Daily Archives: 2018-05-08

2018-05-08: News Headlines

wsws.org (2018-05-08). No solution to Italian government crisis. wsws.org The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-05-07). Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster? alternet.org Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era? | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage. But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" — in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring — Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce –. . .

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-05-07). White Fear Elected Trump: Political Scientist Diana Mutz Explains the 'Status Threat' Hypothesis. alternet.org The evidence that racism, sexism and nativism motivated Trump's voters is overwhelming. | Bad ideas have a life all their own. Speaking last Saturday at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, Donald Trump was in rare form. He worked his audience into a fever pitch with threats to shut down the government and punish the Democrats and his other enemies. He spread more irrational fear about a "caravan" of "illegal immigrants" who will somehow "invade" America. He grossly exaggerated his policy successes, which is nothing new, and in ominous tones targeted "Hispanics" in one of his tirades, to which his almost uniformly white audience responded with a mix of boos and disdainful silence. Despite the news media's obsession with the "white working class" and its purported "economic anxiety," that did not seem to be the prime motivating factor for Trump's supporters at this. . .

Bill Blum (2018-05-07). History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, Not Impeaching Trump. truthdig.com On a steamy day in July 1787, in the midst of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the 55 state delegates who would come to be known as the Founding Fathers turned their attention to the issue of presidential impeachment. | Many weighed in on the subject, both pro and con, but none more memorably than Benjamin Franklin, who argued that the new nation's charter should include a means for peaceably ousting a president who had "rendered himself obnoxious." The alternative, Franklin quipped, was assassination. | George Mason of Virginia also famously spoke out during the impeachment deliberations, asking, "Shall any man be above justice? Above all, shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice?" In the end, all but two state delegations—from South Carolina and Massachusetts—voted to incorporate an impeachment process in the Constitution. | As…

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-07). Ex-Con Who Calls Black People 'Negroes' Skyrockets to Top of West Virginia Poll After Racist Campaign Ad. alternet.org Candidate for US Senate Hopes to Face Democrat Joe Manchin as Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore Race | Republican voters in West Virgina's primary race to choose a candidate to face Democratic U. S. Senator Joe Manchin appear to be getting ready to choose a conservative former convict who calls Black people "negroes" and Asians "China people. "Don Blankenship, a divorced 68-year old coal baron who was convicted after 29 people died in one of his mines spent a year in jail for conspiracy before running for the U. S. Senate. He's now in first place among three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's West Virginia primary election. In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-07). New York's AG Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Multiple Women Accuse Him of Abuse. alternet.org Eric Schneiderman has become a hero to many on the left, but four women are now accusing him of serious violent abuse. | In the age of President Donald Trump, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been a prominent figure in the resistance. He has frequently challenged the administration's most controversial moves in court, and he threw his weight behind the women coming forward as a part of the #MeToo movement and even stood up to Harvey Weinstein. But on Monday night, the New Yorker revealed that Schneiderman's mantle as a champion for liberals and women appears underserved: Four women, including two who spoke on the record with the magazine, have made credible allegations of physical abuse against the attorney general. After the allegations were published, Gov. Andrew Cuomo — also a Democrat — called on Schneiderman to resign. Shortly thereafter, Schneiderman. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-07). Fox News Guest Explains Why Tucker Carlson's Claim that Trump Shouldn't Speak with Mueller Is Ridiculous. alternet.org "If we can't trust our president to not perjure himself . . . that's a problem. " | Fox News hosts and guests have, by and large, urged President Donald Trump not to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the Russia investigation, for fear that Trump will end up committing perjury. But on Monday, one guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, pointed out how ridiculous this position is on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Carlson argued that no lawyers, no matter their political background, would recommend talking to FBI as a part of an investigation unless the subject was compelled. 'They're terrified of . . . getting busted on a perjury charge for misspeaking to a federal agent," Carlson said. "Tucker, if you and I can't agree on the fact that the president should be willing to go in front of the FBI and tell his honest-to-God. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-07). Trump Congratulates Putin on His Fraudulent Win While Pence Slams Venezuela for Its 'Fake Election&#039. alternet.org The administration's blatant hypocrisy was on clear display Monday. | The hypocrisy of President Donald Trump's administration on human rights and democracy abroad made for a stunning display Monday. At the day's White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders read a statement from the president congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on the beginning of his fourth term, echoing the well-wishes that Trump controversially gave to the authoritarian leader right after the election. Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela," which he said will be a "fraud and a sham. "Many observers indeed believe the Venezuelan elections to be largely rigged in the Maduro regime's favor, and undemocratic regimes warrant scrutiny and criticism. But Putin's Russia is hardly a beacon. . .

Maria Paez Victor (2018-05-07). Who is Afraid of Venezuelan Democracy? counterpunch.org It is astounding, and sinister, that the European Parliament on May 3 passed a resolution (492 in favour, 87 against, 77 abstentions) demanding that Venezuela suspend the presidential elections slated for May 20. Do these European countries think that they are still colonial powers that can demand anything from other countries? Does European arrogance stretch to More

truth-out.org (2018-05-07). Press Barred From Recording Teacher of the Year Speech at White House Ceremony. truth-out.org When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…

Sam Pizzigati (2018-05-07). Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality. mintpressnews.com Mexico rates as one of the world's most unequal major nations, and the party of the presidential candidate topping the polls pledges to confront those concentrating the nation's "economic and political power.

