2018-06-20: News Headlines

David Schultz (2018-06-20). Less Than Fundamental: the Myth of Voting Rights in America. counterpunch.org There is a myth among election law experts that voting is a fundamental right in the United States. However, the Supreme Court's recent Husted v. Philips Randolph Institute upholding Ohio's voter purge law and Minnesota Voter Alliance v. Mansky striking down Minnesota's political apparel ban are only latest instances demonstrating that the right to vote More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-19). From Nazi Germany to Japanese Interment Camps: Here's The Disgusting History Behind Trump's 'Infest'. alternet.org Donald Trump's defenders will say he didn't mean to dehumanize immigrants when he said they're "infesting" the United States. He did. | Donald Trump on Tuesday elected—nay, made the political calculus—to use the word "infest" while describing real, human beings ("illegal immigrants") who allegedly "pour" into our country and presumably must be stopped. "Democrats are the problem," the president wrote in Twitter. "They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. ""They can't win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters! " he exclaimed. Critics were quick to jump on Trump's use of the word "infest," which typically refers to insects or animals and immediately conjures images of disease and death. And with good reason; using such dehumanizing language to describe living, actual human. . .

Lawrence Davidson (2018-06-19). The Republican Party Falls Apart, the Democrats Get Stuck. counterpunch.org The Republican Party has been falling apart for at least 54 years. The official start of this process can be dated to 1964, when the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater captured the GOP nomination for president. When asked his plans if elected, he replied, "I do not plan to pass laws. I plan to repeal them." That More

Samantha Borek (2018-06-19). Caged Children and Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes "Acts of Indecency" at Border. truthout.org President Trump is continuing to blame Democrats for his administration's practice of separating at least 2,000 children from their parents in recent weeks. He also doubled down on the practice in an address Monday, ahead of his meetings today with Republicans to discuss compromise legislation on a hardline immigration bill. We speak with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th Congressional District since 1995, which includes most of central Houston. She is just back from the Texas border with Mexico, where she joined a delegation of lawmakers who visited a processing center in McAllen, Texas, and the Southwest Key Programs' Casa Padre, which houses 1,500 children in Brownsville, Texas. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We are just joined by Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th congressional district since 1995, which includes most…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-19). Millions Lack Basic Necessities, but the Senate Just Passed a $716 Billion Bill for Endless War and Empire. truthout.org In a vote that further " entrenches endless war and bloated Pentagon spending" and places greater nuclear capacity in the hands of President Donald Trump, 38 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate Republican on Monday to pass a $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs. | Had the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson. | But Democrats and Republicans decided to join hands once more late Monday—in an overwhelming 85-10 vote—to affirm that militarism and massive handouts to defense contractors top education, healthcare, and anti-hunger programs on the list of congressional priorities.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-06-19). Here's Why Ivanka Trump Has Been AWOL on ICE Snatching Immigrant Kids. alternet.org Her voice has been conspicuously silent. | As Democrats and Republicans begin to pile on President Donald Trump over the horrific treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum at the borders — tearing terrified children away from their parents and putting them in detention camps — one voice has been conspicuously silent: Ivanka Trump. With the all the living first ladies weighing in in the subject, the first daughter, who claims to champion the rights of mothers and children, has yet to make a public statement on the Trump administration policy that has outraged the country. Speaking with host Poppy Harlow, presidential biographer and CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower said she doesn't expect Ivanka Trump to say one word against her father's policies. Noting a tweet from Melania Trump decrying the separation of kids from their parent, host Harlow asked, "Talk about another woman who is. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-19). "Trump Creates Crises and Preys on Fear": Rep. Jayapal on Policy of Separating Kids From Parents. truthout.org Outrage is growing over the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents along the US-Mexico border. On Monday, ProPublica released audio from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old are heard crying "Mama" and "Papi" after being separated from their parents. In another part of the audio, a Border Patrol agent is heard joking, in Spanish, "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor." Video footage released by the US Border Patrol Monday shows migrant children in concrete-floored chain-link cages, in an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows roughly two-thirds of US voters oppose separating children from their parents at the border. About 7 percent of Democratic voters support the Trump policy, while 55 percent of Republicans support…

Staff (2018-06-19). Trump, GOP to Huddle as Outrage Builds Over Border Policy. truthdig.com The president plans to meet late Tuesday with House Republicans as lawmakers from both parties are up in arms over the administration's policy of family separation.

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-06-19). Trump's Child-Stealing Policy Is Part of His Sick Plan to Give Republican Base 'Reason to Vote'. alternet.org The president will hurt anyone, including children, to win. | Republicans planned to run on their tax overhaul to win in November's midterm elections. But it turns out that the law isn't very popular and even Republicans aren't strongly mobilized to vote by it, so Donald Trump is pivoting back to the horse he came in on—racism and hatred, directed at immigrants in particular. Monday, Trump railed against "the death, the destruction that's been caused by people coming into this country" and insisted both that "We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world" and that he was protecting the U. S. from "what's happening in Europe" (accepting refugees fleeing for their lives—how awful). So that's the strategy: "People don't turn out to say thank you," said Corey Lewandowski, one of the president's top political advisers. "If you want. . .

Hugh Gusterson (2018-06-19). The Problem with Lamenting "Acceptance" of Kim Jong-un. globalresearch.ca As one might expect of any event starring Donald Trump, reaction to the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore has been polarized. Republicans—the same people who condemned Barack Obama for visiting Cuba and John Kerry for meeting with Iranian leaders— defended

