2018-02-28: News Headlines

Jen Hayden, DailyKos (2018-02-28). Lehigh University Faculty Votes to Rescind Trump's Honorary Degree. AlterNet.org What took them so long? | It seems Lehigh University faculty are tired of all this winning. They recently overwhelmingly voted to rescind the honorary degree given to Donald Trump in 1988, citing his character (or lack thereof) and behavior. From WMFZ: University officials told 69 News Tuesday afternoon that faculty voted to rescind the degree bestowed on Trump in 1988. Online voting on the issue ended Monday afternoon. There was a 76 percent response rate with 83 percent in favor of revoking the degree. Some faculty members had been pushing the Board of Trustees to rescind Trump's degree. Two weeks ago, nearly 50 of Lehigh's 471 faculty members approved a motion to hold an electronic vote for the entire teaching body to vote on whether to rescind the degree. They said Trump's behavior goes against the character and standards of the Lehigh. . .

Jon Rynn (2018-02-28). What Should Progressives Stand For? A Survey and a Proposal. counterpunch.org What do progressives stand for? What does the Democratic Party stand for? Can Democrats and progressives win the House and eventually the Senate and presidency just by standing back and letting Trump and the Republicans self-destruct? And if the Democrats do gain power, will they do something or will the Republicans just come roaring back More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Gov't Continues Violating 5-Hour Daily "Truce" in Eastern Ghouta, U.N. Report Warns of Sexual Exploitation by Aid Workers in Syria, Supreme Court: U.S. Can Continue to Indefinitely Detain Immigrants & Asylum Seekers, ICE Arrests Over 150 People in Raids in Northern California, 40 Faith Leaders Arrested During Capitol Hill Protest to Demand Clean DREAM Act, WaPo: Officials in 4 Countries Tried to Manipulate Kushner Through Business Ties, NSA Head: Trump Has Not Directed Him to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Florida Lawmakers Vote to Create Statewide Program to Arm Teachers in Classrooms, Afghan President Offers to Begin Peace Talks with the Taliban, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 5 Civilians Outside Saada, Somalia: Nearly 40 People Killed in 2 Bombings in Mogadishu, Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Winners Criticize Aung San Suu Kyi over Violence Against Rohingya, Committee to Protect Journalists Calls for Probe into Killing of Slovak Journalist, Climate News: Temps Surge at North Pole; Sea Rise Floods U.S. Bases; Shrinking Lake Chad Causes Hunger Crisis, Treasury Department Slashes Puerto Rico's Disaster Relief Loan Fund, U.S. Intelligence Contractor Reality Winner Appears in Court in Georgia, West Virginia Teachers Win Pay Raise After 4-Day Statewide Strike…

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-02-28). The Reality of Forgiving All Student Debt the Trump Administration Will Never Acknowledge. AlterNet.org A new study suggests it could boost the economy and help revitalize higher education. | As the Trump administration works diligently to exacerbate the nation's student debt crisis—including efforts to insulate student loan debt collectors from regulations that aim to curtail abusive and predatory tactics—a new study out this month imagines a bold alternative that would wipe out all existing student debt in one fell swoop. This week, both Bloomberg and NPR have reported on an internal Education Department memo, drafted under Secretary Betsy DeVos, which argues that student loan servicers and debt collectors should be exempt from state regulations and oversight, a position which industry groups have been lobbying for since President Donald Trump appointed DeVos. The lobbying campaign has been rebuked by state officials, including 25 attorneys generals who last year sent a letter (pdf). . .

