2018-03-09: News Headlines

Staff (2018-03-10). The Health Care Bait-and-Switch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…

RT (2018-03-10). 'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal. RT US News Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned.
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RT (2018-03-09). 'Hilltendo' for the win: CNN's Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game. RT US News The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.
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Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-09). Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists. Global Research The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-03-09). Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Party's Attacks on Progressives as 'Appalling&#039 AlterNet.org The Vermont senator holds nothing back in an interview with the Associated Press. | Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season. Speaking with the Associated Press, Sanders said that it's "appalling" and "not acceptable" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose mission is to help candidates win in local districts nationwide, to be choosing favorites—as evidence shows it has— in Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told AP. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics. " Related Stories: Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump TrollsTrump HUD Appointee Helped Spread False Rumor About Hillary Clinton and SatanismFormer Jared Kushner Associate George Nader Was Previously Indicted for Child Pornography

WSWS (2018-03-09). The CIA Democrats: Part three. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic Party is seeking to be not only the party for the Pentagon and CIA, but the party of the Pentagon and CIA.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-09). In Budget Battle, Pelosi Retreats on DACA and Gun Control. Truthout Stories House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi leaves after a weekly news conference March 1, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. | Congress is set to consider a long-term spending measure next week, and the Democrats' leader in the House offered up disappointing news about the process to Dreamers and gun reform advocates. | Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that her caucus would not insist on a DACA fix or new gun control measures as part of the omnibus spending bill coming down the pike. | The government runs out of money again on March 23, providing Democrats with leverage to demand Dreamer…

RT (2018-03-09). Deep Blue State: Democrats fielding unprecedented number of ex-CIA candidates . RT US News Democrats are running a surprising number of former spies in competitive districts in the US 2018 midterms. If successful, as many as half of all new congressional Democrats could come from the national security apparatus. |
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Kate Aronoff (2018-03-09). Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" The Intercept This week, 16 Senate Democrats voted for a bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country. Ten of them co-sponsored it. | The post Elizabeth Warren Says Democratic Votes for Wall Street This Week Are a "Stab in the Heart" appeared first on The Intercept.

WSWS (2018-03-09). Democrats embrace major cut in corporate taxes. World Socialist Web Site The Democrats' endorsement of Trump's tax cuts follows the vote by a large number of Senate Democrats to loosen the weak regulations on major banks enacted after the 2008 Wall Street crash.

Howard Lisnoff (2018-03-09). May 1968: Fifty Years Since the Catonsville Nine Action. counterpunch.org A person takes sustenance wherever and whenever he or she may find it. That is particularly true with someone on the left, as the struggle for human progress has been systematically destroyed by the political right in the U.S. and elsewhere. Most who have destroyed the legacy of progress are Republicans, but they can also More

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-09). Paul Krugman: Trump Could Unravel One of FDR's Signature Achievements. AlterNet.org The president's latest proposal marks a return to the "bad old days" of the robber barons. | Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich bragged that Republicans would finally dismantle what's left of the "Franklin Delano Roosevelt model" of governance. More than a year later, they're well on their way to succeeding, having passed a comprehensive tax bill redistributing the nation's wealth from the bottom to the top and all but decimating the Affordable Care Act in the process. Now Trump is threatening to scrap one of FDR's signature achievements: reciprocal trade policy. As Paul Krugman writes in his Thursday column, the president's newly announced tariffs on steel and aluminum are "arguably the Trumpiest thing Trump has done so far. " Not only are they senseless (Trump has brayed about one-sided trade deals for decades,. . .

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-09). Are Republicans Finally Turning on Trump? AlterNet.org Republicans fear Trump's "trade war"—but the real danger is that he finally understands presidential power. | One of the more revealing dramas of the past year has been the spectacle of the Republican Party weakly wrestling with the Donald Trump phenomenon and then deciding to accommodate this erratic incompetent in the hopes that they could steer him toward pillaging the nation's shared wealth, their raison d'être. Republicans have so far been unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they have successfully sabotaged it in numerous ways. Most important of all, they got their big beautiful tax cuts and have set federal agencies to stripping the nation of rules and regulations that serve the common good, so they have been more than satisfied with their decision. Nonetheless, Trump is very high-maintenance, with all the craziness and misbehavior and legal problems. A handful of. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping—No Thanks to Trump's EPA. Democracy Now! Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash—the residual byproduct of burning coal—from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.

Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work (2018-03-09). Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit. AlterNet.org We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .

Martin Cherniack (2018-03-09). No Labels: Deception That Presumes Its Own High-Mindedness is Not Necessarily Innocent. counterpunch.org There has been some interest in the 2017 Harvard Business School Publication entitled, Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America: a stragegy for reinvigorating our democracy, authored by Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter. In commenting, I must disclose a preternatural suspicion towards any work authored by Professor Michael Porter. This reservation More

Gerald Sussman (2018-03-09). America's Troll Farm Media. counterpunch.org Despite all the smoke and mirrors, most Americans seem to see where the stenographers of corporate capitalism are taking us. A recent Gallup poll found that while 84% of Americans see media as "critical" or "very important" to democracy, only 28% see the corporatist mainstream news media (MSM) as actually supporting democracy. They're right on both counts of course. The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians. More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). Headlines for March 9, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Accepts Kim Jong-un's Invitation for Direct Talks, MSF: 1,000 People Killed in Eastern Ghouta in Last 2 Weeks, Afghanistan: 7 Killed in Kabul Bombing, 20 Killed in U.S. Drone Strike, Trump Signs Steel & Aluminum Tariff Orders, Ahead of Rally in PA for Rick Saccone, Mississippi Passes Anti-Abortion Law Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks, White House Stonewalling House Oversight Committee Probe into Rob Porter, Turkish Court Sentences 22 Journalists to Prison, Viral Video Shows Border Patrol Agent Ripping Mother Away from Her Daughters, ICE Detains Immigrant & Reproductive Rights Activist Alejandra Pablos, Women Across the World Take to Streets to Mark International Women's Day…

WSWS (2018-03-09). Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim "victory" in West Virginia teachers sellout. World Socialist Web Site Jacobin and the ISO's role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.

Juan Cole (2018-03-09). Saudi Prince Dubs Iran, Turkey and Extremist Religious Groups "Triangle of Evil" MintPress News Egypt's al-Shuruq newspaper, which tilts liberal and secular, reports on the press conference in Cairo conducted by neophyte crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32 on Wednesday. | Bin Salman said that the current "Triangle of Evil" [paraphrasing George W. Bush's speechwriter David Frum] was Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups. He alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood had exploited democracy, while the Turks a striving to revive the Ottoman Caliphate. He insisted that the Prophet Muhammad had never said anything about a caliphate, or prescribed any particular form of government. [This is true — JC]. | He complained that the Ottoman sultans had destroyed the first Saudi state. Moreover, he averred, any enemy of Egypt's is an enemy of Saudi Arabia's. | The Egyptian journalists asked him when the Qatar crisis would end. He told them not to bother their heads with it.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Democracy Now! The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.

WSWS (2018-03-09). Corbyn opposes Momentum leader Jon Lansman's bid for Labour's general secretary post. World Socialist Web Site Far from marking a breach in the bureaucratic apparatus, the contest between two supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn underscores the anti-democratic, right-wing character of Labour.

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). Toxic Coal Ash Being Dumped in Puerto Rico, Which Already Suffers Worst Drinking Water in the Nation. Democracy Now! Even before Hurricane Maria struck the island nearly six months ago, the majority of Puerto Rico's residents lived with water that violated health standards set by the U.S. law. Since the storm, residents say the situation has only gotten worse. Among the sources of potential water contamination are mountains of coal ash generated by a coal-fired power plant owned by a private company called AES. For years, residents have demanded the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Mekela Panditharatne, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council who just returned from the island and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post headlined "FEMA says most of Puerto Rico has potable water. That can't be true."

Eugene Robinson (2018-03-09). Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-03-09). One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study. AlterNet.org Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling—one of the study's co-authors—of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"—including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .

Robert Fantina (2018-03-09). Trump and a Lifetime Presidency. counterpunch.org The day before the 2012 presidential election, the Wall Street Journal's buffoon-like political journalist, Peggy Noonan, wrote this about the odious Republican candidate, Mitt Romney: "I think he's stealing in 'like a thief with good tools….'" "While everyone is looking at the polls and the storm, Romney's slipping into the presidency. He's quietly rising, and More

Juliette Legendre (2018-03-09). The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic. MintPress News Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left. | The post The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic appeared first on MintPress News.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-03-09). Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump Trolls. AlterNet.org Twitter justice is served. | Stormy Daniels has been fielding a lot of hateful tweets from Trump supporters, and she's been responding to some of them. But the former adult film actress singled out one Trump apologist Thursday night for a special dose of mockery, because he apparently thinks the president is married to his daughter. I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic. twitter. com/KcTGns82xw— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018The mix-up was especially ironic in light of Daniels' claim that Trump compared her to Ivanka during their brief relationship, which his attorney reportedly paid her $130,000 not to reveal in the weeks before the 2016 election. "We had really good banter," Daniels told InTouch, about. . .

David Rosen (2018-03-09). Can Class Struggle and Identity Politics Be Reconciled? counterpunch.org American "progressives" are divided over the politics of class and identity — and this conundrum will likely go unresolved in time for the 2018 mid-term elections, let alone 2020. Americans live their lives at the junction where class and identity cross. "Identity" is generally recognized as political action based on a distinct social category, whether involving More

RT (2018-03-09). 'Entirely your fault!' Assange says Obama AG forced WikiLeaks to counter-attack with truth. RT US News WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has pinned the blame for the website's releases ahead of the 2016 presidential election on the Obama administration, as it put him in such conditions where he had "nothing to do but work 24/7."
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Kalena Thomhave, The American Prospect (2018-03-09). West Virginia Teachers Win—Will the Legislature Try to Undercut Their Victory? AlterNet.org West Virginia's teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But will the legislature's corporate tax cuts slash public services to pay for the raise? | The West Virginia teachers' strike, which had become the longest in the state's history at nine days, ended Tuesday with a deal to increase the pay of teachers as well as all state employees by 5 percent. (Previously, union leaders had struck a deal for a 5 percent pay raise of teachers with only a 3 percent raise for state employees. With the Republican state Senate initially balking at the deal, rank-and-file teachers were rightfully skeptical that the legislature would agree to the raise, and continued striking. ) The increasing costs of the teachers' health insurance was another driver of the strike; Republican Governor Jim Justice has promised to set up a task. . .

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-03-09). Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | —J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star—a famous actor—and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " Road to Damascus" moment,…

Margaret Flowers (2018-03-08). The "No Trump Military Parade" Global Research 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, …

WSWS (2018-03-08). The CIA Democrats: Part two. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Justin Elliott, ProPublica (2018-03-08). The Trump Appointee Reshaping the Census Has a Long History of Voter Suppression. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Ted Rall (2018-03-08). A Labor Agenda Could Make Democrats Win This Fall. counterpunch.org 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 More

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts and Misconduct. AlterNet.org 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. . .

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-08). Devin Nunes Can't Be Trusted With National Secrets. AlterNet.org 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. . .

WSWS (2018-03-08). The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-03-08). Elizabeth Warren Refuses to Let Democrats Off the Hook for Their Latest Cave to Wall Street. AlterNet.org "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). . .

Pauline Murphy (2018-03-08). Captured or Killed: The Irish Anti-Fascist Fighters at the Aragon Front. counterpunch.org 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 More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). In Spain, Women Launch Nationwide Feminist Strike Protesting "Alliance of Patriarchy & Capitalism" Democracy Now! 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.

WSWS (2018-03-08). Google admits collaboration with illegal US drone murder program. World Socialist Web Site The company's involvement in the "targeted killing" program shows its pivotal role in US government attacks on democratic rights.

DPCR (2018-03-08). A Stalinist Purge in America? Global Research 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 …

Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). On International Women's Day, Women Declare: Emancipation Comes Through the Rejection of Capitalism. Democracy Now! 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.

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-03-08). Is Donald Trump Fueling a Mass Extinction of Democracy Across the Planet? AlterNet.org 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. (. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-03-08). Eve Ensler on International Women's Day & Her New One-Woman Play "In the Body of the World" Democracy Now! 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.

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