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-19). Trump Administration Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council As Human Rights Advocates Decry Family Separation Policy. alternet.org Nikki Haley slammed member nations for hypocrisy, even as Trump's policies shock the world. | U. S. Ambassador to the U. N. Nikki Haley attacked the body's Human Rights Council as she announced American withdrawal from the group on Tuesday, a move remarkable for its timing as critics across the world denounce the administration's policy of separating immigrants families. Republicans have long criticized the council and called for American withdrawal given its critical stances toward Israel. Haley noted in her speech announcing the withdrawal that many member nations on the council, including Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt, abuse human rights. "I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments," she said in a statement. "On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-19). 'Crying Babies Doesn't Look Good Politically': Trump Reportedly Worries Only About the Optics of His Cruel Policy. alternet.org Images and audio have depicted horrifying scenes of children being traumatized by the family separation policy. | While meeting with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, President Donald Trump expressed concern about the political blowback against his policy of separating immigrant families but did not actually seem interested in the substance of the policy, according to a report from CNN. One Republican lawmaker told CNN that Trump said, "The crying babies doesn't look good politically,"Pictures and audio of the children that have been separated by the president's policies have driven extensive news coverage of the issue in recent days, and opposition to the policy among the public is high. The lawmaker said Trump didn't convince him to back any particular piece of immigration legislation, in part because the president has undermined his own promises to support bills before. Trump also reportedly criticized Mark. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-19). Civil Rights Icon Rep. Cummings Demands Republicans End 'Child Internment Camps' in Fiery Congressional Speech. alternet.org "We should be able to agree we will not keep kids in child internment camps indefinitely and hidden away from public view. " | Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Tuesday blasted the so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy under President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a heated speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Cummings accused the administration of creating "child internment camps. " "Even if you believe people entered our country illegally. Even if you believe they have no valid asylum claims in their own country. Even if you believe immigration should be halted entirely, we all should be able to agree that in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents. We will not do that. We are better than that. We are so much better," Cummings shouted. "We should be able to. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-19). Watch Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claim Republicans Plan to Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein This Friday. alternet.org Lee made the statement after interrupting a line of questioning from Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. | Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said during a Tuesday congressional hearing that Republicans plan to remove Deputy U. S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this Friday. Lee interrupted Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing about the U. S. Department of Justice Inspector General's report on FBI bias during the 2016 campaign when she dropped the surprising information. "Is it not appropriate to ask the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman's line of questioning and whether or not we're dealing with the report or we're dealing with the Republicans' attempt to undermine [the Russia investigation] and to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which you are planning to do on Friday? " Lee asked. Watch below: | Related Stories: Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Makes Stunning Public Call for Sessions to Be Fired and End to Mueller InvestigationMSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why Trump's Family Separation Crisis Is His Own Self-Induced 'Hurricane Katrina'Modern Family Co-Creator Announces He'll Dump Fox Because of News Network's Embrace of Trump 'Lies'

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-19). Supreme Court punts on Wisconsin gerrymandering case. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a decision important to workers nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court dodged the issue of whether a partisan gerrymander, of state legislative districts and the U.S. House, violates voters' constitutional rights. Instead, in a case challenging the heavily Republican—and heavily gerrymandered—Wisconsin legislature, the justices punted. They said the 12 Democratic voters, from Madison and elsewhere, […]…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-19). 75 Former U.S. Attorneys Are Calling for An Immediate End to Sessions' Family Separation Policy. alternet.org The group spans the political spectrum. | A group of 75 former U. S. attorney from across the political spectrum has released an open letter demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the family separation policy instituted under the administration of President Donald Trump. "We write as former United States Attorneys who have served under both Republican and Democratic Presidents," the letter begins. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children. "The letter repeatedly refers to the policy as being at the sole discretion of Sessions, not the result of an unavoidable law, as the Trump administration has been repeating in a lie. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-19). 'How Dare You!': Corey Lewandowski Mocks Girl with Down Syndrome Who was 'Caged' by Border Agents. alternet.org Lewandowski served as President Trump's campaign manager. | President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to make light of the administration's policy of separating immigrant families on Fox News Tuesday, and he ended up mocking a young girl with Down syndrome who had been torn away from her mother. "I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage," Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist, said on during Fox News discussion of the policy. "Womp, womp," Lewandoski responded. "Did you just say 'womp, womp' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother? " Petkanas asked incredulously. "How dare you! "Lewandoski tried to recover, but he clearly realized he had made himself look heartless and cruel. Of course, Lewandowski also grabbed a reporter during the campaign ran worked for. . .

Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer (2018-06-19). We Can Thank Top Union Officials for Trump. counterpunch.org As Trump keeps depressing us with his erratic politics swinging wildly around his fragile ego, even to the point of threatening nuclear war, one might ask: How did we get here? And, of course, we naturally turn to the Democratic Party dominated by its pro-corporate agenda as the proximate cause. The Democratic Party has always been More

James J. Zogby (2018-06-19). The Liberal's Lament Over Israel. globalresearch.ca I find it exceptionally irritating when I hear liberals worry about whether Israel will be able to remain a "Jewish and Democratic State" if it retains control of occupied Palestinian lands. It's irritating because Israel is not now a democratic …

Venezuelanalysis.com (2018-06-19). Watch | Abby Martin Warns MSM Talk of Venezuela Coup Motivated by Oil. mintpressnews.com The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast — and nationalized — oil resources, and this is US expansionism at its finest, The Empire Files host Abby Martin told Lee Camp. | Venezuela's oil — nationalized by Nicholas Maduro's socialist government — is key in understanding why the US neoliberal establishment and their media openly talk regime change, Abby Martin, who hosts a show on Venezuelan Telesur, told Lee Camp in an interview edition of Redacted Tonight. | The situation in the Latin American country is now so dire and Maduro is so undemocratic that only a splendid coup might help Venezuela become a democracy again, she said, jokingly citing some of the MSM narratives. | "Here is the bottom line: the US has done enormous damage to Venezuela. Let's start just with the…

Whitney Webb (2018-06-19). The Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy. mintpressnews.com If the U.S.-led campaign to extradite and silence Assange is successful, it will invariably become the blueprint used by powerful governments like the U.S. to silence independent journalists the world over, and bludgeon them into submission.

Askiah Adam (2018-06-19). North Korea: What Price Peace? globalresearch.ca First it was the Panmunjom Declaration and now, after some two months, on 12 June the Singapore Joint Declaration was signed, the former between the leaders of the two Koreas, Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea …

WTWJ (2018-06-19). Right-wing candidate wins Colombian presidency but left forces see gains. peoplesworld.org Senator Iván Duque was victorious in second round voting June 17 in Colombia, running as the presidential candidate of the rightist Democratic Centre party. The party was founded by former President àÅlvaro Uribe whose administration was riddled with secret wiretapping, corruption, blatant support of right-wing paramilitaries, and severe human rights abuses. Duque, a 42-year-old lawyer, […]…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-19). Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Makes Stunning Public Call for Sessions to Be Fired and End to Mueller Investigation. alternet.org The statement sent shockwaves through the political universe. | President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called Tuesday for the firing of U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end to the Russia probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. Parscale cited the inspector general's recent report as grounds for these proposed actions, but offered no real explanation for how the report connected to his statement. The campaign manager refered to the on-going investigation as "phony" in a tweet. Time to fire Sessions | End the Mueller investigation | You can't obstruct something that was phony against you | The IG report gives @realDonaldTrump the truth to end it all. — Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 19, 2018He added that Trump now has the "truth to end it all. "Political analysts were aghast at the unprecedented statement from a campaign manager running a reelection campaign. Below are some. . .

