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2018-05-21: News Headlines

wsws.org (2018-05-21). Wealth-X report shows billionaires gained $1.8 trillion in 2017. wsws.org The social needs of the working class can be met and its democratic rights defended only by expropriating the wealth of the super-rich.

wsws.org (2018-05-21). This week in history: May 21-27. wsws.org 25 years ago: Eritrea wins independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil warOn May 24, 1993, following a UN-supervised referendum in Eritrea in which the local population voted overwhelming to separate from Ethiopia and establish an independent state, Eritrea was declared an independent and sovereign republic. Four days later the new country was admitted to the United Nations.

wsws.org (2018-05-21). Long-time CIA asset named as FBI's spy on Trump campaign. wsws.org Stefan Halper has been named as the individual sent by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election campaign.

truth-out.org (2018-05-20). Why "Blue State" Teachers Need Their Own Revolt. truth-out.org Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | California is arguably the bluest of blue states. | We have a Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, both houses of the state legislature are about two-thirds Democratic, the state's two U.S. senators are Democrats, and almost three-quarters of the delegation to the U.S. House is Democratic. Los Angeles and San Francisco have Democratic Party mayors and are considered liberal strongholds. | California is also by far the richest state in the nation. In fact, considered by itself, it's the sixth-largest economy in the world, home to mega-corporations like Apple, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Disney, Visa, The Gap, and Hewlett Packard. | Yet California public schools languish at 46th out of the 50 states in per-pupil funding. | What does this mean for teachers…

truth-out.org (2018-05-20). Trump's Abortion Gag Order Is Already Hurting Health Care in Developing Nations. truth-out.org Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Imagine this: You're a health care provider in a nation that receives foreign aid from the United States, and your patient has experienced an unplanned pregnancy. The patient knows they want an abortion, but you can't talk about abortion, provide counseling or offer a referral — otherwise you'll jeopardize your clinic's funding. | That's the reality under the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. Republican presidents have been slapping this policy on recipients of foreign ai d since 1984, with Democrats reversing the order almost as soon as they get into office. | This back-and-forth dance imperils foreign aid for organizations providing assistance to people in developing nations all over the world — and it's about…

Staff (2018-05-20). Trump's Strategic Assault on Democracy, Word by Word. truthdig.com Significant parts of an American language long familiar to us are going down the equivalent of George Orwell's infamous Memory Hole, quite literally and in a remarkably coherent way.

Staff (2018-05-20). How to End Partisan Gerrymandering (Video). truthdig.com One of the biggest challenges to our democracy occurs when states draw congressional district lines with the principal goal of helping one political party and hurting the other.

Chris Hedges (2018-05-20). The Coming Collapse. truthdig.com The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don't count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not…

truth-out.org (2018-05-20). New Reports Surface of Trump Campaign's Involvement with Foreign Entities. truth-out.org Days after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a transcript of its interview with Donald Trump, Jr. regarding his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, new reports surfaced suggesting that the president's son met with other foreign entities to discuss the election. | The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump, Jr. met with George Nader, a businessman who was representing the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in August 2016. Nader reportedly informed Trump, Jr. that both countries were "eager to help his father win election as president." | The report marks the first indication that foreign entities other than Russia may have sought to influence the election, working closely with the Trump campaign. | Erik Prince — brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, advisor to the Trump transition team, and former head…

Venezuelanalysis (2018-05-20). Venezuela at the Crossroads: May 20 Presidential Elections Live. venezuelanalysis.com This May 20, incumbent Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will take on unofficial opposition candidates Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci in presidential elections that will define the future trajectory of the country.

Robert Reich (2018-05-20). How the President Could Be Re-Elected. truthdig.com Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. | It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an axis of white resentment and great wealth. | Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans competed over the middle class. They battled over soccer moms and suburban "swing" voters. | Since then the middle class has shrunk while the working class has grown, and vast wealth has been accumulated by a comparative few who own a large portion of America. Some of their wealth has taken over American politics. | Enter Trump. | Counties whose voters shifted from Obama to Trump in 2016 had lost economic…

Jim Naureckas (2018-05-19). The Surprising Popularity of 'Far Left' Policies. fair.org The Washington Post ( 5/16/18) characterized Nebraska congressional candidate as "far left" because she supports universal background checks, raising taxes on the wealthy and decriminalizing marijuana. | "The Far Left Is Winning the Democratic Civil War" was the headline over a Washington Post report ( 5/16/18) on the results of recent primary elections. | So what counts as "far left" to the Washington Post, the newspaper owned by the world's richest human? | Here are the positions cited by the Post's James Hohmann to characterize the "unelectable activists" who are "thwarting" Democratic hopes to take back the House, or are otherwise part of a "leftward lurch": | Kara Eastman of Nebraska "advocated for universal background checks to buy guns, raising taxes and decriminalizing marijuana." | John Fetterman in Pennsylvania "campaigned on universal healthcare and legalizing marijuana." | Running for governor…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-05-19). U.S. Nationwide Elections: "Swing Status", be Gone. globalresearch.ca During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", …

truth-out.org (2018-05-19). After Texas School Shooting, Progressives Say Refusal to Take on NRA Leading to "Slaughter After Slaughter" truth-out.org Candles, flowers and stuffed animals line a table during a vigil in Santa Fe, Texas for the victims of the mass shooting on May 18, 2018.(Photo: AFP / Getty Images) | "Let's call it like it is," declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday in response to the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left at least nine students and one teacher dead. "The horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement." | In placing blame for the gun violence crisis that continues to inflict communities nationwide on inaction at the highest levels of the US government — where the National Rifle Association (NRA) holds tremendous sway, particularly over President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress — Murphy echoed the reaction of many students,…

