2018-04-04: News Headlines

Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos (2018-04-04). Democrats Score Another Major Victory in a State Trump Narrowly Carried. AlterNet.org The results should have Wisconsin Republicans quaking in their boots. | In a dramatic victory that's indicative of the shifting political winds in Wisconsin, progressive Judge Rebecca Dallet has been elected to the state Supreme Court. She defeated conservative Judge Michael Screnock 56. 5-43. 5 percent (with 43 percent of precincts reporting as of press time) in this statewide contest. Tuesday's Supreme Court election was officially nonpartisan, but the ideological battle lines were clearly drawn. Former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $165,000 on the race. Screnock, meanwhile, had the backing of Gov. Scott Walker and the National Rifle Association, and a notoriously anti-union business lobby had dumped in almost $1 million on ads as of last Friday. Dallet's victory moves the ideological makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from five-to-two. . .

Staff (2018-04-04). Liberal's Victory a Bad Sign for GOP, Gov. Scott Walker Warns. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MADISON, Wis.—Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections. | And Dallet's hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming. | "Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI," Walker, who is up for re-election in November, tweeted. "Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms." | Although the race was viewed by some as a bellwether, results of past Supreme Court elections have not consistently proven to be predictive of what will happen in November. President Donald Trump won the state by less…

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Trump's Trade War With China Will Roil Economies of Many 2018 Election Battleground States. AlterNet.org Trump just handed voters another reason to vote for Democrats in some of 2018's most important races. | President Trump's escalating trade war with China is poised to roil key economic sectors of numerous 2018 political battleground states, where Republican incumbents already are facing a Democratic surge. On Wednesday, China announced tariffs worth $50 billion in retaliation against Trump's just-imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and high-tech goods. The Chinese will impose a 25 percent tariff on 106 U. S. products including soybeans, cars and chemicals, it announced. It will also target U. S. corn, cotton, beef, orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, and several lubricants and plastic products. Beyond the boasts by White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Fox Business on March 2 that no country would dare retaliate "for the simple reason that we are the most lucrative and biggest market in. . .

Staff (2018-04-04). Teacher Rebellion Challenges Red-State Republicans. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists OKLAHOMA CITY—A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes. | In Oklahoma, most Republicans last week broke with the party orthodoxy and endorsed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to fund public schools and give teachers a raise of 15 to 18 percent. | They acted after Oklahoma teachers demanded action, inspired by a nine-day strike in West Virginia, where they won a 5 percent raise. The rebellion also has spread to Kentucky where teachers thronged the state Capitol Monday to protest cuts in pensions. And in Arizona, restive teachers also are demanding a 20 percent pay raise.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2018. Democracy Now! President Trump Says He'll Deploy Troops to the U.S.-Mexico Border, 17 States Sue Trump Administration over Census Citizenship Question, California: Shooting at YouTube Headquarters Leaves 3 People Injured, Lawyer Gets 30-Day Jail Term in First Sentence of Mueller Probe, WaPo: Trump Is a Subject, Not Target, in Mueller Investigation, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Lauds Rollback of Auto Emissions Standards, Republicans Join Calls for EPA Head to Resign over Mounting Scandals, China Hits Back as Trump Slaps Tariffs on 1,300 Chinese Products, Gaza: Palestinian Man Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Border Wall, United Nations Appeals for $3 Billion in Aid for War-Ravaged Yemen, Asheville, NC, Police Video Shows Beating of Man Accused of Jaywalking, California Bill Would Tighten Rules on Police Use of Force, Supreme Court Ruling Shields Police Officer Who Used Deadly Force, Florida Jury Finds Former Bolivian President Responsible for 2003 Massacre…

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-04). Oklahoma Republicans Are Melting Down Over Statewide Teacher Protests. AlterNet.org One official accused educators of acting like "teenage kids. " | Oklahoma teachers have spent the past two days at the state capital demanding not only better pay, but more funding for schools that goes directly into the classroom. Republican lawmakers in the state have been caught trying to pull a switcheroo on laws they passed to raise pay and taxes. GOP legislators have also taken to local news and the House and Senate floors to trash teachers and blame funding shortages on everbody but themselves. Over the week, the legislature passed and the governor signed a measure that would increase teacher pay by $6,000 annually. Teachers denounced the measure because while the pay increase might be beneficial, it doesn't address the larger concern about adequately funding schools and money in classrooms for children. Immediately after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the law in a. . .

