Daily Archives: 2018-05-02

2018-05-02: News Headlines

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-05-02). How the Trumpian Circus Benefits the Trumpian Project. truthdig.com One of the many costs of the Trump era is the dumbing down of our political discourse. The incoherent spoken and tweeted outpourings from President Trump and the daily outrages of his administration leave little time for serious debate about policy or meaningful dialogue about our larger purposes. | In a normal environment, the Republican Congress' assault on food-stamp recipients, the administration's waivers allowing states to erode Medicaid coverage, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's proposed rent increases for some of the country's poorest people would be front and center in the news. | But poor people lack the media cache of Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen or a president who rants uncontrollably over the telephone to his favorite Fox News show. | News outlets are entirely justified in lavishing coverage on the sensational and the personal, since developments in these areas…

wsws.org (2018-05-02). Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border. wsws.org The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Norman Solomon (2018-05-01). The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us. truthdig.com Twenty-five years ago, the so-called New Democrats were triumphant. Today, their political heirs are eager to prevent the Democratic Party from living up to its name. At stake is whether democracy will have a chance to function. | A fundamental battle for democracy is in progress—a conflict over whether to reduce the number of superdelegates to the party's national convention in 2020, or maybe even eliminate them entirely. That struggle is set to reach a threshold at a party committee meeting next week and then be decided by the full Democratic National Committee before the end of this summer. | To understand the Democratic Party's current internal battle lines and what's at stake, it's important to know how we got here. | After a dozen years of awful Republican presidencies, Bill Clinton and running mate Al Gore proved to be just the…

Eric Draitser (2018-05-01). How Establishment Democrats Manufacture Faux Progressive Congressional Campaigns. mintpressnews.com When Bernie Sanders took the stage in Washington Square Park in New York City on a cold April night in 2016, he faced a crowd of approximately 25,000 adoring fans, many of whom were young, progressive, and desperately seeking a political alternative to the seemingly ineluctable game of Russian roulette that was a Clinton-Trump crapshoot. | They waited for hours, listened to progressive celebrities like Spike Lee and Tim Robbins give rousing speeches, and were finally rewarded when the self-proclaimed democratic socialist from Vermont approached the podium with his characteristic lack of flair and precisely crafted economic populist stump speech which he had delivered a thousand times. | And yet, the energy coursing through the crowd told the story. They didn't care they'd heard it all many times before, that Sanders was reading from the same cue cards as he had a…

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-05-01). Rick Scott Joins Democrats to Demand Dinesh D'Souza Remove Himself from GOP Event After Mocking Parkland Survivors. alternet.org The conservative flamethrower and convicted felon made inexcusable remarks online. | Republican Gov. Rick Scott joined a wave of Democrats demanding that conservative Dinesh D'Souza's step down from speaking at the conservative Sunshine Summit, reports Orlando Weekly. After making fun of students who survived the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, conservative Dinesh D'Souza's comments are biting him in the back. In a tweet, D'Souza said: "Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs. "He also tweeted: "Genuine grief, I can empathize with, but grief organized for the cameras—politically orchestrated grief—strikes me as phony & inauthentic. "D'Souza has since apologized for his rude remarks, but this week, Republicans announced that he would be a speaker at the 2018 Sunshine Summit in Orlando in June. Democrats are not fond of his rising platform. Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, demanded he be removed from the. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-01). Rod Rosenstein Says He Has Been Privately Threatened as Republicans Draft Articles of Impeachment. alternet.org If Trump is trying to intimidate Rosenstein, it could factor into a potential obstruction of justice case against the president. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed Tuesday at an event at Washington, D. C. 's Newseum that he has been privately "threatened," a troubling indication of the level of threat the rule of law faces under President Donald Trump's administration. He made the remarks when he was asked about recently leaked efforts to draft impeachment documents against him by congressional Republicans. "I don't have anything to say about documents like that that nobody has the courage to put their name on," he said. "There have been making people who have been making threats, privately and publicly, against me for quite some time. And I think they should understand by now: The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. We're going to do what's. . .

Barbara G. Ellis (2018-05-01). 41 Good Reasons Trump May Be Mulling for Resigning Now While He's Still Ahead. counterpunch.org Silently accused by thousands of Republicans of tainting the November mid-term elections, President Trump has to be weighing the personal and public cost-benefits of resigning now while he's still ahead. It would be his most spectacular, imaginative, and unexpected showmanship on the nation's political stage. It would top the worldwide publicity accorded President Richard Nixon's precedent-setting resignation August More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-01). Republicans Are Managing to Turn Their Criminality Into a Campaign Season Asset. alternet.org Top GOP criminals are in high demand. | A criminal record or ongoing legal trouble is the hot new trend for Republican candidates, but that's not all. Republican candidates are eager for the endorsement of various top Republican criminals: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a felony count of lying to the FBI, has become an unexpected star on the Republican campaign trail, with a planned appearance May 6 in Montana for Senate candidate Troy Downing. He plans to shoot skeet, dine with donors and hold a rally in the state, where select VIPs will be offered a chance to take their picture with him. A retired Army general, Flynn faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to making false statements about his contacts with Russian officials and his. . .

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-05-01). Whoopi Goldberg Finally Takes Meghan McCain to Task for Always Playing the Victim. alternet.org The conservative co-host's game didn't work today. | Frequent viewers of the ABC show "The View," know that conservative Meghan McCain frequently complains about the difficulty of being a Republican commentator on the show. A discussion about the White House Correspondents Dinner Tuesday devolved into chaos when McCain began projecting assumptions onto her fellow panelists. McCain argued that when she attended events in the past it was all about celebrities and red carpets, not about journalists. She said she got into a fight with former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren about the network bringing Lindsey Lohan to the dinner as their table guest. McCain cited a poll of 89 percent of Republicans, who believe that the national television and news media report fake news. She cited a fake quote from Jim Acosta that the right-wing has been spreading that disparaged Trump supporters. Co-host Sunny. . .

