2018-03-07: News Headlines

Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future (2018-03-07). Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party. AlterNet.org It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .

Matt Gertz, Media Matters (2018-03-07). The New York Times Has Learned Nothing From Its Disastrous Coverage of the 2016 Election. AlterNet.org The Grey Lady seems bent on repeating her most egregious mistakes this November. | In a foreboding sign for New York Times readers, the paper has named one of the pillars of its 2016 campaign coverage to oversee its political coverage leading into the crucial 2018 and 2020 elections. The paper drew criticism during and following the 2016 presidential campaign for too often providing false equivalence between the candidates and focusing on the politics of personality rather than policy. The Times editors announced Patrick Healy as the paper's new politics editor in a March 5 memo. He will be responsible for "building a team for the midterms and the looming 2020 presidential election" in order to cover the "epic battle" ahead. At the Times, Healy has alternated between political reporting — including extensive coverage of Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns –. . .

Scott Tucker (2018-03-07). California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout and Record Number of Female Candidates. Truthout Stories This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for US Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. In one of the most watched Democratic races, progressive Democrat Laura Moser placed second, forcing a runoff against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney who has been criticized for working at a law firm that has targeted unions in Texas.

Marianne Arens (2018-03-07). Historic Defeat for Social Democrats in Italian Election. Global Research In the European Union's fourth-largest country, amid mass poverty and unemployment and growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday's parliamentary election in Italy resulted in a historic defeat for the governing Democratic Party (PD) and …

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. Democracy Now! On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates. Democracy Now! This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. In one of the most watched Democratic races, progressive Democrat Laura Moser placed second, forcing a runoff against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney who has been criticized for working at a law firm that has targeted unions in Texas.

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). As Democrats Shift Left on Palestine, 2020 Contender Kamala Harris Gives Off-the-Record Address to AIPAC. The Intercept California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris gave an off-the-record speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, on Monday. Her speech, which emphasized the need for a strong relationship between the United States and Israel, came amid a gradual leftward shift on Israel among some members of the Democratic Party. | Democratic lawmakers are increasingly sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians; while not anti-Israel, more and more rank-and-file party members believe the U.S. should be more mindful of Israeli human rights violations. AIPAC is a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying force and has made opposition to former President Barack Obama's Iran deal a key priority. It is also currently supporting legislation to make some support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — which seeks to hold Israel accountable for violations of international law — a felony.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). Activists Storm Washington, Demanding Protection for All Immigrants. Truthout Stories "We walked with the same resilience and strength that our community demonstrates in fighting for our right to stay in the US," says Maria Duarte, a Dreamer with Movimiento Cosecha. Duarte and Omar Cisneros, her fellow organizer and US-born ally, discuss their march from New York City to Washington, DC, and the steps they are taking to hold Congress — especially Democrats — accountable for not acting to protect immigrants.An immigration activist wears butterfly wings during a protest March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those…

Bill Van Auken (2018-03-07). Foreign "Meddling" in Elections—Yankee Imperialist Style. Global Research Amid the unrelenting campaign by the Democrats and the media—backed by powerful sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus—to whip up hysteria over alleged Russian "meddling" in the 2016 US election, scant attention has been paid to the blatant …

Truthout Stories (2018-03-07). With Support of 16 Senate Democrats, Big Banks Will Be Able to Sue if They Don't Like Dodd-Frank Rules. Truthout Stories (Photo: Andrey Popov / Getty Images) | Legislation that would relax major post-financial crisis banking regulations moved one step closer to clearing the Senate and becoming law. | The upper chamber voted on Tuesday 67-32 to limit debate on the bill, setting the stage for its final passage later this week. | Sixteen Democrats backed the motion to advance the legislation; twelve of them are cosponsors. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered no criticism of the bill, in his regular morning remarks on Tuesday, just fifteen minutes before the vote. Every single Republican present backed the measure. | "People in Congress may have forgotten the crash ten years ago, but I guarantee people across this country have not forgotten," said Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a press conference Tuesday morning. | Warren noted she would offer more than a dozen amendments…

