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15 Incredibly Heart-Healthy Foods.
Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-13
As new evidence emerges, the link between diet and heart disease grows stronger. | Heart disease accounts for nearly one-third of all deaths worldwide ( 1). Diet plays a major role in heart health and can impact your risk of heart disease. In fact, certain foods can influence blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol levels and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for heart disease. This article takes an in-depth look at 15 foods that you should be eating to maximize your heart health. 1. Leafy Green VegetablesLeafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and collard greens are well-known for their wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In particular, they're a great source of vitamin K, which helps protect your arteries and promote proper blood clotting ( 2, 3). They're also high in dietary nitrates, which have been shown to reduce blood pressure, decrease arterial stiffness. . .
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Hillary Clinton slips twice on stone steps during India visit (VIDEO).
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-13
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton slipped twice while visiting India this week. Clinton was seen losing her footing as she made her way down stone steps assisted by two aides. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/421153-clinton-fall-india-steps/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

White women forced to vote Trump by husbands & sons — Clinton.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-13
Hillary Clinton's excuses for losing the election to Donald Trump keep coming. The former Democratic candidate has now claimed women voters were pressured to vote for Trump by their husbands, sons and bosses. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/421180-clinton-white-women-husbands/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Democrats Offer Last-Minute, Pretend Defense of Fair Lending Laws, as They Prepare to Weaken Them.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-03-13
In a final indignity, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has offered a fair-lending amendment, while acknowledging that the amendment probably wouldn't get a vote. | The post Democrats Offer Last-Minute, Pretend Defense of Fair Lending Laws, as They Prepare to Weaken Them appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/12/tim-kaine-democrats-offer-last-minute-pretend-defense-of-fair-lending-laws-as-they-prepare-to-weaken-them/

Numbers Suggest Democrats Are Not Currently Set to Take Back the House of Representatives.
Doug Johnson | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-13
Nitty gritty numbers, as it turns out, do not lend reasonable support to breathless political chatter forecasting a "blue wave" that will sweep squabbling, message-averse Democrats back into charge of the U.S. House of Representatives come November. And this is true quite apart from Dems performing less well than hoped in the Texas primary last Tuesday. National polling figures and the details of 60 important House races tell the story. Hope may spring eternal in the breast of Buffalo Bills fan and FiveThirtyEight-turned-CNN political forecaster Harry Enten, but CNN's numbers for individual races, averaged together with those of Cook Political, Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Crosstab (soon at The Economist), and Inside Elections (Roll Call) peg safe/likely/lean Republican seats at 217, Democratic safe/likely/leans at 200, and 18 toss-ups.
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Democrats Offer Last-Minute, Pretend Defense of Fair Lending Laws, as They Prepare to Weaken Them.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-03-13
In a final indignity, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., has offered a fair lending amendment, while acknowledging that the amendment probably wouldn't get a vote. | The post Democrats Offer Last-Minute, Pretend Defense of Fair Lending Laws, as They Prepare to Weaken Them appeared first on The Intercept.
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Senate Democrats Are Just Openly Antagonizing Their Progressive Base Now.
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-13
A "Bank Lobbyist Act" threatens to tear the party asunder ahead of the 2018 mid-terms. | A dozen Senate Democrats are threatening to torpedo any semblance of a unified economic message from the opposition party ahead of this fall's midterm elections, trampling over the fiercest progressive voices in the party to do so. "I don't think a bill like that is good for anybody in America," warned Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. , on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, referring to a Republican effort to roll back rules meant to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis that struck 10 years ago. Warren is the Senate's strongest consumer protection advocate, elected in 2012 in a crusade against big Wall Street bailouts. Democrats in the Senate joined the Republican majority to end debate on an amendment to a broad financial deregulation package late Monday, advancing the. . .
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Talking Sense About Immigration: Rejecting the "Good Guy" vs. "Bad Guy" Narrative.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-13
President Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the cabinet room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) | President Obama's widely popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offered some 750,000 young immigrants brought to the United States as children a temporary reprieve from deportation, is ending… except it isn't… except it is… President Trump claims to support it but ordered its halt, while both Republicans and Democrats insist that they want to preserve it and blame each other for its impending demise. (Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recently stepped in to allow DACA recipients to renew their status at least for now.) | On a single day in mid-February, the Senate
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43822-talking-sense-about-immigration-rejecting-the-president-s-manichaean-worldview

