2018-03-05: News Headlines

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Donald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet. AlterNet.org The president can't seem to keep his narrative straight. | President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a furious tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of doing too much and too little to stop Russia from helping him get elected president. "Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? " Trump asked. "Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. "Directly after accusing Obama of doing too much to interfere in the election to help Hillary Clinton win, Trump said that Obama didn't do enough to stop Russia from undermining Clinton's candidacy. "Unprecedented," he wrote. "Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling. "March 5, 2018Despite his furious rants, however, the facts contradict the president's theory that Obama launched an investigation into his campaign to help Hillary Clinton win. In. . .

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-03-05). Partisanship Above Everything. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists We didn't fully realize just how hard it was to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job. | We didn't appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption. | And we didn't know how wildly irresponsible Republican criticisms of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were until the GOP fell silent in the face of abuse after abuse from President Trump. Obama was "not presidential" for wearing a tan suit? Benghazi? Really? | Let's start there. When the current administration finally reaches the end of the line, we will need some serious rethinking about how to grapple with the asymmetry in the behavior of our two parties. Republicans—and particularly the party's dominant right wing in the House of Representatives—have kicked away a lot…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-05). Elizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial Regulations. AlterNet.org The Massachusetts senator refuses to let a "Bank Lobbyist Act" pass without a fight. | Cooperation between Republicans and Democrats has become something of a rarity in today's polarized political environment—except when it comes to a select handful of objectives, like enriching Wall Street banks. If passed, the legislation—derisively labeled " The Bank Lobbyist Act" by Warren and other critics—would make it more difficult to combat racial discrimination by big banks, provide regulatory relief for more than two dozen of the nation's large financial institutions, and eliminate many consumer protections put into place after the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate — with the support of some Democrats — is set to start debate on a bill to roll back regulations on the same big banks we bailed out a few years ago. If we lose the final vote next. . .

RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country', Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country,' Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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Staff (2018-03-05). Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Italy's former Premier Matteo Renzi says his center-left party will not join any government led by the anti-immigrant League party or the populist 5-Star Movement, the two victorious forces in Italy's election. | The post Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Ryan Grim (2018-03-05). DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country. The Intercept The party's attack on Texas candidate Laura Moser was less about her and the primary and more about internal party politics in California. | The post DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country appeared first on The Intercept.

Ewan Palmer, Newsweek (2018-03-05). Florida Middle School Teacher Accused of Hosting White Nationalist Podcast. AlterNet.org The teacher allegedly bragged about indoctrinating her students. | A teacher in Florida has been removed from the classroom after she was accused of using a false name to host a white supremacist podcast. Dayanna Volitich, 25, who teaches social studies at Citrus County School District's Crystal River Middle School, is under investigation for allegedly expressing a series of racist and anti-Semitic views on her. . . | Related Stories: The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election InterferenceElizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial RegulationsDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

WSWS (2018-03-05). Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday's general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "The Oscars Are Still So White": While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men. Democracy Now! The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood's most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. For more, we speak with April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. And we speak with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "People Have Just Had Enough": West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day. Democracy Now! Schools across West Virginia are closed for an eighth day, as more than 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers remain on strike demanding higher wages and better healthcare. The strike, which began on February 22, has shut down every public school in the state. Teachers are demanding a 5 percent raise and a cap on spiraling healthcare costs. For more, we speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

RT (2018-03-05). Fair media 'is dead' in America — House intel chair Nunes . RT US News Chairman of the House Intel Committee Devin Nunes (R-California) believes fair media in the US "no longer exists" and that 90 percent of it is "far left" — even calling the media "part of the Democratic Party's network."
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Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Civilians Flee Government Offensive Against Eastern Ghouta, Trump on Xi: "He's Now President for Life. Maybe We'll Have to Give That a Shot Some Day", Mueller Probes Links Between UAE, Qatar, Trump Policy & Kushner Family Properties, Senate Slated to Roll Back Key Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations, 2 Killed at Central Michigan University in 12th School Shooting So Far This Year, Florida Senate Votes Down Assault Rifle Ban, Record-Breaking Snowstorms Bury Parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S., Italian Far-Right Populist Parties Score Big Wins in Parliamentary Election, Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Farmer on His Own Land in Gaza Strip, West Virginia Teachers Continue Strike for Eighth Day, BuzzFeed: 300+ NYPD Officers Allowed to Keep Jobs Despite Array of Offenses, Thousands Take to Streets in Slovakia After Killing of Prominent Journalist, 90th Oscars Stage Diversity, But White Men Continue to Win Most Awards…

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2018-03-05). How the Media Helped Trump Push Through His Disastrous Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org They might as well be reprinting Trump administration press releases. | A New York Times/Survey Monkey poll last week revealed that, for the first time, a slim majority of Americans support last December's Republican tax cuts—cuts that disproportionately benefit the rich, redistributing money from the poor to the wealthiest Americans. How was the impressive feat of reality-inversion achieved? How did a tax cut that, once it's all said and done, mainly benefits a small group of top earners become broadly popular? One reason is the nonstop deluge of stories over the past two months, cheerleading alleged "tax cut bonuses" from large corporations. Democratic-leaning cable network MSNBC and its colleagues NBC, it should be noted, have mostly been the exception, avoiding the talking point for the most part. But Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, CNN and dozens of local media outlets joined the messaging. . .

WSWS (2018-03-05). German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition. World Socialist Web Site The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the US. Truthout Stories For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: Well, last week, Democracy Now! spoke to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, about what's happening in West Virginia, the teachers and staff strike there. | RANDI WEINGARTEN: There's no collective bargaining in West Virginia. So, it is whatever — we'd lobby…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Lee Camp (2018-03-05). Six Ways the 'Resistance' Gave Trump a Dictator's Toolkit. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists My longtime arch-nemesis, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—which I thought we had vanquished after years of stabbing, kicking and choking it—may now be rising from the dead like a zombie, like a vampire, like a Jeff Sessions. And this is yet another sign that the so-called Democratic "Resistance" is a joke so big it has to buy two airplane seats. | Let me explain. | The TPP was the largest trade deal ever conceived. It was created under Barack Obama, hashed out in secrecy by corporate lawyers, involved 12 countries and would've gone through except that Donald Trump promised during his campaign he would not sign it. When he got into office, he stuck to that promise. But don't kid yourself into thinking he trashed it because he had some strong economic understanding of how harmful this beast would've been to the working class,…

WSWS (2018-03-05). Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.. Democracy Now! For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

