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Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Let Democrats Off the Hook for Their Latest Cave to Wall Street.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
"The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet. " | Thanks to the help of 16 Senate Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a Wall Street deregulation measure disguised as a "community banking" bill is barreling toward passage–but Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) vowed Wednesday to not let the bill sail through without forcing votes on a series of amendments aimed at showing Americans whose side their lawmakers are really on. "The fight over the Bank Lobbyist Act isn't over yet," Warren wrote on Twitter, unveiling 17 amendments that, if approved, would uphold strict oversight of big banks and shield consumers from Wall Street fraud and abuse. "I'm not going to roll over and play dead for the big banks. "First introduced last November by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the officially named "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act" ( S. 2155). . .
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Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts and Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | 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. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression.
Justin Elliott, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
John Gore has led Republican redistricting efforts across the country. | In December, the Department of Justice requested that the Census Bureau add a question to the 2020 survey that would ask respondents to reveal whether or not they are U. S. citizens. Since ProPublica first reported the DOJ's letter, civil rights groups and congressional Democrats have announced their opposition, arguing that in the midst of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, the question will lead many people to opt out of the census, resulting in an inaccurate population count. A lot is at stake. The once-a-decade population count determines how House seats are distributed and helps determine where hundreds of billions of federal dollars are spent. But one question regarding the December letter remained unclear. The letter was signed by a career staffer in a division of the DOJ whose main function. . .
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The "No Trump Military Parade"
Margaret Flowers | Global Research | 2018-03-08
President Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington DC on Veteran's Day, November 11. Democrats have decried the cost and authoritarian implication, and antiwar groups are planning a countermarch. I spoke to Margaret Flowers, …
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A Labor Agenda Could Make Democrats Win This Fall.
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-08
Democrats are optimistic about their prospects for this November's Congressional midterm elections. But, as I argued in The Wall Street Journal last week, the party's growing (and increasingly powerful) progressive base may well decide to sit on their hands, staying home on Election Day — just as a determinative number of Bernie Sanders' supporters did…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/08/a-labor-agenda-could-make-democrats-win-this-fall/

Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .
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Captured or Killed: The Irish Anti-Fascist Fighters at the Aragon Front.
Pauline Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-08
After the Battle of Teruel in the Spring of 1938 Franco's forces began the Aragon offensive which pushed into Catalonia and severely hampered the Republican cause. From March 7th through to April 19th the Francoists, who were backed up by the Nazi Condor Legion and Mussolini's volunteer corps, brutalised the exhausted Republicans. The Aragon offensive…
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Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/goog-m08.html

On International Women's Day, Women Declare: Emancipation Comes Through the Rejection of Capitalism.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-08
From Afghanistan to the Philippines to Mexico to Spain, women across the globe are taking to the streets today to mark International Women's Day. In South Korea, International Women's Day rallies were held in Seoul as the #MeToo movement sweeps the country. Filipino women rallied in Manila to protest the policies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Afghan women held a rare public rally in Kabul. In Kenya, African women are meeting today to discuss ending violence against women and girls with disabilities. In England, women organized a major march on Saturday to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote. And in the United States, rallies are scheduled to take place across the country today. For more, we speak with Tithi Bhattacharya, associate professor of South Asian history at Purdue University. She is one of the national organizers of the International Women's Strike.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/8/on_international_womens_day_women_declare

A Stalinist Purge in America?
DPCR | Global Research | 2018-03-08
This year could turn out to be a defining year for the United States. It is clear that the US military/security complex and the Democratic Party aided by their media vassals intend to purge Donald Trump from the presidency. One …
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In Spain, Women Launch Nationwide Feminist Strike Protesting "Alliance of Patriarchy & Capitalism"
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-08
In Spain, women have launched the first nationwide women's strike in Spain's history to mark International Women's Day. Their motto: "If we stop, the world stops." Organizers say its supporters include Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, and Manuela Carmena, the mayor of Madrid. Organizers published a manifesto reading, "Today we call for a society free of sexist oppression, exploitation and violence. We call for rebellion and a struggle against the alliance of the patriarchy and capitalism that wants us to be obedient, submissive and quiet. We do not accept worse working conditions, nor being paid less than men for the same work. That is why we are calling a work strike." We speak with María Carrión, an independent freelance journalist based in Madrid.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/8/in_spain_women_launch_nationwide_feminist

