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History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, not Impeaching Trump
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
If the history of impeachment teaches anything, it's that the tactic can backfire on its proponents. As a remedy for misconduct, it both overpromises and underperforms. | The post History Lesson for Democrats: Think Winning Elections, not Impeaching Trump appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

White Fear Elected Trump: Political Scientist Diana Mutz Explains the 'Status Threat' Hypothesis
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The evidence that racism, sexism and nativism motivated Trump's voters is overwhelming. | Bad ideas have a life all their own. Speaking last Saturday at a rally in Washington Township, Michigan, Donald Trump was in rare form. He worked his audience into a fever pitch with threats to shut down the government and punish the Democrats and his other enemies. He spread more irrational fear about a "caravan" of "illegal immigrants" who will somehow "invade" America. He grossly exaggerated his policy successes, which is nothing new, and in ominous tones targeted "Hispanics" in one of his tirades, to which his almost uniformly white audience responded with a mix of boos and disdainful silence. Despite the news media's obsession with the "white working class" and its purported "economic anxiety," that did not seem to be the prime motivating factor for Trump's supporters at this. . .

With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy
Kate Harveston | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Washington D.C. ( GPA) — "War. What is it good for?" asked Norman Whitfield in 1969. Thousands of cover versions later, we finally have an answer: It's one of the most heartbreaking things you'll ever learn about human civilization. | The supposed social benefits of war are one of the very few points on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress stand united. This is most likely because both parties regularly receive vast sums of money from privately owned defense contractors. The political campaign cycle in 2012 alone saw $16.4 million and $11 million in donations to GOP and DNC candidates, respectively. | With this vast and outrageous conflict of interest fully understood, let's turn our attention to the American Senate's most recent proposal for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF — along with who really…

With Latest AUMF, Democrats and Republicans Unite to Make War Making Easy

Wrong-Way Democrats: Will a 'Blue Dog' Blue Wave Pave the Way for Future Disaster?
Paul Rosenberg, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Democrats will win big this fall (probably). But are they just repeating the mistakes of the Clinton-Obama era? | Congressional primaries in California are less than a month away, with at least seven Republican-held seats seriously in play this November (according to Cook Political Report, and targeted by Swing Left), the most of any state. Four of those seats are in or adjacent to Orange County, once the home of Richard Nixon and the epicenter of conservative power, where Democrats now hold a numerical advantage. But there's a perverse twist. Thanks to California's nonpartisan "jungle primary" — in which the top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation — Democrats could conceivably be shut out in as many as three of those races. Two Republican incumbents are retiring — Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Ed Royce –. . .

Ex-Con Who Calls Black People 'Negroes' Skyrockets to Top of West Virginia Poll After Racist Campaign Ad
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Candidate for US Senate Hopes to Face Democrat Joe Manchin as Republicans Fear Another Roy Moore Race | Republican voters in West Virgina's primary race to choose a candidate to face Democratic U. S. Senator Joe Manchin appear to be getting ready to choose a conservative former convict who calls Black people "negroes" and Asians "China people. "Don Blankenship, a divorced 68-year old coal baron who was convicted after 29 people died in one of his mines spent a year in jail for conspiracy before running for the U. S. Senate. He's now in first place among three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's West Virginia primary election. In this campaign ad Blankenship uses the phrase "China people" and refers to the family of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan and is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,. . .

Press Barred From Recording Teacher of the Year Speech at White House Ceremony
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…

Who is Afraid of Venezuelan Democracy?
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
It is astounding, and sinister, that the European Parliament on May 3 passed a resolution (492 in favour, 87 against, 77 abstentions) demanding that Venezuela suspend the presidential elections slated for May 20. Do these European countries think that they are still colonial powers that can demand anything from other countries? Does European arrogance stretch to…

Trump Congratulates Putin on His Fraudulent Win While Pence Slams Venezuela for Its 'Fake Election&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The administration's blatant hypocrisy was on clear display Monday. | The hypocrisy of President Donald Trump's administration on human rights and democracy abroad made for a stunning display Monday. At the day's White House press briefing, Sarah Sanders read a statement from the president congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on the beginning of his fourth term, echoing the well-wishes that Trump controversially gave to the authoritarian leader right after the election. Yet mere minutes after Sanders' press briefing wrapped up, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a video from a speech he gave earlier in the day, condemning the upcoming "so-called elections in Venezuela," which he said will be a "fraud and a sham. "Many observers indeed believe the Venezuelan elections to be largely rigged in the Maduro regime's favor, and undemocratic regimes warrant scrutiny and criticism. But Putin's Russia is hardly a beacon. . .

