Monthly Archives: March 2018

2018-03-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-03-31). Democrats green-light Trump's escalating war on immigrants. World Socialist Web Site Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.

Jim Naureckas (2018-03-31). What's a Non-Racist Way to Appeal to Working-Class Whites? NYT's Edsall Can't Think of Any. FAIR Exit polls misled Democrats into thinking it was possible to win elections without xenophobia, the New York Times' Thomas Edsall ( 3/29/18) argues. | 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 issubstantially 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…

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-31). David Shulkin's Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans' Health Care. AlterNet.org Trump and the Koch brothers are trying to kill the nation's only single-payer system. | On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and said he'd replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the federal government's second-largest department, with 360,000 employees. Shulkin had been facing criticism for various ethics violations, including using taxpayer money to pay for his wife's airfare during a trip to Europe last summer. But Shulkin says he's actually being ousted because of his opposition to privatizing the VA, which runs 1,700 hospitals and clinics. The push to privatize the VA has been led by a group called Concerned Veterans for America, which is funded by the billionaire conservative Koch brothers. We speak. . .

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-03-31). Wall Street Journal Warns Trump's 'Political' Attacks on Amazon and Jeff Bezos Could Lead to Impeachment. AlterNet.org The WSJ loves Trump—until he jeopardizes their Republican economic ideology. | The conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal took President Donald Trump to task for his bizarre Thursday tweet attacking Amazon. com, saying the assault on the popular company appeared to be political in nature and that he could face impeachment should he decide to sic government agencies on the company. In the piece published on Friday morning, the WSJ board noted that Trump appears to be going after Amazon because it was founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, which has been highly critical of the Trump administration. On Thursday, Trump tweeted: "I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing. . .

Paul Street (2018-03-30). Big American Money, Not Russia, Put Trump in the White House: Reflections on a Recent Report. counterpunch.org On the Friday after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and prior to the Tuesday on which the vicious racist and sexist Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Bernie Sanders spoke to a surprisingly small crowd in Iowa City on behalf of Hillary Clinton. As I learned months later, Sanders told one of his Iowa City friends that day that Mrs. Clinton was in trouble. The reason, Sanders reported, was that Hillary wasn't discussing issues or advancing real solutions. "She doesn't have any policy positions," Sanders said. More

Aniqa Raihan (2018-03-30). One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down: Close the "Boyfriend Loophole" counterpunch.org It's now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital. Yet Congress is still dragging its feet on guns. While Republicans and Democrats gridlocked over the best way to prevent shootings, the Oregon state More

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-03-30). Roseanne Barr Is Promoting a Deranged Conspiracy Theory About Top Democrats. AlterNet.org The TV star is one of Donald Trump's most loyal supporters. | Roseanne Barr, whose revived sitcom 'Roseanne' drew 18 million viewers in its first episode this week, has been promoting a wild conspiracy theory about top Democratic leaders being involved in satanic cult that traffics child sex slaves. The Daily Beast reports that Barr has regularly promoted the work of an anonymous 4Chan user who goes by the name of "Q" and who claims to be a top-ranking government official. While "Q" has never given any evidence to show that they really work in the government, their posts on 4Chan have garnered a large following among conspiracy theorists, as they allege that the Trump administration is planning mass arrests of Democratic leaders for their roles in a devil-worshiping child-sex-trafficking ring. Barr first asked her Twitter followers to help her get in. . .

WSWS (2018-03-30). Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark's funeral to divert anger over police killings. World Socialist Web Site While hundreds grieved over the loss of 22-year-old Clark, Al Sharpton sought to direct opposition to police violence into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-03-30). Republican Climate Denialism Has Sunk to a Staggering New Low Under Trump. AlterNet.org We didn't think the party could regress any further, but here we are. | Climate and weather are not the same thing, but good luck convincing the president of the United States of that basic fact. As if his tweets dismissing global warming as a "hoax" manufactured by the Chinese and his decision to pull the U. S. out of the multinational Paris Agreement on climate change weren't depressing enough, now there is evidence that Donald Trump's determination to make the Republican Party the " stupid party" has been a wild success. In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December. . .

Michael Welch (2018-03-30). Obama's Trojan Horse: America's Cuban Soft Coup. Global Research This program was originally broadcast January 12th 2018. | Please note, Cuban Parliamentarian Juan Carlos Rodriguez Diaz is touring Canadian cities until April 5th to talk about elections and democracy in modern day Cuba. | Review details of the visit…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-30). Remembering Stephen Hawking, Groundbreaking Physicist and Advocate for Climate, Palestine & Peace. Democracy Now! On Saturday, members of the scientific community, family, friends and fans alike will gather to remember the life and legacy of groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 76. For decades, Hawking enchanted both scientists and science lovers by making groundbreaking discoveries about the origins of the universe, then translating these ideas for millions of nonscientists worldwide. His career and life itself have been celebrated as a medical miracle. Born in Oxford, Britain, in 1942, he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder known as Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 21. Doctors said he had only a few years to live. Instead, he went on to live for more than 50 years, traveling the world in his motorized wheelchair and communicating through a custom-made computerized voice synthesizer. His only complaint was that the synthesizer gave him an American accent. He also protested against U.S. wars, including the U.S. war in Vietnam and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. We speak to Kitty Ferguson, author of two books about Hawking, "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind" and "Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything."

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-03-30). It Looks Like the Supreme Court Isn't Going to Intervene in Gerrymandering Cases This Election Year. AlterNet.org They're befuddled. Justice Breyer even suggested all sides weigh in again, and another hearing be held. | One of the most anti-democratic features of the political landscape does not appear destined to change before 2018's midterm elections, even though extreme gerrymanders this week returned to the Supreme Court for the second time this term. On Wednesday, liberal and conservative justices visibly struggled with how to rein in partisan gerrymanders in a Maryland case. But because the 2018 election is underway—and judges are hesitant to disrupt elections—and the earliest ruling is months away, it appears congressional maps in the most gerrymandered states will remain for 2018's midterms. The only exception appears to be Pennsylvania, whose state Supreme Court earlier this year threw out a Republican-authored map for its House districts for violating the state constitution. The court's expert created a new statewide map, giving. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-30). Meet the Doctor Suing Trump: Dr. Eugene Gu on Gun Violence, Privatization of VA & White Supremacy. Democracy Now! Doctors across the country are slamming former Republican Senator Rick Santorum for arguing that young people protesting for gun control would be better served by learning CPR. Dr. Eugene Gu of Vanderbilt University Medical Center tweeted, "As a surgeon, I've operated on gunshot victims who've had bullets tear through their intestines, cut through their spinal cord, and pulverize their kidneys and liver. Rick Santorum telling kids to shut up and take CPR classes is simply unconscionable." We speak to Dr. Gu about gun violence, his lawsuit against President Trump and why he was suspended for taking a knee to fight white supremacy.