Stephen Lendman (2018-02-28). US Intends Indefinite Illegal Occupation of Syrian and Iraqi Territory. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. | All US wars and related occupations are flagrantly illegal, Trump continuing what his predecessors began. | Pentagon and State Department officials lied, claiming Washington …

ZeroHedge.com (2018-02-28). Foreign Officials Discussed How To Manipulate "Naive" Jared Kushner. MintPress News Just hours after Politico reported that White House senior advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner had been stripped of his top-level security clearance, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell report that purports to provide an unprecedented level of insight into why Kushner wasn't granted an exemption. | According to WaPo, officials in at least four countries have privately discussed how to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his "complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." The story cited current and former US intelligence officials. | Kushner's family business, the Kushner Companies, was famously having money troubles tied to 666 Fifth Avenue, "the most expensive building ever purchased", in New York City at least. Though earlier today the Wall Street Journal reported that the family business was planning to buy out Vornado Realty's stake in the building. | The…

Kali Holloway, AlterNet (2018-02-28). 'This Is How Your Mind Learns to Accept Atrocities': Psychologist on Trump's Anti-Muslim Agenda. AlterNet.org Dr. Farha Abbasi breaks down the danger this presidency poses to mental health. | Islamophobia was an issue in the U. S. long before Donald Trump took office, but this administration has worked hard to help spread the disease. Since Trump's electoral win, 18 state legislatures have introduced 23 totally unnecessary anti-sharia law bills. Anti-Muslim violence has been on a steady rise. An unambiguous ban on Muslims from six countries—which candidate Trump made clear was a "Muslim ban"—is actually in effect. And among the other racist materials he's fond of, Trump regularly retweets anti-Muslim propaganda put out by white supremacists the world over. This all adds up to an attack on Muslims in America, and people's mental health often ends up in the line of fire. Michigan State University psychiatrist Farha Abbasi has been examining the psychic toll of America's. . .

MCJAP (2018-02-28). Hicks Acknowledges 'White Lies' for Trump, but Not on Russia. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In an interview by a House intelligence panel, White House communications director Hope Hicks says she has not lied about anything relevant to the Russia probe. | The post Hicks Acknowledges 'White Lies' for Trump, but Not on Russia appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Cruel & Unconstitutional: ACLU Denounces SCOTUS Ruling Approving Indefinite Immigrant Detention. Democracy Now! The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal authorities can continue to indefinitely detain some immigrants and asylum seekers without a bond hearing. The 5-3 ruling overturned the rulings of two lower courts that found immigrants facing prolonged detention must be given a custody hearing. But Tuesday's Supreme Court decision does not end the battle over indefinite detention. The justices sent the case back to the federal appeals court to evaluate the constitutionality of the practice. Tuesday's decision came a day after the Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Trump's efforts to rescind DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives at least 700,000 young immigrants permission to live and work in the United States. The court refused to hear a White House appeal of lower court rulings saying Trump's move to cancel the program was unconstitutional. We speak to Michael Tan, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project.

Martin Berger (2018-02-28). Who Is Keeping the EU Hostage? Global Research Speaking at the security conference in Munich, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster announced that "we will not allow Russia to hold the nations of Europe hostage." Apparently, local media sources couldn't come up with anything more …

Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists (2018-02-28). A Flawed Tale of Cyberwarfare Is Fanning 'Russiagate' Obsession. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Let's start at the beginning of "Russiagate." | Before Robert Mueller indicted three Russian entities and 13 Russian citizens for conspiring to undermine the 2016 presidential election in the United States … | Before the FBI sought and obtained a FISA warrant against Carter Page for allegedly conspiring with Russia to help tip that election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump … | Before President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey … | Before former FBI Director Mueller was appointed as a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the American electoral process. … | Before all of that, there was a cyberattack against the computer server of the Democratic National Committee, or DNC. | The hacking of the DNC server, and all that has since transpired, has been described by many in punditry as…

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-02-28). Trump's Recent Mental Health Pledge Should Have Us All Worried. AlterNet.org The president has proven he doesn't care whether mentally ill people have access to guns—or health care. | Nearly every single time there is a mass shooting in the United States (an estimated 34 have already happened in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive), American politicians perform a mind-numbing script of condemnations, calls-to-action and rhetorical squabbles for and against gun control legislation. One of those points, from the pro-gun school of thought, blames mental health issues for mass shootings. The same contention emerged after the Parkland, Florida shooting when Donald Trump's administration said it was "actively" considering the expansion of mental health care initiatives to curb similar violence. But Trump's mental health care pledge against gun violence is riddled with hypocrisy. On Monday, the president said he was looking at Medicaid funds to do the difficult job of addressing mental. . .

