Socialist Web Site While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents. World Socialist Web Site The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe. World Socialist Web Site A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Turkish government calls snap election for June 24. World Socialist Web Site Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

WSWS (2018-04-21). Italy continues without a government. World Socialist Web Site Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

RT (2018-04-21). DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback. RT US News The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT.
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Glenn Greenwald (2018-04-21). The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom. The Intercept The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-20). HillaryGate: Lawmakers Urge Criminal Probe of Senior Obama Officials including Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Lynch. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Investigative journalist Sara Carter broke the story, saying 11 congressional lawmakers made what's called a criminal referral to Attorney General Jeff Sessions….

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-04-20). Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health. AlterNet.org The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .

Emily Wells (2018-04-20). Cruz-O'Rourke Senate Race 'Too Close to Call'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows a close race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Cruz's Senate seat. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Texas voters favor Cruz, while 44 percent favor his challenger, O'Rourke. | CNN continues: The election is a crucial midterm race, with Republicans attempting to hold on to, if not grow, a razor-thin 51-49 seat advantage in the Senate. Texas is a historically red state, where Democrats haven't won a state election since 1994 and a US Senate race since 1988. | The poll indicates gaps by registered voters' gender, age and race. Voters who are white, male and older than 65 favored Cruz, while black, Hispanic, female, and 18- to 34-year-old voters favored O'Rourke. Men backed Cruz by an 11-point margin (51 percent to 40 percent), and women favored O'Rourke…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-20). These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels. AlterNet.org Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son—but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Truthout Stories Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Trump Campaign Lashes Out at DNC Lawsuit Alleging Russian Collusion. AlterNet.org The committee has decided to take the claims about Trump's connections with Russia to court. | After the Democratic National Committee announced a lawsuit Friday against WikiLeaks, the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign alleging a conspiracy, a spokesman for the Trump campaign dismissed the legal effort as a "scam. ""This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party," said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. But the lawsuit actually has some precedent. The DNC sued President Richard Nixon's campaign in 1972 for the famous Watergate break-in, and it eventually won a large cash settlement in the case. Some are hopeful, too, that the legal process demanded by the lawsuit could force the Trump campaign to make some crucial campaign documents public. Many important records may have already been obtained by special counsel. . .

Jim Hightower (2018-04-20). With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash. MintPress News Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

Paul Street (2018-04-20). Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not. counterpunch.org Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"? More

Massoud Nayeri (2018-04-20). "The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace. Global Research Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Will Morrow (2018-04-20). After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War. Global Research In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …

Morris Pearl (2018-04-20). Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship. counterpunch.org We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Ann-Kathrin Pohlers (2018-04-20). Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis. Global Research Featured image: Civilians leaving old Mosul. This boy is going to fall of exhaustion just after this picture is taken. (Credit: Herve Jakubowicz) | With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. …

Staff (2018-04-20). In New Walkouts, Students Turn Outrage to Action. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Once again, they filed out of class. In a new wave of school walkouts, they raised their voices against gun violence. But this time, they were looking to turn outrage into action. | Many of the students who joined demonstrations across the country Friday turned their attention to upcoming elections as they pressed for tougher gun laws and politicians who will enact them. Scores of rallies turned into voter registration drives. Students took the stage to issue an ultimatum to their lawmakers. | "We want to show that we're not scared. We want to stop mass shootings and we want gun control," said Binayak Pandey, 16, who rallied with dozens of students outside Georgia's Capitol in Atlanta. "The people who can give us that will stay in office, and the people who can't give us that will be out of office." | All…

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election. AlterNet.org The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-04-20). Remembering Barbara Bush. counterpunch.org Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when More

Xinhua News Agency (2018-04-20). Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader. Article — People's World Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts. World Socialist Web Site The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Macron and the democracy of class war. World Socialist Web Site For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election. World Socialist Web Site UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

RT (2018-04-20). Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks. RT US News In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.
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RT (2018-04-20). 'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey. RT US News Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday.
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RT (2018-04-20). Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman. RT US News Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2018. Democracy Now! Released Comey Memos Show Trump Distracted by Rivalries, Fear, Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team, Nationwide Student Walkout Marks 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, Dick's Sporting Goods to Destroy Assault-Style Rifles It Didn't Sell, Trump Admin Moves to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Trump Admin Aims to Expand Sale of Armed Drones Globally, GOP Voter Suppression Architect Kris Kobach Found in Contempt of Court, Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest New Pension Plan, 4 Reported Dead, Chile: Massive Student Mobilization Protests Privatization of Education, Detroit Threatens to Shut Off Water at 17,000 Homes for People $150 Behind on Bills, Wells Fargo to Be Hit with $1 Billion Fine over Financial Crimes, Natalie Portman Refuses to Go to Israel to Accept Award over "Recent Events", Reproductive Justice Activist Alejandra Pablos Freed from ICE Detention…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Democracy Now! Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies. Democracy Now! This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans—and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship. Democracy Now! The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-20). Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million. The Intercept Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…

Natasha Lennard (2018-04-20). Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left. The Intercept Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-20). Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast. AlterNet.org There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Consortiumnews Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more →

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Jim Naureckas (2018-04-19). NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'. FAIR Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times—iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology—one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you: "A liberal can believe that government can do more good or…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria. Consortiumnews The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more →

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-19). Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C. Article — People's World WASHINGTON—Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers—even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