Leslie Salzillo, DailyKos (2018-03-30). Jimmy Carter Fears America's Transformation From Democracy to Oligarchy Is All but Complete. AlterNet.org The former president sounds off on the NRA, the Mueller investigation and more. | At 93, former President Jimmy Carter is out promoting his 32nd book titled Faith: A Journey For All while taking interviews with various news groups along the way. This week, Judy Woodruff with PBS interviewed Carter in a two-part series. Here are excerpts from the first and second discussions. In regard to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the March For Our Lives, Woodruff asks Carter if he thinks laws will change given the passion of the young people leading the way today. Jimmy Carter: I do. I think they have already shown their ability to change legislation in Florida. I think the arousing of young people all over the country, which they did this past weekend, is a good indication that they will have a permanent. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-30). Headlines for March 30, 2018. Democracy Now! EPA to Roll Back Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Standards, Leaked EPA Email Orders Employees to Mislead on Climate Change, Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Gave EPA Chief Cheap Access to D.C. Condo, Leaders of North and South Korea to Meet in April at Truce Village, Russia Expels 60 American Diplomats Amid Mounting Tensions, Gaza: Five Dead, Hundreds Injured as Israeli Troops Fire on Protests, Egypt: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Wins Second Presidential Term in "Farce" Election, Trump Says U.S. to Pull Troops Out of Syria "Like Very Soon", Pentagon Chief Meets John Bolton, Jokes That He's "Devil Incarnate", Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Allow Jailing of Pregnant Women, North Carolina Prohibits Shackling Women Prisoners During Childbirth, Boycott of Laura Ingraham Grows After She Mocks Shooting Survivor, Punished for Distributing Clean Water, MA Prisoner Enters Hunger Strike, Stephon Clark: Hundreds Attend Funeral for Sacramento Man Slain by Police, Texas Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Voting While on Probation, Oklahoma Teachers Plan Strike as Lawmakers Grant Limited Pay Raise, New York: Activists Hold Jericho Walk to Support Immigrant Mother in Sanctuary…

Ann Garrison (2018-03-30). March for Eight Billion Lives. "US Wars and Domestic Gun Violence are Intertwined." Interview with Riva Enteen. Global Research Organizers of the upcoming Women's March on the Pentagon are calling on the Democratic Party-sponsored Women's March and March for Our Lives to expand their message to include the eight billion lives on the planet, all of which are imperiled …

Louis Proyect (2018-03-30). The Class Struggle in the Old West. counterpunch.org Against the overall political pall cast by the Trump administration, there are hopeful signs. Despite the problems I have with the DSA's failure to make a clean break with the Democratic Party, my spirits remain lifted by their rapid growth. I also take heart in the ability of filmmakers to produce outstanding critiques of our More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-30). David Shulkin's Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans' Healthcare. Democracy Now! On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and said he'd replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the federal government's second-largest department, with 360,000 employees. Shulkin had been facing criticism for various ethics violations, including using taxpayer money to pay for his wife's airfare during a trip to Europe last summer. But Shulkin says he's actually being ousted because of his opposition to privatizing the VA, which runs 1,700 hospitals and clinics. The push to privatize the VA has been led by a group called Concerned Veterans for America, which is funded by the billionaire conservative Koch brothers. We speak to Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning healthcare journalist. Her forthcoming book is titled "Wounds of War: Veterans' Healthcare in the Era of Privatization."

Ann Garrison (2018-03-30). March for Eight Billion Lives: an Interview With Riva Enteen. counterpunch.org Organizers of the upcoming Women's March on the Pentagon are calling on the Democratic Party-sponsored Women's March and March for Our Lives to expand their message to include the eight billion lives on the planet, all of which are imperiled by US weapons and wars. I spoke to Riva Enteen, a former National Lawyers Guild More

WSWS (2018-03-30). Spanish judiciary accuses former Catalan President Puigdemont of "mobilising the masses" World Socialist Web Site If the German government extradites Puigdemont to Spain, it will set a precedent for the suppression of all forms of protest and opposition.

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-30). Centrist Group Backed Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rep. Lipinski Because His Opponent Supported Bernie Sanders, Emails Reveal. The Intercept The centrist group No Labels backed an anti-abortion candidate in Illinois' Third District in part because his challenger was supported by Bernie Sanders. | The post Centrist Group Backed Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rep. Lipinski Because His Opponent Supported Bernie Sanders, Emails Reveal appeared first on The Intercept.

RT (2018-03-30). Liberal groups file criminal complaint against Trump campaign. RT US News Two liberal watchdog groups have filed a criminal complaint alleging that the Trump campaign and National Security Advisor John Bolton's super PAC, worked with Cambridge Analytica in violation of US election law. |
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RT (2018-03-30). Texas woman gets 5 years in prison for voting illegally. RT US News A woman in Tarrant County, Texas has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election.
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Kenneth Surin (2018-03-30). Smearing Jeremy Corbyn. counterpunch.org Jeremy Corbyn has for decades been a resolute opponent of the Zionist project in Palestine-Israel, and a steadfast supporter of the rights of the Palestinian people. There are many in the Labour party who support Corbyn in this view. Corbyn's Labour has a clear lead in the opinion polls, and the arrival of a Corbyn-led Labour government after the next election would probably herald a sea-change in the UK's relationship with Palestine-Israel. This prospect has sent a shiver or two down the spines of Israel's Zionist supporters in the UK. More

L. Michael Hager (2018-03-30). Guns, Corruption and PACs: Three Terrible Supreme Court Decisions. counterpunch.org Russian election meddling, mass shootings, immigration, trade, White House staff changes and sexual misbehavior make daily headlines, while three decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that pre-date the Trump presidency may have more enduring and destructive impact. The 2008 Heller decision on guns, the 2016 McDonnell decision on corruption and the 2010 Citizens United case on money in politics directly affect public More

Colin Todhunter (2018-03-30). Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette. counterpunch.org Back in May 2017, just prior to the British general election, I wrote a piece arguing that a victory for Theresa May would see Britain dragged further towards war with Russia. While Britain is militarily weak compared to Russia, the point was that May would continue to do the bidding of Washington by demonising that More

WSWS (2018-03-30). Sisi's sham election and the fate of the Egyptian Revolution. World Socialist Web Site The rubber-stamp reelection of Egypt's dictator General Sisi is symptomatic of a regime beset by insoluble economic, social and political contradictions.

