2018-03-06: Social Media Postees

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German Green Party-aligned newspaper defends far-right Professor Baberowski.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
The Tageszeitung, a daily close to the German Green Party, dedicated its weekend edition to a frontal attack on the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE).
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/taz-m06.html

Wall Street Just Sent Democrats and Republicans a 'Sweet Thank You Note' for Doing Its Bidding.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
A new "Bank Lobbyist Act" is on the verge of sailing through Congress. | They don't call it the #BankLobbyistAct for nothing. Big bank lobbyists have worked tirelessly to shape the massive deregulatory bill currently making its way through the Senate, and on Monday 13 financial institutions delivered what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) derided as a " sweet thank-you note" to the Democrats and Republicans whose support has the measure's passage all but certain. Signed by American Express, KeyCorp, SunTrust, and ten other banks, the letter expresses "appreciation and support for S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," which is scheduled for a procedural vote on Tuesday. "Bipartisan cooperation and compromise has led to the creation of legislation that would make sensible and incremental changes to existing regulation, support the extension of credit, and spur economic. . .
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Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused?
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded staffers sign non-disclosure agreements. | The Vox report highlighted a particular item in interns' nondisclosure agreements on Capitol Hill, saying it could create a culture of silence over workplace abuse. The report analyzed two NDAs from both Democratic House and Senate offices, and sought the insight from employment lawyers who said that while much of the content in the NDAs was standard, one stipulation stood out for its potential silencing of complaints against harassment and abuse. The text in the NDA says that interns will have access to "information designated as confidential or secret by the government, matters involving the personal or professional lives of the Senator or employees of the Office, information about the personal lives of constituents" but that they are not allowed to disclose the material as it would be a "breach"
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Foreign "meddling" in elections–Yankee imperialist style.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
Amid unrelenting hysteria promoted by the Democrats and the media over alleged Russian "meddling" in the US election, scant attention has been paid to Washington's own activities south of the US border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/vene-m06.html

Ted Cruz Is Worried About the Rise of a Democratic Contender in Texas.
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
A blue wave is rising in the historically deep red state. | Thanks to an interview with CNN's Manu Raju, it's clear that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is "absolutely" worried about Democrats taking over the southern state in the upcoming midterm elections. The race, which will take place in November of 2018, shows strong signs of a blue takeover of Texas with the help of the rising Democratic candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke from El Paso. On Tuesday, Raju tweeted that Cruz said he was "absolutely" rattled about Democratic turnout in Tuesday's primaries. "The extreme left is energized and angry, and it makes it all important for conservatives to show up in November," Cruz said. To make sense of just why Cruz is uncertain about his prospects of getting re-elected, simply take a look at the fundraising O'Rourke has managed in. . .
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Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
Amid growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday's parliamentary election resulted in a victory for the right-wing and extreme-right forces.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/ital-m06.html

Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-06
"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." That's the message President Trump tweeted on Friday, sending shockwaves across the globe and sparking fear of impending economic volatility. On Thursday, world stock markets tumbled after Trump announced he plans to impose new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum. The new tariffs — 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum — will benefit US producers of the metals, while raising prices for companies that manufacture everything from cars to airplanes to high-rise apartments. Prominent Republicans and business leaders have denounced Trump's plan, saying the tariffs will hurt the manufacturing industry and US competitiveness. Trump's announcement has also prompted concerns that other countries will impose retaliatory tariffs while challenging US protectionism at the World Trade Organization. For more, we host a debate. Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43753-lori-wallach-and-michael-hudson-debate-trump-s-plan-to-impose-steel-and-aluminum-tariffs

No, Republicans Did Not Expose Efforts by Russia to Fuel Pipeline Protests.
Kevin Gosztola | MintPress News | 2018-03-06
A "staff report" from Republicans on the United States House Science, Space, and Technology Committee offers little evidence to prove allegations of Russian efforts to influence U.S. energy markets through "social media propaganda" to incite pipeline protests. | Nonetheless, the report, pushed by Republican chairman Representative Lamar Smith, went virtually unquestioned when it was covered by U.S. media. | What the report reveals are several Twitter and Instagram posts that Republicans claim were posted by "Russian agents" linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the troll farm which has become a focus of narratives that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. | The report recycles unsubstantiated news reporting that strongly suggested the Russian government was behind anti-fracking activism in the U.S. It contends these posts and tweets demonstrate the "broad nature of Russia's meddling and to reveal Russia's attempts to deceive…