Is Donald Trump Fueling a Mass Extinction of Democracy Across the Planet?
Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The warning signs are there, cautions "How Democracies Die" co-author Steven Levitsky. | Earlier this week, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump cracked the following joke about Chinese leader Xi Jinping: "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday. "If he was doing his best Don Rickles impression, only the most febrile members of his base seemed amused. Since Trump abruptly removed James Comey as FBI director last May, the United States has been slowly lurching toward a constitutional crisis. In January, we learned the president had ordered the firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller last June, only to back off after White House attorney Don McGahn threatened to resign. (. . .
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Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play "In the Body of the World"
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-08
On International Women's Day, we speak with Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright and author of "The Vagina Monologues." Ensler's new play, "In the Body of the World," is an exploration of the female body–how to talk about it, how to protect it, how to value it. She shares her deeply intimate and painful relationship with her own body and how it has changed throughout her life, from being raped to struggling with anorexia, from battling uterine cancer to reclaiming her body when dancing with women from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the City of Joy, a revolutionary community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, which she helped establish.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/8/eve_ensler_on_international_women_s

Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/goog-m08.html

Trump's Top Vote Suppressor and Illegal Alien Voter Claim Goes to Court.
Greg Palast, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
ACLU sues Kris Kobach for blocking 1 in 7 new voters. | The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump's chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas. On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas' Republican Secretary of State, began in a Wichita courtroom. The League has sued to block the state's law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship. Kobach's law has blocked an astonishing 1 in 7 new registrants from voting in the state because they did not satisfy his citizenship paperwork requirement. The ACLU, which represents the League, has sent in its top litigators, led by its voting rights director Dale Ho, because of the nationwide implications of the case.
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Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/pers-m08.html

For the Love of Their Country or Money?
Sonali Kolhatkar | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-08
Much has been made of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives or the Russian government to win the November 2016 election. While there is yet to emerge solid evidence that attempted Russian meddling actually impacted the election's outcome, in recent days Mueller's probe may have turned in a far more damning direction: how Trump's family members may have used the president's political power to obtain business advantages, and specifically how Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner may be deeply implicated. | Several recent reports offer strong suggestions of corruption. First, The Washington Post reported Feb. 27 that officials from four other countries–namely the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico and Israel–apparently discussed ways to exploit Kushner's business needs in order for their countries to obtain favorable U.S. policies. A day later The…
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Home-Grown Reactionaries, Not Russians, are Greatest Threat to Our Elections.
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-08
This past weekend, we once again gathered in Selma, Ala., to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the March 7, 1965, march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge that was savagely put down by police. That march — and the march from Selma to Montgomery that followed under federal protection — helped galvanize public support for the Voting Rights…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/08/home-grown-reactionaries-not-russians-are-greatest-threat-to-our-elections/

Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-08
(Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/08/lebanon-5-steps-improve-womens-rights

Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-08
(Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/08/lebanon-5-steps-improve-womens-rights

The Italian Job: 'Unlikely' Alliance Could Become Reality.
Pepe Escobar | Global Research | 2018-03-08
A triumph of "populism." A hung parliament. "Ungovernable" Italy. Berlusconi's demise. The latest chapter in a European saga. The "end of socialist parties." Italy's latest elections were a roller coaster featuring plenty of thrills. Yet the top political nugget is …
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International Women's Day: Syria says YES to Women, and NO to Wahhabis.
Prof. Tim Anderson | Global Research | 2018-03-08
Image. Prof. Tim Anderson | First published by GR on March 8, 2018 | On International Women's Day — The Syrian Arab Republic — the only genuinely pluralist nation in the region — was the first country in the Middle East and …
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Kellyanne Conway Snaps at Fox News Host: 'I Didn't Say That&#039
David Edwards, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The Hatch Act is proving a touchy subject for the top Trump aide. | White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Thursday refused to say if President Donald Trump would punish her after she was found to have violated the Hatch Act. During an interview on Fox News, host Bill Hemmer noted that the Special Counsel's Office had recently found that Conway illegally used her position in the federal government to campaign for Republican candidates on two occasions. "The president and I have spoken about this," Conway acknowledged. "I've not made a comment on this at all and I won't today. ""The White House has spoken," she added, pointing to the administration's denial of the charges. "Has the president told you what he desires from this? " Hemmer asked. "I won't reveal my private conversations with the president except that he would like me. . .
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Kosovo's "Independence": Dilemmas of NATO's Aggression in 1999.
DVBS | Global Research | 2018-03-08
Featured image: The ruins of a Serbian Orthodox cathedral in Djakovica (Kosovo), blown up in July 1999. | A ten-years "independence" anniversary of the Republic of Kosovo that was celebrated by Kosovo's Albanians on February 17th, 2018 again …
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The New York Times Has Learned Nothing From Its Disastrous Coverage of the 2016 Election.
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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 –. . .
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Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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. . .
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The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems-m07.html

