2018-04-06: Social Media Postees

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Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday's vote.
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Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-06
Recent events show that workers and peasants face grave dangers as the ruling elite on both sides of Hispaniola resurrect figures from their violent pasts.
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The Town That Accidentally Legalized Marijuana
Jon Walker | The Intercept | 2018-04-05
Turner is a quaint, conservative town on the outskirts of Salem, Oregon. It's a village that, by a margin of two to one, supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2014, when a referendum on legalizing marijuana throughout Oregon came before the people of the town, they rejected it handily, with 57 percent voting "no." | It passed statewide anyway, and in 2016 the people of Turner were again asked to vote on weed. This time the question was whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses in their community. To nobody's surprise, they voted overwhelmingly — 63 percent — to prohibit the businesses in the unincorporated parts of their county. But to everybody's surprise, this time, the town voted 51 percent in favor of allowing pot businesses within the city limits. "We were actually shocked," Mayor Gary Tiffin told me. | The…
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Record Number of Women Run for U.S. House Seats
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-05
CHERRY HILL, N.J.–The number of women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress. | Their ranks will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, with filing deadlines still to come in more than half the states. | In many places, women are running for congressional seats that have never had a female representative. | "It's about time," said Kara Eastman of Nebraska, one of two Democrats vying to challenge a Republican incumbent in a district centered in Omaha. | A surge of women into this year's midterm elections had been expected since the Women's March demonstrations nationwide just after Trump's inauguration in January 2017. Numbers analyzed by The Associated Press show that momentum is continuing. | After Virginia…
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How Blue-State Democrats Continually Beat Back Reform
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-05
As part of TRNN's in-depth coverage of the legislative session in Maryland's state capital, we take a quick tally of all the reform proposals that didn't even get a vote this year…
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What's a Non-Racist Way to Appeal to Working-Class Whites? NYT Writer Can't Think of Any
Jim Naureckas, FAIR | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-05
Tone-deaf as ever, Thomas Edsall thinks Democrats should be tougher on immigration. | The 2016 presidential exit polls "substantially underestimated the number of Democratic white working-class voters. . . and overestimated the white college-educated Democratic electorate," New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall ( 3/29/18) writes. A new Pew survey finds that "33 percent of Democratic voters and Democratic leaners are whites without college degrees," says Edsall, which is substantially larger than the 26 percent of Democrats who are whites with college degrees–the group that many analysts had come to believe was the dominant constituency in the party. It's good for Edsall to acknowledge this–as FAIR ( 10/9/15) had to take him to task in 2015 for the tortured logic behind his assertion that "Democrats now depend…
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The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans
Nicole Goodkind, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-05
A new rule could impact millions of lower-income earners and the elderly. | A new rule championed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai would would limit internet and phone access for millions of low-income and elderly Americans. Pai's proposed changes to the Lifeline Program, which currently serves 12 million Americans by providing subsidized phone and internet service, would cut service to about 70 percent, or 8 million, of. . . | Related Stories: Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'? Former RNC Chair Literally Laughs When Asked If Republicans Will Stand Up to Trump on Trade WarWatch Visibly Uncomfortable Homeland Security Secretary Fail to Answer Whether Fox News Influenced Trump Border Plan…
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'Democracy Means Everyone Counts'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-05
Janine Jackson interviewed Karen Hobert Flynn about the Census and citizenship for the March 10, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Caravan of Central American Migrants Holds a Mirror to Cruel U.S. Immigration Policy & Imperialism
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-05
Despite efforts by Mexican immigration authorities to disband a caravan of Central American migrants, hundreds are still bound for the U.S.-Mexico border. This comes after an early-morning tweet from President Trump that said the caravan "is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene." The group People Without Borders, or Pueblo Sin Fronteras, has organized the caravan since 2010 to draw attention to the right to seek asylum and refuge. This year its members are disproportionately from Honduras, which remains in political upheaval after U.S.-backed right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated for a second term despite allegations of widespread election-rigging in November. We get an update from Arturo Vizcarra, a volunteer with People Without Borders. He just returned from the caravan.
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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