Malaysian Elections: $681 Million into Prime Minister Najib's Personal Bank Account by a Mysterious Saudi Prince
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
The only way PM Najib Razak could win this election on May 9 is by fraud and manipulation of the elections of results. | The outgoing PM is desperate. A state of emergency is also contemplated. | The grassroots support of the …

Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Malaysian PM Who Banned Shia Islam
Newsrescue | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-07
Of relevance to the upcoming Malaysian elections on May 9 2018, this article first published in Feb 2016, confirms that the outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak received close to $700 million dollars in his personal account from the House of …

State Election Systems Still Waiting for Security Checkups
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-05-07
The Department of Homeland Security says it's completed on-site risk assessments of election systems in just nine of 17 states requesting them to prevent cybertampering before the midterm primaries. | The post State Election Systems Still Waiting for Security Checkups appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality
Sam Pizzigati | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-07
Mexico rates as one of the world's most unequal major nations, and the party of the presidential candidate topping the polls pledges to confront those concentrating the nation's "economic and political power. | The post Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality appeared first on MintPress News.

Mexico's Coming Election Could Be The World's Most Important Referendum on Inequality

Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-07
Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who ratify, veto or formulate state social, economic and military policies. Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till,…

John McCain's Scorching Takedown of Trump In His Upcoming Autobiography
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
McCain says Trump gives "the appearance of toughness or a reality show facsimile of toughness seems to matter more than any of our values. " | John McCain is reportedly very close to succumbing to brain cancer at age 81. The Arizona senator has not been in Washington all year, instead staying at his ranch in the Arizona mountains. He's been talking about his joys and regrets, and also preparing for the release of an autobiography called The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations–which may make some waves given his scorching takedown of Donald Trump. The Arizona Republic, the McCain-friendly newspaper in Phoenix, has an advance copy of the book. Trump is slammed, the paper reports. McCain says Trump gives…

Stemming the Tide of Evangelicalism — and Preventing the Next Billy Graham
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
Current trends suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party — and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than it is at present. | At the time of Billy Graham's passing, American evangelical Christianity looks to be in steep decline, at least judging by numbers. The proportion of white Americans who identify as evangelical has fallen from 23 percent of the population in 2006 to 17 percent in 2016. Furthermore, a recent survey shows that evangelicalism is aging: Only 8 percent of whites ages 18 to 29, versus 26 percent over 65, identify as evangelicals. Current trends, then, suggest that the evangelicalism of the future will be smaller, grayer, more closely identified with the Republican Party, and more out of step with the views of younger Americans than. . .

Former GOP Official Suspended from Radio Station After Horrific Rant Against 'Homosexual Lifestyle&#039
Noor Al-Sibai, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
His suspension appears to be indefinite. | After accusing a local high school of promoting "destructive" homosexuality, a former GOP leader in Wyoming has been suspended from his job at a talk radio station. The Casper Star-Tribune reported that Wind River News Network host John Birbari — a former chairman of the Fremont County Republican Party — was conducting his weekly interview with the local superintendent when he started blasting the official for a pro-LGBT mural at a high school. "Do you think that the Riverton High School should be promoting homosexuality? " Birbari asked Fremont County School District Superintendent Terry Snyder about the mural, which featured a rainbow flag and the phrase "love is love. " The superintendent responded with a message of tolerance, but Birbari pressed on. "You know there are certain diverse elements of individuals that are certainly fine," the host said, "but. . .

McConnell Actually Helped Blankenship Dodge Regulatory Consequences for Disastrous 2000 Spill
Alec MacGillis, ProPublica | alternet.org | 2018-05-07
The far-right candidate is now launching racist attacks against him. | As the race for the West Virginia Republican Senate nomination hurtles toward Tuesday's primary, candidate Don Blankenship, the former coal executive sentenced to a year in federal prison in connection with a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men, has unleashed blistering invective against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. He has taken to calling McConnell "Cocaine Mitch," an allusion to drugs once found on a ship owned by the shipping company owned by Chao's father, whom Blankenship calls a "wealthy China-person. " His ad hominem barrage, provoked by McConnell's well-funded effort to deny Blankenship the nomination, culminated in an eye-popping TV ad in which Blankenship charged that McConnell has "created millions of jobs for China-people" and that McConnell's "China family has given him tens. . .

CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Testify for First Time in Public About Her Role in Torture at Black Site
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
The Trump administration's push to install the CIA's controversial deputy director, Gina Haspel, as the agency's new director faces mounting scrutiny as Haspel is set to begin a Senate confirmation hearing this Wednesday. The Washington Post reports the hearing almost didn't happen, after Haspel attempted to withdraw her name from consideration over opposition to her role in the CIA's torture program under George W. Bush. Wednesday's hearing will mark the first time Haspel has been forced to speak publicly about her role in the U.S. torture program and the destruction of CIA tapes documenting the torture. Haspel's nomination as CIA director has been "sold like a box of cereal" by the agency, says John Prados, senior fellow at the National Security Archive, but with no transparency about her record. As of now, says Prados, there's no public document listing Haspel's duties in her more than 30 years at the CIA.

Twitter erupts after Senator McCain 'disinvites' Trump to his funeral
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-07
Social media has been flooded with comments after Republican Senator John McCain demanded that US President Donald Trump be kept away from his funeral. …

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador's lead in election polls
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-07
Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico's electoral campaign last week as the "left" bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

'Too tough on terrorists': Trump defends under-fire CIA Director nominee Haspel
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-07
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to defend his nominee for the CIA directorship, Gina Haspel. Trump argued that Haspel was "too tough on terrorists" for the Democrats. …

Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can't safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. Critics note Honduras remains the one of the world's most violent countries. The Trump administration has also ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Only South Sudan and Syria were renewed. An estimated 300,000 people will be impacted overall. We get response from Patricia Montes, an immigrant from Honduras and executive director of Centro Presente in Boston, Massachusetts, which has worked with members from Honduras and Central America since the 1980s. She also has family members who will lose their temporary protected status.

Writer Arundhati Roy on Impunity for Rape in India & How Violence Is Used as a Tool of the State
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
We speak to world-renowned Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the increasing incidence of rape in India, as police there say they have arrested the main suspect in an alleged gang rape and murder of a teenage girl. Dhanu Bhuiyan and his accomplices are accused of burning the 16-year-old girl alive on Friday. She was reportedly murdered in the eastern state of Jharkhand after her parents complained to the local village council that she had been raped. The council told accused rapist Dhanu Bhuiyan to do 100 sit-ups and pay a 50,000 rupee fine–that's $750–as punishment. The men were allegedly so enraged by the penalty that they beat the girl's parents, then set her on fire. The attack is just one of the most recent of a series of brutal incidents of sexual violence against minors. Meanwhile, there were 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, and 40 percent of the cases involved child victims.

Headlines for May 7, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
Report: Trump Aides Hired Israeli Firm for "Dirty Ops" Targeting Supporters of Iran Nuke Deal, Giuliani: Trump to Reject Iran Deal & Supports Regime Change, Israeli Troops Shoot Dead Three Palestinians in Gaza, Trump Terminates TPS for Hondurans, At NRA Convention, Trump Slams Gun Control Laws in France & U.K., Report: Gina Haspel Sought to Withdraw as CIA Pick, Ex-Convict, Coal Baron Don Blankenship Soars Ahead in WV Senate Primary, Entergy Paid Actors to Support New Orleans Power Plant at Public Hearings, Mother & Daughter End 5-Week Tree Sit Protesting Virginia Pipeline, Tens of Thousands of University of California Workers Begin Strike, Pelosi Calls for Ethics Probe of Tony Cárdenas into Sexual Assault Allegations, Writer Junot Díaz Faces Accusation of Sexual Misconduct…

Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump Whom the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.

DR Congo: Fears for Health of Detained Activist
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-07
(Kinshasa) — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release the pro-democracy activist Carbone Beni, who has been arbitrarily detained by the national intelligence agency since December 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Beni was badly beaten during his arrest in Kinshasa, the capital, and his health has deteriorated rapidly in recent days. | Activist Carbone Beni at Ngaliema Clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 1, 2018. | © 2018 Private | Congolese authorities should promptly and unconditionally free all democracy and human rights activists arbitrarily detained across the country, Human Rights Watch said. | "Carbone Beni has been a tireless advocate for democracy and respect for basic rights in Congo," said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "We are deeply concerned about Beni's health and safety…

Sunday Times Insight team: Propagandists for Internet censorship and war
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-07
The Sunday Times feature, published April 29, purports to show that Russian Twitter bots tried to "swing" the 2017 general election for Jeremy Corbyn.