Shaun King (2018-03-30). Danny Ray Thomas Was a Broken Man Who Needed Help. Instead He Was Gunned Down by a Cop in Broad Daylight. The Intercept Everyone should know the name and story of Danny Ray Thomas, but too few people do. Our national attention span for police brutality and racial violence has plummeted since the election of President Donald Trump. He has a way of completely sucking the wind out of the news cycle and much of mainstream media obliges — obsessing over his every move. | From 2014 to 2016, we reached a national crescendo — where the important names and stories of injustices, and the cities where they happened, were seen and known by the world. Over 3,500 people were killed by American police during that period, according to the website Killed by Police, which aggregates information about reported killings. In 2014, the nation came to know the stories of Mike Brown and Tamir Rice. In 2015, it was Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland. In…

Nadya Williams (2018-03-30). San Francisco, a Sanctuary City… for the Irish, Too. counterpunch.org More>

Staff (2018-03-30). Teacher 'Rebellion' Spreads to Oklahoma. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists OKLAHOMA CITY—A teacher rebellion that started in the hills of West Virginia spread like a prairie fire to Oklahoma this week and now threatens to reach the desert in Arizona. | In the deep red state of Oklahoma, the Republican-led Legislature approved money for teacher raises and more school funding, even hiking taxes on the vaunted oil and gas industry to do it. Republican Governor Mary Fallin rushed to sign the measures into law Thursday. | Oklahoma teachers were inspired by West Virginia, another red state where a 9-day strike led to 5-percent teacher raises. Oklahoma teachers haven't had a raise in a decade of Republican control and they won raises of between 15 and 18 percent. Now, teachers in Arizona thronged their GOP-run Capitol this week, demanding a 20 percent teacher pay hike. | "West Virginia woke us up," Arizona Educators Association…

Nick Pemberton (2018-03-30). Is the War on Guns the Next War on Terror? counterpunch.org The leaders of the United States of America are sick people. They are ignorant. They lack judgement. They choose to fight rather than to cooperate. Especially the Republican party. And especially our current President, Donald Trump. However, the American public remains a sorry lot also. We kill each other at an alarming rate. We are More

Andrew Levine (2018-03-30). All the President's Women. counterpunch.org There is no doubt about it: Stormy Daniels is a formidable woman. Karen McDougal is no slouch either, though she is hard to admire after that riff, in her Anderson Cooper interview, about how religious and Republican she is; she even said that she used to love the Donald. Stormy Daniels is better than that. More

Truthout Stories (2018-03-30). As Advertisers Flee, Critics Not Buying Laura Ingraham's Apology to Parkland Shooting Survivor. Truthout Stories Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | "Advertisers start jumping ship and suddenly Ingraham realizes that mocking the misfortunes of a teen gun violence victim might be over the line." | That was what Vox's David Roberts had to say about Fox News host Laura Ingraham's apology to Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg on Thursday, which came around 24 hours after Ingraham mocked the 17-year-old student on Twitter for being rejected by several colleges. | In response to Ingraham's…

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-03-29). The Politics of Cheating. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Cheating isn't winning. We try to teach this to our children, but politics provides the opposite lesson. | Political cheating allows those who engage in it to amass far more power than they have a right to in a constitutional democracy. Its most sophisticated form isn't ballot-box stuffing but the use of indirect means by those in authority to perpetuate themselves in office. | Within 48 hours, Americans were offered two fast courses in the politics of cheating. | Late Monday, the Trump administration—acting against the advice of six previous Census Bureau directors, Republicans and Democrats alike—moved to add to the 2020 census a query about a respondent's citizenship status. | And on Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a case that turns on whether Maryland's gerrymandered district boundaries deprive Republicans of fair representation in Congress. | In both cases, the courts should act…

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-29). How the Denver DSA Convinced the Local Democratic Party to Endorse Socialism in Its Platform. The Intercept In a remarkable display of grassroots power, the Denver chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, successfully convinced the Denver Democratic Party to endorse a key tenet of democratic socialism in their party platform. The party's official platform now includes the following plank: We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few. | The construction used here is similar to " for the many not the few," the slogan used by the U.K.'s Labour Party. That party is currently run by Jeremy Corbyn, a committed socialist, who borrowed the phrase from neoliberal politician Tony Blair, who first used it during election campaigns in the 1990s. Blair and Corbyn both owe it to Shelley, whose Masque of Anarchy Corbyn has taken to quoting:…

David Dayen (2018-03-29). The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook. The Intercept Washington and Big Tech are scrambling to keep up after revelations that the voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users. The scandal has accelerated regulatory and oversight efforts and left top Democrats reconsidering the party's traditional closeness to Silicon Valley. | Perhaps the biggest change in Washington has been to the Senate timeline for confirming members of the Federal Trade Commission, the agency with jurisdiction over data privacy and the tech industry. The FTC has been essentially adrift, operating with only two out of five commissioners. Last week, it appeared that four nominees for the commission were stuck in limbo, awaiting a slow-moving process to vet and nominate the fifth. But on Monday night the Trump administration nominated Becca Kelly Slaughter, chief counsel to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. | Schumer, whose daughter works as…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-03-29). Marching for the Democrats: Another Farce on Washington? Global Research "They called in [Roy] Wilkins; they called in [A. Philip] Randolph; they called in these national Negro leaders that you respect and told them, 'Call it off.' Kennedy said, 'Look, you all are letting this thing go too far.' And …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-29). Single-Payer Health Care Takes Center Stage in Gubernatorial Races. Truthout Stories Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Daniel Biss gives his concession speech after his loss in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo: Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / TNS via Getty Images) | In the coming gubernatorial races, many single-payer candidates are challenging incumbent or establishment Democrats. While it's hard to predict how some of these candidates will fare, advocates hope the 2018 election will put single-payer allies in governors' mansions across the US, thus increasing prospects for the policy at the state and federal levels.Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Daniel Biss gives his concession speech after his loss in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo: Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / TNS via Getty Images) | Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media!

Truthout Stories (2018-03-29). Tear Gas Is a Weapon of War. Truthout Stories In Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, Anna Feigenbaum traces the toxic history of how tear gas became a police weapon. "Tear gas is a weapon that polices the atmosphere and pollutes the very air we breathe," writes Feigenbaum. Not only is it a weapon against democracy that is used in an attempt to break the spirit of protesters, but it also comes with harmful health effects.Police attack protesters with tear gas at an Occupy Oakland demonstration on January 28, 2012, in Oakland, California. (Photo: Steve Rhodes) | In Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, Anna Feigenbaum traces the toxic history of how tear gas became a police weapon. Get the book with a contribution to Truthout. Click here. | "Tear gas is a weapon…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). NYC Minister: I'm Willing to Be Arrested If ICE Comes for Immigrant Mother in Sanctuary in My Church. Democracy Now! A few weeks ago, the Fourth Universalist Society of New York City opened its doors to Guatemalan mother Aura Hernández, who took sanctuary to avoid her deportation to Guatemala. Last year, the congregation voted to become a sanctuary church; shortly thereafter, the church was vandalized with swastikas carved into the church's front doors. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! sat down with the senior minister of the Unitarian church, Rev. Schuyler Vogel.

