2018-04-07: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-07). Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

Staff (2018-04-07). 2nd Amendment Doesn't Protect Assault Weapons, Federal Judge Rules. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BOSTON—Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts' ban on the weapons. | U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to "bear arms." | Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said. | "Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens," Young said. "These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy." | State Attorney General Maura Healey said the ruling "vindicates the right of the people of Massachusetts to protect themselves from these weapons of war."

WSWS (2018-04-07). Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state senate passes derisory funding bill. World Socialist Web Site The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

Staff (2018-04-07). Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas resigns four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election. In December he denied the accusations being made by a former aide. | The post Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

CJ Hopkins (2018-04-06). Jeremy Corbyn's Nazi Death Cult. counterpunch.org So it appears the British are our last best hope of stemming the blood-dimmed Putin-Nazi tide that has shaken the foundations of Western democracy since Hillary Clinton lost the election. The neoliberal Resistance in the United States, led by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media, fights on, but it's a losing More

Paul Street (2018-04-06). Hill and Don's Honduran Caravan. counterpunch.org You've got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats' best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign — a reflection of her massive funding by the nation's corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates. More

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-04-06). Study: No Relation Between Immigration and Crime. AlterNet.org Someone ought to tell the Trump administration. | On Wednesday, the morning after his administration announced its plan to send the National Guard to patrol the United States' southern border, President Trump tweeted " strong action today" on immigration: Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked. . . . CRIME! We will be taking strong action today. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018His argument against immigration (i. e. , "CRIME! ") is as nuanced as it is factual—which is to say, not at all. The Marshall Project, in conjunction with the New York Times Upshot, analyzed the data from a 2016 study of the relationship between crime rates and immigration in. . .

Sam Pizzigati (2018-04-06). A Timely Tale of Taxes and Toys 'R' Us. MintPress News The orthodoxy that dominates today's Republican Party — and the ranks of "business-friendly" Democrats — rests on a simple approach to economic policy. Let's be nice, this orthodoxy holds, to rich people. | Let's be particularly nice at tax time. Let's keep taxes on rich people, conservatives advise us, as low as possible. High taxes on high incomes, they argue, discourage entrepreneurship. No one with a great idea for a new business enterprise is going to start that business, their argument goes, if Uncle Sam is just going to tax away the rewards that a new business could bring. | And the same goes for investors. They're not going to invest in "job-creating" enterprises, the conservative orthodoxy insists, if high taxes threaten to eat away at their potential earnings. | This conservative take of taxes works wonderfully for sound bites — and…

Russell Mokhiber (2018-04-06). Transparency International USA Morphs Into Coalition for Integrity. counterpunch.org Corruption is an enormous, worldwide problem measured in the billions and trillions of dollars. Yet the true cost of corruption goes far beyond mere dollars and cents. Democracy is best served when elected officials are wholly committed to representing the public interest When government is for sale, it destroys public trust in democratic institutions and More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Headlines for April 6, 2018. Democracy Now! Brazilian Judge Orders Former President Lula to Report to Prison, Oklahoma Teachers' Strike Shuts Schools for a Fifth Day, Puerto Rico to Close 283 Public Schools, NYPD Settles Lawsuit over Secret Muslim Surveillance Program, 14 States Sue EPA as Scandals Swirl Around Scott Pruitt, Trump Repeats Conspiracy Theories About Illegal Voters & Mexican Rapists, Prominent Latino Journalist Detained by ICE in Memphis, U.S. Condemns Palestinians for Protesting in Gaza, Turkey Admits to Seizing 80 Gov't Critics in Other Countries, Thousands Protest in Brooklyn over Police Killing of Bipolar African-American Man, Shell Knew: Documents Show Oil Giant Hid Dangers of Fossil Fuels for Decades, Michigan OKs Plan for Nestlé to Expand Water Bottling Operations Despite Public Outcry, Two Arrested at Protest Against Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Visionary Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor, 89, Dies…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-06). A Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say. The Intercept Consultants have come forward claiming that the leading Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate was flirting with running with the GOP instead. | The post A Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say. appeared first on The Intercept.

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-04-06). Washington Suffers a Credibility Crisis. counterpunch.org Objectively, the credibility of the US government, with either party at the forefront, has always been in question because its foreign policy pronouncements on peace, freedom, democracy and human rights systematically contradict or contrast with its actions. These days, the Associated Press (AP), a U.S. news agency, lamented in a commentary by its journalists that More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). How Iona Craig Exposed the White House Lie About 2017 SEAL Raid That Killed Yemeni Women & Children. Democracy Now! Reporter Iona Craig exposed the Trump administration's lie about its first military engagement and is in New York to receive the George Polk Award for documenting the destruction and civilian casualties from a covert U.S. Navy SEAL raid on a remote village in Yemen that left 25 civilians and one U.S. soldier dead.