No, Republicans Did Not Expose Efforts by Russia to Fuel Pipeline Protests

Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel & Aluminum Tariffs.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-06
"Trade wars are good, and easy to win." That's the message President Trump tweeted on Friday, sending shockwaves across the globe and sparking fear of impending economic volatility. On Thursday, world stock markets tumbled after Trump announced he plans to impose new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum. The new tariffs–25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum–will benefit U.S. producers of the metals, while raising prices for companies that manufacture everything from cars to airplanes to high-rise apartments. Prominent Republicans and business leaders have denounced Trump's plan, saying the tariffs will hurt the manufacturing industry and U.S. competitiveness. Trump's announcement has also prompted concerns that other countries will impose retaliatory tariffs while challenging U.S. protectionism at the World Trade Organization. For more, we host a debate. Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of "The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority." Economist Michael Hudson is the author of "America's Protectionist Takeoff 1815-1914."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/6/lori_wallach_and_michael_hudson_debate

Sen. Chris Murphy: The US Is Exporting Violence and Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-06
On Capitol Hill, three US senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue US support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress — and not the president — the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. | TRANSCRIPT | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: I then asked Senator Murphy about his support for a new bipartisan bill to end US involvement in Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen. | SEN. CHRIS MURPHY: Well, we're obviously, rightly, focused on the violence that the federal government and the US Congress facilitates in our own country because of our inaction, but we also need to talk about…
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If the Response to the Parkland Shooting Made You More Hopeful, You're Not Wrong.
Marty Kaplan, The Forward | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
These teenagers and their activism are a rare good sign for the future. | I never imagined I'd hear first lady Melania Trump channel Norman Lear. On the other hand, I never imagined I'd hear "first lady Melania Trump," so clearly anything is possible. Even the resurgence of American democracy! Let me tell you how I can talk myself into that. Feeling that nothing is possible — Groundhog Days of "What fresh hell is this? " — is what I'm used to. If you can make your mornings safe for Mozart, for sun salutations, for gratitude for waking up at all, let alone in possession of a soul, maybe your breath has kept the embers of optimism glowing. But if your mornings in America, like mine, include the morning news, you know the feeling of wanting to crawl back under the covers.
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What Trump Is Breaking May Take a Long Time to Repair.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-06
As the saying goes, you don't miss the water until the well runs dry: This deeply aberrant presidency threatens to cost the nation much more than even some of Donald Trump's harshest critics may realize. | From 1988-1992, I was The Washington Post's correspondent in Buenos Aires, covering all of South America. It was a time when countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Chile–emerging from years of authoritarian rule–were struggling to re-establish democratic norms, and I learned one important lesson: It's easy to lose the habits and values of democracy, but incredibly hard to get them back. | Perhaps most difficult of all is to recover lost faith in the rule of law. That is why Trump's very public desire to use the legal system as a weapon against his political opponents is so damaging. "Lock her up" is more than a…
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How an Anti-Democracy Media Landscape Led to Trump.
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, FAIR | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
A closer look at the 1990s and the deregulation of media. | An excerpt from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017): As far back as 1835, perhaps our nation's earliest and most astute observer, Alexis de Tocqueville, understood the power of the media. He described the press as "the chief democratic instrument of freedom. " But today our "instrument of freedom" seems to mean the freedom to enrich oneself privately, whatever it takes. How did we get to this sad state? In 1969, the US Supreme Court unanimously upheld the public-good understanding of the press, stating, "The First Amendment is relevant to public broadcasting, but it is the right of the viewing and listening public, and not the right of the broadcasters, which is paramount. " In the 1960s, for example, media broadcasting gas-guzzling. . .
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Sen. Chris Murphy Calls for Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban & Breaking NRA's "Vise Grip" on GOP.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-06
The Florida Senate has voted to support a number of a new gun control measures following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. Meanwhile, in Washington, Republican lawmakers said last week they're moving on from the debate over gun control, after failing to pass a single bill on firearms in the wake of last month's massacre in Florida. For more, we speak with one of the most vocal advocates for gun control in Washington, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. Shortly after the Florida shooting, Murphy took to the floor of the Senate to call for action. "Let me just note once again for my colleagues that this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America, this epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting," Murphy said. "It only happens here, not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction."
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Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-06
On Capitol Hill, three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress–and not the president–the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/6/sen_chris_murphy_the_us_is

