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2018-04-18: News Headlines

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All. Truthout Stories Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…

Jonah Raskin (2018-04-18). Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy. counterpunch.org "I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-18). Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar. Truthout Stories Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-18). A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party. AlterNet.org Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .

WSWS (2018-04-18). Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border. World Socialist Web Site The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

WSWS (2018-04-18). Government crisis in the Czech Republic. World Socialist Web Site Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.

RT (2018-04-18). Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes. RT US News Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules. Democracy Now! A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach—from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats—to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2018. Democracy Now! Pompeo Held Clandestine Meeting with Kim Jong-un, Congress Considers Rewriting the Post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, Nikki Haley to White House on Russia Sanctions: "I Don't Get Confused", In 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Mandating Deportation for Some Crimes, Cuba: President Raúl Castro Stepping Down from Power, Starbucks to Close More Than 8,000 Stores for 1-Day Anti-Racial Bias Training, NYC Removes Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Enslaved Black Women, Activists Fundraise to Erect Ida B. Wells Monument in Chicago, Graduate Students at Harvard, Northeastern, Columbia Demand Right to Form a Union, Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War. Democracy Now! The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks—what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries—many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Lee Fang (2018-04-18). The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era? The Intercept As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-17). McConnell Makes It Clear That Republicans Won't Do Anything to Protect Mueller from Trump. AlterNet.org "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor. " | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed calls on Tuesday for legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, saying that he doesn't think President Donald Trump will fire the lead investigator in charge of the Russia investigation. "I don't think he should fire Mueller, and I don't think he's going to, so this is a piece of legislation that is not necessary, in my judgment," Mcconnell said on Fox News. A growing number of Republican lawmakers have endorsed legislation to protect Mueller in recent days following the president's fury over the federal raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. Neil Cavuto, the Fox News host who interviewed McConnell, pointed this fact out to the majority leader. "But I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor," McConnell said. "That's my responsibility as. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-17). Mike Pompeo, Trump's Pick for Secretary of State, Secretly Met With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. AlterNet.org The revelation came ahead of Pompeo's confirmation vote. | CIA Director Mike Pompeo had a secret meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on Easter weekend ahead of President Donald Trump's planned meeting with the head of the rogue regime, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The story, first published by the Washington Post, came on the heels of Trump himself seeming to say that he had been directly talking to Kim, which would have been an extraordinary development in American diplomacy. The White House quickly clarified that Trump had not spoken directly with the leader, but that talks were being held at a "very high level. "Pompeo — who is Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state as long as the Senate approves — meeting with Kim certainly qualifies as a "high-level" talk. Earlier in the day, two Democratic senators

Greg Carey, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-17). Fear, Nostalgia and Power Primarily Account for Trump's Appeal to Evangelicals. AlterNet.org Evangelicals long for a mythical Christian past — and Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra appeals directly to that troubled nostalgia. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election (and since) many tried to answer the question, "Why would evangelicals support him? " According to the Pew Research Center 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, an astonishing margin given Trump's lack of church involvement and his, um, complicated personal history. But few solid analyses have come from within the movement itself. Instead, most pundits have either treated evangelicalism as an oddity or revealed their own personal alienation from the movement. Messiah College historian John Fea has earned the right to author a book on this topic. His research focuses on American Christianity, including his nuanced, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? that book put the lie to David. . .

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-04-17). These 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death Spiral. AlterNet.org No good news for the Grand Old Party. | Last week the Harvard Institute of Politics released their Spring 2018 poll of young voters revealing the younger members of the Millennial Generation are enthusiastic about the midterm elections. It isn't the first time millennials are keyed into an election — but it's the first time the entirety of the generation is voting in an election. For those born after 1980 or before 2000, politics has been fraught with war, economic depression, scandals and now fake news. The generation is the largest and most diverse in American history. This year marks the first that anyone born before November 2000 will be eligible to vote and they're paying attention. Real-time digital insights company Toluna revealed a full 89 percent of millennials use social media and news has become a significant part. . .

Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches (2018-04-17). Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible. AlterNet.org The fearful times we live in didn't just drop out of the sky. | The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era's bubble of strangely dilated time: everything agonizingly slow—and bewilderingly fast. But for all the post-mortems on the 2016 election, for every Hillbilly Elegy that says to white rage "I feel your pain," or every column wondering how evangelicals can tolerate Stormy Daniels, there's a larger diagnosis that Americans need to undertake. A frank assessment of the conditions enabling Trump's election—and I'm not talking here about Russia and the UAE—means that we look squarely at the tendency of Americans to invest more in "authenticity" than capability, and to combine this with a. . .

Dr. Hakim (2018-04-17). Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children? counterpunch.org Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and More

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-17). Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92. AlterNet.org The former president's press office confirmed the news. | Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday evening at the age of 92, according to a press release from the Office of George H. W. Bush. Barbara Bush was "a relentless proponent of family literacy," according to the release. Read the full statement below. Statement by the Office of @GeorgeHWBush on the passing of Barbara Pierce Bush this evening at the age of 92. pic. twitter. com/c6JU0xy6Vc— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018 | Related Stories: Former First Lady Barbara Bush No Longer Seeking Medical Treatment for Congestive Heart FailureThese 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death SpiralWatch This Former Watergate Prosecutor Explain Sean Hannity's Possible Criminal Exposure in Michael Cohen Case

Staff (2018-04-17). Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In Republican-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders fear the loss of conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters. | The post Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Amnesty pushes for victims' rights at OECD Minerals Forum. Amnesty International Amnesty International has urged zero tolerance for companies who continue to profit from human rights abuses in cobalt mines, ahead of the 12th Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, which takes place in Paris between 17-20 April. | In two major reports* Amnesty International has shown how the majority of companies sourcing cobalt from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have likely contributed to or benefited from human rights abuses. | | "The fact that abuses persist years after the OECD put responsible sourcing guidelines in place raises the question of whether this Forum will be anything more than a talking shop for…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize. Democracy Now! On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid. Democracy Now! In a potentially major setback for President Trump, a federal judge has rejected efforts from the president to be given first access to documents seized by the FBI last week during raids on the properties of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. Monday's court hearing pitted the president against his own Justice Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the president's request. McKay said, "Just because he has a powerful client doesn't mean he should get special treatment." The FBI seized 10 boxes of documents and as many as a dozen electronic devices from Cohen. According to press accounts, the Trump administration now views the probe into Cohen as a more serious threat to the president than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Meanwhile, on Monday, Cohen's attorneys were forced to reveal Fox News host Sean Hannity was also one of Cohen's other legal clients. Just last week, Hannity slammed the FBI for raiding Cohen's office and home, but he never disclosed his ties to Cohen. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation. Democracy Now! At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2018. Democracy Now! Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria, U.S. & U.K. Issue Joint Warning About Risks of Russian Cyberattacks, Judge Rejects Trump's Efforts to Have First Access to Cohen Docs Seized by FBI, Watchdog Rules EPA Broke Law with $43,000 Soundproof Phone Booth, Philadelphia: Protesters Shut Down Starbucks over Racial Discrimination, Trudeau Continues to Back Controversial Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline, Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyoncé Rocks Coachella with Historic Performance Celebrating Black Culture, Kendrick Lamar Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize for Music…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-04-17). Politicized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics. The Intercept The teachers strikes that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the people who make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era nature of the uprising. | In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances. In all four states, residents are reacting to years of Republican-controlled legislatures, a decline in state funding for students and teachers, an expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools, and an increasingly galvanized electorate that is motivated by all sorts of other organizing efforts that have emerged since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. | And while the ranks of the educators are stocked with progressives, the strikes would…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