RT (2018-02-28). 'Disgraceful': Trump skewers AG Sessions over FISA abuses probe . RT US News President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, criticizing his decision to let the inspector general, who can't prosecute, handle the investigation into alleged FBI surveillance abuses. |
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SGAP (2018-02-28). Trump Blasts Sessions' Handling of Russia Probe. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president reacts to the attorney general's announcement that the Justice Department inspector general will determine whether a warrant to investigate a Trump associate was improperly obtained. | The post Trump Blasts Sessions' Handling of Russia Probe appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-02-28). The New York Times Newsroom Is Openly Revolting Against Its Editorial Page Editor. AlterNet.org A series of leaks exposes a deep dissatisfaction with James Bennet's stewardship. | Since Donald Trump was elected president, the New York Times editorial page has waged a frontal assault on its readers' intelligence. Just this month, it has published pieces defending Woody Allen and Aziz Ansari against allegations of sexual abuse, and another scolding liberals for not being sufficiently respectful of gun owners in the wake of the latest mass shooting. In between, the paper hired and fired its leading commentator on technology after learning she counts a prominent neo-Nazi among her close friends. Subscribers are taking notice, and they're not alone. According to a Vanity Fair report, Times reporters have grown increasingly frustrated with the paper's op-ed section and fear it may be undermining their work. As one anonymous senior staffer put it, "Until yesterday, people. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-02-28). Hope Hicks Abruptly Resigns 24 Hours After Testifying About Russia. AlterNet.org She was one of Trump's longest-serving advisers. | White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is resigning, the New York Times reports. The move comes one day after Hicks was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee. During that meeting, Hicks reportedly told the intel committee she occasionally tells "white lies" for Donald Trump, but she insisted she's never told substantial lies about anything materially related to the Russia investigations. CNN reports Hicks will depart "in the next few weeks. "Hicks told the Times there are "no words" to express her gratitude towards Trump. "Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years," Trump told the Times. "She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future. " Related Stories: Two Members of Pussy Riot Went Missing in Russia, Are Now SafeIt's Not Just Ben Carson—There Have Been Plenty of Other Outrageous Spenders in Trump's CabinetLehigh University Faculty Votes to Rescind Trump's Honorary Degree

Jay Syrmopoulos (2018-02-28). Ohio Governor John Kasich Foresees End of Two-Party System. MintPress News Columbus, OH — On February 25th, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a staunch Trump critic and 2016 Republican presidential primary challenger, said that both the Republican and Democratic parties are failing the U.S. people, noting that "we may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system." | Appearing on ABC's "This Week", Kasich— who was allegedly offered the position of Vice President after Trump's 2016 election victory and turned it down, and has been rumored to be considering mounting a primary challenge against Trump in 2020— said that Americans are disenchanted with both parties and contemplated the rise of a "multi-party system" in the United States. | "I want to support candidates who I believe want to take the high road. Those that want to create discord and those that want to put the party in front of…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-02-28). Robert Reich: The Moral Movement Against Gun Violence. AlterNet.org The Parkland Florida students are leading the charge—we should support them or get out of their way. | Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Okay, the National Rifle Association isn't quite the Klan. But it's getting closer. For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members, even if they pack assault rifles. Yet in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the activism of high school students, corporations are bailing out of their deals with the NRA. As we've seen with the corporate firings of sleazebag movie moguls and predatory television personalities, nothing concentrates the minds of CEOs like a moral protest that's gaining traction. As I said, the NRA isn't the Klan, but since Trump became president it's behaved like a subsidiary of. . .

