2018-04-13: Social Media Postees

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Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-13
Teachers in Arizona could see a 20 percent net salary increase by 2020, according to a proposal by Republican Governor Doug Ducey that is intended to stave off a major teacher strike like the ones in Oklahoma and West Virginia. …

A Friendly Reminder: Impeaching Donald Trump Will Not Remove Him From Office
Mark Meigs, The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
No president in the country's history has yet been convicted during impeachment proceedings. | Not a day passes without fresh speculation about the possible impeachment of Donald Trump. In December, when former US security advisor Michael Flynn agreed to cooperate with investigators, UK bookies put the odds at 50/50 that it would happen within 12 months. Since then, events have only accelerated, including the FBI raid on April 9 of the offices of Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer. In fact, the process has already started: on November 15, 2017, six Democrats in the House of Representatives sent Impeachment Articles to the House Judiciary Committee. The articles included obstruction of justice for firing James Comey, the FBI chief who was investigating Russian meddling with the 2016 election. A connection between Trump and this meddling could constitute treason, an impeachable offence. . .

Mark Warner Offers Democrats the Worst Possible Advice if Trump Fires Deputy AG Rosenstein
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
He wants them to cool off. Seriously. | The path for Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller runs through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. So what are Democrats going to do if Trump takes that first step toward firing Mueller by first firing Rosenstein? If Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has his way, Democrats are going to sit back and let Trump get away with it: Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, told a group of Democratic colleagues on Wednesday that they should adhere to a one- or two-day cooling-off period if Trump fires Rosenstein, according to three congressional sources. [. . . ]Mark, Mark, Mark. If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein and Republicans don't push back immediately on their own, that will tell you all you need to know. But if. . .

The White House is Screwing With Scientists — And They're Fighting Back
NJ.com | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
Science should know no political party. | State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16th) is dead right when he says science knows no political party. Republicans, Democrats and everyone else on the political spectrum deserve access to breathable air, drinkable water and all the other necessities of life that define a society that appreciates – and acts on – the expertise scientists provide us.

GOP Strategist Sounds the Alarm: Spineless' GOP Will Do Nothing To Save Mueller
Brad Reed, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. | Anti-Trump Republican strategist Rick Wilson believes that President Donald Trump is about to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — and he thinks congressional Republicans are going to sit on their hands. Writing in the Washington Post, Wilson explains that the GOP has had plenty of opportunities to put limits on Trump's actions over the past year and has declined to do so every time. "With few exceptions, congressional Republicans are cowed by this president," he writes. "They're accustomed to making excuses for him, and if they were going to stand up to him, they've already had plenty of chances. . . Nothing they've done up to now suggests that they've got the requisite. . .

How Did Two Women Become the GOP's Prime 2018 Targets?
Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
As Republicans face the possibility of losing control of the House come November, they've resorted to a well-trodden strategy: lambasting the two most prominent female members of the opposition. | As Republicans face the possibility of losing control of the House come November, they've resorted to a well-trodden strategy: lambasting the two most prominent female members of the opposition. A new study from the Wesleyan Media Project found that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has so far featured in some 7,000 GOP ad spots casting her in a negative light.

Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
A new project called the Eviction Lab examined more than 80 million eviction records going back to 2000 and found that in 2016 alone there were nearly four evictions filed every minute. More than 6,300 Americans are evicted every day. Studies show that eviction can lead to a host of other problems, including poor health, depression, job loss and shattered childhoods. Having an eviction on one's record also makes it far more difficult to find decent housing in the future. Now the Eviction Lab's database is being shared with the public in an interactive website that allows people to better track and understand evictions in their own communities. We speak with Matthew Desmond, who runs the project at Princeton University, where he is a professor of sociology. It grew out of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."

Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session over the growing prospect of a war between Russia and the U.S., after President Trump threatened U.S. strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, we get response from Syrian-Canadian writer Yazan al-Saadi. "Let's remind everyone that the U.S. is striking Syria already. You have more than 2,000 soldiers on the ground. There are bases." He adds, "For me, as a Syrian, I see it as an occupation, just like how I see the Russians are an occupation on the country." Regarding the alleged chemical attack in Syria, he says, "This ignores the fact that most deaths are happening through conventional means," such as airstrikes.

Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-13
Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-activist-turned-gubernatorial candidate has faced the ire of the political establishment since she announced her intention to run against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination. | The New York State AFL-CIO excoriated her for comments she made that were critical of a film industry tax giveaway and union arrangements related to subway costs. Celebrity lawyer and Democratic Party donor Alan Dershowitz complained about her association with peace groups that he called " Israel haters." Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn bizarrely slammed her as an " unqualified lesbian." A number of labor unions are threatening to defund progressive groups if they back her race for governor. | But in a speech before a range of progressive candidates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee's candidate training in Washington, D.C., on…

Colorado House OKs Bill to Let School Nurses Administer Medical Marijuana
Amanda Pampuro, Courthouse News | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
It's another step toward the normalization of cannabis as medicine. | DENVER (CN) — A bill that would allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students passed the Colorado House 47-17 on Thursday. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Irene Aguilar, a Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Dylan Roberts. Medical marijuana is one of few issues that enjoys bipartisan support, according to a recent Pew Research poll that found 6 in 10 Americans support its use. Whether to allow cannabis into the classroom, however, has been a subject of debate. "I was pleased that it passed. Most school nurses knew it would be passed so they came to me yesterday," Aguilar said. Currently, nurses administer medication according to doctors' orders, and voiced concern that the same standard be maintained for medical marijuana. Patty Rojec, president-elect of the Colorado Association of School Nurses, is. . .

As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-13
President Trump campaigned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a "disaster," a "horrible deal" and a "rape of our country." He withdrew from the controversial deal during his first week in office. But on Thursday, he told a group of state lawmakers he wants the U.S. to rejoin the pact. Meanwhile, 11 nations that represent about a seventh of the world's economy signed the TPP earlier this year. We get response from Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. "I do think where the real fight is right now is on NAFTA renegotiation," Wallach says.

Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-13
Everyone is still looking for a way to explain Donald's Trump's 2016 Presidential Election victory. This energy could be focused on creating an alternative to Donald Trump. A real populist alternative that puts people before profit. But amongst the circles of the elites and their henchmen within the Democratic Party there is no real populist…

Gayle King Grills Paul Ryan on Lack of Diversity in GOP
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-13
In his first major interview since announcing he will not run for re-election, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was interviewed by "CBS This Morning" host Gayle King, who grilled him about the lack of representation of women and people of color in the Republican Party. | During the interview, King mentioned a photo of Ryan along with President Trump, Vice President Pence and a number of other administration and congressional officials, all smiling and giving Trump's signature thumbs-up sign. | "Very celebratory. What were you all celebrating?" King asked. | "Just the accomplishments we've had heretofore and then the rest of the agenda that we're working on," Ryan responded before listing what he sees as his party's accomplishments regarding infrastructure, health care and other issues. King, however, wasn't done talking about the photo. | " 'Cause, you know, when I look at…

Pro-War Press Is the Real Scandal, Not Cambridge Analytica
Daniel Lazare | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-13
The story is heavy on Russophobic propaganda and light on proof that the data analysis company influenced the 2016 election in any substantial way. | The post Pro-War Press Is the Real Scandal, Not Cambridge Analytica appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

This is Not a Story About Donald Trump's 'Love Child': It's a Lot More Damaging Than That
Jeremy Binckes, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
There's no evidence Trump had an illegitimate kid, but plenty of evidence that his henchmen buried the story | Donald Trump is the perfect tabloid president: He was literally made famous, in his early years, by the New York tabloids, and has ridden that all the way to the White House, where he keeps on manufacturing tabloid stories. Trump didn't attract the national spotlight and have shocking success in politics because he knew what ailed America, and had a plan to address the multitude of economic, social and political injustices that plagued the country. He screamed that everything was terrible, and enough people agreed with him that he won the election, despite losing the popular vote by a few million. So of course people are now talking about a completely unverified and likely untrue report that Trump had a love. . .