Brad Reed, Salon (2018-05-01). Here Are 6 Times Republicans Told the Truth About Their Disastrous Tax Cuts. alternet.org The legislation was never intended to help working class people. | Congressional Republicans are panicking because their signature legislative accomplishment — the tax cut bill they jammed through the legislature late last year — isn't even very impressive to many of their own voters. As Seth Hanlon of the Center for American Progress documents on Twitter, Republicans seem to know that their tax cut is a bust with voters — and they've even admitted as such on a handful of occasions. Here are six times, per Hanlon, that Republicans have accidentally told the ugly truth about their tax cuts. 1. ) Marco Rubio admits the corporate tax cut isn't "trickling down" to workers. In an interview with the Economist this week, Rubio said that much of the windfall from the corporate tax cuts has gone to share. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-01). Key Democratic Senator Finally Ends Pointless Campaign Against Legal Marijuana. alternet.org The Democratic Party as a whole seems to be realizing that legal pot is the way of the future. | Sen. Dianne Feinstein will no longer fight against legalization of recreational marijuana, the California Democrat told McClatchy on Tuesday. "My state has legalized marijuana for personal use, and as California continues to implement this law, we need to ensure we have strong safety rules to prevent impaired driving and youth access, similar to other public health issues like alcohol," Feinstein told the newspaper. Feinstein had opposed Proposition 64, California's 2016 ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot. McClatchy also notes that in 2015, Feinstein "was the sole Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to vote against preventing federal funds from being used to target state-legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. "While she was in favor of some forms of medical marijuana use, she feared the negative consequences. . .

David Macaray (2018-05-01). Where It All Began: The Dawn of "Fake News" counterpunch.org It has long been suggested that the first full-blown example of "fake news"—where patently false information is intentionally presented in a phony but utterly believable "news media" format in order to sway public opinion—occurred during the watershed 1934 California gubernatorial election. The two principals were Republican incumbent, Frank Merriman, and his Democratic challenger, Upton Sinclair. More

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-05-01). Trump Is Privately Fuming Over Georgia Republican Who Screwed Up His VA Nomination Process: Report. alternet.org Trump is mad with Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his involvement in the downfall of the president's nomination to the Veterans Administration | Despite a very public feud against Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), President Donald Trump is privately fuming over Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his involvement in the downfall of the president's nomination to the Veterans Administration, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee as a whole obtained the information that led to the downfall of White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who Trump nominated to replace his fired predecessor David Shulkin. Tester went on CNN to talk about Jackson handing out so many drugs to staff he became known as "The Candy Man," which is problematic in light of addiction rate for veterans, and Tester is the only. . .

CP Editor (2018-05-01). Senior Democrat Caught on Tape Pressuring Progressive Congressional Candidate to Drop Out of Race. counterpunch.org

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-01). Republican Senator Says Trump Was Wrong to Defend Ronny Jackson Against Allegations of Misconduct. alternet.org Trump smeared the Democratic senator who revealed the allegations against Jackson, but now a Republican senator has defended the claims. | After Dr. Ronny Jackson was forced to withdraw from consideration for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs due to a number of professional misconduct allegations revealed by Sen. Jon Tester, President Donald Trump defended his nominee and lashed out at the Democratic lawmaker from Montana. But on Tuesday, Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee along with Tester, defended his colleague and the claims against Jackson. "Part of the allegations made in one of the affidavits was verified," Isakson said. "It looks like there's been a story that corroborates the fact that there were some of those allegations that were correct. I did my job, and every senator has the responsibility if they're presented with. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-01). Newest Mueller Court Filing Reveals that Michael Flynn May Be Playing a Key Role in the Russia Probe. alternet.org Flynn has already pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller, but his sentencing keeps getting delayed. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked to extend the deadline for sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to documents filed Tuesday, suggesting that Flynn remains an active cooperator in the investigation of potential collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Flynn has previously pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI and has reportedly become a cooperating witness in the ongoing investigation. "Due to the status of the Special Counsel's investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time," the filing reads. Flynn was one of Trump's top advisers during the campaign, and he became national security adviser after the president's inauguration. He was fired within. . .

Janine Jackson (2018-05-01). 'These Are Sanctions Directly Aimed at the Civilian Population'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Joe Emersberger on Venezuela for the April 27, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-01). Sarah Huckabee Sanders Won't Even Try to Defend Trump's Blatant Lie About 'Collusion&#039. alternet.org The president said Robert Mueller doesn't want to ask him about collusion. He's wrong. | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday refused to defend President Donald Trump's blatant lies about the Russia investigation, redirecting all questions to his personal attorneys. The New York Times reported Monday night on a leaked list of questions that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has prepared for the president, and about a dozen relate to Trump's potential involvement in Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election — actions which are discussed under the umbrella term "collusion. " Yet when Trump tweeted about the questions, he wrote: So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see. . . you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally. . .