Frank X Murphy (2018-04-06). Democracy is "Unimaginable to Some" counterpunch.org Six years ago, on April 4, 2012, the City of Detroit entered into what scholar Jamie Peck described as the "ludicrously misnamed" consent agreement with the State of Michigan. Under the authority of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's unprecedented and extremist "emergency management" policies for racial capitalism, that document was barely a blip in the historic More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure. Democracy Now! A judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At the time, he was a member of the Black Liberation Army and a former Black Panther. Since then, he has mentored thousands of young men while behind bars and kept a clean disciplinary record. State-mandated tests show he would pose the lowest possible risk if he is allowed to re-enter society. In March, the New York Parole Board granted parole for Bell, noting he had expressed remorse and was likely to lead a "law-abiding life." State law requires commissioners to consider such factors, but they've only recently started to comply. On Wednesday, a state judge…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Brazil's Popular Ex-President Lula Ordered to Prison After Politically Motivated Trial & Conviction. Democracy Now! A judge on Thursday ordered former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours and begin serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say the ruling against him is a continuation of the coup that ousted Lula's ally Dilma Rousseff from power last year. We play excerpts from our recent interview with Lula and get an update from Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy, who argues "the investigation is political, and that everything [Judge Moro is] trying to do is political, including the latest order that Lula surrender today."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Trump Inks Arms Deal with Saudis as Humanitarian Crisis Rages in Yemen & Saudi Prince Tours U.S. Democracy Now! On Thursday, the Trump administration told Congress it has approved a $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia. This is the second weapons deal between the U.S. and Riyadh in as many months and has sparked concern from human rights groups, who warn the deals may make the United States complicit in war crimes committed in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. Lawmakers have 30 days to act before the sale is final. The announcement comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wraps up his whirlwind tour of the United States. One topic that has received relatively little media attention during his trip is his role in escalating Saudi Arabia's military involvement in Yemen. Last month marked three years since the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition began its military offensive in Yemen, leading to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes…

Pete Dolack (2018-04-06). Reversing Past Oppression, Cooperation Jackson Builds a Better Future. counterpunch.org If thinking big were all it took to be a success, then Cooperation Jackson would be one of the biggest successes ever seen. It is far too early to know what the future will hold for what must be the most thorough-going experiment in economic democracy in the United States today, but no one can More

Nozomi Hayase (2018-04-06). America's Descent Into Despotism. counterpunch.org The United States is in a major upheaval. Trump's cabinet shake-up moves the country into an alarming direction. From the nomination of torturer Gina Haspel as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to Mike Pompeo, former CIA Director and a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal with Iran as new secretary of state, his selection exposes the More

WSWS (2018-04-06). Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections. World Socialist Web Site According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday's vote.

Tamara Kunanayakam (2018-04-06). Sri Lanka, Independent Republic to Vassal State. Global Research

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-04-06). 5 Ways Liberals and Progressives Shame the Poor Without Even Realizing It. AlterNet.org Conservatives aren't the only ones with a nasty habit of humiliating lower-income earners. | The Republican Party has a long history of denouncing America's poor as freeloading parasites, living off the hard work and innovation of the rich while contributing nothing to society. The left, meanwhile, offers a more inclusive and egalitarian perspective, arguing that more poor Americans could join the middle class with the right education, training and opportunities. Too often, however, liberals and progressives end up shaming those they intend to help, criticizing lower-income earners for everything from their dietary choices to their inability to make charitable donations. And in so doing, they're only adding to the misery of one of the country's most vulnerable populations. Below are five ways in which liberals and progressives shame the poor without even realizing it. 1. Diet-shaming from organic food proponents. Leftists are often vocal proponents. . .

WSWS (2018-04-06). Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic. World Socialist Web Site Recent events show that workers and peasants face grave dangers as the ruling elite on both sides of Hispaniola resurrect figures from their violent pasts.

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-04-06). Ex-Fiancée of Former Mitt Romney Staffer Says He Kept Her as a Sex Slave. AlterNet.org A consensual BDSM relationship goes too far. | According to an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday, Nevada Republican consultant Benjamin Sparks was accused of sex slavery by his ex-fiancée. The 46-year-old woman, who was given anonymity by the Review-Journal, said Sparks kept her bound to his home, beat her and forced her to remain naked at all times, and demanded that she wear a collar. According to the Review-Journal,the two began dating in November and moved in together shortly afterward. The woman agreed to sign a five-page contract requiring her to "kneel and look down when she entered [Sparks'] presence, be nude at all times, have sexual relations with him whenever he wanted and wear a collar in private. " The contract stated that the woman was his "slave and property. " She said, "He was very demanding and did. . .