Staff (2018-05-07). The Giuliani News No One Is Talking About. truthdig.com Was Donald Trump starved for cash in fall 2016, when 62 million voters cast ballots for a candidate who told them repeatedly that he was "rich—really, really rich"? | The way that Trump "funneled" hush money to a porn actress just 11 days before the election sure makes it look that way. This would be consistent with four decades of Trump claiming vast wealth, but not being able to pay his bills as they come due. | As you read what follows keep two thoughts in mind: | First, would any billionaire need months to pay a $130,000 bill? | Second, there is not now and never has been a shred of verifiable evidence that Trump is or ever was a billionaire, a myth I first demolished using his own net worth statement prepared for a lawsuit in spring 1990. | Trump called…

Global Research News (2018-05-07). Malaysian Elections: $681 Million into Prime Minister Najib's Personal Bank Account by a Mysterious Saudi Prince. globalresearch.ca The only way PM Najib Razak could win this election on May 9 is by fraud and manipulation of the elections of results. | The outgoing PM is desperate. A state of emergency is also contemplated. | The grassroots support of the …

Newsrescue (2018-05-07). Malaysia Elections: Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Prime Minister Najib Who Banned Shia Islam. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the upcoming Malaysian elections on May 9 2018, this article first published in Feb 2016, confirms that the outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak received close to $700 million dollars in his personal account from the House of …

Geoff Dutton (2018-05-07). Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription. counterpunch.org Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who ratify, veto or formulate state social, economic and military policies. Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till, More

Noor Al-Sibai, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-07). Former GOP Official Suspended from Radio Station After Horrific Rant Against 'Homosexual Lifestyle&#039. alternet.org His suspension appears to be indefinite. | After accusing a local high school of promoting "destructive" homosexuality, a former GOP leader in Wyoming has been suspended from his job at a talk radio station. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wind River News Network host John Birbari — a former chairman of the Fremont County Republican Party — was conducting his weekly interview with the local superintendent when he started blasting the official for a pro-LGBT mural at a high school. "Do you think that the Riverton High School should be promoting homosexuality? " Birbari asked Fremont County School District Superintendent Terry Snyder about the mural, which featured a rainbow flag and the phrase "love is love. " The superintendent responded with a message of tolerance, but Birbari pressed on. "You know there are certain diverse elements of individuals that are certainly fine," the host said, "but. . .

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-05-07). American Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA President. alternet.org Yes, the Iran-Contra scandal one. | Imagine the thought process that went into the decision to elevate one of the most notorious criminal actors in modern Republicanism to a top spot in the National Rifle Association. NRA just announced: Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret. ) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated this morning. — Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) May 7, 2018 | Oliver North, for you youthful types, was a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, a Reagan administration scheme to smuggle arms to Iran in violation of American law, funneling the secret proceeds to Nicaraguan rebels—also in violation of American law. He was convicted for destroying evidence and obstructing the resulting congressional inquiry, convictions which were overturned after courts ruled that Congress had given him immunity. . .

The Conversation (2018-05-07). Stemming the Tide of Evangelicalism — and Preventing the Next Billy Graham. alternet.org Current trends suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party — and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than it is at present. | At the time of Billy Graham's passing, American evangelical Christianity looks to be in steep decline, at least judging by numbers. The proportion of white Americans who identify as evangelical has fallen from 23 percent of the population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016. Furthermore, a recent survey shows that evangelicalism is aging: Only 8 percent of whites ages 18 to 29, versus 26 percent over 65, identify as evangelicals. Current trends, then, suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party, and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-05-07). John McCain's Scorching Takedown of Trump In His Upcoming Autobiography. alternet.org McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. " | John McCain is reportedly very close to succumbing to brain cancer at age 81. The Arizona senator has not been in Washington all year, instead staying at his ranch in the Arizona mountains. He's been talking about his joys and regrets, and also preparing for the release of an autobiography called The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations—which may make some waves given his scorching takedown of Donald Trump. The Arizona Republic, the McCain-friendly newspaper in Phoenix, has an advance copy of the book. Trump is slammed, the paper reports. McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than. . .

Geoff Dutton (2018-05-07). Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription. mintpressnews.com Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till, influential persons with inherited or recent wealth.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-07). Death Threats Against Abortion Providers Nearly Doubled in 2017: Report. alternet.org Anti-abortion extremists feel emboldened. | Violence and intimidation against abortion clinics are on the rise, a new report from the National Abortion Federation finds. While Republican politicians are looking to shut down clinics through government action, anti-abortion extremists are in the streets blockading clinics, threatening providers, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear for women exercising their right to choose: The report found that there was an overall decrease in acts of vandalism against clinics but a significant increase in activities aimed at disrupting services and intimidating patients and providers. Acts of trespassing increased from 247 in 2016 to 823 in 2017, instances of obstruction tripled to 1,704 and threats of death or other harm nearly doubled to 62. [. . . ]The one attempted bombing in 2017 involved a pipe bomb that did not explode after being placed in an abortion clinic in. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Writer Arundhati Roy on Impunity for Rape in India & How Violence Is Used as a Tool of the State. democracynow.org We speak to world-renowned Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the increasing incidence of rape in India, as police there say they have arrested the main suspect in an alleged gang rape and murder of a teenage girl. Dhanu Bhuiyan and his accomplices are accused of burning the 16-year-old girl alive on Friday. She was reportedly murdered in the eastern state of Jharkhand after her parents complained to the local village council that she had been raped. The council told accused rapist Dhanu Bhuiyan to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee fine—that's $750—as punishment. The men were allegedly so enraged by the penalty that they beat the girl's parents, then set her on fire. The attack is just one of the most recent of a series of brutal incidents of sexual violence against minors. Meanwhile, there were 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, and 40 percent of the cases involved child victims.

