2018-04-09: News Headlines

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-09). What Is Meat? Missouri Is Working to Legislate Against Lab-Grown Alternatives. The Intercept As more and more Americans are substituting meat in their diets with plant-based alternatives, Missouri lawmakers have introduced a meat industry-friendly law that would impose stringent labeling requirements for lab-grown meats. | HB 2607, authored by Missouri Reps. Jeff Knight and Warren Love, would outlaw anyone from selling lab-grown meats or meat substitutes labeled as meat. Specifically, the bill "prohibits misrepresenting a product as meat that is not derived from harvested production livestock or poultry." | Critics say the legislation, which comes at a time in which meat industry representatives have cited meat substitutes as a threat to their line of work, is favorable to businesses that raise and kill animals for the purpose of consumption. | The bill has passed two committees. When it passed the House Agriculture Policy Committee, it faced opposition from three House Democrats, including state Rep.

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-09). Lobbyist Behind Scott Pruitt Condo Deal Also Did Favors for Disgraced Rep. Tom DeLay. The Intercept J. Steven Hart, the lobbyist whose wife, Vicki, rented EPA administrator Scott Pruitt a Capitol Hill condo at a below-market price, has a history of coziness with high-powered government officials. Hart, the chair of lobbying firm Williams & Jensen, was also close with former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay in the late 1990s. | Along with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Hart was part of DeLay's "kitchen cabinet," a group of lobbyists who helped Republicans raise money, formulate strategy, and exert pressure in Congress. Back then, Hart, who came to D.C. from Oklahoma with the Reagan administration, was "the man corporations call when they're having trouble with labor unions," as the Washingtonian described him in 2007. | Hart was also DeLay's personal attorney and — with the same enterprising spirit that seems to have inspired the condo deal — offered his legal…

Laura Clawson, DailyKos (2018-04-09). The Republican Panic Over the Midterm Elections Is Growing. AlterNet.org Expect Mitch McConnell to pull out all the stops this November. | Republicans are doubling down on their efforts to maintain or even increase their Senate majority—not because they think November's elections are looking good for them, but because they're so worried they'll lose the House. "Our donors will often say we need to do everything we can to hold onto the Senate, because there's a chance we may not be able to hold the House," said Steven Law, a former McConnell chief of staff who runs a super PAC called the Senate Leadership Fund. [. . . ]McConnell sounded similar notes Tuesday when he likened the electoral headwinds to a "Category 3, 4 or 5" storm. Republicans need to keep control of the Senate because "even if we were to lose the House and be stymied legislatively, we could still approve appointments,. . .

Truthout Stories (2018-04-09). New York State's Big Middle Finger to the Republican Tax Plan. Truthout Stories Tax-cut protesters watch as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joins other Democratic officials, labor members and activists in front of Trump Tower to protest against the proposed Republican tax overhauls on November 21, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | Last month New York State gave a big middle finger to Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. It included measures in its budget bill that will allow people in the state to get around the new tax law's limit on the deductibility of state and local taxes. This could save the state's ability to maintain and extend its level of public services.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-09). "Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State": Glenn Greenwald on Israel's Murder of Gaza Protesters, Reporter. Democracy Now! On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked "PRESS" at the time of the shooting. He's one of at least nine Palestinians who were killed by the Israeli army during its brutal crackdown against Friday's protests. The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces have killed 31 people in total since Palestinians kicked off a 6-week-long nonviolent protest late last month, dubbed "The Great March of Return." Both the International Criminal Court and the United Nations have rebuked Israel in recent days and warned its actions on the border could violate international human rights conventions. For more, we continue our conversation with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2018. Democracy Now! Israel Bombs Syrian Air Base; 60 Killed in Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma, Israeli Army Kills 9 Palestinians at Protest, Including Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Brazil: Lula Begins Serving Jail Sentence, After 2-Day Standoff, U.S.: Kim Jong-un Open to Talking Denuclearization in Meeting with Trump, ICE Carries Out Biggest Raid in a Decade, Arresting Nearly 100 in TN Meat-Processing Plant, Texas Deploys 250 National Guard Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Scott Pruitt Faces Scrutiny over $3 Million Security Detail, CNN: Trump Preparing for Possible Interview with Mueller, Hungarian Far-Right Prime Minister Wins Third Term After Xenophobic Campaign, Protesters Denounce Saudi Crown Prince's Visit to Paris & Saudi War in Yemen, U.N. Warns of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, After Protests, Kinder Morgan Suspends Work on Trans Mountain Pipeline, Indonesia: 5 Dead After Massive Oil Spill Off Island of Borneo,…