Eugene Robinson (2018-04-06). Will We Ever See the Results of the Mueller Investigation? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists If you want to make sure you learn whether President Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice, there's one thing you must do: Vote in November to take control of Congress away from the Republican Party. | Spoiler alert: We already have evidence that Trump at least tried his best to obstruct justice; and despite the president's frequent all-caps tweets to the contrary, collusion is still very much an open question. For more definitive answers, however, we have to await special counsel Robert Mueller's findings—and there is no guarantee we will learn, in detail, everything that he finds out. | The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller intends to produce a series of reports about the various issues he is probing, with the first likely to be on the obstruction of justice question. | The…

Jon Walker (2018-04-05). The Town That Accidentally Legalized Marijuana. The Intercept Turner is a quaint, conservative town on the outskirts of Salem, Oregon. It's a village that, by a margin of two to one, supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2014, when a referendum on legalizing marijuana throughout Oregon came before the people of the town, they rejected it handily, with 57 percent voting "no." | It passed statewide anyway, and in 2016 the people of Turner were again asked to vote on weed. This time the question was whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses in their community. To nobody's surprise, they voted overwhelmingly — 63 percent — to prohibit the businesses in the unincorporated parts of their county. But to everybody's surprise, this time, the town voted 51 percent in favor of allowing pot businesses within the city limits. "We were actually shocked," Mayor Gary Tiffin told me. | The…

TRNN (2018-04-05). How Blue-State Democrats Continually Beat Back Reform. The Real News Network As part of TRNN's in-depth coverage of the legislative session in Maryland's state capital, we take a quick tally of all the reform proposals that didn't even get a vote this year…

Jim Naureckas, FAIR (2018-04-05). What's a Non-Racist Way to Appeal to Working-Class Whites? NYT Writer Can't Think of Any. AlterNet.org Tone-deaf as ever, Thomas Edsall thinks Democrats should be tougher on immigration. | The 2016 presidential exit polls "substantially underestimated the number of Democratic white working-class voters. . . and overestimated the white college-educated Democratic electorate," New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall ( 3/29/18) writes. A new Pew survey finds that "33 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners are whites without college degrees," says Edsall, which is substantially larger than the 26 percent of Democrats who are whites with college degrees—the group that many analysts had come to believe was the dominant constituency in the party. It's good for Edsall to acknowledge this—as FAIR ( 10/9/15) had to take him to task in 2015 for the tortured logic behind his assertion that "Democrats now depend

Staff (2018-04-05). Record Number of Women Run for U.S. House Seats. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists CHERRY HILL, N.J.—The number of women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress. | Their ranks will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, with filing deadlines still to come in more than half the states. | In many places, women are running for congressional seats that have never had a female representative. | "It's about time," said Kara Eastman of Nebraska, one of two Democrats vying to challenge a Republican incumbent in a district centered in Omaha. | A surge of women into this year's midterm elections had been expected since the Women's March demonstrations nationwide just after Trump's inauguration in January 2017. Numbers analyzed by The Associated Press show that momentum is continuing. | After Virginia…

Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek (2018-04-05). The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans. AlterNet.org A new rule could impact millions of lower-income earners and the elderly. | A new rule championed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai would would limit internet and phone access for millions of low-income and elderly Americans. Pai's proposed changes to the Lifeline Program, which currently serves 12 million Americans by providing subsidized phone and internet service, would cut service to about 70 percent, or 8 million, of. . . | Related Stories: Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? Former RNC Chair Literally Laughs When Asked If Republicans Will Stand Up to Trump on Trade WarWatch Visibly Uncomfortable Homeland Security Secretary Fail to Answer Whether Fox News Influenced Trump Border Plan