Republicans Want to Look at Gun Violence in Movies? OK, Let's Look.
J. F. Sargent | FAIR | 2018-03-13
On February 22, President Donald Trump suggested that violent movies and video games are the real cause of mass shootings: I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts. And then you go the further step, and that's the movies…. Maybe they have to put a rating system for that. | The response by tech, video game, and movie outlets, predictably, was that this is a distraction from the real issue of gun ownership. What this misses is that they aren't actually different issues: The connection between gun violence on screen and in reality goes both ways, and if we really looked at it the way the NRA and the Republicans are suggesting, it's unlikely that either would be happy with the results. | As far as Trump's idea of…
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Trump Replaces Rex Tillerson With CIA Director Mike Pompeo at State; Torturer Named New Head of CIA.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-13
President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and said he'll replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump announced the news on Twitter this morning. He also said CIA's deputy director Gina Haspel will be tapped to succeed Pompeo at the CIA. Both would need to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed Gina Haspel will become the first woman to head the CIA. | Gina Haspel was directly involved in the CIA's torture program under the George W. Bush administration. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand where prisoners were waterboarded and tortured. We air highlights from Democracy Now! coverage on Pompeo and Haspel. | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with this breaking news: President Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and says he'll replace him with…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43824-trump-replaces-rex-tillerson-with-cia-director-mike-pompeo-at-state-torturer-named-new-head-of-cia

The Marketplace of Ideas: Assaulting the First Amendment.
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-13
in a brazen effort to forestall, if not censor, the release of a news report depicting the insidious impact of AIPAC upon core democratic institutions of the United States, a number of congressmen demanded that Al Jazeera be designated a "foreign agent" involved in the release of "deceptive propaganda." The attack on the independence of Al Jazeera comes soon after the successful political drive to compel RT and Sputnik to register as foreign agents of Russia lest they be compelled to undergo intrusive, and possibly criminal, investigations of their networks.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/13/the-marketplace-of-ideas-assaulting-the-first-amendment/

Critics of Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana Decry State & Company Surveillance of Protesters.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-13
In Louisiana, newly disclosed documents reveal a state intelligence agency regularly spied on activists opposing construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which would carry nearly a half-million barrels of oil per day across Louisiana's wetlands. The documents show the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness regularly drafted intelligence memos on anti-pipeline activists, including a gathering of indigenous-led water protectors who've set up a protest encampment along the pipeline's route. Other newly revealed documents show close coordination between Louisiana regulators and the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners. This comes just one week after a U.S. district judge in Baton Rouge ordered a temporary injunction against construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in order to "prevent further irreparable harm" to the region's delicate ecosystems, while court challenges proceed. For more, we speak with Pastor Harry Joseph of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church. We also speak with Pamela Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/13/critics_of_bayou_bridge_pipeline_in

Charterize, Privatize, Christianize: The DeVos-Backed Policies That "Gutted" Michigan Public Schools.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-13
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing new criticism after she struggled in a recent "60 Minutes" interview to explain why schools in her home state of Michigan are faring poorly under the policies she has championed. DeVos is a billionaire Republican activist and the sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince. She once served as chair of the American Federation for Children in Michigan, where she promoted school choice and worked to expand the state's use of private charter schools. Many educators say the results of DeVos's policies in Michigan have been disastrous. For more, we speak with Allie Gross, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press. She covered education in Michigan as a freelance reporter and was a Teach for America teacher in a Detroit charter school.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/13/charterize_privatize_christianize_the_devos_backed

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-13
The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year's congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/13/pers-m13.html

Maine Campaign Against War and Corporate Rule Nears Climax.
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-13
Maine legislators have a hot potato in their hands. But they don't seem to be feeling any pain. On March 6, their Taxation Committee, controlled by the Democratic Party, voted 8-2 to send LD 1781 to the floor with an "ought-to-pass" recommendation. That bill calls for Maine to provide Bath Iron Works (BIW) with a…
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"Unprecedented & Shocking": Armed Secret Service Agents Should Not Be Allowed at Polling Sites.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-13
A bipartisan group of secretaries of state is condemning a proposal to allow armed Secret Service agents at election polling stations. The proposal has already been approved by the House as part of the Homeland Security Department reauthorization bill. On Friday, 19 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Senate leaders urging them to drop the proposal, calling it "unprecedented and shocking." For more, we speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/13/state_election_leaders_to_senate_armed