Adam Johnson (2018-05-07). Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy. fair.org Politico ( 5/5/18) referred to Giuliani's audience as "a group that aims to promote democracy" rather than as a front for a cult responsible for a string of bombings. | As FAIR ( 1/11/18) has noted before, US media—in an effort to find images of Iranian "dissidents"—routinely normalize the fringe group Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), despite the fact that it has virtually no support or legitimacy in Iran. This was seen again this past week when a number of major outlets reported on a speech Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani gave at an MEK conference; the outlets failed to note that the group is widely loathed inside Iran, and seen as an illegitimate cult by experts across ideological lines. | The MEK has next to no support in Iran itself, where it's hated for working with Israeli intelligence and fighting…

RT (2018-05-07). 'Too tough on terrorists': Trump defends under-fire CIA Director nominee Haspel. rt.com US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to defend his nominee for the CIA directorship, Gina Haspel. Trump argued that Haspel was "too tough on terrorists" for the Democrats.
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2018. democracynow.org Report: Trump Aides Hired Israeli Firm for "Dirty Ops" Targeting Supporters of Iran Nuke Deal, Giuliani: Trump to Reject Iran Deal & Supports Regime Change, Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Three Palestinians in Gaza, Trump Terminates TPS for Hondurans, At NRA Convention, Trump Slams Gun Control Laws in France & U.K., Report: Gina Haspel Sought to Withdraw as CIA Pick, Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary, Entergy Paid Actors to Support New Orleans Power Plant at Public Hearings, Mother & Daughter End 5-Week Tree Sit Protesting Virginia Pipeline, Tens of Thousands of University of California Workers Begin Strike, Pelosi Calls for Ethics Probe of Tony Cárdenas into Sexual Assault Allegations, Writer Junot Díaz Faces Accusation of Sexual Misconduct…

Kate Harveston (2018-05-07). With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy. mintpressnews.com Washington D.C. ( GPA) — "War. What is it good for?" asked Norman Whitfield in 1969. Thousands of cover versions later, we finally have an answer: It's one of the most heartbreaking things you'll ever learn about human civilization. | The supposed social benefits of war are one of the very few points on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress stand united. This is most likely because both parties regularly receive vast sums of money from privately owned defense contractors. The political campaign cycle in 2012 alone saw $16.4 million and $11 million in donations to GOP and DNC candidates, respectively. | With this vast and outrageous conflict of interest fully understood, let's turn our attention to the American Senate's most recent proposal for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF — along with who really…

RT (2018-05-07). Twitter erupts after Senator McCain 'disinvites' Trump to his funeral. rt.com Social media has been flooded with comments after Republican Senator John McCain demanded that US President Donald Trump be kept away from his funeral. |
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wsws.org (2018-05-07). Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador's lead in election polls. wsws.org Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico's electoral campaign last week as the "left" bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status. democracynow.org The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can't safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. Critics note Honduras remains the one of the world's most violent countries. The Trump administration has also ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Only South Sudan and Syria were renewed. An estimated 300,000 people will be impacted overall. We get response from Patricia Montes, an immigrant from Honduras and executive director of Centro Presente in Boston, Massachusetts, which has worked with members from Honduras and Central America since the 1980s. She also has family members who will lose their temporary protected status.

wsws.org (2018-05-07). Sunday Times Insight team: Propagandists for Internet censorship and war. wsws.org The Sunday Times feature, published April 29, purports to show that Russian Twitter bots tried to "swing" the 2017 general election for Jeremy Corbyn.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Testify for First Time in Public About Her Role in Torture at Black Site. democracynow.org The Trump administration's push to install the CIA's controversial deputy director, Gina Haspel, as the agency's new director faces mounting scrutiny as Haspel is set to begin a Senate confirmation hearing this Wednesday. The Washington Post reports the hearing almost didn't happen, after Haspel attempted to withdraw her name from consideration over opposition to her role in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. Wednesday's hearing will mark the first time Haspel has been forced to speak publicly about her role in the U.S. torture program and the destruction of CIA tapes documenting the torture. Haspel's nomination as CIA director has been "sold like a box of cereal" by the agency, says John Prados, senior fellow at the National Security Archive, but with no transparency about her record. As of now, says Prados, there's no public document listing Haspel's duties in her more than 30 years at the CIA.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-07). DR Congo: Fears for Health of Detained Activist. hrw.org (Kinshasa) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release the pro-democracy activist Carbone Beni, who has been arbitrarily detained by the national intelligence agency since December 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Beni was badly beaten during his arrest in Kinshasa, the capital, and his health has deteriorated rapidly in recent days. Activist Carbone Beni at Ngaliema Clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 1, 2018. | © 2018 Private | Congolese authorities should promptly and unconditionally free all democracy and human rights activists arbitrarily detained across the country, Human Rights Watch said. | "Carbone Beni has been a tireless advocate for democracy and respect for basic rights in Congo," said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "We are deeply concerned about Beni's health and safety…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear. democracynow.org When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.