RT (2018-04-16). 5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release. RT US News Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops.
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RT (2018-04-16). Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation. RT US News In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). Protests Surge in Armenia. Human Rights Watch News Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minster tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from entering and voting. Rallies took place throughout the weekend. This morning, thousands of people…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC. Amnesty International As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before" Democracy Now! On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week. Democracy Now! Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies…

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide—and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

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Let's Go All-In on Home Care For All
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Maine's Home Care for All ballot initiative is an example of how voters are taking the future into their own hands in these turbulent times. By ensuring that people with disabilities and older adults receive the home care they need, while creating good paying jobs for caregivers, Mainers are taking steps to construct a society they want.(Photo: JGI / Tom Grill / Getty Images) | Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. | Today, there is as much to assist as there is to resist. | Creation counters destruction. In this turbulent political climate, the dismantling of our democracy must be countered with the construction of a society that reflects our values and imagines the future that we want, not the one we're being handed. And there…
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Napa County, California: the Clash of Oligarchy & Democracy
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-18
"I'm afraid that Napa is becoming the Valley of the Oligarchs. If it can happen here, where people are reasonably intelligent it can happen anywhere." — St. Helena city councilman Geoff Ellsworth Were does one go to glimpse the future? There have always been science fiction novels such as H. G. Wells' The War of the…
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Sinclair Has Thrived for So Long Under the Radar
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-18
Janine Jackson: The viral video of dozens of local newscasters from around the country, reciting identical scripts about "fake news," is the definition of painful irony. But what Sinclair Broadcast Group, the parent company that forced the broadcasters to parrot the words, is doing, and wants to do, is no laughing matter. Sinclair's been largely under the radar til now, though known to some as the owner that forced its stations to run a pseudo-documentary hit piece on John Kerry days before the 2004 election. The chain's Washington bureau chief resisted, told the Baltimore Sun, "I couldn't be part of this special and call it news, when what it is is political propaganda," and was promptly fired. | So what does it mean that Sinclair may acquire a station in your town next?
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A Trump Cult in Exchange for Tax Cuts: James Comey Explains Why He's Leaving the Republican Party
Sarah Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-18
Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. | Former FBI Director James Comey was once a proud Republican, but not anymore. He made the decision after tangles with the White House and the Republican National Committee's launch of a site called "Lyin' Comey," after President Donald Trump's attacks, according to an interview on the ABC News podcast "Start Here. ""The Republican party has left me, and many others," Comey said, explaining his abandonment. "I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it. "Despite the resurgence of the tea party, Comey said that the evolution of the GOP has "probably been over the Trump presidency" and his followers. "These people don't represent anything I believe in," he said of the GOP. According to him, the Republican Party has turned into a Trump party. "I see the Republican Party,. . .
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Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/mexi-a18.html

Government crisis in the Czech Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-18
Under the guise of popular protests in the Czech Republic, reactionary elements are working to advance a policy to strengthen the government along with the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/czec-a18.html

Senators unveil resolution limiting presidential war powers following Trump's Syria strikes
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-18
Days after Donald Trump launched a bombing campaign in Syria, Republican and Democrat senators have introduced a resolution which would rein in presidential war powers. …
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#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 19 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

America's #1 Weapons Salesman: Trump Promotes U.S. Arms Manufacturers & Weakens Export Rules
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
A new exposé by Reuters reveals how the Trump administration plans to make the U.S. an even larger weapons exporter by loosening restrictions on the sale of equipment ranging from fighter jets and drones to warships and artillery. Reuters reveals that the new initiative will provide guidelines that could allow more countries to be granted faster deal approvals, and will call on Cabinet officials to help close deals between foreign governments and U.S. defense contractors. In one example, Reuters reveals President Trump himself urged the emir of Kuwait, in a telephone call, to finalize a $10 billion fighter jet deal with Boeing, the country's second-largest defense contractor. The exposé details the role U.S. Cabinet officials may be asked to play in pushing arms exports abroad as part of the new initiative, which will call for a "whole of government" approach–from the president and his Cabinet to military attachés and diplomats–to help draw in billions of dollars more in arms business overseas. The Trump administration is expected to announce the new rules as early as Thursday. We speak to Mike Stone of Reuters and William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/americas_1_weapons_salesman_trump_promotes

Unlimited Worldwide War: ACLU Warns Senate Against Giving Trump Blank Check to Declare War
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
The New York Times is reporting President Trump launched airstrikes against Syria on Friday despite opposition from his own defense secretary, James Mattis, who wanted Trump to first get congressional approval. Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers have described the strikes on Syria as illegal since Trump did not seek congressional input or authorization.This comes as Congress is considering rewriting the war powers granted to the president after the September 11 attacks–what's known as the AUMF, or Authorization for Use of Military Force. On September 14, 2001, the current AUMF passed the Senate 98-0 and 420-1 in the House, with California Democrat Barbara Lee casting the sole dissenting vote. Since then, it's been used by Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump to justify at least 37 military operations in 14 countries–many of which were entirely unrelated to 9/11. On Monday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/unlimited_worldwide_war_aclu_warns_senate

The GOP Is Trying to Bring Down This Anti-Establishment Republican. Can He Survive the Trump Era?
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-04-18
As the 2018 midterm election cycle ramps up, Republican operatives are busy strategizing about how to protect incumbent GOP lawmakers. In one case, though, Republicans are working to overthrow one of its incumbents: Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. | Jones, who is in his 11th term in office, cuts an unlikely figure in Washington, D.C. He has fought for a higher minimum wage, tougher regulations on Wall Street, and stronger limits on big money in politics. He has called for restrictions on government surveillance, sharply criticized the leadership of his party for being too cozy with K Street lobbyists and corporate interests, and waged a one-man battle to rein in United States-backed wars raging throughout the Middle East. Though once a strong supporter of the Iraq War, Jones changed his tune as the disastrous war unfolded: "Lyndon Johnson's probably rotting in…
theintercept.com/2018/04/18/walter-jones-north-carolina-primary-republican-gop-establishment/

Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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McConnell Makes It Clear That Republicans Won't Do Anything to Protect Mueller from Trump
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor. " | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed calls on Tuesday for legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, saying that he doesn't think President Donald Trump will fire the lead investigator in charge of the Russia investigation. "I don't think he should fire Mueller, and I don't think he's going to, so this is a piece of legislation that is not necessary, in my judgment," Mcconnell said on Fox News. A growing number of Republican lawmakers have endorsed legislation to protect Mueller in recent days following the president's fury over the federal raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. Neil Cavuto, the Fox News host who interviewed McConnell, pointed this fact out to the majority leader. "But I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor," McConnell said. "That's my responsibility as. . .
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Mike Pompeo, Trump's Pick for Secretary of State, Secretly Met With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The revelation came ahead of Pompeo's confirmation vote. | CIA Director Mike Pompeo had a secret meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un on Easter weekend ahead of President Donald Trump's planned meeting with the head of the rogue regime, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The story, first published by the Washington Post, came on the heels of Trump himself seeming to say that he had been directly talking to Kim, which would have been an extraordinary development in American diplomacy. The White House quickly clarified that Trump had not spoken directly with the leader, but that talks were being held at a "very high level. "Pompeo — who is Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state as long as the Senate approves — meeting with Kim certainly qualifies as a "high-level" talk. Earlier in the day, two Democratic senators…
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These 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death Spiral
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
No good news for the Grand Old Party. | Last week the Harvard Institute of Politics released their Spring 2018 poll of young voters revealing the younger members of the Millennial Generation are enthusiastic about the midterm elections. It isn't the first time millennials are keyed into an election — but it's the first time the entirety of the generation is voting in an election. For those born after 1980 or before 2000, politics has been fraught with war, economic depression, scandals and now fake news. The generation is the largest and most diverse in American history. This year marks the first that anyone born before November 2000 will be eligible to vote and they're paying attention. Real-time digital insights company Toluna revealed a full 89 percent of millennials use social media and news has become a significant part. . .
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Open Carry Racism: The Right-Wing Fever Dream That Made the Trump Era Possible
Jason C. Blivins, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The fearful times we live in didn't just drop out of the sky. | The idiosyncratic pantheon of Trump administration staffers continues its exodus, a stream of comic book villains exiting stage right. The combination of venality, incompetence, and pathological narcissism, however, remains. And the world lives in the Trump era's bubble of strangely dilated time: everything agonizingly slow–and bewilderingly fast. But for all the post-mortems on the 2016 election, for every Hillbilly Elegy that says to white rage "I feel your pain," or every column wondering how evangelicals can tolerate Stormy Daniels, there's a larger diagnosis that Americans need to undertake. A frank assessment of the conditions enabling Trump's election–and I'm not talking here about Russia and the UAE–means that we look squarely at the tendency of Americans to invest more in "authenticity" than capability, and to combine this with a. . .
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Fear, Nostalgia and Power Primarily Account for Trump's Appeal to Evangelicals
Greg Carey, Religion Dispatches | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
Evangelicals long for a mythical Christian past — and Trump's "Make America Great Again" mantra appeals directly to that troubled nostalgia. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election (and since) many tried to answer the question, "Why would evangelicals support him? " According to the Pew Research Center 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, an astonishing margin given Trump's lack of church involvement and his, um, complicated personal history. But few solid analyses have come from within the movement itself. Instead, most pundits have either treated evangelicalism as an oddity or revealed their own personal alienation from the movement. Messiah College historian John Fea has earned the right to author a book on this topic. His research focuses on American Christianity, including his nuanced, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? that book put the lie to David. . .
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Where on Earth is the Just Economy that Works for All, Including Afghan Children?
Dr. Hakim | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-17
Political and business leaders have refined the art and science of lying about the economy. From their suites, chauffeur-driven limousines, private yachts and jets, they aren't too concerned about whether the economy works for everyone, except in speeches and elections. As they tuck into their next fine dining experience, they know that it's easier and…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/17/where-on-earth-is-the-just-economy-that-works-for-all-including-afghan-children/

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-17
The former president's press office confirmed the news. | Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday evening at the age of 92, according to a press release from the Office of George H. W. Bush. Barbara Bush was "a relentless proponent of family literacy," according to the release. Read the full statement below. Statement by the Office of @GeorgeHWBush on the passing of Barbara Pierce Bush this evening at the age of 92. pic. twitter. com/c6JU0xy6Vc– Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018 | Related Stories: Former First Lady Barbara Bush No Longer Seeking Medical Treatment for Congestive Heart FailureThese 6 Inescapable Facts Help Explain the Republican Party's Current Death SpiralWatch This Former Watergate Prosecutor Explain Sean Hannity's Possible Criminal Exposure in Michael Cohen Case…
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Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
In Republican-led states where these types of bills surface, moderate GOP lawmakers and business leaders fear the loss of conventions, sporting events and corporate headquarters. | The post Bills to Curtail LGBT Rights Failing in U.S. Legislatures appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/17/chance-curb-abuse-mineral-supply-chains

Amnesty pushes for victims' rights at OECD Minerals Forum
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Amnesty International has urged zero tolerance for companies who continue to profit from human rights abuses in cobalt mines, ahead of the 12th Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, which takes place in Paris between 17-20 April. | In two major reports* Amnesty International has shown how the majority of companies sourcing cobalt from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have likely contributed to or benefited from human rights abuses. | | "The fact that abuses persist years after the OECD put responsible sourcing guidelines in place raises the question of whether this Forum will be anything more than a talking shop for…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/amnesty-pushes-for-victims-rights-at-oecd-minerals-forum/

Trump's Legal Worries Grow as Judge Rejects Effort for President to Review Docs Seized in FBI Raid
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
In a potentially major setback for President Trump, a federal judge has rejected efforts from the president to be given first access to documents seized by the FBI last week during raids on the properties of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud. Monday's court hearing pitted the president against his own Justice Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay urged the judge to reject the president's request. McKay said, "Just because he has a powerful client doesn't mean he should get special treatment." The FBI seized 10 boxes of documents and as many as a dozen electronic devices from Cohen. According to press accounts, the Trump administration now views the probe into Cohen as a more serious threat to the president than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Meanwhile, on Monday, Cohen's attorneys were forced to reveal Fox News host Sean Hannity was also one of Cohen's other legal clients. Just last week, Hannity slammed the FBI for raiding Cohen's office and home, but he never disclosed his ties to Cohen. We speak to Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/trumps_legal_worries_grow_as_judge

Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/deadliest_us_prison_riot_in_25

Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/hip_hop_artist_kendrick_lamar_makes

Politicized by Trump, Teachers Threaten to Shake Up Red-State Politics
Rachel M. Cohen | The Intercept | 2018-04-17
The teachers strikes that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the people who make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era nature of the uprising. | In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances. In all four states, residents are reacting to years of Republican-controlled legislatures, a decline in state funding for students and teachers, an expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools, and an increasingly galvanized electorate that is motivated by all sorts of other organizing efforts that have emerged since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. | And while the ranks of the educators are stocked with progressives, the strikes would…
theintercept.com/2018/04/17/teacher-strikes-west-virginia-oklahoma-kentucky-arizona/

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/immi-a16.html

Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. …
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5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops. …
www.rt.com/usa/424230-comey-slams-trump-clinton-russia-interview-book/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Protests Surge in Armenia
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-16
Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minster tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from entering and voting. Rallies took place throughout the weekend. This morning, thousands of people…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/16/protests-surge-armenia

SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/sadc-act-to-end-the-crisis-in-the-drc/

Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before"
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/chelsea_manning_on_trumps_mission_accomplished

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/gaza_palestinians_continue_great_march_of

Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies…
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Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
www.rt.com/usa/423984-arizona-teacher-strike-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/syrian_researcher_focus_on_alleged_chemical

As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/as_trump_reconsiders_tpp_stance_fair

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/nearly_4_people_are_evicted_every

Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…
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House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/paul-a12.html

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
www.rt.com/usa/423982-pompeo-russia-exceptional-hardline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/political_scientist_corey_robin_paul_ryan

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/corey_robin_striking_teachers_are_real

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/will_senate_dems_block_confirmation_of

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …
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How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
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TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Adam H. Johnson (2018-04-17). Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats—and most of the partisan Democratic media—leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.—opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval—without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Trump's Illegal Attack on Syria? Truthout Stories The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour. (Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | President Donald Trump's decision to carry out a series of airstrikes on Syrian government chemical weapons facilities on Friday, April…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-16). Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment. MintPress News "The establishment wants, #1, to push tax cuts for millionaires and a war agenda. And #2 is to tell you 'politics are too complicated for you, so don't get involved.'" And Republicans' "idea of a good election is nobody votes and big money dominates." | The post Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment appeared first on MintPress News.