The CIA takeover of the Democratic Party.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-13
The entry of dozens of intelligence and military veterans into this year's congressional primaries amounts to a takeover of the Democratic Party by the CIA and Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/13/pers-m13.html

Germany's incoming interior minister announces police state measures, mass deportations.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-13
Horst Seehofer's aggressive tone and far-reaching plans make clear that the grand coalition is preparing for the brutal suppression of all opposition to its policies of militarism and austerity.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/13/germ-m13.html

State Election Leaders to Senate: Armed Secret Service Agents Should Not Be Allowed at Polling Sites.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-13
A bipartisan group of secretaries of state are condemning a proposal to allow armed Secret Service agents at election polling stations. The proposal has already been approved by the House as part of the Homeland Security Department reauthorization bill. On Friday, 19 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Senate leaders urging them to drop the proposal, calling it "unprecedented and shocking." For more, we speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. | TRANSCRIPT | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: A bipartisan group of secretaries of state are condemning a proposal to allow armed Secret Service agents at polling stations. The proposal has already been approved by the House as part of the Homeland Security Department reauthorization bill. On Friday, 19 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Senate leaders urging them to drop the proposal,…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43823-state-election-leaders-to-senate-armed-secret-service-agents-should-not-be-allowed-at-polling-sites

5 Reminders Trump Toady Katrina Pierson Is Completely Unhinged.
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-13
The newly appointed campaign adviser has made some eye-popping remarks over the years. | On Tuesday, Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Brad Parscale, announced that Katrina Pierson would be joining Trump's 2020 presidential campaign as a senior adviser. This isn't Pierson's first stint with the president; in 2016, Pierson worked as a national–and frequently controversial–spokeswoman for Trump's presidential campaign. Parscale spoke of the decision to take Pierson on while also mentioning another hiree, Trump's previous aide John McEntee, saying, "As we build out our operations for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 reelection campaign, we are pleased to welcome back two outstanding members of our 2016 team. We need the help of proven leaders such as Katrina and John to promote the President's growing portfolio of achievements across the country. "It makes sense that Trump would tap Pierson once. . .
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Syria's Eastern Ghouta: End unlawful attacks and lift the siege: HRC 37 oral statement.
Amnesty International | 2018-03-13
Amnesty International welcomes the report of the Commission of Inquiry and echoes the Commission's grave concerns regarding the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Syria. [Oral statement: Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic: UN Human Rights Council Thirty-seventh session, 26 February – 23 March 2018…
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde24/8038/2018/en/

The Democratic Establishment Is Moving Closer and Closer to Single Payer, but Activists Want the Real Thing.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-12
The last two times that Democrats seized both the White House and Congress, in 1993 and 2009, they immediately embarked on efforts to reform the national health care system. Both times, those efforts contributed to wave election wipeouts in the following cycle. | This near-trend has veteran Democrats skittish about a third go at it in 2021, but the choice likely won't be theirs to make. The strong and growing enthusiasm for "Medicare for all" would force health care reform on to the agenda of whichever Democrat, if any, manages to get elected in 2020. | With that popularity in mind, the party's centrist wing, along with everybody else to the right of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has begun thinking which reforms short of single-payer might be feasible if the window of opportunity opens. Last fall, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's…
theintercept.com/2018/03/12/single-payer-health-care-democrats/

House GOP Ending Trump-Russia Probe, Finds No Collusion.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-12
WASHINGTON–Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that is sure to please the White House and enrage panel Democrats. | After a yearlong investigation, Texas Rep. Mike Conaway announced Monday that the committee has finished interviewing witnesses and will share the report with Democrats on Tuesday. Conaway is the Republican leading the House probe, one of several investigations on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. | Conaway previewed several of the report's conclusions. | "We found no evidence of collusion," Conaway told reporters Monday, suggesting that those who believe there was are reading too many spy novels. "We found perhaps some bad judgment, inappropriate meetings, inappropriate judgment in taking meetings. But only Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn or someone else like that could…
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Trump, Democrats race to the right.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-12
Trump made fascistic remarks at a campaign rally near Pittsburgh, while Democrats attacked him from the right, on both trade and policy towards North Korea.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/12/penn-m12.html

