2018-04-05: Social Media Postees

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Trump administration announces National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-05
The troop mobilization is the latest measure in an escalating assault on immigrants and democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/05/nati-a05.html

Ontario: Pro-austerity Liberals tout pre-election, "caring" budget
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-05
Having slashed social spending to the bone and illegalized strikes to impose wage cuts, the Liberals are now cynically posing as the "pro-people" antipode to the big business Conservatives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/05/onbu-a05.html

Ahead of Mexican elections social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-05
The #Verificado2018 camapign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/05/mexi-a05.html

No Justice for Chechnya's Anti-Gay Purge Victims
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-05
Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov (left) and Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Milashina (right) at a press conference at the Rosbalt press center in Moscow, Russia on April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | One year after Chechen authorities violently carried out an anti-gay purge in an attempt to "cleanse" Chechnya of gay men, no criminal cases have been opened into the mass detentions and torture by law enforcement. No high-level Russian officials have publicly acknowledged or condemned the violence in the republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. | On Tuesday I attended a news conference led by Novaya Gazeta journalist Elena Milashina and Russian LGBT Network Director Igor Kochetkov — both of whom broke the news last year that dozens of presumed gay men had been tortured…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/05/no-justice-chechnyas-anti-gay-purge-victims

Liberal's Victory a Bad Sign for GOP, Gov. Scott Walker Warns.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-04
MADISON, Wis.–Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections. | And Dallet's hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming. | "Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI," Walker, who is up for re-election in November, tweeted. "Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms." | Although the race was viewed by some as a bellwether, results of past Supreme Court elections have not consistently proven to be predictive of what will happen in November. President Donald Trump won the state by less…
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Democrats Score Another Major Victory in a State Trump Narrowly Carried
Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
The results should have Wisconsin Republicans quaking in their boots. | In a dramatic victory that's indicative of the shifting political winds in Wisconsin, progressive Judge Rebecca Dallet has been elected to the state Supreme Court. She defeated conservative Judge Michael Screnock 56. 5-43. 5 percent (with 43 percent of precincts reporting as of press time) in this statewide contest. Tuesday's Supreme Court election was officially nonpartisan, but the ideological battle lines were clearly drawn. Former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $165,000 on the race. Screnock, meanwhile, had the backing of Gov. Scott Walker and the National Rifle Association, and a notoriously anti-union business lobby had dumped in almost $1 million on ads as of last Friday. Dallet's victory moves the ideological makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from five-to-two. . .
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Democrats Score Another Major Victory in a State Trump Narrowly Carried
Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
The results should have Wisconsin Republicans quaking in their boots. | In a dramatic victory that's indicative of the shifting political winds in Wisconsin, progressive Judge Rebecca Dallet has been elected to the state Supreme Court. She defeated conservative Judge Michael Screnock 56. 5-43. 5 percent (with 43 percent of precincts reporting as of press time) in this statewide contest. Tuesday's Supreme Court election was officially nonpartisan, but the ideological battle lines were clearly drawn. Former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $165,000 on the race. Screnock, meanwhile, had the backing of Gov. Scott Walker and the National Rifle Association, and a notoriously anti-union business lobby had dumped in almost $1 million on ads as of last Friday. Dallet's victory moves the ideological makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from five-to-two. . .
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Trump's Trade War With China Will Roil Economies of Many 2018 Election Battleground States
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
Trump just handed voters another reason to vote for Democrats in some of 2018's most important races. | President Trump's escalating trade war with China is poised to roil key economic sectors of numerous 2018 political battleground states, where Republican incumbents already are facing a Democratic surge. On Wednesday, China announced tariffs worth $50 billion in retaliation against Trump's just-imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and high-tech goods. The Chinese will impose a 25 percent tariff on 106 U. S. products including soybeans, cars and chemicals, it announced. It will also target U. S. corn, cotton, beef, orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, and several lubricants and plastic products. Beyond the boasts by White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Fox Business on March 2 that no country would dare retaliate "for the simple reason that we are the most lucrative and biggest market in. . .