TRNN (2018-04-09). Beyond MLK: What is to be done, with Danny Glover, Nina Turner. The Real News Network During a Q&A with actor Danny Glover, Our Revolution President Nina Turner, and TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway, audience members ask about a range of issues such as COINTELPRO, progressive organizing, the Democratic Party, and ways to fight the injustice and inequality bred by capitalism and bolstered by racism…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-09). Glenn Greenwald on Syria: U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won't Help Suffering Syrian Civilians. Democracy Now! We begin today's show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used by Iranian forces. There are reports that 14 people died in the strikes, including Iranian nationals. Israel is said to have launched the raid from Lebanon's airspace. The Israeli bombing came a day after a suspected chemical weapons attack killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the Syrian town of Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. The Syrian opposition blamed the Assad government for carrying out the attacks, but Syria denied having any role. The chemical attack came one day after Syrian forces launched an air and ground assault on Douma. While international officials are still investigating what happened, President Trump took to Twitter to directly accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of playing a role. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to discuss the crisis in Syria. Today also marks John Bolton's first day as President Trump's national security adviser. We get reaction from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-09). Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls. Democracy Now! In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-09). A Third Consecutive Term for Fidesz is Not a Mandate for Rights Abuse. Human Rights Watch News A government billboard is seen in Budapest, Hungary, February 14, 2018. The billboard reads: 'Soros wants to transplant millions from Africa and the Middle East'. | © 2018 Reuters | Hungary's ruling Fidesz party won a third consecutive term in last weekend's election, and is poised to take two thirds of the 199-seat Parliament, with Viktor Orban remaining Prime Minister. | The last time Fidesz had a supermajority in Parliament, it used it to push through a series of problematic unilateral changes to the country's constitution and laws that weakened checks and balances on the executive. There are already signs that the new government plans to deepen its crackdown on independent groups and critical voices. | The morning after the election, a government spokesperson announced it wants parliament to approve as early…

Robert Fisk (2018-04-09). The Perils of Predicting Events in the Middle East. counterpunch.org Prediction is a precise, elusive and dangerous science. We journalists are usually asked to practise this dodgy skill on political anniversaries, elections, before invasions or — even more perilously — during invasions. Take the city of Afrin. The Turks invaded the Syrian and largely Kurdish province just under two months ago. They took their time. They More

Staff (2018-04-09). Tax Cuts, Spending to Jack Deficit to $1 Trillion by 2020. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—The combined effect of President Donald Trump's tax cuts and last month's budget-busting spending bill is sending the government's budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. | The CBO report says the twin tax and spending bills will push the budget deficit to $804 billion this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year. | CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 percent on average to the nation's economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves. | Instead, Monday's report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled Washington's signature accomplishment under Trump, will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the…

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-08). Republicans Will Double-Down on Trump and Invoke Impeachment Talk in 2018 Campaigns. AlterNet.org One of the candidates employing the strategy is Trump's old foil Senator Ted Cruz. | Republicans running for U. S. Congress have settled on a strategy that may prove brilliant or disastrous, raising the specter of impeachment to scare moderate voters into supporting them reports The New York Times. The idea of what ring-wingers call a "coup"—such as impeaching Trump for his misdeeds after revelations that show his campaign colluded with Russia—was the stuff on conspiracy theorists on the far right a year ago, the story points out, but today appears to be part of the mainline party's talking points. "The appeals have become a surefire way for candidates to raise small contributions from grass-roots conservatives who are devoted to Mr. Trump," the story says. "But party strategists also believe that floating the possibility of impeachment can also act as a sort of scared-straight. . .

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-08). Robert Reich: 5 Reasons the NRA Is Wrong. AlterNet.org America is better than the NRA. | The next time you hear someone repeating pro-gun NRA propaganda, respond with these five points: 1. Gun laws save lives. Consider the federal assault weapons ban. After it became law in 1994, gun massacres — defined as instances of gun violence in which six or more people were shot and killed — fell by 37 percent. The number of people dying from mass shootings fell by 43 percent. But when Republicans in Congress let the ban lapse in 2004, gun massacres more than doubled. 2. The Second Amendment was never intended to permit mass slaughter. When the Constitution was written more than 200 years ago, the framers' goal was permit a "well-regulated militia," not to enable Americans to terrorize their communities. 3. More guns have not, and will not, make us safer. More than 30 studies show that. . .