WSWS (2018-04-04). Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders. Human Rights Watch News Top (left to right): Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Nguyen Trung Ton
| Bottom (left to right): Nguyen Van Dai, Truong Minh Duc, and Pham Van Troi | | © Private |
| (New York) — Vietnam should drop all charges against rights campaigners Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Van Dai, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc and release them immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The People's Court of Hanoi is scheduled to hear their case on April 5, 2018. | The six activists were charged with "carrying out activities that aim to overthrow the people's administration" under article 79 of the penal code. | "The only crime that these activists have committed is to campaign tirelessly for democracy and defend victims of human…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). Teachers in Revolt: Meet the Educators in Kentucky & Oklahoma Walking Out over School Funding. Democracy Now! Schools across Oklahoma are closed today for a third day as teachers continue their strike demanding more funding for education and increased pay. Oklahoma's public education budget has been slashed more than any other state since the start of the recession in 2008, and its teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. Scores of teachers are planning to begin a 123-mile protest march today from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, thousands of teachers continue to protest in Kentucky, demanding a reversal to a provision in a recently passed bill about sewage treatment that gutted their pension benefits. On Monday, every school in the state was closed either due to spring break or in anticipation of a massive rally in the capital of Frankfort, where teachers filled the rotunda of the Kentucky state Capitol, chanting "Fund our schools!" This year's wave of teacher rebellions began in West Virginia, where teachers won a 5 percent pay raise after a historic strike. We speak to four guests: Oklahoma teacher Andrea Thomas, Kentucky state lawmaker Attica Scott, retired Kentucky teacher Mickey McCoy and labor journalist Mike Elk.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-04-04). Lou Dobbs, Trump Whisperer: President's Media Mirror Is Also an Adviser. AlterNet.org Veteran Fox Business host was a Trumper before Trump was. Now he reportedly calls into White House meetings. | Anyone who's been observing American politics for any length of time will be familiar with the right-wing charge that the media has a liberal bias that makes it impossible for conservatives to get a fair shake. This has been around for decades, going back to speechwriter William Safire's famous screed against the "nattering nabobs of negativism" (written for Richard Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew) and backed up by studies showing that most journalists tend to vote Democratic, while ignoring the fact that most media companies are owned or run by wealthy conservatives. There are library shelves full of books on this subject on both sides of the argument. As should be obvious, this is actually a clever political strategy deployed by cynical GOP operatives.

MintPress News Desk (2018-04-04). Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy. MintPress News Supporters of Bolivia's first Indigenous president, Evo Morales, wonder why his popular government can't enjoy the same privilege of indefinite re-election afforded to many Western leaders without being called a "dictator" by media. Is it truly concern for "democracy" or is another agenda at play? | The post Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy appeared first on MintPress News.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism & Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years. Democracy Now! It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Marriage Equality, Transgender Rights Might be on the Horizon in Costa Rica. Human Rights Watch News Supporters of Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC), hold up a rainbow LGBT pride flag during the presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On April 1, Carlos Alvarado Quesada won the presidential elections in Costa Rica in a landslide victory, 61 percent to 39 percent, with marriage equality as a central theme in the presidential campaign. | Same-sex marriage came to the fore in the run-up to the election after the Inter-American Court on Human Rights delivered an advisory opinion finding that the American Convention on Human Rights should be interpreted to require Costa Rica and other countries to allow same-sex couples access to civil marriage. | Opposition candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz called the court's opinion a violation of Costa…