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Teacher Rebellion Challenges Red-State Republicans.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-04
OKLAHOMA CITY–A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes. | In Oklahoma, most Republicans last week broke with the party orthodoxy and endorsed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to fund public schools and give teachers a raise of 15 to 18 percent. | They acted after Oklahoma teachers demanded action, inspired by a nine-day strike in West Virginia, where they won a 5 percent raise. The rebellion also has spread to Kentucky where teachers thronged the state Capitol Monday to protest cuts in pensions. And in Arizona, restive teachers also are demanding a 20 percent pay raise.
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Oklahoma Republicans Are Melting Down Over Statewide Teacher Protests
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
One official accused educators of acting like "teenage kids. " | Oklahoma teachers have spent the past two days at the state capital demanding not only better pay, but more funding for schools that goes directly into the classroom. Republican lawmakers in the state have been caught trying to pull a switcheroo on laws they passed to raise pay and taxes. GOP legislators have also taken to local news and the House and Senate floors to trash teachers and blame funding shortages on everbody but themselves. Over the week, the legislature passed and the governor signed a measure that would increase teacher pay by $6,000 annually. Teachers denounced the measure because while the pay increase might be beneficial, it doesn't address the larger concern about adequately funding schools and money in classrooms for children. Immediately after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the law in a. . .
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Oklahoma Republicans Are Melting Down Over Statewide Teacher Protests
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
One official accused educators of acting like "teenage kids. " | Oklahoma teachers have spent the past two days at the state capital demanding not only better pay, but more funding for schools that goes directly into the classroom. Republican lawmakers in the state have been caught trying to pull a switcheroo on laws they passed to raise pay and taxes. GOP legislators have also taken to local news and the House and Senate floors to trash teachers and blame funding shortages on everbody but themselves. Over the week, the legislature passed and the governor signed a measure that would increase teacher pay by $6,000 annually. Teachers denounced the measure because while the pay increase might be beneficial, it doesn't address the larger concern about adequately funding schools and money in classrooms for children. Immediately after Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the law in a. . .
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Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-04
Top (left to right): Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Nguyen Trung Ton | Bottom (left to right): Nguyen Van Dai, Truong Minh Duc, and Pham Van Troi | | © Private | | (New York) — Vietnam should drop all charges against rights campaigners Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Van Dai, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc and release them immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The People's Court of Hanoi is scheduled to hear their case on April 5, 2018. | The six activists were charged with "carrying out activities that aim to overthrow the people's administration" under article 79 of the penal code. | "The only crime that these activists have committed is to campaign tirelessly for democracy and defend victims of human…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/04/vietnam-drop-charges-against-human-rights-defenders

Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-04
The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/04/pers-a04.html

Teachers in Revolt: Meet the Educators in Kentucky & Oklahoma Walking Out over School Funding
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-04
Schools across Oklahoma are closed today for a third day as teachers continue their strike demanding more funding for education and increased pay. Oklahoma's public education budget has been slashed more than any other state since the start of the recession in 2008, and its teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. Scores of teachers are planning to begin a 123-mile protest march today from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, thousands of teachers continue to protest in Kentucky, demanding a reversal to a provision in a recently passed bill about sewage treatment that gutted their pension benefits. On Monday, every school in the state was closed either due to spring break or in anticipation of a massive rally in the capital of Frankfort, where teachers filled the rotunda of the Kentucky state Capitol, chanting "Fund our schools!" This year's wave of teacher rebellions began in West Virginia, where teachers won a 5 percent pay raise after a historic strike. We speak to four guests: Oklahoma teacher Andrea Thomas, Kentucky state lawmaker Attica Scott, retired Kentucky teacher Mickey McCoy and labor journalist Mike Elk.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/4/teachers_in_revolt_meet_the_educators

MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism & Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-04
It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/4/mlks_fight_against_racism_militarism_capitalism

