2018-03-10: Social Media Postees

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Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense. | RT.com
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The Health Care Bait-and-Switch.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…
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Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms.
Marshall Auerback, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | We have grown to expect no less from the GOP, whose sole raison d'etre these days seems to be filling the trough from which America's fat cats can perpetually gorge themselves. What is truly disturbing, however, is that the Republican effort is being given bipartisan cover by more than a dozen Democratic senators: Doug Jones (Ala. ), Joe Donnelly (Ind. ), Heidi Heitkamp (N. D. ), Jon Tester (Mont. ), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both from Va. ), Claire McCaskill (Mo. ), Joe Manchin (W. Va. ), Gary Peters (Mich. ), Michael Bennet (Colo. ), Chris Coons (Del. ), and Tom Carper of Delaware. To this esteemed group, we should also add Senator Angus King (ME), an Independent who regularly caucuses with the Democrats. So, in reality, it's a filibuster-proof "Baker's Dirty Dozen. " Digging into the details, perhaps. . .
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Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy.
Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda–frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .
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Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/germ-m10.html

Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals.
Harry Blain | MintPress News | 2018-03-10
That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals

Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms.
Marshall Auerback, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Appropriate, because this is literally a "crapo" bill. It provides a few "technical tweaks" to Dodd-Frank in the same way in which protection payouts to organized crime provide businesses with "insurance" against property damage. In reality, it is an act of regulatory vandalism, which highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. We have grown to expect no less from. . .
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'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned. | RT.com
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Putin Claims 'Jews' Could be Behind U.S. Election Meddling.
Agence France-Presse | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
U. S. intelligence chiefs says Russia still seeks to meddle in American elections. | President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or "Jews," could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — but not the Kremlin. "Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this? " Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television. The leading US intelligence. . . | Related Stories: WATCH: Police Kick Good Samaritan Out Of McDonald's For Buying Homeless MealInventors of Killing Machines Like the AK-47 Often Regret Their CreationsYoung Courage vs. White Male Rage…
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When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington–as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"–that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…
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Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/russ-m10.html

Cochran, Corker, Flake and Hatch: The Great Senate "See Ya!"
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-10
The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | No matter what happens during the 2018 midterm elections, Congress is going to be a different place next year. More than 30 Republican lawmakers are joining Cochran, Flake, Corker and Hatch next year on their way to parts unknown. August names like Issa, Gowdy, Barton, Chaffetz and Farenthold will no longer be with us. Will anything change as a result?The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly…
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Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-03-09
The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.
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Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Party's Attacks on Progressives as 'Appalling&#039
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The Vermont senator holds nothing back in an interview with the Associated Press. | Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season. Speaking with the Associated Press, Sanders said that it's "appalling" and "not acceptable" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose mission is to help candidates win in local districts nationwide, to be choosing favorites–as evidence shows it has– in Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told AP. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics. " Related Stories: Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump TrollsTrump HUD Appointee Helped Spread False Rumor About Hillary Clinton and SatanismFormer Jared Kushner Associate George Nader Was Previously Indicted for Child Pornography…
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'Hilltendo' for the win: CNN's Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election. | RT.com
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The CIA Democrats: Part three.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/dems-m09.html

Deep Blue State: Democrats fielding unprecedented number of ex-CIA candidates .
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
Democrats are running a surprising number of former spies in competitive districts in the US 2018 midterms. If successful, as many as half of all new congressional Democrats could come from the national security apparatus. | RT.com
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Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democrats' endorsement of Trump's tax cuts follows the vote by a large number of Senate Democrats to loosen the weak regulations on major banks enacted after the 2008 Wall Street crash.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/midt-m09.html

Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart"
Kate Aronoff | The Intercept | 2018-03-09
This week, 16 Senate Democrats voted for a bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country. Ten of them co-sponsored it. | The post Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" appeared first on The Intercept.
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In Budget Battle, Pelosi Retreats on DACA and Gun Control.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-09
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi leaves after a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. | Congress is set to consider a long-term spending measure next week, and the Democrats' leader in the House offered up disappointing news about the process to Dreamers and gun reform advocates. | Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that her caucus would not insist on a DACA fix or new gun control measures as part of the omnibus spending bill coming down the pike. | The government runs out of money again on March 23, providing Democrats with leverage to demand Dreamer…
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Are Republicans Finally Turning on Trump?
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Republicans fear Trump's "trade war"–but the real danger is that he finally understands presidential power. | One of the more revealing dramas of the past year has been the spectacle of the Republican Party weakly wrestling with the Donald Trump phenomenon and then deciding to accommodate this erratic incompetent in the hopes that they could steer him toward pillaging the nation's shared wealth, their raison d'être. Republicans have so far been unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they have successfully sabotaged it in numerous ways. Most important of all, they got their big beautiful tax cuts and have set federal agencies to stripping the nation of rules and regulations that serve the common good, so they have been more than satisfied with their decision. Nonetheless, Trump is very high-maintenance, with all the craziness and misbehavior and legal problems. A handful of. . .
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Paul Krugman: Trump Could Unravel One of FDR's Signature Achievements.
Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The president's latest proposal marks a return to the "bad old days" of the robber barons. | Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich bragged that Republicans would finally dismantle what's left of the "Franklin Delano Roosevelt model" of governance. More than a year later, they're well on their way to succeeding, having passed a comprehensive tax bill redistributing the nation's wealth from the bottom to the top and all but decimating the Affordable Care Act in the process. Now Trump is threatening to scrap one of FDR's signature achievements: reciprocal trade policy. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, the president's newly announced tariffs on steel and aluminum are "arguably the Trumpiest thing Trump has done so far. " Not only are they senseless (Trump has brayed about one-sided trade deals for decades,. . .
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May 1968: Fifty Years Since the Catonsville Nine Action.
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
A person takes sustenance wherever and whenever he or she may find it. That is particularly true with someone on the left, as the struggle for human progress has been systematically destroyed by the political right in the U.S. and elsewhere. Most who have destroyed the legacy of progress are Republicans, but they can also…
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A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/a_step_toward_peace_south_korea

How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping–No Thanks to Trump's EPA.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash–the residual byproduct of burning coal–from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/how_an_alabama_town_is_fighting_against

Corbyn opposes Momentum leader Jon Lansman's bid for Labour's general secretary post.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/lans-m09.html

Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play 'In the Body of the World&#039
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Ensler shares her experiences with the City of Joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues. " Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our. . .
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Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"
Juan Cole | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Egypt's al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. | Bin Salman said that the current "Triangle of Evil" [paraphrasing George W. Bush's speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited democracy, while the Turks a striving to revive the Ottoman Caliphate. He insisted that the Prophet Muhammad had never said anything about a caliphate, or prescribed any particular form of government. [This is true — JC]. | He complained that the Ottoman sultans had destroyed the first Saudi state. Moreover, he averred, any enemy of Egypt's is an enemy of Saudi Arabia's. | The Egyptian journalists asked him when the Qatar crisis would end. He told them not to bother their heads with it.

Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"

Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Even before Hurricane Maria struck the island nearly six months ago, the majority of Puerto Rico's residents lived with water that violated health standards set by the U.S. law. Since the storm, residents say the situation has only gotten worse. Among the sources of potential water contamination are mountains of coal ash generated by a coal-fired power plant owned by a private company called AES. For years, residents have demanded the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Mekela Panditharatne, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who just returned from the island and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post headlined "FEMA says most of Puerto Rico has potable water. That can't be true."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/toxic_coal_ash_being_dumped_in

No Labels: Deception That Presumes Its Own High-Mindedness is Not Necessarily Innocent.
Martin Cherniack | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
There has been some interest in the 2017 Harvard Business School Publication entitled, Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: a stragegy for reinvigorating our democracy, authored by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter. In commenting, I must disclose a preternatural suspicion towards any work authored by Professor Michael Porter. This reservation…
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Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim "victory" in West Virginia teachers sellout.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Jacobin and the ISO's role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/pseu-m09.html

America's Troll Farm Media.
Gerald Sussman | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
Despite all the smoke and mirrors, most Americans seem to see where the stenographers of corporate capitalism are taking us. A recent Gallup poll found that while 84% of Americans see media as "critical" or "very important" to democracy, only 28% see the corporatist mainstream news media (MSM) as actually supporting democracy. They're right on both counts of course. The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians.
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Eve Ensler on International Women's Day and Her New One-Woman Play 'In the Body of the World&#039
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Ensler shares her experiences with women survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues. " Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our coverage of. . .
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Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit.
Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .
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Trump and a Lifetime Presidency.
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
The day before the 2012 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal's buffoon-like political journalist, Peggy Noonan, wrote this about the odious Republican candidate, Mitt Romney: "I think he's stealing in 'like a thief with good tools….'"
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Can Class Struggle and Identity Politics Be Reconciled?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
American "progressives" are divided over the politics of class and identity — and this conundrum will likely go unresolved in time for the 2018 mid-term elections, let alone 2020. Americans live their lives at the junction where class and identity cross. "Identity" is generally recognized as political action based on a distinct social category, whether involving…
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One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study.
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling–one of the study's co-authors–of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"–including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .
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'Entirely your fault!' Assange says Obama AG forced WikiLeaks to counter-attack with truth.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has pinned the blame for the website's releases ahead of the 2016 presidential election on the Obama administration, as it put him in such conditions where he had "nothing to do but work 24/7." | RT.com
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Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…
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The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic.
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left. | The post The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic appeared first on MintPress News.