TRNN (2018-03-29). Cambridge Analytica Is Not Alone: i360 and Data Trust Disastrous for Democracy. The Real News Network Cambridge Analytica, owned by Robert Mercer, is in the news, but other companies — like the Koch Brothers' i360 and Karl Rove's Data Trust — are far more dangerous, says investigative reporter Greg Palast…

Anders Sandstrà∂m (2018-03-29). Accounting in a Democratic Economy. counterpunch.org Ever since the first simple notes of commercial transactions in Mesopotamia more than 5000 years ago, accounting has been a tool for traders, capital owners and elites in their efforts to control society's assets and maximize their return on investments. Throughout history, from the innovation of double-sided entry bookkeeping in medieval Italy's city-states, and the More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2018. Democracy Now! Fired Veterans Affairs Secretary Says He Was Ousted for Opposing Privatization of Agency, White House Says Police Killing of Stephon Clark Is "Local Matter", North & South Korea Summit to Be Held April 27, Lawsuit Accusing Trump of Illegally Accepting Gifts from Foreign Gov'ts to Move Forward, NYT: Trump Lawyer Floated Idea of Pardoning Flynn and Manafort, 9/11 Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia to Move Forward, Judge Rules, Michigan State U. Paid PR Firm $500,000 to Monitor Nassar's Accusers' Social Media, Venezuela: 68 People Die in Fire in Prison in Valencia, Ecuadorean Embassy Cuts Off Julian Assange's Internet Access, Puerto Rico's Gov. Challenges New Austerity Measures Imposed by Fiscal Control Board, Malala Yousafzai Returns to Pakistan for First Time Since She Was Shot by Taliban…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). "I Am Raising My Voice": Guatemalan Mother in Sanctuary in NYC Accuses Border Patrol of Sexual Abuse. Democracy Now! We turn now to a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive interview with a Guatemalan woman named Aura Hernández, who has taken sanctuary in the Fourth Universalist Society of New York, the Unitarian church on Manhattan's Upper West Side, to avoid her deportation to Guatemala. She has been living in the United States for 13 years. She's the mother of two U.S.-born children: 10-year-old Victor Daniel and 14-month-old Camila Guadalupe. She entered sanctuary a few weeks ago to keep her family united as she continues to fight her immigration case. She says that in 2005, when she first entered the United States, she was sexually abused while detained by the Border Patrol in Texas. She says the officer who abused her then threatened to come find her if she ever went public about the abuse. She has fought for years, quietly, to obtain a U…

Robert Kosuth (2018-03-29). Trump as Symptom of a Deeper Disease: An Assessment After One Year. counterpunch.org "We have met the enemy and he is us" —Pogo The election of Donald Trump represents a new low point in the ongoing degradation of US democracy. He says and does things that even Ronald Reagan would have balked at. It would be easy to see his election as a kind of a coup pulled More

MAOMMP (2018-03-29). UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice. MintPress News Alfred de Zayas, a UN Independent Expert for the promotion of an international democratic and equitable order, told Venezuela's newspaper àöltimas Noticias that "it is time" for Venezuela to ask the International Criminal Court "for an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the United States for imposing sanctions against it." | Why do you consider sanctions as crimes against humanity? | In 2000, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights published a study that described sanctions as a serious violation of international law and human rights. In 2015, the Human Rights Council in Geneva created the role of the Special Rapporteur on Unilateral Coercive Measures. In his reports Idriss Jazairy, the Rapporteur, has demonstrated the adverse impacts of sanctions and has negotiated with governments so that sanctions are eliminated, as they are contrary to the spirit and letter…

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). Family to Bury Slain Sacramento Man Stephon Clark, as Protests Continue Demanding Justice. AlterNet.org Stephon Clark was killed by police. | The family of Stephon Clark is holding his funeral today in Sacramento, California, as massive protests continue against the police shooting that killed the unarmed African-American man in his grandmother's backyard on March 18. Police first claimed he was holding a gun, but later admitted they found only his cellphone near his body. We get an update from Berry Accius, with Voice of the Youth in Sacramento. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: "These Stars Collide" by Mourning BLKstar, performing here in our Democracy Now! studio. This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, as we turn to Sacramento, California, where protests continue over the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an African-American father of two, gunned down in his grandmother's backyard. At the time of the killing,. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-29). What the NRA's Suspected Ties to a Gun-Loving Russian Billionaire Tell Us About Money in Politics. Truthout Stories Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) deepened his probe into the NRA's ties to a Russian oligarch this week. Unfortunately for Wyden, current campaign finance rules allow the NRA to raise and spend huge amounts of money to influence elections without revealing its donors. Is it time to reignite the fight for campaign finance reform?Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. | Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden expanded his probe into the National Rifle Association's suspected financial ties to a colorful Russian oligarch this week with a letter requesting more information about how the NRA raises…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). Family to Bury Slain Sacramento Man Stephon Clark, as Protests Continue Demanding Justice. Democracy Now! The family of Stephon Clark is holding his funeral today in Sacramento, California, as massive protests continue against the police shooting that killed the unarmed African-American man in his grandmother's backyard on March 18. Police first claimed he was holding a gun, but later admitted they found only his cellphone near his body. We get an update from Berry Accius, with Voice of the Youth in Sacramento.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-29). As North Korea Talks with China, South Korea & Japan, Could Bolton Derail Denuclearization Progress? Democracy Now! The leaders of North and South Korea announced today that they will hold a historic meeting on April 27, coming together for talks for the first time in more than a decade. The news comes after Kim Jong-un's surprise trip to China this week to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he reportedly said he was willing to give up North Korea's nuclear weapons. Kim is due to meet sometime soon with President Trump, although a date has not been set for that summit. It would be the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. We speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism.