Teachers in Revolt: Meet the Educators in Kentucky & Oklahoma Walking Out over School Funding
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-04
Schools across Oklahoma are closed today for a third day as teachers continue their strike demanding more funding for education and increased pay. Oklahoma's public education budget has been slashed more than any other state since the start of the recession in 2008, and its teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation. Scores of teachers are planning to begin a 123-mile protest march today from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, thousands of teachers continue to protest in Kentucky, demanding a reversal to a provision in a recently passed bill about sewage treatment that gutted their pension benefits. On Monday, every school in the state was closed either due to spring break or in anticipation of a massive rally in the capital of Frankfort, where teachers filled the rotunda of the Kentucky state Capitol, chanting "Fund our schools!" This year's wave of teacher rebellions began in West Virginia, where teachers won a 5 percent pay raise after a historic strike. We speak to four guests: Oklahoma teacher Andrea Thomas, Kentucky state lawmaker Attica Scott, retired Kentucky teacher Mickey McCoy and labor journalist Mike Elk.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/4/teachers_in_revolt_meet_the_educators

MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism and Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-04
Also see: To Honor King, Let's Work to End Racial Capitalism | It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary King in the Wilderness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters. | TRANSCRIPT | This is a…
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Lou Dobbs, Trump Whisperer: President's Media Mirror Is Also an Adviser
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
Veteran Fox Business host was a Trumper before Trump was. Now he reportedly calls into White House meetings. | Anyone who's been observing American politics for any length of time will be familiar with the right-wing charge that the media has a liberal bias that makes it impossible for conservatives to get a fair shake. This has been around for decades, going back to speechwriter William Safire's famous screed against the "nattering nabobs of negativism" (written for Richard Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew) and backed up by studies showing that most journalists tend to vote Democratic, while ignoring the fact that most media companies are owned or run by wealthy conservatives. There are library shelves full of books on this subject on both sides of the argument. As should be obvious, this is actually a clever political strategy deployed by cynical GOP operatives.
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Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-04
Top (left to right): Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Nguyen Trung Ton | Bottom (left to right): Nguyen Van Dai, Truong Minh Duc, and Pham Van Troi | | © Private | | (New York) — Vietnam should drop all charges against rights campaigners Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Van Dai, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc and release them immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The People's Court of Hanoi is scheduled to hear their case on April 5, 2018. | The six activists were charged with "carrying out activities that aim to overthrow the people's administration" under article 79 of the penal code. | "The only crime that these activists have committed is to campaign tirelessly for democracy and defend victims of human…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/04/vietnam-drop-charges-against-human-rights-defenders

Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy
MintPress News Desk | 2018-04-04
Supporters of Bolivia's first Indigenous president, Evo Morales, wonder why his popular government can't enjoy the same privilege of indefinite re-election afforded to many Western leaders without being called a "dictator" by media. Is it truly concern for "democracy" or is another agenda at play? | The post Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy appeared first on MintPress News.

Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales’ Candidacy

Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-04
The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/04/pers-a04.html

After election, Costa Rica's ruling party announces austerity-driven "National Unity Government"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-04
Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/04/rica-a04.html

Marriage Equality, Transgender Rights Might be on the Horizon in Costa Rica
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-04
Supporters of Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC), hold up a rainbow LGBT pride flag during the presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On April 1, Carlos Alvarado Quesada won the presidential elections in Costa Rica in a landslide victory, 61 percent to 39 percent, with marriage equality as a central theme in the presidential campaign. | Same-sex marriage came to the fore in the run-up to the election after the Inter-American Court on Human Rights delivered an advisory opinion finding that the American Convention on Human Rights should be interpreted to require Costa Rica and other countries to allow same-sex couples access to civil marriage. | Opposition candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz called the court's opinion a violation of Costa…
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Circle Tightens in the Russia Probe: We Know the President Is Under Investigation
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-04
Donald Trump listens during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House April 3, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Donald Trump must have awakened on Tuesday, turned on "Fox & Friends" and downed at least three Diet Cokes in quick succession, because his morning tweetstorm was verging on frantic. Of course, he's been tweeting frantically for several days now so perhaps, as the Washington Post's Daniel Drezner speculated, he's "trying to return to his brand as an angry outsider" in order to motivate his base to come out for the 2018 election. Personally, I think Trump is scared to death that his followers are angry that he hasn't fulfilled his promises on immigration. That might explain all this fulminating about "caravans" invading the country and his pledge…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44057-circle-tightens-in-the-russia-probe-we-know-the-president-is-under-investigation