RT (2018-05-07). Dems spar with Trump over Mueller probe, roast federal judge who questioned it. rt.com Democrat representatives have gone on the offensive after the presiding judge in the Manafort investigation questioned the legitimacy of —and the motives behind— the Mueller probe into alleged Russian collusion.
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Global Research News (2018-05-06). Tun Mahathir for Next Prime Minister of Malaysia. asia-pacificresearch.com

RT (2018-05-06). White House's Sanders slammed for using feminist card to pressure Senate on CIA nominee Haspel. rt.com White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been slammed for claiming Democrats who support women's empowerment should also support Gina Haspel's nomination to the CIA, despite her record in torture.
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wsws.org (2018-05-05). Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas? wsws.org The Democratic politician who claims to represent the people of California's 51st congressional district is really a loyal servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

wsws.org (2018-05-05). Local elections confirm growing class polarisation in UK. wsws.org Polling took place in around 4,300 council seats across England in the first electoral test since last year's general election.

Kate Aronoff (2018-05-05). Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico "the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean" theintercept.com Puerto Rico could become "the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area" under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. | Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. | In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón — a nonvoting representative to the U.S. House — Bishop, R-Utah, said he had been consulting with oil and gas companies in Washington about how to bring more natural gas to the island. | "Puerto Rico could be a headquarters for the entire Caribbean area," Bishop said in response to a question from The Intercept. "That could be a source of energy not just for Puerto Rico, but it could be a source of export for that kind of energy to other places as…

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-04). How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media. fair.org New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama—egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—called for an attack on Libya, the…

Nick Pemberton (2018-05-04). Bush Ethics: The New Democrats. counterpunch.org Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign More

Renee Parsons (2018-05-04). Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter? counterpunch.org In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the "clash More

George Ochenski (2018-05-04). Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans. counterpunch.org Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the More

Nino Pagliccia (2018-05-04). Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela. counterpunch.org On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-05-04). Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers. counterpunch.org + Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe; More

Democracy Now! (2018-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2018. democracynow.org White House Struggles With Trump's Explanations of Hush Money Payment, Trump's Shifting Accounts on Stormy Daniels Payment Sparks Backlash, President Trump and Vice President Pence to Address NRA Convention, NYT: Army Special Forces Are in Yemen, Contrary to Pentagon Claims, Syrian Rebels Evacuate Homs in Russian-Brokered Deal, Gaza: Palestinians Hit by Israeli Bullets as Mass Protests Continue, North Korea Set to Release Imprisoned U.S. Citizens Ahead of Summit, Former Volkswagen CEO Criminally Charged for Violating Clean Air Act, Arizona Public School Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise, Ending Strike, National Teacher of the Year Silently Protests as Trump Awards Prize, Hawaii: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered as Kilauea Volcano Erupts, India: Death Toll from Extreme Weather Rises to 127, Protesters Target Waffle House over Arrest of African-American Patron, After Long Silence by Trump, White House Reaches Out to "Waffle House Hero", Charlottesville, VA: White Nationalist Guilty of Beating Black Man, ProPublica: Active-Duty Marine Joined Violent Far-Right Protests, Georgia Set to Put Condemned Prisoner Robert Earl Butts Jr. to Death, New York City Mayor Backs Plan for Safe Drug Injection Centers, House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation Amid GOP Furor over Tax Bill Prayer, Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base…

wsws.org (2018-05-04). Inhuman conditions in Germany's largest refugee detention centre. wsws.org Germany's grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country's system of deportation centres.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-04). The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance. democracynow.org As dozens of migrants from Central America remain camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to seek asylum in the United States, we spend the hour with two of the nation's most celebrated writers, both refugees themselves. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. He is the author of three books, including "The Sympathizer," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. He is also the editor of a new collection titled "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives." We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Forty-five years ago, he fled Chile after a U.S.-backed coup displaced President Salvador Allende. Dorfman had served as…

RT (2018-05-04). Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert. rt.com Facebook has hired another top Democrat staffer to its lobbying team, in a year that's seen the social media giant spend $3.3 million on lobbying so far. |
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RT (2018-05-04). 'C'mon man!' Judge accuses Mueller investigation of overreach with Manafort. rt.com A federal judge in Virginia has questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller's case against Trump's election campaign manager Paul Manafort, saying the indictments have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation's official purpose.
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No solution to Italian government crisis
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-08
The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.
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History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, Not Impeaching Trump
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
On a steamy day in July 1787, in the midst of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the 55 state delegates who would come to be known as the Founding Fathers turned their attention to the issue of presidential impeachment. | Many weighed in on the subject, both pro and con, but none more memorably than Benjamin Franklin, who argued that the new nation's charter should include a means for peaceably ousting a president who had "rendered himself obnoxious." The alternative, Franklin quipped, was assassination. | George Mason of Virginia also famously spoke out during the impeachment deliberations, asking, "Shall any man be above justice? Above all, shall that man be above it who can commit the most extensive injustice?" In the end, all but two state delegations–from South Carolina and Massachusetts–voted to incorporate an impeachment process in the Constitution. | As…
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Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era? | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage. But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" — in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring — Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce –. . .
www.alternet.org/wrong-way-democrats-will-blue-dog-blue-wave-pave-way-future-disaster