WSWS (2018-03-05). The way forward for West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

WSWS (2018-03-05). Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election. World Socialist Web Site Far from an "historic" victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). Mueller Is Going After Documents From Trump and Nine Named Campaign Associates. Truthout Stories Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. | NBC News reports, | "According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign." | The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. | Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. | According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Former Campaign Aide Admits Trump May Have Colluded with Russia. AlterNet.org Sam Nunberg lets it rip in a bizarre new interview. | After forwarding a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to the Washington Post, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg gave MSNBC a freewheeling interview that included his belief that his onetime boss may be guilty of collusion with the Russians. After admitting to host Katy Tur that he'd been interviewed by Mueller's investigators, the host asked Nunberg if he believes the special counsel "has anything" on Trump. "I think they may," the ex-aide responded. "I think he may have done something during the election. But I don't know that for sure. " This isn't the first time Nunberg's given a rambling MSNBC interview. Last week, he called presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner a "weak link" who has done "nefarious things," and earlier this year, called Trump an "idiot" and. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-03-05). Top Russian Official: US Meddling in Russian Presidential Election. MintPress News As U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues to intensify, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-run RIA news agency on Monday that the U.S. is actively attempting to interfere in his country's upcoming presidential election. | "The Interfax news agency cited Ryabkov as saying the U.S. was looking to create chaos in Russia," CNBC reported. "He also added that U.S.-imposed sanctions were primarily aimed at destabilizing the country. Ryabkov provided no evidence to support these claims." | Asked about Ryabkov's comments on Monday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said"it would be not appropriate for us to comment on a Foreign Ministry statement," but added that the U.S. has a "rich tradition" of interfering in the elections of other nations. | "That the United States has a rich…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-05). Robert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand. AlterNet.org Neither the president nor his party believes in the notion of a common good. | Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand's character Howard Roark in "The Fountainhead," an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn't meet specifications he had it dynamited. Others in Trump's circle were influenced by Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" was said to be the favorite book of Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state. Rand also had a major influence on Mike Pompeo, Trump's CIA chief. Trump's first nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, said he spent much of his free time reading Rand. The Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, required his staff to read Rand. Uber's founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, has described himself as a Rand follower. Before he was sacked, he applied many of her ideas to. . .

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-03-04). Americans Aren't Bamboozled By Bonuses: The GOP Tax Law Is a Flop. AlterNet.org Republicans have failed to sell their tax cuts. | Republicans' corporate tax cuts aren't getting more popular as planned — and that's a big problem for the party. It's been a little over two months since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, but it's becoming clearer each day that the GOP's signature legislative accomplishment during their first turn at dominating the federal government in a dozen years has turned into a complete dud. For a minute there — as Republicans rushed to publicize every temporary bonus announced by a company and attributed to the GOP tax bill, even though several had been announced months earlierit looked like the law was a winning issue for Trump's party. A historically unpopular tax cut before it was passed (somehow Paul Ryan managed to make cutting taxes unpopular), the law finally gained a. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-03-04). WATCH: Fox News 7-Point List Breaks Down White House Dysfunction. AlterNet.org It's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. | If you tune into Fox News, things tend to be sunny during the time of Trump. Through their colored lens, things are looking up—except for Democrats foiling ICE raids and the occasional deadly family spat over a ranch. So it's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. And yet that's exactly what happened when Wallace appeared on Smith's show to break the whole mess down. "Let's just go through it," Wallace said, before laying out a shockingly lucid analysis of Trump's troubles. 1. "Hope Hicks has quit. She's the person closest to the president in the White House. " | 2. "The president hates his attorney general. " | 3. The deputy attorney general now has to defend the hated attorney general "from the attack. . .

Staff (2018-03-04). Merkel Secures 4th Term, Keeping Germany on Centrist Course. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BERLIN—Germany ended months of political uncertainty Sunday when Chancellor Angela Merkel gained the support needed to preserve her governing coalition and secure a fourth term as leader of Europe's most powerful economy. | The center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc, after difficult and drawn-out negotiations triggered by September's elections, which saw the rise of a new right-wing force in German politics and raised questions about Merkel's future. | Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect Merkel as chancellor, ending the longest time Germany has been without a new government after elections in its postwar history. | Merkel has drawn flak from both left and right for maintaining an unabashedly centrist course since taking office in 2005. With the coalition approved, she can now turn her attention to tackling rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany…

Staff (2018-03-04). Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Governors and lawmakers in a handful of high-income, high-tax states promote policies to spare residents the pain of the new $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes. | The post Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-04). Paying Tribute to a Warrior Against Big Pharma: Zahara Heckscher. Truthout Stories All of us at Public Citizen lift up in loving memory our dear friend and peaceful warrior Zahara Heckscher, who passed away on February 24 at the age of 53, after her years-long battle with breast cancer. | Among her many talents as a writer, poet, teacher and facilitator, Zahara was a fierce, creative and committed activist. As she valiantly battled advanced breast cancer, she became determined to fight for all patients to have access to the cutting-edge cancer medicines that extended her life. | When she learned that prescription drug companies were using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to lock in extended monopolies that threatened access to affordable medicines, Zahara became a passionate trade justice advocate on behalf of cancer patients around the world. | She galvanized testimony from people living with cancer and HIV/AIDS from the United…

AlterNet (2018-03-04). Mueller Is Going After Documents from Trump and 9 Named Campaign Associates. AlterNet.org He's looking back to 2015 to find out what the president knew. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump, as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. NBC News reports,"According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign. "The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. Related Stories: Manafort Faces New Claims of Additional Criminal Activity by MuellerDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New TweetRobert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand

Nina Mast, Media Matters (2018-03-04). Leaked Footage Shows How Far-Right Trolls Hack YouTube. AlterNet.org YouTube appears ineffective in dealing with the exploitation of its vulnerabilities. | Far-right German trolls are organizing to game YouTube algorithms into making far-right video content trend and orchestrate harassment campaigns against political opponents, as evidenced by leaked online communications from the chat platform Discord. Though Discord — a voice chat app originally designed for gaming — has promised to do a better job in curtailing extremism within its servers (or chat rooms), YouTube's Trending problem seems to have only gotten worse. In September 2017, a far-right German YouTuber Reconquista Germanica, whose real name is Nikolai Alexander, invited his 33,000 subscribers to join a Discord server by the same name. As BuzzFeed found, far-right trolls used it to communicate their attempts to bolster support for Germany's far-right part in the upcoming elections. But the attempt was largely a flop. Now, the group. . .