Marriage Equality, Transgender Rights Might be on the Horizon in Costa Rica
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-04
Supporters of Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC), hold up a rainbow LGBT pride flag during the presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On April 1, Carlos Alvarado Quesada won the presidential elections in Costa Rica in a landslide victory, 61 percent to 39 percent, with marriage equality as a central theme in the presidential campaign. | Same-sex marriage came to the fore in the run-up to the election after the Inter-American Court on Human Rights delivered an advisory opinion finding that the American Convention on Human Rights should be interpreted to require Costa Rica and other countries to allow same-sex couples access to civil marriage. | Opposition candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz called the court's opinion a violation of Costa…
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After election, Costa Rica's ruling party announces austerity-driven "National Unity Government"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-04
Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/04/rica-a04.html

Paul Krugman: Trump's Supporters Have Voted for Their Own Economic Ruin.
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
Red states will be hit especially hard by Republican policies. | The regions of America that elected Donald Trump voted for their own economic destruction. Sure, he campaigned on a promise that he would magically bring back long-closed factories and their long-gone jobs, but as we've learned many times over, that was a lie. America is incredibly polarized and especially so along economic lines. "Some parts of America, mainly big coastal cities, have been getting much richer, but other parts have been left behind," writes Paul Krugman in his Tuesday column. "On the political side, the thriving regions by and large voted for Hillary Clinton, while the lagging regions voted for Donald Trump. " That doesn't mean life is perfect in coastal cities–the soaring housing costs alone disprove that–only that "regional economic divergence is real and correlates closely, though not perfectly, with political. . .
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Chinese Billionaire Wallops Roger Stone With $100 Million Defamation Suit Over His Infowars Screeds
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of defamation suits against Infowars. | Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, is now being sued for defamation by a Chinese billionaire. Miami New Times noted that Stone has had problems in the past with "keeping his mouth shut. " The most recent consequence is a hefty $100 million lawsuit filed by Guo Wengui, known in America as "Miles Kwok," who is suing in Miami federal court after Stone slammed him on Infowars. Stone alleged that Guo was laundering money for Hillary Clinton and Steve Bannon. "Stone has publicly stated that Plaintiff Guo has been 'found guilty' and 'convicted' of financial crimes in the United States–this is not true," the lawsuit states. "Stone has publicly accused Plaintiff Guo of violating U. S. election law by making political donations to Hillary Clinton and financing a. . .
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Chinese Billionaire Wallops Roger Stone With $100 Million Defamation Suit Over His Infowars Screeds
Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
The lawsuit is the latest in a series of defamation suits against Infowars. | Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, is now being sued for defamation by a Chinese billionaire. Miami New Times noted that Stone has had problems in the past with "keeping his mouth shut. " The most recent consequence is a hefty $100 million lawsuit filed by Guo Wengui, known in America as "Miles Kwok," who is suing in Miami federal court after Stone slammed him on Infowars. Stone alleged that Guo was laundering money for Hillary Clinton and Steve Bannon. "Stone has publicly stated that Plaintiff Guo has been 'found guilty' and 'convicted' of financial crimes in the United States–this is not true," the lawsuit states. "Stone has publicly accused Plaintiff Guo of violating U. S. election law by making political donations to Hillary Clinton and financing a. . .
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Rania Abouzeid's Journey into the Hell of Syria's Civil War.
Jefferson Morley, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
"No Turning Back" tells the stories of ordinary people caught in a cataclysm. | The Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year, defies understanding. What started in 2011 as a peaceful popular rebellion against the dictatorship of the Assad family evolved into a civil war, which then mutated into a multi-sided conflict involving at least seven foreign powers and three non-state armed movements. Half a million people have been killed and another million displaced. And the fighting is not going to end any time soon. Barack Obama's decision not to attack Syria in September 2013 is about the only thing he and Donald Trump ever agreed on. Obama's would-be successor Hillary Clinton then pressured Obama into approving CIA support for so-called "Syrian moderates," who regarded Assad as a tyrant, while fighting alongside al-Qaeda-backed forces who despised Assad as a heretic. Fifteen years. . .
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With the 'Adults' Banished from the Oval Office, Trump's Wingnuts Take Control.