truth-out.org (2018-05-19). How Weakened US Fossil Fuel Regulations Threaten Environmental Justice in Colorado. truth-out.org The news and analysis at Truthout go way beyond the talking points. You can contribute to the creation of independent, insightful journalism by making a donation today! | From the start, President Donald Trump's administration has made dismantling regulations, especially for the oil, gas and coal industries, a top priority. | And though his claims of rolling back more regulations than any other administration are exaggerated, Trump's team has tried hard to erase many environmental and energy-related rules. | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have teamed up with the Republican-led Congress to get federal agencies on the case, by streamlining environmental permitting and attempting other sweeping changes. | As an environmental sociologist who has spent hundreds of hours researching communities directly affected by…

wsws.org (2018-05-19). South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools. wsws.org For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.

RT (2018-05-19). Gene editing opens world of 'man-gods,' but Jesse Ventura doubts society and politics are ready. rt.com Advances in technology, from brain chips to gene selection, may be creating a new type of man, but what are the dangers? The former governor of Minnesota shares his take in the latest episode of 'The World According to Jesse.'
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RT (2018-05-19). Stefan Halper — Latest character in Russiagate drama spied for the CIA in the 80s. rt.com A new persona has been thrust into center stage of Russiagate drama. Stefan Halper, who has a long history of working with the CIA, has been revealed as the man who was charged with keeping tabs on Trump's election campaign. |
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wsws.org (2018-05-19). Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign. wsws.org The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-05-19). The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election. theintercept.com Far from the top-secret, covert intelligence asset the FBI has depicted him as, Stefan Halper is a long-time, well-known CIA operative with ties to the Bush family and a shady past.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-18). 'They're Coming for Roger Stone': Former Prosecutor Explains What Mueller May Have on Trump's Fiery Ally. alternet.org "He's been a shady character from day one in this investigation. " | Yet another associate of conservative provocateur Roger Stone has been subpoenaed by the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to a new report from Reuters on Friday. Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler explained on MSNBC that this fact builds the case that Mueller's team has something on Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump. "They're coming for Roger Stone," Butler told "The Beat" host Ari Melber Friday evening. "He's been a shady character from day one in this investigation. "Butler noted that Stone has suspicious ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is believed to have facilitated the released of Russian-hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign Chair John Podesta during the 2016 campaign. At the time, Butler said, "Roger Stone knows all about what's coming out. . .

David Swanson (2018-05-18). Tim Kaine's War Scam Hits a Speed Bump. counterpunch.org Virginia ought to be in the running for worst U.S. senators in the country, a couple of walking catastrophes empowered in part by their status as Democrats and, in one case, the status of rightful Vice President if not for various outrages, real (the Electoral College, vote suppression) and imagined (Vladimir Putin's evil manipulation of More

Andrew Levine (2018-05-18). The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi. counterpunch.org Since at least 1945, the United States has only fought stupid wars. Some have been stupider than others, but, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, Democrats and Republicans have supported them all. If Trump does get an Iran War going, count on bipartisan support for it too, though, for sheer stupidity, it would rival and perhaps even exceed the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon war against Vietnam. More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-18). Senate vote to preserve net neutrality faces GOP roadblock. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The long campaign by unions and progressive groups to preserve "net neutrality" — open and unprejudiced access to the Internet for everybody, without discrimination by price or content — succeeded in the Senate on May 16. It now shifts to the House, where leaders of that chamber's ruling Republicans oppose it. That leaves more work […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-18). Democratic Senator Warns that Republicans' Attempt to Undermine Mueller Probe Is 'Potentially Illegal&#039. alternet.org Rep. Devin Nunes and other House Republicans could reportedly put an FBI source at risk with their requests. | Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Friday fired a shot across the bow of Republican efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the President Donald Trump's campaign in Russia, warning that recent attempts to reveal a sensitive FBI source might be "potentially illegal. "House Republicans, led in part by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), have issued repeated requests for documents from the Justice Department pertaining to the beginning of the Russia investigation. Their efforts, many observers have noted, seem designed to undermine the investigation and Mueller's credibility. And Thursday night, the Washington Postreported that the most recent request for information on a particular source, who is a U. S. citizen, has spooked the FBI, forcing them to take steps to mitigate. . .

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-05-18). Georgia Republican's Sick 'Deportation Bus' Broke Down—Restauran Owner Tells Racist Candidate to Get Lost. alternet.org The poorly-performing bigot is not having a good week. | Georgia Republican Michael Williams, bless his heart, is desperate for attention and even more desperate for the racist vote, which is why he kicked off his "Deportation Bus Tour" stunt, traveling from city to city and threatening to "fill this bus with illegals. " Impersonating a federal officer is illegal, by the way. But facts aside, things aren't going well for Williams, aside from the fact that he's polling dead last. Not well at all, actually: Williams, a Georgia Republican state senator and gubernatorial candidate, has been taking a "deportation bus" to campaign rallies across the state. But on Thursday, Cracker Barrel and several other restaurants where the bus is scheduled to stop told The Daily Beast that Williams' campaign isn't welcome. The news came the same day the bus broke. . .