WSWS (2018-04-04). After election, Costa Rica's ruling party announces austerity-driven "National Unity Government" World Socialist Web Site Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-04-03). Paul Krugman: Trump's Supporters Have Voted for Their Own Economic Ruin. AlterNet.org Red states will be hit especially hard by Republican policies. | The regions of America that elected Donald Trump voted for their own economic destruction. Sure, he campaigned on a promise that he would magically bring back long-closed factories and their long-gone jobs, but as we've learned many times over, that was a lie. America is incredibly polarized and especially so along economic lines. "Some parts of America, mainly big coastal cities, have been getting much richer, but other parts have been left behind," writes Paul Krugman in his Tuesday column. "On the political side, the thriving regions by and large voted for Hillary Clinton, while the lagging regions voted for Donald Trump. " That doesn't mean life is perfect in coastal cities—the soaring housing costs alone disprove that—only that "regional economic divergence is real and correlates closely, though not perfectly, with political. . .

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-03). Chinese Billionaire Wallops Roger Stone With $100 Million Defamation Suit Over His Infowars Screeds. AlterNet.org The lawsuit is the latest in a series of defamation suits against Infowars. | Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, is now being sued for defamation by a Chinese billionaire. Miami New Times noted that Stone has had problems in the past with "keeping his mouth shut. " The most recent consequence is a hefty $100 million lawsuit filed by Guo Wengui, known in America as "Miles Kwok," who is suing in Miami federal court after Stone slammed him on Infowars. Stone alleged that Guo was laundering money for Hillary Clinton and Steve Bannon. "Stone has publicly stated that Plaintiff Guo has been 'found guilty' and 'convicted' of financial crimes in the United States—this is not true," the lawsuit states. "Stone has publicly accused Plaintiff Guo of violating U. S. election law by making political donations to Hillary Clinton and financing a. . .

Jefferson Morley, AlterNet (2018-04-03). Rania Abouzeid's Journey into the Hell of Syria's Civil War. AlterNet.org "No Turning Back" tells the stories of ordinary people caught in a cataclysm. | The Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year, defies understanding. What started in 2011 as a peaceful popular rebellion against the dictatorship of the Assad family evolved into a civil war, which then mutated into a multi-sided conflict involving at least seven foreign powers and three non-state armed movements. Half a million people have been killed and another million displaced. And the fighting is not going to end any time soon. Barack Obama's decision not to attack Syria in September 2013 is about the only thing he and Donald Trump ever agreed on. Obama's would-be successor Hillary Clinton then pressured Obama into approving CIA support for so-called "Syrian moderates," who regarded Assad as a tyrant, while fighting alongside al-Qaeda-backed forces who despised Assad as a heretic. Fifteen years. . .

Eugene Robinson (2018-04-03). No Wall Means a Big Problem for Trump. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists You can tell what President Trump is afraid of by what he chooses to lie about. That means he must be petrified of losing support over his failure to build a single mile of the "big, beautiful" border wall he promised. | Trump is scared of a lot of things—Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, honest reporting by the news media, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and, reportedly, sharks. But nothing seems to make him quake and tremble more than the fear that his core base will realize all his tough-guy huffing and puffing about Latino immigration was a bunch of hot air. | On Easter morning, while many of the president's most loyal supporters were celebrating the Resurrection, Trump was dishonestly tweeting in a frantic attempt to look strong and uncompromising. His first tweet ended with this bleat: "'Caravans' coming. Republicans must go to…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-04-03). Under GOP Tax Law, Top 1% Get Extra $33,000 Per Year—The Poor? $40. AlterNet.org Republicans are openly discriminating against the poor. | In its first analysis of how the GOP tax plan will affect Americans' personal income taxes alone, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center (TPC) this week underscored what experts and most of the public already knew: that the Republican tax law will pour tens of thousands of extra dollars into pockets of the wealthy few while providing mere crumbs for the poor. Specifically, according to TPC's new report, the top one percent of earners will receive an average annual tax cut of around $33,000 just from individual tax changes under the GOP law. The poorest Americans, by contrast, will see an average break of about $40 per year. "While most of the corporate tax cuts flow to the top of the income distribution, what this shows is that even in the direct changes to the. . .