Kenneth Surin (2018-06-19). 2018 Electioneering in Appalachian Virginia. counterpunch.org In a couple of previous pieces in CounterPunch I dealt with the political situation in rural southwest Virginia, where I happen to live. As a non-citizen (by choice), I can't vote, but since I pay taxes I have a vested interest in electoral outcomes. The two congressional districts in this region are at stake in the More

Joseph Neese, Salon (2018-06-19). Megyn Kelly Exposed: NBC Host Goes to Great Lengths to Avoid Calling Trump a Liar. alternet.org Does Kelly "not have an adult relationship with the truth" about her NBC ratings, too? | As she transitioned from the highly-rated Fox News primetime line-up to mornings at NBC News, Megyn Kelly made many not-so-subtle attempts to re-brand herself as a hard-hitting journalist who was above the fray of partisan politics. "The truth is, I am kind of done with politics for now," the political commentator infamously said on the premiere episode of "Megyn Kelly TODAY" back in September. Nearly one year later, the talking head who once stirred up racial tensions by declaring that Jesus and Santa were white on Fox News still struggles to instill this image upon a skeptical daytime television audience, where authenticity is everything. More evidence of this strife came as recently as Monday, when Kelly refused to call Republican President Donald Trump. . .

Glen Ford (2018-06-19). Chaos in the Imperial Big House. globalresearch.ca "The Trump experience has plunged corporate ideology and war rationales into disarray." | Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse …

Lee Fang (2018-06-19). Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, Facing Progressive Challenge, Turns to GOP Lobbying Firm for Cash. theintercept.com House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., is raising last-minute campaign cash from a corporate lobbying firm famous for its ties to the Republican Party. | Faced with a surprisingly strong challenge from progressive first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic primary, Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, is slated to appear at the the offices of BGR Group on 13th Street in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon for a fundraising reception, according to a copy of an invitation obtained by The Intercept.The fundraiser is at an odd venue for a Democrat who claims to be an avowed opponent of the GOP. | The invitation lists Crowley's position in leadership of the Democratic Party and as a member of the powerful Ways & Means Committee, which oversees tax policy. The fundraiser, which asks for $500 minimum to attend as an individual and…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-19). UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to US. hrw.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act. | At the time, Assange, an Australian national, was wanted by Sweden for questioning over sexual offense allegations. Assange had also broken the terms of his UK bail. Since then, he has become even more controversial, having published US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and internal emails from Democratic Party officials. | While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked…

RT (2018-06-19). 'No borders, no country': Trump digs in on immigration, says Democrats want illegals to 'infest' US. rt.com President Donald Trump has doubled down on his tough immigration rhetoric, vowing to keep arresting illegal immigrants and blaming Democrats for wanting illegal immigrants to pour in as their potential voters.
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RT (2018-06-19). Russiagaters aim high and miss again with fresh attempt to link RT to election interference campaign. rt.com Democratic lawmakers have finally managed to expose RT's extensive efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election — by releasing a list of advertised tweets, most of which actually had nothing to do with the election. |
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Staff (2018-06-18). Unapologetic Trump Digs In on Immigration Despite Outrage. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — An unapologetic President Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. "will not be a migrant camp" on his watch. | Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings. | "I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault," Trump said Monday as his administration rejected criticism that the policy has resulted in inhuman and immoral conditions. | Trump pointed to more lenient policies under past administrations that had not charged all migrants who had crossed illegally.

PW Reader (2018-06-18). North Korea shouldn't have nukes — and neither should we. peoplesworld.org Leaders of our country, Republican and Democrat alike, who demand that the United States accept nothing less from North Korean President Kim Jong-un than his country's unilateral denuclearization, should consider what gives America — or any country — a right to weapons with the power to end civilization as we know it. Some disturbing truths: We […]…

Laura Flanders (2018-06-18). Bottom-Up Wins in Virginia's Primaries. counterpunch.org A certain handshake in Singapore dominated the news June 12, so you might have missed Virginia's Democratic primaries. In keeping with this year's trend, women fared well in Virginia. They won five out of ten contests, and another is running in Virginia's 5th District, which held a convention earlier this spring. Leslie Cockburn — who More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-18). Turkey's Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds. therealnews.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formed a coalition with the fascist party MHP for the upcoming snap election. TRNN's Ben Norton speaks with scholar Baris Karaagac about Turkey's economic ills, the AKP's neoliberal nationalist policies, and the repression of the HDP, leftists, and Kurds

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-18). Thailand: UK, France Should Urge End to Military Rule. hrw.org A Pro-democracy activist holds a fan during a protest against junta near Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand on February 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun | (London) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron should press Thailand's junta leader to respect human rights and ensure a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister May on June 20, 2018, in London and President Macron on June 25 in Paris. | "Prime Minister May and President Macron should strongly express their deep concerns about the deteriorating state of human rights under military rule in Thailand," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "They should make clear to General Prayut that there will be no return…

Maryam Saleh (2018-06-18). Georgia's Leading GOP Candidate for Governor Is on an Anti-Sanctuary Crusade. theintercept.com In the days leading up to Georgia's gubernatorial primary last month, one of the candidates, state Sen. Michael Williams, made national headlines for a "deportation bus" that cruised around with the phrase "FOLLOW ME TO MEXICO" painted on the back. The publicity stunt proved to be an epic flop — Williams barely got 5 percent of the vote. | Another candidate, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, garnered less national attention with a slightly smaller racist vehicular gimmick. In a campaign ad, he boasted about having a big truck to "round up some criminal illegals." Kemp came in second in the primary election and advanced to the July 24 runoff. | But both Kemp and Williams were bested by an even more impressive propagandist: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle boasted his own gimmick — call it a deportation board. | Since October,…

RT (2018-06-18). Kim Jong-un is more popular than Nancy Pelosi among Republicans — poll. rt.com Despite once threatening to nuke the US, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has a higher favorability rating among Republicans than Nancy Pelosi, according to a new poll.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-06-18). Long Arm of Thai Junta's Repression Reaches UK. hrw.org Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha gestures as he leaves Thai Union company in Samut Sakhon, Thailand on March 5, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha | Before Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha meets UK Prime Minister Theresa May in London this Wednesday, the junta's long arm of repression has already reached there, targeting critics of the government. | Thai authorities issued the arrest warrant for Watana Ebbage on June 12, citing the draconian Computer-Related Crime Act. Watana's supposed crime was posting information on her Facebook page, KonthaiUK, alleging corruption in military procurement programs. | Shockingly, at least 29 people in Thailand have now been arrested simply for sharing Wattana's posts. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison for each post. | When she meets with Prayut, May should address…