The CIA Democrats. Former Intelligence Operatives Seek Nomination as Democrats in U.S. Midterm Elections.
Patrick Martin | Global Research | 2018-03-12
Featured image: Elissa Slotkin | An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of …
globalresearch.ca/the-cia-democrats/5631719

Democrats and the Crisis of Legitimacy.
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-12
The American electoral system, and with it what passes for representative democracy, is facing a crisis of legitimacy reflected in continued fallout from the 2016 election. The duopoly political Parties—Democrats and Republicans, have both experienced mass exoduses for reasons specific to each. Because they have effective control over which candidates and programs get put forward in elections, they must be gotten out of the way for constructive political resolution to be possible.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/12/democrats-and-the-crisis-of-legitimacy/

Why Hasn't Robert Mueller Charged Trump with Obstruction of Justice Yet?
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-12
The special prosecutor may be building a much larger case against the president. | Special counsel Robert Mueller is close to wrapping up his investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice — but don't expect charges right away. Current and former U. S. officials say Mueller may set aside the obstruction case while he finishes investigating possible Russian collusion and hacking of Democrats, reported Bloomberg Politics. The obstruction probe could be completed after Mueller and his team interview Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr. , the officials said. But the special counsel may wait to bring charges, if any, because witnesses in other cases in the sprawling probe might become less cooperative — or the president could trigger a constitutional crisis by moving to shut down the investigation. "Any clear outcome of the obstruction inquiry could be used against Mueller: Filing charges against Trump. . .
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White House Officials Watched Betsy DeVos' '60 Minutes' Interview in Horror: Report.
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-12
The secretary of education looked grossly unfit for office. | According to a Monday CNN report, the White House wasn't pleased with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her interview with "60 Minutes" reporter Lesley Stahl. "She gave a performance that has not received stellar reviews. I'll try to be polite here," host John Berman said to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). "We're just getting some information from our White House team that the White House — White House officials watched in dismay as Betsy DeVos struggled to answer basic questions about the nation's schools. "DeVos has been blasted by political pundits for everything from not knowing anything about her panel for school safety to her failure to visit at-risk schools (she has attended several religious and nontraditional private and charter schools since being confirmed). Watch the commentary between Berman and Lieu below: Related Stories: Elizabeth Warren Puts the Screws to Corporate Democrats with a Single QuestionCharles Blow: Melania Trump Knew From the StartWhy Hasn't Robert Mueller Charged Trump with Obstruction of Justice Yet?
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Elizabeth Warren Puts the Screws to Corporate Democrats with a Single Question.
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-12
Her party is prepared to pass a "Bank Lobbyist Act. " Nevertheless she persisted. | " Nevertheless. . . she persisted. "But even as her latest persistence is quite clearly causing ongoing frustration with some in her own party, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) over the weekend continued to denounce a bill that would loosen restrictions on some of the nation's largest banks and urge her senate colleagues–including the 17 Democratic caucus members who voted to advance the measure last week–to vote against the proposal when it comes up for a final vote as early as Monday. "The #BankLobbyistAct," Warren declared in a tweet on Sunday, "rolls back the rules on the biggest banks in the country and increases the chances of another taxpayer bailout. How can any Senator vote for that? Appearing on both NBC's "Meet the Press" and
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No Trump-Russia collusion uncovered by House intel probe — GOP overseer.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-12
As it completes its probe, the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee team has said that it would take "a Tom Clancy thriller" to call Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election "collusion" with Donald Trump. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/421089-house-intel-republicans-no-collusion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Trump Abandoned His Own Gun Control Proposals, Proving That He Is Afraid of the NRA After All.
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-12
Any hope that he might be an advocate for gun reform is gone. | When President Donald Trump met with lawmakers at the end of February to discuss "school and community safety," he chided his fellow Republicans for being "afraid" of the National Rifle Association. Now that Trump has revealed his proposal for addressing gun violence in schools, it's clear that he's the one who is afraid. Trump has backed off from the idea of allowing police to confiscate guns from dangerous people, and he's no longer enthusiastic about raising the minimum age for buying assault weapons to 21. And Trump is certainly no longer supporting an assault weapons ban, which he'd previously shown openness about. Trump made a weak effort to defend his changed positions on Twitter. "On 18 to 21 Age Limits, watching court cases and rulings before acting," he tweeted.
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Warren Urges Democratic Colleagues to Oppose Rollback of Wall Street Regulations.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren listens as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images) | " Nevertheless… she persisted." | But even as her latest persistence is quite clearly causing ongoing frustration with some in her own party, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over the weekend continued to denounce a bill that would loosen restrictions on some of the nation's largest banks and urge her senate colleagues — including the 17 Democratic caucus members who voted to advance the measure last week — to vote against the proposal when it comes up for a final vote as early as Monday. | "The #BankLobbyistAct," Warren declared…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43809-warren-urges-democratic-colleagues-to-oppose-rollback-of-wall-street-regulations