TRNN (2018-04-08). Greek Corruption Scandal Ensnares Former Prime Ministers and Ministers. The Real News Network A bribery and money laundering scandal that could cost Greece up to $23 billion and involves pharmaceutical companies has caught up with politicians from Greece's conservative and the social democratic parties. Syriza's Ioannis Bournous explains what is known so far…

Staff (2018-04-08). Hungarian Leader's Re-Election Heightens Migrants' Fears. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Critics of Prime Minister Viktor Orban worry he will use his third consecutive term and the Fidesz party's legislative control to intensify his attacks on migration and consolidate his power. | The post Hungarian Leader's Re-Election Heightens Migrants' Fears appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-07). From Stephon Clark to Voter Suppression, the Attack on Black America Intensifies. Truthout Stories Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) | Republicans have enacted voter ID laws, purged voter rolls, shut polling places and enthusiastically embraced mass incarceration of Black people under different pretexts to deny them voting rights. Both Republicans and Democrats have maintained open season on Black bodies for law enforcement. The message couldn't be clearer: In this country, Black citizenship and Black lives have never mattered.Black Lives Matter protesters march through the streets in response to the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California on March 28, 2018. (Photo: Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images) | It's hard to watch. Guns aimed at the dark. Loud yells. Loud salvo. Night drizzle in the tactical lights. Cops…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-04-07). Robert Reich: What If Everyone Voted? AlterNet.org Things would be different. | The largest block of voters in America isn't Democrats or Republicans. It's the people who don't vote. Our latest video with voting rights expert Heather McGhee looks at what we could achieve if everyone voted. Related Stories: Trump Takes on the WorldI Am Buried Alive in a Michigan PrisonPolitical Corruption Is Underwriting America's Gun Control Nightmare

WSWS (2018-04-07). Mehring Books publishes The CIA Democrats. World Socialist Web Site Mehring Books has published The CIA Democrats, a detailed exposure of the effective takeover of the 2018 Democratic Party congressional campaign by candidates drawn from the ranks of former intelligence agents, special forces operatives, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and civilian national security operatives from the State Department, National Security Council and Pentagon.

David Dayen (2018-04-07). How Andrew Cuomo Failed Student Borrowers. The Intercept This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo brokered a deal between warring factions of his own party. The Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight senators that had been caucusing with Republicans in Albany, agreed to come back to the Democratic fold. | Political watchers in New York labeled it a cynical and self-serving move. It also came too late to assist student-loan activists in a signature battle that fell just short for the second straight year. | The reunification came after years in which the IDC maintained the Senate majority for Republicans, blocking progressive legislation from advancing. But pressure has been building, with serious primary challenges against seven IDC members and an insurgent threat from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon against Cuomo himself. | The reunification may succeed in draining some of the energy from those challenges, and with…

David Dayen (2018-04-07). How Andrew Cuomo Failed Student Borrowers. The Intercept This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo brokered a deal between warring factions of his own party. The Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight senators that had been caucusing with Republicans in Albany, agreed to come back to the Democratic fold. | Political watchers in New York labeled it a cynical and self-serving move. It also came too late to assist student loan activists in a signature battle that fell just short for the second straight year. | The reunification came after years in which the IDC maintained the Senate majority for Republicans, blocking progressive legislation from advancing. But pressure has been building, with serious primary challenges against seven IDC members and an insurgent threat from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon against Cuomo himself. | The reunification may succeed in draining some of the energy from those challenges, and…

Staff (2018-04-07). 2nd Amendment Doesn't Protect Assault Weapons, Federal Judge Rules. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists BOSTON—Assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are not protected by the Second Amendment, a federal judge said in a ruling Friday upholding Massachusetts' ban on the weapons. | U.S. District Judge William Young dismissed a lawsuit challenging the 20-year-old ban, saying assault weapons are military firearms that fall beyond the reach of the constitutional right to "bear arms." | Regulation of the weapons is a matter of policy, not for the courts, he said. | "Other states are equally free to leave them unregulated and available to their law-abiding citizens," Young said. "These policy matters are simply not of constitutional moment. Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. We call it democracy." | State Attorney General Maura Healey said the ruling "vindicates the right of the people of Massachusetts to protect themselves from these weapons of war."

DPCR (2018-04-07). Russia: The Spurned Lover Who Persists. Global Research Is the Russian Foreign Ministry so brainwashed that it believes the US is a democracy?! A country in which 90%, if not more, of the people are dispossessed is a democracy?! A country ruled by a handful of private interest …

WSWS (2018-04-07). Oklahoma teachers strike to continue next week, after state Senate passes derisory funding bill. World Socialist Web Site The Oklahoma Education Association, working in collaboration with Democratic and Republican lawmakers, is seeking to end the strike by Tuesday.