Franklin Graham's Astonishing Ungodly Hypocrisy
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-06
Franklin Graham in 1998 condemned President Bill Clinton's sins. In 2018, he's defending President Donald Trump's. | Franklin Graham, the heir to the Rev. Billy Graham empire and legacy, is nothing like his father. Billy Graham preached to millions, and advised eleven presidents, Democrats and Republicans, including President Barack Obama. Graham, by comparison, preaches on Facebook, and has politicized his ministry to the point where it no longer bears any relationship to the Christian Bible. Graham is one of President Donald Trump's top defenders — especially on matters of sin: President Trump's sins. In January, as the news that President Trump paid porn star Stormy Daniels hush money was shaping, Graham urged the American people to believe Trump's denials that there was no affair — and to do so for the good of the nation. "He said he didn't. . .

Tun Mahathir for Next Prime Minister of Malaysia
Global Research News | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2018-05-06

Elections in Malaysia 2018. Tun Mahathir's Campaign against Najib and His Cronies

Who Is Buying Votes at the Lebanon Election?
Brett Redmayne-Titley | globalresearch.ca | 2018-05-06
Featured image: Campaign Posters Adorn Concrete Wall | Brett Redmayne-Tittley reporting from Beirut | Beirut, Lebanon: Sat, May 5, 2018- On this lovely morning here on the coast of the Mediterranean there is not a cloud in the sky. In less than …

White House's Sanders slammed for using feminist card to pressure Senate on CIA nominee Haspel
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-06
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been slammed for claiming Democrats who support women's empowerment should also support Gina Haspel's nomination to the CIA, despite her record in torture. …

Devin Nunes Calls for John Kerry to Be Arrested By the FBI: 'Send In the G Men'
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-05-05
Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, | The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is calling for former Secretary of State John Kerry to be the very first person every arrested under a constitutionally dubious 1799 law. Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) made his demand to imprison the former Massachusetts Democrat under the Logan Act, which could theoretically result in three year in federal prison. The allegations followed a new Boston Globe report on former Secretary of State Kerry working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Annie Linskey ‚úî@AnnieLinskey SCOOP: John Kerry is very, very quietly playing quasi-diplomat, meeting with foreign leaders of France and Iran to save the Iran nuclear deal via @mviser www. bostonglobe. com/news/nation/2018/05/04/kerry-quietly-seeking-salvage-iran-deal-helped-craft/2fTkGON7xvaNbO0YbHECUL/story. html. . .

Local elections confirm growing class polarisation in UK
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
Polling took place in around 4,300 council seats across England in the first electoral test since last year's general election.

Who is Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas?
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-05
The Democratic politician who claims to represent the people of California's 51st congressional district is really a loyal servant of Wall Street and the Pentagon.

Top Republican Plans to Use Fossil Fuels to Make Puerto Rico "the Energy Hub of the Entire Caribbean"
Kate Aronoff | theintercept.com | 2018-05-05
Puerto Rico could become "the energy hub of the entire Caribbean area" under a vision laid out by Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, who visited the island. | Bishop is not thinking of wind or solar. | In a press conference held in San Juan on Friday, with Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón — a nonvoting representative to the U.S. House — Bishop, R-Utah, said he had been consulting with oil and gas companies in Washington about how to bring more natural gas to the island. | "Puerto Rico could be a headquarters for the entire Caribbean area," Bishop said in response to a question from The Intercept. "That could be a source of energy not just for Puerto Rico, but it could be a source of export for that kind of energy to other places as…

How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role–in Multiple Media
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2018-05-04
New York Times Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh went to Benghazi, Libya, which is in ruins, to find out how it got that way. | "When I went to Benghazi, I was guided by one main question: How did the city come to this?" he declares in his multimedia presentation, which combines text, audio, video and large-format photography. One thing that's not conveyed via any medium, though: Seven years ago, the United States and its allies used military force to overthrow Libya's government. The country has been in almost continual civil war since then, which you would think would be crucial in explaining "how the city came to that." But apparently you don't think like a New York Times bureau chief. | The thing is, when President Barack Obama–egged on by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton–called for an attack on Libya, the…

Bush Ethics: The New Democrats
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Democrat Al Franken agreed to resign from his post as a Minnesota Senator after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. When Franken was ousted I remarked that I would shed no tears for him, and that remains the case. But Franken was perhaps the target of a Republican smear campaign. Donald Trump's former campaign…

Trump is Wrong About Tester and Montana's Veterans
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
Late last week President Trump blasted Montana's senior U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for releasing damaging information on Ronnie Jackson, Trump's personal physician and his nominee to head the massive Veterans Administration. Jon Tester might lose his bid for re-election, just like any other politician, but it will not be because Montana's veterans turn on the…