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US students hold national walkout against school violence
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
While Democrats are attempting to direct the anger of youth into the midterm elections and calls for gun control, the demonstrations have revealed broad hostility to the entire political establishment.
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Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.
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Social inequality and oligarchy in the US and Europe
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A report by Thomas Piketty shows that the Democratic Party in the US, the Labour Party in Britain and the Socialist Party in France have become the preferred parties of dominant sections of the ruling elite.
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Italy continues without a government
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.
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Turkish government calls snap election for June 24
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
Amid a deepening economic crisis, the Erdogan government has decided to hold parliamentary and presidential elections 17 months ahead of schedule.
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Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
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DNC lawsuit against Russia & Trump promises 'tantalizingly fascinating' blowback
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-21
The Democratic National Committee's lawsuit against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign is spurious and might spectacularly backfire, provided it doesn't get thrown out of court, legal and media analyst Lionel has told RT. …
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The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept | 2018-04-21
The DNC's theory – that it is illegal to publish internal campaign documents – is a far more serious menace to press freedom than any of Donald Trump's insulting tweets about Chuck Todd. | The post The DNC'S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom appeared first on The Intercept.
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HillaryGate: Lawmakers Urge Criminal Probe of Senior Obama Officials including Clinton, Comey, McCabe, Lynch
Stephen Lendman | Global Research | 2018-04-20
VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Investigative journalist Sara Carter broke the story, saying 11 congressional lawmakers made what's called a criminal referral to Attorney General Jeff Sessions….
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Cruz-O'Rourke Senate Race 'Too Close to Call'
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows a close race between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Cruz's Senate seat. The poll indicates that 47 percent of Texas voters favor Cruz, while 44 percent favor his challenger, O'Rourke. | CNN continues: The election is a crucial midterm race, with Republicans attempting to hold on to, if not grow, a razor-thin 51-49 seat advantage in the Senate. Texas is a historically red state, where Democrats haven't won a state election since 1994 and a US Senate race since 1988. | The poll indicates gaps by registered voters' gender, age and race. Voters who are white, male and older than 65 favored Cruz, while black, Hispanic, female, and 18- to 34-year-old voters favored O'Rourke. Men backed Cruz by an 11-point margin (51 percent to 40 percent), and women favored O'Rourke…
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Big Banks Are Raking in Record Profits Thanks to Trump's Supposedly 'Middle-Class' Tax Cuts
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Republicans misled voters about what the bill would do. | When President Donald Trump and the Republican Party pitched their bill to overhaul the American tax code, they promised voters that their plan was aa "middle-class tax relief. " As the law goes into effect, though, most Americans are seeing little benefit, while the big banks are raking in record profits. According to new analysis by the Associated Press, six big Wall Street banks made an additional $3. 59 billion dollars so far this year thanks to the tax law. Financial Analyst James Shanahan told the AP: "If there was one significant factor quarter for the big banks that I follow, it was taxes. "This is no surprise. The tax law was designed mainly to slash taxes for business, dropping the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The bill also cut individual tax rates,. . .
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Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .
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These Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Excuses Republicans Are Giving for Trump's Affair with Stormy Daniels
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Conservative supporters of the president have a wide array of unconvincing talking points. | Donald Trump still denies having sex with Stormy Daniels. Almost everyone in the country has accepted that the " baby Christian" president had an affair with a porn star while his new wife was home caring for their infant son–but not the president. This has put the president's defenders in a difficult position. They have to begin any discussion of the situation by stipulating that President Trump is lying about immoral behavior and a potentially illegal effort to cover it up lest they be dismissed as fools, and yet they then have to defend his continual lying about it. This cognitive dissonance has been hard on them. And, as a result, they've been forced to say some very, very stupid things. Here are seven of the dumbest things we've heard. . .
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After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
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Trump Campaign Lashes Out at DNC Lawsuit Alleging Russian Collusion
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The committee has decided to take the claims about Trump's connections with Russia to court. | After the Democratic National Committee announced a lawsuit Friday against WikiLeaks, the Russian government and President Donald Trump's campaign alleging a conspiracy, a spokesman for the Trump campaign dismissed the legal effort as a "scam. ""This is a sham lawsuit about a bogus Russian collusion claim filed by a desperate, dysfunctional, and nearly insolvent Democratic Party," said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. But the lawsuit actually has some precedent. The DNC sued President Richard Nixon's campaign in 1972 for the famous Watergate break-in, and it eventually won a large cash settlement in the case. Some are hopeful, too, that the legal process demanded by the lawsuit could force the Trump campaign to make some crucial campaign documents public. Many important records may have already been obtained by special counsel. . .
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"The CIA Is Back and I Like It"! Let's Create a Global Union for Peace
Massoud Nayeri | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Yesterday (4-18-2018) on Fox News, a loyal Democrat, Governor Bill Richardson (in regard to the secret meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea) said: "The CIA IS BACK and I like it"! | For …
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-is-back-and-i-like-it-lets-create-a-global-union-for-peace/5637006

Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship
Morris Pearl | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/why-the-census-shouldnt-ask-about-citizenship/

Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/ruling-class-operatives-say-the-darndest-things-on-devils-known-and-not/

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44231-dilma-rousseff-lula-s-imprisonment-is-part-of-a-coup-corroding-brazil-s-democratic-institutions

"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/how-come-questions/

Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/democratic-space-in-adverse-times-milestone-at-haitis-university-of-the-aristide-foundation/

New York Times Still Can't Admit It Botched a Major Trump Story Before the Election
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The article said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia. We now know there were several. | Eight days before the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times ran a story throwing cold waters on burgeoning conspiracy theorists. Its headline read: "Investigating Donald Trump, F. B. I Sees No Clear Link to Russia. "As we now know, that story was deeply misleading and inaccurate. But the Timeshas still not addressed how it got things so wrong. The story notes that the FBI had started an investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016, but it says there was no "conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. " But we now know the probe began with a pretty definitive link: Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos made contact with a man claiming to be. . .
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In New Walkouts, Students Turn Outrage to Action
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-20
Once again, they filed out of class. In a new wave of school walkouts, they raised their voices against gun violence. But this time, they were looking to turn outrage into action. | Many of the students who joined demonstrations across the country Friday turned their attention to upcoming elections as they pressed for tougher gun laws and politicians who will enact them. Scores of rallies turned into voter registration drives. Students took the stage to issue an ultimatum to their lawmakers. | "We want to show that we're not scared. We want to stop mass shootings and we want gun control," said Binayak Pandey, 16, who rallied with dozens of students outside Georgia's Capitol in Atlanta. "The people who can give us that will stay in office, and the people who can't give us that will be out of office." | All…
truthdig.com/articles/in-new-walkouts-students-look-to-turn-outrage-to-action/

Homebound: Hardship Awaits Internally Displaced Iraqis
Ann-Kathrin Pohlers | Global Research | 2018-04-20
Featured image: Civilians leaving old Mosul. This boy is going to fall of exhaustion just after this picture is taken. (Credit: Herve Jakubowicz) | With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. …
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Remembering Barbara Bush
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/remembering-barbara-bush/

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader
Xinhua News Agency | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
Xinhua News Agency, the primary news service of the People's Republic of China, published an interview with John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, on April 14. In it, Bachtell discusses the relevance of Marxism and the CPUSA's participation in the movements against Trump administration policies and for long-term social change. It is […]…

Chinese media interviews U.S. Communist Party leader

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gree-a20.html

Macron and the democracy of class war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/pers-a20.html

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/uaws-a20.html

Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks. …
www.rt.com/usa/424712-last-chance-for-russiagate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday. …
www.rt.com/usa/424724-republicans-go-nuclear-comey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him. …
www.rt.com/usa/424638-wikileaks-russia-congressman-assange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-20
A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/20/displaced-congolese-face-being-returned-harms-way

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans–and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/earth_day_2018_ending_plastic_pollution

Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_lulas_imprisonment_is_part

Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_the_rise_of_brazils

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/republicans-have-found-a-nuclear-option-to-kill-regulations/

Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left
Natasha Lennard | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/andrew-cuomo-voting-rights-parolees-cynthia-nixon/

Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/elliott-broidy-trump-russia-sanctions/

Should You Vote for a Third Party to Avoid the 'Lesser of Two Evils'? Robert Reich Says Not So Fast
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
There are other ways to change the broken system. | Are you happy with the electoral choices provided you by the two major parties? If not, should you vote for a third party candidate? Not so fast. Remember what happened in 2016, when Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3. 2 percent of the popular vote and Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1. 06 percent. Enough votes that, had they gone to Hillary Clinton, she'd have won the Electoral College, and Donald Trump wouldn't be in the White House. Oh, and anyone remember what happened in 2000, when the votes that went to Ralph Nader all but sealed the fate of Al Gore, and gave us George W. Bush. You see the problem? In a winner-take-all system like ours, votes for third party candidates siphon away votes from the major party candidate whose views are closest to that. . .
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On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story?
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/19/on-the-criminal-referral-of-comey-clinton-et-al-will-the-constitution-hold/

NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-04-19
Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times–iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology–one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you:…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/18/four-lessons-from-the-strike-on-syria/

Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C
Mark Gruenberg | Article — People's World | 2018-04-19
WASHINGTON–Never let it be said that Rep. Gwen Moore, the Milwaukee Democrat, doesn't stick up for workers–even to the extent of throwing reps from their right-wing bosses out the door. That's what Ryan Clancy, owner of a small restaurant, Bounce, in the city's Bayview neighborhood, witnessed when he arrived at Moore's D.C. office on April […]…

Living wage lobbying: Restaurant workers bring business allies to D.C.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/police-armenia-detain-dozens-demonstrators

Stunning Investigation Confirms Black Mothers and Babies in the U.S. Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Tuesday marked the end of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The effort was launched to build awareness and activism around the state of black maternal health in the U.S. The United States ranks 32 out of the 35 wealthiest nations in infant mortality. Black infants are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a disparity greater than existed in 1850, 15 years before slavery ended. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S., which is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is worse than it was 25 years ago. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/stunning_investigation_confirms_black_mothers_and

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Joe Conason, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Rudy Giuliani — And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey. AlterNet.org Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him. | For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker. " | To anyone who remembers the final days of the presidential election, Trump's paranoid claims have always seemed ludicrous. If the bureau appeared to be tilted, it was firmly in his direction, especially in its handling of the criminal investigations of him and Hillary Clinton. | Now Comey's media tour promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," offers an opportunity to debunk such mythologizing — and to ask a few unanswered questions about. . .

