2018-04-10: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-04-10). Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MD. The Real News Network Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MDLast minute efforts to pass tough on crime legislation and thwart reforms aimed at banning destructive water bill liens has frustrated advocates who say the state legislature needs to be more forward thinking…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight. Democracy Now! Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify today on Capitol Hill amid the burgeoning scandal about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. In prepared remarks ahead of his testimony today, he writes, "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. … It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here." The company has also unveiled new privacy tools ahead of Zuckerberg's testimony today. For more, we speak with David Dayen, a contributor to The Intercept and columnist for The New Republic. His recent pieces include "Ban Targeted Advertising" and "The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook."

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Will Try for a Senate Seat in Coal Country. Truthout Stories Just when you think the GOP has scraped the bottom of the barrel with political candidates — like, say, Roy Moore — they manage to surprise us again. Democrat Joe Manchin's competitor in the race for one of West Virginia's senate seats is none other than Don Blankenship. | If his name doesn't ring a bell, that might be because Blankenship has spent the last nine months in jail. He's the disgraced former CEO of Massey Energy, as in, the energy company responsible for a coal mining disaster that killed 29 people in 2010. The company had racked up over one thousand warnings about unsafe conditions prior to the incident. | West Virginia is coal country, so is it really a good move for a man who became the public figurehead…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved. Democracy Now! The Denver Post has launched a revolt against its owner: New York-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital. On Sunday, The Denver Post's editorial board published a lead editorial headlined "As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved." Alden Global Capital is the parent company of Digital First Media, one of the country's largest newspaper chains. Since 2010, Digital First Media has slashed budgets and staff at newspapers across the country, including the Oakland Tribune, The San Jose Mercury News and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Alden Global Capital is backed by founder and chief of investments Randall Smith and president Heath Freeman. Both are known on Wall Street as vulture capitalists who make their money investing in distressed businesses and selling them off. For more, we speak with Ricardo Baca, the former cannabis editor at The Denver Post, who wrote one of the op-eds, titled "When a hedge fund tries to kill the newspapers it owns, journalists must fight back." Baca worked at the Post for 16 years and is now the CEO and founder of Grasslands.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2018. Democracy Now! FBI Raids Home, Office & Hotel Room of Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, Zuckerberg to Testify on Capitol Hill over Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Trump Threatens to Respond "Forcefully" to Alleged Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, Report: Celebrated Journalist Marie Colvin Was "Assassinated" by Syrian Regime, Gaza: Palestinians Pay Tribute to Journalist Yaser Murtaja, Killed by Israeli Sniper, Jewish Activists in Boston, New York Arrested Protesting Israel's Killing of Palestinian Protesters, Germany: Hundreds of Flights Canceled Amid One-Day Union Strike, Oklahoma Teachers Enter Second Week of Strike Demanding Better Education Funding, Florida Students Walk Out to Protest Teens Killed by Gun Violence in Liberty City, Denver Post Launches Public Revolt Against Its Hedge-Fund Owner, CBO Analysis: Trump's Tax Breaks for Rich Will Contribute to Growing Deficit, 42 Workers Contaminated by Radioactive Particles at Hanford Nuclear Site…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen. Democracy Now! FBI agents have raided the home, office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During the Monday morning raid, the FBI seized a slew of business records, emails and documents. The Washington Post reports Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Agents also reportedly seized documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels. Cohen has admitted to personally paying Clifford to keep her quiet about an alleged 2007 affair she had with Donald Trump. The payment, only days before the 2016 election, may violate federal election law. The raid was carried out by the U.S. attorney of New York, Geoffrey Berman, who was handpicked by President Trump after Trump fired Preet Bharara. Berman is a former law partner of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Monday's raid came after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump reacted angrily to news of the raid Monday. For more, we speak with Marcy Wheeler, an investigative journalist who runs the website EmptyWheel.net.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). South Korea: Press Human Rights in Discussions with North Korea. Human Rights Watch News Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon talks with South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea on January 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Korea Pool |
| (Seoul) — South Korea should press for human rights issues to be included in all discussions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including in the agenda of the summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for April 27, 2018, Human Rights Watch and 39 other leading global nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to Moon today. | "We welcome the renewed inter-Korean dialogue, but it will only be meaningful to the people of…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-10). "A Very Dangerous Moment": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria as Warmonger John Bolton Joins Cabinet. Democracy Now! President Trump has threatened a forceful response to this weekend's alleged chemical gas attack in Syria that killed at least 40 people and injured as many 1,000 in the rebel-held town of Douma. During a meeting with military officials Monday, Trump vowed to take action. Washington and its chief allies at the United Nations have blamed the Assad government for the chemical attack, but Russia claims there is no evidence an attack even took place. Meanwhile, Iran has acknowledged seven Iranians died in an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian base early on Monday. For more, we speak with Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including, most recently, "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror." Her latest piece for In These Times is headlined "It's John Bolton's First Day in the White House. We Must Stop Him from Escalating War in Syria."

TRNN (2018-04-10). Super Victory for the Far-Right in Hungary. The Real News Network Viktor Orban's far-right Fidesz party won reelection with a two-thirds majority in parliament, allowing him to change the constitution in line with his anti-immigrant platform. Benjamin Novak of the Budapest Beacon analyzes the result…

WSWS (2018-04-10). SEP congressional candidates hold initial meetings in San Diego and Berkeley. World Socialist Web Site The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the California midterm elections spoke on the crisis confronting workers and immigrants.