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Democrats green-light Trump's escalating war on immigrants
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-31
Amongst other measures, the Trump administration plans to block immigrants who have used social programs from receiving legal status.
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What's a Non-Racist Way to Appeal to Working-Class Whites? NYT's Edsall Can't Think of Any
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-03-31
Exit polls misled Democrats into thinking it was possible to win elections without xenophobia, the New York Times' Thomas Edsall ( 3/29/18) argues. | 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 issubstantially 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…
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David Shulkin's Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans' Health Care
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-31
Trump and the Koch brothers are trying to kill the nation's only single-payer system. | On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and said he'd replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the federal government's second-largest department, with 360,000 employees. Shulkin had been facing criticism for various ethics violations, including using taxpayer money to pay for his wife's airfare during a trip to Europe last summer. But Shulkin says he's actually being ousted because of his opposition to privatizing the VA, which runs 1,700 hospitals and clinics. The push to privatize the VA has been led by a group called Concerned Veterans for America, which is funded by the billionaire conservative Koch brothers. We speak. . .
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Wall Street Journal Warns Trump's 'Political' Attacks on Amazon and Jeff Bezos Could Lead to Impeachment
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-31
The WSJ loves Trump–until he jeopardizes their Republican economic ideology. | The conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal took President Donald Trump to task for his bizarre Thursday tweet attacking Amazon. com, saying the assault on the popular company appeared to be political in nature and that he could face impeachment should he decide to sic government agencies on the company. In the piece published on Friday morning, the WSJ board noted that Trump appears to be going after Amazon because it was founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, which has been highly critical of the Trump administration. On Thursday, Trump tweeted: "I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing. . .
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Big American Money, Not Russia, Put Trump in the White House: Reflections on a Recent Report
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
On the Friday after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and prior to the Tuesday on which the vicious racist and sexist Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Bernie Sanders spoke to a surprisingly small crowd in Iowa City on behalf of Hillary Clinton. As I learned months later, Sanders told one of his Iowa City friends that day that Mrs. Clinton was in trouble. The reason, Sanders reported, was that Hillary wasn't discussing issues or advancing real solutions. "She doesn't have any policy positions," Sanders said.
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Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark's funeral to divert anger over police killings.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-30
While hundreds grieved over the loss of 22-year-old Clark, Al Sharpton sought to direct opposition to police violence into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/30/clar-m30.html

One No-Brainer Way to Bring Gun Deaths Down: Close the "Boyfriend Loophole"
Aniqa Raihan | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
It's now been over a month since 17 teenagers were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, culminating in a march that brought nearly a million people to the capital. Yet Congress is still dragging its feet on guns. While Republicans and Democrats gridlocked over the best way to prevent shootings, the Oregon state…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/one-no-brainer-way-to-bring-gun-deaths-down-close-the-boyfriend-loophole/

Roseanne Barr Is Promoting a Deranged Conspiracy Theory About Top Democrats
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-30
The TV star is one of Donald Trump's most loyal supporters. | Roseanne Barr, whose revived sitcom 'Roseanne' drew 18 million viewers in its first episode this week, has been promoting a wild conspiracy theory about top Democratic leaders being involved in satanic cult that traffics child sex slaves. The Daily Beast reports that Barr has regularly promoted the work of an anonymous 4Chan user who goes by the name of "Q" and who claims to be a top-ranking government official. While "Q" has never given any evidence to show that they really work in the government, their posts on 4Chan have garnered a large following among conspiracy theorists, as they allege that the Trump administration is planning mass arrests of Democratic leaders for their roles in a devil-worshiping child-sex-trafficking ring. Barr first asked her Twitter followers to help her get in. . .
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Democrats seek to use Stephon Clark's funeral to divert anger over police killings
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-30
While hundreds grieved over the loss of 22-year-old Clark, Al Sharpton sought to direct opposition to police violence into the dead end of reformism, identity politics and the electoral efforts of the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/30/clar-m30.html

It Looks Like the Supreme Court Isn't Going to Intervene in Gerrymandering Cases This Election Year
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-30
They're befuddled. Justice Breyer even suggested all sides weigh in again, and another hearing be held. | One of the most anti-democratic features of the political landscape does not appear destined to change before 2018's midterm elections, even though extreme gerrymanders this week returned to the Supreme Court for the second time this term. On Wednesday, liberal and conservative justices visibly struggled with how to rein in partisan gerrymanders in a Maryland case. But because the 2018 election is underway–and judges are hesitant to disrupt elections–and the earliest ruling is months away, it appears congressional maps in the most gerrymandered states will remain for 2018's midterms. The only exception appears to be Pennsylvania, whose state Supreme Court earlier this year threw out a Republican-authored map for its House districts for violating the state constitution. The court's expert created a new statewide map, giving. . .
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Remembering Stephen Hawking, Groundbreaking Physicist and Advocate for Climate, Palestine & Peace
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-30
On Saturday, members of the scientific community, family, friends and fans alike will gather to remember the life and legacy of groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 76. For decades, Hawking enchanted both scientists and science lovers by making groundbreaking discoveries about the origins of the universe, then translating these ideas for millions of nonscientists worldwide. His career and life itself have been celebrated as a medical miracle. Born in Oxford, Britain, in 1942, he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder known as Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 21. Doctors said he had only a few years to live. Instead, he went on to live for more than 50 years, traveling the world in his motorized wheelchair and communicating through a custom-made computerized voice synthesizer. His only complaint was that the synthesizer gave him an American accent. He also protested against U.S. wars, including the U.S. war in Vietnam and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. We speak to Kitty Ferguson, author of two books about Hawking, "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind" and "Stephen Hawking: Quest for a Theory of Everything."
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Jimmy Carter Fears America's Transformation From Democracy to Oligarchy Is All but Complete
Leslie Salzillo, DailyKos | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-30
The former president sounds off on the NRA, the Mueller investigation and more. | At 93, former President Jimmy Carter is out promoting his 32nd book titled Faith: A Journey For All while taking interviews with various news groups along the way. This week, Judy Woodruff with PBS interviewed Carter in a two-part series. Here are excerpts from the first and second discussions. In regard to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the March For Our Lives, Woodruff asks Carter if he thinks laws will change given the passion of the young people leading the way today. Jimmy Carter: I do. I think they have already shown their ability to change legislation in Florida. I think the arousing of young people all over the country, which they did this past weekend, is a good indication that they will have a permanent. . .
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Obama's Trojan Horse: America's Cuban Soft Coup
Michael Welch | Global Research | 2018-03-30
This program was originally broadcast January 12th 2018. | Please note, Cuban Parliamentarian Juan Carlos Rodriguez Diaz is touring Canadian cities until April 5th to talk about elections and democracy in modern day Cuba. | Review details of the visit…
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It Looks Like the Supreme Court Isn't Going to Intervene in Gerrymandering Cases This Election Year.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-30
They're befuddled. Justice Breyer even suggested all sides weigh in again, and another hearing be held. | One of the most anti-democratic features of the political landscape does not appear destined to change before 2018's midterm elections, even though extreme gerrymanders this week returned to the Supreme Court for the second time this term. On Wednesday, liberal and conservative justices visibly struggled with how to rein in partisan gerrymanders in a Maryland case. But because the 2018 election is underway–and judges are hesitant to disrupt elections–and the earliest ruling is months away, it appears congressional maps in the most gerrymandered states will remain for 2018's midterms. The only exception appears to be Pennsylvania, whose state Supreme Court earlier this year threw out a Republican-authored map for its House districts for violating the state constitution. The court's expert created a new statewide map, giving. . .
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March for Eight Billion Lives. "US Wars and Domestic Gun Violence are Intertwined." Interview with Riva Enteen
Ann Garrison | Global Research | 2018-03-30
Organizers of the upcoming Women's March on the Pentagon are calling on the Democratic Party-sponsored Women's March and March for Our Lives to expand their message to include the eight billion lives on the planet, all of which are imperiled …
globalresearch.ca/march-for-eight-billion-lives-an-interview-with-riva-enteen/5634063