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-02-28). Robert Reich: The Trump Economy Is Doomed from the Start. AlterNet.org Corporate tax cuts have never trickled down to workers, and they won't start now. | How to build the economy? Not through trickle-down economics. Tax cuts to the rich and big corporations don't lead to more investment and jobs. The only real way to build the economy is through "rise-up" economics: Investments in our people — their education and skills, their health, and the roads and bridges and public transportation that connects them. Trickle-down doesn't work because money is global. Corporations and the rich whose taxes are cut invest the extra money wherever around the world they can get the highest return. Rise-up economics works because American workers are the only resources uniquely American. Their productivity is the key to our future standard of living. And that productivity depends on their education, health, and infrastructure. | Just look at the evidence. Research shows. . .

ORRAP (2018-02-28). ICE Chief: Mayor's Warning Prevented 800 Arrests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists SAN FRANCISCO — A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter. | "What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community," Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting chief, told "Fox and Friends." | The mayor warned residents over the weekend of large-scale, impending raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay area, escalating tensions between California officials and the Trump administration. | Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice and said her actions allowed immigrants who have committed crimes to remain in Oakland, making the community less safe. | "I just…

MJCAP (2018-02-28). Trump Communications Director Hope Hicks Quits. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The news comes a day after she was interviewed for nine hours by the House panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between the president's campaign and Russia. | The post Trump Communications Director Hope Hicks Quits appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-02-28). Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded – reports. RT US News US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly had his security clearance downgraded. This may complicate US peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, which he is in charge of. |
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RT (2018-02-28). US Supreme Court paves way for indefinite detention of immigrants. RT US News In the ongoing back-and-forth over migrant rights, the US Supreme Court has lifted the time limit immigrants can be held without bond. This comes a day after US President Trump failed to end childhood migrants' privileges.
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Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-02-28). 5 Other Outrageous Spenders in Trump's Cabinet Besides Ben Carson. AlterNet.org In too many instances, so-called "fiscal conservatives" threw money around on extravagances. | learned after The New York Times reported on Tuesday that it spent as much on a dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson's office in late 2017. Around the same time, it's worth noting, the White House sought to "slash HUD's programs for the homeless, elderly and poor. "HUD spokesman Raffi Williams told the Times that though Carson "didn't know the table had been purchased," he wasn't going to return it. Neither did the House or Senate Appropriations Committees know that the 50-year-old custom hardwood table had been purchased, as Williams claimed it served a "building-wide need" and so was exempt from federal law requiring congressional approval for renovations to a department head's office with costs exceeding $5,000. Carson is hardly an exception to the rule. President Trump's cabinet is. . .

RT (2018-02-28). Facebook exec claims Trump paid more for 2016 election ads than Clinton. RT US News A Facebook executive has published details on how much US presidential election candidates paid to reach potential voters on the social media platform in 2016. Critics say Trump was rewarded for provocative and divisive content.
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Truthout Stories (2018-02-28). Disappeared by the State: What Tuesday's Supreme Court Decision on Indefinite Detention Means for Immigrants. Truthout Stories Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling allowing immigrants to be detained indefinitely is a continuation of a political project that was expanding its reach, grinding immigrants and others under its wheels long before Trump. Many of the affected immigrants have an Indigenous connection to this land, which makes their disappearance into the carceral system yet another reflection of the US's origins as a country. Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court to voice opposition to Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from certain countries entry into the US, January 30, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that US immigration officials can detain immigrants within the US indefinitely, without offering periodic bond hearings. Immigrants with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum would not be exempt from this policy. In 2015, the 9th Circuit Court of…

Whitney Webb (2018-02-28). UN Attempt to Link North Korea to Syrian Chemical Weapons Program Nothing New. MintPress News Bush's "Axis of Evil" speech in 2002 was precursor to disastrous invasion and regime change. Now once again, under Trump, that narrative has re-emerged — this time linking Syria with North Korea, based on allegations by unidentified parties regarding chemical weapons shipments. | The post UN Attempt to Link North Korea to Syrian Chemical Weapons Program Nothing New appeared first on MintPress News.