WSWS (2018-03-03). Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party. World Socialist Web Site The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

WSWS (2018-03-03). Support grows for West Virginia teachers as unions, Democrats scramble to end strike. World Socialist Web Site As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.

WSWS (2018-03-03). French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen indicted for tweeting pictures of IS killings. World Socialist Web Site The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.

TRNN (2018-03-03). Empire Files: War With North Korea – Propaganda vs. Reality. The Real News Network On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they "will never accept a nuclear North Korea." But, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

WSWS (2018-03-03). Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education. World Socialist Web Site In exchange for the NSTU's suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education "reform," Nova Scotia's Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-03). Running for the White House Exits: Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? Truthout Stories White House Communications Director and presidential advisor Hope Hicks arrives at the US Capitol Visitors Center February 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. Hicks is scheduled to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in US politics right now that it simply didn't register. | Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by…

WSWS (2018-03-03). Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis. World Socialist Web Site Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow's parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-03). Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? AlterNet.org The president is at the center of all chaos in this White House. | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in U. S. politics right now that it simply didn't register. Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by now. But we're over a year into the Trump presidency and it's only getting more chaotic. There's a desperate quality to it that hasn't been there before and people are beginning to wonder if the administration is even minimally functional. An astounding number of people have now left — a nearly 34 percent turnover rate in the first year. It's unknown how many people have left the. . .

James Munson (2018-03-02). You're the Problem If You Call What You Do Charity. counterpunch.org Republicans and Democrats have spent the past 40 or so years divesting in us. Grotesquely-devout capitalists run both houses, and the rest do as their financier's command- cut taxes and regulations, and bulk-up security to deal with the mess. 'Reducing the cost of government' as they excuse it, has pushed an added 6% of our More

WSWS (2018-03-02). All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers' rebellion continues. World Socialist Web Site Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.

David Dayen (2018-03-02). Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform. The Intercept A bill that began as a well-intentioned effort to satisfy community bank grievances has instead sparked fears that Washington is paving the way for the next financial meltdown. | The post Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform appeared first on The Intercept.

Amanda Teuscher, The American Prospect (2018-03-02). Planned Parenthood Launches $20 Million Midterm Election Campaign. AlterNet.org The organization hopes to capitalize on that political momentum and "channel the activism" of its 11 million supporters. | On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced a plan to invest $20 million in the 2018 midterm elections, the organization's largest midterm campaign effort yet. The electoral battle plan initially targets gubernatorial and Senate races in eight states—Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—with plans to expand to other states and smaller races. Of those states, the campaign's newly unveiled website pledges to focus its energy on "key races" in Nevada, where many consider Republican Senator Dean Heller to be vulnerable; Pennsylvania, where Democratic Governor Tom Wolf faces re-election; and Wisconsin, where Planned Parenthood wants to help oust Republican Governor Scott Walker and re-elect Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Citing Democratic successes in Alabama and Virginia in 2017 that were thanks in large part to. . .

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2018-03-05: News Headlines

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-03-05). Partisanship Above Everything. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists We didn't fully realize just how hard it was to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job. | We didn't appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption. | And we didn't know how wildly irresponsible Republican criticisms of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were until the GOP fell silent in the face of abuse after abuse from President Trump. Obama was "not presidential" for wearing a tan suit? Benghazi? Really? | Let's start there. When the current administration finally reaches the end of the line, we will need some serious rethinking about how to grapple with the asymmetry in the behavior of our two parties. Republicans—and particularly the party's dominant right wing in the House of Representatives—have kicked away a lot…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Donald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet. AlterNet.org The president can't seem to keep his narrative straight. | President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a furious tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of doing too much and too little to stop Russia from helping him get elected president. "Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? " Trump asked. "Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. "Directly after accusing Obama of doing too much to interfere in the election to help Hillary Clinton win, Trump said that Obama didn't do enough to stop Russia from undermining Clinton's candidacy. "Unprecedented," he wrote. "Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling. "March 5, 2018Despite his furious rants, however, the facts contradict the president's theory that Obama launched an investigation into his campaign to help Hillary Clinton win. In. . .

Ryan Grim (2018-03-05). DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country. The Intercept The party's attack on Texas candidate Laura Moser was less about her and the primary and more about internal party politics in California. | The post DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country appeared first on The Intercept.

Ewan Palmer, Newsweek (2018-03-05). Florida Middle School Teacher Accused of Hosting White Nationalist Podcast. AlterNet.org The teacher allegedly bragged about indoctrinating her students. | A teacher in Florida has been removed from the classroom after she was accused of using a false name to host a white supremacist podcast. Dayanna Volitich, 25, who teaches social studies at Citrus County School District's Crystal River Middle School, is under investigation for allegedly expressing a series of racist and anti-Semitic views on her. . . | Related Stories: The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election InterferenceElizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial RegulationsDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet

RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country', Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-05). Elizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial Regulations. AlterNet.org The Massachusetts senator refuses to let a "Bank Lobbyist Act" pass without a fight. | Cooperation between Republicans and Democrats has become something of a rarity in today's polarized political environment—except when it comes to a select handful of objectives, like enriching Wall Street banks. If passed, the legislation—derisively labeled " The Bank Lobbyist Act" by Warren and other critics—would make it more difficult to combat racial discrimination by big banks, provide regulatory relief for more than two dozen of the nation's large financial institutions, and eliminate many consumer protections put into place after the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate — with the support of some Democrats — is set to start debate on a bill to roll back regulations on the same big banks we bailed out a few years ago. If we lose the final vote next. . .

RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country,' Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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Staff (2018-03-05). Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Italy's former Premier Matteo Renzi says his center-left party will not join any government led by the anti-immigrant League party or the populist 5-Star Movement, the two victorious forces in Italy's election. | The post Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

RT (2018-03-05). Fair media 'is dead' in America — House intel chair Nunes . RT US News Chairman of the House Intel Committee Devin Nunes (R-California) believes fair media in the US "no longer exists" and that 90 percent of it is "far left" — even calling the media "part of the Democratic Party's network."
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WSWS (2018-03-05). Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the US. Truthout Stories For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: Well, last week, Democracy Now! spoke to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, about what's happening in West Virginia, the teachers and staff strike there. | RANDI WEINGARTEN: There's no collective bargaining in West Virginia. So, it is whatever — we'd lobby…

WSWS (2018-03-05). Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday's general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "People Have Just Had Enough": West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day. Democracy Now! Schools across West Virginia are closed for an eighth day, as more than 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers remain on strike demanding higher wages and better healthcare. The strike, which began on February 22, has shut down every public school in the state. Teachers are demanding a 5 percent raise and a cap on spiraling healthcare costs. For more, we speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2018-03-05). How the Media Helped Trump Push Through His Disastrous Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org They might as well be reprinting Trump administration press releases. | A New York Times/Survey Monkey poll last week revealed that, for the first time, a slim majority of Americans support last December's Republican tax cuts—cuts that disproportionately benefit the rich, redistributing money from the poor to the wealthiest Americans. How was the impressive feat of reality-inversion achieved? How did a tax cut that, once it's all said and done, mainly benefits a small group of top earners become broadly popular? One reason is the nonstop deluge of stories over the past two months, cheerleading alleged "tax cut bonuses" from large corporations. Democratic-leaning cable network MSNBC and its colleagues NBC, it should be noted, have mostly been the exception, avoiding the talking point for the most part. But Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, CNN and dozens of local media outlets joined the messaging. . .

WSWS (2018-03-05). German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition. World Socialist Web Site The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.

Lee Camp (2018-03-05). Six Ways the 'Resistance' Gave Trump a Dictator's Toolkit. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists My longtime arch-nemesis, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—which I thought we had vanquished after years of stabbing, kicking and choking it—may now be rising from the dead like a zombie, like a vampire, like a Jeff Sessions. And this is yet another sign that the so-called Democratic "Resistance" is a joke so big it has to buy two airplane seats. | Let me explain. | The TPP was the largest trade deal ever conceived. It was created under Barack Obama, hashed out in secrecy by corporate lawyers, involved 12 countries and would've gone through except that Donald Trump promised during his campaign he would not sign it. When he got into office, he stuck to that promise. But don't kid yourself into thinking he trashed it because he had some strong economic understanding of how harmful this beast would've been to the working class,…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.. Democracy Now! For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "The Oscars Are Still So White": While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men. Democracy Now! The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood's most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. For more, we speak with April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. And we speak with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Civilians Flee Government Offensive Against Eastern Ghouta, Trump on Xi: "He's Now President for Life. Maybe We'll Have to Give That a Shot Some Day", Mueller Probes Links Between UAE, Qatar, Trump Policy & Kushner Family Properties, Senate Slated to Roll Back Key Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations, 2 Killed at Central Michigan University in 12th School Shooting So Far This Year, Florida Senate Votes Down Assault Rifle Ban, Record-Breaking Snowstorms Bury Parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S., Italian Far-Right Populist Parties Score Big Wins in Parliamentary Election, Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Farmer on His Own Land in Gaza Strip, West Virginia Teachers Continue Strike for Eighth Day, BuzzFeed: 300+ NYPD Officers Allowed to Keep Jobs Despite Array of Offenses, Thousands Take to Streets in Slovakia After Killing of Prominent Journalist, 90th Oscars Stage Diversity, But White Men Continue to Win Most Awards…

WSWS (2018-03-05). The way forward for West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Former Campaign Aide Admits Trump May Have Colluded with Russia. AlterNet.org Sam Nunberg lets it rip in a bizarre new interview. | After forwarding a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to the Washington Post, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg gave MSNBC a freewheeling interview that included his belief that his onetime boss may be guilty of collusion with the Russians. After admitting to host Katy Tur that he'd been interviewed by Mueller's investigators, the host asked Nunberg if he believes the special counsel "has anything" on Trump. "I think they may," the ex-aide responded. "I think he may have done something during the election. But I don't know that for sure. " This isn't the first time Nunberg's given a rambling MSNBC interview. Last week, he called presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner a "weak link" who has done "nefarious things," and earlier this year, called Trump an "idiot" and. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-03-05). Top Russian Official: US Meddling in Russian Presidential Election. MintPress News As U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues to intensify, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-run RIA news agency on Monday that the U.S. is actively attempting to interfere in his country's upcoming presidential election. | "The Interfax news agency cited Ryabkov as saying the U.S. was looking to create chaos in Russia," CNBC reported. "He also added that U.S.-imposed sanctions were primarily aimed at destabilizing the country. Ryabkov provided no evidence to support these claims." | Asked about Ryabkov's comments on Monday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said"it would be not appropriate for us to comment on a Foreign Ministry statement," but added that the U.S. has a "rich tradition" of interfering in the elections of other nations. | "That the United States has a rich…

WSWS (2018-03-05). Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election. World Socialist Web Site Far from an "historic" victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). Mueller Is Going After Documents From Trump and Nine Named Campaign Associates. Truthout Stories Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. | NBC News reports, | "According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign." | The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. | Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. | According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-05). Robert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand. AlterNet.org Neither the president nor his party believes in the notion of a common good. | Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand's character Howard Roark in "The Fountainhead," an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn't meet specifications he had it dynamited. Others in Trump's circle were influenced by Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" was said to be the favorite book of Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state. Rand also had a major influence on Mike Pompeo, Trump's CIA chief. Trump's first nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, said he spent much of his free time reading Rand. The Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, required his staff to read Rand. Uber's founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, has described himself as a Rand follower. Before he was sacked, he applied many of her ideas to. . .

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-03-04). WATCH: Fox News 7-Point List Breaks Down White House Dysfunction. AlterNet.org It's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. | If you tune into Fox News, things tend to be sunny during the time of Trump. Through their colored lens, things are looking up—except for Democrats foiling ICE raids and the occasional deadly family spat over a ranch. So it's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. And yet that's exactly what happened when Wallace appeared on Smith's show to break the whole mess down. "Let's just go through it," Wallace said, before laying out a shockingly lucid analysis of Trump's troubles. 1. "Hope Hicks has quit. She's the person closest to the president in the White House. " | 2. "The president hates his attorney general. " | 3. The deputy attorney general now has to defend the hated attorney general "from the attack. . .