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-04-20). Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans. AlterNet.org GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics | There are plenty of signs of the U. S. Senate's immense dysfunction. But perhaps none was as alarming as seeing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, standing as the only male Republican to side with every male Democratic senator in support of revised sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Cruz's stance as the odd man out is hardly new: He has developed a reputation as the senator most loathed by his colleagues, on both sides of the aisle. It is indicative, however, of a larger and more troubling trend of Republican recalcitrance, even as the party in full control of the federal government. On his 100th day in office, President Trump congratulated himself for signing the most bills in that period of any. . .

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-04-20). Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health. AlterNet.org The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Following Release of Memos, Trump and His GOP Call for Comey's Imprisonment. Truthout Stories Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | If I had read this opening paragraph of a CNN story four years ago I would have assumed it was actually an excerpt from a bad movie script: | A week after the tell-all book from James Comey exploded onto the scene, President Donald Trump is telling aides and confidants something he rarely does: He's pleased at how Republicans and the White House led the charge to try and discredit the former FBI director. | Setting aside the ridiculous notion of Donald Trump…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Showing "Total Disregard for Indigenous Rights and Public Wishes," Trump Moves to Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Drilling. Truthout Stories Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Demonstrating a " total disregard for Indigenous rights and public wishes," the Trump administration on Friday moved to expedite oil and gas exploration in previously protected lands in Alaska. | The Interior Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period and plans to draft an environmental impact statement for creating a leasing program for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The filing follows legislation to enable the program that was tacked on to the tax law Republicans forced through Congress last year. | In response, critics who have spent several months fighting the drilling efforts expressed worries about how drilling will impact the region's native people as well as…

Morris Pearl (2018-04-20). Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship. counterpunch.org We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born More

Andrew Levine (2018-04-20). "How Come?" Questions. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the More

Jim Hightower (2018-04-20). With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash. MintPress News Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-04-20). Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria. MintPress News The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Truthout Stories Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Will Morrow (2018-04-20). After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War. Global Research In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …

Paul Street (2018-04-20). Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not. counterpunch.org Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"? More

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-04-20). DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election. MintPress News The DNC argues that a cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats. | The post DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.

Natalie Martinez, Media Matters (2018-04-20). Conservative Pages Are Still Making Racist Russian Propaganda Posts Go Viral on Facebook. AlterNet.org The images include content from banned accounts. | Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by the Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts. Ten of these posts have earned over 20,000 interactions, with the two most popular crossing 70,000. These 28 posts appear to be Russian propaganda because they contained watermarks of logos from Russian troll-run accounts like South United, most of which pushed racist and anti-immigrant propaganda. Propaganda from the Russian troll account Secured Borders, which has used violent language to push anti-immigration misinformation

Missy Comley Beattie (2018-04-20). Remembering Barbara Bush. counterpunch.org Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts. World Socialist Web Site The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.

WSWS (2018-04-20). Macron and the democracy of class war. World Socialist Web Site For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.

WSWS (2018-04-20). UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election. World Socialist Web Site UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.

RT (2018-04-20). Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks. RT US News In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.
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RT (2018-04-20). 'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey. RT US News Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday.
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RT (2018-04-20). Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman. RT US News Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions. Democracy Now! Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies. Democracy Now! This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans—and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship. Democracy Now! The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2018. Democracy Now! Released Comey Memos Show Trump Distracted by Rivalries, Fear, Rudy Giuliani to Join Trump's Legal Team, Nationwide Student Walkout Marks 19th Anniversary of Columbine Massacre, Dick's Sporting Goods to Destroy Assault-Style Rifles It Didn't Sell, Trump Admin Moves to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Trump Admin Aims to Expand Sale of Armed Drones Globally, GOP Voter Suppression Architect Kris Kobach Found in Contempt of Court, Cuba: Outgoing President Raúl Castro Gives Final Speech at National Assembly, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest New Pension Plan, 4 Reported Dead, Chile: Massive Student Mobilization Protests Privatization of Education, Detroit Threatens to Shut Off Water at 17,000 Homes for People $150 Behind on Bills, Wells Fargo to Be Hit with $1 Billion Fine over Financial Crimes, Natalie Portman Refuses to Go to Israel to Accept Award over "Recent Events", Reproductive Justice Activist Alejandra Pablos Freed from ICE Detention…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-20). Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million. The Intercept Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…

Natasha Lennard (2018-04-20). Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left. The Intercept Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? Consortiumnews Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more →

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Jim Naureckas (2018-04-19). NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'. FAIR Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times—iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology—one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you: "A liberal can believe that government can do more good or…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-19). Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation. AlterNet.org Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records. | Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump before the president fired him. Those memos played a key role in initiating special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now, the memos have finally been released. Congressional Republicans pressed for documents, and the Department of Justice decided to comply with the requests Thursday night. After the memos went to Congress, they were shortly obtained by the Associated Press. You can read the full memos here. In the first memo, Comey describes a conversation on Jan. 6, 2017 in which Trump said he had conducted himself "honorably" and that he "had a great reputation. " These comments seem to contradict the original reason the president cited for firing Comey. When Trump fired Comey, he cited a recommendation from Deputy. . .

Staff (2018-04-19). The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The criminal referral to the Department of Justice by 11 House Republicans exposes yet again how establishment media do not report news they don't like. | The post The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-19). Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria. Consortiumnews The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more →

Richard Greene, Independent Media Institute (2018-04-19). Here Are 13 Transformational Bills in Congress That Could Change America as We Know It. AlterNet.org Americans often miss the crucial issues that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections. | Editor's note: As of April 2018, there are three special elections for U. S. House seats and two special elections for U. S. Senate seats upcoming in 2018. Click here for a full list. Also, as of April, 68 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Click here for an updated list. We are so focused on political parties, and also on the personalities of candidates, that we almost always ignore some of the really important, and sometimes transformational things that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections. And when there is a Special Election in the middle of a Congressional Session, this is even more the case, as brand-new lawmakers can change the dynamic on Capitol Hill, helping to sway. . .