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Fox News Host Sean Hannity Is Revealed to Be Michael Cohen's Secret Third Client. AlterNet.org The president and propagandist have been secretly sharing a lawyer. | Despite trying to hide the identity of his clients, Bloomberg reported Monday that the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen represents Fox News personality Sean Hannity. Before Hannity was revealed as Cohen's third client, Bloomberg reported that he asked the attorney not to let his name be made public. Instead, Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan handed the name of the client now known to be Hannity to U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan in a sealed envelope, promising to appeal if the judge ordered he and his client to disclose the name. "At this point," Ryan said during the hearing, "no one would want to be [associated] with the case in that way. " Related Stories: Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey SmearsWatch SNL's Kate McKinnon Take on Laura Ingraham and Fox News in Hilarious Boycott SketchIs MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Poor People's Campaign Gears Up for Mother's Day Launch. Truthout Stories "I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor." | Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, the campaign aims to lift up the voices of people like De la Cruz who've been most affected by our country's persistent poverty. | A descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz was born in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country. Median household income there is about $26,000, compared to $116,000 for the wealthiest district, which straddles Virginia's northern suburbs. She's a member of the national steering committee of the Poor…

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

RT (2018-04-16). 5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release. RT US News Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops.
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RT (2018-04-16). Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation. RT US News In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). Protests Surge in Armenia. Human Rights Watch News Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. Many Armenians believe this would amount to a de facto third term as president. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minister tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC. Amnesty International As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week. Democracy Now! Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before" Democracy Now! On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-13). Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind. counterpunch.org Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist More

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

WSWS (2018-04-12). Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment! World Socialist Web Site Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide—and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Tweets Syria Assault Could Come "Soon or Not So Soon At All!", Russian Ambassador Warns U.S. over "Sad and Serious Events" in Syria, Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Against Syria Strike, House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Documents on "Access Hollywood" Tape, Algeria: Plane Crash Kills 257, Including Western Sahara Activists, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Grilled on Privacy by House Panel, Trump Judicial Nominee Won't State Position on School Desegregation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Won't Resign over Reported Sexual Abuses, Study: Climate Change Is Weakening Gulf Stream Ocean Currents, Chicago Tribune Journalists Seek to Unionize, Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Medical Marijuana Firm…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). "A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate. Democracy Now! Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece "With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia Than Obama Was."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo? Democracy Now! Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican—Rand Paul—has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters. The Intercept Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-12). National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party. The Intercept Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican. The Intercept In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-12). Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma? The Intercept An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

RT (2018-04-11). House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election. RT US News Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." |
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). "Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens? Democracy Now! During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya. Democracy Now! In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2018. Democracy Now! "Get Ready Russia": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria After Alleged Chemical Attack, After FBI Raid, Concern Trump Will Fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Zuckerberg Faces Off with Lawmakers About Facebook Privacy Scandal, Trump's Chief Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Ousted, Israeli Military Censures Soldiers Who Cheered After Shooting Palestinian Man in Gaza, Burma: 7 Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Rohingya in Inn Din, Indian Supreme Court Upholds Right to Interfaith Marriage, in Blow to Hindu Nationalists, Oklahoma Teachers Complete 110-Mile March to State Capitol as Strike Continues, Florida's Broward County Votes Not to Arm Teachers, California Sheriff: "Better Financially" for Officers to Kill Suspects, Arizona Supreme Court Ends In-State Tuition for DACA Students, NYC Immigration Lawyers Protest Against ICE Agents at Courthouses, Sex Workers Speak Out Against Shut Down of Backpage.com, Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election, 257 Die in Algerian Military Plane Crash Near Algiers…

RT (2018-04-10). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). "A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet. Democracy Now! President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

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Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too
Adam H. Johnson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-17
American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats–and most of the partisan Democratic media–leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats–Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.–opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval–without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…
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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |


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Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Trump's Illegal Attack on Syria?
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour. (Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | President Donald Trump's decision to carry out a series of airstrikes on Syrian government chemical weapons facilities on Friday, April…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44182-where-is-the-democratic-outrage-over-trump-s-illegal-attack-on-syria

Fox News Host Sean Hannity Is Revealed to Be Michael Cohen's Secret Third Client
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-16
The president and propagandist have been secretly sharing a lawyer. | Despite trying to hide the identity of his clients, Bloomberg reported Monday that the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen represents Fox News personality Sean Hannity. Before Hannity was revealed as Cohen's third client, Bloomberg reported that he asked the attorney not to let his name be made public. Instead, Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan handed the name of the client now known to be Hannity to U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan in a sealed envelope, promising to appeal if the judge ordered he and his client to disclose the name. "At this point," Ryan said during the hearing, "no one would want to be [associated] with the case in that way. " Related Stories: Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey SmearsWatch SNL's Kate McKinnon Take on Laura Ingraham and Fox News in Hilarious Boycott SketchIs MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists…
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Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment
Mark Gruenberg | MintPress News | 2018-04-16
"The establishment wants, #1, to push tax cuts for millionaires and a war agenda. And #2 is to tell you 'politics are too complicated for you, so don't get involved.'" And Republicans' "idea of a good election is nobody votes and big money dominates." | The post Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment appeared first on MintPress News.

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Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
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The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…
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Poor People's Campaign Gears Up for Mother's Day Launch
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-16
"I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor." | Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, the campaign aims to lift up the voices of people like De la Cruz who've been most affected by our country's persistent poverty. | A descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz was born in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country. Median household income there is about $26,000, compared to $116,000 for the wealthiest district, which straddles Virginia's northern suburbs. She's a member of the national steering committee of the Poor…
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Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
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Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. …
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5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-16
Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops. …
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Protests Surge in Armenia
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-16
Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. Many Armenians believe this would amount to a de facto third term as president. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minister tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from…
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SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC
Amnesty International | 2018-04-16
As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…
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Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/gaza_palestinians_continue_great_march_of

Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/syrian_american_activist_limited_us_airstrikes

Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before"
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/chelsea_manning_on_trumps_mission_accomplished

To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21573

Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-13
Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/13/cambridge-analytica-another-reason-to-leave-social-media-behind/

Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
www.rt.com/usa/423984-arizona-teacher-strike-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/nearly_4_people_are_evicted_every

As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/as_trump_reconsiders_tpp_stance_fair

Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/syrian_researcher_focus_on_alleged_chemical

Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…
theintercept.com/2018/04/13/cynthia-nixon-governor-new-york-andrew-cuomo/