Michael Sainato (2018-03-07). Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates. The Intercept The Illinois Democratic machine has unleashed a wave of attacks on fellow Democrats in local races, with state party chair Michael Madigan funding mailers knocking several progressive candidates as Donald Trump stooges and foot soldiers in the tea party. | Madigan's campaign committee has spent nearly $19,000 on mailers attacking two Our Revolution-backed candidates in State Central Democratic Committee elections, Elizabeth Lindquist and Art Bardsley. The postcards say Lindquist and Bardsley are Trump supporters and "members of a group supported by Tea Party activists." The group referenced by the mailers is Represent.Us, which advocates for politicians on all sides of the political spectrum who support an end to gerrymandering, open primaries, transparency in campaign financing, and rooting out corruption from politics. | The attack comes as the Illinois machine faces one of its most credible assaults in a generation,…

WSWS (2018-03-07). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates . AlterNet.org It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting—or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-07). Pakistani Film Examines Mindset of a Dictator. Human Rights Watch News This morning a friend messaged me, worried that Human Rights Watch will be screening a documentary featuring Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military dictator, at its London film festival. "You might end up glorifying a criminal," my friend warned. Promo ad for Insha'Allah Democracy screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London March 9-10, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival | I assured my friend that Human Rights Watch's position on Musharraf is clear — far from celebrating him, we want him to be prosecuted for the serious human rights violations that he both committed and was complicit in during his rule. Under Musharraf's watch, the Pakistan government arbitrarily detained hundreds of critics and tortured alleged terrorism suspects. A number of opposition politicians were…

Staff (2018-03-07). Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill. The Intercept After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Why the far-right won in Italy. World Socialist Web Site Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out. Democracy Now! As West Virginia teachers celebrate victory in their historic strike, Oklahoma teachers are considering following in their footsteps. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that teachers would go strike on April 23 if the state Legislature doesn't approve pay increases and funding for educational needs. For more, we speak with Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She made headlines last year when she panhandled on a roadside to raise money for supplies for her classroom. She has since started a foundation called Begging for Education, dedicated to funding classrooms, improving teachers' salaries and fiscal responsibility in Oklahoma. And we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher in Mingo County, West Virginia, who has a message for her counterpart in Oklahoma.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). "We Won!": Teachers End Historic Strike in West Virginia with 5% Pay Raise for All State Workers. Democracy Now! In West Virginia, teachers have ended their historic strike, after state officials agreed to raise the pay of all state workers by 5 percent. The strike began on February 22 and shut down every public school in the state. It was the longest teachers' strike in West Virginia history. For more, we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school teacher and union activist in Mingo County, West Virginia.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-07). Headlines for March 7, 2018. Democracy Now! Striking West Virginia Teachers Win 5% Raise for All State Workers, Justice Department Sues California over So-Called Sanctuary Laws, Trump's Top Economic Adviser Gary Cohn to Resign, Carl Icahn Sold Steel-Related Stocks Days Before Trump Announced Tariffs, Report: Kellyanne Conway Broke Hatch Law by Endorsing Roy Moore, Trump Lawyer's 2016 Payoff to Stormy Daniels Could Violate Federal Election Law, Mueller Probing UAE Adviser George Nader & Meeting in Seychelles, Trump Says Russian Meddling Had No Impact on 2016 Election, White House Corrects Record After Trump Confuses North & South Korea, Pentagon Concludes Investigation into Attack in Niger That Killed 4 Special Forces Soldiers, U.N. Accuses U.S.-Led Coalition & Russia of Committing Possible War Crimes in Syria, Honduras: Dam Company Executive Arrested for Masterminding Berta Cáceres's Killing, Imprisoned Honduran Activist Edwin Espinal Launches Hunger Strike, Sri Lanka Declares State of Emergency Amid Violence Against Muslim Community, Britain: Former Russian Spy Appears to Have Been Poisoned, Women Worldwide Mobilize for March 8 International Women's Day…