Staff (2018-05-01). Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department Won't Be Extorted by Congress. truthdig.com The deputy attorney general lashes out at Republican allies of President Trump who have drafted articles of impeachment against him. "We're going to do what's required by the rule of law," he said.

wsws.org (2018-05-01). How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2. wsws.org The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). Headlines for May 1, 2018. democracynow.org Afghanistan: 10 Journalists Killed in Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001, South Korea Dismantles Propaganda Loudspeakers in Latest Step Toward Peace, Netanyahu Claims, Without Evidence, Iran Violated 2015 Nuclear Deal, 8 Migrants from Caravan Allowed to Enter U.S. and Seek Asylum, Reuters: EPA Granted Billionaire Carl Icahn a Financial Hardship Waiver for Refinery, NYT Obtains Mueller's List of Questions He'd Like to Ask Trump, NBC: John Kelly Repeatedly Called Trump an "Idiot", Stormy Daniels Sues Trump for Defamation, After Tweet, Roy Moore Sues 4 Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault, Harassment, #MuteRKelly: Women of Color Demand Companies Cut Ties with R. Kelly over Rape Claims, Arizona Teachers and Workers Across the World Set to Strike, Scholar and Activist Joel Kovel Dies at 81 in New York City…

wsws.org (2018-05-01). Arizona strike enters second week as teacher union president opposes calls for nationwide strike. wsws.org Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a "walk-in to the voting booth" for the Democrats.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). "Talking About History Is Way We Liberate America": New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy. democracynow.org The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama—a monument to victims of white supremacy in the United States. The memorial's centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. In addition to the memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching, its partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country's first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States.

wsws.org (2018-05-01). Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers. wsws.org After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-01). Worldwide Mourning as 10 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan's Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001. democracynow.org In Afghanistan, the funerals have begun for the 10 journalists killed on Monday—the deadliest day for journalists since the Afghan War began in 2001. Nine journalists died in a double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, including Agence France-Presse's celebrated photographer Shah Marai. Survivors of the bombing said the suicide bomber was posing as a cameraman. ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack. A 10th journalist was shot dead Monday in the eastern city of Khost. For more, we speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist based in Kabul, and Phil Chetwynd, editor-in-chief at Agence France-Presse.

TRNN (2018-04-30). Laura Flanders Show: Bringing the Public Back to Public Art. therealnews.com Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we'll democratize access to art and art making. Betty Yu, of the Chinatown Art Brigade; Amin Husain, of MTL Collective; Charlotte Cohen, of the Brooklyn Arts Council…

Danny Haiphong (2018-04-30). "Cruise Missile Left" Complicit in American Escalation Toward World War III. globalresearch.ca "The cruise missile left has aligned with the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies against Trump and have dropped any anti-war, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist tendencies in the process." | The US-led alliance of imperial nations has waged war on Syria for …

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-30). Kanye West and the Two Party Stranglehold. counterpunch.org Kanye West tweeted his support of Donald Trump last week and nobody was happy about it. The reasons for his betrayal to the Hollywood/Democrat consensus were unclear to many. Some said it was mental illness. Some said it was a publicity stunt. Some called him an Uncle Tom. Supporting Donald Trump has become bad enough More

Joachim Hagopian (2018-04-30). Peaceful Protests in Armenia Bringing Democracy or East vs. West Showdown? globalresearch.ca On April 23rd, 2018, the eve of the 103rd anniversary of Armenian Remembrance Day, Armenia's president recently turned Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned from his newly created post after over a decade in control leading the Yerevan …

Democracy Now! (2018-04-30). Tim Shorrock on North Korea Nuclear Deal: Will the U.S. Drop Sanctions & Economic Embargo? democracynow.org North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to formally end the Korean War and promises not to invade his country. The announcement came after a historic meeting Friday between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in the truce village of Panmunjom. Then, on Sunday, North Korea's state media said Kim had vowed to immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, and would dismantle its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. We discuss the potentially historic developments with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-30). Champion for Black Power & All the Oppressed: Dr. Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies. democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of the founder of black liberation theology, Rev. Dr. James Cone. Starting in the 1960s, he argued for racial justice and interpreted the Christian gospel from the experience of the oppressed. He said he was inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave black theology its Christian identity, and Malcolm X, who gave black theology its black identity. Dr. Cone died Saturday at age 79. We play excerpts of his speeches and speak with Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, where Dr. Cone taught for 50 years; Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School and professor at Union Theological Seminary and a former student of Dr. Cone; and another former student of Dr. Cone, Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, who serves as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is also the chair of the New Georgia Project, author of "The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness," and on the board of Union Theological Seminary.

wsws.org (2018-04-30). Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates. wsws.org Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.

wsws.org (2018-04-30). SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Sri Lankan government's May Day ban. wsws.org Almost one hundred SEP and IYSSE members and supporters participated in Friday's picket, denouncing the government ban and other anti-democratic attacks.

Mehdi Hasan (2018-04-30). Why Do So Many Denounce Authoritarianism From Trump and Putin — but Not Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu? theintercept.com We hear a great deal from liberals in the West these days about the rise of authoritarian and illiberal governments across the world: from Putin's Russia to Orbán's Hungary; from Trump's America to Erdogan's Turkey; from Modi's India to Duterte's Philippines. | We don't hear so much about Netanyahu's Israel — despite the fact that the country, as former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami has conceded, "is succumbing to its deepest ethnocentric impulses" and is "now well on its way to joining the growing club of illiberal democracies, and it has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank." | Some might say "on its way" is an understatement. According to Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B'Tselem, the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, the Jewish state could be considered a founding member…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2018. democracynow.org North Korea Pledges to Abandon Nuclear Arms If U.S. Agrees Not to Invade, 8 Journalists, Including Famed Photographer, Killed in ISIS Bombing in Afghanistan, Israeli Soldiers Kill 7 Palestinians in Gaza over the Weekend, Trump Admin Moves to Freeze Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Cars, John Bolton: Trump Has Not Yet Decided Whether to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal, Parkland Students Cry Hypocrisy After Guns Are Banned for Pence's NRA Address, In Campaign-Style Rally in Michigan, Trump Attacks Migrants, Media, Democrats & FBI, Dr. Ronny Jackson Will Not Return to His Role as White House Physician, Migrant Caravan Attacked by Trump Arrives at U.S. Border to Seek Political Asylum, British Home Secretary Resigns Amid Scandal over Deportation of Windrush Generation, Arizona Teachers Continue Strike into Third Day, Sprint & T-Mobile Agree to $26.5 Billion Merger, Former Black Panther Herman Bell Freed from Prison, Dr. James Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies at Age 79…

wsws.org (2018-04-30). Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law. wsws.org The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