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-04-07). Republican Congressman Whips Out Gun in South Carolina Diner During Constituent Event. AlterNet.org "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," he said. | A conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina admitted pulling out a pistol during a "coffee with constituents" event in Rock Hill, the Post and Courier reported Friday. Congressman Ralph Norman (R-SC) won a June 2017 special election for the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney when he joined Donald Trump's administration. Rep. Norman brandished the . 38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at a diner, and left it on the table for several minutes. "I'm not going to be a Gabby Giffords," Rep. Norman claimed. "I don't mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well or I'm shooting back. "Rep. Giffords was conducting her first "Congress on Your Corner" event when Jared Lee Loughner attempted to assassinate her. "I had looked forward to a respectful dialogue with my representative about common-sense gun violence prevention policies," said. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-07). Watch This Fox News Host Look Up 'Oligarch' on Her Phone While On-Air. AlterNet.org She implied the word wasn't in common usage previously. | Fox News conservative political commentator Ainsley Earhardt offered "Fox and Friends" viewers a definition lesson on the word "oligarch," wondering if her fellow co-hosts "have ever used the word before the last few months. "On Friday, Earhardt was discussing a series of sanctions imposted on Russian oligarchs and government officials, including Oleg Deripaska—the Russia oil tycoon who was offered "private briefings" by former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the 2016 presidential election. ""We were just saying, have you ever used the word oligarch before the last few months? " Earnhardt asked. "It is a ruler in an oligarchy—which doesn't explain much—but a very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence. "Indeed, Deripaska and six other oligarchs linked to Russia President Vladimir Putin, along with 12 companies they control, were sanctioned by. . .

Staff (2018-04-07). Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas resigns four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election. In December he denied the accusations being made by a former aide. | The post Republican Abruptly Quits U.S. House in Face of Sexual Allegations appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Bobby Azarian, Raw Story, Raw Story (2018-04-07). A Neuroscientist Explains What Could Be Wrong with Trump Supporters' Brains. AlterNet.org Trump has said things that would be political suicide for any other Republican. | There's no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would have been political suicide for any other Republican. And almost every time he made one of these shocking statements, political analysts on both the left and the right predicted that he'd lose supporters because of it. But as we have clearly seen over the past year, they were dead wrong every time. Trump appears to be almost totally bulletproof. The only thing that might be more perplexing than the psychology of Donald Trump is the psychology of his supporters. In their eyes, The Donald can do no wrong. Even Trump himself seems to be astonished by this phenomenon. "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any. . .

CJ Hopkins (2018-04-06). Jeremy Corbyn's Nazi Death Cult. counterpunch.org So it appears the British are our last best hope of stemming the blood-dimmed Putin-Nazi tide that has shaken the foundations of Western democracy since Hillary Clinton lost the election. The neoliberal Resistance in the United States, led by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media, fights on, but it's a losing More

Paul Street (2018-04-06). Hill and Don's Honduran Caravan. counterpunch.org You've got to hand it to Hillary Clinton. In 2016, she helped put the right-wing racist, sexist, nativist, authoritarian, and nationalist oligarch Donald Trump in the White House. She and her operatives did this in two ways: (1) by rigging the presidential primaries against the popular progressive Democrat Bernie Sanders, the Democrats' best chance to prevail over Trump; (2) by mounting a dreadfully uninspiring and transparently tone-deaf, neoliberal general election campaign — a reflection of her massive funding by the nation's corporate and financial establishment, including big business money normally slated for Republican presidential candidates. More

Sam Pizzigati (2018-04-06). A Timely Tale of Taxes and Toys 'R' Us. MintPress News The orthodoxy that dominates today's Republican Party — and the ranks of "business-friendly" Democrats — rests on a simple approach to economic policy. Let's be nice, this orthodoxy holds, to rich people. | Let's be particularly nice at tax time. Let's keep taxes on rich people, conservatives advise us, as low as possible. High taxes on high incomes, they argue, discourage entrepreneurship. No one with a great idea for a new business enterprise is going to start that business, their argument goes, if Uncle Sam is just going to tax away the rewards that a new business could bring. | And the same goes for investors. They're not going to invest in "job-creating" enterprises, the conservative orthodoxy insists, if high taxes threaten to eat away at their potential earnings. | This conservative take of taxes works wonderfully for sound bites — and…