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/texas_primaries_see_surging_democratic_turnout

With Support of 16 Senate Democrats, Big Banks Will Be Able to Sue if They Don't Like Dodd-Frank Rules.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
(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…
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Foreign "Meddling" in Elections–Yankee Imperialist Style.
Bill Van Auken | Global Research | 2018-03-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/foreign-meddling-in-elections-yankee-imperialist-style/5631197

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout and Record Number of Female Candidates.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
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.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43767-texas-primaries-see-surging-democratic-turnout-and-record-number-of-female-candidates

Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/dems_team_up_with_gop_to

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections.
Scott Tucker | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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.
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Activists Storm Washington, Demanding Protection for All Immigrants.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
"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…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43759-activists-storm-washington-demanding-protection-for-all-immigrants

Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates.
Michael Sainato | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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,…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/illinois-democratic-party-michael-madigan-mailers/

Historic Defeat for Social Democrats in Italian Election.
Marianne Arens | Global Research | 2018-03-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/historic-defeat-for-social-democrats-in-italian-election/5631191

As Democrats Shift Left on Palestine, 2020 Contender Kamala Harris Gives Off-the-Record Address to AIPAC.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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.
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/kamala-harris-israel-aipac/

Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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. . .
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Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US 'democracy promotion' racket.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
The foreign policy establishment in Washington is crying foul after the Trump administration proposed to cut funding for organizations responsible for "promoting democracy abroad," often in the guise of color revolutions. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420755-democracy-promotion-trump-reactions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/single-payer-health-care-bill-keith-ellison/

Netanyahu or Not, Israel is Corrupted (2/2).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
In part two of our interview, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says that blind US support has corrupted Israel and that a movement for a democratic state where all Israelis and Palestinians are equal offers the best path to justice…
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Why the far-right won in Italy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/pers-m07.html

"We Won!": Teachers End Historic Strike in West Virginia with 5% Pay Raise for All State Workers.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/we_won_teachers_end_historic_strike

Financial Deregulation Bill 'Guts' Dodd-Frank.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
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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Pakistani Film Examines Mindset of a Dictator.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
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…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/pakistani-film-examines-mindset-dictator

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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…
truthdig.com/articles/administration-sues-california-state-sanctuary-laws/

After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/after_victorious_strike_w_virginia_teacher

How the Anti-Democracy Movement Used Media to Command the Narrative.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
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 car advertisements had to pay for rebuttal airtime by…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43769-how-the-anti-democracy-movement-used-media-to-command-the-narrative

Donald Trump is Toronto's Rob Ford on Steroids.
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/donald-trump-is-torontos-rob-ford-on-steroids/

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Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
Nunes will never stop being Trump's lapdog. Even if Democrats win back the House, his committee must be disbanded. | There are so many political stories breaking right now that it's honestly impossible to keep up. Kellyanne Conway has been charged with violating the Hatch Act for blatantly using her White House position to boost the campaign of accused child molester Roy Moore. A bunch of Democratic senators decided to party like it's 2005, voting with the GOP to deregulate some banks for no good reason. Meanwhile, Donald Trump took questions at a joint appearance with the Swedish prime minister and pretty much started a trade war with the EU, fatuously declaring that trade wars are good for countries with a trade deficit, so there's no way the U. S. can lose. By the end of the day Monday, we had The New. . .
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Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The financial industry is getting a big handout. | 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. TranscriptThis is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: On Tuesday, 16 Senate. . .
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The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/dems-m08.html