Briahna Gray (2018-06-18). Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020. theintercept.com The 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign terraformed the landscape of political possibility: "Socialist" is no longer a slur, "Medicare for All" is a litmus test for 2020 hopefuls, and Americans are no longer so inured to the influence of money in politics. To millions on the left, the then-relatively unknown Vermont senator's unexpected surge in the 2016 Democratic primary (and consistently strong approval ratings) demonstrate that electoral victory in 2020 requires adopting much of his platform and approach to politics. This means, among other things, making economic inequality central to any prospective presidential agenda. | Yet the very concept of "economic anxiety" has become a punchline at best, and a third rail at worst, among a loud swath of the Democratic coalition. Because economic concerns have, at times, been used as a pretext to avoid recognizing the role racism and xenophobia played in…

Ryan Grim (2018-06-18). MoveOn Endorses Democratic Primary Challenger to the Potential Next Speaker of the House. theintercept.com The largest online progressive organization in the United States is breaking with House Democratic leadership and endorsing a primary challenge to Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, who is regularly floated as the next potential speaker of the House. #MoveOn members in #NY14 have overwhelmingly voted to endorse @Ocasio2018 for the #NY14 U.S. House seat! pic.twitter.com/2FYFVDRCuC | — MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 18, 2018 | The endorsement of challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who's running to represent the 14th District covering parts of the Bronx and Queens, gives a significant lift to her long-shot campaign in its final days, as Crowley has been blanketing the airwaves with television ads. The endorsement, regardless of its impact on the race, is extraordinarily damaging to Crowley's hopes for leading the Democratic Party in the House once Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California steps aside.

RT (2018-06-18). Roger Stone's meeting with man selling 'dirt on Hillary' fires up Russiagate. rt.com It was no less than "a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent" who Donald Trump's former advisor, Roger Stone, met and nothing happened, a new story by the Washington Post relates.
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Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-16). Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist. therealnews.com In the closely watched upcoming primary in New York, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging neoliberal Joe Crowley, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who Howie Klein says is "the most corrupt Democrat in the House."

Briahna Gray (2018-06-16). Two Very Different Democrats, Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Squared Off in Debate Friday Night. theintercept.com Friday night's primary debate between 31-year elected official Rep. Joseph Crowley and 28-year-old progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a contest between establishment and outsider, old guard and upstart, experience and progress, status quo and change. It marks only the third primary challenge Crowley has faced since moving from the state Assembly to Congress — and his first since 2004. | At times during the debate, his relative campaign inexperience showed, while Ocasio-Cortez presented as a well-studied newcomer with natural talent: delivering a summary of her agenda in a manner which was confident and sharp, if not effortless. The theme of her remarks was clear: "Not all Democrats are the same." | Despite what she described as Crowley's "adaptations" — meaning shifts leftward in response to her more progressive campaign — there are real differences between the two, said Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging Crowley for…

splcenter.org (2018-06-15). SPLC: Proposed immigration 'compromise' would hurt children and most vulnerable. splcenter.org The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are holding children hostage in order to force political concessions on immigration legislation.

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-15). Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'. therealnews.com As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-15). The Meaning of the Recent Lebanese Election (and How Hariri Suffered a Stinging Defeat). consortiumnews.com While Western media decried Hizbullah's victory in last month's election, any notion that the Shi`ite party can dominate Lebanese politics is at best an exaggeration, says As'ad AbuKhalil. Part One of this article can be read here. By As`ad AbuKhalil… Read more →

RT (2018-06-15). Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks. rt.com Hillary Clinton's latest attempt at what appears to be a joke about her infamous emails fell flat on its face after WikiLeaks responded with an awkward reminder of just how significant those emails were.
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RT (2018-06-15). Trump: Justice Dept report a disaster for 'Comey and his minions'. rt.com US President Donald Trump lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey, as well as two FBI officials, after the Justice Department Inspector General's report criticized the agency's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
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Paul Dobson (2018-06-14). Venezuela's Supreme Court Rules Against Annulment of Presidential Election Results. venezuelanalysis.com Local council elections have also been called for December this year.

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Less Than Fundamental: the Myth of Voting Rights in America
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-20
There is a myth among election law experts that voting is a fundamental right in the United States. However, the Supreme Court's recent Husted v. Philips Randolph Institute upholding Ohio's voter purge law and Minnesota Voter Alliance v. Mansky striking down Minnesota's political apparel ban are only latest instances demonstrating that the right to vote…

Less Than Fundamental:  the Myth of Voting Rights in America

Caged Children and Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes "Acts of Indecency" at Border
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-19
President Trump is continuing to blame Democrats for his administration's practice of separating at least 2,000 children from their parents in recent weeks. He also doubled down on the practice in an address Monday, ahead of his meetings today with Republicans to discuss compromise legislation on a hardline immigration bill. We speak with Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th Congressional District since 1995, which includes most of central Houston. She is just back from the Texas border with Mexico, where she joined a delegation of lawmakers who visited a processing center in McAllen, Texas, and the Southwest Key Programs' Casa Padre, which houses 1,500 children in Brownsville, Texas. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We are just joined by Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas. She has represented the 18th congressional district since 1995, which includes most…

Caged Children and Terrified Infants: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Describes “Acts of Indecency” at Border

The Republican Party Falls Apart, the Democrats Get Stuck
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-19
The Republican Party has been falling apart for at least 54 years. The official start of this process can be dated to 1964, when the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater captured the GOP nomination for president. When asked his plans if elected, he replied, "I do not plan to pass laws. I plan to repeal them." That…

The Republican Party Falls Apart, the Democrats Get Stuck

Here's Why Ivanka Trump Has Been AWOL on ICE Snatching Immigrant Kids
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Her voice has been conspicuously silent. | As Democrats and Republicans begin to pile on President Donald Trump over the horrific treatment of immigrant families seeking asylum at the borders — tearing terrified children away from their parents and putting them in detention camps — one voice has been conspicuously silent: Ivanka Trump. With the all the living first ladies weighing in in the subject, the first daughter, who claims to champion the rights of mothers and children, has yet to make a public statement on the Trump administration policy that has outraged the country. Speaking with host Poppy Harlow, presidential biographer and CNN contributor Kate Anderson Brower said she doesn't expect Ivanka Trump to say one word against her father's policies. Noting a tweet from Melania Trump decrying the separation of kids from their parent, host Harlow asked, "Talk about another woman who is. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/heres-why-ivanka-trump-has-been-awol-ice-snatching-immigrant-kids

Millions Lack Basic Necessities, but the Senate Just Passed a $716 Billion Bill for Endless War and Empire
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-19
In a vote that further " entrenches endless war and bloated Pentagon spending" and places greater nuclear capacity in the hands of President Donald Trump, 38 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate Republican on Monday to pass a $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs. | Had the Pentagon's budget simply remained the same as it was in 2017, Congress "could have funded public college for every student in the U.S. and had $12 billion left over," noted media analyst Adam Johnson. | But Democrats and Republicans decided to join hands once more late Monday–in an overwhelming 85-10 vote–to affirm that militarism and massive handouts to defense contractors top education, healthcare, and anti-hunger programs on the list of congressional priorities.