The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic

Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump Trolls.
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Twitter justice is served. | Stormy Daniels has been fielding a lot of hateful tweets from Trump supporters, and she's been responding to some of them. But the former adult film actress singled out one Trump apologist Thursday night for a special dose of mockery, because he apparently thinks the president is married to his daughter. I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic. twitter. com/KcTGns82xw– Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018The mix-up was especially ironic in light of Daniels' claim that Trump compared her to Ivanka during their brief relationship, which his attorney reportedly paid her $130,000 not to reveal in the weeks before the 2016 election. "We had really good banter," Daniels told InTouch, about. . .
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Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities.
Maj. Danny Sjursen | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | –J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star–a famous actor–and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " Road to Damascus" moment,…
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West Virginia Teachers Win–Will the Legislature Try to Undercut Their Victory?
Kalena Thomhave, The American Prospect | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
West Virginia's teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But will the legislature's corporate tax cuts slash public services to pay for the raise? | The West Virginia teachers' strike, which had become the longest in the state's history at nine days, ended Tuesday with a deal to increase the pay of teachers as well as all state employees by 5 percent. (Previously, union leaders had struck a deal for a 5 percent pay raise of teachers with only a 3 percent raise for state employees. With the Republican state Senate initially balking at the deal, rank-and-file teachers were rightfully skeptical that the legislature would agree to the raise, and continued striking. ) The increasing costs of the teachers' health insurance was another driver of the strike; Republican Governor Jim Justice has promised to set up a task. . .
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The CIA Democrats: Part two.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/dems-m08.html

Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Let Democrats Off the Hook for Their Latest Cave to Wall Street.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
"The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet. " | Thanks to the help of 16 Senate Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a Wall Street deregulation measure disguised as a "community banking" bill is barreling toward passage–but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) vowed Wednesday to not let the bill sail through without forcing votes on a series of amendments aimed at showing Americans whose side their lawmakers are really on. "The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet," Warren wrote on Twitter, unveiling 17 amendments that, if approved, would uphold strict oversight of big banks and shield consumers from Wall Street fraud and abuse. "I'm not going to roll over and play dead for the big banks. "First introduced last November by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the officially named "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act" ( S. 2155). . .
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The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression.
Justin Elliott, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. | In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U. S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ's letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have announced their opposition, arguing that in the midst of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, the question will lead many people to opt out of the census, resulting in an inaccurate population count. A lot is at stake. The once-a-decade population count determines how House seats are distributed and helps determine where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. But one question regarding the December letter remained unclear. The letter was signed by a career staffer in a division of the DOJ whose main function. . .
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Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .
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Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts and Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420906-trump-pardon-submariner-pictures/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The Health Care Bait-and-Switch.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…
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Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms.
Marshall Auerback, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | We have grown to expect no less from the GOP, whose sole raison d'etre these days seems to be filling the trough from which America's fat cats can perpetually gorge themselves. What is truly disturbing, however, is that the Republican effort is being given bipartisan cover by more than a dozen Democratic senators: Doug Jones (Ala. ), Joe Donnelly (Ind. ), Heidi Heitkamp (N. D. ), Jon Tester (Mont. ), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both from Va. ), Claire McCaskill (Mo. ), Joe Manchin (W. Va. ), Gary Peters (Mich. ), Michael Bennet (Colo. ), Chris Coons (Del. ), and Tom Carper of Delaware. To this esteemed group, we should also add Senator Angus King (ME), an Independent who regularly caucuses with the Democrats. So, in reality, it's a filibuster-proof "Baker's Dirty Dozen. " Digging into the details, perhaps. . .
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Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/germ-m10.html

Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms.
Marshall Auerback, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | As if to maximize the possibility of another major financial crisis, the Trump administration and the GOP have recently been busy undercutting the limited safeguards established a decade ago via Dodd-Frank. The latest example of this stealth attack on Wall Street reform is the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, appropriately sponsored by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Appropriate, because this is literally a "crapo" bill. It provides a few "technical tweaks" to Dodd-Frank in the same way in which protection payouts to organized crime provide businesses with "insurance" against property damage. In reality, it is an act of regulatory vandalism, which highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. We have grown to expect no less from. . .
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Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals.
Harry Blain | MintPress News | 2018-03-10
That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals

Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy.
Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda–frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .
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'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420904-blumenthal-russiagate-media-suppression/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington–as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"–that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…
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Cochran, Corker, Flake and Hatch: The Great Senate "See Ya!"
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-10
The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | No matter what happens during the 2018 midterm elections, Congress is going to be a different place next year. More than 30 Republican lawmakers are joining Cochran, Flake, Corker and Hatch next year on their way to parts unknown. August names like Issa, Gowdy, Barton, Chaffetz and Farenthold will no longer be with us. Will anything change as a result?The US Capitol is bathed in the light of the sun setting over the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43803-cochran-corker-flake-and-hatch-the-great-senate-see-ya