Staff (2018-03-04). Merkel Secures 4th Term, Keeping Germany on Centrist Course. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BERLIN—Germany ended months of political uncertainty Sunday when Chancellor Angela Merkel gained the support needed to preserve her governing coalition and secure a fourth term as leader of Europe's most powerful economy. | The center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc, after difficult and drawn-out negotiations triggered by September's elections, which saw the rise of a new right-wing force in German politics and raised questions about Merkel's future. | Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect Merkel as chancellor, ending the longest time Germany has been without a new government after elections in its postwar history. | Merkel has drawn flak from both left and right for maintaining an unabashedly centrist course since taking office in 2005. With the coalition approved, she can now turn her attention to tackling rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany…

Staff (2018-03-04). Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Governors and lawmakers in a handful of high-income, high-tax states promote policies to spare residents the pain of the new $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes. | The post Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-03-04). Americans Aren't Bamboozled By Bonuses: The GOP Tax Law Is a Flop. AlterNet.org Republicans have failed to sell their tax cuts. | Republicans' corporate tax cuts aren't getting more popular as planned — and that's a big problem for the party. It's been a little over two months since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, but it's becoming clearer each day that the GOP's signature legislative accomplishment during their first turn at dominating the federal government in a dozen years has turned into a complete dud. For a minute there — as Republicans rushed to publicize every temporary bonus announced by a company and attributed to the GOP tax bill, even though several had been announced months earlierit looked like the law was a winning issue for Trump's party. A historically unpopular tax cut before it was passed (somehow Paul Ryan managed to make cutting taxes unpopular), the law finally gained a. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-04). Paying Tribute to a Warrior Against Big Pharma: Zahara Heckscher. Truthout Stories All of us at Public Citizen lift up in loving memory our dear friend and peaceful warrior Zahara Heckscher, who passed away on February 24 at the age of 53, after her years-long battle with breast cancer. | Among her many talents as a writer, poet, teacher and facilitator, Zahara was a fierce, creative and committed activist. As she valiantly battled advanced breast cancer, she became determined to fight for all patients to have access to the cutting-edge cancer medicines that extended her life. | When she learned that prescription drug companies were using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to lock in extended monopolies that threatened access to affordable medicines, Zahara became a passionate trade justice advocate on behalf of cancer patients around the world. | She galvanized testimony from people living with cancer and HIV/AIDS from the United…

Nina Mast, Media Matters (2018-03-04). Leaked Footage Shows How Far-Right Trolls Hack YouTube. AlterNet.org YouTube appears ineffective in dealing with the exploitation of its vulnerabilities. | Far-right German trolls are organizing to game YouTube algorithms into making far-right video content trend and orchestrate harassment campaigns against political opponents, as evidenced by leaked online communications from the chat platform Discord. Though Discord — a voice chat app originally designed for gaming — has promised to do a better job in curtailing extremism within its servers (or chat rooms), YouTube's Trending problem seems to have only gotten worse. In September 2017, a far-right German YouTuber Reconquista Germanica, whose real name is Nikolai Alexander, invited his 33,000 subscribers to join a Discord server by the same name. As BuzzFeed found, far-right trolls used it to communicate their attempts to bolster support for Germany's far-right part in the upcoming elections. But the attempt was largely a flop. Now, the group. . .

AlterNet (2018-03-04). Mueller Is Going After Documents from Trump and 9 Named Campaign Associates. AlterNet.org He's looking back to 2015 to find out what the president knew. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump, as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. NBC News reports,"According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign. "The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. Related Stories: Manafort Faces New Claims of Additional Criminal Activity by MuellerDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New TweetRobert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand

WSWS (2018-03-03). Support grows for West Virginia teachers as unions, Democrats scramble to end strike. World Socialist Web Site As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.

WSWS (2018-03-03). Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party. World Socialist Web Site The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

TRNN (2018-03-03). Empire Files: War With North Korea – Propaganda vs. Reality. The Real News Network On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they "will never accept a nuclear North Korea." But, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

WSWS (2018-03-03). French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen indicted for tweeting pictures of IS killings. World Socialist Web Site The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.

WSWS (2018-03-03). Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education. World Socialist Web Site In exchange for the NSTU's suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education "reform," Nova Scotia's Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-03). Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? AlterNet.org The president is at the center of all chaos in this White House. | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in U. S. politics right now that it simply didn't register. Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by now. But we're over a year into the Trump presidency and it's only getting more chaotic. There's a desperate quality to it that hasn't been there before and people are beginning to wonder if the administration is even minimally functional. An astounding number of people have now left — a nearly 34 percent turnover rate in the first year. It's unknown how many people have left the. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-03). Running for the White House Exits: Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? Truthout Stories White House Communications Director and presidential advisor Hope Hicks arrives at the US Capitol Visitors Center February 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. Hicks is scheduled to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in US politics right now that it simply didn't register. | Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by…

WSWS (2018-03-03). Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis. World Socialist Web Site Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow's parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

WSWS (2018-03-02). All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers' rebellion continues. World Socialist Web Site Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.

James Munson (2018-03-02). You're the Problem If You Call What You Do Charity. counterpunch.org Republicans and Democrats have spent the past 40 or so years divesting in us. Grotesquely-devout capitalists run both houses, and the rest do as their financier's command- cut taxes and regulations, and bulk-up security to deal with the mess. 'Reducing the cost of government' as they excuse it, has pushed an added 6% of our More

David Dayen (2018-03-02). Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform. The Intercept A bill that began as a well-intentioned effort to satisfy community bank grievances has instead sparked fears that Washington is paving the way for the next financial meltdown. | The post Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform appeared first on The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-02). Headlines for March 2, 2018. Democracy Now! After Oval Office Meeting with NRA, Trump Backpedals on Gun Control, Georgia Will Punish Delta After the Airline Distances Itself from NRA, President Trump Imposes Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum, Russian President Putin Touts New "Invincible" Nuclear Weapons, Syria: 674 Civilians Reportedly Dead in Latest Eastern Ghouta Assault, FBI Scrutinizes Ivanka Trump over Vancouver High-Rise Project, President Trump Says Drug Dealers Should Receive Death Penalty, Civil Rights Progress Elusive 50 Years After Kerner Commission, Louisiana Agency Spied on Activists Opposing Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Billy Graham to Be Buried After Lying in Honor at U.S. Capitol, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Blocks Video Showing Protests at UCLA Talk…

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Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Donald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet. AlterNet.org The president can't seem to keep his narrative straight. | President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a furious tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of doing too much and too little to stop Russia from helping him get elected president. "Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? " Trump asked. "Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. "Directly after accusing Obama of doing too much to interfere in the election to help Hillary Clinton win, Trump said that Obama didn't do enough to stop Russia from undermining Clinton's candidacy. "Unprecedented," he wrote. "Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling. "March 5, 2018Despite his furious rants, however, the facts contradict the president's theory that Obama launched an investigation into his campaign to help Hillary Clinton win. In. . .