For Trump Supporters, Pain is the Reward
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-13
Trump's voters are suffering. They still love him. Mainstream journalists lack any understanding of this pathology | Donald Trump is not a real populist. His plans and those of his Republican allies–both already enacted and in the future–will further hollow out the social safety net, give even more money to the rich, damage the environment, reduce public education to ruins, remove corporate regulations and gut the Affordable Care Act. This will hurt most Americans, especially Trump's most enthusiastic supporters among the so-called "white working class. " Yet these same voters continue to support Trump and the Republican Party. This dynamic befuddles many journalists, reporters, pundits and other professional observers of politics. Why? Because they lack political vision and are extremely naive — and overly hopeful — about the true nature of today's conservative movement. Moreover, the truth is simply too frightening for many people to. . .

'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-12
Facing widespread opposition from Democrats over his political beliefs, Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's nominee to take over the State Department, took a hard line on Russia in his confirmation hearing. …

As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., broke with the political establishment and called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters in Gaza in a statement to The Intercept on Wednesday. | "I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza," Warren said. "As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest." | The statement is a sign that the turning tide of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party — which has traditionally been stridently pro-Israel — is trickling up to senior figures in the party. (A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that Democrats are almost as likely to be sympathetic to Palestinians as they are to Israelis.) It also signifies Warren's personal evolution on the issue,…

National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
Election day in November 2017 was a very good one for Democrats. The party reclaimed the governor's mansion in New Jersey, swept the state of Virginia, and won a wide swath of races in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. | In Syracuse, New York, a heavily Democratic city, things didn't go quite as well. The party's nominee for mayor, Juanita Perez Williams, lost in a landslide to an independent candidate, even managing to lose her own neighborhood by two to one. | In some lines of work, a failure so complete might earn somebody a demotion, a period of probation, or a rethinking of whether the career path and the skillset are a perfect marriage. But this is Democratic Party politics, where consequences are for the people, not the politicians. And so, the performance earned her an invitation to the headquarters of the Democratic Congressional…

Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In the continuing teachers' rebellion sweeping the U.S., dozens of Oklahoma teachers have completed a 7-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to the state capital Oklahoma City. Public schools across Tulsa and Oklahoma City remain closed as thousands of teachers continue their strike for education funding into a ninth day. The strike comes as the Supreme Court is considering Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide–and as President Trump is successfully appointing right-wing judges to federal courts, reshaping the judiciary for decades to come. We continue our conversation with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Robin calls the conservative movement "weak and incoherent" and the Democratic Party "a gutted machine," and says labor organizing like the teachers' revolt are the "real resistance" in the U.S. today.

GOP Tax Cut Fraud: 'It'll Pay for Itself&#039
Leo Gerard, Independent Media Institute | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan got exactly what he wanted and expected–a devastating report that he can wield as a weapon to smash programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. | Remember the Republicans' claim that their tax scam slashing rates for the rich and corporations would magically pay for itself? Here is how that works: a rich guy walks into a Mercedes-Benz dealership, gets behind the wheel of a $112,400 GP Coupe, and drives away yelling to the salesman, "Don't worry. It'll pay for itself. "It's nothing but a fraud. Well, that's what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said this week, anyway. Without blatantly labeling the GOP tax cut as a con, the CBO did say that it would in no way, not ever pay for itself. It would, the CBO warned, dramatically raise the national budget deficit, year after year, for at least a decade. Republicans,. . .

Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
In news that has sent shock waves through Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced he will not seek re-election this fall. Over 40 House Republicans have announced they will resign or retire, including nine chairmen of committees, leading many to speculate Republicans are fearing a blue wave will bring a Democratic majority to power in November. The most prominent Republican contender for Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist and anti-Semite who has called for deporting all Muslims from the United States. For more, we speak with Corey Robin, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump," which The New Yorker called "the book that predicted Trump."