Blocking Peace in Korea by Lying about the Past.
Joseph Essertier | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-12
As the Korean Peninsula takes tentative steps toward a huge rapprochement and hundreds of millions of people in Northeast Asia hold their breath, liberal Americans tell us we cannot trust North Korea's government because they are not a good-faith negotiator, as if Washington is. In the words of the top Democrat on the House Intelligence…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/12/blocking-peace-in-korea-by-lying-about-the-past/

Begin New Strategic Talks with Russia!
Defend Democracy Press | Global Research | 2018-03-12
Amid heightened tension with Russia, U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to begin a new round of strategic talks with Russia without delay….
globalresearch.ca/begin-new-strategic-talks-with-russia/5631716

Death to Drug Dealers: Trump Threatens to Ramp Up Drug War, Praising Efforts in Philippines & China.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-12
President Trump has reiterated his calls for the U.S. to impose the death penalty on drug dealers, praising countries like the Philippines, China and Singapore that apply capital punishment to drug traffickers. During a speech on Saturday, Trump recounted conversations with Chinese and Singaporean leaders who, he said, solved their countries' drug problems by executing drug traffickers. Trump has also repeatedly expressed admiration for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and said he's done an "unbelievable job on the drug problem." Last month, the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary investigation into accusations that Duterte had committed crimes against humanity by overseeing the killing of up to 8,000 people in his so-called war on drugs. We speak to Widney Brown, the managing director of policy at the Drug Policy Alliance.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/12/death_to_drug_dealers_trump_threatens

Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-12
As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, we take a look back at Washington's record of meddling in elections across the globe. By one count, the United States has interfered in more than 80 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000. And that doesn't count U.S.-backed coups and invasions. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/12/100_years_of_us_interference_regime

Washington State's Deep Political and Economic Alliance With the Pentagon.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-12
(Photo: Arlington County; Edited: LW / TO) | From Gov. Jay Inslee down to dozens of state representatives, Truthout exposes Washington State's deep ties to the Pentagon. Many veterans, researchers and former elected officials are concerned that this collusion is a direct subversion of democracy in their state.(Photo: Arlington County; Edited: LW / TO) | Support from readers provides Truthout with vital funds to keep investigating what mainstream media won't cover. Fund more stories like this by donating now! | When one thinks of Washington State in the Pacific Northwest, visions of lush temperate Olympic rainforests or glacial glad mountains of North Cascades National Park might come to mind. | Instead, what if you learned Washington State was allocating millions of dollars of its taxpayers' money to fund an institution set up to do nothing more than lobby for a…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43804-washington-state-s-deep-political-and-economic-alliance-with-the-pentagon

Israel Lobby Doesn't Want Al Jazeera to Spill its Secrets.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-12
Qatar is under pressure to bury an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that exposes the Israel Lobby in the US. Asa Winstanley of the Electronic Intifada says the film's key revelations include the close cooperation between the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Israeli government…
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As Ex-CIA Head Admits to U.S. Meddling in Elections, Is Outrage over Russian Interference Overblown?
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-12
Former CIA Director James Woolsey recently admitted the U.S. meddles in overseas elections. During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, Woolsey laughed about it and said the U.S. takes such action "only for a very good cause." Woolsey made the comments shortly after 13 Russians were indicted for interfering with the U.S. election. We speak to former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer, author of "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/12/as_ex_cia_head_admits_to