Putin Claims 'Jews' Could be Behind U.S. Election Meddling.
Agence France-Presse | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
U. S. intelligence chiefs says Russia still seeks to meddle in American elections. | President Vladimir Putin suggested in a US television interview that Ukrainians, Tatars or "Jews," could have meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — but not the Kremlin. "Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this? " Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television. The leading US intelligence. . . | Related Stories: WATCH: Police Kick Good Samaritan Out Of McDonald's For Buying Homeless MealInventors of Killing Machines Like the AK-47 Often Regret Their CreationsYoung Courage vs. White Male Rage…
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Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/russ-m10.html

Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-03-09
The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.
globalresearch.ca/hillary-clinton-we-created-al-qaeda/5337222

Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Party's Attacks on Progressives as 'Appalling&#039
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The Vermont senator holds nothing back in an interview with the Associated Press. | Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season. Speaking with the Associated Press, Sanders said that it's "appalling" and "not acceptable" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose mission is to help candidates win in local districts nationwide, to be choosing favorites–as evidence shows it has– in Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told AP. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics. " Related Stories: Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump TrollsTrump HUD Appointee Helped Spread False Rumor About Hillary Clinton and SatanismFormer Jared Kushner Associate George Nader Was Previously Indicted for Child Pornography…
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'Hilltendo' for the win: CNN's Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420886-cnn-hilltendo-russia-video-game/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The CIA Democrats: Part three.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/dems-m09.html

Deep Blue State: Democrats fielding unprecedented number of ex-CIA candidates .
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
Democrats are running a surprising number of former spies in competitive districts in the US 2018 midterms. If successful, as many as half of all new congressional Democrats could come from the national security apparatus. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420894-democrats-cia-candidates-midterms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democrats' endorsement of Trump's tax cuts follows the vote by a large number of Senate Democrats to loosen the weak regulations on major banks enacted after the 2008 Wall Street crash.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/midt-m09.html

In Budget Battle, Pelosi Retreats on DACA and Gun Control.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-09
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi leaves after a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. | Congress is set to consider a long-term spending measure next week, and the Democrats' leader in the House offered up disappointing news about the process to Dreamers and gun reform advocates. | Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that her caucus would not insist on a DACA fix or new gun control measures as part of the omnibus spending bill coming down the pike. | The government runs out of money again on March 23, providing Democrats with leverage to demand Dreamer…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43789-in-budget-battle-pelosi-retreats-on-daca-and-gun-control

Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart"
Kate Aronoff | The Intercept | 2018-03-09
This week, 16 Senate Democrats voted for a bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country. Ten of them co-sponsored it. | The post Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/09/elizabeth-warren-wall-street-bank-deregulation-bill/

May 1968: Fifty Years Since the Catonsville Nine Action.
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
A person takes sustenance wherever and whenever he or she may find it. That is particularly true with someone on the left, as the struggle for human progress has been systematically destroyed by the political right in the U.S. and elsewhere. Most who have destroyed the legacy of progress are Republicans, but they can also…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/may-1968-fifty-years-since-the-catonsville-nine-action/

Are Republicans Finally Turning on Trump?
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Republicans fear Trump's "trade war"–but the real danger is that he finally understands presidential power. | One of the more revealing dramas of the past year has been the spectacle of the Republican Party weakly wrestling with the Donald Trump phenomenon and then deciding to accommodate this erratic incompetent in the hopes that they could steer him toward pillaging the nation's shared wealth, their raison d'être. Republicans have so far been unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they have successfully sabotaged it in numerous ways. Most important of all, they got their big beautiful tax cuts and have set federal agencies to stripping the nation of rules and regulations that serve the common good, so they have been more than satisfied with their decision. Nonetheless, Trump is very high-maintenance, with all the craziness and misbehavior and legal problems. A handful of. . .
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Paul Krugman: Trump Could Unravel One of FDR's Signature Achievements.
Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The president's latest proposal marks a return to the "bad old days" of the robber barons. | Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich bragged that Republicans would finally dismantle what's left of the "Franklin Delano Roosevelt model" of governance. More than a year later, they're well on their way to succeeding, having passed a comprehensive tax bill redistributing the nation's wealth from the bottom to the top and all but decimating the Affordable Care Act in the process. Now Trump is threatening to scrap one of FDR's signature achievements: reciprocal trade policy. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, the president's newly announced tariffs on steel and aluminum are "arguably the Trumpiest thing Trump has done so far. " Not only are they senseless (Trump has brayed about one-sided trade deals for decades,. . .
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Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play 'In the Body of the World&#039
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Ensler shares her experiences with the City of Joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues. " Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our. . .
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Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Even before Hurricane Maria struck the island nearly six months ago, the majority of Puerto Rico's residents lived with water that violated health standards set by the U.S. law. Since the storm, residents say the situation has only gotten worse. Among the sources of potential water contamination are mountains of coal ash generated by a coal-fired power plant owned by a private company called AES. For years, residents have demanded the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Mekela Panditharatne, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who just returned from the island and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post headlined "FEMA says most of Puerto Rico has potable water. That can't be true."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/toxic_coal_ash_being_dumped_in