Is Donald Trump Fueling a Mass Extinction of Democracy Across the Planet?
Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
The warning signs are there, cautions "How Democracies Die" co-author Steven Levitsky. | Earlier this week, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump cracked the following joke about Chinese leader Xi Jinping: "He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday. "If he was doing his best Don Rickles impression, only the most febrile members of his base seemed amused. Since Trump abruptly removed James Comey as FBI director last May, the United States has been slowly lurching toward a constitutional crisis. In January, we learned the president had ordered the firing of special prosecutor Robert Mueller last June, only to back off after White House attorney Don McGahn threatened to resign. (. . .
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Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/goog-m08.html

Trump's Top Vote Suppressor and Illegal Alien Voter Claim Goes to Court.
Greg Palast, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-08
ACLU sues Kris Kobach for blocking 1 in 7 new voters. | The mainstream media has simply missed the voting rights trial whose outcome could unleash the newest mass vote suppression weapon, the invention of Donald Trump's chief vote suppression tactician, Kris Kobach of Kansas. On Tuesday, the trial of the lawsuit by the League of Women Voters against Kobach, Kansas' Republican Secretary of State, began in a Wichita courtroom. The League has sued to block the state's law, drafted by Kobach, requiring all new voters to show proof of citizenship. Kobach's law has blocked an astonishing 1 in 7 new registrants from voting in the state because they did not satisfy his citizenship paperwork requirement. The ACLU, which represents the League, has sent in its top litigators, led by its voting rights director Dale Ho, because of the nationwide implications of the case.
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Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-08
The suppression of the strike is the result of the deliberate effort of the trade unions to prevent the struggle of teachers from developing into a movement of the entire working class against the capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/08/pers-m08.html

Lebanon: 5 Steps to Improve Women's Rights.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-08
(Beirut) — Candidates running in Lebanon's May 6, 2018 parliamentary elections should commit to five key steps to improve women's rights, Human Rights Watch said today, on International Women's Day. Political parties should also ensure greater participation of women in parliament by including women on their candidate lists. | Lebanon has made some positive incremental steps in recent years toward protecting women's rights, but is behind other countries in the region in some respects. In 2014, parliament adopted a landmark law on domestic violence, but it defined domestic violence too narrowly and failed to criminalize marital rape. In 2017, parliament repealed article 522 of the criminal code, which had allowed rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victim, but left a loophole for cases concerning sex with children ages 15-17 and seducing a virgin girl into having sex with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/08/lebanon-5-steps-improve-womens-rights

The New York Times Has Learned Nothing From Its Disastrous Coverage of the 2016 Election.
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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 –. . .
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Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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. . .
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California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections.
Scott Tucker | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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.
truthdig.com/articles/californias-democratic-primary-sham-elections/

Foreign "Meddling" in Elections–Yankee Imperialist Style.
Bill Van Auken | Global Research | 2018-03-07
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 …
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The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems-m07.html

Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates.
Michael Sainato | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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,…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/illinois-democratic-party-michael-madigan-mailers/

Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/dems_team_up_with_gop_to

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/texas_primaries_see_surging_democratic_turnout

Activists Storm Washington, Demanding Protection for All Immigrants.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
"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…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43759-activists-storm-washington-demanding-protection-for-all-immigrants

As Democrats Shift Left on Palestine, 2020 Contender Kamala Harris Gives Off-the-Record Address to AIPAC.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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.
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/kamala-harris-israel-aipac/

With Support of 16 Senate Democrats, Big Banks Will Be Able to Sue if They Don't Like Dodd-Frank Rules.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
(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…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43763-with-support-of-16-senate-democrats-banks-with-more-than-1-trillion-will-be-able-to-sue-if-they-don-t-like-dodd-frank-rules

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout and Record Number of Female Candidates.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
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.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43767-texas-primaries-see-surging-democratic-turnout-and-record-number-of-female-candidates

Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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. . .
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After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/after_victorious_strike_w_virginia_teacher

Pakistani Film Examines Mindset of a Dictator.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
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…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/pakistani-film-examines-mindset-dictator