Robert Fantina (2018-05-18). What's Wrong With the United States? counterpunch.org Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy More

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-18). Florida Election Official Illegally Destroyed Ballots in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Heated 2016 Primary Race. alternet.org Judge sides with progressive challenger Tim Canova and journalist seeking public records. | The Florida county election supervisor overseeing one of 2016's most bitter primary races, pitting the just-resigned Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz against progressive law professor Tim Canova, unlawfully broke federal and state laws by prematurely destroying that election's ballots. A ruling by Broward County Circuit Court Judge Raag Singhal found Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes violated the state's open record laws and federal law when she destroyed the ballots a year after the August 2016 primary, where Wasserman Schultz beat Tim Canova by 6,775 votes, according to the certified results. (Federal law requires election records be saved for 22 months after the general election). Canova, assisted by television journalist and documentary filmmaker Lulu Friesdat, wanted to verify the 2016 primary's vote count. But Snipes. . .

Max Parry (2018-05-18). The U.S. Won't Say 'Genocide' But Cares About Armenian Democracy? counterpunch.org "Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?" Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a 'Velvet Revolution' after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many 'color revolutions' in former More

John W. Whitehead (2018-05-18). The Age of Petty Tyrannies. counterpunch.org "Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers' enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and More

Manmeet Sahni (2018-05-18). The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-05-18). Steve Bannon Tried to Suppress Black Vote: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower. alternet.org Christopher Wylie told Congress that the firm engaged in "voter disengagement" tactics and targeted black Americans | Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those orders came from Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and later Chief Strategist in the Trump White House. "Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica's parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population," Wylie told CNN after the hearing, adding that "voter disengagement tactics" were used to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from. . .

Roger Harris (2018-05-18). Venezuela on the Eve of Presidential Elections: The US Empire Isn't Sitting by Idly. counterpunch.org "I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." — US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, 1970 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in More

Bruce Raynor (2018-05-18). In an Age of Fake News, Journalists Should be Activists for Truth. counterpunch.org President Trump has prompted a new era of attacks on journalists, emboldening other politicians across the country and around the globe to follow suit. These assaults on the credibility of the news media have already had an alarming impact: Two months before the 2016 presidential election, Gallup found that Americans' trust in mass media fell More

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-05-18). Swing Status, Be Gone. counterpunch.org During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and on More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-18). FBI Agents Actively Sought to Keep Trump Campaign Probe Secret After Going Public with Clinton's: Report. alternet.org A new report from the New York Times shatters the right-wing conspiracies around the Russia investigation. | While President Donald Trump and his allies in right-wing media insist that his campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI in 2016 as a result of the investigation into potential collusion with Russian interference in the presidential election, a new report from the New York Times reveals that the agency actually took exceptional efforts to ensure the probe was out of public view. The framing of the new report focuses on the fact that the agency used an informant, not a "spy" as Trump had claimed, to gather information from the campaign before the election. But perhaps the most interesting section is what follows: But agents were leery of disrupting the presidential campaign again after the F. B. I. had announced in a high-profile news conference that it. . .

Alan Macleod (2018-05-18). A Primer on the Venezuelan Elections. counterpunch.org To an outsider, Venezuela can be a hard country to get your head around. The supposedly dictatorial government is pleading with the United Nations to send an international observation team to oversee the country's presidential elections on May 20th, while the major opposition parties are demanding they do not, boycotting the very vote they had More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-18). 'I'm Not Discouraged—I'm Pissed Off': Parkland Father Slams GOP After Santa Fe Shooting. alternet.org "You can't legislate by shutting up. And they're just shutting up. And it's pathetic. " | As national news outlets again descend on the site of another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, the father of a victim from the Parkland shooting expressed his outrage with the Republican Party for its failure to address gun violence at the national level. CNN's Jake Tapper brought Fred Guttenberg on air to get his reaction to the horrific event that killed at least 10 people, mostly students, on Friday. "It must be so discouraging," Tapper said, "to think that the horror that you went through, now another set of families is going through it. And really, very little has changed in terms of anyone doing anything to prevent this from happening. ""So, I'm going to say this: I'm not discouraged — I'm pissed off," Guttenberg said. . .

Brian Saady (2018-05-18). How the "Cocaine Mitch" Saga Deflected the Spotlight on Corruption. counterpunch.org The West Virginia Senate Republican Primary ended last week with Don Blankenship in third place. He would have otherwise been considered a fringe candidate, but a series of attack ads against Mitch McConnell launched him onto the national scene. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is no stranger to controversy. He served a year More

Zaid Jilani (2018-05-18). "Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat. theintercept.com When Sen. Al Franken resigned, the "Medicare for all" bill lost a sponsor. The Democrats vying to replace Franken are split on whether they'll support it.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-18). Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowing is Needed to Avert Catastrophic U.S. War with Iran & North Korea. democracynow.org Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg is best known for leaking information about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in 1971, but he also drafted plans for nuclear war as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House as detailed in his book, "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." He joins us in Santa Cruz to discuss nuclear war, North and South Korea and Iran. He says Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal has "no imaginable benefit to anybody, except for those mad men who want to see Iran destroyed," referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-18). Trump's EPA Doesn't Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters. democracynow.org The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a major new scandal after it worked with the White House to bury an alarming federal study detailing widespread chemical contamination of the nation's water supply. One Trump administration official warned release of the study would create a "public relations nightmare." The study found chemicals commonly present in Teflon and firefighting foam are a threat to human health at levels the EPA had previously called safe. We speak with Robert Bilott, the attorney the New York Times calls the the "worst nightmare of DuPont," the manufacturer of Teflon. He successfully won compensation for his clients whose drinking water had been contaminated by toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. He is a recipient of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-18). Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Civil Disobedience Against Vietnam War Led Me to Leak Pentagon Papers. democracynow.org Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst in 1971 when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers and played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. We speak with Ellsberg about the recent 50th anniversary of one of the most famous acts of civil disobedience in the United States. On May 17, 1968, Catholic priests and activists broke into a draft board office in Catonsville, Maryland, and stole 378 draft cards and burned them in the parking lot as a protest against the Vietnam War. They became known as the Catonsville Nine. Ellsberg discusses the role nonviolent direct action can play in social movements. Ellsberg says that the ending of the war in Vietnam "relied on a lot of people doing unusual things."