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

Scott Heins (2018-03-07). As West Virginia Strike Winds Down, Angry Teachers Look to Bolster Progressives in Elections. The Intercept As the roars of hundreds of teachers began to fade outside the West Virginia Capitol, Steve Buford walked across the grounds back to his car. "They're gonna pay for this in November," he muttered. A deal had just been announced: School employees like Buford were told they would be getting a 5 percent raise and a temporary freeze on their health care costs. But the state Senate balked and the teachers remained on strike for another week before the raise was approved. Nonetheless, school employees like Buford, 61, a former coal miner turned electrical technician at Riverside High School in Belle, West Virginia, may end their strike this week, but they are not satisfied. Buford, for his part, has his sights set on the 2018 election. | "I don't think this is a strike or a work stoppage. I think this is a…

TRNN (2018-03-07). Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions. The Real News Network Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…

Marshall Auerback (2018-03-07). Donald Trump is Toronto's Rob Ford on Steroids. counterpunch.org It's not just the US which has had its "Howard Beale moment". Well before Donald Trump became president, there was a similar populist uprising which took place north of the 49th parallel in Toronto, Canada's largest city. Despite generally being perceived as a liberal city, the 2010 Toronto mayoral election (during which Rob Ford was More

Zaid Jilani (2018-03-07). Labor Rallies Behind Laura Moser After She Overcomes Party Effort to Stomp Out Her Congressional Bid. The Intercept In the runoff election in Texas's 7th District, Moser will have the support of organized labor, which has come out against opponent Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. | The post Labor Rallies Behind Laura Moser After She Overcomes Party Effort to Stomp Out Her Congressional Bid appeared first on The Intercept.

Staff (2018-03-07). The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Donald Trump may have startled Republican lawmakers with his sudden and unexpected support for background checks and other gun control measures, but a closer look at his comments to lawmakers reveals his continued adherence to the core of the pro-gun script that he has been following all along. | At his meeting with lawmakers on February 28 Trump buckled down on the idea that the real problem is the existence of gun-free zones, arguing that eliminating gun-free zones "prevent [mass shootings] from ever happening, because [the shooters] are cowards and they're not going in when they know they're going to come out dead." | The president's repeated efforts to disparage the idea of gun-free zones fit with the earlier call for arming teachers made by Trump and one of his most powerful financial and ideological backers — the dark knight of…

Tracy Lee, Newsweek (2018-03-07). Ben Carson Just Made a Frightening Change to the HUD Mission Statement. AlterNet.org Ben Carson wants to emphasize "self-sufficiency" over combating discrimination. | Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is reportedly changing his agency's mission statement, removing anti-discrimination language and promises to Americans of "inclusive communities. " According to an internal March 5 memo to staff, Amy Thompson, the department's assistant secretary for public affairs, said the change was "an effort to align HUD's mission with the Secretary's. . . | Related Stories: Even Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy Is Openly Questioning Ben Carson's Lavish SpendingBen Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing BudgetParkland Survivor Delivers Powerful Rebuke to NRA's Spokeswoman Dana Loesch

Robert Reich (2018-03-07). Trump's Brand Is Ayn Rand (Video). Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists 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 Uber's code of values, and even used the cover art for Rand's…

WSWS (2018-03-06). German Green Party-aligned newspaper defends far-right Professor Baberowski. World Socialist Web Site 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).