Heather Digby Parton, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
Determined to win Ann Coulter back, Trump has surrounded himself with far-right enablers. It's gonna get ugly. | Keeping with the old American tradition of lying, slagging immigrants and threatening America's southern neighbor in order to celebrate Passover and Easter Sunday, the president of the United States spent the weekend tweeting: Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. "Caravans" coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U. S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or. . .
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Under GOP Tax Law, Top 1% Get Extra $33,000 Per Year–The Poor? $40.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
Republicans are openly discriminating against the poor. | In its first analysis of how the GOP tax plan will affect Americans' personal income taxes alone, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center (TPC) this week underscored what experts and most of the public already knew: that the Republican tax law will pour tens of thousands of extra dollars into pockets of the wealthy few while providing mere crumbs for the poor. Specifically, according to TPC's new report, the top one percent of earners will receive an average annual tax cut of around $33,000 just from individual tax changes under the GOP law. The poorest Americans, by contrast, will see an average break of about $40 per year. "While most of the corporate tax cuts flow to the top of the income distribution, what this shows is that even in the direct changes to the. . .
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No Wall Means a Big Problem for Trump.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-03
You can tell what President Trump is afraid of by what he chooses to lie about. That means he must be petrified of losing support over his failure to build a single mile of the "big, beautiful" border wall he promised. | Trump is scared of a lot of things–Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, honest reporting by the news media, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and, reportedly, sharks. But nothing seems to make him quake and tremble more than the fear that his core base will realize all his tough-guy huffing and puffing about Latino immigration was a bunch of hot air. | On Easter morning, while many of the president's most loyal supporters were celebrating the Resurrection, Trump was dishonestly tweeting in a frantic attempt to look strong and uncompromising. His first tweet ended with this bleat: "'Caravans' coming. Republicans must go to…
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Media Giant Sinclair, Under Fire for Forcing Anchors to Read Trumpian Screed, Is Rapidly Expanding.
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
While Sinclair Broadcast Group is not a household name, it is one of the most powerful TV companies in the nation. It owns 173 local TV stations across the country, including affiliates of all the major networks. And it's attempting to grow even larger by purchasing Tribune Media–a $3.9 billion deal currently under regulatory review. Sinclair has been widely criticized for its close ties to the White House. But Sinclair is facing new scrutiny after it ordered news anchors at scores of its affiliate stations to recite nearly identical "must-read" commentaries warning of the dangers of "fake news" in language that echoes President Trump's rhetoric. The commentaries reached millions of viewers last month and drew widespread attention after the website Deadspin published a video over the weekend showing side-by-side comparisons of the broadcasts from 45 Sinclair-owned stations. We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine.
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MLK's Final Days: The Rev. James Lawson Remembers King's Assassination and Support for Memphis Strike.
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-03
Fifty years ago today in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Less than 24 hours later, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. We speak to Rev. James Lawson, who invited King to come to Memphis to support the strike. At the time, Lawson was the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis. King called Rev. Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: We turn now to the commemorations being held this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader and peace activist…
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France Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Bolster US-Backed Rebels.
Peter Korzun | MintPress News | 2018-04-03
On March 29, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to send troops to Manbij in support of the US-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The goal is to block Turkish advances into the region, and this move will be coordinated with the US military. According to the president, the troops will be sent "very quickly." | This announcement was made during a time of Turkish threats to drive the Kurds out of Syria's northern regions. On March 29, President Macron conducted talks with a delegation consisting of Kurdish, Arab, and Christian representatives of Syria's Kurdish territories. It was the first time Rojava officials had met with the French leader. According to him, between the warring parties. This offer to mediate has already been rejected by Turkey, which sees the SDF as a security threat. | France has…

France Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Bolster US-Backed Rebels

Americans Trust 'Our' Intelligence Agencies. Should We? Government by Deceit Cannot be Democracy
Eric Zuesse | Global Research | 2018-04-03
The record is clear that 'our' (that is, the ruling Establishment's) intelligence agencies, such as the CIA, have lied to the public many times, and actually lie routinely — but these lies are always revealed only decades later, by historians, …
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MLK's Final Days: The Rev. James Lawson Remembers King's Assassination & Support for Memphis Strike
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
Fifty years ago today in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Less than 24 hours later, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. We speak to Rev. James Lawson, who invited King to come to Memphis to support the strike. At the time, Lawson was the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis. King called Rev. Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/3/mlks_final_days_the_rev_james

A New Study Shows How American Polarization Is Driven by a Team Sport Mentality, Not by Disagreement on Issues.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-03
In 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama wowed the country with an address at the Democratic National Convention designed to unite the country and tear down partisan divides. | "Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes," he said. "Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America." | He talked about how in so-called blue states they "worship an awesome God" and about how people have gay friends in red states. "There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America," he said to thunderous applause. | The years since then have softened the national debate over marriage equality, but…
theintercept.com/2018/04/03/politics-liberal-democrat-conservative-republican/

Jim Hightower: How Low Can the Barons of High Finance Go?
Jim Hightower, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
Bankers do not have a legal right to profit. | Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, ideological know-nothingism, imperiousness and incompetence? Answer: Betsy DeVos. She is Donald Trump's multi-billionaire Education Secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over Democracy. DeVos presently holds first place in the contest for worst member of Donald Trump's cabinet (a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp). Her claim to be first among the worst has been buttressed by her bizarre eagerness to shill for one of the ugliest parts of the financial services industry: the Wall Street-backed corporations that lure people into high-interest, financially-ruinous student loans to attend rip-off for-profit colleges. All across the country, 5 million students — largely single moms, veterans and other low-income people targeted by this nefarious. . .
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He Gave His Life in the Labor Struggle: MLK's Forgotten Radical Message for Economic Justice
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago this week while in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers and building support for his Poor People's Campaign. We look at King's long history of fighting for economic justice, with the Rev. James Lawson and historian Michael Honey, author of the new book "To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/3/he_gave_his_life_in_the

Media Giant Sinclair, Under Fire for Forcing Anchors to Read Trumpian Screed, Is Rapidly Expanding
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
While Sinclair Broadcast Group is not a household name, it is one of the most powerful TV companies in the nation. It owns 173 local TV stations across the country, including affiliates of all the major networks. And it's attempting to grow even larger by purchasing Tribune Media–a $3.9 billion deal currently under regulatory review. Sinclair has been widely criticized for its close ties to the White House. But Sinclair is facing new scrutiny after it ordered news anchors at scores of its affiliate stations to recite nearly identical "must-read" commentaries warning of the dangers of "fake news" in language that echoes President Trump's rhetoric. The commentaries reached millions of viewers last month and drew widespread attention after the website Deadspin published a video over the weekend showing side-by-side comparisons of the broadcasts from 45 Sinclair-owned stations. We speak to Andy Kroll, senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/3/media_giant_sinclair_under_fire_for