Meghan McCain Just Compared Trump to the Founding Fathers While Defending Mistress Payout
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-12
This is a stretch. | The office and residences of Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen were raided Monday, as investigators probe possible illegal behavior including possible illegal campaign donations. But Trump defender Meghan McCain and other Republicans are seeking to spin this topic into morality–so as to excuse the president's immoral behavior. "In 1791, Alexander Hamilton paid off his mistress' husband," she said. "Paying off mistresses has been going on since literally the birth of our Democracy. "The View's Sonny Hostin put things into perspective, by focusing the issue on the possible illegal behavior. "I am such a traditionalist, as many people know, and I am so offended by these allegations of love child, and sleeping with a porn star when your wife just had a baby–and people should care about it," she said. "But people should also care that these may be illegal campaign. . .

House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Paul Ryan's quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Confirmation hearings begin today for Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, tapped by President Trump to become the next secretary of state. Last year the Senate confirmed Pompeo to head the CIA by a vote of 66 to 32, but the vote is expected to be far closer this year. At least one Republican–Rand Paul–has already announced he will vote against Pompeo due to his support for the Iraq invasion and for torture. Pompeo also has a long history of ties to Islamophobic organizations, and the National Iranian American Council has warned that Pompeo's confirmation would threaten the Iran nuclear deal and increase the risk of a U.S. attack on Iran. We discuss Pompeo's nomination with Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, and Zaid Jilani, a staff reporter at The Intercept.

GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
In an unexpected turn of events, financier and liberal megadonor George Soros has become an issue in a congressional primary in North Carolina — as the subject of an incredibly misleading attack ad from a GOP primary challenger trying to replace an independent-minded Republican congressperson. | Normally, Soros is invoked as a boogeyman by right-wing politicians and activists in political debates with their liberal counterparts. | But the member of Congress who is coming under fire for alleged Soros ties is not a Democrat, but rather a southern Republican who, in 2016, was honored by the American Conservative Union for his conservative voting record: North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones. | It's true that Jones has adopted some moderate positions, showing himself to be an independent thinker in his caucus. He was the only House Republican not in a blue state…

"A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-12
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders has warned the White House against any attack on Syria without a declaration of war from Congress. On Wednesday, Sanders tweeted, "President Trump has no legal authority for broadening the war in Syria. It is Congress, not the president, who determines whether our country goes to war, and Congress must not abdicate that responsibility." We speak to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and The Intercept's Zaid Jilani, who co-wrote, with Glenn Greenwald, the piece…

Oppose California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's national guard deployment!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-12
Democratic Governor Jerry Brown announced he was sending 400 guardsmen to support Trump's anti-immigrant militarization of the border.

Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma?
Sharon Lerner | The Intercept | 2018-04-12
An audit released this week found evidence of corruption in how contracts were awarded at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. Gary Jones, the state auditor and inspector who wrote the report, submitted it to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt back in January 2014. But Pruitt inexplicably refused to release it. | Pruitt's successor, Mike Hunter, had also refused to release the report since he began serving as attorney general after Pruitt left the job in February 2017 to become administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. But on Monday, facing a lawsuit demanding the release of the audit, Hunter changed his mind. | The audit, which looked into wrongdoing by a trust set up by the state to buy homes in two lead-contaminated towns in the Superfund site in the northeast corner of the state, found "considerable circumstantial evidence that…

US Senators Press Zimbabwe to Hold Free, Fair Elections
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-12
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Harare, Zimbabwe, December 20, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When a bipartisan delegation of five US senators visited Zimbabwe last week, they pressed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his foreign affairs ministers on free elections. In March, the US government slapped key Zimbabwean officials — including its president — with renewed targeted sanctions, calling for credible, free, and fair elections. | The sanctions were in line with recommendations made by Human Rights Watch in US Senate testimony last December and by other organizations and experts. | President Mnangagwa is one of the 77 Zimbabwean newly sanctioned officials, following the November 2017 military coup that ousted longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Following the coup, the authorities allegedly…

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out of Social Media
Bill Blunden | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-12
While the pool of Facebook accounts suspected of being harvested by Cambridge Analytica continues to grow it's important to recognize that there's more to this story than a cabal of shady republican operators. By focusing on Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL, the major news outlets are creating the perception that what's happening is the work of a few bad apples. When the reality is that the underlying problem is systemic in nature.