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-05). Hannity Reportedly Dissed Fox News Colleague Shep Smith to Trump at Mar-a-Lago. AlterNet.org The opinion host claims this is a "total lie. " | While cavorting at Mar-a-Lago, Fox News host Sean Hannity reportedly denounced colleague Shep Smith to Donald Trump — and the president loved it. Vanity Fair reported on the anecdote Thursday in an article about internal strife at Fox News, which was exemplified by citing Smith's Time magazine interview earlier this year where he criticized opinion hosts at the network. "Hannity still hasn't forgotten the remarks," the report read, noting that "Hannity was overheard trashing Smith to Trump" during a Mar-a-Lago visit last weekend. "Hannity was denouncing Shep and Trump was eating it up," someone familiar with the conversation told Vanity Fair. When reached for comment, the Fox News host said the anecdote was "a total lie. " Related Stories: Former RNC Chair Literally Laughs When Asked If Republicans Will Stand Up to Trump on Trade WarDonald Trump Refuses to Let Go of a Deranged Right-Wing Conspiracy TheoryThe Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans

WSWS (2018-04-05). Trump administration announces National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site The troop mobilization is the latest measure in an escalating assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2018. Democracy Now! Brazilian Supreme Court Rules Lula Must Face Prison Term, Trump Signs Order to Deploy National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Backs Off Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Syria as General Says "Hard Part" Is Still Ahead, Oklahoma Teachers' Strike Closes Schools for a Fourth Day, Facebook Admits Cambridge Analytica May Have Obtained Personal Info on 87 Million Users, 3,000 Google Workers Urge Company to Cancel Pentagon Drone Project, Sinclair Producer Quits, Accuses Trump-Linked Network of "Obvious Bias", Israeli Human Rights Group Urges Israeli Troops to Refuse Orders to Shoot Unarmed Palestinians, Macedonia Apologizes to Man Who Was Seized on Vacation & Tortured in Secret CIA Prison, The "Edward Snowden of Banking" Is Arrested in Spain for Leaking Documents About 100,000 Tax Evaders, New York Police Kill Bipolar Jamaican Immigrant Holding Object That Looked Like Shower Head, Long Beach to Pay $2 Million to Family of Bipolar Man Shot Dead by Police, 10,000 March in Memphis to Honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Seven Plowshares Activists Arrested Protesting at U.S. Nuclear Sub Base…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). Trump Escalates Already-Deadly U.S. Border Policies, Ordering National Guard to Mexican Border. Democracy Now! A new wave of troops could soon be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as border crossings by undocumented immigrants are at their lowest levels since 1971. The move comes as a caravan of Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico has prompted a series of threats from President Trump. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports the Trump administration is requesting that the U.S. military build walls for at least one military base along the U.S.-Mexico border. We go to Tucson, Arizona, for an update from Todd Miller, a border security journalist and author of "Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security."

Janine Jackson (2018-04-05). 'Democracy Means Everyone Counts'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Karen Hobert Flynn about the Census and citizenship for the March 10, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

TRNN (2018-04-05). Under Threat of Military Coup, Brazil's Supreme Court Sends Lula to Prison. The Real News Network The Supreme Court's 5-6 ruling, which requires presidential frontrunner Lula da Silva to begin serving his 12-year sentence immediately, is "one more in a series of blows against Brazilian democracy," says Brazil Wire's Brian Mier…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). Caravan of Central American Migrants Holds a Mirror to Cruel U.S. Immigration Policy & Imperialism. Democracy Now! Despite efforts by Mexican immigration authorities to disband a caravan of Central American migrants, hundreds are still bound for the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes after an early-morning tweet from President Trump that said the caravan "is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene." The group People Without Borders, or Pueblo Sin Fronteras, has organized the caravan since 2010 to draw attention to the right to seek asylum and refuge. This year its members are disproportionately from Honduras, which remains in political upheaval after U.S.-backed right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated for a second term despite allegations of widespread election-rigging in November. We get an update from Arturo Vizcarra, a volunteer with People Without Borders. He just returned from the caravan.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-05). Malaysia Shows How Trump Is Making Journalism a More Dangerous Profession Across the Globe. AlterNet.org The president's attacks on the free press have inspired authoritarians abroad to clamp down. | When President Donald Trump turned the words "fake news" into an attack on the free press, authoritarians across the world were emboldened by his rejection of democratic norms. As a result, journalists around the world face real dangers from repressive regimes. The latest example comes from Malaysia, where the government is on the verge of enacting a law that supposedly criminalizes publication of "fake news," which could land journalists in jail for up to six years and liable for fines up to $130,000. The Malaysian government will get to decide what is and isn't "fake news" and who should go to jail for writing it. India's president Narendra Modi proposed a similar idea, but quickly withdrew the proposal this week after a backlash. These moves are at least. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-05). How the Wireless Industry Convinced the Public Cellphones Are Safe & Cherry-Picked Research on Risks. Democracy Now! Ninety-five out of every 100 American adults owns a cellphone today. And worldwide, three out of four adults now have cellphone access. The wireless industry is one of the fastest-growing on Earth, raking in annual sales of $440 billion in 2016. But are cellphones safe? A new investigation by The Nation suggests that's a question that cellphone giants prefer you don't ask. We speak with Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation's environment correspondent and investigative editor. His report, co-authored with Mark Dowie, is headlined "How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe."