House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/paul-a12.html

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/cali-a12.html

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
www.rt.com/usa/423982-pompeo-russia-exceptional-hardline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/corey_robin_striking_teachers_are_real

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/political_scientist_corey_robin_paul_ryan

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/will_senate_dems_block_confirmation_of

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/dccc-national-democrats-new-york-primary/

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/israel-palestine-conflict-elizabeth-warren/

GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/north-carolina-republican-primary-george-soros/

Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/scott-pruitt-oklahoma-superfund-audit-suppression/

Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/mala-a11.html

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …
www.rt.com/usa/423828-paul-ryan-house-reelection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/amid_facebooks_privacy_scandal_growing_concern

How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/how_facebook_played_instrumental_role_in

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/facebook_doesnt_sell_your_data_it

ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-10
Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. …
www.rt.com/usa/423753-cambridge-analytica-psychological-profiling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

"A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/a_very_dangerous_moment_trump_threatens

Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/denver_post_revolts_against_its_vulture

Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/trump_slams_fbi_ag_jeff_sessions

Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/is_sorry_enough_facebook_built_empire

"Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/apartheid_rogue_terrorist_state_glenn_greenwald

Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_on_syria_us_israel

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2018-04-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-04-15). Is MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists. AlterNet.org Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016, MSNBC had at least two clear options: It could respond to a swelling progressive viewer base by moving left, or it could keep playing the Beltway game and move right, loading up with #NeverTrump Republicans, and dumping actual progressives. In choosing the latter — albeit with a head-fake — the news channel has significantly skewed its coverage, to the detriment of progressive politics and its own viewers. Oh, there's plenty of Trump-bashing to please MSNBC's booming viewer base. But it's often a cheap thrill, giving scant or no attention to what made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, let alone the challenge of building a coherent alternative. The channel is currently riding enjoying a ratings. . .

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…

Newsweek (2018-04-15). Comey: Impeachment Would Let Americans Off the Hook. AlterNet.org President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night. | Updated | President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night in his first television interview since Trump fired him last May.

Staff (2018-04-15). Protesters in Barcelona Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BARCELONA, Spain—Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. | Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" | The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists in prison awaiting trial for their roles in last year's failed breakaway bid by the northeastern Spanish region. | The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Barcelona police said 315,000 people participated in the protest. | "The majority of Catalans, regardless of their political position, agree…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So. AlterNet.org It's a compelling case. | Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a "religious cult. "Aslan begins by noting that Trump received unprecedented support from American evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election — even more than former President George W. Bush, who identified specifically as an evangelical. "This makes no sense," Aslan said. "Especially when you consider that Trump is not just the most irreligious president in modern history — that his entire worldview makes a mockery of core Christian values, such as humility and empathy and care for the poor. "To examine why this could be, Aslan pointed in part to the rise of the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" that was. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-15). Trump Thinks Firing Rod Rosenstein Will Help Him Escape Mueller—Here's Why the Plan Could Backfire in a Huge Way. AlterNet.org The next in line for the job should worry the corrupt president. | President Donald Trump has publicly attacked his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over his authorization of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has reportedly been mulling plans to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will presumably do his bidding to shut down the probe. However, a Daily Beast profile of Noel Francisco — the man who is next in line at the Department of Justice to replace Rosenstein — shows that it might not be that simple. Although Francisco is an unabashed conservative who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he is also a constitutional law expert who, his friends say, is unlikely to serve as Trump's personal henchman. "One of Francisco's long-time friends, who spoke. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road. Truthout Stories U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry. Truthout Stories Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-04-14). Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms. AlterNet.org MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-13). Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind. counterpunch.org Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist More

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe. AlterNet.org The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

WSWS (2018-04-12). Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment! World Socialist Web Site Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-12). US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections. Human Rights Watch News Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide—and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). "A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate. Democracy Now! Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece "With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia Than Obama Was."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo? Democracy Now! Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican—Rand Paul—has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Tweets Syria Assault Could Come "Soon or Not So Soon At All!", Russian Ambassador Warns U.S. over "Sad and Serious Events" in Syria, Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Against Syria Strike, House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Documents on "Access Hollywood" Tape, Algeria: Plane Crash Kills 257, Including Western Sahara Activists, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Grilled on Privacy by House Panel, Trump Judicial Nominee Won't State Position on School Desegregation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Won't Resign over Reported Sexual Abuses, Study: Climate Change Is Weakening Gulf Stream Ocean Currents, Chicago Tribune Journalists Seek to Unionize, Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Medical Marijuana Firm…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters. The Intercept Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-12). National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party. The Intercept Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican. The Intercept In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-12). Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma? The Intercept An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill. World Socialist Web Site The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing. World Socialist Web Site The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections. World Socialist Web Site Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

RT (2018-04-11). House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election. RT US News Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People. Human Rights Watch News U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan. Human Rights Watch News Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya. Democracy Now! In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens? Democracy Now! During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). "Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2018. Democracy Now! "Get Ready Russia": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria After Alleged Chemical Attack, After FBI Raid, Concern Trump Will Fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Zuckerberg Faces Off with Lawmakers About Facebook Privacy Scandal, Trump's Chief Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Ousted, Israeli Military Censures Soldiers Who Cheered After Shooting Palestinian Man in Gaza, Burma: 7 Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Rohingya in Inn Din, Indian Supreme Court Upholds Right to Interfaith Marriage, in Blow to Hindu Nationalists, Oklahoma Teachers Complete 110-Mile March to State Capitol as Strike Continues, Florida's Broward County Votes Not to Arm Teachers, California Sheriff: "Better Financially" for Officers to Kill Suspects, Arizona Supreme Court Ends In-State Tuition for DACA Students, NYC Immigration Lawyers Protest Against ICE Agents at Courthouses, Sex Workers Speak Out Against Shut Down of Backpage.com, Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election, 257 Die in Algerian Military Plane Crash Near Algiers…

RT (2018-04-10). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials. Human Rights Watch News Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes. Human Rights Watch News Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Raids Home, Office & Hotel Room of Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, Zuckerberg to Testify on Capitol Hill over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Trump Threatens to Respond "Forcefully" to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Report: Celebrated Journalist Marie Colvin Was "Assassinated" by Syrian Regime, Gaza: Palestinians Pay Tribute to Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Killed by Israeli Sniper, Jewish Activists in Boston, New York Arrested Protesting Israel's Killing of Palestinian Protesters, Germany: Hundreds of Flights Canceled Amid One-Day Union Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Enter Second Week of Strike Demanding Better Education Funding, Florida Students Walk Out to Protest Teens Killed by Gun Violence in Liberty City, Denver Post Launches Public Revolt Against Its Hedge-Fund Owner, CBO Analysis: Trump's Tax Breaks for Rich Will Contribute to Growing Deficit, 42 Workers Contaminated by Radioactive Particles at Hanford Nuclear Site…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). "A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet. Democracy Now! President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

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Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-16
4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/16/immi-a16.html