The Class Struggle in the Old West
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
Against the overall political pall cast by the Trump administration, there are hopeful signs. Despite the problems I have with the DSA's failure to make a clean break with the Democratic Party, my spirits remain lifted by their rapid growth. I also take heart in the ability of filmmakers to produce outstanding critiques of our…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/the-class-struggle-in-the-old-west/

David Shulkin's Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans' Healthcare
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-30
On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin and said he'd replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the federal government's second-largest department, with 360,000 employees. Shulkin had been facing criticism for various ethics violations, including using taxpayer money to pay for his wife's airfare during a trip to Europe last summer. But Shulkin says he's actually being ousted because of his opposition to privatizing the VA, which runs 1,700 hospitals and clinics. The push to privatize the VA has been led by a group called Concerned Veterans for America, which is funded by the billionaire conservative Koch brothers. We speak to Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning healthcare journalist. Her forthcoming book is titled "Wounds of War: Veterans' Healthcare in the Era of Privatization."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/30/david_shulkins_firing_at_the_va

March for Eight Billion Lives: an Interview With Riva Enteen
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
Organizers of the upcoming Women's March on the Pentagon are calling on the Democratic Party-sponsored Women's March and March for Our Lives to expand their message to include the eight billion lives on the planet, all of which are imperiled by US weapons and wars. I spoke to Riva Enteen, a former National Lawyers Guild…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/march-for-eight-billion-lives-an-interview-with-riva-enteen/

Meet the Doctor Suing Trump: Dr. Eugene Gu on Gun Violence, Privatization of VA & White Supremacy
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-30
Doctors across the country are slamming former Republican Senator Rick Santorum for arguing that young people protesting for gun control would be better served by learning CPR. Dr. Eugene Gu of Vanderbilt University Medical Center tweeted, "As a surgeon, I've operated on gunshot victims who've had bullets tear through their intestines, cut through their spinal cord, and pulverize their kidneys and liver. Rick Santorum telling kids to shut up and take CPR classes is simply unconscionable." We speak to Dr. Gu about gun violence, his lawsuit against President Trump and why he was suspended for taking a knee to fight white supremacy.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/30/meet_the_doctor_suing_trump_dr

Spanish judiciary accuses former Catalan President Puigdemont of "mobilising the masses"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-30
If the German government extradites Puigdemont to Spain, it will set a precedent for the suppression of all forms of protest and opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/30/puig-m30.html

Texas woman gets 5 years in prison for voting illegally
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-30
A woman in Tarrant County, Texas has been sentenced to five years in prison for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/422815-texas-voter-fraud-sentence/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Guns, Corruption and PACs: Three Terrible Supreme Court Decisions
L. Michael Hager | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
Russian election meddling, mass shootings, immigration, trade, White House staff changes and sexual misbehavior make daily headlines, while three decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that pre-date the Trump presidency may have more enduring and destructive impact. The 2008 Heller decision on guns, the 2016 McDonnell decision on corruption and the 2010 Citizens United case on money in politics directly affect public…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/guns-corruption-and-pacs-three-terrible-supreme-court-decisions/

Danny Ray Thomas Was a Broken Man Who Needed Help. Instead He Was Gunned Down by a Cop in Broad Daylight
Shaun King | The Intercept | 2018-03-30
Everyone should know the name and story of Danny Ray Thomas, but too few people do. Our national attention span for police brutality and racial violence has plummeted since the election of President Donald Trump. He has a way of completely sucking the wind out of the news cycle and much of mainstream media obliges — obsessing over his every move. | From 2014 to 2016, we reached a national crescendo — where the important names and stories of injustices, and the cities where they happened, were seen and known by the world. Over 3,500 people were killed by American police during that period, according to the website Killed by Police, which aggregates information about reported killings. In 2014, the nation came to know the stories of Mike Brown and Tamir Rice. In 2015, it was Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland. In…
theintercept.com/2018/03/30/stephon-clark-police-shooting-unarmed-black-man/

Theresa May Playing a Reckless Game of Nuclear Roulette
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
Back in May 2017, just prior to the British general election, I wrote a piece arguing that a victory for Theresa May would see Britain dragged further towards war with Russia. While Britain is militarily weak compared to Russia, the point was that May would continue to do the bidding of Washington by demonising that…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/theresa-may-playing-a-reckless-game-of-nuclear-roulette/

Centrist Group Backed Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rep. Lipinski Because His Opponent Supported Bernie Sanders, Emails Reveal
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-30
The centrist group No Labels backed an anti-abortion candidate in Illinois' Third District in part because his challenger was supported by Bernie Sanders. | The post Centrist Group Backed Anti-Abortion, Anti-LGBT Rep. Lipinski Because His Opponent Supported Bernie Sanders, Emails Reveal appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/30/dan-lipinski-marie-newman-no-labels-illinois-primary-election/

Smearing Jeremy Corbyn
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
Jeremy Corbyn has for decades been a resolute opponent of the Zionist project in Palestine-Israel, and a steadfast supporter of the rights of the Palestinian people. There are many in the Labour party who support Corbyn in this view. Corbyn's Labour has a clear lead in the opinion polls, and the arrival of a Corbyn-led Labour government after the next election would probably herald a sea-change in the UK's relationship with Palestine-Israel. This prospect has sent a shiver or two down the spines of Israel's Zionist supporters in the UK.
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/smearing-jeremy-corbyn/