Millions Lack Basic Necessities, but the Senate Just Passed a $716 Billion Bill for Endless War and Empire

From Nazi Germany to Japanese Interment Camps: Here's The Disgusting History Behind Trump's 'Infest'
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Donald Trump's defenders will say he didn't mean to dehumanize immigrants when he said they're "infesting" the United States. He did. | Donald Trump on Tuesday elected–nay, made the political calculus–to use the word "infest" while describing real, human beings ("illegal immigrants") who allegedly "pour" into our country and presumably must be stopped. "Democrats are the problem," the president wrote in Twitter. "They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. ""They can't win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters! " he exclaimed. Critics were quick to jump on Trump's use of the word "infest," which typically refers to insects or animals and immediately conjures images of disease and death. And with good reason; using such dehumanizing language to describe living, actual human. . .
www.alternet.org/nazi-germany-japanese-interment-camps-heres-disgusting-history-behind-trumps-infest

Civil Rights Icon Rep. Cummings Demands Republicans End 'Child Internment Camps' in Fiery Congressional Speech
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
"We should be able to agree we will not keep kids in child internment camps indefinitely and hidden away from public view. " | Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Tuesday blasted the so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy under President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a heated speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Cummings accused the administration of creating "child internment camps. " "Even if you believe people entered our country illegally. Even if you believe they have no valid asylum claims in their own country. Even if you believe immigration should be halted entirely, we all should be able to agree that in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents. We will not do that. We are better than that. We are so much better," Cummings shouted. "We should be able to. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/civil-rights-icon-rep-cummings-demands-republicans-end-child-internment-camps

Trump's Child-Stealing Policy Is Part of His Sick Plan to Give Republican Base 'Reason to Vote'
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
The president will hurt anyone, including children, to win. | Republicans planned to run on their tax overhaul to win in November's midterm elections. But it turns out that the law isn't very popular and even Republicans aren't strongly mobilized to vote by it, so Donald Trump is pivoting back to the horse he came in on–racism and hatred, directed at immigrants in particular. Monday, Trump railed against "the death, the destruction that's been caused by people coming into this country" and insisted both that "We have the worst immigration laws in the entire world" and that he was protecting the U. S. from "what's happening in Europe" (accepting refugees fleeing for their lives–how awful). So that's the strategy: "People don't turn out to say thank you," said Corey Lewandowski, one of the president's top political advisers. "If you want. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-child-stealing-policy-part-his-sick-plan-give-republican-base-reason-vote

"Trump Creates Crises and Preys on Fear": Rep. Jayapal on Policy of Separating Kids From Parents
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-19
Outrage is growing over the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents along the US-Mexico border. On Monday, ProPublica released audio from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 10 years old are heard crying "Mama" and "Papi" after being separated from their parents. In another part of the audio, a Border Patrol agent is heard joking, in Spanish, "Well, we have an orchestra here. What's missing is a conductor." Video footage released by the US Border Patrol Monday shows migrant children in concrete-floored chain-link cages, in an old warehouse in McAllen, Texas. A new Quinnipiac Poll shows roughly two-thirds of US voters oppose separating children from their parents at the border. About 7 percent of Democratic voters support the Trump policy, while 55 percent of Republicans support…

“Trump Creates Crises and Preys on Fear”: Rep. Jayapal on Policy of Separating Kids From Parents

Trump Administration Withdraws from UN Human Rights Council As Human Rights Advocates Decry Family Separation Policy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Nikki Haley slammed member nations for hypocrisy, even as Trump's policies shock the world. | U. S. Ambassador to the U. N. Nikki Haley attacked the body's Human Rights Council as she announced American withdrawal from the group on Tuesday, a move remarkable for its timing as critics across the world denounce the administration's policy of separating immigrants families. Republicans have long criticized the council and called for American withdrawal given its critical stances toward Israel. Haley noted in her speech announcing the withdrawal that many member nations on the council, including Russia, China, Cuba, and Egypt, abuse human rights. "I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments," she said in a statement. "On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-administration-withdraws-un-human-rights-council-human-rights-advocates

The Problem with Lamenting "Acceptance" of Kim Jong-un
Hugh Gusterson | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-19
As one might expect of any event starring Donald Trump, reaction to the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore has been polarized. Republicans–the same people who condemned Barack Obama for visiting Cuba and John Kerry for meeting with Iranian leaders– defended…

The Problem with Lamenting "Acceptance" of Kim Jong-un

Watch Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Claim Republicans Plan to Fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein This Friday
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Lee made the statement after interrupting a line of questioning from Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. | Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said during a Tuesday congressional hearing that Republicans plan to remove Deputy U. S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein this Friday. Lee interrupted Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during a hearing about the U. S. Department of Justice Inspector General's report on FBI bias during the 2016 campaign when she dropped the surprising information. "Is it not appropriate to ask the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman's line of questioning and whether or not we're dealing with the report or we're dealing with the Republicans' attempt to undermine [the Russia investigation] and to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which you are planning to do on Friday? " Lee asked. Watch below: | Related Stories: Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Makes Stunning Public Call for Sessions to Be Fired and End to Mueller InvestigationMSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Explains Why Trump's Family Separation Crisis Is His Own Self-Induced 'Hurricane Katrina'Modern Family Co-Creator Announces He'll Dump Fox Because of News Network's Embrace of Trump 'Lies'…
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-rep-sheila-jackson-lee-claim-republicans-plan-fire-deputy-attorney-general

Trump, GOP to Huddle as Outrage Builds Over Border Policy
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-19
The president plans to meet late Tuesday with House Republicans as lawmakers from both parties are up in arms over the administration's policy of family separation. | The post Trump, GOP to Huddle as Outrage Builds Over Border Policy appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Trump, GOP to Huddle as Outrage Builds Over Border Policy

'Crying Babies Doesn't Look Good Politically': Trump Reportedly Worries Only About the Optics of His Cruel Policy
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Images and audio have depicted horrifying scenes of children being traumatized by the family separation policy. | While meeting with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill Tuesday, President Donald Trump expressed concern about the political blowback against his policy of separating immigrant families but did not actually seem interested in the substance of the policy, according to a report from CNN. One Republican lawmaker told CNN that Trump said, "The crying babies doesn't look good politically,"Pictures and audio of the children that have been separated by the president's policies have driven extensive news coverage of the issue in recent days, and opposition to the policy among the public is high. The lawmaker said Trump didn't convince him to back any particular piece of immigration legislation, in part because the president has undermined his own promises to support bills before. Trump also reportedly criticized Mark. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/crying-babies-doesnt-look-good-politically-trump-reportedly-worries-only-about