Democracy on Life Support.
Ed Meek | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-12
It appears that our democracy may not be the best system there is. It does not seem to be working. It is pretty easy to see that America is a little off, a sick country. Sure, Donald Trump is a big time grifter whose real estate empire is built on Russian crime money, a thief…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/12/democracy-on-life-support/

Mueller Has Trump & Co. Pinned Down.
Jefferson Morley, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-12
PR won't stop subpoenas. | The rich specificity of the emerging Trump-Russia narrative, found in the indictments of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, is now smothering the president's defenses, overwhelming his counterattacks and depriving him of options and friends. No wonder Trump is in a terrible mood. The details of the furtive machinations of the Trump entourage and the coterie of Vladimir Putin, from Trump Tower to the Seychelles Islands, brings to life the story of how these two power cliques came together to do business during and after the 2016 presidential election. Some say that reporting and dwelling on such facts constitute the " demonization" of Russia and the Russians. It is true that the actions we know of–thanks to skillful leaking of Mueller's team and solid reporting by the New York Times and the Washington Post–do. . .
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NBC Gives a Boost to Vladimir Putin's Presidential Campaign.
Ray McGovern | MintPress News | 2018-03-12
With the Russian president in the heat of a re-election campaign, Putin sat down to talk with NBC's Megyn Kelly for an interview that enabled him to burnish his credentials to the Russian electorate. | The post NBC Gives a Boost to Vladimir Putin's Presidential Campaign appeared first on MintPress News.

NBC Gives a Boost to Vladimir Putin's Presidential Campaign

U.S. Government Is Boosting Military Spending to Record Levels.
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-12
Early this February, the Republican-controlled Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed new federal budget legislation that increased U.S. military spending by $165 billion over the next two years. Remarkably, though, a Gallup public opinion poll, conducted only days before, found that only 33 percent of Americans favored increasing U.S. military spending, while 65 percent opposed it, either…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/12/u-s-government-is-boosting-military-spending-to-record-levels/

Progressives Fight Democratic Establishment to Join Bernie Sanders in Senate.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
Progressive candidates are challenging establishment Democrats and incumbent Republicans in Senate races across the country, but they face an uphill battle with little or no help from the Democratic Party, even in states easily won by Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential primaries.Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks about health care on Capitol Hill, June 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) | Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. | The Democratic Party is currently facing a surge of progressive opposition in primaries, even in regions of the country where Democrats have not been competitive in recent years. | Dozens of progressive candidates are running for local, statewide and congressional races, with several candidates out-raising establishment opponents.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43799-progressives-fight-democratic-establishment-to-join-bernie-sanders-in-senate

Israel Lobby Doesn't Want Al Jazeera to Spill its Secrets.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-11
Qatar is under pressure to bury an undercover Al Jazeera documentary that exposes the Israel Lobby in the US. Asa Winstanley of the Electronic Intifada says the film's key revelations include the close cooperation between the neocon Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Israeli government…
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'If Mueller doesn't get you, Stormy will' — Maxine Waters to Trump after 'low-IQ' jab.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-11
Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters says she's "not intimidated" by Donald Trump and forecasts his impeachment, as the pair continued exchanging barbs in one of the most vitriolic running feuds on Capitol Hill. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420998-waters-trump-iq-impeachment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-11
Analysts see the congressional balloting as a test of the democratic viability of the political party that emerged from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which fought the state for 52 years until a historic peace deal was reached in 2016. | The post Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/colombias-former-guerrillas-face-first-electoral-test/

At New Health Office, Civil Rights Mean Doctors Can Say No to Patients.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
At Truthout, we refuse to subject you to ads or "sponsored content" — we believe in producing journalism with integrity. If you agree, please support us with a donation today! | The Trump administration is embarking on a sweeping effort to redefine civil rights in health care, with critics accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of sidestepping the rights of patients to soothe a far smaller constituency: conservative nurses, hospitals and other caregivers. | The department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been greatly strengthening and expanding protections for health care providers who have religious- or conscience-based objections to procedures such as abortion. By way of explanation, officials cite 36 complaints OCR received from, or on behalf of, those working in the health care system from President Donald Trump's election through early January of alleged affronts to religious beliefs…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43797-at-new-health-office-civil-rights-means-doctors-right-to-say-no-to-patients

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