With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy
Kate Harveston | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Washington D.C. ( GPA) — "War. What is it good for?" asked Norman Whitfield in 1969. Thousands of cover versions later, we finally have an answer: It's one of the most heartbreaking things you'll ever learn about human civilization. | The supposed social benefits of war are one of the very few points on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress stand united. This is most likely because both parties regularly receive vast sums of money from privately owned defense contractors. The political campaign cycle in 2012 alone saw $16.4 million and $11 million in donations to GOP and DNC candidates, respectively. | With this vast and outrageous conflict of interest fully understood, let's turn our attention to the American Senate's most recent proposal for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF — along with who really…

With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy

White Fear Elected Trump: Political Scientist Diana Mutz Explains the 'Status Threat' Hypothesis
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The evidence that racism, sexism and nativism motivated Trump's voters is overwhelming. | Bad ideas have a life all their own. Speaking last Saturday at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, Donald Trump was in rare form. He worked his audience into a fever pitch with threats to shut down the government and punish the Democrats and his other enemies. He spread more irrational fear about a "caravan" of "illegal immigrants" who will somehow "invade" America. He grossly exaggerated his policy successes, which is nothing new, and in ominous tones targeted "Hispanics" in one of his tirades, to which his almost uniformly white audience responded with a mix of boos and disdainful silence. Despite the news media's obsession with the "white working class" and its purported "economic anxiety," that did not seem to be the prime motivating factor for Trump's supporters at this. . .
www.alternet.org/white-fear-elected-trump-political-scientist-diana-mutz-explains-status-threat-hypothesis

Ex-Con Who Calls Black People 'Negroes' Skyrockets to Top of West Virginia Poll After Racist Campaign Ad
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Candidate for US Senate Hopes to Face Democrat Joe Manchin as Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore Race | Republican voters in West Virgina's primary race to choose a candidate to face Democratic U. S. Senator Joe Manchin appear to be getting ready to choose a conservative former convict who calls Black people "negroes" and Asians "China people. "Don Blankenship, a divorced 68-year old coal baron who was convicted after 29 people died in one of his mines spent a year in jail for conspiracy before running for the U. S. Senate. He's now in first place among three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's West Virginia primary election. In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,. . .
www.alternet.org/ex-con-who-calls-black-people-negroes-skyrockets-top-west-virginia-poll-after-racist-campaign-ad

Press Barred From Recording Teacher of the Year Speech at White House Ceremony
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44398-press-barred-from-recording-teacher-of-the-year-speech-at-white-house-ceremony

Who is Afraid of Venezuelan Democracy?
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
It is astounding, and sinister, that the European Parliament on May 3 passed a resolution (492 in favour, 87 against, 77 abstentions) demanding that Venezuela suspend the presidential elections slated for May 20. Do these European countries think that they are still colonial powers that can demand anything from other countries? Does European arrogance stretch to…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/07/who-is-afraid-of-venezuelan-democracy/

Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2018-05-07
Politico ( 5/5/18) referred to Giuliani's audience as "a group that aims to promote democracy" rather than as a front for a cult responsible for a string of bombings. | As FAIR ( 1/11/18) has noted before, US media–in an effort to find images of Iranian "dissidents"–routinely normalize the fringe group Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), despite the fact that it has virtually no support or legitimacy in Iran. This was seen again this past week when a number of major outlets reported on a speech Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani gave at an MEK conference; the outlets failed to note that the group is widely loathed inside Iran, and seen as an illegitimate cult by experts across ideological lines. | The MEK has next to no support in Iran itself, where it's hated for working with Israeli intelligence and fighting…
fair.org/home/giuliani-takes-cash-to-speak-to-terrorist-cult-media-find-this-unnoteworthy/

New York's AG Eric Schneiderman Resigns After Multiple Women Accuse Him of Abuse
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Eric Schneiderman has become a hero to many on the left, but four women are now accusing him of serious violent abuse. | In the age of President Donald Trump, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been a prominent figure in the resistance. He has frequently challenged the administration's most controversial moves in court, and he threw his weight behind the women coming forward as a part of the #MeToo movement and even stood up to Harvey Weinstein. But on Monday night, the New Yorker revealed that Schneiderman's mantle as a champion for liberals and women appears underserved: Four women, including two who spoke on the record with the magazine, have made credible allegations of physical abuse against the attorney general. After the allegations were published, Gov. Andrew Cuomo — also a Democrat — called on Schneiderman to resign. Shortly thereafter, Schneiderman. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/new-yorks-ag-eric-schneiderman-resigns-after-multiple-women-accuse-him-abuse

Trump Congratulates Putin on His Fraudulent Win While Pence Slams Venezuela for Its 'Fake Election&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The administration's blatant hypocrisy was on clear display Monday. | The hypocrisy of President Donald Trump's administration on human rights and democracy abroad made for a stunning display Monday. At the day's White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders read a statement from the president congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on the beginning of his fourth term, echoing the well-wishes that Trump controversially gave to the authoritarian leader right after the election. Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela," which he said will be a "fraud and a sham. "Many observers indeed believe the Venezuelan elections to be largely rigged in the Maduro regime's favor, and undemocratic regimes warrant scrutiny and criticism. But Putin's Russia is hardly a beacon. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-congratulates-putin-his-fraudulent-win-while-pence-slams-venezuela-its-fake