Social Media and the Rise of the 'Consistent Liberal'.
Jim Naureckas | FAIR | 2018-03-06
New York's depiction ( 3/1/18) of "young people…staying liberal." | The Pew Research Center ( 3/1/18) recently released a survey on political attitudes by generation. "America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before," was the takeaway of New York's Jonathan Chait ( 3/1/18). | Well, sort of. The generational divide is a striking feature of US politics, but it's not exactly breaking news. While as recently as the 2000 election, young people were the least likely age group to vote for the Democrat, and old folks the most, since 2008 the generations have voted the stereotype of left-leaning youth and conservative elders. That's still happening, Pew finds. | What's more striking to me in Pew's findings is how voters of all generations have shifted to the left–mostly by becoming more consistently progressive, mostly…
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Violence Erupts Within Zimbabwe's Opposition Party .
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-06
Mourners gather in Buhera, Zimbabwe, for the burial of the late Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, February 20, 2018. | © 2018 Dewa Mavhinga/Human Rights Watch | Opposing factions of Zimbabwe's opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai (MDC-T), descended into violence as they struggle for control in the wake of party leader Morgan Tsvangirai's death last month. | On Sunday, violence within MDC-T's offices in Bulawayo, in southwest Zimbabwe, spilled over into the streets. The fracas left scores injured and several vehicles damaged. Anti-riot police were deployed to stop the violence, but no arrests were made. | This incident follows other outbursts of violence within the party, including at the February 20 burial of Tsvangirai in Buhera, Manicaland province. There, scores of MDC-T party youth threw stones at and roughed-up party…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/06/violence-erupts-within-zimbabwes-opposition-party

Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
After clinging to office for 16 years, the state Labor government could be swept out, or forced to form a minority administration with "SA Best."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/sael-m06.html

Monsanto Controls Both the White House and the US Congress.
Josh Sager | Global Research | 2018-03-06
This incisive article by Josh Sager published one month before the November 2012 US presidential elections carefully documents how Monsanto has cornered the US political system. | Whoever gets in, Monsanto's interests will be served. | Moreover, Monsanto also controls key …
globalresearch.ca/monsanto-controls-both-the-white-house-and-the-us-congress/5336422

Kellyanne Conway Nailed for Violating the Hatch Act–Twice.
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
The Office of Special Counsel has instructed the White House to take disciplinary action. | The Office of Special Counsel found that senior White House advisor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act twice when she appeared in two separate interviews. While discussing Ivanka Trump's brand, Conway made a direct plea to the Fox News audience to buy Trump's products. The second instance was when Conway advocated for Senate candidate Doug Jones to be defeated and advocated the election of another candidate. Both moves are explicitly banned by the Hatch Act. According to the special counsel, its office "submitted the report to the President for appropriate disciplinary action. "You can read the details below: JUST IN: Office of Special Counsel finds Kellyanne Conway twice violated the Hatch Act and "submitted the report to the President for appropriate disciplinary action. " pic. twitter. com/1Ie1Y9geWt– ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 6, 2018 Related Stories: Rural Americans Are Slowly Coming to the Realization Trump Played ThemPaul Krugman: Trump Is Courting Economic DisasterPaul Krugman: Trump Is Courting Economic Disaster with His Latest Threat…
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Millennials Interrupt Fracking Lobbyist Meeting at Trump Hotel in D.C. (Video).
Varshini Prakash, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Young people are rising up to reject corporate influence. | Washington D. C. — A dozen young people interrupted the opening reception to an oil and gas lobbying event Monday at the International Trump Hotel in Washington, D. C. The annual 2018 "Congressional Call-Up" event, which focused on influencing federal officials in Congress and at the Environmental Protection Agency, was held by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a lobby group representing oil and gas companies. Before the opening reception, over a dozen young people–part of the Sunrise Movement, a millennial-led group looking to make climate change an urgent political priority in the 2018 midterm elections–stood in the reception entrance inside the Trump International Hotel. During the interruption, attendees displayed a banner that read "Oil Lobby Money Buys Climate Wrecking Politics," sang a song to the tune of "God Bless the USA," and spoke about the. . .
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Europe's Climate of Intolerance.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-06
France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Netherlands' Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders take a Selfie during a European far-right leaders meeting about the European Union, in Koblenz, Germany, January 21, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Responding to a simple request from a Human Rights Watch colleague for examples of intolerant rhetoric by European leaders, led us to an unavoidable conclusion: racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim speech is now a part of everyday politics in Europe. | In a short video released today, we include statements since 2015 from leaders in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Not all are from radical right populists — and we could have added many more. | | Instead of tamping down intolerance, European…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/06/europes-climate-intolerance