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). In Thailand, No Justice 8 Years After Crackdown. hrw.org On August 30, 2017, Phayao Akhard wears the bloody nurses gown worn by her daughter, nurse Kamolkate "Kate" Akhard, when she was killed by Thai Special Forces soldiers while tending wounded persons at the front of Wat Pathum temple on May 19, 2010. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | Eight years ago my colleagues and I watched as the streets of Bangkok were covered with blood in one of Thailand's most violent political confrontations. Yet there is still no justice for the at least 98 people killed and more than 2,000 injured between April and May 2010 — despite compelling evidence that the military was behind most of these abuses. | At the time, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship — also known as the Red Shirts — held a mass protest against…

Deconstructed (2018-05-18). How the Trumps Screwed Palestine. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | On Monday, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and other members of the Trump administration celebrated the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, while at the same time and just a few miles away, Israeli snipers shot at hundreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. More than 60 people were killed in a single day, including children. Predictably, the U.S. media went into pro-Israeli propaganda mode, blaming all of the violence and killing on Hamas, which for all its many sins, didn't actually kill anyone this week. On this week's episode of Deconstructed, two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Palestine and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take…

wsws.org (2018-05-18). The US political police and the 2016 elections. wsws.org A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-18). Headlines for May 18, 2018. democracynow.org Gina Haspel Confirmed as CIA Director, Despite Her Record on Torture, Trump Says North Korea's Kim Jong-un Could Suffer Same Fate as Gaddafi, Trump to Cut Funds to Women's Clinics, Reinstitute Abortion Gag Rule, House Farm Bill Would End Food Assistance to Over 2 Million People, Senate Intel Committee Republicans Cite Russian Interference in 2016, China Denies Trump Admin Claims of $200 Billion Trade Deal, Egypt to Reopen Gaza Border Crossing Until End of Ramadan, Congo: WHO Warns of "Urban Ebola" as Virus Spreads to Mbandaka City, Colombia Orders Thousands to Evacuate Amid Fears that Dam May Burst, In Reversal, NASA Administrator Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Blames Coastal Erosion for Rising Seas, New York Court Greenlights Summer Zervos Defamation Suit Against Trump, Fox News Names Longtime Roger Ailes Protégé Suzanne Scott as CEO, Hawaii: Geologists Warn Worst Could be Yet to Come as Kilauea Erupts, New York: Calls Grow for Disbarment of Lawyer Filmed in Racist Tirade…

wsws.org (2018-05-17). Oppose the slaughter of Palestinians! Oppose imperialist war! wsws.org The Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, has a long record of support for the Israeli government's war crimes.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-17). Central African Republic: Crucial Court For Victims. hrw.org Congolese Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (R) and the five other judges of the Special Criminal Court (SCC)—which is to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic since 2003—sit at the National Assembly in Bangui, having been sworn in on June 30, 2017. | © 2017 Saber Jendoubi/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Recent violence in the Central African Republic makes the country's new Special Criminal Court especially important as a means to offer justice to victims of brutal crimes committed during the country's conflicts, Human Rights Watch said today. A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that the court will need more support from the United Nations and government donors to prosecute grave crimes, including widespread killings, rape and sexual violence, and destruction of…

wsws.org (2018-05-17). Senate Intelligence Committee approves "black site" torturer to head CIA. wsws.org Behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, American "democracy" has been reduced to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus.

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Wealth-X report shows billionaires gained $1.8 trillion in 2017
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The social needs of the working class can be met and its democratic rights defended only by expropriating the wealth of the super-rich.
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Long-time CIA asset named as FBI's spy on Trump campaign
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Stefan Halper has been named as the individual sent by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/21/poli-m21.html