Peter Bohmer (2018-02-28). Trump's Tax Scam. counterpunch.org The December 2017 tax deform legislation, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations and their stockholders, will raise health care premiums, further endanger the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and the environment, and it will lead to further cuts for flawed but still important social and public welfare More

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-02-28). Father of Parkland Student Who Accused CNN of Scripting Town Hall Admits to Doctoring Emails. AlterNet.org There goes Fox News' latest conspiracy theory. | Glenn Haab, the father of Colton Haab, admitted on Tuesday that he doctored emails between his son and CNN in an effort to convince people the network told the Marjory Stoneman High School junior what to say during a live town hall last week. The family of a Parkland shooting survivor appears to have provided doctored emails to Fox and HuffPost in an attempt to support their claim that CNN "scripted" its Wednesday town hall. t. co/AdiXw2lmRz pic. twitter. com/3O5EneClcK— Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) February 24, 2018As the Associated Press reports, Glenn Haab "acknowledges omitting some words from the email but says he didn't do it on purpose. "CNN last week denied claims by Haab that the network tried to feed him lines during a town hall on gun violence. The company later released email exchanges after doctored emails appeared to support Haab's claim. Related Stories: Hope Hicks Admits to House Investigators That She's Lied for TrumpRep. Ted Lieu Calls for Jared Kushner to Resign If New Report Is TrueTrump's Recent Mental Health Pledge Should Have Us All Worried

AlterNet (2018-02-28). Hope Hicks Admits to House Investigators That She's Lied for Trump. AlterNet.org The stunning revelation came during a hearing in which she refused to answer questions about the administration. | White House communications director Hope Hicks told House investigators that her work for President Donald Trump has included lying. A New York Times report describes her characterization of the falsehoods as "white lies. " The Times noted that Hicks insisted to investigators that her lies did not include "matters material to the investigations into Russia's interference. "Lawmakers said that the White House instructed Hicks to "discuss only her time on the campaign. " Hicks followed the directive and "repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House. "This was not Hicks' first time being questioned about Trump. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigators interviewed Hicks in December, and she previously testified before the Senate intelligence committee. Related Stories: The New York Times Newsroom Is Openly Revolting Against Its Editorial Page EditorFour Additional Trump Administration Employees Thrown Out After Background ChecksBen Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing Budget

Truthout Stories (2018-02-28). Before the US Approves New Uranium Mining, Consider Its Toxic Legacy. Truthout Stories Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Uranium — the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons — is having a moment in the spotlight. | Companies such as Energy Fuels, Inc. have played well-publicized roles in lobbying the Trump administration to reduce federal protection for public lands with uranium deposits. The Defense Department's Nuclear Posture Review calls for new weapons production to expand the US nuclear arsenal, which could spur new domestic uranium mining. And the Interior Department is advocating more domestic uranium production, along with other materials identified as " critical minerals." | What would expanded uranium mining in the US mean at the local level? I have studied the legacies of past uranium mining and milling…

WSWS (2018-02-27). Trump's reign of terror on California immigrants. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic Party is allowing immigration officials to round up hundreds of thousands of people while focusing all its energy on its anti-Russia campaign.