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Rashid Khalidi: Ending the Proxy Wars in Syria is Key to De-escalating Deadly Conflict. Democracy Now! Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi discusses how the war in Syria in has become a proxy war with a number of nations involved, including Russia, Iran, the United States, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement. Democracy Now! Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests—many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist—Yaser Murtaja—was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent is titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Moazzam Begg on Syria: A No-Fly Zone Is Needed Around Idlib to Prevent "Unprecedented" Massacre. Democracy Now! In Syria, international chemical weapons inspectors are still attempting to enter the town of Douma, where an alleged chemical gas attack killed dozens of people earlier this month. Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on Saturday but have been unable to reach Douma and have accused Syrian and Russian authorities of blocking access to the town. On Friday, the United States, France and Britain carried out airstrikes against two chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria. In response to the U.S.-led strikes, Russia announced it may supply Syria with a state-of-the-art air defense system—a move likely to anger the United States and Israel. Israel has carried out more than 150 bombing raids in Syria since 2011. Just last week Israel bombed an Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base. | We go to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Stunning Investigation Confirms Black Mothers and Babies in the U.S. Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis. Democracy Now! Tuesday marked the end of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The effort was launched to build awareness and activism around the state of black maternal health in the U.S. The United States ranks 32 out of the 35 wealthiest nations in infant mortality. Black infants are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a disparity greater than existed in 1850, 15 years before slavery ended. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S., which is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is worse than it was 25 years ago. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit if Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those With Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced With Pipeline Protest in London…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS. Democracy Now! As President Trump continues to refuse to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, we speak to a former prisoner at the camp—Moazzam Begg. He was held in extrajudicial detention by the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005, first in Kandahar then at Bagram Air Base for approximately a year before being transferred to Guantánamo.

Lee Fang (2018-04-19). Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied and Pasted Bills Written by Lobbyists. The Intercept Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday's special election to Arizona's 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko's work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. | ALEC, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for its outsized role in helping businesses and other interest groups to covertly craft public policy in states across the country. Lobbyists for corporate interests pay a hefty membership fee to join ALEC and then help to author "model" legislation. The aim is that a legislator member of ALEC will then introduce text closely resembling — or sometimes directly copied from — the…

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

RT (2018-04-18). Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes. RT US News Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers.
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RT (2018-04-18). 'Politically correct nonsense': Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments. RT US News Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey released a campaign ad Tuesday, defending a bill she signed last year to protect her state's Confederate monuments. Ivey called demands to remove the monuments "politically correct nonsense."
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Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

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Rudy Giuliani — And a Few Hard Questions for James Comey
Joe Conason, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
Did Comey ever investigate leaks from within the bureau to Giuliani? He's doing a lot of interviews. Someone should ask him. | For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump's tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a "liar and leaker. " | To anyone who remembers the final days of the presidential election, Trump's paranoid claims have always seemed ludicrous. If the bureau appeared to be tilted, it was firmly in his direction, especially in its handling of the criminal investigations of him and Hillary Clinton. | Now Comey's media tour promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," offers an opportunity to debunk such mythologizing — and to ask a few unanswered questions about. . .
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Following Release of Memos, Trump and His GOP Call for Comey's Imprisonment
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2017. (Photo: Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | If I had read this opening paragraph of a CNN story four years ago I would have assumed it was actually an excerpt from a bad movie script: | A week after the tell-all book from James Comey exploded onto the scene, President Donald Trump is telling aides and confidants something he rarely does: He's pleased at how Republicans and the White House led the charge to try and discredit the former FBI director. | Setting aside the ridiculous notion of Donald Trump…
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Here's How the GOP Farm Bill Is an Unapologetic Assault on Public Health
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
The boring-sounding bill is actually a massive testament to conservative corruption. | The words "farm bill" are unsexy on the best of days. That's especially true in an era when every time you turn on the news there's another political scandal involving Russians, sex workers or both. But the farm bill that Republicans passed out of the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday, with no Democratic votes, is yet another sign that the GOP's moral corruption extends far beyond Donald Trump. To many observers, the bill trades the health of Americans and the safety of their food for the interests of wealthy corporate donors and lobbyists. The provision that's getting the most media attention so far is the work requirements being added to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — otherwise known as food stamps — which are expected to cut one million. . .
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Showing "Total Disregard for Indigenous Rights and Public Wishes," Trump Moves to Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge to Drilling
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-20
Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Demonstrating a " total disregard for Indigenous rights and public wishes," the Trump administration on Friday moved to expedite oil and gas exploration in previously protected lands in Alaska. | The Interior Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a public comment period and plans to draft an environmental impact statement for creating a leasing program for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The filing follows legislation to enable the program that was tacked on to the tax law Republicans forced through Congress last year. | In response, critics who have spent several months fighting the drilling efforts expressed worries about how drilling will impact the region's native people as well as…
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Party Before People: Republicans Keep Blocking Bills That Could Help Suffering Americans
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
GOP senators have shot down bills on opioids and harassment — and the only possible reason is 2018 politics | There are plenty of signs of the U. S. Senate's immense dysfunction. But perhaps none was as alarming as seeing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, standing as the only male Republican to side with every male Democratic senator in support of revised sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Cruz's stance as the odd man out is hardly new: He has developed a reputation as the senator most loathed by his colleagues, on both sides of the aisle. It is indicative, however, of a larger and more troubling trend of Republican recalcitrance, even as the party in full control of the federal government. On his 100th day in office, President Trump congratulated himself for signing the most bills in that period of any. . .
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Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria
Elliott Gabriel | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The "war and peace report," as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics. | The post Democracy Now's "Alt Media" Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

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Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
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After Syria Strikes, Drumbeat Grows for Wider US War
Will Morrow | Global Research | 2018-04-20
In the wake of last weekend's US-British-French missile strikes on Syria, a campaign is growing in the American political and military/intelligence establishment for a wider war that would threaten a nuclear conflict with Russia. | On Tuesday, Democratic and Republican lawmakers …
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Why the Census Shouldn't Ask About Citizenship
Morris Pearl | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
We're all used to chaos in Washington these days. Amidst it all, there's one little protocol change that could mean the undoing of our democratic process: the Commerce Department's decision to ask people whether they're citizens in the upcoming 2020 census. Where I live, in New York City, we have over 3 million people who were born…
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Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Comey is rightly offended by a president who "treats women like they're pieces of meat." How does he feel about presidents who turn millions of women, girls, boys, and men into corpses, cripples, and refugees in the endless pursuit of U.S. global dominance — this while serving the corporate and financial oligarchy at home, also sold as "freedom" and "democracy"?
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With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash
Jim Hightower | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy. | From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause…

With the Media Fixated on Trump, the Koch Brothers Flex Corporate Cash

"How Come?" Questions
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
There are many reasons why American politics often seems more baffling than the politics of other so-called democracies. These would include un- and anti-democratic provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and statutory law, the duopoly party system that the Democratic and Republican Parties have concocted over the years, and spillovers from the economic into the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/how-come-questions/

DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election
ZeroHedge.com | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
The DNC argues that a cyberattack undermined its ability to communicate with voters, collect donations and operate effectively as its employees faced personal harassment and, in some cases, death threats. | The post DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election appeared first on MintPress News.