Mike Pompeo Could Go Down If Senate Democrats Decide to Fight
Ryan Grim | The Intercept | 2018-04-11
Democratic activists around the country have become energized by the nomination of Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state, kicking off a bout of organizing around foreign policy that has little precedent outside the lead-up to an imminent invasion. | The question now is whether that enthusiasm will transfer to Senate Democrats themselves, or whether they will usher him through as they did in January 2017 when he was confirmed as CIA director. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., voted to confirm Pompeo last year. | Pompeo, a committed Islamophobe and war hawk, has galvanized opposition particularly for his hostility to the Iran nuclear deal, which Democrats see as a signature piece of the legacy of former President Barack Obama. Ripping up the deal, its advocates warn, would march the United States down a path that leads inevitably to war.

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

How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
In Burma, seven soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for participating in the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in western Rakhine State. The bodies of 10 Rohingya men were discovered in a mass grave there last September. The victims are among thousands of Rohingya who have been killed by the Burmese military's ethnic cleansing campaign against the minority Muslim group. For years, activists have demanded Facebook regulate hate speech against Rohingya on its platform, saying this speech has contributed to the rise in violence against the persecuted community. For more, we speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday 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. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Her book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest."

Time for Straight Talk Between the EU and Kyrgyzstan
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
Six months after being elected president and taking power in the first peaceful transition between democratically elected leaders in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov is this week making his first official visit to Europe as head of state. | Kyrgyz President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov (front) attends an inauguration ceremony at the Ala-Archa state residence outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan November 24, 2017. | © 2017 REUTERS/Vyacheslav Oseledko/Pool | This will be an important trip for Jeenbekov. Just weeks after he assumed office, the European Union and Kyrgyzstan initiated negotiations for an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to establish closer ties and give Kyrgyzstan an elevated status in its dealings with the EU. On Thursday, Jeenbekov will be received by EU leaders, including its top diplomat Federica Mogherini, as well as the presidents of the EU Commission, the…

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

UN Chief Puts China's Leaders Over Its People
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-11
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is responsible for advancing the UN's three "pillar" issues: development, peace and security, and human rights. But on his visit to Beijing last weekend, there was no sign that the human rights pillar was part of his bilateral discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping. | When meeting with Xi, Guterres publicly congratulated the Chinese leader on "his recent re-election" — despite the fact that Xi has by no stretch of any democratic standard ever been "elected" — and made no mention of Xi's recent elimination of presidential term limits. | Guterres went on to "express appreciation for the…

ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens?
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 5-hour testimony to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, lawmakers also questioned him about Facebook's increasing effort to market the platform to children. For more, we speak with Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. The group has launched a campaign to end Facebook Messenger Kids.

Proposed Illinois budget continues assault on workers and sets stage for November elections
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-11
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.

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-11
Donald Trump has confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election, calling him a "truly good man" who will leave behind a "legacy of achievement." …

Advocates say Democrats Worked Tirelessly to Defeat Reforms in MD
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-10
Last 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…

South Korea: Press Human Rights in Discussions with North Korea
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
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…

Denver Post Revolts Against Its "Vulture" Hedge-Fund Owner & Demands 126-Year-Old Newspaper Be Saved
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
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.

US House Resolution on Ethiopia Passes
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
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…

Is "Sorry" Enough? Facebook Built Empire on Harvesting Personal Information with Little Oversight
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
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."

Even ISIS Fighters Should Get Fair Trials
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-10
Person waives an Islamic State of Iraq and Sham(ISIS) flag in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29, 2014. | © 2014 Reuters | The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently gave journalists access to Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh, both UK nationals in the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) reportedly implicated in the torture and beheading of several foreigners, including journalists and aid workers. | Detained foreign ISIS suspects interest the public and foreign journalists are often seeking ways to get them on camera. But here is the snag. The laws of war prohibit subjecting detainees to "public curiosity." These prisoners — who have no lawyers — are in no position to freely answer questions before the cameras. They said they were not being mistreated in custody — but could they…

Trump Slams FBI & AG Jeff Sessions After Agents Raid Home & Office of His Attorney, Michael Cohen
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-10
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.

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