Jake Johnson (2018-02-27). EPA Dissolves Program To Study Effects of Chemical Exposure on Children. MintPress News As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the leadership of Scott Pruitt moves to make it easier for big industry to dump dangerous chemicals into the nation's air and water, the agency announced late Monday that it is dissolving a program that funds studies on the effects of pollution and chemical exposure on America's children. | Called the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), the program previously provided millions of dollars in grants per year to researchers studying the effects of chemicals on children's health. | The EPA's move, first reported by The Hill, will eliminate the NCER in the process of consolidating three EPA offices. | Critics responded to the move with outrage, denouncing it as "truly wicked" and further proof of the Trump administration's willingness to sacrifice the health of the public in the service of its…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2018. Democracy Now! Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Trump's Efforts to Cancel DACA, Trump Claims He Would Run into a Building to Stop a School Shooting, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Slams Trump's Idea to Arm Teachers, Georgia Lt. Gov. Threatens to Retaliate Against Delta for Stopping Discount to NRA, WH Aide Ivanka Trump: "Inappropriate" to Ask Her About Reports of Father's Sexual Assault, Trump Proposes Appointing His Private Pilot to Head Federal Aviation Authority, Syrian Gov't Continues Airstrikes & Shelling in Eastern Ghouta During 5-Hour Truce, China Drops Presidential Term Limits, Clearing Path for Xi to Serve Indefinitely, Congo: Soldiers Kill 4 People Protesting Delay of Elections & Kabila's Extended Rule, Israeli Soldiers Arrest 10 Members of Ahed Tamimi's Family, Including Cousin Shot by IDF, Haaretz: Israeli Prosecutor's Office Directly Links PM Netanyahu to Bezeq Bribery Case, ACLU: Jailed Mexican Immigrant Was Beaten and Put in Solitary for Joining a Hunger Strike, Court Rules Civil Rights Law Prohibits Employers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Georgia: Reality Leigh Winner to Appear in Court Tuesday, NBA Golden State Warriors Meet with D.C. Kids, Not President Trump, Indian Superstar Actress Sridevi Dies at 54, Health Advocate & Anti-TPP Activist Zahara Heckscher Dies at 53 of Breast Cancer…

Shane Quinn (2018-02-27). According to Washington, Crimes against Humanity are Solely Perpetrated by the Victims of US-Led Wars. Global Research Responding to Fidel Castro's death just over a year ago, then president-elect Donald Trump was among the first to attack the Cuban revolutionary's legacy. Amidst other accusations, Trump charged Castro with having "oppressed his own people for nearly six decades", …

Chris Floyd (2018-02-27). Elite Anxiety: The True Foreign Skullduggery Behind Election 2106. counterpunch.org There was indeed a foreigner responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016. This is not an "allegation" or a supposition or any kind of "conspiracy theory;" it is a confirmed fact, backed up by reams and reams of documented evidence. The culpable foreigner was not named Vladimir Putin, however; he was called More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-02-27). CPAC Has Always Been an Odious Spectacle, but This Year Was Special. AlterNet.org Global far right gets the spotlight at Trump-centric GOP confab—but is that worse than the Ann Coulter days? | For some reason, this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, seems to have gotten more attention than usual. That's saying something, since for the last 15 years or so it's gotten much more attention than it deserves. CPAC is like a 10-car pile-up — frightening and horrible, but you can't look away. Salon's Jeremy Binckes and Matthew Sheffield have each weighed in on this year's event — with Binckes making the case that it shows that the GOP is now thoroughly Trumpified while Sheffield argues that it's now Trump who's been absorbed by the Republican Party. I think CPAC shows that the Trump strain has always been slithering around under the rock of conservative movement politics, and 2016 just. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-02-27). Janus v. AFSCME: Will Supreme Court Side with Koch Brothers in Their War Against Organized Labor? Democracy Now! On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a key case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, deals with whether workers who benefit from union-negotiated contracts can avoid paying union dues if they opt not to join the union. The lead plaintiff, Mark Janus, is a child support specialist who argues that a state law in Illinois allowing the union to charge a fee for collective bargaining activities violates his First Amendment rights. Numerous right-wing groups have trumpeted his claim in their latest attempt to weaken the political power of public unions. The groups include the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, the State Policy Network, ALEC—American Legislative Exchange Council—and the Bradley Foundation. We speak to Amanda Shanor, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME in support of AFSCME.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-02-27). Trump, North Korea and Post-Olympic Angst. Global Research With the icicles still glinting with the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, US President Donald Trump, like any disgruntled child, wanted to reassert his relevance. Little Rocket Man had assumed diplomatic pose, or at the very …