David Dayen (2018-04-30). Whether America Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up for Debate. theintercept.com Sen. Bernie Sanders's endorsement of a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one, joining previous supporters such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, reinvigorated a debate that has been roiling within economics Twitter and academic circles for a long time. Those more partial to a universal basic income untethered to work clash with job guarantee supporters from the left; those who see the job guarantee as a dangerous slip into socialism attack from the right. And mainstream Democrats not running for the presidency don't really want to talk about it. | Those fresh to the debate, meanwhile, instinctively ask what feels like an intuitive question: How on earth can we pay for that? | But if we're going to have an honest debate about whether the government should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars so…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-30). Thai Magazine Editor Released After 7 Years. hrw.org Thai magazine editor and pro-democracy activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was released from a Bangkok prison today after serving a seven-year sentence on lese majeste — "insulting the monarchy" — and defamation charges. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk | © 2018 Somyot Pruksakasemsuk | Somyot's long imprisonment exemplifies Thai authorities' misuse of the draconian lese majeste law to punish those deemed to be critics of the government. | Somyot, now 56, was arrested on April 30, 2011, in connection with two satirical articles in his Voice of Taksin magazine, which Thai authorities considered to defame the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, even though the Printing Act protects editors from being held accountable for the content of others. | Under article 112 of Thailand's Penal Code, "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Heir-Apparent or Regent shall be punished…

Jeremy Scahill (2018-04-29). Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party. theintercept.com The consumer rights advocate and presidential candidate pulls no punches in speaking about the 2016 election, the DNC lawsuit, and Mueller's investigation.

RT (2018-04-29). 'Deep state' elements pushing for Syrian conflict — Dennis Kucinich tells Larry King on RT (VIDEO). rt.com Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich told RT's Politicking that there are 'deep state' elements influencing US foreign policy, citing examples from the Trump, Obama, and Bush administrations.
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RT (2018-04-28). Democratic Party tried to push Colorado congressional candidate to leave race, leaked audio reveals. rt.com The Democratic Party meddled in the Colorado congressional primary by favoring one candidate and pressuring another to drop out, a newly released secret recording has revealed.
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wsws.org (2018-04-28). How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1. wsws.org The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Aída Chávez (2018-04-28). New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" in Private Facebook Posts. theintercept.com Juanita Perez Williams shared her anti-abortion position in Facebook posts in 2016. In 2017, she was endorsed by the pro-choice group EMILY's List.

RT (2018-04-28). Two tweets to break democracy? Incredible claim in House report on 'Russian meddling'. rt.com Though the House Intelligence Committee report exonerated President Donald Trump of 'collusion' with Russia, it still accused Moscow, and RT specifically, of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
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wsws.org (2018-04-28). Australian government prepares budget and possible early election. wsws.org Such an election would be the latest attempt to install a government that can carry through a far deeper assault on social spending, as well as prepare for potential trade wars and wars.

wsws.org (2018-04-28). Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot. wsws.org The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.

RT (2018-04-28). Republicans vindicated, Dems still screaming 'Russia!'. rt.com After a year-long investigation, the US House Intelligence Committee released a report Friday officially confirming there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 US presidential election.
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Jill Stein (2018-04-27). Breaking My Silence on RussiaGate. counterpunch.org We are facing a precarious historic moment. Democracy is threatened by interference in our elections, and by interference in our civil liberties. Likewise we are endangered by warmongering, rampant militarism, nuclear confrontation and accelerating climate change. To solve any of these interlinked problems, we need a functioning democracy and a voting system we can have More

TRNN (2018-04-27). Green Party's Jill Stein: Russiagate Being Exploited to Repress Leftist Opposition. therealnews.com Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has completed turning her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns Russiagate is being used to silent dissent.

Nomi Prins (2018-04-27). Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster. counterpunch.org Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It's the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we've been bombarded with a litany More

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How the Trumpian Circus Benefits the Trumpian Project
E.J. Dionne Jr. | truthdig.com | 2018-05-02
One of the many costs of the Trump era is the dumbing down of our political discourse. The incoherent spoken and tweeted outpourings from President Trump and the daily outrages of his administration leave little time for serious debate about policy or meaningful dialogue about our larger purposes. | In a normal environment, the Republican Congress' assault on food-stamp recipients, the administration's waivers allowing states to erode Medicaid coverage, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's proposed rent increases for some of the country's poorest people would be front and center in the news. | But poor people lack the media cache of Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen or a president who rants uncontrollably over the telephone to his favorite Fox News show. | News outlets are entirely justified in lavishing coverage on the sensational and the personal, since developments in these areas…
truthdig.com/articles/how-the-trumpian-circus-benefits-the-trumpian-project/

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-02
The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/02/cara-m02.html