Is MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
Loading up on semi-repentant conservatives and ignoring the activist left, MSNBC is doing the nation a disservice. | In the wake of Donald Trump's election in 2016, MSNBC had at least two clear options: It could respond to a swelling progressive viewer base by moving left, or it could keep playing the Beltway game and move right, loading up with #NeverTrump Republicans, and dumping actual progressives. In choosing the latter — albeit with a head-fake — the news channel has significantly skewed its coverage, to the detriment of progressive politics and its own viewers. Oh, there's plenty of Trump-bashing to please MSNBC's booming viewer base. But it's often a cheap thrill, giving scant or no attention to what made Trump's presidency possible in the first place, let alone the challenge of building a coherent alternative. The channel is currently riding enjoying a ratings. . .
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Comey: Impeachment Would Let Americans Off the Hook
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night. | Updated | President Donald Trump should not be impeached because it would "short-circuit" the Democratic system, former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday night in his first television interview since Trump fired him last May.
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Protesters in Barcelona Demand Jailed Separatists Go Free
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
BARCELONA, Spain–Hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in downtown Barcelona on Sunday to demand the release of high-profile secessionist leaders being held in pretrial detention. | Protesters waved Catalan separatist flags behind a huge banner that read "for rights and liberties, for democracy and unity, we want them back home!" | The demonstration was organized by two pro-independence grassroots groups, the National Catalan Assembly and Omnium, whose presidents are among the nine separatists in prison awaiting trial for their roles in last year's failed breakaway bid by the northeastern Spanish region. | The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Barcelona police said 315,000 people participated in the protest. | "The majority of Catalans, regardless of their political position, agree…
truthdig.com/articles/huge-rally-in-barcelona-to-demand-jailed-separatists-go-free/

To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…
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Is Trump's Presidency Turning White Evangelical Christianity into a 'Cult'? This Religion Scholar Thinks So
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
It's a compelling case. | Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and former CNN host who has written extensively about Islamic fundamentalism, is featured in a new Big Think video in which he asks the question of whether the followers of President Donald Trump constitute a "religious cult. "Aslan begins by noting that Trump received unprecedented support from American evangelicals during the 2016 presidential election — even more than former President George W. Bush, who identified specifically as an evangelical. "This makes no sense," Aslan said. "Especially when you consider that Trump is not just the most irreligious president in modern history — that his entire worldview makes a mockery of core Christian values, such as humility and empathy and care for the poor. "To examine why this could be, Aslan pointed in part to the rise of the so-called "Prosperity Gospel" that was. . .
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Trump Thinks Firing Rod Rosenstein Will Help Him Escape Mueller–Here's Why the Plan Could Backfire in a Huge Way
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-15
The next in line for the job should worry the corrupt president. | President Donald Trump has publicly attacked his own deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over his authorization of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has reportedly been mulling plans to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will presumably do his bidding to shut down the probe. However, a Daily Beast profile of Noel Francisco — the man who is next in line at the Department of Justice to replace Rosenstein — shows that it might not be that simple. Although Francisco is an unabashed conservative who once clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, he is also a constitutional law expert who, his friends say, is unlikely to serve as Trump's personal henchman. "One of Francisco's long-time friends, who spoke. . .
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As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44163-as-the-republican-roof-caves-in-paul-ryan-hits-the-road

Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44165-mapped-cambridge-analytica-s-ties-to-the-fossil-fuel-industry

Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms
Rachel Leah, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .
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Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-13
Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/13/cambridge-analytica-another-reason-to-leave-social-media-behind/

Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .
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Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
www.rt.com/usa/423984-arizona-teacher-strike-democrats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/nearly_4_people_are_evicted_every

As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/as_trump_reconsiders_tpp_stance_fair

Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/13/syrian_researcher_focus_on_alleged_chemical

Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…
theintercept.com/2018/04/13/cynthia-nixon-governor-new-york-andrew-cuomo/

House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/paul-a12.html

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/cali-a12.html

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
www.rt.com/usa/423982-pompeo-russia-exceptional-hardline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-12
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/12/us-senators-press-zimbabwe-hold-free-fair-elections

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/political_scientist_corey_robin_paul_ryan

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/corey_robin_striking_teachers_are_real

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/will_senate_dems_block_confirmation_of

National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/dccc-national-democrats-new-york-primary/

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/israel-palestine-conflict-elizabeth-warren/

GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/north-carolina-republican-primary-george-soros/

Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/scott-pruitt-oklahoma-superfund-audit-suppression/

Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/food-a11.html

Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/face-a11.html

Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/mala-a11.html

Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/illi-a11.html

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …
www.rt.com/usa/423828-paul-ryan-house-reelection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. | Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/11/time-straight-talk-between-eu-and-kyrgyzstan

UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/11/un-chief-puts-chinas-leaders-over-its-people

ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/how_facebook_played_instrumental_role_in

Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/amid_facebooks_privacy_scandal_growing_concern

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/facebook_doesnt_sell_your_data_it

Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-10
Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. …
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US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…
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Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…
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Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/trump_slams_fbi_ag_jeff_sessions

"A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/a_very_dangerous_moment_trump_threatens

Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/is_sorry_enough_facebook_built_empire

Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/denver_post_revolts_against_its_vulture

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_brazils_right_wing_jailed

"Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/apartheid_rogue_terrorist_state_glenn_greenwald

Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_on_syria_us_israel

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TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…

Staff (2018-04-15). Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In another action, the officials call on Venezuela to hold free elections, but little progress has been made in building a regional response to that nation's mounting crisis. | The post Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road. Truthout Stories U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…

Staff (2018-04-14). GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Facing a Democratic "blue wave" this fall, the Republican National Committee is building an army of staff and volunteers across more than two dozen states. | The post GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry. Truthout Stories Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-04-14). Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms. AlterNet.org MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .

Mark Meigs, The Conversation (2018-04-13). A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office. AlterNet.org No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-04-13). Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein. AlterNet.org He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-13). Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind. counterpunch.org Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist More

Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News (2018-04-13). Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana. AlterNet.org It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe. AlterNet.org The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

WSWS (2018-04-12). Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment! World Socialist Web Site Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-12). US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections. Human Rights Watch News Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide—and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo? Democracy Now! Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican—Rand Paul—has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). "A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate. Democracy Now! Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece "With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia Than Obama Was."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Tweets Syria Assault Could Come "Soon or Not So Soon At All!", Russian Ambassador Warns U.S. over "Sad and Serious Events" in Syria, Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Against Syria Strike, House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Documents on "Access Hollywood" Tape, Algeria: Plane Crash Kills 257, Including Western Sahara Activists, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Grilled on Privacy by House Panel, Trump Judicial Nominee Won't State Position on School Desegregation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Won't Resign over Reported Sexual Abuses, Study: Climate Change Is Weakening Gulf Stream Ocean Currents, Chicago Tribune Journalists Seek to Unionize, Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Medical Marijuana Firm…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters. The Intercept Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-12). National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party. The Intercept Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican. The Intercept In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-12). Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma? The Intercept An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill. World Socialist Web Site The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing. World Socialist Web Site The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections. World Socialist Web Site Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

RT (2018-04-11). House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election. RT US News Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan. Human Rights Watch News Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People. Human Rights Watch News U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens? Democracy Now! During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). "Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya. Democracy Now! In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2018. Democracy Now! "Get Ready Russia": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria After Alleged Chemical Attack, After FBI Raid, Concern Trump Will Fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Zuckerberg Faces Off with Lawmakers About Facebook Privacy Scandal, Trump's Chief Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Ousted, Israeli Military Censures Soldiers Who Cheered After Shooting Palestinian Man in Gaza, Burma: 7 Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Rohingya in Inn Din, Indian Supreme Court Upholds Right to Interfaith Marriage, in Blow to Hindu Nationalists, Oklahoma Teachers Complete 110-Mile March to State Capitol as Strike Continues, Florida's Broward County Votes Not to Arm Teachers, California Sheriff: "Better Financially" for Officers to Kill Suspects, Arizona Supreme Court Ends In-State Tuition for DACA Students, NYC Immigration Lawyers Protest Against ICE Agents at Courthouses, Sex Workers Speak Out Against Shut Down of Backpage.com, Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election, 257 Die in Algerian Military Plane Crash Near Algiers…

WSWS (2018-04-10). Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election. World Socialist Web Site Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.