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-03-05). Partisanship Above Everything. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists We didn't fully realize just how hard it was to be president until we had one with no idea of what it takes to do the job. | We didn't appreciate having a government that was relatively honest and free of venality until we had one riddled with corruption. | And we didn't know how wildly irresponsible Republican criticisms of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were until the GOP fell silent in the face of abuse after abuse from President Trump. Obama was "not presidential" for wearing a tan suit? Benghazi? Really? | Let's start there. When the current administration finally reaches the end of the line, we will need some serious rethinking about how to grapple with the asymmetry in the behavior of our two parties. Republicans—and particularly the party's dominant right wing in the House of Representatives—have kicked away a lot…

Staff (2018-03-05). Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Italy's former Premier Matteo Renzi says his center-left party will not join any government led by the anti-immigrant League party or the populist 5-Star Movement, the two victorious forces in Italy's election. | The post Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Eric Zuesse (2018-03-05). How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia. Global Research The same people, Republicans and Democrats, who lied through their teeth for an invasion of Iraq in 2003, are doing it again for an invasion of Russia, sometime soon, so as to 'defend' 'democracy'. The U.S. has by now

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-05). Elizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial Regulations. AlterNet.org The Massachusetts senator refuses to let a "Bank Lobbyist Act" pass without a fight. | Cooperation between Republicans and Democrats has become something of a rarity in today's polarized political environment—except when it comes to a select handful of objectives, like enriching Wall Street banks. If passed, the legislation—derisively labeled " The Bank Lobbyist Act" by Warren and other critics—would make it more difficult to combat racial discrimination by big banks, provide regulatory relief for more than two dozen of the nation's large financial institutions, and eliminate many consumer protections put into place after the 2008 financial crisis. The Senate — with the support of some Democrats — is set to start debate on a bill to roll back regulations on the same big banks we bailed out a few years ago. If we lose the final vote next. . .

Ryan Grim (2018-03-05). DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country. The Intercept The party's attack on Texas candidate Laura Moser was less about her and the primary and more about internal party politics in California. | The post DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country appeared first on The Intercept.

Ewan Palmer, Newsweek (2018-03-05). Florida Middle School Teacher Accused of Hosting White Nationalist Podcast. AlterNet.org The teacher allegedly bragged about indoctrinating her students. | A teacher in Florida has been removed from the classroom after she was accused of using a false name to host a white supremacist podcast. Dayanna Volitich, 25, who teaches social studies at Citrus County School District's Crystal River Middle School, is under investigation for allegedly expressing a series of racist and anti-Semitic views on her. . . | Related Stories: The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election InterferenceElizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial RegulationsDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet

RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country,' Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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RT (2018-03-05). Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country', Nunes believes. RT US News Comedian Stephen Colbert is no laughing matter, according to House Intelligence Committee head Devin Nunes, who said his jokes are a "danger." He accused Democrats of using Hollywood to deflect evidence of their own wrongdoings.
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Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "The Oscars Are Still So White": While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men. Democracy Now! The 90th Academy Awards were held Sunday night, where the vast majority of the awards went to white men, despite years of activism demanding increased racial and gender diversity in Hollywood. The awards show came on the heels of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which rocked Hollywood after dozens of actresses came forward to accuse Hollywood's most powerful producer, Harvey Weinstein, of rape, sexual assault and harassment that stretched back decades. For more, we speak with April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and senior director of marketing for Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization. And we speak with Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics. She is the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project.

WSWS (2018-03-05). German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition. World Socialist Web Site The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.

Lee Camp (2018-03-05). Six Ways the 'Resistance' Gave Trump a Dictator's Toolkit. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists My longtime arch-nemesis, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—which I thought we had vanquished after years of stabbing, kicking and choking it—may now be rising from the dead like a zombie, like a vampire, like a Jeff Sessions. And this is yet another sign that the so-called Democratic "Resistance" is a joke so big it has to buy two airplane seats. | Let me explain. | The TPP was the largest trade deal ever conceived. It was created under Barack Obama, hashed out in secrecy by corporate lawyers, involved 12 countries and would've gone through except that Donald Trump promised during his campaign he would not sign it. When he got into office, he stuck to that promise. But don't kid yourself into thinking he trashed it because he had some strong economic understanding of how harmful this beast would've been to the working class,…

RT (2018-03-05). Fair media 'is dead' in America — House intel chair Nunes . RT US News Chairman of the House Intel Committee Devin Nunes (R-California) believes fair media in the US "no longer exists" and that 90 percent of it is "far left" — even calling the media "part of the Democratic Party's network."
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Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed. Democracy Now! In Britain, tens of thousands of lecturers, librarians, researchers and other university workers are on strike to protest attacks on their pensions, as well as soaring school fees for students. For more, we speak with Priya Gopal, a university lecturer at the Faculty of English at Cambridge who is participating in the academic strike. She is a member of the the University and College Union.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). "People Have Just Had Enough": West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day. Democracy Now! Schools across West Virginia are closed for an eighth day, as more than 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school staffers remain on strike demanding higher wages and better healthcare. The strike, which began on February 22, has shut down every public school in the state. Teachers are demanding a 5 percent raise and a cap on spiraling healthcare costs. For more, we speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Civilians Flee Government Offensive Against Eastern Ghouta, Trump on Xi: "He's Now President for Life. Maybe We'll Have to Give That a Shot Some Day", Mueller Probes Links Between UAE, Qatar, Trump Policy & Kushner Family Properties, Senate Slated to Roll Back Key Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations, 2 Killed at Central Michigan University in 12th School Shooting So Far This Year, Florida Senate Votes Down Assault Rifle Ban, Record-Breaking Snowstorms Bury Parts of Europe, Canada and the U.S., Italian Far-Right Populist Parties Score Big Wins in Parliamentary Election, Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Farmer on His Own Land in Gaza Strip, West Virginia Teachers Continue Strike for Eighth Day, BuzzFeed: 300+ NYPD Officers Allowed to Keep Jobs Despite Array of Offenses, Thousands Take to Streets in Slovakia After Killing of Prominent Journalist, 90th Oscars Stage Diversity, But White Men Continue to Win Most Awards…

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2018-03-05). How the Media Helped Trump Push Through His Disastrous Tax Cuts. AlterNet.org They might as well be reprinting Trump administration press releases. | A New York Times/Survey Monkey poll last week revealed that, for the first time, a slim majority of Americans support last December's Republican tax cuts—cuts that disproportionately benefit the rich, redistributing money from the poor to the wealthiest Americans. How was the impressive feat of reality-inversion achieved? How did a tax cut that, once it's all said and done, mainly benefits a small group of top earners become broadly popular? One reason is the nonstop deluge of stories over the past two months, cheerleading alleged "tax cut bonuses" from large corporations. Democratic-leaning cable network MSNBC and its colleagues NBC, it should be noted, have mostly been the exception, avoiding the talking point for the most part. But Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, CNN and dozens of local media outlets joined the messaging. . .