Richard Falk (2018-02-27). America's 'Liberalism' & Other Inhumane Styles of Governance at Home and Internationally. counterpunch.org It should not be all about Trump, although his election in 2016 as U.S. president is symptomatic of a menacing national tailspin. This downward political drift in the United States, not only imperils Americans, but threatens the world with multiple catastrophes, the most worrisome of which involves Trump's double embrace of nuclearism and climate denialism. More

Chris Floyd (2018-02-27). Elite Anxiety: The True Foreign Skullduggery Behind Election 2016. counterpunch.org There was indeed a foreigner responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016. This is not an "allegation" or a supposition or any kind of "conspiracy theory;" it is a confirmed fact, backed up by reams and reams of documented evidence. The culpable foreigner was not named Vladimir Putin, however; he was called More

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-02-27). Ben Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing Budget. AlterNet.org The secretary pled ignorance through a spokesperson. | The Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,561 on to spruce up the dining room in Secretary Ben Carson's office, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The extravagant purchase occurred as President Donald Trump's White House was circulating plans to cut HUD's budget for the homeless and elderly. A senior career official at HUD filed a complaint alleging retaliation after refusing to break the law to renovate Carson's office. It was reported that the request came from Carson's wife, Candy. HUD did not request approval from Congress for the $31,561 expenditure, which purchased a table, chairs and a hutch. Spokesperson Raffi Williams claimed Secretary Carson was unaware of the purchase, but will not be returning the dining set. "In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers' money," Williams added. Related Stories: The Time Trump Watched an Elderly Man Bleeding Out on the Floor and Did Nothing to Help HimDonald Trump's Morning Tweetstorm Shows a Man Who Is Deeply AfraidRick Gates May Have Sealed Trump's Fate Once and for All

RT (2018-02-27). 'Fire and Fury' author Wolff fakes technical glitch to dodge question on Trump's alleged affair. RT US News The author of the Trump-bashing bestseller 'Fire and Fury' Michael Wolff was hit with an inconvenient question in an Australian TV interview. So inconvenient, in fact, that he had to feign a technical malfunction and run off.
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TRNN (2018-02-27). At CPAC, A Fractured and Chaotic Conservative Movement. The Real News Network At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump, Pence and leading Republicans try to unite conservatives ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging different factions to come together against a common, external enemy: the left…

Answer Coalition (2018-02-27). Sign On: Cancel Trump's War Parade! Militarization and Aggressive US Foreign Policy Trigger Poverty in America. Global Research There are 500,000 people who are homeless in the United States, including over 40,000 veterans. 6.5 million children are food insecure. The proposed federal budget includes major reductions to public housing. Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas are still suffering …

TRNN (2018-02-27). Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy 'Absurd'. The Real News Network By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the U.S., says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

RT (2018-02-27). Trump cries 'witch hunt,' but the devil is in details. RT US News US President Donald Trump's reiteration that the Russia probe is a 'witch hunt' sparked an avalanche of responses on Twitter. But the meltdown has exposed Trump critics' severe lack of knowledge about the Mueller investigation.
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Prof. Rajan Menon (2018-02-27). Dr. Strangelove in the Pentagon. Global Research If you're having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who… you're not alone. But don't despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market. It has no chemically induced side effects and, best of all, will cost …

RT (2018-02-27). 6 facts about Brad Parscale, digital guru to lead Trump 2020 campaign. RT US News Brad Parscale was the brains behind President Donald Trump's social media game in the 2016 presidential election. Now, he will reportedly lead Trump's re-election campaign in 2020.
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Frank Stricker (2018-02-26). Wages Again? Yup. It's a Swamp Out There, So Let's Review the Facts. counterpunch.org Every other day, Mr. Trump and his cronies tell us that wages have increased since their great American policies began. And every other month, reporters discover a wage surge. Recently, you could have read that average hourly pay had risen 4.9% or 2.9% or some other substantial number. Reporters have been searching for a wage More

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