This week in history: May 21-27
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25 years ago: Eritrea wins independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil warOn May 24, 1993, following a UN-supervised referendum in Eritrea in which the local population voted overwhelming to separate from Ethiopia and establish an independent state, Eritrea was declared an independent and sovereign republic. Four days later the new country was admitted to the United Nations.
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Trump's Abortion Gag Order Is Already Hurting Health Care in Developing Nations
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Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Imagine this: You're a health care provider in a nation that receives foreign aid from the United States, and your patient has experienced an unplanned pregnancy. The patient knows they want an abortion, but you can't talk about abortion, provide counseling or offer a referral — otherwise you'll jeopardize your clinic's funding. | That's the reality under the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. Republican presidents have been slapping this policy on recipients of foreign ai d since 1984, with Democrats reversing the order almost as soon as they get into office. | This back-and-forth dance imperils foreign aid for organizations providing assistance to people in developing nations all over the world — and it's about…
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How the President Could Be Re-Elected
Robert Reich | truthdig.com | 2018-05-20
Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. | It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican majority around an axis of white resentment and great wealth. | Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans competed over the middle class. They battled over soccer moms and suburban "swing" voters. | Since then the middle class has shrunk while the working class has grown, and vast wealth has been accumulated by a comparative few who own a large portion of America. Some of their wealth has taken over American politics. | Enter Trump. | Counties whose voters shifted from Obama to Trump in 2016 had lost economic…
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Why "Blue State" Teachers Need Their Own Revolt
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-20
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | California is arguably the bluest of blue states. | We have a Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, both houses of the state legislature are about two-thirds Democratic, the state's two U.S. senators are Democrats, and almost three-quarters of the delegation to the U.S. House is Democratic. Los Angeles and San Francisco have Democratic Party mayors and are considered liberal strongholds. | California is also by far the richest state in the nation. In fact, considered by itself, it's the sixth-largest economy in the world, home to mega-corporations like Apple, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Disney, Visa, The Gap, and Hewlett Packard. | Yet California public schools languish at 46th out of the 50 states in per-pupil funding. | What does this mean for teachers…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44533-why-blue-state-teachers-need-their-own-revolt

The Coming Collapse
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2018-05-20
The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don't count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not…
truthdig.com/articles/the-coming-collapse/

Trump's Strategic Assault on Democracy, Word by Word
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-20
Significant parts of an American language long familiar to us are going down the equivalent of George Orwell's infamous Memory Hole, quite literally and in a remarkably coherent way. | The post Trump's Strategic Assault on Democracy, Word by Word appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-strategic-assault-on-democracy-word-by-word/

How to End Partisan Gerrymandering (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-20
One of the biggest challenges to our democracy occurs when states draw congressional district lines with the principal goal of helping one political party and hurting the other. | The post How to End Partisan Gerrymandering (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/videos/how-to-end-partisan-gerrymandering-video/

New Reports Surface of Trump Campaign's Involvement with Foreign Entities
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-20
Days after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a transcript of its interview with Donald Trump, Jr. regarding his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, new reports surfaced suggesting that the president's son met with other foreign entities to discuss the election. | The New York Times reported Saturday that Trump, Jr. met with George Nader, a businessman who was representing the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in August 2016. Nader reportedly informed Trump, Jr. that both countries were "eager to help his father win election as president." | The report marks the first indication that foreign entities other than Russia may have sought to influence the election, working closely with the Trump campaign. | Erik Prince — brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, advisor to the Trump transition team, and former head…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44537-new-reports-surface-of-trump-campaign-s-involvement-with-foreign-entities

Venezuela at the Crossroads: May 20 Presidential Elections Live
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-05-20
This May 20, incumbent Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will take on unofficial opposition candidates Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci in presidential elections that will define the future trajectory of the country.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/13817

The Surprising Popularity of 'Far Left' Policies
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-19
The Washington Post ( 5/16/18) characterized Nebraska congressional candidate as "far left" because she supports universal background checks, raising taxes on the wealthy and decriminalizing marijuana. | "The Far Left Is Winning the Democratic Civil War" was the headline over a Washington Post report ( 5/16/18) on the results of recent primary elections. | So what counts as "far left" to the Washington Post, the newspaper owned by the world's richest human? | Here are the positions cited by the Post's James Hohmann to characterize the "unelectable activists" who are "thwarting" Democratic hopes to take back the House, or are otherwise part of a "leftward lurch": | Kara Eastman of Nebraska "advocated for universal background checks to buy guns, raising taxes and decriminalizing marijuana." | John Fetterman in Pennsylvania "campaigned on universal healthcare and legalizing marijuana." | Running for governor…
fair.org/home/the-surprising-popularity-of-far-left-policies/

U.S. Nationwide Elections: "Swing Status", be Gone
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-19
During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", …
globalresearch.ca/u-s-nationwide-elections-swing-status-be-gone/5641007

How Weakened US Fossil Fuel Regulations Threaten Environmental Justice in Colorado
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-19
The news and analysis at Truthout go way beyond the talking points. You can contribute to the creation of independent, insightful journalism by making a donation today! | From the start, President Donald Trump's administration has made dismantling regulations, especially for the oil, gas and coal industries, a top priority. | And though his claims of rolling back more regulations than any other administration are exaggerated, Trump's team has tried hard to erase many environmental and energy-related rules. | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have teamed up with the Republican-led Congress to get federal agencies on the case, by streamlining environmental permitting and attempting other sweeping changes. | As an environmental sociologist who has spent hundreds of hours researching communities directly affected by…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44529-how-weakened-us-fossil-fuel-regulations-threaten-environmental-justice-in-colorado

After Texas School Shooting, Progressives Say Refusal to Take on NRA Leading to "Slaughter After Slaughter"
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-19
Candles, flowers and stuffed animals line a table during a vigil in Santa Fe, Texas for the victims of the mass shooting on May 18, 2018.(Photo: AFP / Getty Images) | "Let's call it like it is," declared Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Friday in response to the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left at least nine students and one teacher dead. "The horrifying inaction of Congress, slaughter after slaughter, has become a green light to would-be shooters, who pervert silence into endorsement." | In placing blame for the gun violence crisis that continues to inflict communities nationwide on inaction at the highest levels of the US government — where the National Rifle Association (NRA) holds tremendous sway, particularly over President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress — Murphy echoed the reaction of many students,…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44528-after-texas-school-shooting-progressives-say-refusal-to-take-on-nra-leading-to-slaughter-after-slaughter