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-04-03). With the 'Adults' Banished from the Oval Office, Trump's Wingnuts Take Control. AlterNet.org Determined to win Ann Coulter back, Trump has surrounded himself with far-right enablers. It's gonna get ugly. | Keeping with the old American tradition of lying, slagging immigrants and threatening America's southern neighbor in order to celebrate Passover and Easter Sunday, the president of the United States spent the weekend tweeting: Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. "Caravans" coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U. S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or. . .

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-04-03). Donald Trump's Trade War Will Hurt His Voters Worst of All. AlterNet.org New tariffs could offer the sternest test of his base's loyalty to date. | Donald Trump's new tariffs have already grabbed his rural, red-state supporters by their pocketbooks. Taking a page out of the president's vengeful politics playbook, China launched its first round of retaliatory tariffs in response to the import duties the president imposed on aluminum and steel on Monday. A list of 128 U. S. -made goods, many of them produced in states that supported Trump in the 2016 general election, are now subject to increased tariffs to the tune of $3 billion. The announcement sent stocks into a free fall, as investors fear an impending trade war. When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-03). MLK's Final Days: The Rev. James Lawson Remembers King's Assassination & Support for Memphis Strike. Democracy Now! Fifty years ago today in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Less than 24 hours later, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. We speak to Rev. James Lawson, who invited King to come to Memphis to support the strike. At the time, Lawson was the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis. King called Rev. Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-03). He Gave His Life in the Labor Struggle: MLK's Forgotten Radical Message for Economic Justice. Democracy Now! Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago this week while in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers and building support for his Poor People's Campaign. We look at King's long history of fighting for economic justice, with the Rev. James Lawson and historian Michael Honey, author of the new book "To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-03). Media Giant Sinclair, Under Fire for Forcing Anchors to Read Trumpian Screed, Is Rapidly Expanding. Democracy Now! While Sinclair Broadcast Group is not a household name, it is one of the most powerful TV companies in the nation. It owns 173 local TV stations across the country, including affiliates of all the major networks. And it's attempting to grow even larger by purchasing Tribune Media—a $3.9 billion deal currently under regulatory review. Sinclair has been widely criticized for its close ties to the White House. But Sinclair is facing new scrutiny after it ordered news anchors at scores of its affiliate stations to recite nearly identical "must-read" commentaries warning of the dangers of "fake news" in language that echoes President Trump's rhetoric. The commentaries reached millions of viewers last month and drew widespread attention after the website Deadspin published a video over the weekend showing side-by-side comparisons of the broadcasts from 45 Sinclair-owned stations. We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine.

Peter Korzun (2018-04-03). France Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Bolster US-Backed Rebels. MintPress News On March 29, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to send troops to Manbij in support of the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The goal is to block Turkish advances into the region, and this move will be coordinated with the US military. According to the president, the troops will be sent "very quickly." | This announcement was made during a time of Turkish threats to drive the Kurds out of Syria's northern regions. On March 29, President Macron conducted talks with a delegation consisting of Kurdish, Arab, and Christian representatives of Syria's Kurdish territories. It was the first time Rojava officials had met with the French leader. According to him, between the warring parties. This offer to mediate has already been rejected by Turkey, which sees the SDF as a security threat. | France has…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-03). A New Study Shows How American Polarization Is Driven by a Team Sport Mentality, Not by Disagreement on Issues. The Intercept In 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama wowed the country with an address at the Democratic National Convention designed to unite the country and tear down partisan divides. | "Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes," he said. "Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America." | He talked about how in so-called blue states they "worship an awesome God" and about how people have gay friends in red states. "There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America," he said to thunderous applause. | | The years since then have softened the national debate over marriage equality, but…

Eric Zuesse (2018-04-03). Americans Trust 'Our' Intelligence Agencies. Should We? Government by Deceit Cannot be Democracy. Global Research The record is clear that 'our' (that is, the ruling Establishment's) intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, have lied to the public many times, and actually lie routinely — but these lies are always revealed only decades later, by historians, …