The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2018-05-01
Twenty-five years ago, the so-called New Democrats were triumphant. Today, their political heirs are eager to prevent the Democratic Party from living up to its name. At stake is whether democracy will have a chance to function. | A fundamental battle for democracy is in progress–a conflict over whether to reduce the number of superdelegates to the party's national convention in 2020, or maybe even eliminate them entirely. That struggle is set to reach a threshold at a party committee meeting next week and then be decided by the full Democratic National Committee before the end of this summer. | To understand the Democratic Party's current internal battle lines and what's at stake, it's important to know how we got here. | After a dozen years of awful Republican presidencies, Bill Clinton and running mate Al Gore proved to be just the…
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How Establishment Democrats Manufacture Faux Progressive Congressional Campaigns
Eric Draitser | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-01
When Bernie Sanders took the stage in Washington Square Park in New York City on a cold April night in 2016, he faced a crowd of approximately 25,000 adoring fans, many of whom were young, progressive, and desperately seeking a political alternative to the seemingly ineluctable game of Russian roulette that was a Clinton-Trump crapshoot. | They waited for hours, listened to progressive celebrities like Spike Lee and Tim Robbins give rousing speeches, and were finally rewarded when the self-proclaimed democratic socialist from Vermont approached the podium with his characteristic lack of flair and precisely crafted economic populist stump speech which he had delivered a thousand times. | And yet, the energy coursing through the crowd told the story. They didn't care they'd heard it all many times before, that Sanders was reading from the same cue cards as he had a…

How Establishment Democrats Manufacture Faux Progressive Congressional Campaigns

Rick Scott Joins Democrats to Demand Dinesh D'Souza Remove Himself from GOP Event After Mocking Parkland Survivors
Dominique Jackson, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
The conservative flamethrower and convicted felon made inexcusable remarks online. | Republican Gov. Rick Scott joined a wave of Democrats demanding that conservative Dinesh D'Souza's step down from speaking at the conservative Sunshine Summit, reports Orlando Weekly. After making fun of students who survived the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, conservative Dinesh D'Souza's comments are biting him in the back. In a tweet, D'Souza said: "Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs. "He also tweeted: "Genuine grief, I can empathize with, but grief organized for the cameras–politically orchestrated grief–strikes me as phony & inauthentic. "D'Souza has since apologized for his rude remarks, but this week, Republicans announced that he would be a speaker at the 2018 Sunshine Summit in Orlando in June. Democrats are not fond of his rising platform. Andrew Gillum, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, demanded he be removed from the. . .
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Here Are 6 Times Republicans Told the Truth About Their Disastrous Tax Cuts
Brad Reed, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
The legislation was never intended to help working class people. | Congressional Republicans are panicking because their signature legislative accomplishment — the tax cut bill they jammed through the legislature late last year — isn't even very impressive to many of their own voters. As Seth Hanlon of the Center for American Progress documents on Twitter, Republicans seem to know that their tax cut is a bust with voters — and they've even admitted as such on a handful of occasions. Here are six times, per Hanlon, that Republicans have accidentally told the ugly truth about their tax cuts. 1. ) Marco Rubio admits the corporate tax cut isn't "trickling down" to workers. In an interview with the Economist this week, Rubio said that much of the windfall from the corporate tax cuts has gone to share. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/here-are-6-times-republicans-told-truth-about-their-disastrous-tax-cuts

Republicans Are Managing to Turn Their Criminality Into a Campaign Season Asset
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
Top GOP criminals are in high demand. | A criminal record or ongoing legal trouble is the hot new trend for Republican candidates, but that's not all. Republican candidates are eager for the endorsement of various top Republican criminals: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a felony count of lying to the FBI, has become an unexpected star on the Republican campaign trail, with a planned appearance May 6 in Montana for Senate candidate Troy Downing. He plans to shoot skeet, dine with donors and hold a rally in the state, where select VIPs will be offered a chance to take their picture with him. A retired Army general, Flynn faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to making false statements about his contacts with Russian officials and his. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/republicans-are-managing-turn-their-criminality-campaign-season-asset

41 Good Reasons Trump May Be Mulling for Resigning Now While He's Still Ahead
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-01
Silently accused by thousands of Republicans of tainting the November mid-term elections, President Trump has to be weighing the personal and public cost-benefits of resigning now while he's still ahead. It would be his most spectacular, imaginative, and unexpected showmanship on the nation's political stage. It would top the worldwide publicity accorded President Richard Nixon's precedent-setting resignation August…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/01/41-good-reasons-trump-may-be-mulling-for-resigning-now-while-hes-still-ahead/

Rod Rosenstein Says He Has Been Privately Threatened as Republicans Draft Articles of Impeachment
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
If Trump is trying to intimidate Rosenstein, it could factor into a potential obstruction of justice case against the president. | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed Tuesday at an event at Washington, D. C. 's Newseum that he has been privately "threatened," a troubling indication of the level of threat the rule of law faces under President Donald Trump's administration. He made the remarks when he was asked about recently leaked efforts to draft impeachment documents against him by congressional Republicans. "I don't have anything to say about documents like that that nobody has the courage to put their name on," he said. "There have been making people who have been making threats, privately and publicly, against me for quite some time. And I think they should understand by now: The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted. We're going to do what's. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/rod-rosenstein-says-he-has-been-privately-threatened-republicans-draft-articles

Whoopi Goldberg Finally Takes Meghan McCain to Task for Always Playing the Victim
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
The conservative co-host's game didn't work today. | Frequent viewers of the ABC show "The View," know that conservative Meghan McCain frequently complains about the difficulty of being a Republican commentator on the show. A discussion about the White House Correspondents Dinner Tuesday devolved into chaos when McCain began projecting assumptions onto her fellow panelists. McCain argued that when she attended events in the past it was all about celebrities and red carpets, not about journalists. She said she got into a fight with former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren about the network bringing Lindsey Lohan to the dinner as their table guest. McCain cited a poll of 89 percent of Republicans, who believe that the national television and news media report fake news. She cited a fake quote from Jim Acosta that the right-wing has been spreading that disparaged Trump supporters. Co-host Sunny. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/whoopi-goldberg-finally-takes-meghan-mccain-task-always-playing-victim