South Carolina teachers to rally for better pay and funding for schools
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-19
For the unions, the aim of the demonstration is to smother opposition, isolate it from protests in other states, and channel workers behind the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/19/caro-m19.html

Stefan Halper — Latest character in Russiagate drama spied for the CIA in the 80s
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-19
A new persona has been thrust into center stage of Russiagate drama. Stefan Halper, who has a long history of working with the CIA, has been revealed as the man who was charged with keeping tabs on Trump's election campaign. …
www.rt.com/usa/427217-stefan-halper-spy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-05-19
Far from the top-secret, covert intelligence asset the FBI has depicted him as, Stefan Halper is a long-time, well-known CIA operative with ties to the Bush family and a shady past. | The post The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/05/19/the-fbi-informant-who-monitored-the-trump-campaign-stefan-halper-oversaw-a-cia-spying-operation-in-the-1980-presidential-election/

Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-19
The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/19/trum-m19.html

Gene editing opens world of 'man-gods,' but Jesse Ventura doubts society and politics are ready
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-19
Advances in technology, from brain chips to gene selection, may be creating a new type of man, but what are the dangers? The former governor of Minnesota shares his take in the latest episode of 'The World According to Jesse.' …
www.rt.com/usa/427210-jesse-ventura-gene-editing-ai/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'They're Coming for Roger Stone': Former Prosecutor Explains What Mueller May Have on Trump's Fiery Ally
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
"He's been a shady character from day one in this investigation. " | Yet another associate of conservative provocateur Roger Stone has been subpoenaed by the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to a new report from Reuters on Friday. Former federal prosecutor Paul Butler explained on MSNBC that this fact builds the case that Mueller's team has something on Stone, an ally of President Donald Trump. "They're coming for Roger Stone," Butler told "The Beat" host Ari Melber Friday evening. "He's been a shady character from day one in this investigation. "Butler noted that Stone has suspicious ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is believed to have facilitated the released of Russian-hacked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign Chair John Podesta during the 2016 campaign. At the time, Butler said, "Roger Stone knows all about what's coming out. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/theyre-coming-roger-stone-former-prosecutor-explains-what-mueller-may-have-trumps

The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Since at least 1945, the United States has only fought stupid wars. Some have been stupider than others, but, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, Democrats and Republicans have supported them all. If Trump does get an Iran War going, count on bipartisan support for it too, though, for sheer stupidity, it would rival and perhaps even exceed the Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon war against Vietnam.
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/the-donald-vlad-and-bibi/

Tim Kaine's War Scam Hits a Speed Bump
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Virginia ought to be in the running for worst U.S. senators in the country, a couple of walking catastrophes empowered in part by their status as Democrats and, in one case, the status of rightful Vice President if not for various outrages, real (the Electoral College, vote suppression) and imagined (Vladimir Putin's evil manipulation of…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/tim-kaines-war-scam-hits-a-speed-bump/

Georgia Republican's Sick 'Deportation Bus' Broke Down–Restauran Owner Tells Racist Candidate to Get Lost
Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
The poorly-performing bigot is not having a good week. | Georgia Republican Michael Williams, bless his heart, is desperate for attention and even more desperate for the racist vote, which is why he kicked off his "Deportation Bus Tour" stunt, traveling from city to city and threatening to "fill this bus with illegals. " Impersonating a federal officer is illegal, by the way. But facts aside, things aren't going well for Williams, aside from the fact that he's polling dead last. Not well at all, actually: Williams, a Georgia Republican state senator and gubernatorial candidate, has been taking a "deportation bus" to campaign rallies across the state. But on Thursday, Cracker Barrel and several other restaurants where the bus is scheduled to stop told The Daily Beast that Williams' campaign isn't welcome. The news came the same day the bus broke. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/georgia-republicans-sick-deportation-bus-broke-down-restauran-owner-tells-racist

Democratic Senator Warns that Republicans' Attempt to Undermine Mueller Probe Is 'Potentially Illegal&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Rep. Devin Nunes and other House Republicans could reportedly put an FBI source at risk with their requests. | Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on Friday fired a shot across the bow of Republican efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the President Donald Trump's campaign in Russia, warning that recent attempts to reveal a sensitive FBI source might be "potentially illegal. "House Republicans, led in part by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), have issued repeated requests for documents from the Justice Department pertaining to the beginning of the Russia investigation. Their efforts, many observers have noted, seem designed to undermine the investigation and Mueller's credibility. And Thursday night, the Washington Postreported that the most recent request for information on a particular source, who is a U. S. citizen, has spooked the FBI, forcing them to take steps to mitigate. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/democratic-senator-warns-republicans-attempt-undermine-mueller-probe-potentially

Senate vote to preserve net neutrality faces GOP roadblock
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-18
WASHINGTON–The long campaign by unions and progressive groups to preserve "net neutrality" — open and unprejudiced access to the Internet for everybody, without discrimination by price or content — succeeded in the Senate on May 16. It now shifts to the House, where leaders of that chamber's ruling Republicans oppose it. That leaves more work …

Senate vote to preserve net neutrality faces GOP roadblock

The U.S. Won't Say 'Genocide' But Cares About Armenian Democracy?
Max Parry | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
"Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution?" Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a 'Velvet Revolution' after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many 'color revolutions' in former…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/the-u-s-wont-say-genocide-but-cares-about-armenian-democracy/