Truthout Stories (2018-04-03). MLK's Final Days: The Rev. James Lawson Remembers King's Assassination and Support for Memphis Strike. Truthout Stories Fifty years ago today in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Less than 24 hours later, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. We speak to Rev. James Lawson, who invited King to come to Memphis to support the strike. At the time, Lawson was the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis. King called Rev. Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: We turn now to the commemorations being held this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader and peace activist…

Jim Hightower, AlterNet (2018-04-03). Jim Hightower: How Low Can the Barons of High Finance Go? AlterNet.org Bankers do not have a legal right to profit. | Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, ideological know-nothingism, imperiousness and incompetence? Answer: Betsy DeVos. She is Donald Trump's multi-billionaire Education Secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over Democracy. DeVos presently holds first place in the contest for worst member of Donald Trump's cabinet (a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp). Her claim to be first among the worst has been buttressed by her bizarre eagerness to shill for one of the ugliest parts of the financial services industry: the Wall Street-backed corporations that lure people into high-interest, financially-ruinous student loans to attend rip-off for-profit colleges. All across the country, 5 million students — largely single moms, veterans and other low-income people targeted by this nefarious. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-03). Headlines for April 3, 2018. Democracy Now! EPA Orders Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules, Report: Climate Change Driving Rapid Melting of Antarctica's Glaciers, Mexico to Crack Down on Migrant Caravans as Trump Tweets Threats, Trump Anti-Immigrant Tweets Follow Mar-a-Lago Meeting with Fox News Hosts, Justice Dept. Orders Immigration Court Quotas to Speed Deportations, Thousands of Striking Teachers Rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky State Capitals, Stocks Fall Amid Trade War Fears, as Trump Attacks Amazon on Twitter, Sinclair Broadcast Group Forces Anchors to Recite Trumpian Commentary, Syria: Rebels Evacuate Douma in Russia-Brokered Deal, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians, Afghan Government Airstrikes Kill At Least 70 at Kunduz Mosque, Trump Congratulates Egyptian President over Rigged Election Win, Philippines: Marawi Residents Return to Homes Left Devastated by War, South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies, Activists Blockade Puget Sound Energy HQ to Protest Natural Gas Plant…

WSWS (2018-04-03). Public meetings in California: The Socialist Equality Party campaign in the 2018 midterm elections. World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party is running David Moore as its candidate for the US Senate and Kevin Mitchell as its candidate for the US House of Representatives from the 51st Congressional District.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-03). Dutch Attorney Implicated in Mueller Probe Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison. AlterNet.org Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in February. | A Dutch attorney was sentenced to 30 days in prison as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia. Alex van der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty in February to lying to investigators, became the first person sentenced in the sprawling probe of Russian attempts to influence the U. S. election. "What I did was wrong," van der Zwaan told the court. "I apologize to my wife and to my family. "Van der Zwaan was also ordered to pay $20,000 in fines and serve two months of supervised release after he gets out of prison, and he will likely be deported to London before his wife is due to give birth in August. His attorneys asked for a lenient sentence so van der Zwaan could be with his. . .

WSWS (2018-04-03). Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections. World Socialist Web Site David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-03). For First Time in Decades, Some Pakistani Women Vote. Human Rights Watch News A woman casts her ballot during elections for a new mayor in Karachi, Pakistan, December 5, 2015.
| © 2015 Reuters | For the first time in more than 40 years, women turned out in significant numbers to vote in one of Pakistan's districts. | The vote for local government in Upper Dir district of Pakistan's northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, held last week, was necessary because the previous election, held in 2017, was annulled by the Election Commission of Pakistan because no women had participated. The country's election law requires at least 10 percent of voters to be women in each constituency for an election to be valid. | In October, Pakistan enacted the Elections Act to end disenfranchisement of women. Although a constitutional right, millions of women have been de facto barred from…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-03). Majority of Voters Say Lowering Drug Prices Should Be Congress's Top Priority. Truthout Stories Consumers are up in arms, drug makers are battling insurance companies, grassroots activists are organizing, and a billionaire philanthropist is preparing to spend millions of dollars pressuring Congressional candidates. Here's how the debate over skyrocketing prescription drug costs will shape the midterm elections.(Photo: funnyangel / Shutterstock) | Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. | Public outrage over the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs is poised to shape the upcoming midterm elections while bolstering support for a single-payer health care system. | A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 52 percent of the public says passing legislation to bring down prescription drug costs should be Congress's top priority, followed closely by passing an infrastructure bill to improve roads and bridges and addressing the…

WSWS (2018-04-03). A fresh look at German cinema in the Weimar Republic era (1919-1933). World Socialist Web Site The major retrospective at this year's Berlinale, "Weimar Cinema Revisited," presented films—along with their directors in many cases—that have been forgotten for decades.