How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping–No Thanks to Trump's EPA.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash–the residual byproduct of burning coal–from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/how_an_alabama_town_is_fighting_against

Corbyn opposes Momentum leader Jon Lansman's bid for Labour's general secretary post.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/lans-m09.html

America's Troll Farm Media.
Gerald Sussman | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
Despite all the smoke and mirrors, most Americans seem to see where the stenographers of corporate capitalism are taking us. A recent Gallup poll found that while 84% of Americans see media as "critical" or "very important" to democracy, only 28% see the corporatist mainstream news media (MSM) as actually supporting democracy. They're right on both counts of course. The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/americas-troll-farm-media/

Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit.
Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .
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Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim "victory" in West Virginia teachers sellout.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Jacobin and the ISO's role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/pseu-m09.html

Eve Ensler on International Women's Day and Her New One-Woman Play 'In the Body of the World&#039
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Ensler shares her experiences with women survivors in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues. " Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our coverage of. . .
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A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/a_step_toward_peace_south_korea

No Labels: Deception That Presumes Its Own High-Mindedness is Not Necessarily Innocent.
Martin Cherniack | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
There has been some interest in the 2017 Harvard Business School Publication entitled, Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: a stragegy for reinvigorating our democracy, authored by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter. In commenting, I must disclose a preternatural suspicion towards any work authored by Professor Michael Porter. This reservation…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/no-labels-deception-that-presumes-its-own-high-mindedness-is-not-necessarily-innocent/

Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"
Juan Cole | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Egypt's al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. | Bin Salman said that the current "Triangle of Evil" [paraphrasing George W. Bush's speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited democracy, while the Turks a striving to revive the Ottoman Caliphate. He insisted that the Prophet Muhammad had never said anything about a caliphate, or prescribed any particular form of government. [This is true — JC]. | He complained that the Ottoman sultans had destroyed the first Saudi state. Moreover, he averred, any enemy of Egypt's is an enemy of Saudi Arabia's. | The Egyptian journalists asked him when the Qatar crisis would end. He told them not to bother their heads with it.

Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"

'Entirely your fault!' Assange says Obama AG forced WikiLeaks to counter-attack with truth.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has pinned the blame for the website's releases ahead of the 2016 presidential election on the Obama administration, as it put him in such conditions where he had "nothing to do but work 24/7." | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420902-assange-holder-twitter-obama/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Can Class Struggle and Identity Politics Be Reconciled?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
American "progressives" are divided over the politics of class and identity — and this conundrum will likely go unresolved in time for the 2018 mid-term elections, let alone 2020. Americans live their lives at the junction where class and identity cross. "Identity" is generally recognized as political action based on a distinct social category, whether involving…
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Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump Trolls.
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Twitter justice is served. | Stormy Daniels has been fielding a lot of hateful tweets from Trump supporters, and she's been responding to some of them. But the former adult film actress singled out one Trump apologist Thursday night for a special dose of mockery, because he apparently thinks the president is married to his daughter. I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic. twitter. com/KcTGns82xw– Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018The mix-up was especially ironic in light of Daniels' claim that Trump compared her to Ivanka during their brief relationship, which his attorney reportedly paid her $130,000 not to reveal in the weeks before the 2016 election. "We had really good banter," Daniels told InTouch, about. . .
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The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic.
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left. | The post The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic appeared first on MintPress News.

The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic

One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study.
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling–one of the study's co-authors–of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"–including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .
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Trump and a Lifetime Presidency.
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
The day before the 2012 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal's buffoon-like political journalist, Peggy Noonan, wrote this about the odious Republican candidate, Mitt Romney: "I think he's stealing in 'like a thief with good tools….'"
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Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…
truthdig.com/articles/stormy-daniels-beat-trump-game/