Income Inequality in the U.S. Is Even Worse Than You've Been Led to Believe.
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Data show the country is failing its lower and middle-income earners miserably. | The more the ultra-rich prosper, the less they're burdened with taxes, the greater the benefits for society as a whole. If you're familiar with Republican economic theory of the past 40 years, you've probably heard this line of reasoning. In fact, just the opposite is true. Take it from the world's third richest man, Warren Buffett, who recently noted that between 1982 and 2017, "the wealth of the 400 [richest people in America] increased 29-fold–from $93 billion to $2. 7 trillion–while many millions of hardworking citizens remained stuck on an economic treadmill. During this period, the tsunami of wealth didn't trickle down. It surged upward. "The reality is the United States is now home to some of the worst income inequality in the developed world, and. . .
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Donald Trump Has More in Common with a Cult Leader Than You Might Think.
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
An expert on mind control lays out the striking similarities. | Let's review: Donald Trump is a petit-fascist and aspiring demagogue who has threatened violence against his political enemies and shows no respect for the rule of law. He lies persistently and repeatedly, about matters small and large, in an effort to create a malignant new reality. Trump's policies, and those of the Republican Party that overwhelmingly backs him, have hurt the American people, particularly those in the "white working class" who support him most enthusiastically. Despite his many character deficits and failures of leadership, Donald Trump appears to control the opinions of about 35 percent of the American people. There seems to be almost nothing he could do to weaken their support of him (including, as he has himself observed, committing murder in broad daylight). These are all the attributes of. . .
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Why Does Sen. Lindsey Graham Think Killing Millions of Koreans Would Be "Worth It"?
Mehdi Hasan | The Intercept | 2018-03-06
The Republican senator says "all the damage" would be justified for U.S. security. This kind of disdain for the lives of foreigners led to the Iraq war. | The post Why Does Sen. Lindsey Graham Think Killing Millions of Koreans Would Be "Worth It"? appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/06/why-do-u-s-politicians-think-killing-millions-of-koreans-would-be-worth-it/

Arkansas to Become First State to Implement Trump's Cruel Assault on Medicaid.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-06
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma and Arkansas' Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a press conference on Monday. (Photo: Gov. Asa Hutchinson / Twitter) | Truthout delivers trustworthy reporting and thought-provoking news analysis. If you share our passion for the truth, help strengthen independent media with a donation today! | The Trump administration is waging a vicious war on Medicaid — a program that provides life-saving healthcare to around 74 million Americans — and its effects will soon be felt in the state of Arkansas. | On Monday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma — who, prior to joining the Trump White House, helped craft Indiana's punitive Medicaid restrictions — hand-delivered and signed a federal waiver granting Arkansas permission to begin imposing work requirements on the…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43750-arkansas-to-become-first-state-to-implement-trump-s-cruel-assault-on-medicaid