DNC Files Suit Against Russia, Trump, and Wikileaks for Conspiring in 2016 Election

Remembering Barbara Bush
Missy Comley Beattie | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Barbara Bush, mother of war criminal George W. Bush, died on April 17, 2018. Geraldine Comley, my mother, died April 17, 2011. Bush was called the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty. For years, my mother was chairwoman of the local Republican Party in Nicholasville, Kentucky, however she eventually rejected the Party, leaving it when…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/remembering-barbara-bush/

Australian Greens riven by factional conflicts
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The tensions, which threaten splits in the party, have been spurred by a series of recent electoral defeats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/gree-a20.html

Macron and the democracy of class war
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
For French President Macron, "democracy" means the untrammeled domination of the banks and the corporations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/pers-a20.html

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel will not seek re-election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel made the abrupt announcement this week that he will not to seek re-election amidst an ongoing federal probe into rampant UAW corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/uaws-a20.html

Last chance for Russiagate? Democrats file lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
In a last-ditch effort to keep the Trump/Russia collusion story alive, the Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on Friday against the Trump campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks. …
www.rt.com/usa/424712-last-chance-for-russiagate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'The real crime was his own firing': Nunes, Goodlatte and Gowdy savage Comey
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Congressional Committee chairs Devin Nunes (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) savaged former FBI director James Comey, after his memos about meetings with Trump were handed over to Congress on Thursday. …
www.rt.com/usa/424724-republicans-go-nuclear-comey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Assange has 'physical proof' Russia didn't hack DNC — Congressman
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Russia did not provide WikiLeaks with Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 US presidential campaign and Julian Assange has physical evidence to prove it, says a Republican congressman who met with him. …
www.rt.com/usa/424638-wikileaks-russia-congressman-assange/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-20
A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/20/displaced-congolese-face-being-returned-harms-way

Dilma Rousseff: Lula's Imprisonment Is Part of a Coup Corroding Brazil's Democratic Institutions
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
Protests are continuing in Brazil over the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Two weeks ago, Lula began serving a 12-year prison sentence for a highly controversial corruption conviction. Lula had been the front-runner in this year's presidential election. His supporters say his jailing is a continuation of a coup that began in 2016, when his close ally, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached as president. Both Lula and Rousseff are members of the left-leaning Workers' Party, which has been credited with lifting tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty since Lula was first elected in 2003. Last month, Lula spoke on Democracy Now! in one of his final TV interviews before being jailed. Earlier this week, Lula was dealt another setback when Brazil's Fourth Federal Regional Court denied Lula's latest appeal. Meanwhile, hundreds of Lula supporters have set up an…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_lulas_imprisonment_is_part

Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
This Sunday more than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day. This year's theme: ending plastic pollution by Earth Day 2020. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic sold each year, about 90 percent ends up in landfills, in the oceans–and in our bodies. Part of the focus will be microplastics, those small bits of plastic that are seemingly everywhere. We speak to Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute, who has led 20 expeditions around the world to research plastic marine pollution, and Priscilla Villa of the #BreakFreeFromPlastics movement.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/earth_day_2018_ending_plastic_pollution

Dilma Rousseff: The Rise of Brazil's Far Right Threatens Democratic Gains Since End of Dictatorship
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-20
The imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has shaken up this year's presidential election. Lula is the front-runner but will likely be barred from running if he is not released from prison. Polling second is the far-right former military captain Jair Bolsonaro. We speak to former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the rise of the far right and the recent assassination of Brazilian human rights activist and Rio City Councilmember Marielle Franco.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/20/dilma_rousseff_the_rise_of_brazils

Andrew Cuomo's Order on Voting Rights Shows the Strength of a Challenge From the Left
Natasha Lennard | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Seven years into his tenure as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo finally took executive action on Wednesday to restore voting rights to former felons on parole. His executive order returns the vote to around 40,000 disenfranchised people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Latino. The move is nothing radical — 18 other states and Washington, D.C. allow parolees to vote — but voting rights efforts in New York's state legislature have been consistently blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. | Cuomo's order is the right one and is being rightfully lauded. The question, however, is one of timing. The governor has always had the power to take this sort of executive action and the push for parolee voting rights is nothing new. In 2016, for example, a bill to restore the vote for parolees made some initial progress in the…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/andrew-cuomo-voting-rights-parolees-cynthia-nixon/

Trump Fundraiser Offered Russian Gas Company Plan to Get Sanctions Lifted for $26 Million
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Shortly after President Donald Trump was inaugurated last year, top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy offered Russian gas giant Novatek a $26 million lobbying plan aimed at removing the company from a U.S. sanctions list, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. | Broidy is a Trump associate who was deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned last week amid reports that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model with whom he had an affair. But in February 2017, when he laid out his lobbying proposal for Novatek, he was acting as a well-connected businessman and longtime Republican donor in a bid to help the Russian company avoid sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. The 2014 sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. | In…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/elliott-broidy-trump-russia-sanctions/

On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story?
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
Ray McGovern reports on a major development in the Russia-gate story that has been ignored by corporate media: a criminal referral to the DOJ against Hillary Clinton, James Comey and others, exposing yet again how established media suppresses news it… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/19/on-the-criminal-referral-of-comey-clinton-et-al-will-the-constitution-hold/

Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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NYT: Don't Be Progressive, Be a 'Liberal'
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-04-19
Greg Weiner (New York Times, 7/13/18) puts forth Daniel Patrick Moynihan as the exemplar of the liberal, anti-progressive politician. | A New York Times op-ed by political scientist (and former Bob Kerrey aide) Greg Weiner ( 7/13/18) may well be the New York Times–iest op-ed ever. | Its ostensible subject is why Democrats should call themselves "liberals" and not "progressives." But in making that case, it hits most of the main points of the New York Times' ideology–one that has guided the paper since the late 19th century. | First and foremost, it's a defense of the status quo. "The basic premise of liberal politics," Weiner writes, "is the capacity of government to do good, especially in ameliorating economic ills." But not too much good, mind you:…
fair.org/home/nyt-dont-be-progressive-be-a-liberal/

The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-19
The criminal referral to the Department of Justice by 11 House Republicans exposes yet again how establishment media do not report news they don't like. | The post The Call for Criminal Prosecution of Clinton, Comey: Will Media Suppress This Major News? appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/will-media-suppress-criminal-referrals-of-clinton-comey-and-others/

Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-19
Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records. | Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump before the president fired him. Those memos played a key role in initiating special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now, the memos have finally been released. Congressional Republicans pressed for documents, and the Department of Justice decided to comply with the requests Thursday night. After the memos went to Congress, they were shortly obtained by the Associated Press. You can read the full memos here. In the first memo, Comey describes a conversation on Jan. 6, 2017 in which Trump said he had conducted himself "honorably" and that he "had a great reputation. " These comments seem to contradict the original reason the president cited for firing Comey. When Trump fired Comey, he cited a recommendation from Deputy. . .
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Four Lessons From the Strike on Syria
Consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-19
The lessons from last weekend's strike on Syria by the United States of America and two of its allies do not bode well for the future of democracy or the future of peace, says Inder Comar. By Inder Comar Lessons… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/18/four-lessons-from-the-strike-on-syria/

Here Are 13 Transformational Bills in Congress That Could Change America as We Know It
Richard Greene, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-19
Americans often miss the crucial issues that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections. | Editor's note: As of April 2018, there are three special elections for U. S. House seats and two special elections for U. S. Senate seats upcoming in 2018. Click here for a full list. Also, as of April, 68 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 23 states. Click here for an updated list. We are so focused on political parties, and also on the personalities of candidates, that we almost always ignore some of the really important, and sometimes transformational things that are also "on the ballot" in congressional elections. And when there is a Special Election in the middle of a Congressional Session, this is even more the case, as brand-new lawmakers can change the dynamic on Capitol Hill, helping to sway. . .
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US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/police-armenia-detain-dozens-demonstrators