WSWS (2018-04-10). Right-wing nationalist Orban wins Hungarian election. World Socialist Web Site Expectations that the Fidesz Party would lose support due to corruption scandals and claims by pollsters that the mood in the country was shifting did not materialise.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-10). Egypt: Al-Sisi Should End Rights Abuses. Human Rights Watch News A man carries breads on his head along a busy street near a banner for Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from the campaign titled "Alashan Tabneeha" (So You Can Build It) after election results in Cairo, Egypt, April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh | (Beirut) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should prioritize reforms to end serious human rights violations during his second term, Human Rights Watch said today. | Al-Sisi won the April 2, 2018 election with 97 percent of the votes cast following months of intimidation and arrests of other potential candidates. His only challenger, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, had supported al-Sisi's campaign until the day before registering as a candidate. Human Rights Watch and 13 other rights organizations concluded before the election that it lacked the minimum requirements…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Red State Teachers Continue to Press Their Demands as Walkouts, Protests Capture Public Support. Truthout Stories Inspired by the teachers' strike in West Virginia, fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press their demands for better wages and more school funding. Republican legislators in these states have systematically shortchanged public education and other public services while slashing corporate taxes over the past decade.Oklahoma students rally outside the state capitol in support of the ongoing teachers' walkout for education funding, Thursday, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Candice Bernd) | Also see "Red State Rebellion: Inside the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout." | This story wasn't funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | Fed-up teachers in right-to-work states like Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are continuing to press demands of their majority-Republican legislators who have slashed corporate tax rates over the years, shortchanging public…

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.

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,. . .

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…

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.

Richard Fidler (2018-04-09). Madrid Repression of the Catalan Movement: Call for International Solidarity. Global Research International Appeal From Catalonia | The Spanish state's repression against Catalonia's democratic rights gets worse every day. There are at this moment 10 leading politicians and activists in prison, without having been condemned of any crime. They are accused of violent …

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). 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…

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). UN Declared Humanitarian Crisis in the DRC, President Kabila Rejects Aid. The Real News Network President Joseph Kabila insists that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even as millions of children starve. Kabila "doesn't want anything to reinforce what is widely understood: that the instability in the country is caused in large part by his refusal to step down from power," says Friends of the Congo's Maurice Carney…

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…

TRNN (2018-04-09). Beyond MLK: What is to be done, with Danny Glover, Nina Turner, and Eddie | Conway. 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…

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.

TRNN (2018-04-09). Greek Corruption Scandal Ensnares Former Prime Ministers and Ministers. The Real News Network A bribery and money laundering scandal involving pharmaceutical companies that could cost Greece up to $23 billion has caught up with politicians from Greece's conservative and social democratic parties. Syriza's Ioannis Bournous explains what is known so far…

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

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…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-09). Here's Why the FBI Raided Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Offices. AlterNet.org The agents were reportedly looking for information relating to hush money around one of the presidents alleged affairs. | President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and long-time fixer Michael Cohen may prove to be more trouble than any of the problems he's ever fixed for his clients. That became stunningly evident Monday when multiple outlets reported that the FBI raided Cohen's office, looking for records about the porn star who was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump, as well as other documents. What the FBI Wanted to FindAccording to the Washington Post, the investigators were looking for evidence related to "bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. " The hush payment to Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actor and director who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, could potentially be one such campaign finance violation. Though the. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-09). As Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies In Congress, Lawmakers Will Face a CEO With Power Over Their Careers and Agenda. AlterNet.org New advertising rules and European Union privacy standards seek to clean up dirty politics. | Does Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have more power than his congressional inquisitors? As Zuckerberg heads into congressional hearings spurred by revelations that a GOP-connected political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, stole personal data from 87 million users in 2014 before working for 2016 Republican presidential candidates, Facebook has done something that will make members of Congress take notice: It has taken more steps to curb abusive campaign advertising and to protect user privacy than anything Congress has done in years. On the political advertising front, Facebook announced last Friday that it was not going to post any ad from anyone who would not identify themselves, say where they're located, and it would also post links showing all of that political advertisers' messaging. On the privacy front,. . .

Kevin Ryan (2018-04-09). Former FBI Director Robert Mueller's History of Cover-Ups. Global Research Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been in the news lately due to his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. After a 12-year stint leading the Bureau, the longest ever since J. Edgar Hoover, Mueller is now …

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-04-09). The Best Thing to Happen to the Progressive Movement. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists President Trump doubled down last week on his repulsive charge that immigrants from south of our border are "rapists." It was another sign of what an appalling man he is, but also an indication of how much political trouble he faces. | Trump is a demagogue who relies on the angry energy of his supporters. But he finds himself in an untenable position: No matter how many hot buttons he pushes, he cannot arouse the passion he needs on his own side to counter the determination and engagement of those who loathe him. | The upshot is a vicious cycle that could be disastrous for the Republican Party this fall. So far, Trump has failed to stir his base, but he has become, unintentionally, one of the most effective organizers of progressive activism and commitment in the country's history. | Revulsion at Trump…

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…

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. . .

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. . .

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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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."

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.

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 …

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

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