TRNN (2018-04-06). How Blue-State Democrats Continually Beat Back Reform. The Real News Network 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…

Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-04-06). Study: No Relation Between Immigration and Crime. AlterNet.org Someone ought to tell the Trump administration. | On Wednesday, the morning after his administration announced its plan to send the National Guard to patrol the United States' southern border, President Trump tweeted " strong action today" on immigration: Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way – they want people to pour into our country unchecked. . . . CRIME! We will be taking strong action today. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018His argument against immigration (i. e. , "CRIME! ") is as nuanced as it is factual—which is to say, not at all. The Marshall Project, in conjunction with the New York Times Upshot, analyzed the data from a 2016 study of the relationship between crime rates and immigration in. . .

Frank X Murphy (2018-04-06). Democracy is "Unimaginable to Some" counterpunch.org Six years ago, on April 4, 2012, the City of Detroit entered into what scholar Jamie Peck described as the "ludicrously misnamed" consent agreement with the State of Michigan. Under the authority of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's unprecedented and extremist "emergency management" policies for racial capitalism, that document was barely a blip in the historic More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). How Iona Craig Exposed the White House Lie About 2017 SEAL Raid That Killed Yemeni Women & Children. Democracy Now! Reporter Iona Craig exposed the Trump administration's lie about its first military engagement and is in New York to receive the George Polk Award for documenting the destruction and civilian casualties from a covert U.S. Navy SEAL raid on a remote village in Yemen that left 25 civilians and one U.S. soldier dead.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-06). A Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say. The Intercept Consultants have come forward claiming that the leading Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate was flirting with running with the GOP instead. | The post A Bernie-Branded Millionaire Is Leading the Democratic Race for Governor. He Almost Ran as a Republican, Consultants Say. appeared first on The Intercept.

Russell Mokhiber (2018-04-06). Transparency International USA Morphs Into Coalition for Integrity. counterpunch.org Corruption is an enormous, worldwide problem measured in the billions and trillions of dollars. Yet the true cost of corruption goes far beyond mere dollars and cents. Democracy is best served when elected officials are wholly committed to representing the public interest When government is for sale, it destroys public trust in democratic institutions and More

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-06). Travels With Beto: A Progressive Live-Streaming His Campaign Is Closing in on Ted Cruz. AlterNet.org The congressman from El Paso has raised $6. 7 million with a genuine grassroots campaign. | One of 2018's most remarkable campaign stories is unfolding on the back roads and small-town squares of rural Texas, where Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a three-term congressman from El Paso, is within striking distance of unseating arguably the nation's most despised senator, Texas Republican Ted Cruz. The most visible marker of O'Rourke's success is his announcement this month that he raised $6. 7 million in small donations from 141,000 people, breaking a three-decade record for the most money raised in a reporting period in a Texas U. S. Senate race. O'Rourke isn't taking any political action committee money, because he's a progressive who doesn't want strings attached. Even Cruz, who just launched his re-election bid, acknowledged O'Rourke's fundraising. But true to Cruz's negativity drenched form, his first statewide radio. . .

Manuel E. Yepe (2018-04-06). Washington Suffers a Credibility Crisis. counterpunch.org Objectively, the credibility of the US government, with either party at the forefront, has always been in question because its foreign policy pronouncements on peace, freedom, democracy and human rights systematically contradict or contrast with its actions. These days, the Associated Press (AP), a U.S. news agency, lamented in a commentary by its journalists that More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Trump Inks Arms Deal with Saudis as Humanitarian Crisis Rages in Yemen & Saudi Prince Tours U.S. Democracy Now! On Thursday, the Trump administration told Congress it has approved a $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia. This is the second weapons deal between the U.S. and Riyadh in as many months and has sparked concern from human rights groups, who warn the deals may make the United States complicit in war crimes committed in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. Lawmakers have 30 days to act before the sale is final. The announcement comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wraps up his whirlwind tour of the United States. One topic that has received relatively little media attention during his trip is his role in escalating Saudi Arabia's military involvement in Yemen. Last month marked three years since the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition began its military offensive in Yemen, leading to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led airstrikes…

Pete Dolack (2018-04-06). Reversing Past Oppression, Cooperation Jackson Builds a Better Future. counterpunch.org If thinking big were all it took to be a success, then Cooperation Jackson would be one of the biggest successes ever seen. It is far too early to know what the future will hold for what must be the most thorough-going experiment in economic democracy in the United States today, but no one can More