WSWS (2018-03-05). Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses. World Socialist Web Site Yesterday's general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the US. Truthout Stories For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: Well, last week, Democracy Now! spoke to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, about what's happening in West Virginia, the teachers and staff strike there. | RANDI WEINGARTEN: There's no collective bargaining in West Virginia. So, it is whatever — we'd lobby…

WSWS (2018-03-05). Why Richard Ojeda is not a fighter for the working class. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic West Virginia state senator is being presented by the corporate media as a tough-talking friend of the working class. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-05). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.. Democracy Now! For decades, West Virginia has been at the forefront of labor activism in the United States. As the state's teachers continue their historic strike, which has shut down every single West Virginia school, we look at the history of the labor activism in the Mountain State. We speak with Jay O'Neal, a middle school teacher and a union activist in Charleston, West Virginia. And we speak with Mike Elk, senior labor reporter at Payday Report. His most recent piece is titled "West Virginia Teachers' Strike Fever Starting to Spread to Other States."

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-03-05). Former Campaign Aide Admits Trump May Have Colluded with Russia. AlterNet.org Sam Nunberg lets it rip in a bizarre new interview. | After forwarding a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to the Washington Post, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg gave MSNBC a freewheeling interview that included his belief that his onetime boss may be guilty of collusion with the Russians. After admitting to host Katy Tur that he'd been interviewed by Mueller's investigators, the host asked Nunberg if he believes the special counsel "has anything" on Trump. "I think they may," the ex-aide responded. "I think he may have done something during the election. But I don't know that for sure. " This isn't the first time Nunberg's given a rambling MSNBC interview. Last week, he called presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner a "weak link" who has done "nefarious things," and earlier this year, called Trump an "idiot" and. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-03-05). Top Russian Official: US Meddling in Russian Presidential Election. MintPress News As U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues to intensify, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state-run RIA news agency on Monday that the U.S. is actively attempting to interfere in his country's upcoming presidential election. | "The Interfax news agency cited Ryabkov as saying the U.S. was looking to create chaos in Russia," CNBC reported. "He also added that U.S.-imposed sanctions were primarily aimed at destabilizing the country. Ryabkov provided no evidence to support these claims." | Asked about Ryabkov's comments on Monday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said"it would be not appropriate for us to comment on a Foreign Ministry statement," but added that the U.S. has a "rich tradition" of interfering in the elections of other nations. | "That the United States has a rich…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-05). Mueller Is Going After Documents From Trump and Nine Named Campaign Associates. Truthout Stories Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. | NBC News reports, | "According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign." | The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. | Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. | According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

WSWS (2018-03-05). Australia: Liberals cling to office in Tasmanian election. World Socialist Web Site Far from an "historic" victory, the vote reflects deepening popular disaffection with the parliamentary establishment as a whole.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-05). The State Department Hasn't Spent a Cent of the $120 Million Allotted to Fight Election Interference. AlterNet.org We could be looking at more Russian meddling this November. | The 2018 midterm elections are just months away, and American election systems remain vulnerable to attack. But according to a New York Times report, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since 2016 to protect against interference—including from Russia—in our elections. As of March 2018, none of the " 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin's efforts. "The State Department's refusal to act is not only a product of President Trump's unwillingness to admit foreign powers may have played a role in his election, but also a "deep lack of confidence by Secretary of State Rex. . .

WSWS (2018-03-05). The way forward for West Virginia teachers. World Socialist Web Site The SEP urges striking teachers and school employees to go from impromptu meetings and rallies to the election of rank-and-file strike committees to mobilize the entire working class.

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-03-05). Robert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand. AlterNet.org Neither the president nor his party believes in the notion of a common good. | Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand's character Howard Roark in "The Fountainhead," an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn't meet specifications he had it dynamited. Others in Trump's circle were influenced by Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" was said to be the favorite book of Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state. Rand also had a major influence on Mike Pompeo, Trump's CIA chief. Trump's first nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, said he spent much of his free time reading Rand. The Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, required his staff to read Rand. Uber's founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, has described himself as a Rand follower. Before he was sacked, he applied many of her ideas to. . .

Staff (2018-03-04). Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Governors and lawmakers in a handful of high-income, high-tax states promote policies to spare residents the pain of the new $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes. | The post Democrats in State Offices Are Pushing to Cut Taxes for Wealthy appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-03-04). WATCH: Fox News 7-Point List Breaks Down White House Dysfunction. AlterNet.org It's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. | If you tune into Fox News, things tend to be sunny during the time of Trump. Through their colored lens, things are looking up—except for Democrats foiling ICE raids and the occasional deadly family spat over a ranch. So it's a little jarring to watch Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith pierce the bubble. And yet that's exactly what happened when Wallace appeared on Smith's show to break the whole mess down. "Let's just go through it," Wallace said, before laying out a shockingly lucid analysis of Trump's troubles. 1. "Hope Hicks has quit. She's the person closest to the president in the White House. " | 2. "The president hates his attorney general. " | 3. The deputy attorney general now has to defend the hated attorney general "from the attack. . .

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon (2018-03-04). Americans Aren't Bamboozled By Bonuses: The GOP Tax Law Is a Flop. AlterNet.org Republicans have failed to sell their tax cuts. | Republicans' corporate tax cuts aren't getting more popular as planned — and that's a big problem for the party. It's been a little over two months since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law, but it's becoming clearer each day that the GOP's signature legislative accomplishment during their first turn at dominating the federal government in a dozen years has turned into a complete dud. For a minute there — as Republicans rushed to publicize every temporary bonus announced by a company and attributed to the GOP tax bill, even though several had been announced months earlierit looked like the law was a winning issue for Trump's party. A historically unpopular tax cut before it was passed (somehow Paul Ryan managed to make cutting taxes unpopular), the law finally gained a. . .