Liberal groups file criminal complaint against Trump campaign
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-30
Two liberal watchdog groups have filed a criminal complaint alleging that the Trump campaign and National Security Advisor John Bolton's super PAC, worked with Cambridge Analytica in violation of US election law. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/422794-criminal-complaint-against-trump/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Sisi's sham election and the fate of the Egyptian Revolution.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-30
The rubber-stamp reelection of Egypt's dictator General Sisi is symptomatic of a regime beset by insoluble economic, social and political contradictions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/30/pers-m30.html

Sisi's sham election and the fate of the Egyptian Revolution
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-30
The rubber-stamp reelection of Egypt's dictator General Sisi is symptomatic of a regime beset by insoluble economic, social and political contradictions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/30/pers-m30.html

All the President's Women
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
There is no doubt about it: Stormy Daniels is a formidable woman. Karen McDougal is no slouch either, though she is hard to admire after that riff, in her Anderson Cooper interview, about how religious and Republican she is; she even said that she used to love the Donald. Stormy Daniels is better than that.
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Republican Climate Denialism Has Sunk to a Staggering New Low Under Trump
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-30
We didn't think the party could regress any further, but here we are. | Climate and weather are not the same thing, but good luck convincing the president of the United States of that basic fact. As if his tweets dismissing global warming as a "hoax" manufactured by the Chinese and his decision to pull the U. S. out of the multinational Paris Agreement on climate change weren't depressing enough, now there is evidence that Donald Trump's determination to make the Republican Party the " stupid party" has been a wild success. In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year's Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December. . .
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As Advertisers Flee, Critics Not Buying Laura Ingraham's Apology to Parkland Shooting Survivor
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-30
Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! | "Advertisers start jumping ship and suddenly Ingraham realizes that mocking the misfortunes of a teen gun violence victim might be over the line." | That was what Vox's David Roberts had to say about Fox News host Laura Ingraham's apology to Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg on Thursday, which came around 24 hours after Ingraham mocked the 17-year-old student on Twitter for being rejected by several colleges. | In response to Ingraham's…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44022-as-advertisers-flee-critics-not-buying-laura-ingraham-s-apology-to-parkland-shooting-survivor

Teacher 'Rebellion' Spreads to Oklahoma.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-30
OKLAHOMA CITY–A teacher rebellion that started in the hills of West Virginia spread like a prairie fire to Oklahoma this week and now threatens to reach the desert in Arizona. | In the deep red state of Oklahoma, the Republican-led Legislature approved money for teacher raises and more school funding, even hiking taxes on the vaunted oil and gas industry to do it. Republican Governor Mary Fallin rushed to sign the measures into law Thursday. | Oklahoma teachers were inspired by West Virginia, another red state where a 9-day strike led to 5-percent teacher raises. Oklahoma teachers haven't had a raise in a decade of Republican control and they won raises of between 15 and 18 percent. Now, teachers in Arizona thronged their GOP-run Capitol this week, demanding a 20 percent teacher pay hike. | "West Virginia woke us up," Arizona Educators Association…
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Is the War on Guns the Next War on Terror?
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-30
The leaders of the United States of America are sick people. They are ignorant. They lack judgement. They choose to fight rather than to cooperate. Especially the Republican party. And especially our current President, Donald Trump. However, the American public remains a sorry lot also. We kill each other at an alarming rate. We are…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/30/is-the-war-on-guns-the-next-war-on-terror-2/

Marching for the Democrats: Another Farce on Washington?
Ajamu Baraka | Global Research | 2018-03-29
"They called in [Roy] Wilkins; they called in [A. Philip] Randolph; they called in these national Negro leaders that you respect and told them, 'Call it off.' Kennedy said, 'Look, you all are letting this thing go too far.' And …
globalresearch.ca/marching-for-the-democrats-another-farce-on-washington/5633979

How the Denver DSA Convinced the Local Democratic Party to Endorse Socialism in Its Platform.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-29
In a remarkable display of grassroots power, the Denver chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, successfully convinced the Denver Democratic Party to endorse a key tenet of democratic socialism in their party platform. The party's official platform now includes the following plank: We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few. | The construction used here is similar to " for the many not the few," the slogan used by the U.K.'s Labour Party. That party is currently run by Jeremy Corbyn, a committed socialist, who borrowed the phrase from neoliberal politician Tony Blair, who first used it during election campaigns in the 1990s. Blair and Corbyn both owe it to Shelley, whose Masque of Anarchy Corbyn has taken to quoting:…
theintercept.com/2018/03/29/denver-dsa-democrats-socialism/

The Politics of Cheating.
E.J. Dionne Jr. | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-29
Cheating isn't winning. We try to teach this to our children, but politics provides the opposite lesson. | Political cheating allows those who engage in it to amass far more power than they have a right to in a constitutional democracy. Its most sophisticated form isn't ballot-box stuffing but the use of indirect means by those in authority to perpetuate themselves in office. | Within 48 hours, Americans were offered two fast courses in the politics of cheating. | Late Monday, the Trump administration–acting against the advice of six previous Census Bureau directors, Republicans and Democrats alike–moved to add to the 2020 census a query about a respondent's citizenship status. | And on Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a case that turns on whether Maryland's gerrymandered district boundaries deprive Republicans of fair representation in Congress. | In both cases, the courts should act…
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Single-Payer Health Care Takes Center Stage in Gubernatorial Races.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-29
Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Daniel Biss gives his concession speech after his loss in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo: Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / TNS via Getty Images) | In the coming gubernatorial races, many single-payer candidates are challenging incumbent or establishment Democrats. While it's hard to predict how some of these candidates will fare, advocates hope the 2018 election will put single-payer allies in governors' mansions across the US, thus increasing prospects for the policy at the state and federal levels.Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Daniel Biss gives his concession speech after his loss in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Photo: Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune / TNS via Getty Images) | Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this: They can't be found in corporate media!
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How the Denver DSA Convinced the Local Democratic Party to Endorse Socialism in Its Platform
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-29
In a remarkable display of grassroots power, the Denver chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, successfully convinced the Denver Democratic Party to endorse a key tenet of democratic socialism in their party platform. The party's official platform now includes the following plank: We believe the economy should be democratically owned and controlled in order to serve the needs of the many, not to make profits for the few. | The construction used here is similar to " for the many not the few," the slogan used by the U.K.'s Labour Party. That party is currently run by Jeremy Corbyn, a committed socialist, who borrowed the phrase from neoliberal politician Tony Blair, who first used it during election campaigns in the 1990s. Blair and Corbyn both owe it to Shelley, whose Masque of Anarchy Corbyn has taken to quoting:…
theintercept.com/2018/03/29/denver-dsa-democrats-socialism/