Is the Alt-Right on the Verge of Collapse?
Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Seven months after Charlottesville, the movement is rudderless and rife with infighting. | Alt-Right Movement Hit By Infighting and Defection: The white supremacist, alt-right movement that rose during the presidential campaign of President Donald Trump appears to be splintering. Kyle Bristow, an attorney and key ally to alt-right leader Richard Spencer said this weekend he was dropping out of politics a day before he was slated to host a white nationalism-themed conference in Detroit, Michigan. As. . . | Related Stories: Don't Look Now but the West Virginia Teacher Strike Is SpreadingDonald Trump and John Kelly Lied About Getting UCLA's Basketball Players Out of China: ReportRepublican Strategist Was Told Mueller Has Documents Linking Trump to Russian Interests During Campaign…
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Donald Trump Rages at Obama in Demented New Tweet.
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
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. . .
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Partisanship Above Everything.
E.J. Dionne Jr. | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-05
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…
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How the U.S. Establishment Lies Through Its Teeth, for War Against Russia.
Eric Zuesse | Global Research | 2018-03-05
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 …
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Florida Middle School Teacher Accused of Hosting White Nationalist Podcast.
Ewan Palmer, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
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…
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Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country,' Nunes believes.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-05
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. | RT.com
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Italy's Democrats Won't Join Government With Populists.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-05
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.
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DCCC Operative Says Attack on Texas Primary Candidate Won't Be the Last Around the Country.
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-03-05
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.
theintercept.com/2018/03/05/dccc-laura-moser-california-democrats/

The Radical Ferment of Winnipeg's Jewish Socialist Politics – Leo Panitch on RAI (1/5).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-05
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Leo Panitch talks about the political culture of his family, shaped in Winnipeg's radical Jewish community before and after World War Two; Labor Zionists, Social Democrats and Communists debated and organized within the Jewish working class movement – with host Paul Jay…
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Elizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial Regulations.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
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. . .
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Comedian Colbert is 'danger to this country', Nunes believes.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-05
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. | RT.com
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Democratic Establishment Split By Progressive Insurgents.
Jefferson Morley, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
As the primary season begins, the left wing of the party has the momentum. | The ideological struggle taking place within the Democratic Party is not quite a " civil war," but it is an ideological and practical struggle that is coming to a head as the party begins to hold primaries for the 2018 congressional elections, starting this week. Democratic hopes for regaining power in Washington hang on the outcome. With 435 House seats and 33 Senate seats, the Democrats need 24 seats to take back control of the House, and two seats to win back the Senate. Democratic voters now must answer the same question that divided the party during the 2016 Democratic primaries: What kinds of leaders do they want, Sanderistas or Clintonians? Progressives or neoliberals? True blues or yellow dogs? While the establishment Democrats dominate. . .
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From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the US.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-05
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…
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From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S..
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-05
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."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/5/from_coal_miners_to_teachers_west

"The Oscars Are Still So White": While Awards Project Diversity, Most Winners Remain White Men.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-05
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/5/the_oscars_are_still_so_white

U.K. University Workers Enter Week 3 of Strike Against Pension Cuts & "Marketization" of Higher Ed.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-05
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/5/uk_university_workers_enter_week_3

Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-05
Yesterday's general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/05/ital-m05.html

Fair media 'is dead' in America — House intel chair Nunes .
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-05
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." | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420529-fair-media-dead-nunes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

How the Media Helped Trump Push Through His Disastrous Tax Cuts.
Adam Johnson, FAIR | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
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. . .
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Trump Confuses Totalitarian North Korea with Democratic Ally South Korea in Gridiron Club Remarks.
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-05
The president's apparent gaffe is among his most embarrassing yet. | During his comedic speech at the Gridiron Club dinner Saturday night, President Donald Trump appeared to mix up North and South Korea when bragging about speaking to one of the countries. New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer reported Monday that Trump made a comment about "de-nuking" where he suggested he'd spoken with North Korea — but that conversation actually took place with South Korea. "It was headed for disaster and now we're talking," Trump said during the dinner. "They, by the way, called up a couple of days ago; they said, 'We would like to talk,' And I said, 'So would we, but you have to denuke. '"South Korea's Yonhap News Agency claimed that Trump actually spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, rather than Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea. South Korea,. . .
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German Social Democratic Party votes to form grand coalition.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-05
The SPD has cleared the way with their vote for the most right-wing government in Germany since the downfall of the Nazis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/05/grok-m05.html

Six Ways the 'Resistance' Gave Trump a Dictator's Toolkit.
Lee Camp | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-05
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,…
truthdig.com/articles/six-ways-resistance-gave-trump-dictators-toolkit/

"People Have Just Had Enough": West Virginia Teachers Continue Historic Strike into Eighth Day.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-05
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."
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/5/people_have_just_had_enough_west

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