David Dayen (2018-03-06). CBO Warns Bipartisan Bank Bill Heightens Risk of Financial Crisis. The Intercept The Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Monday that bank lobbyists had successfully altered language of the so-called Citigroup carve-out, potentially allowing mega-banks Citi and JPMorgan Chase to add leverage and put more debt-fueled risk on their balance sheets. CBO gave Citi and JPMorgan a 50 percent chance of convincing regulators to let them take the carve-out, and their lobbyists are still working to increase that probability to 100 percent. | Factoring in the reality that the major banks will be lobbying regulators in the Trump administration could plausibly increase the likelihood of their success. | CBO's cost estimate of S.2155, the bipartisan bank deregulation bill that faced its first test vote today, was obtained by the Washington Post on Monday and released publicly Tuesday morning. S.2155 would cost taxpayers $671 million over a 10-year period, CBO estimated, because of the…

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Ted Cruz Is Worried About the Rise of a Democratic Contender in Texas. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-06). Wall Street Just Sent Democrats and Republicans a 'Sweet Thank You Note' for Doing Its Bidding. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused? AlterNet.org Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded staffers sign non-disclosure agreements. | An anonymous former congressional intern told Vox that a confidentiality clause in her nondisclosure agreement might have contributed to her remaining silent about harassment by a superior when she was just 21 years old. 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. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Texas 2018 Primary Shows Democrats Have Momentum, Republicans Still Dominate . AlterNet.org The Lone Star State's urban epicenters are turning blue, but most of Texas remains deep red. | Progressive Democrats made some inroads in Texas on Tuesday's Election Day, with a few winning U. S. House primaries or moving to runoffs that will be held later this spring. | But while there were some successes down the political ladder, from first-time candidates running for state legislature and judgeships, the blue voter turnout seen in 2018's first primaries demonstrated that it will be years before red-run Texas becomes politically purple, despite its diversifying demographics. | "So far, Dems are seeing big turnout gains vs. '14/'10 in major metro TX, but not nearly as dramatic elsewhere. Bodes well for them in #TX07 & #TX32, not as well for them in other contests," tweeted Dave Wasserman, the Cook Political Report's U. S. House expert, based on

WSWS (2018-03-06). Foreign "meddling" in elections—Yankee imperialist style. World Socialist Web Site 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.

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused? AlterNet.org 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"

WSWS (2018-03-06). Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election. World Socialist Web Site 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.

Kevin Gosztola (2018-03-06). No, Republicans Did Not Expose Efforts by Russia to Fuel Pipeline Protests. MintPress News 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…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-03-06). New Mexico Republicans Want Catholic Church Official Punished for Calling Them Racist. AlterNet.org Allen Sanchez told the truth and the GOP can't handle it. | A group of Republican lawmakers want a Catholic Church official reprimanded for calling them racist for their opposition to funding programs for poor children. Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, took part Feb. 14 in a candlelight vigil outside the state Capitol in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to increase funding for early childhood programs, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican. "We feel there's an element of racism here," Sanchez said at the demonstration. "If you look at the footage of the hearings around this proposal, the opposition came from people with power and wealth. They don't understand what is going on in our communities with poverty. "The Catholic Church officially backed the proposed measure, but a group of 33 GOP lawmakers sent a. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. Truthout Stories "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…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel & Aluminum Tariffs. Democracy Now! "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."

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy: The US Is Exporting Violence and Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. Truthout Stories 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2018. Democracy Now! North Korea Would Stop Nuclear Tests to Hold Talks with United States, Syria: Monitors Say 70 Killed in 24 Hours Amid Ongoing Gov't Assault on Eastern Ghouta, Trump Says He's Not Backing Down from Tariffs Plan, Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Won't Cooperate with Mueller Probe, NYT: State Dept. Spent None of $120 Million to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Embattled at Home, Netanyahu Receives Warm Welcome at Trump's White House, 87 Muslim Leaders & Immigration Activists Arrested in D.C. Protesting End of DACA, Trump Taps Dow Lawyer to Head EPA Unit; Data Shows Coal Ash Polluting Groundwater, NYT: Sen. Hatch's Emails Show Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears, Kashmir: Tens of Thousands Protest Killing of Civilians by Indian Soldiers, DRC: Dozens Killed & Hundreds Displaced in Recent Days Amid Fighting in Ituri Province, Trump Name Pried Off Panama…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy Calls for Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban & Breaking NRA's "Vise Grip" on GOP. Democracy Now! 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."

Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, FAIR (2018-03-06). How an Anti-Democracy Media Landscape Led to Trump. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-06). Violence Erupts Within Zimbabwe's Opposition Party . Human Rights Watch News 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…

Jim Naureckas (2018-03-06). Social Media and the Rise of the 'Consistent Liberal'. FAIR 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…

TRNN (2018-03-06). Financial Deregulation Bill 'Guts' Dodd-Frank. The Real News Network Republican Senators – with 12 Democratic co-sponsors – are pushing through a financial deregulation bill that with dismantle the post-financial crisis Dodd-Frank regulations, in the name of helping community banks. But this is just a pretext, says former financial regulator Bill Black…

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Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future (2018-03-07). Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party. AlterNet.org It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .

WSWS (2018-03-07). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Scott Tucker (2018-03-07). California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.

Ilana Novick, AlterNet (2018-03-07). Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates . AlterNet.org It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting—or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .

Staff (2018-03-07). Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…

WSWS (2018-03-07). Why the far-right won in Italy. World Socialist Web Site Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

TRNN (2018-03-07). Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions. The Real News Network Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…

TRNN (2018-03-07). Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge. The Real News Network Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…

WSWS (2018-03-06). German Green Party-aligned newspaper defends far-right Professor Baberowski. World Socialist Web Site 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).

WSWS (2018-03-06). Foreign "meddling" in elections—Yankee imperialist style. World Socialist Web Site 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.

David Dayen (2018-03-06). CBO Warns Bipartisan Bank Bill Heightens Risk of Financial Crisis. The Intercept The Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Monday that bank lobbyists had successfully altered language of the so-called Citigroup carve-out, potentially allowing mega-banks Citi and JPMorgan Chase to add leverage and put more debt-fueled risk on their balance sheets. CBO gave Citi and JPMorgan a 50 percent chance of convincing regulators to let them take the carve-out, and their lobbyists are still working to increase that probability to 100 percent. | Factoring in the reality that the major banks will be lobbying regulators in the Trump administration could plausibly increase the likelihood of their success. | CBO's cost estimate of S.2155, the bipartisan bank deregulation bill that faced its first test vote today, was obtained by the Washington Post on Monday and released publicly Tuesday morning. S.2155 would cost taxpayers $671 million over a 10-year period, CBO estimated, because of the…

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Ted Cruz Is Worried About the Rise of a Democratic Contender in Texas. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused? AlterNet.org Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded staffers sign non-disclosure agreements. | An anonymous former congressional intern told Vox that a confidentiality clause in her nondisclosure agreement might have contributed to her remaining silent about harassment by a superior when she was just 21 years old. 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. . .

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-06). Wall Street Just Sent Democrats and Republicans a 'Sweet Thank You Note' for Doing Its Bidding. AlterNet.org 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. . .

WSWS (2018-03-06). Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election. World Socialist Web Site 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.

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused? AlterNet.org 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"

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel & Aluminum Tariffs. Democracy Now! "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."

Kevin Gosztola (2018-03-06). No, Republicans Did Not Expose Efforts by Russia to Fuel Pipeline Protests. MintPress News 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…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Lori Wallach and Michael Hudson Debate Trump's Plan to Impose Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. Truthout Stories "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…

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-03-06). New Mexico Republicans Want Catholic Church Official Punished for Calling Them Racist. AlterNet.org Allen Sanchez told the truth and the GOP can't handle it. | A group of Republican lawmakers want a Catholic Church official reprimanded for calling them racist for their opposition to funding programs for poor children. Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, took part Feb. 14 in a candlelight vigil outside the state Capitol in support of a proposed constitutional amendment to increase funding for early childhood programs, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican. "We feel there's an element of racism here," Sanchez said at the demonstration. "If you look at the footage of the hearings around this proposal, the opposition came from people with power and wealth. They don't understand what is going on in our communities with poverty. "The Catholic Church officially backed the proposed measure, but a group of 33 GOP lawmakers sent a. . .

