2018-04-17: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says "Bullshit" to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's "Lockstep" with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

Adam H. Johnson (2018-04-17). Democrats Love Trump's Wars, Too. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump's April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats—and most of the partisan Democratic media—leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the "authority" or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the "resistance" did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves. | Only a handful of Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.—opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval—without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad. | Process critiques over legality are useful as…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains. Human Rights Watch News A girl works in an artisanal diamond mine in Sosso Nakombo, Central African Republic, near the border with Cameroon, in August 2015. | © 2015 Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch | This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies' efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains. | Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt — used in smart phones and laptops — has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution. | This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECD's Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves. |

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Where Is the Democratic Outrage Over Trump's Illegal Attack on Syria? Truthout Stories The illegal airstrikes on Syria last Friday provoked a widespread but largely muted opposition from Democrats, which is not surprising since the Democratic Party also subscribes to the same belief in American exceptionalism and profits from a state of endless war. It's time the left forced the Democrats to embrace a humane foreign policy based on justice, not oppression.Syrian boys walk along a destroyed street in Douma on the outskirts of Damascus on April 16, 2018, during an organized media tour. (Photo: Louai Beshara / AFP / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | President Donald Trump's decision to carry out a series of airstrikes on Syrian government chemical weapons facilities on Friday, April…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-04-16). Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment. MintPress News "The establishment wants, #1, to push tax cuts for millionaires and a war agenda. And #2 is to tell you 'politics are too complicated for you, so don't get involved.'" And Republicans' "idea of a good election is nobody votes and big money dominates." | The post Bernie Sanders Rouses Progressive Candidates With Call to Fight Democratic and Republican Establishment appeared first on MintPress News.

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-16). Fox News Host Sean Hannity Is Revealed to Be Michael Cohen's Secret Third Client. AlterNet.org The president and propagandist have been secretly sharing a lawyer. | Despite trying to hide the identity of his clients, Bloomberg reported Monday that the president's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen represents Fox News personality Sean Hannity. Before Hannity was revealed as Cohen's third client, Bloomberg reported that he asked the attorney not to let his name be made public. Instead, Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan handed the name of the client now known to be Hannity to U. S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan in a sealed envelope, promising to appeal if the judge ordered he and his client to disclose the name. "At this point," Ryan said during the hearing, "no one would want to be [associated] with the case in that way. " Related Stories: Watch Sunny Hostin Dismantle Meghan McCain's Dubious Comey SmearsWatch SNL's Kate McKinnon Take on Laura Ingraham and Fox News in Hilarious Boycott SketchIs MSNBC Becoming Conservative? The Supposedly Liberal Network Loves Anti-Trump Republicans More Than Leftists

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). The Real Threat to Trump's Presidency Will Unfold in a Courtroom. Truthout Stories Michael Cohen, center, President Trump's personal attorney, leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss Russian election interference was postponed on September 19, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | The weekend started off with a bang and ended with a whimper. In concert with US allies, President Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria on Friday night, in retaliation for the apparent chemical attack on civilians in Douma earlier in the week. The precision strike was limited to some weapons facilities and so far there are no reports of deaths on the ground, which is likely because the US warned Russia and the Syrians in advance. Trump had tweeted to the world that he was planning to launch missile strikes so it's not as if anyone was surprised. (This is a good thing, although…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-16). Poor People's Campaign Gears Up for Mother's Day Launch. Truthout Stories "I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor." | Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, DC on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, the campaign aims to lift up the voices of people like De la Cruz who've been most affected by our country's persistent poverty. | A descendant of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, De la Cruz was born in the South Bronx, the poorest Congressional district in the country. Median household income there is about $26,000, compared to $116,000 for the wealthiest district, which straddles Virginia's northern suburbs. She's a member of the national steering committee of the Poor…

WSWS (2018-04-16). Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site 4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

RT (2018-04-16). 5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release. RT US News Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops.
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RT (2018-04-16). Comey blames Obama & Lynch for 'jeopardizing' Clinton investigation. RT US News In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for "setting up" his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-16). Protests Surge in Armenia. Human Rights Watch News Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | Since Friday, protests have swept Armenia's capital, Yerevan, on news that the country's outgoing president — who has served the maximum two terms — plans to become prime minister. Many Armenians believe this would amount to a de facto third term as president. | Parliament is set to vote for prime minister tomorrow, and the president, Serzh Sargsyan, is the ruling party's candidate. | The demonstrations in Yerevan — attracting thousands of protesters — have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. He called on people to engage in civil disobedience, including by forming a human chain around parliament to prevent members from…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC. Amnesty International As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes Send Signal to Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing. Democracy Now! The United States is expected to introduce new sanctions against Russian companies with links to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, following the coordinated U.S., British and French military strikes against two alleged chemical weapons storage facilities and a research center in Syria on Friday night. Trump hailed the military strikes a success and declared in a tweet, "Mission Accomplished!" The military strikes came in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma over a week ago. "The United States has claimed, proclaimed that it wants to see and support the Syrian people's revolution," says our guest Ramah Kudaimi, "but in fact has really intervened in ways that have strengthened the [Syrian] regime." Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist, a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective, and is on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Gaza: Palestinians Continue "Great March of Return" Protests for Third Straight Week. Democracy Now! Palestinians gathered at the Israeli-Gaza border for a third Friday in a row as part of the ongoing "Great March of Return" protests. Paramedics say at least 30 Palestinians were injured by Israeli soldiers during Friday's protest. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 34 Palestinians since the wave of protests against Israel's occupation began on March 30. We get response from Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing at US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She is also a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League. She calls for the U.S. to end its military support for Israel, and argues that Palestinian rights cannot be separated from U.S. actions in the region.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Chelsea Manning on Trump's Mission Accomplished Tweet: "I Believe I Have Heard Those Words Before" Democracy Now! On Friday, the U.S., U.K. and France launched coordinated military strikes in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, over a week ago. The attack has not yet been independently investigated. The U.S. has blamed the Assad government for the alleged attack. On Sunday, United Nations chemical weapons investigators began examining the scene of the alleged attack, which came amid a brutal campaign by the Syrian government to retake the rebel-held district of Eastern Ghouta outside the capital Damascus. We get response from perhaps the most famous whistleblower of the Iraq War, Chelsea Manning, who is now a network security specialist and advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights. She spent seven years in military prison after leaking a trove of documents about the Iraq and Afghan wars and the State Department to WikiLeaks in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate. We also speak with Ramah Kudaimi, a Syrian-American activist who is a member of the Syrian Solidarity Collective and on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