Former Gitmo Prisoner Moazzam Begg Explains How Torture & U.S.-Run Prisons Helped Give Birth to ISIS
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
As President Trump continues to refuse to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, we speak to a former prisoner at the camp–Moazzam Begg. He was held in extrajudicial detention by the U.S. government from 2002 to 2005, first in Kandahar then at Bagram Air Base for approximately a year before being transferred to Guantánamo.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/former_gitmo_prisoner_moazzam_begg_explains

Rashid Khalidi: Ending the Proxy Wars in Syria is Key to De-escalating Deadly Conflict
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Columbia professor Rashid Khalidi discusses how the war in Syria in has become a proxy war with a number of nations involved, including Russia, Iran, the United States, Israel, Turkey and the Gulf States.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_ending_the_proxy_wars

Moazzam Begg on Syria: A No-Fly Zone Is Needed Around Idlib to Prevent "Unprecedented" Massacre
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
In Syria, international chemical weapons inspectors are still attempting to enter the town of Douma, where an alleged chemical gas attack killed dozens of people earlier this month. Inspectors with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Damascus on Saturday but have been unable to reach Douma and have accused Syrian and Russian authorities of blocking access to the town. On Friday, the United States, France and Britain carried out airstrikes against two chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria. In response to the U.S.-led strikes, Russia announced it may supply Syria with a state-of-the-art air defense system–a move likely to anger the United States and Israel. Israel has carried out more than 150 bombing raids in Syria since 2011. Just last week Israel bombed an Iranian air-defense system at a Syrian base. | We go to…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/moazzam_begg_on_syria_a_no

Stunning Investigation Confirms Black Mothers and Babies in the U.S. Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Tuesday marked the end of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week, a campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The effort was launched to build awareness and activism around the state of black maternal health in the U.S. The United States ranks 32 out of the 35 wealthiest nations in infant mortality. Black infants are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants, a disparity greater than existed in 1850, 15 years before slavery ended. Each year, an estimated 700 to 900 maternal deaths occur in the U.S., which is one of only 13 countries in the world where the rate of maternal mortality is worse than it was 25 years ago. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, black women are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes as their white…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/stunning_investigation_confirms_black_mothers_and

Rashid Khalidi: The Israeli Security Establishment is Terrified of a Nonviolent Palestinian Movement
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-19
Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation are continuing this week as Israel begins to mark the country's 70th anniversary of its founding in 1948. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinian protesters over the past three weeks since the "Great March of Return" protests began to commemorate the mass expulsion of Palestinians during Israel's establishment. Palestinian authorities estimate nearly 4,300 Palestinians have been injured in the peaceful protests–many were shot with live ammunition or rubber-coated steel bullets. Gaza authorities have also accused Israel of deliberately targeting journalists and medics. Since the protests began, one journalist–Yaser Murtaja–was killed, and 66 journalists were injured. In addition, 44 medics have been wounded, and 19 ambulances were reportedly targeted. The protest marches are set to last to until May 15, recognized as the official Israeli Independence Day. Palestinians mark the date as Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe." For more we're joined by Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. He's the author of several books, his most recent is titled "Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/19/rashid_khalidi_the_israeli_security_establishment

Arizona GOP Candidate Debbie Lesko Copied and Pasted Bills Written by Lobbyists
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-19
Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate for Tuesday's special election to Arizona's 8th Congressional District, cut her teeth in the state legislature, where she has long served as the point person for corporate lobbyists to shape public policy. Lesko's work attending to corporate interests was mainly carried out through her position as a senior member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC. | ALEC, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years for its outsized role in helping businesses and other interest groups to covertly craft public policy in states across the country. Lobbyists for corporate interests pay a hefty membership fee to join ALEC and then help to author "model" legislation. The aim is that a legislator member of ALEC will then introduce text closely resembling — or sometimes directly copied from — the…
theintercept.com/2018/04/19/alec-debbie-lesko-arizona-congress/

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/mexi-a18.html

Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/czec-a18.html

Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers. …
www.rt.com/usa/424494-senate-war-powers-resolution/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'Politically correct nonsense': Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey released a campaign ad Tuesday, defending a bill she signed last year to protect her state's Confederate monuments. Ivey called demands to remove the monuments "politically correct nonsense." …
www.rt.com/usa/424519-politically-correct-nonsense-confederate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/eu-asylum-seekers-must-be-allowed-into-mainland-greece-after-court-rules-against-containment-on-islands/

America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach–from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats–to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/americas_1_weapons_salesman_trump_promotes

Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks–what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries–many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/unlimited_worldwide_war_aclu_warns_senate

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era?
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…
theintercept.com/2018/04/18/walter-jones-north-carolina-primary-republican-gop-establishment/

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TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute. World Socialist Web Site In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing. AlterNet.org Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .

Emily Wells (2018-04-18). Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-18). Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report. AlterNet.org Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .

Miko Peled (2018-04-18). After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus. MintPress News As Israel celebrates seven decades and prides itself on being the only democracy in the Middle East, the reality in Gaza undercuts that self-image and instead testifies that Israel is a state that is both racist and violent. | The post After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus appeared first on MintPress News.

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-18). Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy. counterpunch.org "I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Where does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?

Stephen Talbot, Salon (2018-04-18). Republican Governor's Radical Tax Cut Plan Backfires, Exposes Conservative Economics As a Scam. AlterNet.org His tax break was a colossal failure. | "It's like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy. " That's how Sam Brownback, then governor of Kansas, described his radical tax cut plan in 2012. He was evangelical about it. Slashing corporate and personal income tax rates and completely eliminating taxes on limited liability companies, he promised, would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring prosperity to the state. It did not work out that way. This article was originally published at SalonAt first, there were many believers, including the Kansas State Legislature, which passed the governor's revolutionary tax package in 2012. Some 330,000 independent business owners took advantage of their new tax exemption. Corporations and individuals enjoyed their income tax cuts and refunds. The result was a $700 million loss in revenue for the state the first year. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-18). Black Lawmakers Unleash Fury on Tennessee GOP for Punishing Memphis Over Confederate Statues, Treating Racist Figures Like 'God&#039. AlterNet.org State leaders also called the conservatives' actions 'un-Christian. ' | Tennessee's Republican-dominated state legislature this week voted to punish the black-majority city of Memphis because it had removed two Confederate memorial statues — including a statue of former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Tennessee's state legislature has voted to take away $250,000 that was originally set aside to be spent at Memphis's upcoming bicentennial celebration. The reason for the vote was that Memphis last year removed statues of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and former Confederate General Forrest, who would go on to become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War. "What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration,"

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Why Won't Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support the Landmark Desegregation Case "Brown v. Board of Education"? Truthout Stories Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Last week, during Wendy Vitter's confirmation hearing for a Louisiana district court judgeship, the Donald Trump appointee (and wife of former Republican senator David Vitter) refused to say whether she supported Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that barred racial discrimination in public schools. | "I don't mean to be coy," Vitter said when asked about it by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with." | As is standard these days, the comment set off…