Fox News Guest Explains Why Tucker Carlson's Claim that Trump Shouldn't Speak with Mueller Is Ridiculous
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
"If we can't trust our president to not perjure himself . . . that's a problem. " | Fox News hosts and guests have, by and large, urged President Donald Trump not to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the Russia investigation, for fear that Trump will end up committing perjury. But on Monday, one guest, Democratic strategist Joel Payne, pointed out how ridiculous this position is on Tucker Carlson's show "Tucker Carlson Tonight. "Carlson argued that no lawyers, no matter their political background, would recommend talking to FBI as a part of an investigation unless the subject was compelled. 'They're terrified of . . . getting busted on a perjury charge for misspeaking to a federal agent," Carlson said. "Tucker, if you and I can't agree on the fact that the president should be willing to go in front of the FBI and tell his honest-to-God. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/fox-news-guest-explains-why-tucker-carlsons-claim-trump-shouldnt-speak-mueller

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality
Sam Pizzigati | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Mexico rates as one of the world's most unequal major nations, and the party of the presidential candidate topping the polls pledges to confront those concentrating the nation's "economic and political power. | The post Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality appeared first on MintPress News.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality

Malaysia Elections: Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Prime Minister Najib Who Banned Shia Islam
Newsrescue | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Of relevance to the upcoming Malaysian elections on May 9 2018, this article first published in Feb 2016, confirms that the outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak received close to $700 million dollars in his personal account from the House of …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-royal-family-gave-681m-to-malaysian-pm-who-banned-shia-islam/5504643

The Giuliani News No One Is Talking About
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
Was Donald Trump starved for cash in fall 2016, when 62 million voters cast ballots for a candidate who told them repeatedly that he was "rich–really, really rich"? | The way that Trump "funneled" hush money to a porn actress just 11 days before the election sure makes it look that way. This would be consistent with four decades of Trump claiming vast wealth, but not being able to pay his bills as they come due. | As you read what follows keep two thoughts in mind: | First, would any billionaire need months to pay a $130,000 bill? | Second, there is not now and never has been a shred of verifiable evidence that Trump is or ever was a billionaire, a myth I first demolished using his own net worth statement prepared for a lawsuit in spring 1990. | Trump called…
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Malaysian Elections: $681 Million into Prime Minister Najib's Personal Bank Account by a Mysterious Saudi Prince
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The only way PM Najib Razak could win this election on May 9 is by fraud and manipulation of the elections of results. | The outgoing PM is desperate. A state of emergency is also contemplated. | The grassroots support of the …
globalresearch.ca/malaysian-elections-681-million-into-prime-minister-najibs-personal-bank-account-by-a-mysterious-saudi-prince/5639427

Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who ratify, veto or formulate state social, economic and military policies. Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till,…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/07/deep-state-101-a-primer-and-prescription/

Death Threats Against Abortion Providers Nearly Doubled in 2017: Report
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Anti-abortion extremists feel emboldened. | Violence and intimidation against abortion clinics are on the rise, a new report from the National Abortion Federation finds. While Republican politicians are looking to shut down clinics through government action, anti-abortion extremists are in the streets blockading clinics, threatening providers, and generally creating an atmosphere of fear for women exercising their right to choose: The report found that there was an overall decrease in acts of vandalism against clinics but a significant increase in activities aimed at disrupting services and intimidating patients and providers. Acts of trespassing increased from 247 in 2016 to 823 in 2017, instances of obstruction tripled to 1,704 and threats of death or other harm nearly doubled to 62. [. . . ]The one attempted bombing in 2017 involved a pipe bomb that did not explode after being placed in an abortion clinic in. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/death-threats-against-abortion-providers-nearly-doubled-2017-report

American Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA President
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Yes, the Iran-Contra scandal one. | Imagine the thought process that went into the decision to elevate one of the most notorious criminal actors in modern Republicanism to a top spot in the National Rifle Association. NRA just announced: Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret. ) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated this morning. — Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) May 7, 2018 | Oliver North, for you youthful types, was a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, a Reagan administration scheme to smuggle arms to Iran in violation of American law, funneling the secret proceeds to Nicaraguan rebels–also in violation of American law. He was convicted for destroying evidence and obstructing the resulting congressional inquiry, convictions which were overturned after courts ruled that Congress had given him immunity. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/american-traitor-oliver-north-will-become-new-nra-president

John McCain's Scorching Takedown of Trump In His Upcoming Autobiography
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. " | John McCain is reportedly very close to succumbing to brain cancer at age 81. The Arizona senator has not been in Washington all year, instead staying at his ranch in the Arizona mountains. He's been talking about his joys and regrets, and also preparing for the release of an autobiography called The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations–which may make some waves given his scorching takedown of Donald Trump. The Arizona Republic, the McCain-friendly newspaper in Phoenix, has an advance copy of the book. Trump is slammed, the paper reports. McCain says Trump gives…
www.alternet.org/john-mccains-scorching-takedown-trump-his-upcoming-autobiography

Stemming the Tide of Evangelicalism — and Preventing the Next Billy Graham
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Current trends suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party — and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than it is at present. | At the time of Billy Graham's passing, American evangelical Christianity looks to be in steep decline, at least judging by numbers. The proportion of white Americans who identify as evangelical has fallen from 23 percent of the population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016. Furthermore, a recent survey shows that evangelicalism is aging: Only 8 percent of whites ages 18 to 29, versus 26 percent over 65, identify as evangelicals. Current trends, then, suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party, and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than. . .
www.alternet.org/stemming-tide-evangelicalism-and-preventing-next-billy-graham