Chauncey Robinson (2018-04-03). Taming MLK's Radical Legacy in the Fight Against White Supremacy. MintPress News It is an opportune time to put the spotlight on white supremacy in relation to King's legacy now, as Donald Trump and his Republican Party pursue an extreme right-wing agenda that is emboldening open racism and bigotry. | The post Taming MLK's Radical Legacy in the Fight Against White Supremacy appeared first on MintPress News.

Christina Zhao, Newsweek (2018-04-02). Colorado GOP Group Admits 'Republicans Hate Poor People&#039. AlterNet.org The organization has since apologized for its incendiary social media post. | Colorado GOP Group: 'Republicans Hate Poor People': A Colorado-based GOP group issued a public apology yesterday for a social media post that claimed "Republicans hate poor people. " The Alamosa County Republicans took to Facebook to apologize for the comments on Friday, which urged Americans to be Republicans "out of self-respect. " "Democrats love poor people because they think that poor people will vote Democrat. . . . {C} | Related Stories: Teacher Strikes Shut Down Schools Across Oklahoma and KentuckyJared Kushner's Father Appears Headed for Financial Ruin: ReportSinclair Broadcasting Under Fire for Outrageous Trump Propaganda Script

RT (2018-04-02). Virginia Republicans slam gun-control hoaxers who used photo of children's shoes at Auschwitz. RT US News Republican politicians in Virginia Beach scrambled to assure their Facebook followers that a post by an impostor group comparing anti-gun "walkout" protesters to the Nazis was in fact a hoax. |
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Staff (2018-04-02). Trump Pushes GOP to Change Senate Rule in Order to Pass Border Bill. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists After a weekend in Florida with several immigration hard-liners, the president calls for a Senate voting rule change—dubbed the "nuclear option"—in a bid to tighten the border. | The post Trump Pushes GOP to Change Senate Rule in Order to Pass Border Bill appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-02). In Effort to Win Back Ann Coulter, Trump Surrounds Himself With Far-Right Enablers. Truthout Stories Right-wing commentator Ann Coulter speaks in Pasadena, California, on June 25, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore) | Thirty seconds: That's how long it takes to support the independent journalism at Truthout. We're counting on you. Click here to chip in! | Keeping with the old American tradition of lying, slagging immigrants and threatening America's southern neighbor in order to celebrate Passover and Easter Sunday, the president of the United States spent the weekend tweeting: | Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. "Caravans" coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL! | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018 | Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people…

Mehdi Hasan (2018-04-02). Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham. The Intercept "If the concept of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?" | That was the question I put to the French philosopher, author, and champion of liberal (or humanitarian) interventionism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, on my Al Jazeera English interview show "Head to Head" in 2013. | The usually silver-tongued Levy struggled to answer the question. The situation in Palestine is "not the same" as in Syria and "you have not all the good on one side and all the bad on the other side," said Levy, who once remarked in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, that he had "never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-02). Ativismo Social Financiado pelo Capitalismo Global Serve a Ordem Neoliberal Mundial . O Fórum Social Mundial 2018 (FSM) em Salvador, Brasil. Global Research No Forum Social Mundial de Salvador, na Bahia, milhares de pessoas foram à s ruas "em nome da democracia": o movimento feminista, Vidas Negras Importam, Ambientalistas, Organizaàßao de Povos Originários, o Movimento dos Trabalhadores sem Terra (MST), Organizaàßàµes da Juventude, LGBT …