Watch | Abby Martin Warns MSM Talk of Venezuela Coup Motivated by Oil
Venezuelanalysis.com | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-19
The American empire and its media openly talk coup in Venezuela because it sits on vast — and nationalized — oil resources, and this is US expansionism at its finest, The Empire Files host Abby Martin told Lee Camp. | Venezuela's oil — nationalized by Nicholas Maduro's socialist government — is key in understanding why the US neoliberal establishment and their media openly talk regime change, Abby Martin, who hosts a show on Venezuelan Telesur, told Lee Camp in an interview edition of Redacted Tonight. | The situation in the Latin American country is now so dire and Maduro is so undemocratic that only a splendid coup might help Venezuela become a democracy again, she said, jokingly citing some of the MSM narratives. | "Here is the bottom line: the US has done enormous damage to Venezuela. Let's start just with the…

Watch | Abby Martin Warns MSM Talk of Venezuela Coup Motivated by Oil

'How Dare You!': Corey Lewandowski Mocks Girl with Down Syndrome Who was 'Caged' by Border Agents
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Lewandowski served as President Trump's campaign manager. | President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to make light of the administration's policy of separating immigrant families on Fox News Tuesday, and he ended up mocking a young girl with Down syndrome who had been torn away from her mother. "I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage," Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist, said on during Fox News discussion of the policy. "Womp, womp," Lewandoski responded. "Did you just say 'womp, womp' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother? " Petkanas asked incredulously. "How dare you! "Lewandoski tried to recover, but he clearly realized he had made himself look heartless and cruel. Of course, Lewandowski also grabbed a reporter during the campaign ran worked for. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/how-dare-you-corey-lewandowski-mocks-girl-down-syndrome-who-was-caged-border

North Korea: What Price Peace?
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-19
First it was the Panmunjom Declaration and now, after some two months, on 12 June the Singapore Joint Declaration was signed, the former between the leaders of the two Koreas, Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea …

North Korea: What Price Peace?

The Liberal's Lament Over Israel
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-19
I find it exceptionally irritating when I hear liberals worry about whether Israel will be able to remain a "Jewish and Democratic State" if it retains control of occupied Palestinian lands. It's irritating because Israel is not now a democratic …

The Liberal’s Lament Over Israel

Right-wing candidate wins Colombian presidency but left forces see gains
WTWJ | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-19
Senator Iván Duque was victorious in second round voting June 17 in Colombia, running as the presidential candidate of the rightist Democratic Centre party. The party was founded by former President àÅlvaro Uribe whose administration was riddled with secret wiretapping, corruption, blatant support of right-wing paramilitaries, and severe human rights abuses. Duque, a 42-year-old lawyer, …

Right-wing candidate wins Colombian presidency but left forces see gains

75 Former U.S. Attorneys Are Calling for An Immediate End to Sessions' Family Separation Policy
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
The group spans the political spectrum. | A group of 75 former U. S. attorney from across the political spectrum has released an open letter demanding Attorney General Jeff Sessions end the family separation policy instituted under the administration of President Donald Trump. "We write as former United States Attorneys who have served under both Republican and Democratic Presidents," the letter begins. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children. "The letter repeatedly refers to the policy as being at the sole discretion of Sessions, not the result of an unavoidable law, as the Trump administration has been repeating in a lie. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/75-former-us-attorneys-are-calling-immediate-end-sessions-family-separation-policy

Supreme Court punts on Wisconsin gerrymandering case
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-19
WASHINGTON–In a decision important to workers nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court dodged the issue of whether a partisan gerrymander, of state legislative districts and the U.S. House, violates voters' constitutional rights. Instead, in a case challenging the heavily Republican–and heavily gerrymandered–Wisconsin legislature, the justices punted. They said the 12 Democratic voters, from Madison and elsewhere, …

Supreme Court punts on Wisconsin gerrymandering case

The Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-06-19
If the U.S.-led campaign to extradite and silence Assange is successful, it will invariably become the blueprint used by powerful governments like the U.S. to silence independent journalists the world over, and bludgeon them into submission. | The post The Implications of Assange's Persecution for Journalism and Democracy appeared first on MintPress News.

The Implications of Assange’s Persecution for Journalism and Democracy

We Can Thank Top Union Officials for Trump
Ann Robertson, Bill Leumer | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-19
As Trump keeps depressing us with his erratic politics swinging wildly around his fragile ego, even to the point of threatening nuclear war, one might ask: How did we get here? And, of course, we naturally turn to the Democratic Party dominated by its pro-corporate agenda as the proximate cause. The Democratic Party has always been…

We Can Thank Top Union Officials for Trump

Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Makes Stunning Public Call for Sessions to Be Fired and End to Mueller Investigation
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
The statement sent shockwaves through the political universe. | President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale called Tuesday for the firing of U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end to the Russia probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. Parscale cited the inspector general's recent report as grounds for these proposed actions, but offered no real explanation for how the report connected to his statement. The campaign manager refered to the on-going investigation as "phony" in a tweet. Time to fire Sessions | End the Mueller investigation | You can't obstruct something that was phony against you | The IG report gives @realDonaldTrump the truth to end it all. — Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 19, 2018He added that Trump now has the "truth to end it all. "Political analysts were aghast at the unprecedented statement from a campaign manager running a reelection campaign. Below are some. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-2020-campaign-manager-makes-stunning-public-call-sessions-be-fired-and-end

2018 Electioneering in Appalachian Virginia
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-19
In a couple of previous pieces in CounterPunch I dealt with the political situation in rural southwest Virginia, where I happen to live. As a non-citizen (by choice), I can't vote, but since I pay taxes I have a vested interest in electoral outcomes. The two congressional districts in this region are at stake in the…

2018 Electioneering in Appalachian Virginia

Conservatives' Anti-Immigration Fervor Is Political: They Think Keeping the US White Will Save Them
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-19
On Monday, in a courtroom in Wichita, a federal judge told Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that he had so blatantly violated federal discovery rules in a case he argued, defending a law requiring voters to prove their citizenship, that she ordered Kobach — a former Department of Justice official under George W. Bush — to take remedial legal courses. She also ruled against the law itself, saying there was no evidence it was necessary. | Kobach is best known for writing the "show me your papers" law in Arizona that was also struck down in federal court. He also headed up the ill-fated Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was disbanded after many states balked at Kobach's demand that they turn over their confidential voter rolls to the federal government. He had very…