He Gave His Life in the Labor Struggle: MLK's Forgotten Radical Message for Economic Justice.
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago this week while in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers and building support for his Poor People's Campaign. We look at King's long history of fighting for economic justice, with the Rev. James Lawson and historian Michael Honey, author of the new book "To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/3/he_gave_his_life_in_the

A New Study Shows How American Polarization Is Driven by a Team Sport Mentality, Not by Disagreement on Issues
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-03
In 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama wowed the country with an address at the Democratic National Convention designed to unite the country and tear down partisan divides. | "Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes," he said. "Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America." | He talked about how in so-called blue states they "worship an awesome God" and about how people have gay friends in red states. "There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America," he said to thunderous applause. | The years since then have softened the national debate over marriage equality, but…
theintercept.com/2018/04/03/politics-liberal-democrat-conservative-republican/

MLK's Final Days: The Rev. James Lawson Remembers King's Assassination & Support for Memphis Strike.
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-03
Fifty years ago today in Memphis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final sermon, "I've Been to the Mountaintop." Less than 24 hours later, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support striking sanitation workers. We speak to Rev. James Lawson, who invited King to come to Memphis to support the strike. At the time, Lawson was the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Memphis. King called Rev. Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/3/mlks_final_days_the_rev_james

Majority of Voters Say Lowering Drug Prices Should Be Congress's Top Priority.
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-03
Consumers are up in arms, drug makers are battling insurance companies, grassroots activists are organizing, and a billionaire philanthropist is preparing to spend millions of dollars pressuring Congressional candidates. Here's how the debate over skyrocketing prescription drug costs will shape the midterm elections.(Photo: funnyangel / Shutterstock) | Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. | Public outrage over the rising cost of pharmaceutical drugs is poised to shape the upcoming midterm elections while bolstering support for a single-payer health care system. | A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that 52 percent of the public says passing legislation to bring down prescription drug costs should be Congress's top priority, followed closely by passing an infrastructure bill to improve roads and bridges and addressing the…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/44047-majority-of-voters-say-lowering-drug-prices-should-be-congress-s-top-priority

Donald Trump's Trade War Will Hurt His Voters Worst of All.
Sophia Tesfaye, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-03
New tariffs could offer the sternest test of his base's loyalty to date. | Donald Trump's new tariffs have already grabbed his rural, red-state supporters by their pocketbooks. Taking a page out of the president's vengeful politics playbook, China launched its first round of retaliatory tariffs in response to the import duties the president imposed on aluminum and steel on Monday. A list of 128 U. S. -made goods, many of them produced in states that supported Trump in the 2016 general election, are now subject to increased tariffs to the tune of $3 billion. The announcement sent stocks into a free fall, as investors fear an impending trade war. When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100. . .
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For First Time in Decades, Some Pakistani Women Vote
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-03
A woman casts her ballot during elections for a new mayor in Karachi, Pakistan, December 5, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | For the first time in more than 40 years, women turned out in significant numbers to vote in one of Pakistan's districts. | The vote for local government in Upper Dir district of Pakistan's northern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, held last week, was necessary because the previous election, held in 2017, was annulled by the Election Commission of Pakistan because no women had participated. The country's election law requires at least 10 percent of voters to be women in each constituency for an election to be valid. | In October, Pakistan enacted the Elections Act to end disenfranchisement of women. Although a constitutional right, millions of women have been de facto barred from…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/03/first-time-decades-some-pakistani-women-vote

Public meetings in California: The Socialist Equality Party campaign in the 2018 midterm elections.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-03
The Socialist Equality Party is running David Moore as its candidate for the US Senate and Kevin Mitchell as its candidate for the US House of Representatives from the 51st Congressional District.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/03/meet-a03.html

Socialist Equality Party announces California candidates in midterm elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-03
David Moore, SEP candidate for the US Senate, and Kevin Mitchell, SEP candidate in the 51st Congressional District, will run on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/03/cali-a03.html

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