WSWS (2018-04-10). SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley. World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.

RT (2018-04-10). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials. Human Rights Watch News Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes. Human Rights Watch News Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Raids Home, Office & Hotel Room of Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, Zuckerberg to Testify on Capitol Hill over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Trump Threatens to Respond "Forcefully" to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Report: Celebrated Journalist Marie Colvin Was "Assassinated" by Syrian Regime, Gaza: Palestinians Pay Tribute to Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Killed by Israeli Sniper, Jewish Activists in Boston, New York Arrested Protesting Israel's Killing of Palestinian Protesters, Germany: Hundreds of Flights Canceled Amid One-Day Union Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Enter Second Week of Strike Demanding Better Education Funding, Florida Students Walk Out to Protest Teens Killed by Gun Violence in Liberty City, Denver Post Launches Public Revolt Against Its Hedge-Fund Owner, CBO Analysis: Trump's Tax Breaks for Rich Will Contribute to Growing Deficit, 42 Workers Contaminated by Radioactive Particles at Hanford Nuclear Site…

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To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-15
Despite his very soft approach at his Senate confirmation hearing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin at Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis at the Institute for Policy Studies…
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Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-15
In another action, the officials call on Venezuela to hold free elections, but little progress has been made in building a regional response to that nation's mounting crisis. | The post Leaders at Summit of Americas Vow to Cleanse Corrupt Systems appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…
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GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Facing a Democratic "blue wave" this fall, the Republican National Committee is building an army of staff and volunteers across more than two dozen states. | The post GOP Spending $250 Million to Protect House Majority appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Here's What Cable News Ratings Reveal About the 2018 Midterms
Rachel Leah, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-14
MSNBC's numbers are on the rise, and strategists see a direct correlation between viewership and voter sentiment | Embattled conservative cable personality Laura Ingraham returned to Fox News Monday night with significantly less advertisers after mocking 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by his preferred colleges last month. And her return to the spotlight was overshadowed by the decision of two more brands who decided to join the choir in yanking their ads from "The Ingraham Angle" as they fielded uncomfortable questions from consumers in the wake of the broadcast. This article originally appeared in Salon. On the other side of the political spectrum, while both Fox News and CNN lost viewers between 2017 and 2018, the audience for liberal haven MSNBC has skyrocketed by 30 percent. And with midterm elections quickly. . .
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Mapped: Cambridge Analytica's Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
Why doesn't this site have ads? In order to maintain our integrity, Truthout doesn't accept any advertising money. Help us keep it this way — make a donation to support our independent journalism. (Photo: Pixabay) | Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's independent, investigative journalism by making a donation! | Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation. | Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum. | DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at
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Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .
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A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office
Mark Meigs, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .
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Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-13
Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist…
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Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana
Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .
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Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .
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Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
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Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
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Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
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As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
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Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…
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House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.
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Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.
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'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
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US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-12
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…
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Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
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Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
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Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/will_senate_dems_block_confirmation_of

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/israel-palestine-conflict-elizabeth-warren/

National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/dccc-national-democrats-new-york-primary/

GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/north-carolina-republican-primary-george-soros/

Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/scott-pruitt-oklahoma-superfund-audit-suppression/

Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/food-a11.html

Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/face-a11.html

Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/mala-a11.html

Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/illi-a11.html

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …
www.rt.com/usa/423828-paul-ryan-house-reelection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. | Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/11/time-straight-talk-between-eu-and-kyrgyzstan

UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/11/un-chief-puts-chinas-leaders-over-its-people

ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/how_facebook_played_instrumental_role_in

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/facebook_doesnt_sell_your_data_it

Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/amid_facebooks_privacy_scandal_growing_concern

Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-10
Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/10/hung-a10.html

SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-10
The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/10/cali-a10.html

Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-10
Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. …
www.rt.com/usa/423753-cambridge-analytica-psychological-profiling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/10/even-isis-fighters-should-get-fair-trials

US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/10/us-house-resolution-ethiopia-passes

"A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/a_very_dangerous_moment_trump_threatens

Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/is_sorry_enough_facebook_built_empire

Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/trump_slams_fbi_ag_jeff_sessions

Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/denver_post_revolts_against_its_vulture

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_brazils_right_wing_jailed

Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_on_syria_us_israel

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Truthout Stories (2018-04-14). As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road. Truthout Stories U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…

Staff (2018-04-14). The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model—and Michael Cohen. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Republican money man Elliott Broidy quits his post amid reports that with the help of Donald Trump's lawyer he paid $1.6 million to a Playmate with whom he had an affair. | The post The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model—and Michael Cohen appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mark Meigs, The Conversation (2018-04-13). A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office. AlterNet.org No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia.
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Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-04-13). Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein. AlterNet.org He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-04-13). GOP Strategist Sounds the Alarm: Spineless' GOP Will Do Nothing To Save Mueller. AlterNet.org Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. | Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson believes that President Donald Trump is about to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — and he thinks congressional Republicans are going to sit on their hands. Writing in the Washington Post, Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. "With few exceptions, congressional Republicans are cowed by this president," he writes. "They're accustomed to making excuses for him, and if they were going to stand up to him, they've already had plenty of chances. . . Nothing they've done up to now suggests that they've got the requisite. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News (2018-04-13). Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana. AlterNet.org It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-13). Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind. counterpunch.org Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-13). Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe. AlterNet.org The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters. The Intercept Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing.
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Ryan Grim (2018-04-12). National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party. The Intercept Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican. The Intercept In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide—and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

WSWS (2018-04-12). Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment! World Socialist Web Site Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Tweets Syria Assault Could Come "Soon or Not So Soon At All!", Russian Ambassador Warns U.S. over "Sad and Serious Events" in Syria, Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Against Syria Strike, House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Documents on "Access Hollywood" Tape, Algeria: Plane Crash Kills 257, Including Western Sahara Activists, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Grilled on Privacy by House Panel, Trump Judicial Nominee Won't State Position on School Desegregation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Won't Resign over Reported Sexual Abuses, Study: Climate Change Is Weakening Gulf Stream Ocean Currents, Chicago Tribune Journalists Seek to Unionize, Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Medical Marijuana Firm…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). "A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate. Democracy Now! Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece "With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia Than Obama Was."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo? Democracy Now! Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican—Rand Paul—has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-12). Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma? The Intercept An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-12). US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections. Human Rights Watch News Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…