Staff (2018-03-04). Merkel Secures 4th Term, Keeping Germany on Centrist Course. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BERLIN—Germany ended months of political uncertainty Sunday when Chancellor Angela Merkel gained the support needed to preserve her governing coalition and secure a fourth term as leader of Europe's most powerful economy. | The center-left Social Democrats voted overwhelmingly to remain in a coalition with Merkel's conservative bloc, after difficult and drawn-out negotiations triggered by September's elections, which saw the rise of a new right-wing force in German politics and raised questions about Merkel's future. | Parliament is expected to meet March 14 to re-elect Merkel as chancellor, ending the longest time Germany has been without a new government after elections in its postwar history. | Merkel has drawn flak from both left and right for maintaining an unabashedly centrist course since taking office in 2005. With the coalition approved, she can now turn her attention to tackling rising anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-04). Paying Tribute to a Warrior Against Big Pharma: Zahara Heckscher. Truthout Stories All of us at Public Citizen lift up in loving memory our dear friend and peaceful warrior Zahara Heckscher, who passed away on February 24 at the age of 53, after her years-long battle with breast cancer. | Among her many talents as a writer, poet, teacher and facilitator, Zahara was a fierce, creative and committed activist. As she valiantly battled advanced breast cancer, she became determined to fight for all patients to have access to the cutting-edge cancer medicines that extended her life. | When she learned that prescription drug companies were using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to lock in extended monopolies that threatened access to affordable medicines, Zahara became a passionate trade justice advocate on behalf of cancer patients around the world. | She galvanized testimony from people living with cancer and HIV/AIDS from the United…

Nina Mast, Media Matters (2018-03-04). Leaked Footage Shows How Far-Right Trolls Hack YouTube. AlterNet.org YouTube appears ineffective in dealing with the exploitation of its vulnerabilities. | Far-right German trolls are organizing to game YouTube algorithms into making far-right video content trend and orchestrate harassment campaigns against political opponents, as evidenced by leaked online communications from the chat platform Discord. Though Discord — a voice chat app originally designed for gaming — has promised to do a better job in curtailing extremism within its servers (or chat rooms), YouTube's Trending problem seems to have only gotten worse. In September 2017, a far-right German YouTuber Reconquista Germanica, whose real name is Nikolai Alexander, invited his 33,000 subscribers to join a Discord server by the same name. As BuzzFeed found, far-right trolls used it to communicate their attempts to bolster support for Germany's far-right part in the upcoming elections. But the attempt was largely a flop. Now, the group. . .

AlterNet (2018-03-04). Mueller Is Going After Documents from Trump and 9 Named Campaign Associates. AlterNet.org He's looking back to 2015 to find out what the president knew. | Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be zeroing in on President Donald Trump, as new details leak about a subpoena requesting wide-ranging information about the president and his associates going back to 2015. NBC News reports,"According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4 Ω months after Trump launched his campaign. "The subpoena seeks documents about the president and nine of his associates. Steve Bannon, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Keith Schiller and Roger Stone are all named. According to NBC News, this latest revelation indicates Mueller's intent to find out what Trump knew personally about Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. Related Stories: Manafort Faces New Claims of Additional Criminal Activity by MuellerDonald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New TweetRobert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand

WSWS (2018-03-03). Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party. World Socialist Web Site The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

WSWS (2018-03-03). Support grows for West Virginia teachers as unions, Democrats scramble to end strike. World Socialist Web Site As the powerful strike of 30,000 West Virginia teachers and other school employees extends into the weekend, the unions and state Democrats hope to push through an agreement already rejected by rank-and-file educators.

WSWS (2018-03-03). French neo-fascist Marine Le Pen indicted for tweeting pictures of IS killings. World Socialist Web Site The indictment of two National Front deputies for posting pictures on Twitter is an act of political censorship threatening basic democratic rights.

TRNN (2018-03-03). Empire Files: War With North Korea – Propaganda vs. Reality. The Real News Network On top of overtly genocidal threats, the Trump Administration has announced new terms: that they "will never accept a nuclear North Korea." But, the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea already has nuclear weapons. Does that mean a war is imminent?

WSWS (2018-03-03). Nova Scotia Teachers Union abandons strike mandate, capitulates to Liberal attack on education. World Socialist Web Site In exchange for the NSTU's suppression of teacher opposition to its right-wing education "reform," Nova Scotia's Liberal government has agreed to changes that will bolster the union apparatus.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-03). Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? AlterNet.org The president is at the center of all chaos in this White House. | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in U. S. politics right now that it simply didn't register. Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by now. But we're over a year into the Trump presidency and it's only getting more chaotic. There's a desperate quality to it that hasn't been there before and people are beginning to wonder if the administration is even minimally functional. An astounding number of people have now left — a nearly 34 percent turnover rate in the first year. It's unknown how many people have left the. . .

WSWS (2018-03-03). Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis. World Socialist Web Site Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow's parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-03). Running for the White House Exits: Who Would Want to Work for President Trump Anyway? Truthout Stories White House Communications Director and presidential advisor Hope Hicks arrives at the US Capitol Visitors Center February 27, 2018, in Washington, DC. Hicks is scheduled to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) | Truthout won't back down from taking Trump and his cronies to task. Click here to support journalism that holds those in power accountable! | Three weeks away from his next election, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had developed an invincible nuclear weapon. America shrugged. There is so much craziness happening in US politics right now that it simply didn't register. | Even the most pessimistic of observers assumed that President Donald Trump's White House would have gotten at least a little bit better at this by…

David Dayen (2018-03-02). Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform. The Intercept A bill that began as a well-intentioned effort to satisfy community bank grievances has instead sparked fears that Washington is paving the way for the next financial meltdown. | The post Instead of Taking on Gun Control, Democrats Are Teaming With Republicans for a Stealth Attack on Wall Street Reform appeared first on The Intercept.

WSWS (2018-03-02). All West Virginia schools closed today as teachers' rebellion continues. World Socialist Web Site Teachers and school employees have courageously defied the efforts by the unions, Democrats and Republicans to end their strike.

James Munson (2018-03-02). You're the Problem If You Call What You Do Charity. counterpunch.org Republicans and Democrats have spent the past 40 or so years divesting in us. Grotesquely-devout capitalists run both houses, and the rest do as their financier's command- cut taxes and regulations, and bulk-up security to deal with the mess. 'Reducing the cost of government' as they excuse it, has pushed an added 6% of our More

Alex Lindstrom (2018-03-02). How Neoliberal Fundamentalism Helped Make Trump President. counterpunch.org For weary Americans finding themselves to the left of both the Republican and Democratic parties (an actual majority, TJ Coles argues in his new book President Trump, Inc.), a common, headache-inducing media narrative has surfaced since the election in 'mainstream' liberal U.S. publications they can no longer trust, such as The Washington Post or New More

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