Roaming Charges: All the President's Lawyers
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
+ Rudy the Truth-Teller: Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels Non-Disclosure Agreement and repaid Michael Cohen on the installment plan; the NDA was meant to suppress the Daniels story prior to the 2016 election; James Comey is a pervert and pathological liar; Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly clear him in Russia probe;…

Florida's Senate Race: Does It Matter?
Renee Parsons | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
In recognition that the two party system is little more than an innocuous venue for the election of empty vessels on both sides of the political spectrum, the 2018 Senate race in Florida is one such prime example. Florida print media, in an effort to build readership, has referred to the race as the…

Venezuelan Consul: Transparency is at the Heart of the Electoral System for the May 20 Elections in Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-04
On May 20th Venezuelans will exert their right to elect their president and other local officials. It will be the 25thtime that election of any type, and the fifth presidential election to take place since 1999 when Hugo Chavez was elected president. Venezuelans take great pride in this fact in a region that has seen far…

The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
As dozens of migrants from Central America remain camped out at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to seek asylum in the United States, we spend the hour with two of the nation's most celebrated writers, both refugees themselves. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. He is the author of three books, including "The Sympathizer," which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. He is also the editor of a new collection titled "The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives." We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Forty-five years ago, he fled Chile after a U.S.-backed coup displaced President Salvador Allende. Dorfman had served as…

Pennsylvania Primary Pits a One-Time Trump Democrat Against Bernie Sanders and EMILY's List
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-05-04
The most well-known candidate in a Democratic primary in a district carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 pursued a job with Donald Trump's administration during its transition into the White House. | John Morganelli, a Lehigh Valley prosecutor, made his bid for the gig in the most pitiful way imaginable — by tweeting at @realDonaldTrump. | The substance of his politics doesn't get any better from a Democratic perspective. He opposes legal abortion and has teamed up with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to target sanctuary cities, part of a broadly hostile immigration record. He is a longtime opponent of gun control. "I believe in my party's principles, you know, 80 percent of the time," he told the Morning Call, a local newspaper. | He even sent a tweet offering to represent Ivanka Trump after her high-profile airline…

Union betrays Arizona teachers strike, backs Republican state budget
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-04
The deal orders teachers back to work while meeting none of the five demands for which 60,000 teachers walked out.

Headlines for May 4, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-04
White House Struggles With Trump's Explanations of Hush Money Payment, Trump's Shifting Accounts on Stormy Daniels Payment Sparks Backlash, President Trump and Vice President Pence to Address NRA Convention, NYT: Army Special Forces Are in Yemen, Contrary to Pentagon Claims, Syrian Rebels Evacuate Homs in Russian-Brokered Deal, Gaza: Palestinians Hit by Israeli Bullets as Mass Protests Continue, North Korea Set to Release Imprisoned U.S. Citizens Ahead of Summit, Former Volkswagen CEO Criminally Charged for Violating Clean Air Act, Arizona Public School Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise, Ending Strike, National Teacher of the Year Silently Protests as Trump Awards Prize, Hawaii: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered as Kilauea Volcano Erupts, India: Death Toll from Extreme Weather Rises to 127, Protesters Target Waffle House over Arrest of African-American Patron, After Long Silence by Trump, White House Reaches Out to "Waffle House Hero", Charlottesville, VA: White Nationalist Guilty of Beating Black Man, ProPublica: Active-Duty Marine Joined Violent Far-Right Protests, Georgia Set to Put Condemned Prisoner Robert Earl Butts Jr. to Death, New York City Mayor Backs Plan for Safe Drug Injection Centers, House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation Amid GOP Furor over Tax Bill Prayer, Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base…

'C'mon man!' Judge accuses Mueller investigation of overreach with Manafort
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-04
A federal judge in Virginia has questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller's case against Trump's election campaign manager Paul Manafort, saying the indictments have nothing to do with the Mueller investigation's official purpose. …

Facebook snags another Democrat lobbyist as govt affairs expert
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-04
Facebook has hired another top Democrat staffer to its lobbying team, in a year that's seen the social media giant spend $3.3 million on lobbying so far. …

Inhuman conditions in Germany's largest refugee detention centre
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-04
Germany's grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country's system of deportation centres.

The 'Values,' 'Vision,' and 'Democracy' of an Inauthentic Opposition
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-03
Average Americans, whose economic survival is threatened, have no political party to represent them, including deceptive Democrats who claim to be their champions and blame others when their deception fails, says Paul Street. By Paul Street Special to Consortium News… Read more ?…

The Ghosts of 'New Democrats' Are Haunting Us
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-03
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