The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-03-29
Washington and Big Tech are scrambling to keep up after revelations that the voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users. The scandal has accelerated regulatory and oversight efforts and left top Democrats reconsidering the party's traditional closeness to Silicon Valley. | Perhaps the biggest change in Washington has been to the Senate timeline for confirming members of the Federal Trade Commission, the agency with jurisdiction over data privacy and the tech industry. The FTC has been essentially adrift, operating with only two out of five commissioners. Last week, it appeared that four nominees for the commission were stuck in limbo, awaiting a slow-moving process to vet and nominate the fifth. But on Monday night the Trump administration nominated Becca Kelly Slaughter, chief counsel to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. | Schumer, whose daughter works as…
theintercept.com/2018/03/29/the-u-s-government-is-finally-scrambling-to-regulate-facebook/

Trump as Symptom of a Deeper Disease: An Assessment After One Year.
Robert Kosuth | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-29
"We have met the enemy and he is us" —Pogo The election of Donald Trump represents a new low point in the ongoing degradation of US democracy. He says and does things that even Ronald Reagan would have balked at. It would be easy to see his election as a kind of a coup pulled…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/29/trump-as-symptom-of-a-deeper-disease-an-assessment-after-one-year/

UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice.
MAOMMP | MintPress News | 2018-03-29
Alfred de Zayas, a UN Independent Expert for the promotion of an international democratic and equitable order, told Venezuela's newspaper àöltimas Noticias that "it is time" for Venezuela to ask the International Criminal Court "for an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the United States for imposing sanctions against it." | Why do you consider sanctions as crimes against humanity? | In 2000, the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights published a study that described sanctions as a serious violation of international law and human rights. In 2015, the Human Rights Council in Geneva created the role of the Special Rapporteur on Unilateral Coercive Measures. In his reports Idriss Jazairy, the Rapporteur, has demonstrated the adverse impacts of sanctions and has negotiated with governments so that sanctions are eliminated, as they are contrary to the spirit and letter…

UN Independent Expert: Venezuela Should Take US to the International Court of Justice

What the NRA's Suspected Ties to a Gun-Loving Russian Billionaire Tell Us About Money in Politics.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-29
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) deepened his probe into the NRA's ties to a Russian oligarch this week. Unfortunately for Wyden, current campaign finance rules allow the NRA to raise and spend huge amounts of money to influence elections without revealing its donors. Is it time to reignite the fight for campaign finance reform?Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. | Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden expanded his probe into the National Rifle Association's suspected financial ties to a colorful Russian oligarch this week with a letter requesting more information about how the NRA raises…
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Family to Bury Slain Sacramento Man Stephon Clark, as Protests Continue Demanding Justice.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-29
Stephon Clark was killed by police. | The family of Stephon Clark is holding his funeral today in Sacramento, California, as massive protests continue against the police shooting that killed the unarmed African-American man in his grandmother's backyard on March 18. Police first claimed he was holding a gun, but later admitted they found only his cellphone near his body. We get an update from Berry Accius, with Voice of the Youth in Sacramento. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: "These Stars Collide" by Mourning BLKstar, performing here in our Democracy Now! studio. This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, as we turn to Sacramento, California, where protests continue over the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, an African-American father of two, gunned down in his grandmother's backyard. At the time of the killing,. . .
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Tear Gas Is a Weapon of War.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-29
In Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, Anna Feigenbaum traces the toxic history of how tear gas became a police weapon. "Tear gas is a weapon that polices the atmosphere and pollutes the very air we breathe," writes Feigenbaum. Not only is it a weapon against democracy that is used in an attempt to break the spirit of protesters, but it also comes with harmful health effects.Police attack protesters with tear gas at an Occupy Oakland demonstration on January 28, 2012, in Oakland, California. (Photo: Steve Rhodes) | In Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today, Anna Feigenbaum traces the toxic history of how tear gas became a police weapon. Get the book with a contribution to Truthout. Click here. | "Tear gas is a weapon…
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Accounting in a Democratic Economy.
Anders Sandstrà∂m | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-29
Ever since the first simple notes of commercial transactions in Mesopotamia more than 5000 years ago, accounting has been a tool for traders, capital owners and elites in their efforts to control society's assets and maximize their return on investments. Throughout history, from the innovation of double-sided entry bookkeeping in medieval Italy's city-states, and the…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/29/accounting-in-a-democratic-economy/

Cambridge Analytica Is Not Alone: i360 and Data Trust Disastrous for Democracy
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-29
Cambridge Analytica, owned by Robert Mercer, is in the news, but other companies — like the Koch Brothers' i360 and Karl Rove's Data Trust — are far more dangerous, says investigative reporter Greg Palast…
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As North Korea Talks with China, South Korea & Japan, Could Bolton Derail Denuclearization Progress?
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-29
The leaders of North and South Korea announced today that they will hold a historic meeting on April 27, coming together for talks for the first time in more than a decade. The news comes after Kim Jong-un's surprise trip to China this week to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he reportedly said he was willing to give up North Korea's nuclear weapons. Kim is due to meet sometime soon with President Trump, although a date has not been set for that summit. It would be the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. We speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/29/as_north_korea_talks_with_china

"I Am Raising My Voice": Guatemalan Mother in Sanctuary in NYC Accuses Border Patrol of Sexual Abuse.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-29
We turn now to a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive interview with a Guatemalan woman named Aura Hernández, who has taken sanctuary in the Fourth Universalist Society of New York, the Unitarian church on Manhattan's Upper West Side, to avoid her deportation to Guatemala. She has been living in the United States for 13 years. She's the mother of two U.S.-born children: 10-year-old Victor Daniel and 14-month-old Camila Guadalupe. She entered sanctuary a few weeks ago to keep her family united as she continues to fight her immigration case. She says that in 2005, when she first entered the United States, she was sexually abused while detained by the Border Patrol in Texas. She says the officer who abused her then threatened to come find her if she ever went public about the abuse. She has fought for years, quietly, to obtain a U…
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/29/i_am_raising_my_voice_guatemalan

What the NRA's Suspected Ties to a Gun-Loving Russian Billionaire Tell Us About Money in Politics
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-29
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) deepened his probe into the NRA's ties to a Russian oligarch this week. Unfortunately for Wyden, current campaign finance rules allow the NRA to raise and spend huge amounts of money to influence elections without revealing its donors. Is it time to reignite the fight for campaign finance reform?Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Leadership Forum during the NRA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition Center on May 20, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. | Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden expanded his probe into the National Rifle Association's suspected financial ties to a colorful Russian oligarch this week with a letter requesting more information about how the NRA raises…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44008-what-the-nra-s-suspected-ties-to-a-gun-loving-russian-billionaire-tell-us-about-money-in-politics

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