Under Threat of Military Coup, Brazil's Supreme Court Sends Lula to Prison
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-05
The Supreme Court's 5-6 ruling, which requires presidential frontrunner Lula da Silva to begin serving his 12-year sentence immediately, is "one more in a series of blows against Brazilian democracy," says Brazil Wire's Brian Mier…
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How the Wireless Industry Convinced the Public Cellphones Are Safe & Cherry-Picked Research on Risks
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-05
Ninety-five out of every 100 American adults owns a cellphone today. And worldwide, three out of four adults now have cellphone access. The wireless industry is one of the fastest-growing on Earth, raking in annual sales of $440 billion in 2016. But are cellphones safe? A new investigation by The Nation suggests that's a question that cellphone giants prefer you don't ask. We speak with Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation's environment correspondent and investigative editor. His report, co-authored with Mark Dowie, is headlined "How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe."
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Trump Escalates Already-Deadly U.S. Border Policies, Ordering National Guard to Mexican Border
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-05
A new wave of troops could soon be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as border crossings by undocumented immigrants are at their lowest levels since 1971. The move comes as a caravan of Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico has prompted a series of threats from President Trump. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports the Trump administration is requesting that the U.S. military build walls for at least one military base along the U.S.-Mexico border. We go to Tucson, Arizona, for an update from Todd Miller, a border security journalist and author of "Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security."
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Joe Scarborough Catches Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an Obvious Lie About Trump and Russia
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-05
"Morning Joe" calls BS on the administration's claims it's been tough on Putin. | MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders for lying about President Donald Trump's relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin. "Morning Joe" producers ran a supercut of Sanders and outgoing national security adviser H. R. McMaster repeatedly contradicting one another on the Trump administration's policy toward Russia following 2016 election interference and the poisoning of a former spy in Britain. "Here we have one more example of Sarah Huckabee Sanders lying, and we've been talking about what the president's been doing over the past week has not been skirting issues," Scarborough said. "He's been lying outright about Amazon, he's been lying about the Washington Post, he's been lying about Russia, he's lying about McMaster, now you have, of course, Sarah Huckabee Sanders — two lies there. ""McMaster never said that no. . .
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Selected Articles: Novichok Myth Debunked; How Will Russia Respond?
Global Research News | 2018-04-05
You can help us by forwarding this selection of articles to your friends and colleagues. | If you haven't yet, you may sign up for our daily newsletter, it's free! Also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube…
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Why Mueller's Move on Trump Is the Beginning of the Endgame
Jefferson Morley, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-05
The special prosecutor's findings will probably be public before the midterm elections. | With the Washington Post's revelation that President Trump is not the "target" of criminal investigation, special prosecutor Robert Mueller's strategy for completing his probe is coming into view. Mueller has pinned down Trump with two grand juries, issuing a wide net of indictments on diverse charges that have kept the president off-balance. The sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer working for indicted Trump aide Rick Gates, underscored a message for the president: those who lie to investigators face swift consequences. What has seemed like an interminable inquiry now looks like it will terminate in a one-two punch: an interview with Trump followed by a report on the question of obstruction of justice. All of this may well happen before the 2018 midterm elections. Subject to ChangeThe. . .
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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.
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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

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

Have Christian Nationalists Used Trump to Stage a 'Soft Coup'?
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-05
An academic assesses the president's unholy marriage with evangelicals. | By the standards of any of the world's major religions Donald Trump is an ungodly person, an enthusiastic and unrepentant sinner who revels in his misdeeds. Trump is a serial liar and apparent narcissist. He is a greedy, crude and selfish person who does not pay his debts. He has repeatedly cheated on his wives and bragged about it. He has boasted about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it. Yet white Christian evangelical voters were among his most enthusiastic supporters in the 2016 election. Despite Trump's many failings of character, temperament and policy as president, they remain loyal members of his political cult. Why is this? A new article by social scientists Andrew Whitehead, Joseph Baker and Samuel Perry in the journal Sociology of Religion offers several possibilities. The researchers. . .
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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…
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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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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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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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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…
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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.
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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…
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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

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

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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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

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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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 and Oklahoma Walking Out Over School Funding
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
The strikes are about more than teacher pay: There are so many basic classroom issues that set students back, such as how some Oklahoma schools can only afford to be open four days a week. | 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. . .
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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

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

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

Roger Stone's Ties to WikiLeaks Keep Getting Weirder, Putting Him in Real Legal Peril
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-04
The longtime ally of the president appeared to have foreknowledge of stolen emails during the campaign. | Additional links between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks have come to light as President Donald Trump's ally faces mounting scrutiny about his activities prior to the 2016 presidential election. A new report this week from the Wall Street Journal found that Stone sent an email to his associate Sam Nunberg on Aug. 4, 2016, saying that said he had had dinner with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange the previous night. CNN reports that, on that same day, Stone went on the fringe online right-wing show InfoWars and predicted that Assange had major evidence of wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation. "Let's remember that their defense to all the Clinton Foundation scandals is not that 'we didn't do,' but 'you have no proof, yes, but you have no proof,'" Stone. . .
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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…
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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