Conservatives’ Anti-Immigration Fervor Is Political: They Think Keeping the US White Will Save Them

Chaos in the Imperial Big House
Glen Ford | globalresearch.ca | 2018-06-19
"The Trump experience has plunged corporate ideology and war rationales into disarray." | Donald Trump, the arch racist usurper of the Republican Party, is tearing the ruling class consensus to shreds, inflicting bigger shocks to the imperial system by accident, impulse …

Chaos in the Imperial Big House

Here Are 21 Facts That Explain Who Trump Aide Stephen Miller Is
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
The anti-immigrant Trump mouthpiece has been like this for a long time. | Even among the right-wing ideologues doing the actual presidenting in this administration, Stephen Miller stands out for the copious amounts of Kool-Aid he mainlines. Speaking to the New York Times, a Trump team colleague described Miller as "fiercely loyal" to the president, "a true believer in every sense of the word. " Though he joined the campaign in its early days, penning many of the apocalyptic speeches that won fear-drunk Republican hearts and minds, Miller recently got a lot more visibility after a string of television appearances in defense of the Muslim ban. At each stop, Miller showed a flair for the dramatic: he lied, he dodged, he put on his best tyrant's voice and proclaimed the executive branch above the law. It seemed contrived and forced, like. . .
www.alternet.org/here-are-21-facts-explain-who-trump-aide-stephen-miller

Megyn Kelly Exposed: NBC Host Goes to Great Lengths to Avoid Calling Trump a Liar
Joseph Neese, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-06-19
Does Kelly "not have an adult relationship with the truth" about her NBC ratings, too? | As she transitioned from the highly-rated Fox News primetime line-up to mornings at NBC News, Megyn Kelly made many not-so-subtle attempts to re-brand herself as a hard-hitting journalist who was above the fray of partisan politics. "The truth is, I am kind of done with politics for now," the political commentator infamously said on the premiere episode of "Megyn Kelly TODAY" back in September. Nearly one year later, the talking head who once stirred up racial tensions by declaring that Jesus and Santa were white on Fox News still struggles to instill this image upon a skeptical daytime television audience, where authenticity is everything. More evidence of this strife came as recently as Monday, when Kelly refused to call Republican President Donald Trump. . .
www.alternet.org/megyn-kelly-exposed-nbc-host-goes-great-lengths-avoid-calling-trump-liar

Russiagaters aim high and miss again with fresh attempt to link RT to election interference campaign
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-19
Democratic lawmakers have finally managed to expose RT's extensive efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election — by releasing a list of advertised tweets, most of which actually had nothing to do with the election. …
www.rt.com/usa/430246-democrats-rt-promoted-tweets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Trump Cabinet's Bible Study Minister Justifies Child Separation as Consequence of Immigrants' "Illegal Behavior"
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-06-19
Amid increasing scrutiny of President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies, criticisms have been lodged against the policy of family separation at the border by, among others, members of his own party and otherwise stalwart Christian right allies of the GOP. One Christian ally of the White House, though, came out swinging in favor of taking children away from their parents: Capitol Ministries. | Ralph Drollinger, the head of the private Christian group, which leads Bible study sessions for Republican lawmakers and senior members of Trump's Cabinet, led the charge to defend the administration even as photos and stories emerge showing children crowded into cages and snatched from their mothers."It follows that when someone breaks the law of the land that they should anticipate that one of the consequences of their illegal behavior will be separation from their children. | "No one, especially…
theintercept.com/2018/06/19/capitol-ministries-trump-family-separation/

Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, Facing Progressive Challenge, Turns to GOP Lobbying Firm for Cash
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-06-19
House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., is raising last-minute campaign cash from a corporate lobbying firm famous for its ties to the Republican Party. | Faced with a surprisingly strong challenge from progressive first-time candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic primary, Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, is slated to appear at the the offices of BGR Group on 13th Street in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon for a fundraising reception, according to a copy of an invitation obtained by The Intercept.The fundraiser is at an odd venue for a Democrat who claims to be an avowed opponent of the GOP. | The invitation lists Crowley's position in leadership of the Democratic Party and as a member of the powerful Ways & Means Committee, which oversees tax policy. The fundraiser, which asks for $500 minimum to attend as an individual and…
theintercept.com/2018/06/19/joe-crowley-gop-lobbyist-bgr-fundraiser/

UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to US
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-19
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act. | At the time, Assange, an Australian national, was wanted by Sweden for questioning over sexual offense allegations. Assange had also broken the terms of his UK bail. Since then, he has become even more controversial, having published US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and internal emails from Democratic Party officials. | While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/19/uk-should-reject-extraditing-julian-assange-us

'No borders, no country': Trump digs in on immigration, says Democrats want illegals to 'infest' US
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-19
President Donald Trump has doubled down on his tough immigration rhetoric, vowing to keep arresting illegal immigrants and blaming Democrats for wanting illegal immigrants to pour in as their potential voters. …
www.rt.com/usa/430245-trump-migrants-infest-america/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Majority of Republicans Support Trump's Immigration Policy, Poll Finds
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-06-18
During a White House press briefing Monday, despite all available evidence to the contrary, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed that the U.S. government "does not have a policy of separating children at the border." If she was concerned about possibly alienating the president's voters, she needn't have worried. New polling data indicate more than half of Republicans favor a practice that has drawn comparisons to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. | According to Quinnipiac, 55 percent of Republicans back family separation while just 35 percent oppose it. By contrast, 91 percent of Democrats oppose the president's latest gambit versus 7 percent who support it. More than a quarter (27 percent) of the country overall approves the administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration. | For his part, Trump has repeatedly attempted to blame the political…

Majority of Republicans Support Trump's Immigration Policy, Poll Finds

Unapologetic Trump Digs In on Immigration Despite Outrage
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-18
WASHINGTON — An unapologetic President Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. "will not be a migrant camp" on his watch. | Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border crossings. | "I say it's very strongly the Democrats' fault," Trump said Monday as his administration rejected criticism that the policy has resulted in inhuman and immoral conditions. | Trump pointed to more lenient policies under past administrations that had not charged all migrants who had crossed illegally.