Republican Senator Says Trump Was Wrong to Defend Ronny Jackson Against Allegations of Misconduct
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
Trump smeared the Democratic senator who revealed the allegations against Jackson, but now a Republican senator has defended the claims. | After Dr. Ronny Jackson was forced to withdraw from consideration for the post of secretary of Veterans Affairs due to a number of professional misconduct allegations revealed by Sen. Jon Tester, President Donald Trump defended his nominee and lashed out at the Democratic lawmaker from Montana. But on Tuesday, Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee along with Tester, defended his colleague and the claims against Jackson. "Part of the allegations made in one of the affidavits was verified," Isakson said. "It looks like there's been a story that corroborates the fact that there were some of those allegations that were correct. I did my job, and every senator has the responsibility if they're presented with. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/republican-senator-says-trump-was-wrong-defend-ronny-jackson-against-allegations

Where It All Began: The Dawn of "Fake News"
David Macaray | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-01
It has long been suggested that the first full-blown example of "fake news"–where patently false information is intentionally presented in a phony but utterly believable "news media" format in order to sway public opinion–occurred during the watershed 1934 California gubernatorial election. The two principals were Republican incumbent, Frank Merriman, and his Democratic challenger, Upton Sinclair.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/01/where-it-all-began-the-dawn-of-fake-news/

Key Democratic Senator Finally Ends Pointless Campaign Against Legal Marijuana
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
The Democratic Party as a whole seems to be realizing that legal pot is the way of the future. | Sen. Dianne Feinstein will no longer fight against legalization of recreational marijuana, the California Democrat told McClatchy on Tuesday. "My state has legalized marijuana for personal use, and as California continues to implement this law, we need to ensure we have strong safety rules to prevent impaired driving and youth access, similar to other public health issues like alcohol," Feinstein told the newspaper. Feinstein had opposed Proposition 64, California's 2016 ballot initiative to legalize recreational pot. McClatchy also notes that in 2015, Feinstein "was the sole Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee to vote against preventing federal funds from being used to target state-legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. "While she was in favor of some forms of medical marijuana use, she feared the negative consequences. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/key-democratic-senator-finally-ends-pointless-campaign-against-legal-marijuana

Newest Mueller Court Filing Reveals that Michael Flynn May Be Playing a Key Role in the Russia Probe
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
Flynn has already pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller, but his sentencing keeps getting delayed. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked to extend the deadline for sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to documents filed Tuesday, suggesting that Flynn remains an active cooperator in the investigation of potential collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Flynn has previously pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI and has reportedly become a cooperating witness in the ongoing investigation. "Due to the status of the Special Counsel's investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time," the filing reads. Flynn was one of Trump's top advisers during the campaign, and he became national security adviser after the president's inauguration. He was fired within. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/newest-mueller-court-filing-reveals-michael-flynn-may-be-playing-key-role-russia

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Won't Even Try to Defend Trump's Blatant Lie About 'Collusion&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
The president said Robert Mueller doesn't want to ask him about collusion. He's wrong. | White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday refused to defend President Donald Trump's blatant lies about the Russia investigation, redirecting all questions to his personal attorneys. The New York Times reported Monday night on a leaked list of questions that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has prepared for the president, and about a dozen relate to Trump's potential involvement in Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election — actions which are discussed under the umbrella term "collusion. " Yet when Trump tweeted about the questions, he wrote: So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see. . . you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/sarah-huckabee-sanders-wont-even-try-defend-trumps-blatant-lie-about-collusion

Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department Won't Be Extorted by Congress
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-01
The deputy attorney general lashes out at Republican allies of President Trump who have drafted articles of impeachment against him. "We're going to do what's required by the rule of law," he said. | The post Rod Rosenstein: Justice Department Won't Be Extorted by Congress appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/rod-rosenstein-justice-department-wont-be-extorted-by-congress/

Trump Is Privately Fuming Over Georgia Republican Who Screwed Up His VA Nomination Process: Report
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-01
Trump is mad with Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his involvement in the downfall of the president's nomination to the Veterans Administration | Despite a very public feud against Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), President Donald Trump is privately fuming over Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his involvement in the downfall of the president's nomination to the Veterans Administration, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee as a whole obtained the information that led to the downfall of White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who Trump nominated to replace his fired predecessor David Shulkin. Tester went on CNN to talk about Jackson handing out so many drugs to staff he became known as "The Candy Man," which is problematic in light of addiction rate for veterans, and Tester is the only. . .
www.alternet.org/trump-privately-fuming-over-georgia-republican-who-screwed-his-va-nomination-process-report

Arizona strike enters second week as teacher union president opposes calls for nationwide strike
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
Asked about growing calls by teachers for a nationwide strike, the American Federation of Teachers president said the union wanted to turn the walkouts into a "walk-in to the voting booth" for the Democrats.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/ariz-m01.html

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections–Part 2
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/mexi-m01.html

Worldwide Mourning as 10 Journalists Killed in Afghanistan's Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
In Afghanistan, the funerals have begun for the 10 journalists killed on Monday–the deadliest day for journalists since the Afghan War began in 2001. Nine journalists died in a double suicide bombing attack in Kabul, including Agence France-Presse's celebrated photographer Shah Marai. Survivors of the bombing said the suicide bomber was posing as a cameraman. ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack. A 10th journalist was shot dead Monday in the eastern city of Khost. For more, we speak with Ali Latifi, a freelance journalist based in Kabul, and Phil Chetwynd, editor-in-chief at Agence France-Presse.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/worldwide_mourning_as_10_journalists_killed