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

Emily Wells (2018-04-18). Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…

RT (2018-04-18). Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes. RT US News Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers.
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RT (2018-04-18). 'Politically correct nonsense': Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments. RT US News Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey released a campaign ad Tuesday, defending a bill she signed last year to protect her state's Confederate monuments. Ivey called demands to remove the monuments "politically correct nonsense."
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Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War. Democracy Now! The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks—what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries—many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules. Democracy Now! A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach—from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats—to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2018. Democracy Now! Pompeo Held Clandestine Meeting with Kim Jong-un, Congress Considers Rewriting the Post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, Nikki Haley to White House on Russia Sanctions: "I Don't Get Confused", In 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Mandating Deportation for Some Crimes, Cuba: President Raúl Castro Stepping Down from Power, Starbucks to Close More Than 8,000 Stores for 1-Day Anti-Racial Bias Training, NYC Removes Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Enslaved Black Women, Activists Fundraise to Erect Ida B. Wells Monument in Chicago, Graduate Students at Harvard, Northeastern, Columbia Demand Right to Form a Union, Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Lee Fang (2018-04-18). The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era? The Intercept As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-18). Democrat Claimed Independent Status in Election Filings, but Records Show He Was a Republican. The Intercept Josh Butner, a Democrat running to take on Republican Duncan Hunter for a San Diego congressional seat, certified to the California Secretary of State in his election filings that he has been an independent — known there as "no party preference" — since 2008. His filing shows he registered as a Democrat in 2016, four months before he announced his bid for Congress. | But state voting records obtained by The Intercept from the Registrar of Voters contradict those filings, showing that he was a registered Republican at least through the 2010 election. Butner did not vote in any elections, either primary or general, between 2010 and 2016, when he ran for the school board. But the records show that at some point between 2010 and 2012, he switched his voter registration status from Republican to "no party preference." | Butner did not…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Philippines' Duterte Uses 'War on Terror' Tactics to Crack Down on Leftists. The Real News Network Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is violently repressing socialist and communist groups by dubbing them "terrorists," in what ex-lawmaker Walden Bello says is a dangerous threat to democracy.

Dr. Hakim (2018-04-17). Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children? counterpunch.org Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and More

Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-17). Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible. AlterNet.org The fearful times we live in didn't just drop out of the sky. | The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era's bubble of strangely dilated time: everything agonizingly slow—and bewilderingly fast. But for all the post-mortems on the 2016 election, for every Hillbilly Elegy that says to white rage "I feel your pain," or every column wondering how evangelicals can tolerate Stormy Daniels, there's a larger diagnosis that Americans need to undertake. A frank assessment of the conditions enabling Trump's election—and I'm not talking here about Russia and the UAE—means that we look squarely at the tendency of Americans to invest more in "authenticity" than capability, and to combine this with a. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Amnesty pushes for victims' rights at OECD Minerals Forum. Amnesty International Amnesty International has urged zero tolerance for companies who continue to profit from human rights abuses in cobalt mines, ahead of the 12th Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, which takes place in Paris between 17-20 April. | In two major reports* Amnesty International has shown how the majority of companies sourcing cobalt from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have likely contributed to or benefited from human rights abuses. | | "The fact that abuses persist years after the OECD put responsible sourcing guidelines in place raises the question of whether this Forum will be anything more than a talking shop for…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid. Democracy Now! In a potentially major setback for President Trump, a federal judge has rejected efforts from the president to be given first access to documents seized by the FBI last week during raids on the properties of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. Monday's court hearing pitted the president against his own Justice Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the president's request. McKay said, "Just because he has a powerful client doesn't mean he should get special treatment." The FBI seized 10 boxes of documents and as many as a dozen electronic devices from Cohen. According to press accounts, the Trump administration now views the probe into Cohen as a more serious threat to the president than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Meanwhile, on Monday, Cohen's attorneys were forced to reveal Fox News host Sean Hannity was also one of Cohen's other legal clients. Just last week, Hannity slammed the FBI for raiding Cohen's office and home, but he never disclosed his ties to Cohen. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2018. Democracy Now! Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria, U.S. & U.K. Issue Joint Warning About Risks of Russian Cyberattacks, Judge Rejects Trump's Efforts to Have First Access to Cohen Docs Seized by FBI, Watchdog Rules EPA Broke Law with $43,000 Soundproof Phone Booth, Philadelphia: Protesters Shut Down Starbucks over Racial Discrimination, Trudeau Continues to Back Controversial Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline, Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyoncé Rocks Coachella with Historic Performance Celebrating Black Culture, Kendrick Lamar Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize for Music…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation. Democracy Now! At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize. Democracy Now! On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-04-17). Politicized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics. The Intercept The teachers strikes that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the people who make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era nature of the uprising. | In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances. In all four states, residents are reacting to years of Republican-controlled legislatures, a decline in state funding for students and teachers, an expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools, and an increasingly galvanized electorate that is motivated by all sorts of other organizing efforts that have emerged since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. | And while the ranks of the educators are stocked with progressives, the strikes would…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

RT (2018-04-16). Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation. RT US News In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. |
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RT (2018-04-16). 5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release. RT US News Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). Protests Surge in Armenia. Human Rights Watch News Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minster tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from entering and voting. Rallies took place throughout the weekend. This morning, thousands of people…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC. Amnesty International As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week. Democracy Now! Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before" Democracy Now! On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/supr-a19.html

CNN's Anderson Cooper Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Attempt to Rewrite the History of Comey's Firing
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Trump presented "a totally different version of events from what the president has previously said. " | President Donald Trump tried to completely rewrite history Wednesday morning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper is not happy about it. In the opening segment of "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, the host explained how Trump has completely contradicted his own account of why he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the action that led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller. Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted: April 18, 2018As Cooper points out, this claim contradicts the president's May 11, 2017 interview with Lester Holt, when he said he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he fired Comey. The White House had previously tried to claim that Trump had fired Comey, on the Justice Department's recommendation, because the FBI director had been unfair to Hillary Clinton during the email investigation. But. . .
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Republican Official Credits Voter ID Law for Trump Wisconsin Victory
Emily Wells | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-18
Democrats and elected officials have long argued that a Wisconsin voter identification law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of voters from the polls. A top Republican official has now asserted the same. | Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who defended the voter identification law in court, told conservative radio host Vicki McKenna Thursday, "We battled to get voter ID on the ballot for the November '16 election. How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn't have voter ID to keep Wisconsin's elections clean and honest and have integrity?" | Mother Jones reports: The law, which went into effect in 2016, required specific forms of government-issued photo identification to vote. In a cover story last…
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Trump's Allies Are Threatening Rod Rosenstein With Impeachment If He Doesn't Cooperate: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Republicans in Congress are doing everything they can to distract from the continuing Russia investigation. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continued to face pressure from President Donald Trump's allies this week, according to the Washington Post, as Republicans in Congress try to undermine the special counsel's Russia investigationRep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), two of the president's allies on Capitol Hill, are pushing for Rosenstein to turn over documents related to the investigation, the Post found. According to the report, the lawmakers are even threatening to impeach Rosenstein if he does not comply. "Impeachment" itself may be an empty threat. Two-thirds of Senate would have to vote in favor of removing Rosenstein from office, and any effort would likely face blowback from Democrats and Republicans in the chamber. It would also be unnecessary: If even a halfway-compelling article. . .
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After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus
Miko Peled | MintPress News | 2018-04-18
As Israel celebrates seven decades and prides itself on being the only democracy in the Middle East, the reality in Gaza undercuts that self-image and instead testifies that Israel is a state that is both racist and violent. | The post After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans' Great Return March is Modern Exodus appeared first on MintPress News.