Former GOP Official Suspended from Radio Station After Horrific Rant Against 'Homosexual Lifestyle&#039
Noor Al-Sibai, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
His suspension appears to be indefinite. | After accusing a local high school of promoting "destructive" homosexuality, a former GOP leader in Wyoming has been suspended from his job at a talk radio station. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wind River News Network host John Birbari — a former chairman of the Fremont County Republican Party — was conducting his weekly interview with the local superintendent when he started blasting the official for a pro-LGBT mural at a high school. "Do you think that the Riverton High School should be promoting homosexuality? " Birbari asked Fremont County School District Superintendent Terry Snyder about the mural, which featured a rainbow flag and the phrase "love is love. " The superintendent responded with a message of tolerance, but Birbari pressed on. "You know there are certain diverse elements of individuals that are certainly fine," the host said, "but. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/former-gop-official-suspended-radio-station-after-horrific-rant-against-homosexual

Twitter erupts after Senator McCain 'disinvites' Trump to his funeral
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-07
Social media has been flooded with comments after Republican Senator John McCain demanded that US President Donald Trump be kept away from his funeral. …
www.rt.com/usa/426062-trump-mccain-funeral-no-invitation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can't safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. Critics note Honduras remains the one of the world's most violent countries. The Trump administration has also ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Only South Sudan and Syria were renewed. An estimated 300,000 people will be impacted overall. We get response from Patricia Montes, an immigrant from Honduras and executive director of Centro Presente in Boston, Massachusetts, which has worked with members from Honduras and Central America since the 1980s. She also has family members who will lose their temporary protected status.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/nearly_90_000_hondurans_may_be

Sunday Times Insight team: Propagandists for Internet censorship and war
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-07
The Sunday Times feature, published April 29, purports to show that Russian Twitter bots tried to "swing" the 2017 general election for Jeremy Corbyn.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/07/sund-m07.html

Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/meet_the_teacher_who_staged_a

Writer Arundhati Roy on Impunity for Rape in India & How Violence Is Used as a Tool of the State
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
We speak to world-renowned Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the increasing incidence of rape in India, as police there say they have arrested the main suspect in an alleged gang rape and murder of a teenage girl. Dhanu Bhuiyan and his accomplices are accused of burning the 16-year-old girl alive on Friday. She was reportedly murdered in the eastern state of Jharkhand after her parents complained to the local village council that she had been raped. The council told accused rapist Dhanu Bhuiyan to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee fine–that's $750–as punishment. The men were allegedly so enraged by the penalty that they beat the girl's parents, then set her on fire. The attack is just one of the most recent of a series of brutal incidents of sexual violence against minors. Meanwhile, there were 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, and 40 percent of the cases involved child victims.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/writer_arundhati_roy_on_impunity_for

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador's lead in election polls
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-07
Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico's electoral campaign last week as the "left" bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/07/amlo-m07.html

'Too tough on terrorists': Trump defends under-fire CIA Director nominee Haspel
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-07
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to defend his nominee for the CIA directorship, Gina Haspel. Trump argued that Haspel was "too tough on terrorists" for the Democrats. …
www.rt.com/usa/426031-trump-defends-haspel-cia-nominee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Dems spar with Trump over Mueller probe, roast federal judge who questioned it
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-07
Democrat representatives have gone on the offensive after the presiding judge in the Manafort investigation questioned the legitimacy of –and the motives behind– the Mueller probe into alleged Russian collusion. …
www.rt.com/usa/426081-democrats-berate-manafort-judge-ellis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Headlines for May 7, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
Report: Trump Aides Hired Israeli Firm for "Dirty Ops" Targeting Supporters of Iran Nuke Deal, Giuliani: Trump to Reject Iran Deal & Supports Regime Change, Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Three Palestinians in Gaza, Trump Terminates TPS for Hondurans, At NRA Convention, Trump Slams Gun Control Laws in France & U.K., Report: Gina Haspel Sought to Withdraw as CIA Pick, Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary, Entergy Paid Actors to Support New Orleans Power Plant at Public Hearings, Mother & Daughter End 5-Week Tree Sit Protesting Virginia Pipeline, Tens of Thousands of University of California Workers Begin Strike, Pelosi Calls for Ethics Probe of Tony Cárdenas into Sexual Assault Allegations, Writer Junot Díaz Faces Accusation of Sexual Misconduct…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/headlines

CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Testify for First Time in Public About Her Role in Torture at Black Site
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
The Trump administration's push to install the CIA's controversial deputy director, Gina Haspel, as the agency's new director faces mounting scrutiny as Haspel is set to begin a Senate confirmation hearing this Wednesday. The Washington Post reports the hearing almost didn't happen, after Haspel attempted to withdraw her name from consideration over opposition to her role in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. Wednesday's hearing will mark the first time Haspel has been forced to speak publicly about her role in the U.S. torture program and the destruction of CIA tapes documenting the torture. Haspel's nomination as CIA director has been "sold like a box of cereal" by the agency, says John Prados, senior fellow at the National Security Archive, but with no transparency about her record. As of now, says Prados, there's no public document listing Haspel's duties in her more than 30 years at the CIA.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/cia_torturer_gina_haspel_may_testify

DR Congo: Fears for Health of Detained Activist
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-07
(Kinshasa) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release the pro-democracy activist Carbone Beni, who has been arbitrarily detained by the national intelligence agency since December 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Beni was badly beaten during his arrest in Kinshasa, the capital, and his health has deteriorated rapidly in recent days. | Activist Carbone Beni at Ngaliema Clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 1, 2018. | © 2018 Private | Congolese authorities should promptly and unconditionally free all democracy and human rights activists arbitrarily detained across the country, Human Rights Watch said. | "Carbone Beni has been a tireless advocate for democracy and respect for basic rights in Congo," said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "We are deeply concerned about Beni's health and safety…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/07/dr-congo-fears-health-detained-activist