Headlines for May 1, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
Afghanistan: 10 Journalists Killed in Deadliest Day for Reporters Since 2001, South Korea Dismantles Propaganda Loudspeakers in Latest Step Toward Peace, Netanyahu Claims, Without Evidence, Iran Violated 2015 Nuclear Deal, 8 Migrants from Caravan Allowed to Enter U.S. and Seek Asylum, Reuters: EPA Granted Billionaire Carl Icahn a Financial Hardship Waiver for Refinery, NYT Obtains Mueller's List of Questions He'd Like to Ask Trump, NBC: John Kelly Repeatedly Called Trump an "Idiot", Stormy Daniels Sues Trump for Defamation, After Tweet, Roy Moore Sues 4 Women Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault, Harassment, #MuteRKelly: Women of Color Demand Companies Cut Ties with R. Kelly over Rape Claims, Arizona Teachers and Workers Across the World Set to Strike, Scholar and Activist Joel Kovel Dies at 81 in New York City…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/headlines

Unions, Democrats promote deal to suppress struggle by Colorado teachers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-01
After teachers walked out last week to demand higher wages and school funding, the unions are backing a plan by state Democrats that will do little to address a decade of school cuts…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/01/colo-m01.html

"Talking About History Is Way We Liberate America": New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-01
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened last week in Montgomery, Alabama–a monument to victims of white supremacy in the United States. The memorial's centerpiece is a walkway with 800 weathered steel pillars overhead, each of them naming a U.S. county and the people who were lynched there by white mobs. In addition to the memorial dedicated to the victims of lynching, its partner site, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, also opened last week. For more, we speak with Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the country's first-ever memorial to the victims of lynching in the United States.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/1/talking_about_history_is_way_to

Kanye West and the Two Party Stranglehold
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-30
Kanye West tweeted his support of Donald Trump last week and nobody was happy about it. The reasons for his betrayal to the Hollywood/Democrat consensus were unclear to many. Some said it was mental illness. Some said it was a publicity stunt. Some called him an Uncle Tom. Supporting Donald Trump has become bad enough…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/30/kanye-west-and-the-two-party-stranglehold/

Laura Flanders Show: Bringing the Public Back to Public Art
TRNN | therealnews.com | 2018-04-30
Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we'll democratize access to art and art making. Betty Yu, of the Chinatown Art Brigade; Amin Husain, of MTL Collective; Charlotte Cohen, of the Brooklyn Arts Council…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21684

"Cruise Missile Left" Complicit in American Escalation Toward World War III
Danny Haiphong | globalresearch.ca | 2018-04-30
"The cruise missile left has aligned with the Democratic Party and the intelligence agencies against Trump and have dropped any anti-war, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist tendencies in the process." | The US-led alliance of imperial nations has waged war on Syria for …
globalresearch.ca/cruise-missile-left-complicit-in-american-escalation-toward-world-war-iii/5638479

Peaceful Protests in Armenia Bringing Democracy or East vs. West Showdown?
Joachim Hagopian | globalresearch.ca | 2018-04-30
On April 23rd, 2018, the eve of the 103rd anniversary of Armenian Remembrance Day, Armenia's president recently turned Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned from his newly created post after over a decade in control leading the Yerevan …
globalresearch.ca/peaceful-protests-in-armenia-bringing-democracy-or-east-vs-west-showdown/5638399

Thai Magazine Editor Released After 7 Years
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-04-30
Thai magazine editor and pro-democracy activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was released from a Bangkok prison today after serving a seven-year sentence on lese majeste — "insulting the monarchy" — and defamation charges. | Somyot Pruksakasemsuk | © 2018 Somyot Pruksakasemsuk | Somyot's long imprisonment exemplifies Thai authorities' misuse of the draconian lese majeste law to punish those deemed to be critics of the government. | Somyot, now 56, was arrested on April 30, 2011, in connection with two satirical articles in his Voice of Taksin magazine, which Thai authorities considered to defame the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, even though the Printing Act protects editors from being held accountable for the content of others. | Under article 112 of Thailand's Penal Code, "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Heir-Apparent or Regent shall be punished…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/30/thai-magazine-editor-released-after-7-years

Headlines for April 30, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-30
North Korea Pledges to Abandon Nuclear Arms If U.S. Agrees Not to Invade, 8 Journalists, Including Famed Photographer, Killed in ISIS Bombing in Afghanistan, Israeli Soldiers Kill 7 Palestinians in Gaza over the Weekend, Trump Admin Moves to Freeze Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Cars, John Bolton: Trump Has Not Yet Decided Whether to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal, Parkland Students Cry Hypocrisy After Guns Are Banned for Pence's NRA Address, In Campaign-Style Rally in Michigan, Trump Attacks Migrants, Media, Democrats & FBI, Dr. Ronny Jackson Will Not Return to His Role as White House Physician, Migrant Caravan Attacked by Trump Arrives at U.S. Border to Seek Political Asylum, British Home Secretary Resigns Amid Scandal over Deportation of Windrush Generation, Arizona Teachers Continue Strike into Third Day, Sprint & T-Mobile Agree to $26.5 Billion Merger, Former Black Panther Herman Bell Freed from Prison, Dr. James Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies at Age 79…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/30/headlines

Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/30/dems-a30.html

Tim Shorrock on North Korea Nuclear Deal: Will the U.S. Drop Sanctions & Economic Embargo?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-30
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agrees to formally end the Korean War and promises not to invade his country. The announcement came after a historic meeting Friday between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in the truce village of Panmunjom. Then, on Sunday, North Korea's state media said Kim had vowed to immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, and would dismantle its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. We discuss the potentially historic developments with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/30/tim_shorrock_on_north_korea_nuclear