WSWS (2018-04-11). Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill. World Socialist Web Site The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan. Human Rights Watch News Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens? Democracy Now! During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing. World Socialist Web Site The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). "Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-11). UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People. Human Rights Watch News U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2018. Democracy Now! "Get Ready Russia": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria After Alleged Chemical Attack, After FBI Raid, Concern Trump Will Fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Zuckerberg Faces Off with Lawmakers About Facebook Privacy Scandal, Trump's Chief Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Ousted, Israeli Military Censures Soldiers Who Cheered After Shooting Palestinian Man in Gaza, Burma: 7 Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Rohingya in Inn Din, Indian Supreme Court Upholds Right to Interfaith Marriage, in Blow to Hindu Nationalists, Oklahoma Teachers Complete 110-Mile March to State Capitol as Strike Continues, Florida's Broward County Votes Not to Arm Teachers, California Sheriff: "Better Financially" for Officers to Kill Suspects, Arizona Supreme Court Ends In-State Tuition for DACA Students, NYC Immigration Lawyers Protest Against ICE Agents at Courthouses, Sex Workers Speak Out Against Shut Down of Backpage.com, Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election, 257 Die in Algerian Military Plane Crash Near Algiers…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya. Democracy Now! In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections. World Socialist Web Site Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

RT (2018-04-11). House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election. RT US News Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." |
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WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials. Human Rights Watch News Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes. Human Rights Watch News Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Raids Home, Office & Hotel Room of Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, Zuckerberg to Testify on Capitol Hill over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Trump Threatens to Respond "Forcefully" to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Report: Celebrated Journalist Marie Colvin Was "Assassinated" by Syrian Regime, Gaza: Palestinians Pay Tribute to Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Killed by Israeli Sniper, Jewish Activists in Boston, New York Arrested Protesting Israel's Killing of Palestinian Protesters, Germany: Hundreds of Flights Canceled Amid One-Day Union Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Enter Second Week of Strike Demanding Better Education Funding, Florida Students Walk Out to Protest Teens Killed by Gun Violence in Liberty City, Denver Post Launches Public Revolt Against Its Hedge-Fund Owner, CBO Analysis: Trump's Tax Breaks for Rich Will Contribute to Growing Deficit, 42 Workers Contaminated by Radioactive Particles at Hanford Nuclear Site…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). "A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet. Democracy Now! President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved. Democracy Now! The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). South Korea: Press Human Rights in Discussions with North Korea. Human Rights Watch News Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon talks with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea on January 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Korea Pool |
| (Seoul) — South Korea should press for human rights issues to be included in all discussions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including in the agenda of the summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for April 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch and 39 other leading global nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to Moon today. | "We welcome the renewed inter-Korean dialogue, but it will only be meaningful to the people of…

TRNN (2018-04-10). Super Victory for the Far-Right in Hungary. The Real News Network Viktor Orban's far-right Fidesz party won reelection with a two-thirds majority in parliament, allowing him to change the constitution in line with his anti-immigrant platform. Benjamin Novak of the Budapest Beacon analyzes the result…

WSWS (2018-04-10). SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley. World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.

RT (2018-04-10). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan Hits the Road
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-14
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | Some 43 House Republicans are bolting for the exits in 2018, none more prominent than Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan's departure marks the end of a grim chapter in US politics, a time when the rich got even richer, the poor got the back of Ayn Rand's hand, and Donald Trump was allowed to run wild to the peril of the world.U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will…
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The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model–and Michael Cohen
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-14
Republican money man Elliott Broidy quits his post amid reports that with the help of Donald Trump's lawyer he paid $1.6 million to a Playmate with whom he had an affair. | The post The RNC Fundraiser, the Playboy Model–and Michael Cohen appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .
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Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …
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A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office
Mark Meigs, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .
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GOP Strategist Sounds the Alarm: Spineless' GOP Will Do Nothing To Save Mueller
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. | Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson believes that President Donald Trump is about to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — and he thinks congressional Republicans are going to sit on their hands. Writing in the Washington Post, Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. "With few exceptions, congressional Republicans are cowed by this president," he writes. "They're accustomed to making excuses for him, and if they were going to stand up to him, they've already had plenty of chances. . . Nothing they've done up to now suggests that they've got the requisite. . .
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As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.
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Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.
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Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-13
Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/13/cambridge-analytica-another-reason-to-leave-social-media-behind/

Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…
theintercept.com/2018/04/13/cynthia-nixon-governor-new-york-andrew-cuomo/

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
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Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana
Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .
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Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
The president has good reason to be scared. | Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen poses a greater "imminent" threat to the White House than special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations into Russia interference in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice, The New York Times reported Friday. Citing "several" people close to President Trump, the times reports his "advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in New York poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation. "The president has also "found himself increasingly isolated" The Times explained. "Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning," The Times. "They remained unsure what had been taken, an uncertainty that has heightened the unease around Mr. Trump. "Read the full report by. . .
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National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/dccc-national-democrats-new-york-primary/

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/israel-palestine-conflict-elizabeth-warren/

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …
www.rt.com/usa/423982-pompeo-russia-exceptional-hardline/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/political_scientist_corey_robin_paul_ryan

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/corey_robin_striking_teachers_are_real

House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/paul-a12.html

GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/north-carolina-republican-primary-george-soros/

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/12/cali-a12.html

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/12/a_tremendously_dangerous_situation_as_trump

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.
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Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…
theintercept.com/2018/04/12/scott-pruitt-oklahoma-superfund-audit-suppression/

US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-12
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/12/us-senators-press-zimbabwe-hold-free-fair-elections

Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/food-a11.html

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
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Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/amid_facebooks_privacy_scandal_growing_concern

How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/how_facebook_played_instrumental_role_in

Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. | Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…
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Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/face-a11.html

UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…
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ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/mala-a11.html

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …
www.rt.com/usa/423828-paul-ryan-house-reelection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/11/illi-a11.html

Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/is_sorry_enough_facebook_built_empire

"A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/a_very_dangerous_moment_trump_threatens

US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/10/us-house-resolution-ethiopia-passes

South Korea: Press Human Rights in Discussions with North Korea
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon talks with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea on January 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Korea Pool | | (Seoul) — South Korea should press for human rights issues to be included in all discussions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including in the agenda of the summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for April 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch and 39 other leading global nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to Moon today. | "We welcome the renewed inter-Korean dialogue, but it will only be meaningful to the people of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/10/south-korea-press-human-rights-discussions-north-korea

Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was reportedly approved by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/trump_slams_fbi_ag_jeff_sessions

Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…
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Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/10/denver_post_revolts_against_its_vulture

Super Victory for the Far-Right in Hungary
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-10
Viktor Orban's far-right Fidesz party won reelection with a two-thirds majority in parliament, allowing him to change the constitution in line with his anti-immigrant platform. Benjamin Novak of the Budapest Beacon analyzes the result…
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SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-10
The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/10/cali-a10.html

Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-10
Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. …
www.rt.com/usa/423753-cambridge-analytica-psychological-profiling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-10
Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/10/hung-a10.html

"Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/apartheid_rogue_terrorist_state_glenn_greenwald

Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_on_syria_us_israel

UN Declared Humanitarian Crisis in the DRC, President Kabila Rejects Aid
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-09
President Joseph Kabila insists that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even as millions of children starve. Kabila "doesn't want anything to reinforce what is widely understood: that the instability in the country is caused in large part by his refusal to step down from power," says Friends of the Congo's Maurice Carney…
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