After 70 Years of Repression, Gazans’ Great Return March is Modern Exodus

Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Where does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/18/napa-county-california-the-clash-of-oligarchy-democracy/

Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?
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Republican Governor's Radical Tax Cut Plan Backfires, Exposes Conservative Economics As a Scam
Stephen Talbot, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
His tax break was a colossal failure. | "It's like shooting adrenaline into the heart of growing the economy. " That's how Sam Brownback, then governor of Kansas, described his radical tax cut plan in 2012. He was evangelical about it. Slashing corporate and personal income tax rates and completely eliminating taxes on limited liability companies, he promised, would create tens of thousands of jobs and bring prosperity to the state. It did not work out that way. This article was originally published at SalonAt first, there were many believers, including the Kansas State Legislature, which passed the governor's revolutionary tax package in 2012. Some 330,000 independent business owners took advantage of their new tax exemption. Corporations and individuals enjoyed their income tax cuts and refunds. The result was a $700 million loss in revenue for the state the first year. . .
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Black Lawmakers Unleash Fury on Tennessee GOP for Punishing Memphis Over Confederate Statues, Treating Racist Figures Like 'God&#039
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
State leaders also called the conservatives' actions 'un-Christian. ' | Tennessee's Republican-dominated state legislature this week voted to punish the black-majority city of Memphis because it had removed two Confederate memorial statues — including a statue of former Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Tennessee's state legislature has voted to take away $250,000 that was originally set aside to be spent at Memphis's upcoming bicentennial celebration. The reason for the vote was that Memphis last year removed statues of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis and former Confederate General Forrest, who would go on to become the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War. "What this amendment does is it removes $250,000 from the budget that is designated to go to the city of Memphis for their bicentennial celebration,"
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Why Won't Trump Judicial Nominee Wendy Vitter Support the Landmark Desegregation Case "Brown v. Board of Education"?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Did you know? Truthout is a nonprofit publication and the vast majority of our budget comes from reader donations. It's easy to support our work — click here to get started. | Last week, during Wendy Vitter's confirmation hearing for a Louisiana district court judgeship, the Donald Trump appointee (and wife of former Republican senator David Vitter) refused to say whether she supported Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that barred racial discrimination in public schools. | "I don't mean to be coy," Vitter said when asked about it by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., "but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with." | As is standard these days, the comment set off…
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Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/mexi-a18.html

Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/czec-a18.html

Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers. …
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'Politically correct nonsense': Alabama governor defends Confederate monuments
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey released a campaign ad Tuesday, defending a bill she signed last year to protect her state's Confederate monuments. Ivey called demands to remove the monuments "politically correct nonsense." …
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Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/nigeria-reckless-police-crackdown-against-unarmed-protestors-put-lives-at-risk/

America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach–from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats–to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/americas_1_weapons_salesman_trump_promotes

Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks–what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries–many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/unlimited_worldwide_war_aclu_warns_senate

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era?
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…
theintercept.com/2018/04/18/walter-jones-north-carolina-primary-republican-gop-establishment/

Democrat Claimed Independent Status in Election Filings, but Records Show He Was a Republican
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
Josh Butner, a Democrat running to take on Republican Duncan Hunter for a San Diego congressional seat, certified to the California Secretary of State in his election filings that he has been an independent — known there as "no party preference" — since 2008. His filing shows he registered as a Democrat in 2016, four months before he announced his bid for Congress. | But state voting records obtained by The Intercept from the Registrar of Voters contradict those filings, showing that he was a registered Republican at least through the 2010 election. Butner did not vote in any elections, either primary or general, between 2010 and 2016, when he ran for the school board. But the records show that at some point between 2010 and 2012, he switched his voter registration status from Republican to "no party preference." | Butner did not…
theintercept.com/2018/04/18/josh-butner-congress-california-democratic-primary/

Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Philippines' Duterte Uses 'War on Terror' Tactics to Crack Down on Leftists
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is violently repressing socialist and communist groups by dubbing them "terrorists," in what ex-lawmaker Walden Bello says is a dangerous threat to democracy.
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Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible
Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The fearful times we live in didn't just drop out of the sky. | The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era's bubble of strangely dilated time: everything agonizingly slow–and bewilderingly fast. But for all the post-mortems on the 2016 election, for every Hillbilly Elegy that says to white rage "I feel your pain," or every column wondering how evangelicals can tolerate Stormy Daniels, there's a larger diagnosis that Americans need to undertake. A frank assessment of the conditions enabling Trump's election–and I'm not talking here about Russia and the UAE–means that we look squarely at the tendency of Americans to invest more in "authenticity" than capability, and to combine this with a. . .
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Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children?
Dr. Hakim | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/17/where-on-earth-is-the-just-economy-that-works-for-all-including-afghan-children/

A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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Amnesty pushes for victims' rights at OECD Minerals Forum
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Amnesty International has urged zero tolerance for companies who continue to profit from human rights abuses in cobalt mines, ahead of the 12th Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, which takes place in Paris between 17-20 April. | In two major reports* Amnesty International has shown how the majority of companies sourcing cobalt from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have likely contributed to or benefited from human rights abuses. | | "The fact that abuses persist years after the OECD put responsible sourcing guidelines in place raises the question of whether this Forum will be anything more than a talking shop for…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/amnesty-pushes-for-victims-rights-at-oecd-minerals-forum/

Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
In a potentially major setback for President Trump, a federal judge has rejected efforts from the president to be given first access to documents seized by the FBI last week during raids on the properties of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. Monday's court hearing pitted the president against his own Justice Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the president's request. McKay said, "Just because he has a powerful client doesn't mean he should get special treatment." The FBI seized 10 boxes of documents and as many as a dozen electronic devices from Cohen. According to press accounts, the Trump administration now views the probe into Cohen as a more serious threat to the president than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Meanwhile, on Monday, Cohen's attorneys were forced to reveal Fox News host Sean Hannity was also one of Cohen's other legal clients. Just last week, Hannity slammed the FBI for raiding Cohen's office and home, but he never disclosed his ties to Cohen. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/trumps_legal_worries_grow_as_judge

Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/hip_hop_artist_kendrick_lamar_makes

Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/deadliest_us_prison_riot_in_25

Politicized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics
Rachel M. Cohen | The Intercept | 2018-04-17
The teachers strikes that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the people who make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era nature of the uprising. | In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances. In all four states, residents are reacting to years of Republican-controlled legislatures, a decline in state funding for students and teachers, an expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools, and an increasingly galvanized electorate that is motivated by all sorts of other organizing efforts that have emerged since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. | And while the ranks of the educators are stocked with progressives, the strikes would…
theintercept.com/2018/04/17/teacher-strikes-west-virginia-oklahoma-kentucky-arizona/

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/immi-a16.html

Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. …
www.rt.com/usa/424300-comey-blames-obama-lynch-clinton/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops. …
www.rt.com/usa/424230-comey-slams-trump-clinton-russia-interview-book/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Protests Surge in Armenia
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-16
Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minster tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from entering and voting. Rallies took place throughout the weekend. This morning, thousands of people…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/16/protests-surge-armenia

SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/sadc-act-to-end-the-crisis-in-the-drc/

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before"
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/chelsea_manning_on_trumps_mission_accomplished

Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/gaza_palestinians_continue_great_march_of

Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
www.rt.com/usa/423984-arizona-teacher-strike-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/as_trump_reconsiders_tpp_stance_fair

Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/syrian_researcher_focus_on_alleged_chemical

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/nearly_4_people_are_evicted_every

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
www.rt.com/usa/423982-pompeo-russia-exceptional-hardline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/political_scientist_corey_robin_paul_ryan

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/corey_robin_striking_teachers_are_real

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/will_senate_dems_block_confirmation_of

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

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