Champion for Black Power & All the Oppressed: Dr. Cone, Founder of Black Liberation Theology, Dies
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-30
We look at the life and legacy of the founder of black liberation theology, Rev. Dr. James Cone. Starting in the 1960s, he argued for racial justice and interpreted the Christian gospel from the experience of the oppressed. He said he was inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave black theology its Christian identity, and Malcolm X, who gave black theology its black identity. Dr. Cone died Saturday at age 79. We play excerpts of his speeches and speak with Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, where Dr. Cone taught for 50 years; Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School and professor at Union Theological Seminary and a former student of Dr. Cone; and another former student of Dr. Cone, Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock, who serves as senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, which was the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is also the chair of the New Georgia Project, author of "The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness," and on the board of Union Theological Seminary.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/30/champion_for_black_power_all_the

Why Do So Many Denounce Authoritarianism From Trump and Putin — but Not Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu?
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2018-04-30
We hear a great deal from liberals in the West these days about the rise of authoritarian and illiberal governments across the world: from Putin's Russia to Orbán's Hungary; from Trump's America to Erdogan's Turkey; from Modi's India to Duterte's Philippines. | We don't hear so much about Netanyahu's Israel — despite the fact that the country, as former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami has conceded, "is succumbing to its deepest ethnocentric impulses" and is "now well on its way to joining the growing club of illiberal democracies, and it has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to thank." | Some might say "on its way" is an understatement. According to Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B'Tselem, the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, the Jewish state could be considered a founding member…
theintercept.com/2018/04/30/israel-palestine-netanyahu-idf-gaza/

Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/30/vote-a30.html

Whether America Can Afford a Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up for Debate
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-04-30
Sen. Bernie Sanders's endorsement of a guaranteed job for anyone who wants one, joining previous supporters such as Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, reinvigorated a debate that has been roiling within economics Twitter and academic circles for a long time. Those more partial to a universal basic income untethered to work clash with job guarantee supporters from the left; those who see the job guarantee as a dangerous slip into socialism attack from the right. And mainstream Democrats not running for the presidency don't really want to talk about it. | Those fresh to the debate, meanwhile, instinctively ask what feels like an intuitive question: How on earth can we pay for that? | But if we're going to have an honest debate about whether the government should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars so…
theintercept.com/2018/04/30/federal-job-guarantee-program-cost/

SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Sri Lankan government's May Day ban
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
Almost one hundred SEP and IYSSE members and supporters participated in Friday's picket, denouncing the government ban and other anti-democratic attacks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/30/mday-a30.html

Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2018-04-29
The consumer rights advocate and presidential candidate pulls no punches in speaking about the 2016 election, the DNC lawsuit, and Mueller's investigation. | The post Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/29/ralph-nader-gina-haspel-john-bolton-democratic-party/

'Deep state' elements pushing for Syrian conflict — Dennis Kucinich tells Larry King on RT (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-29
Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich told RT's Politicking that there are 'deep state' elements influencing US foreign policy, citing examples from the Trump, Obama, and Bush administrations. …
www.rt.com/usa/425457-deep-state-us-syria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Australian government prepares budget and possible early election
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
Such an election would be the latest attempt to install a government that can carry through a far deeper assault on social spending, as well as prepare for potential trade wars and wars.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/28/budg-a28.html

Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/28/marr-a28.html

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections–Part 1
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/28/mex1-a28.html

New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" in Private Facebook Posts
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-04-28
Juanita Perez Williams shared her anti-abortion position in Facebook posts in 2016. In 2017, she was endorsed by the pro-choice group EMILY's List. | The post New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" in Private Facebook Posts appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/28/juanita-perez-williams-emilys-list-dccc-new-york-abortion-juanita-perez-williams/

Democratic Party tried to push Colorado congressional candidate to leave race, leaked audio reveals
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
The Democratic Party meddled in the Colorado congressional primary by favoring one candidate and pressuring another to drop out, a newly released secret recording has revealed. …
www.rt.com/usa/425402-democrats-pressure-candidate-colorado/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Republicans vindicated, Dems still screaming 'Russia!'
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
After a year-long investigation, the US House Intelligence Committee released a report Friday officially confirming there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 US presidential election. …
www.rt.com/usa/425360-republicans-democrats-report-russia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Two tweets to break democracy? Incredible claim in House report on 'Russian meddling'
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
Though the House Intelligence Committee report exonerated President Donald Trump of 'collusion' with Russia, it still accused Moscow, and RT specifically, of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. …
www.rt.com/usa/425356-rt-tweets-meddling-democracy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Green Party's Jill Stein: Russiagate Being Exploited to Repress Leftist Opposition
TRNN | therealnews.com | 2018-04-27
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has completed turning her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns Russiagate is being used to silent dissent.
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21675

Breaking My Silence on RussiaGate
Jill Stein | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-27
We are facing a precarious historic moment. Democracy is threatened by interference in our elections, and by interference in our civil liberties. Likewise we are endangered by warmongering, rampant militarism, nuclear confrontation and accelerating climate change. To solve any of these interlinked problems, we need a functioning democracy and a voting system we can have…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/breaking-my-silence-on-russiagate/

Joe Emersberger on Venezuelan Elections, Dahr Jamail on Antarctic Ice
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-04-27
Media…
fair.org/home/joe-emersberger-on-venezuelan-elections-dahr-jamail-on-antarctic-ice/

Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster
Nomi Prins | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-27
Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It's the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we've been bombarded with a litany…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/donald-trump-and-the-next-crash-making-the-fed-an-instrument-for-disaster/

Neocons & Russiagaters unite! New think tank will protect democracy from Russia, sell books
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-27
A group of neocon heartthrobs have banded together with an eclectic array of Russiagaters to form a visionary organization committed to protecting Western democracy. You can also pre-order their book, according to their website. …
www.rt.com/usa/425303-renew-democracy-initiative-neocons-rdi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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