Tun Mahathir for Next Prime Minister of Malaysia
Global Research News | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2018-05-06

Elections in Malaysia 2018. Tun Mahathir's Campaign against Najib and His Cronies

White House's Sanders slammed for using feminist card to pressure Senate on CIA nominee Haspel
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-06
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been slammed for claiming Democrats who support women's empowerment should also support Gina Haspel's nomination to the CIA, despite her record in torture. …
www.rt.com/usa/425969-haspel-torture-female-cia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Local elections confirm growing class polarisation in UK
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
Polling took place in around 4,300 council seats across England in the first electoral test since last year's general election.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/05/elec-m05.html

Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico "the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean"
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2018-05-05
Puerto Rico could become "the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area" under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. | Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. | In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón — a nonvoting representative to the U.S. House — Bishop, R-Utah, said he had been consulting with oil and gas companies in Washington about how to bring more natural gas to the island. | "Puerto Rico could be a headquarters for the entire Caribbean area," Bishop said in response to a question from The Intercept. "That could be a source of energy not just for Puerto Rico, but it could be a source of export for that kind of energy to other places as…
theintercept.com/2018/05/05/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-natural-gas/

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
The Democratic politician who claims to represent the people of California's 51st congressional district is really a loyal servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/05/varg-m05.html

How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role–in Multiple Media
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-04
New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama–egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–called for an attack on Libya, the…
fair.org/home/how-did-benghazi-become-a-ruin-nyt-ignores-us-role-in-multiple-media/

Bush Ethics: The New Democrats
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/bush-ethics-the-new-democrats/

Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/trump-is-wrong-about-tester-and-montanas-veterans/

Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/venezuelan-consul-transparency-is-at-the-heart-of-the-electoral-system-for-the-may-20-elections-in-venezuela/

Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter?
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/floridas-senate-race-does-it-matter/

Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
+ Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe;…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/04/roaming-charges-all-the-presidents-lawyers/

Pennsylvania Primary Pits a One-Time Trump Democrat Against Bernie Sanders and EMILY's List
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-05-04
The most well-known candidate in a Democratic primary in a district carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 pursued a job with Donald Trump's administration during its transition into the White House. | John Morganelli, a Lehigh Valley prosecutor, made his bid for the gig in the most pitiful way imaginable — by tweeting at @realDonaldTrump. | The substance of his politics doesn't get any better from a Democratic perspective. He opposes legal abortion and has teamed up with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to target sanctuary cities, part of a broadly hostile immigration record. He is a longtime opponent of gun control. "I believe in my party's principles, you know, 80 percent of the time," he told the Morning Call, a local newspaper. | He even sent a tweet offering to represent Ivanka Trump after her high-profile airline…
theintercept.com/2018/05/04/greg-edwards-susan-wild-pennsylvania-democratic-primary-pits-bernie-sanders-against-emilys-list-against-trump/

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-04
The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/ariz-m04.html

Headlines for May 4, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
White House Struggles With Trump's Explanations of Hush Money Payment, Trump's Shifting Accounts on Stormy Daniels Payment Sparks Backlash, President Trump and Vice President Pence to Address NRA Convention, NYT: Army Special Forces Are in Yemen, Contrary to Pentagon Claims, Syrian Rebels Evacuate Homs in Russian-Brokered Deal, Gaza: Palestinians Hit by Israeli Bullets as Mass Protests Continue, North Korea Set to Release Imprisoned U.S. Citizens Ahead of Summit, Former Volkswagen CEO Criminally Charged for Violating Clean Air Act, Arizona Public School Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise, Ending Strike, National Teacher of the Year Silently Protests as Trump Awards Prize, Hawaii: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered as Kilauea Volcano Erupts, India: Death Toll from Extreme Weather Rises to 127, Protesters Target Waffle House over Arrest of African-American Patron, After Long Silence by Trump, White House Reaches Out to "Waffle House Hero", Charlottesville, VA: White Nationalist Guilty of Beating Black Man, ProPublica: Active-Duty Marine Joined Violent Far-Right Protests, Georgia Set to Put Condemned Prisoner Robert Earl Butts Jr. to Death, New York City Mayor Backs Plan for Safe Drug Injection Centers, House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation Amid GOP Furor over Tax Bill Prayer, Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/4/headlines

The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
As dozens of migrants from Central America remain camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to seek asylum in the United States, we spend the hour with two of the nation's most celebrated writers, both refugees themselves. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. He is the author of three books, including "The Sympathizer," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. He is also the editor of a new collection titled "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives." We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Forty-five years ago, he fled Chile after a U.S.-backed coup displaced President Salvador Allende. Dorfman had served as…
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/4/the_displaced_refugee_writers_ariel_dorfman

Inhuman conditions in Germany's largest refugee detention centre
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-04
Germany's grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country's system of deportation centres.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/inhu-m04.html

'C'mon man!' Judge accuses Mueller investigation of overreach with Manafort
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-04
A federal judge in Virginia has questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller's case against Trump's election campaign manager Paul Manafort, saying the indictments have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation's official purpose. …
www.rt.com/usa/425887-judge-overreach-mueller-manafort/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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