TRNN (2018-03-06). Financial Deregulation Bill 'Guts' Dodd-Frank. The Real News Network Republican Senators – with 12 Democratic co-sponsors – are pushing through a financial deregulation bill that with dismantle the post-financial crisis Dodd-Frank regulations, in the name of helping community banks. But this is just a pretext, says former financial regulator Bill Black…

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy: The US Is Exporting Violence and Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. Truthout Stories 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy Calls for Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban & Breaking NRA's "Vise Grip" on GOP. Democracy Now! 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."

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2018. Democracy Now! North Korea Would Stop Nuclear Tests to Hold Talks with United States, Syria: Monitors Say 70 Killed in 24 Hours Amid Ongoing Gov't Assault on Eastern Ghouta, Trump Says He's Not Backing Down from Tariffs Plan, Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Sam Nunberg Says He Won't Cooperate with Mueller Probe, NYT: State Dept. Spent None of $120 Million to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Embattled at Home, Netanyahu Receives Warm Welcome at Trump's White House, 87 Muslim Leaders & Immigration Activists Arrested in D.C. Protesting End of DACA, Trump Taps Dow Lawyer to Head EPA Unit; Data Shows Coal Ash Polluting Groundwater, NYT: Sen. Hatch's Emails Show Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears, Kashmir: Tens of Thousands Protest Killing of Civilians by Indian Soldiers, DRC: Dozens Killed & Hundreds Displaced in Recent Days Amid Fighting in Ituri Province, Trump Name Pried Off Panama…

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-06). Violence Erupts Within Zimbabwe's Opposition Party . Human Rights Watch News 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…

Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen, FAIR (2018-03-06). How an Anti-Democracy Media Landscape Led to Trump. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. Democracy Now! 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.

Jim Naureckas (2018-03-06). Social Media and the Rise of the 'Consistent Liberal'. FAIR 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…

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-06). From Coal Miners to Teachers: West Virginia Continues to Lead Radical Labor Struggle in the U.S.. AlterNet.org Strike fever may be spreading to other states. | 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. "TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. 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. . .

Varshini Prakash, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Millennials Interrupt Fracking Lobbyist Meeting at Trump Hotel in D.C. (Video). AlterNet.org 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. . .

WSWS (2018-03-06). Deep social crisis ignored in South Australian election campaign. World Socialist Web Site 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."

Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story (2018-03-06). Kellyanne Conway Nailed for Violating the Hatch Act—Twice. AlterNet.org 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

Human Rights Watch (2018-03-06). Europe's Climate of Intolerance. Human Rights Watch News 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…

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-03-06). Donald Trump Has More in Common with a Cult Leader Than You Might Think. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-03-06). Arkansas to Become First State to Implement Trump's Cruel Assault on Medicaid. Truthout Stories 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…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-03-06). Income Inequality in the U.S. Is Even Worse Than You've Been Led to Believe. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Michael Edison Hayden, Newsweek (2018-03-06). Is the Alt-Right on the Verge of Collapse? AlterNet.org 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

Mehdi Hasan (2018-03-06). Why Does Sen. Lindsey Graham Think Killing Millions of Koreans Would Be "Worth It"? The Intercept 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.

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.

Jefferson Morley, AlterNet (2018-03-05). Democratic Establishment Split By Progressive Insurgents. AlterNet.org 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. . .

TRNN (2018-03-05). The Radical Ferment of Winnipeg's Jewish Socialist Politics – Leo Panitch on RAI (1/5). The Real News Network 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…

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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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.

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). 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). 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.

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…

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.

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