West Virginia Teachers Win–Will the Legislature Try to Undercut Their Victory?
Kalena Thomhave, The American Prospect | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
West Virginia's teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But will the legislature's corporate tax cuts slash public services to pay for the raise? | The West Virginia teachers' strike, which had become the longest in the state's history at nine days, ended Tuesday with a deal to increase the pay of teachers as well as all state employees by 5 percent. (Previously, union leaders had struck a deal for a 5 percent pay raise of teachers with only a 3 percent raise for state employees. With the Republican state Senate initially balking at the deal, rank-and-file teachers were rightfully skeptical that the legislature would agree to the raise, and continued striking. ) The increasing costs of the teachers' health insurance was another driver of the strike; Republican Governor Jim Justice has promised to set up a task. . .
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Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities.
Maj. Danny Sjursen | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | –J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star–a famous actor–and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner, and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " road to Damascus" moment,…
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The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression.
Justin Elliott, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. | In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U. S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ's letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have announced their opposition, arguing that in the midst of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, the question will lead many people to opt out of the census, resulting in an inaccurate population count. A lot is at stake. The once-a-decade population count determines how House seats are distributed and helps determine where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. But one question regarding the December letter remained unclear. The letter was signed by a career staffer in a division of the DOJ whose main function. . .
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Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .
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Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts and Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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A Labor Agenda Could Make Democrats Win This Fall.
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-08
Democrats are optimistic about their prospects for this November's Congressional midterm elections. But, as I argued in The Wall Street Journal last week, the party's growing (and increasingly powerful) progressive base may well decide to sit on their hands, staying home on Election Day — just as a determinative number of Bernie Sanders' supporters did…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/08/a-labor-agenda-could-make-democrats-win-this-fall/

The CIA Democrats: Part two.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/dems-m08.html

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Trump pardons submariner who took photos of classified sub & used 'Clinton emails' defense.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
US president Donald Trump has pardoned a Navy sailor who was sentenced to prison for taking and "mishandling" photos of a classified military vessel. The submariner used Hillary Clinton's email scandal in his court defense. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420906-trump-pardon-submariner-pictures/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The Health Care Bait-and-Switch.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…
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Meet the Democratic 'Dirty Dozen' Working to Gut Financial Reforms.
Marshall Auerback, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
This act of regulatory vandalism highlights everything that is corrupt about our political system. | We have grown to expect no less from the GOP, whose sole raison d'etre these days seems to be filling the trough from which America's fat cats can perpetually gorge themselves. What is truly disturbing, however, is that the Republican effort is being given bipartisan cover by more than a dozen Democratic senators: Doug Jones (Ala. ), Joe Donnelly (Ind. ), Heidi Heitkamp (N. D. ), Jon Tester (Mont. ), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both from Va. ), Claire McCaskill (Mo. ), Joe Manchin (W. Va. ), Gary Peters (Mich. ), Michael Bennet (Colo. ), Chris Coons (Del. ), and Tom Carper of Delaware. To this esteemed group, we should also add Senator Angus King (ME), an Independent who regularly caucuses with the Democrats. So, in reality, it's a filibuster-proof "Baker's Dirty Dozen. " Digging into the details, perhaps. . .
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Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy.
Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda–frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .
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Germany: The new Social Democratic ministers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
The SPD will play a key role in the new cabinet, after rank-and- file members approved the right-wing coalition agreement by a clear two-thirds majority.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/germ-m10.html

'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-10
Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420904-blumenthal-russiagate-media-suppression/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

When a Trillion Dollars' Worth of Bombs Is Not Enough.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington–as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a disembodied "The United States"–that Trump didn't have a coherent strategy for dealing with cyber and nuclear threats from Russia. The front-page subhead warned, "Russia has ramped up its arsenal, US has done…
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Russian economy stagnates as presidential election approaches.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
Russians will head to the polls on March 18, as the Kremlin touts an economic recovery that leaves millions behind.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/10/russ-m10.html

Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-03-09
The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.
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Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Party's Attacks on Progressives as 'Appalling&#039
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The Vermont senator holds nothing back in an interview with the Associated Press. | Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season. Speaking with the Associated Press, Sanders said that it's "appalling" and "not acceptable" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose mission is to help candidates win in local districts nationwide, to be choosing favorites–as evidence shows it has– in Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told AP. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics. " Related Stories: Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump TrollsTrump HUD Appointee Helped Spread False Rumor About Hillary Clinton and SatanismFormer Jared Kushner Associate George Nader Was Previously Indicted for Child Pornography…
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'Hilltendo' for the win: CNN's Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420886-cnn-hilltendo-russia-video-game/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Deep Blue State: Democrats fielding unprecedented number of ex-CIA candidates .
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
Democrats are running a surprising number of former spies in competitive districts in the US 2018 midterms. If successful, as many as half of all new congressional Democrats could come from the national security apparatus. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420894-democrats-cia-candidates-midterms/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democrats' endorsement of Trump's tax cuts follows the vote by a large number of Senate Democrats to loosen the weak regulations on major banks enacted after the 2008 Wall Street crash.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/midt-m09.html