Democracy Now! (2018-04-02). Starvation Wages are a "Crime": Lessons from MLK & 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, 50 Years Later. Democracy Now! This week, commemorations are being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader and peace activist was gunned down April 4, 1968, on the balcony of his hotel room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers, who he saw as being on the front lines of fighting poverty and integral to his new initiative, the Poor People's Campaign. "It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages," King told people in Memphis shortly before his death. In the late 1960s, King recognized that the next phase in the quest for civil rights and equality would focus on the economic divide. We speak with William "Bill" Lucy, former secretary-treasurer with AFSCME. He played a key role in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike. He is also president emeritus of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Also with us in Memphis is H.B. Crockett, one of the striking sanitation workers in 1968. He worked for the Memphis Sanitation Department for 53 years before retiring.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-04-02). Ghana Opposition Parties Form United Front Against U.S. Military Deal. Global Research A leader of the second largest political party in the West African state of Ghana, the Deputy Secretary General of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho, was arrested on March 27 after making comments about the New Patriotic …

Democracy Now! (2018-04-02). Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding As Many As 1,700. Democracy Now! At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel. As many as 1,700 Palestinians were wounded. The deaths and injuries came as 30,000 Gaza residents gathered near the wall, as part of a planned 6-week-long nonviolent protest against the blockade of Gaza and to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The protests began on Friday, March 30, known as "Land Day," marking the anniversary of the 1976 killing of six Palestinians protesting the Israeli confiscation of Arab land. Video posted online shows unarmed Palestinians being shot in the back while taking part in Friday's protest. Another 49 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces on Saturday. Israel's actions have been condemned around the world, but Israel is rejecting calls to investigate the killings. At the United Nations, the U.S. blocked a move by the U.N. Security Council to open an investigation.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2018. Democracy Now! Israeli Troops Fire on Gaza Protesters, Killing 18 and Wounding 1,700, Trump Declares DACA Dead, Demands Border Wall, Trump Calls for Immigration Crackdown as Migrant Caravan Heads for U.S., Sacramento Police Car Injures Woman Protesting Stephon Clark Killing, Independent Autopsy Finds Stephon Clark Was Shot in Back by Police, Yemen: Fire Destroys World Food Programme Warehouse at Red Sea Port, Kashmir: Indian Forces Open Fire on Pro-Independence Protesters, Costa Rica: Carlos Alvarado Quesada Wins Presidency, Promising Marriage Equality, China Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Food Imports, Ousted VA Chief Says Trump Fired Him over Privatization Push, Top Justice Department Official Demoted Amid Sex Harassment Claims, Howard U. Students Occupy Campus Building, Demanding Reforms, Oklahoma Teachers Strike, Demanding More Pay and Education Funding, Kentucky Teachers Hold Wildcat Strikes to Protest Pension Cuts, Guatemala: U.S.-Backed Ex-Dictator Efraín Ríos Montt Dies at 91…

Staff (2018-04-02). Rep. Elizabeth Esty Won't Seek Re-Election Amid Harassment Queries. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Connecticut Democrat announces she will not run this year amid calls for her resignation over her handling of the firing of a former chief of staff accused of harassment. | The post Rep. Elizabeth Esty Won't Seek Re-Election Amid Harassment Queries appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Stephen Lendman (2018-04-02). Jews for Justice. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at . | Most Israelis either support suppression of Palestinian resistance violently or by other means — or they're preoccupied with their own lives, indifferent to …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-02). Trump Invited Vladimir Putin to the White House, Fueling Speculation About Relationship with Russia. AlterNet.org The meeting would be a major diplomatic win for the authoritarian leader who desires international legitimacy. | President Donald Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to potentially visit the White House for a bilateral meeting, a gesture that comes in sharp contrast to the recent hostile moves from both the Kremlin and the American government. "As the President himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the 'not-too-distant future' at a number of potential venues, including the White House," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday. "We have nothing further to add at this time. "Her statement implied that there was no new information here, but the revelation is deeply troubling. Proposing a meeting (and congratulating Putin on a sham election) was bad enough—but inviting. . .

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