What's Wrong With the United States?
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
Despite the myth perpetrated by United States spokespersons, the country is not, and never has been, a beacon of peace and freedom, the 'land of the free and the home of the brave', or a democracy that is the envy of the word. It is, and always has been, a racist, imperialist society, an oligarchy…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/whats-wrong-with-the-united-states/

Florida Election Official Illegally Destroyed Ballots in Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Heated 2016 Primary Race
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Judge sides with progressive challenger Tim Canova and journalist seeking public records. | The Florida county election supervisor overseeing one of 2016's most bitter primary races, pitting the just-resigned Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz against progressive law professor Tim Canova, unlawfully broke federal and state laws by prematurely destroying that election's ballots. A ruling by Broward County Circuit Court Judge Raag Singhal found Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes violated the state's open record laws and federal law when she destroyed the ballots a year after the August 2016 primary, where Wasserman Schultz beat Tim Canova by 6,775 votes, according to the certified results. (Federal law requires election records be saved for 22 months after the general election). Canova, assisted by television journalist and documentary filmmaker Lulu Friesdat, wanted to verify the 2016 primary's vote count. But Snipes. . .
www.alternet.org/election-03918/florida-election-official-illegally-destroyed-ballots-debbie-wasserman-schultzs

The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela
Manmeet Sahni | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-18
Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela

Steve Bannon Tried to Suppress Black Vote: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower
Rachel Leah, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
Christopher Wylie told Congress that the firm engaged in "voter disengagement" tactics and targeted black Americans | Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those orders came from Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and later Chief Strategist in the Trump White House. "Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica's parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population," Wylie told CNN after the hearing, adding that "voter disengagement tactics" were used to "discourage or demobilize certain types of people from. . .
www.alternet.org/steve-bannon-tried-suppress-black-vote-cambridge-analytica-whistleblower

FBI Agents Actively Sought to Keep Trump Campaign Probe Secret After Going Public with Clinton's: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
A new report from the New York Times shatters the right-wing conspiracies around the Russia investigation. | While President Donald Trump and his allies in right-wing media insist that his campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI in 2016 as a result of the investigation into potential collusion with Russian interference in the presidential election, a new report from the New York Times reveals that the agency actually took exceptional efforts to ensure the probe was out of public view. The framing of the new report focuses on the fact that the agency used an informant, not a "spy" as Trump had claimed, to gather information from the campaign before the election. But perhaps the most interesting section is what follows: But agents were leery of disrupting the presidential campaign again after the F. B. I. had announced in a high-profile news conference that it. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/fbi-agents-actively-sought-keep-trump-campaign-probe-secret-after-going-public

In an Age of Fake News, Journalists Should be Activists for Truth
Bruce Raynor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
President Trump has prompted a new era of attacks on journalists, emboldening other politicians across the country and around the globe to follow suit. These assaults on the credibility of the news media have already had an alarming impact: Two months before the 2016 presidential election, Gallup found that Americans' trust in mass media fell…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/in-an-age-of-fake-news-journalists-should-be-activists-for-truth/

A Primer on the Venezuelan Elections
Alan Macleod | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
To an outsider, Venezuela can be a hard country to get your head around. The supposedly dictatorial government is pleading with the United Nations to send an international observation team to oversee the country's presidential elections on May 20th, while the major opposition parties are demanding they do not, boycotting the very vote they had…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/a-primer-on-the-venezuelan-elections/

Swing Status, Be Gone
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
During the last nationwide election, the one before that, and the preceding one as well, I was led to believe my vote really doesn't count. Why? Because I don't live in what our political parties define as a "swing state", or a swing district, or a swing county. Our media focuses on races and on…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/swing-status-be-gone/

Venezuela on the Eve of Presidential Elections: The US Empire Isn't Sitting by Idly
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves." — US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, 1970 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is the frontrunner in…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/venezuela-on-the-eve-of-presidential-elections-the-us-empire-isnt-sitting-by-idly/

'I'm Not Discouraged–I'm Pissed Off': Parkland Father Slams GOP After Santa Fe Shooting
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
"You can't legislate by shutting up. And they're just shutting up. And it's pathetic. " | As national news outlets again descend on the site of another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, the father of a victim from the Parkland shooting expressed his outrage with the Republican Party for its failure to address gun violence at the national level. CNN's Jake Tapper brought Fred Guttenberg on air to get his reaction to the horrific event that killed at least 10 people, mostly students, on Friday. "It must be so discouraging," Tapper said, "to think that the horror that you went through, now another set of families is going through it. And really, very little has changed in terms of anyone doing anything to prevent this from happening. ""So, I'm going to say this: I'm not discouraged — I'm pissed off," Guttenberg said. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/im-not-discouraged-im-pissed-parkland-father-slams-gop-after-santa-fe-shooting

How the "Cocaine Mitch" Saga Deflected the Spotlight on Corruption
Brian Saady | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
The West Virginia Senate Republican Primary ended last week with Don Blankenship in third place. He would have otherwise been considered a fringe candidate, but a series of attack ads against Mitch McConnell launched him onto the national scene. Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, is no stranger to controversy. He served a year…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/how-the-cocaine-mitch-saga-deflected-the-spotlight-on-corruption/

How the Trumps Screwed Palestine
Deconstructed | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | On Monday, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and other members of the Trump administration celebrated the opening of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, while at the same time and just a few miles away, Israeli snipers shot at hundreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. More than 60 people were killed in a single day, including children. Predictably, the U.S. media went into pro-Israeli propaganda mode, blaming all of the violence and killing on Hamas, which for all its many sins, didn't actually kill anyone this week. On this week's episode of Deconstructed, two Palestinians join Mehdi Hasan to discuss U.S. coverage of Palestine and how to get prominent Democratic politicians to take…
theintercept.com/2018/05/18/how-the-trumps-screwed-palestine/

"Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
When Sen. Al Franken resigned, the "Medicare for all" bill lost a sponsor. The Democrats vying to replace Franken are split on whether they'll support it. | The post "Medicare for All" Becomes Issue in Race for Al Franken's Senate Seat appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/05/18/single-payer-health-care-al-franken-senate/

Daniel Ellsberg: Whistleblowing is Needed to Avert Catastrophic U.S. War with Iran & North Korea
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-18
Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg is best known for leaking information about U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in 1971, but he also drafted plans for nuclear war as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House as detailed in his book, "The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner." He joins us in Santa Cruz to discuss nuclear war, North and South Korea and Iran. He says Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal has "no imaginable benefit to anybody, except for those mad men who want to see Iran destroyed," referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/18/daniel_ellsberg_whistleblowing_is_needed_to

Trump's EPA Doesn't Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-18
The Environmental Protection Agency is facing a major new scandal after it worked with the White House to bury an alarming federal study detailing widespread chemical contamination of the nation's water supply. One Trump administration official warned release of the study would create a "public relations nightmare." The study found chemicals commonly present in Teflon and firefighting foam are a threat to human health at levels the EPA had previously called safe. We speak with Robert Bilott, the attorney the New York Times calls the the "worst nightmare of DuPont," the manufacturer of Teflon. He successfully won compensation for his clients whose drinking water had been contaminated by toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. He is a recipient of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/18/trumps_epa_doesnt_want_you_to

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Civil Disobedience Against Vietnam War Led Me to Leak Pentagon Papers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-18
Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst in 1971 when he leaked a top-secret report on U.S. involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications that came to be known as the Pentagon Papers and played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. We speak with Ellsberg about the recent 50th anniversary of one of the most famous acts of civil disobedience in the United States. On May 17, 1968, Catholic priests and activists broke into a draft board office in Catonsville, Maryland, and stole 378 draft cards and burned them in the parking lot as a protest against the Vietnam War. They became known as the Catonsville Nine. Ellsberg discusses the role nonviolent direct action can play in social movements. Ellsberg says that the ending of the war in Vietnam "relied on a lot of people doing unusual things."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/18/whistleblower_daniel_ellsberg_civil_disobedience_against

The US political police and the 2016 elections
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-18
A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/18/pers-m18.html

In Thailand, No Justice 8 Years After Crackdown
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
On August 30, 2017, Phayao Akhard wears the bloody nurses gown worn by her daughter, nurse Kamolkate "Kate" Akhard, when she was killed by Thai Special Forces soldiers while tending wounded persons at the front of Wat Pathum temple on May 19, 2010. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | Eight years ago my colleagues and I watched as the streets of Bangkok were covered with blood in one of Thailand's most violent political confrontations. Yet there is still no justice for the at least 98 people killed and more than 2,000 injured between April and May 2010 — despite compelling evidence that the military was behind most of these abuses. | At the time, the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship — also known as the Red Shirts — held a mass protest against…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/thailand-no-justice-8-years-after-crackdown

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA chief despite her torture past
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
Gina Haspel is the new director of the CIA, after getting confirmed in the US Senate. Several Democrats crossed the aisle and gave her the green light, despite objecting to Haspel's role in the CIA's torture program. …
www.rt.com/usa/427042-haspel-cia-senate-confirmation-vote/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Planned U.S.-North Korea Peace Talks in Jeopardy as Trump Adviser Bolton Pushes for Regime Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-17
North Korea is threatening to cancel the June 12 U.S.-North Korea summit, after President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Sunday the U.S. should use the so-called Libyan model for denuclearization. In 2003, Libya negotiated sanctions relief from the United States in exchange for renouncing its nuclear program and welcoming international inspectors to verify the dismantlement. Eight years later, the U.S. and other nations attacked Libya, toppling and killing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. We are joined by Christine Hong, an associate professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/17/planned_us_north_korea_peace_talks

Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza's Wounded
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-17
As Palestinians vow to continue protesting against the Israeli occupation of Gaza, we speak to a Canadian doctor who was shot by Israeli forces in both legs Monday while he was helping injured Palestinians. Israeli forces shot dead at least 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the Great March of Return Monday, including one doctor. Canada, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Belgium have called for an investigation into the killings. The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that it will hold a special session Friday to discuss escalating violence in Gaza. We speak with Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency room medical doctor, one of 19 medical personnel shot in Gaza on Monday. Loubani is an associate professor at Western University in London, Ontario. He is a Palestinian refugee and a member of the Glia Project creating open-source medical devices for low-resource settings.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/17/meet_tarek_loubani_the_canadian_doctor

Oppose the slaughter of Palestinians! Oppose imperialist war!
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-17
The Democratic senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, has a long record of support for the Israeli government's war crimes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/17/isra-m17.html

Who framed President Putin? CIA veteran hints at culprit, slams Senate-backed 'collusion' tale
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
A Senate committee thinks it's a viable scenario that Vladimir Putin ordered the manipulation of US elections to install Donald Trump as president. A CIA veteran of 55 years believes it's more likely the spy agency framed Russia. …
www.rt.com/usa/427008-senate-russia-collusion-putin-cia/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

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