Netanyahu or Not, Israel is Corrupted (2/2).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
In part two of our interview, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says that blind US support has corrupted Israel and that a movement for a democratic state where all Israelis and Palestinians are equal offers the best path to justice…
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"We Won!": Teachers End Historic Strike in West Virginia with 5% Pay Raise for All State Workers.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
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.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/we_won_teachers_end_historic_strike

Why the far-right won in Italy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/pers-m07.html

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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…
truthdig.com/articles/administration-sues-california-state-sanctuary-laws/

Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US 'democracy promotion' racket.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
The foreign policy establishment in Washington is crying foul after the Trump administration proposed to cut funding for organizations responsible for "promoting democracy abroad," often in the guise of color revolutions. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420755-democracy-promotion-trump-reactions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Financial Deregulation Bill 'Guts' Dodd-Frank.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
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…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21286

With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/single-payer-health-care-bill-keith-ellison/

Donald Trump is Toronto's Rob Ford on Steroids.
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/donald-trump-is-torontos-rob-ford-on-steroids/

Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
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…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21291

For NYT, a Trillion Dollars' Worth of A-Bombs Is 'Little' Response to Russia.
Adam Johnson | FAIR | 2018-03-07
"Russia has ramped up its arsenals," and "US has done little in response"–except ramp up its own arsenal by more than the size of the entire Russian arsenal (New York Times, ( 3/5/18). | For the New York Times, the US is always lagging behind the Russian menace. Previously, the Times has told us how America was losing the "scramble for the Arctic" ( 8/30/15) and falling behind in election-meddling ( 3/4/18). Now it's in the realms of cyber and nuclear war that the Times sees dangerous gaps. | In "A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void" ( 3/5/18), reporters David Sanger and William Broad passed along the worries of Washington–as expressed by a few military higher-ups, some guy from the arms industry mouthpiece known as the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and…
fair.org/home/for-nyt-a-trillion-dollars-worth-of-a-bombs-is-little-response-to-russia/

Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
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…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21283

Trump Will Attend Private Dinner with Billionaire Members of Super PAC Supporting His Campaign.
Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The dinner raises legal questions in addition to the obvious ethical problems. | President Donald Trump is set to dine tonight with billionaires in a private mansion in Washington D. C. 's ritzy Georgetown neighborhood — many of whom are key members of America First Policies, a pro-Trump super PAC that formerly employed the vice president's chief of staff. CNN reported Wednesday afternoon that the dinner is being held at the Georgetown residence of Bush 43 White House counsel Boyden Gray, and will be attended by America First Policies' president Brian Walsh along with billionaire oil tycoon and GOP megadonor Harold Hamm. America First Policies, CNBC revealed in an investigation last week, is not only a newly-founded political action committee aimed at promoting Trump's agenda, but also is "conducting a large-scale polling operation that appears designed to benefit the president. " Election law experts. . .
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As West Virginia Strike Winds Down, Angry Teachers Look to Bolster Progressives in Elections.
Scott Heins | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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…
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Labor Rallies Behind Laura Moser After She Overcomes Party Effort to Stomp Out Her Congressional Bid.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
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.
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/laura-moser-race/

Ben Carson Just Made a Frightening Change to the HUD Mission Statement.
Tracy Lee, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
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…
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Trump's Brand Is Ayn Rand (Video).
Robert Reich | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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…
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Trump Is Backpedaling on His Ridiculous Tariffs Because He Has No Idea How to Be President.
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It looks like Canada and Mexico will be exempt from the tariffs after all. | After defying conventional wisdom, Republican Party dogma and many of his own advisers by announcing new steel and aluminum tariffs, President Donald Trump appears to be backpedaling on the brazen proposal. The whole ridiculous saga reveals just how ill-equipped Trump is at being president. When he initially decided on the plan, he reportedly said that the 25 percent tariff on foreign steel and 10 percent tariff on foreign aluminum would apply to all countries, because otherwise, everyone would ask for an exemption. Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, said the same thing Sunday on CNN. "There'll be an exemption procedure for particular cases where you need to have exemptions so that business can move forward, but at this point in time, there'll be. . .
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The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
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…
truthdig.com/articles/killing-children-age-disposability-parkland-shooting-gun-violence/

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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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

Texas 2018 Primary Shows Democrats Have Momentum, Republicans Still Dominate .
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
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
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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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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. | 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. . .
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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

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