Unapologetic Trump Digs In on Immigration Despite Outrage

North Korea shouldn't have nukes — and neither should we
PW Reader | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-18
Leaders of our country, Republican and Democrat alike, who demand that the United States accept nothing less from North Korean President Kim Jong-un than his country's unilateral denuclearization, should consider what gives America — or any country — a right to weapons with the power to end civilization as we know it. Some disturbing truths: We …

North Korea shouldn't have nukes — and neither should we

Bottom-Up Wins in Virginia's Primaries
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-18
A certain handshake in Singapore dominated the news June 12, so you might have missed Virginia's Democratic primaries. In keeping with this year's trend, women fared well in Virginia. They won five out of ten contests, and another is running in Virginia's 5th District, which held a convention earlier this spring. Leslie Cockburn — who…

Bottom-Up Wins in Virginia’s Primaries

Turkey's Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-06-18
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formed a coalition with the fascist party MHP for the upcoming snap election. TRNN's Ben Norton speaks with scholar Baris Karaagac about Turkey's economic ills, the AKP's neoliberal nationalist policies, and the repression of the HDP, leftists, and Kurds | The post Turkey's Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds appeared first on The Real News Network.

Turkey's Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds

Kim Jong-un is more popular than Nancy Pelosi among Republicans — poll
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-18
Despite once threatening to nuke the US, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has a higher favorability rating among Republicans than Nancy Pelosi, according to a new poll. …
www.rt.com/usa/430135-pelosi-kim-jong-un/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Thailand: UK, France Should Urge End to Military Rule
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-18
A Pro-democracy activist holds a fan during a protest against junta near Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand on February 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun | (London) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron should press Thailand's junta leader to respect human rights and ensure a rapid transition to democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister May on June 20, 2018, in London and President Macron on June 25 in Paris. | "Prime Minister May and President Macron should strongly express their deep concerns about the deteriorating state of human rights under military rule in Thailand," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "They should make clear to General Prayut that there will be no return…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/18/thailand-uk-france-should-urge-end-military-rule

Roger Stone's meeting with man selling 'dirt on Hillary' fires up Russiagate
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-18
It was no less than "a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent" who Donald Trump's former advisor, Roger Stone, met and nothing happened, a new story by the Washington Post relates. …
www.rt.com/usa/430052-stone-russian-meeting-trump/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Fetishizing "Identity Politics" Could Cost Democrats in 2020
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-06-18
The 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign terraformed the landscape of political possibility: "Socialist" is no longer a slur, "Medicare for All" is a litmus test for 2020 hopefuls, and Americans are no longer so inured to the influence of money in politics. To millions on the left, the then-relatively unknown Vermont senator's unexpected surge in the 2016 Democratic primary (and consistently strong approval ratings) demonstrate that electoral victory in 2020 requires adopting much of his platform and approach to politics. This means, among other things, making economic inequality central to any prospective presidential agenda. | Yet the very concept of "economic anxiety" has become a punchline at best, and a third rail at worst, among a loud swath of the Democratic coalition. Because economic concerns have, at times, been used as a pretext to avoid recognizing the role racism and xenophobia played in…
theintercept.com/2018/06/18/2020-presidential-election-democratic-party/

MoveOn Endorses Democratic Primary Challenger to the Potential Next Speaker of the House
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-06-18
The largest online progressive organization in the United States is breaking with House Democratic leadership and endorsing a primary challenge to Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, who is regularly floated as the next potential speaker of the House. #MoveOn members in #NY14 have overwhelmingly voted to endorse @Ocasio2018 for the #NY14 U.S. House seat! pic.twitter.com/2FYFVDRCuC | — MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 18, 2018 | The endorsement of challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who's running to represent the 14th District covering parts of the Bronx and Queens, gives a significant lift to her long-shot campaign in its final days, as Crowley has been blanketing the airwaves with television ads. The endorsement, regardless of its impact on the race, is extraordinarily damaging to Crowley's hopes for leading the Democratic Party in the House once Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California steps aside.
theintercept.com/2018/06/18/joe-crowley-moveon-endorses-primary-challenger-to-the-potential-next-speaker-of-the-house/

Georgia's Leading GOP Candidate for Governor Is on an Anti-Sanctuary Crusade
Maryam Saleh | theintercept.com | 2018-06-18
In the days leading up to Georgia's gubernatorial primary last month, one of the candidates, state Sen. Michael Williams, made national headlines for a "deportation bus" that cruised around with the phrase "FOLLOW ME TO MEXICO" painted on the back. The publicity stunt proved to be an epic flop — Williams barely got 5 percent of the vote. | Another candidate, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, garnered less national attention with a slightly smaller racist vehicular gimmick. In a campaign ad, he boasted about having a big truck to "round up some criminal illegals." Kemp came in second in the primary election and advanced to the July 24 runoff. | But both Kemp and Williams were bested by an even more impressive propagandist: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle boasted his own gimmick — call it a deportation board. | Since October,…
theintercept.com/2018/06/18/casey-cagle-georgia-sanctuary-immigration-enforcement-review-board/

Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-06-16
In the closely watched upcoming primary in New York, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging neoliberal Joe Crowley, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who Howie Klein says is "the most corrupt Democrat in the House." | The post Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist appeared first on The Real News Network.

Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist

Two Very Different Democrats, Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Squared Off in Debate Friday Night
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-06-16
Friday night's primary debate between 31-year elected official Rep. Joseph Crowley and 28-year-old progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a contest between establishment and outsider, old guard and upstart, experience and progress, status quo and change. It marks only the third primary challenge Crowley has faced since moving from the state Assembly to Congress — and his first since 2004. | At times during the debate, his relative campaign inexperience showed, while Ocasio-Cortez presented as a well-studied newcomer with natural talent: delivering a summary of her agenda in a manner which was confident and sharp, if not effortless. The theme of her remarks was clear: "Not all Democrats are the same." | Despite what she described as Crowley's "adaptations" — meaning shifts leftward in response to her more progressive campaign — there are real differences between the two, said Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging Crowley for…
theintercept.com/2018/06/16/two-very-different-democrats-joe-crowley-and-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-squared-off-in-debate-friday-night/

SPLC: Proposed immigration 'compromise' would hurt children and most vulnerable
splcenter.org | splcenter.org | 2018-06-15
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are holding children hostage in order to force political concessions on immigration legislation.
www.splcenter.org/news/2018/06/15/splc-proposed-immigration-compromise-would-hurt-children-and-most-vulnerable

Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-06-15
As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org | The post Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program' appeared first on The Real News Network.

Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'

The Meaning of the Recent Lebanese Election (and How Hariri Suffered a Stinging Defeat)
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-06-15
While Western media decried Hizbullah's victory in last month's election, any notion that the Shi`ite party can dominate Lebanese politics is at best an exaggeration, says As'ad AbuKhalil. Part One of this article can be read here. By As`ad AbuKhalil… Read more ?…

The Meaning of the Recent Lebanese Election (and How Hariri Suffered a Stinging Defeat)

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