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Brazil's Popular Ex-President Lula Ordered to Prison After Politically Motivated Trial & Conviction. Democracy Now! A judge on Thursday ordered former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to turn himself in to police within 24 hours and begin serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say the ruling against him is a continuation of the coup that ousted Lula's ally Dilma Rousseff from power last year. We play excerpts from our recent interview with Lula and get an update from Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy, who argues "the investigation is political, and that everything [Judge Moro is] trying to do is political, including the latest order that Lula surrender today."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Headlines for April 6, 2018. Democracy Now! Brazilian Judge Orders Former President Lula to Report to Prison, Oklahoma Teachers' Strike Shuts Schools for a Fifth Day, Puerto Rico to Close 283 Public Schools, NYPD Settles Lawsuit over Secret Muslim Surveillance Program, 14 States Sue EPA as Scandals Swirl Around Scott Pruitt, Trump Repeats Conspiracy Theories About Illegal Voters & Mexican Rapists, Prominent Latino Journalist Detained by ICE in Memphis, U.S. Condemns Palestinians for Protesting in Gaza, Turkey Admits to Seizing 80 Gov't Critics in Other Countries, Thousands Protest in Brooklyn over Police Killing of Bipolar African-American Man, Shell Knew: Documents Show Oil Giant Hid Dangers of Fossil Fuels for Decades, Michigan OKs Plan for Nestlé to Expand Water Bottling Operations Despite Public Outcry, Two Arrested at Protest Against Bayou Bridge Pipeline, Visionary Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor, 89, Dies…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-06). Judge Suspends Release of Herman Bell, Elderly Black Panther Jailed 45 Years, Amid Police Pressure. Democracy Now! A judge in New York has suspended the release of Herman Bell, a 70-year-old prisoner who has been granted parole after 45 years in prison. Bell was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing of two New York City police officers in 1971. At the time, he was a member of the Black Liberation Army and a former Black Panther. Since then, he has mentored thousands of young men while behind bars and kept a clean disciplinary record. State-mandated tests show he would pose the lowest possible risk if he is allowed to re-enter society. In March, the New York Parole Board granted parole for Bell, noting he had expressed remorse and was likely to lead a "law-abiding life." State law requires commissioners to consider such factors, but they've only recently started to comply. On Wednesday, a state judge…

Nozomi Hayase (2018-04-06). America's Descent Into Despotism. counterpunch.org The United States is in a major upheaval. Trump's cabinet shake-up moves the country into an alarming direction. From the nomination of torturer Gina Haspel as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency to Mike Pompeo, former CIA Director and a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal with Iran as new secretary of state, his selection exposes the More

WSWS (2018-04-06). Hungary on the eve of parliamentary elections. World Socialist Web Site According to current opinion polls, the right-wing Fidesz Party will secure victory in Sunday's vote.

WSWS (2018-04-06). Haitian army general staff appointed amid tensions with the Dominican Republic. World Socialist Web Site 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.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-04-06). 5 Ways Liberals and Progressives Shame the Poor Without Even Realizing It. AlterNet.org Conservatives aren't the only ones with a nasty habit of humiliating lower-income earners. | The Republican Party has a long history of denouncing America's poor as freeloading parasites, living off the hard work and innovation of the rich while contributing nothing to society. The left, meanwhile, offers a more inclusive and egalitarian perspective, arguing that more poor Americans could join the middle class with the right education, training and opportunities. Too often, however, liberals and progressives end up shaming those they intend to help, criticizing lower-income earners for everything from their dietary choices to their inability to make charitable donations. And in so doing, they're only adding to the misery of one of the country's most vulnerable populations. Below are five ways in which liberals and progressives shame the poor without even realizing it. 1. Diet-shaming from organic food proponents. Leftists are often vocal proponents. . .

Eugene Robinson (2018-04-06). Will We Ever See the Results of the Mueller Investigation? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists If you want to make sure you learn whether President Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether Trump himself committed obstruction of justice, there's one thing you must do: Vote in November to take control of Congress away from the Republican Party. | Spoiler alert: We already have evidence that Trump at least tried his best to obstruct justice; and despite the president's frequent all-caps tweets to the contrary, collusion is still very much an open question. For more definitive answers, however, we have to await special counsel Robert Mueller's findings—and there is no guarantee we will learn, in detail, everything that he finds out. | The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller intends to produce a series of reports about the various issues he is probing, with the first likely to be on the obstruction of justice question. | The…

Tamara Kunanayakam (2018-04-06). Sri Lanka, Independent Republic to Vassal State. Global Research

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