2018-04-12: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-11). Republicans target food stamp benefits in new farm bill. World Socialist Web Site The proposed new five-year farm bill would expand the work requirements for food stamps.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Facebook CEO presents plans for mass censorship at Senate hearing. World Socialist Web Site The vast and sweeping dangers to democratic rights posed by Facebook's censorship measures were universally cheered by all the Democratic Congressmen.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Malaysian parliament dissolved for snap general election. World Socialist Web Site The government is using every means at its disposal to undermine the opposition and reverse its poor results at the 2013 elections.

WSWS (2018-04-11). Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections. World Socialist Web Site Part of the savings Rauner, a billionaire, intends to make, would go to lowering the state income tax rate from 4.95 percent to 4.7 percent, almost exclusively benefiting the extremely wealthy.

David Dayen (2018-04-11). The Senate Is Afraid to Govern. That's Great News for Facebook. The Intercept Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, had a simple question. "Who is your biggest competitor?" he asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his congressional testimony on Tuesday. | Zuckerberg's first stab at an answer was to list categories of competition, without giving a specific name of a direct rival. He then retreated to a talking point his minders equipped him with, noting that the average American uses eight different apps (including email) to communicate with people, skipping over the detail that Facebook so far has bought two of the biggest, Instagram and WhatsApp; copied the work of another, Snapchat; and actively seeks to buy out whatever upstart threatens its position. | Zuckerberg's invocation of email as a possible competitor to Facebook did not satisfy Graham, so he clarified the question. | "If I buy a Ford and it doesn't work…

Nicole Karlis, Salon (2018-04-10). Senate Democrats and Republicans Join Forces to Criticize Facebook's Zuckerberg. AlterNet.org Here are some of the biggest moments of the day. | Today's Senate hearing on Capitol Hill was historic for many reasons, one being that the public got a unique opportunity to observe a highly-divided Senate band together to criticize CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his social media empire, Facebook — which has ironically been blamed for increasing partisanship and balkanizing the country. An estimated 44 senators gathered together in a joint session before two Senate panels, the Commerce and Judiciary committees, a rare show for Congress. Their primary topic of discussion was the effects of data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica pilfering the personal data from 87 million Facebook users — yet each Senator had their own agenda when it came time to fling questions at Zuckerberg. Together, Republican and Democratic Senators demanded details on how Facebook collects its users' data, and improvements. . .

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…

Elise Swain (2018-04-10). In Races for District Attorney, Insurgent Candidates Are Challenging Police-Backed Incumbents. The Intercept The blue wave that Democrats hope will help them take back control of Congress from the Republicans is not the only battle that will take place during the midterm elections later this year. There is a progressive movement at the local level to reshape the criminal justice system by winning elections for district attorney. By taking control of local prosecutor positions, lawyers and activists focused on reform across the country hope to cut out the mass incarceration middleman and directly target cash bail, harsh sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, and police accountability. Two women of color in California are hoping to do just that. | Pamela Price of Alameda County and Geneviéve Jones-Wright of San Diego are running for their local district attorney seats in the upcoming primary election in June. They spoke about their fight against police-endorsed incumbents last week in an…

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 reportedly approved 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.

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). 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). US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes. Human Rights Watch News Ethiopia's incoming Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed delivers his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office during a ceremony at the House of Peoples' Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Today, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging Ethiopia's government to increase respect for human rights, rule of law, and democracy. This non-binding resolution, combined with recent statements from the US Embassy in Addis, sends a strong signal to Ethiopia's new prime minister that the US expects significant reforms ahead. | Resolution 128 was passed in large part because of Ethiopian-American voters concerned with the Ethiopian government's rights record, who worked together to make themselves an important constituency. Their persistent efforts despite the efforts of the Ethiopian embassy and their Washington lobbyists led to…

Sara Igo, The Conversation (2018-04-10). It's Not Just Facebook—Here's How We All Contributed to the Private Data Crisis. AlterNet.org This wasn't a giant corporate fluke. | As Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, he's likely wondering how his company got to the point where he must submit to public questioning. It's worth pondering how we, the Facebook-using public, got here too. The scandal in which Cambridge Analytica harvested data from millions of Facebook users to craft and target advertising for Donald Trump's presidential campaign has provoked broad outrage. More helpfully, it has exposed the powerful yet perilous role of data in U. S. society. Repugnant as its methods were, Cambridge Analytica did not create this crisis on its own. As I argue in my forthcoming book, " The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America," big corporations (in this case, Facebook) and political interests (in this case, right-wing parties and campaigns) but also ordinary Americans (social media. . .

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). 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…

Jeff Cohen (2018-04-10). Where Are All the U.S. Oligarchs With Links to Washington? Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists TV news shows are good at getting viewers riled up. Day and night, I hear the anchors on CNN and MSNBC getting us riled up about the schemes of this or that "Russian oligarch with links to the Kremlin." I've heard that phrase incessantly in recent weeks. | And plenty of others have heard the "Russian oligarch" phrase. Merriam-Webster.com reported that "oligarch" was one of its most searched-for words on April 5 "following reports that Robert Mueller had questioned Russian businessmen to whom this descriptor applies." | But here's a phrase I haven't heard from any of the purportedly progressive hosts on MSNBC: "A U.S. oligarch with links to Washington." | That avoidance is revealing when one considers an indisputable fact: U.S. oligarchs have done far more to undermine U.S. democracy than any Russian. | Take, for example, Brian L. Roberts—who certainly…

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."

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."

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…

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.

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…

RT (2018-04-10). Cambridge Analytica pitched 'psychological profiling' services to multiple US campaigns – report. RT US News Cambridge Analytica boasted about its possession of unique data in pitches to multiple Republican election campaigns after harvesting personal information from 87 million Facebook users, a new report reveals. |
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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.

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…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-04-10). The GOP's Contempt for Public Education: Recent Teacher Strikes in Oklahoma and West Virginia Show How Terrible the Conditions for Teachers Can Be in Republican-Dominated States. AlterNet.org The conditions that conservatives have been promoting in red state public schools are not those of an advanced economy, but rather, a developing country. | 2018 may very well go down in history as the year in which public-school teachers in Republican-controlled states finally became fed up and rebelled. So far this year, statewide teachers strikes have taken place in Oklahoma and West Virginia. Teachers have been protesting in Kentucky as well, and a statewide walkout is being considered in Arizona. When Oklahoma's teachers strike entered its second week on April 9, teachers in that very Republican state had a long list of grievances. The minimum starting salary for teachers in Oklahoma is only $31,600 (the lowest in the U. S. , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), they haven't had a raise in ten years, many teachers must take a

Truthout Stories (2018-04-10). Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information With Little Oversight. Truthout Stories 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 US Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook." | TRANSCRIPT:…

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.

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,. . .

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.

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). 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…

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…

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,…

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…

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). 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…

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-04-09). Presidential Historian: Trump Has Committed a 'Crime Against the American People&#039. AlterNet.org Scholar Gil Troy predicts the president's enablers will be judged harshly. | Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about his voters and the most enthusiastic part of his "base. " He is a political cult leader. Nothing seems to matter to him but the adoration and power that comes from his followers. Public opinion polls and other research has shown that Trump's supporters are driven by racism, sexism, Christian nationalism and nativism. They hold authoritarian values, and hold America's democratic norms in contempt. All that matters is winning: Democracy be damned. Donald Trump is also enabled by the Republican Party and a right-wing media machine that has enabled this assault. Political scientists, historians and others have already begun to assess Trump's presidency. The consensus: At this early point in. . .

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…

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,. . .

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. . .

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

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 …

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…

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…

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. . .

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