The CIA Democrats: Part three.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/dems-m09.html

Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart"
Kate Aronoff | The Intercept | 2018-03-09
This week, 16 Senate Democrats voted for a bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country. Ten of them co-sponsored it. | The post Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/09/elizabeth-warren-wall-street-bank-deregulation-bill/

In Budget Battle, Pelosi Retreats on DACA and Gun Control.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-09
House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi leaves after a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. | Congress is set to consider a long-term spending measure next week, and the Democrats' leader in the House offered up disappointing news about the process to Dreamers and gun reform advocates. | Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that her caucus would not insist on a DACA fix or new gun control measures as part of the omnibus spending bill coming down the pike. | The government runs out of money again on March 23, providing Democrats with leverage to demand Dreamer…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43789-in-budget-battle-pelosi-retreats-on-daca-and-gun-control

Paul Krugman: Trump Could Unravel One of FDR's Signature Achievements.
Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The president's latest proposal marks a return to the "bad old days" of the robber barons. | Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich bragged that Republicans would finally dismantle what's left of the "Franklin Delano Roosevelt model" of governance. More than a year later, they're well on their way to succeeding, having passed a comprehensive tax bill redistributing the nation's wealth from the bottom to the top and all but decimating the Affordable Care Act in the process. Now Trump is threatening to scrap one of FDR's signature achievements: reciprocal trade policy. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, the president's newly announced tariffs on steel and aluminum are "arguably the Trumpiest thing Trump has done so far. " Not only are they senseless (Trump has brayed about one-sided trade deals for decades,. . .
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Are Republicans Finally Turning on Trump?
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Republicans fear Trump's "trade war"–but the real danger is that he finally understands presidential power. | One of the more revealing dramas of the past year has been the spectacle of the Republican Party weakly wrestling with the Donald Trump phenomenon and then deciding to accommodate this erratic incompetent in the hopes that they could steer him toward pillaging the nation's shared wealth, their raison d'être. Republicans have so far been unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they have successfully sabotaged it in numerous ways. Most important of all, they got their big beautiful tax cuts and have set federal agencies to stripping the nation of rules and regulations that serve the common good, so they have been more than satisfied with their decision. Nonetheless, Trump is very high-maintenance, with all the craziness and misbehavior and legal problems. A handful of. . .
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May 1968: Fifty Years Since the Catonsville Nine Action.
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
A person takes sustenance wherever and whenever he or she may find it. That is particularly true with someone on the left, as the struggle for human progress has been systematically destroyed by the political right in the U.S. and elsewhere. Most who have destroyed the legacy of progress are Republicans, but they can also…
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Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"
Juan Cole | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Egypt's al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. | Bin Salman said that the current "Triangle of Evil" [paraphrasing George W. Bush's speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited democracy, while the Turks a striving to revive the Ottoman Caliphate. He insisted that the Prophet Muhammad had never said anything about a caliphate, or prescribed any particular form of government. [This is true — JC]. | He complained that the Ottoman sultans had destroyed the first Saudi state. Moreover, he averred, any enemy of Egypt's is an enemy of Saudi Arabia's. | The Egyptian journalists asked him when the Qatar crisis would end. He told them not to bother their heads with it.

Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil"

America's Troll Farm Media.
Gerald Sussman | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
Despite all the smoke and mirrors, most Americans seem to see where the stenographers of corporate capitalism are taking us. A recent Gallup poll found that while 84% of Americans see media as "critical" or "very important" to democracy, only 28% see the corporatist mainstream news media (MSM) as actually supporting democracy. They're right on both counts of course. The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/americas-troll-farm-media/

Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim "victory" in West Virginia teachers sellout.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Jacobin and the ISO's role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/pseu-m09.html

How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping–No Thanks to Trump's EPA.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash–the residual byproduct of burning coal–from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/how_an_alabama_town_is_fighting_against

Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play 'In the Body of the World&#039
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Ensler shares her experiences with the City of Joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues. " Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We continue our. . .
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A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/a_step_toward_peace_south_korea

No Labels: Deception That Presumes Its Own High-Mindedness is Not Necessarily Innocent.
Martin Cherniack | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
There has been some interest in the 2017 Harvard Business School Publication entitled, Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: a stragegy for reinvigorating our democracy, authored by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter. In commenting, I must disclose a preternatural suspicion towards any work authored by Professor Michael Porter. This reservation…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/no-labels-deception-that-presumes-its-own-high-mindedness-is-not-necessarily-innocent/

Corbyn opposes Momentum leader Jon Lansman's bid for Labour's general secretary post.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/lans-m09.html

Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Even before Hurricane Maria struck the island nearly six months ago, the majority of Puerto Rico's residents lived with water that violated health standards set by the U.S. law. Since the storm, residents say the situation has only gotten worse. Among the sources of potential water contamination are mountains of coal ash generated by a coal-fired power plant owned by a private company called AES. For years, residents have demanded the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Mekela Panditharatne, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who just returned from the island and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post headlined "FEMA says most of Puerto Rico has potable water. That can't be true."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/toxic_coal_ash_being_dumped_in

Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit.
Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .
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Can Class Struggle and Identity Politics Be Reconciled?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
American "progressives" are divided over the politics of class and identity — and this conundrum will likely go unresolved in time for the 2018 mid-term elections, let alone 2020. Americans live their lives at the junction where class and identity cross. "Identity" is generally recognized as political action based on a distinct social category, whether involving…
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The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic.
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-03-09
Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left. | The post The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic appeared first on MintPress News.

The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic

One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study.
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling–one of the study's co-authors–of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"–including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .
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'Entirely your fault!' Assange says Obama AG forced WikiLeaks to counter-attack with truth.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-09
WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has pinned the blame for the website's releases ahead of the 2016 presidential election on the Obama administration, as it put him in such conditions where he had "nothing to do but work 24/7." | RT.com
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Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…
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Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump Trolls.
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Twitter justice is served. | Stormy Daniels has been fielding a lot of hateful tweets from Trump supporters, and she's been responding to some of them. But the former adult film actress singled out one Trump apologist Thursday night for a special dose of mockery, because he apparently thinks the president is married to his daughter. I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic. twitter. com/KcTGns82xw– Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018The mix-up was especially ironic in light of Daniels' claim that Trump compared her to Ivanka during their brief relationship, which his attorney reportedly paid her $130,000 not to reveal in the weeks before the 2016 election. "We had really good banter," Daniels told InTouch, about. . .
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Trump and a Lifetime Presidency.
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
The day before the 2012 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal's buffoon-like political journalist, Peggy Noonan, wrote this about the odious Republican candidate, Mitt Romney: "I think he's stealing in 'like a thief with good tools….'"
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West Virginia Teachers Win–Will the Legislature Try to Undercut Their Victory?
Kalena Thomhave, The American Prospect | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
West Virginia's teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But will the legislature's corporate tax cuts slash public services to pay for the raise? | The West Virginia teachers' strike, which had become the longest in the state's history at nine days, ended Tuesday with a deal to increase the pay of teachers as well as all state employees by 5 percent. (Previously, union leaders had struck a deal for a 5 percent pay raise of teachers with only a 3 percent raise for state employees. With the Republican state Senate initially balking at the deal, rank-and-file teachers were rightfully skeptical that the legislature would agree to the raise, and continued striking. ) The increasing costs of the teachers' health insurance was another driver of the strike; Republican Governor Jim Justice has promised to set up a task. . .
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Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities.
Maj. Danny Sjursen | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | –J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star–a famous actor–and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner, and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " road to Damascus" moment,…
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Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities.
Maj. Danny Sjursen | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | –J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star–a famous actor–and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " Road to Damascus" moment,…
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The CIA Democrats: Part two.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/dems-m08.html

Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts and Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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A Labor Agenda Could Make Democrats Win This Fall.
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-08
Democrats are optimistic about their prospects for this November's Congressional midterm elections. But, as I argued in The Wall Street Journal last week, the party's growing (and increasingly powerful) progressive base may well decide to sit on their hands, staying home on Election Day — just as a determinative number of Bernie Sanders' supporters did…
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The "No Trump Military Parade"
Margaret Flowers | Global Research | 2018-03-08
President Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington DC on Veteran's Day, November 11. Democrats have decried the cost and authoritarian implication, and antiwar groups are planning a countermarch. I spoke to Margaret Flowers, …
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Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .
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Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Let Democrats Off the Hook for Their Latest Cave to Wall Street.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
"The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet. " | Thanks to the help of 16 Senate Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a Wall Street deregulation measure disguised as a "community banking" bill is barreling toward passage–but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) vowed Wednesday to not let the bill sail through without forcing votes on a series of amendments aimed at showing Americans whose side their lawmakers are really on. "The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet," Warren wrote on Twitter, unveiling 17 amendments that, if approved, would uphold strict oversight of big banks and shield consumers from Wall Street fraud and abuse. "I'm not going to roll over and play dead for the big banks. "First introduced last November by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the officially named "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act" ( S. 2155). . .
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The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/dems-m08.html

The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression.
Justin Elliott, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. | In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U. S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ's letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have announced their opposition, arguing that in the midst of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, the question will lead many people to opt out of the census, resulting in an inaccurate population count. A lot is at stake. The once-a-decade population count determines how House seats are distributed and helps determine where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. But one question regarding the December letter remained unclear. The letter was signed by a career staffer in a division of the DOJ whose main function. . .
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