WSWS (2018-04-05). Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation. World Socialist Web Site The #Verificado2018 camapign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

WSWS (2018-04-05). Ahead of Mexican elections social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation. World Socialist Web Site The #Verificado2018 camapign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-04-05). Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? AlterNet.org An academic assesses the president's unholy marriage with evangelicals. | By the standards of any of the world's major religions Donald Trump is an ungodly person, an enthusiastic and unrepentant sinner who revels in his misdeeds. Trump is a serial liar and apparent narcissist. He is a greedy, crude and selfish person who does not pay his debts. He has repeatedly cheated on his wives and bragged about it. He has boasted about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it. Yet white Christian evangelical voters were among his most enthusiastic supporters in the 2016 election. Despite Trump's many failings of character, temperament and policy as president, they remain loyal members of his political cult. Why is this? A new article by social scientists Andrew Whitehead, Joseph Baker and Samuel Perry in the journal Sociology of Religion offers several possibilities. The researchers. . .

Global Research News (2018-04-05). Selected Articles: Novichok Myth Debunked; How Will Russia Respond? Global Research You can help us by forwarding this selection of articles to your friends and colleagues. | If you haven't yet, you may sign up for our daily newsletter, it's free! Also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Jefferson Morley, AlterNet (2018-04-05). Why Mueller's Move on Trump Is the Beginning of the Endgame. AlterNet.org The special prosecutor's findings will probably be public before the midterm elections. | With the Washington Post's revelation that President Trump is not the "target" of criminal investigation, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's strategy for completing his probe is coming into view. Mueller has pinned down Trump with two grand juries, issuing a wide net of indictments on diverse charges that have kept the president off-balance. The sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer working for indicted Trump aide Rick Gates, underscored a message for the president: those who lie to investigators face swift consequences. What has seemed like an interminable inquiry now looks like it will terminate in a one-two punch: an interview with Trump followed by a report on the question of obstruction of justice. All of this may well happen before the 2018 midterm elections. Subject to ChangeThe. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). US Should Create Laws to Protect Social Media Users' Data. Human Rights Watch News A 3D-printed Facebook Like symbol is displayed in front of a U.S. flag in this illustration taken, March 18, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Public concern in the United States about what happens to personal digital data has rightly exploded following reports about data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica's alleged access to information about Facebook users. While Cambridge Analytica has disputed many aspects of what has been reported about its access, it appears that many affected users were likely unaware of the collection of their data or how it could be used. | The bigger issue here is that privacy laws in the US are currently too weak to prevent abuses of social media data by intelligence agencies, law enforcement, advertisers that engage in discriminatory profiling, or others who may violate…

WSWS (2018-04-05). Ontario: Pro-austerity Liberals tout pre-election, "caring" budget. World Socialist Web Site Having slashed social spending to the bone and illegalized strikes to impose wage cuts, the Liberals are now cynically posing as the "pro-people" antipode to the big business Conservatives.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-05). Joe Scarborough Catches Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an Obvious Lie About Trump and Russia. AlterNet.org "Morning Joe" calls BS on the administration's claims it's been tough on Putin. | MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders for lying about President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin. "Morning Joe" producers ran a supercut of Sanders and outgoing national security adviser H. R. McMaster repeatedly contradicting one another on the Trump administration's policy toward Russia following 2016 election interference and the poisoning of a former spy in Britain. "Here we have one more example of Sarah Huckabee Sanders lying, and we've been talking about what the president's been doing over the past week has not been skirting issues," Scarborough said. "He's been lying outright about Amazon, he's been lying about the Washington Post, he's been lying about Russia, he's lying about McMaster, now you have, of course, Sarah Huckabee Sanders — two lies there. ""McMaster never said that no. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-05). No Justice for Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge Victims. Human Rights Watch News Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov (left) and Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina (right) at a press conference at the Rosbalt press center in Moscow, Russia on April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | One year after Chechen authorities violently carried out an anti-gay purge in an attempt to "cleanse" Chechnya of gay men, no criminal cases have been opened into the mass detentions and torture by law enforcement. No high-level Russian officials have publicly acknowledged or condemned the violence in the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. | On Tuesday I attended a news conference led by Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Milashina and Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov — both of whom broke the news last year that dozens of presumed gay men had been tortured…

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…

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