TRNN (2018-04-15). To Secure Democratic Vote Pompeo Masks Regime Change Agenda. The Real News Network Despite soft approach at Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has shown little interest in diplomacy on issue after issue. We speak to Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies…

Nick Pemberton (2018-04-13). Cambridge Analytica: Another Reason To Leave Social Media Behind. counterpunch.org 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 More

RT (2018-04-13). Arizona promises teachers 20% higher pay by 2020. RT US News 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.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Syrian Researcher: Focus on Alleged Chemical Attack Ignores War's Ongoing Deaths by Airstrikes, Bullets. Democracy Now! 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). As Trump Reconsiders TPP Stance, Fair Trade Advocates Say Real Fight Is over NAFTA Renegotiation. Democracy Now! 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. "And this kind of pandering on the TPP makes that NAFTA fight even more important."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Nearly 4 People Are Evicted Every Minute: New Project Tracks U.S. Eviction Epidemic & Effects. Democracy Now! 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."

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-13). Cynthia Nixon Welcomes the Democratic Establishment's Hatred in Speech to Progressives. The Intercept 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…

WSWS (2018-04-12). House speaker's retirement signals further crisis for Republicans. World Socialist Web Site 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.

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

RT (2018-04-12). 'We're exceptional, Russia is not': Pompeo takes hard line in Senate pitch. RT US News 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.
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Political Scientist Corey Robin: Paul Ryan Is Retiring After Failing to Fulfill Right-Wing Agenda. Democracy Now! 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."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Corey Robin: Striking Teachers Are "Real Resistance" to "Incoherent" Republicans and "Gutted" Dems. Democracy Now! 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Tweets Syria Assault Could Come "Soon or Not So Soon At All!", Russian Ambassador Warns U.S. over "Sad and Serious Events" in Syria, Sen. Bernie Sanders Warns Trump Against Syria Strike, House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-Election, FBI Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Documents on "Access Hollywood" Tape, Algeria: Plane Crash Kills 257, Including Western Sahara Activists, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Grilled on Privacy by House Panel, Trump Judicial Nominee Won't State Position on School Desegregation, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Won't Resign over Reported Sexual Abuses, Study: Climate Change Is Weakening Gulf Stream Ocean Currents, Chicago Tribune Journalists Seek to Unionize, Former House Speaker John Boehner Joins Medical Marijuana Firm…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). "A Tremendously Dangerous Situation": As Trump Threatens Syria, U.S.-Russian Relations Deteriorate. Democracy Now! 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 "With Latest Syria Threats, Trump Continues to Be More Confrontational Toward Russia Than Obama Was."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-12). Will Senate Dems Block Confirmation of Climate-Denying, Torture-Backing State Dept Pick Mike Pompeo? Democracy Now! 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.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). As Most Democrats Stay Silent, Elizabeth Warren Calls on Israel to Exercise Restraint Against Palestinian Protesters. The Intercept 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,…

Ryan Grim (2018-04-12). National Democrats Created a Competitive Primary in New York, Infuriating the Local Party. The Intercept 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…

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-12). GOP Primary Challenger Invents a George Soros Connection to Attack Incumbent Republican. The Intercept 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…

Sharon Lerner (2018-04-12). Why Did the EPA's Scott Pruitt Suppress a Report on Corruption in Oklahoma? The Intercept 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…

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.

RT (2018-04-11). House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election. RT US News 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." |
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Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). "Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How Company's Profit Really Works. Democracy Now! 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."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Amid Privacy Scandal, Is Facebook Profiting off Data from Children & Teens? Democracy Now! 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). How Facebook Played "Instrumental" Role in Rise of Burma's Ethnic Cleansing Campaign of Rohingya. Democracy Now! 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."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2018. Democracy Now! "Get Ready Russia": Trump Threatens to Strike Syria After Alleged Chemical Attack, After FBI Raid, Concern Trump Will Fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Zuckerberg Faces Off with Lawmakers About Facebook Privacy Scandal, Trump's Chief Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert Ousted, Israeli Military Censures Soldiers Who Cheered After Shooting Palestinian Man in Gaza, Burma: 7 Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Rohingya in Inn Din, Indian Supreme Court Upholds Right to Interfaith Marriage, in Blow to Hindu Nationalists, Oklahoma Teachers Complete 110-Mile March to State Capitol as Strike Continues, Florida's Broward County Votes Not to Arm Teachers, California Sheriff: "Better Financially" for Officers to Kill Suspects, Arizona Supreme Court Ends In-State Tuition for DACA Students, NYC Immigration Lawyers Protest Against ICE Agents at Courthouses, Sex Workers Speak Out Against Shut Down of Backpage.com, Reports: House Speaker Paul Ryan Will Not Seek Re-election, 257 Die in Algerian Military Plane Crash Near Algiers…

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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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."

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). 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.

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