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Will Democrats' Last-Ditch Effort to Save 'Net Neutrality' Succeed?
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2018-05-12
"Net neutrality" laws are set to expire June 11, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday, and now 12 Senate Democrats are staging a last-ditch effort to save them. | The Obama-era rules, enacted in 2015, aimed to create a free and open internet by preventing telecommunications companies from charging more for faster internet service, or otherwise privileging their own material or that of their advertisers online. If the rules are allowed to expire, companies will have "broad new power over how consumers can access the internet," Reuters notes. | In repealing the rules, the government is favoring the interests of giant telecoms over those of American consumers, effectively limiting the information they can consume based on their ability to pay for it. | Multiple state and federal officials have spoken against repeal. Barbara Underwood, the acting attorney general for New York, told Reuters…

Britain Should use Erdogan Visit to Speak out on Human Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-12
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Despite the sharp deterioration in human rights under his leadership, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoƒüan, is being accorded a state visit to Britain next week, including a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and with the Queen. Undoubtedly, May would prefer the discussion focus on investment, trade, and Syria, but the scale of repression underway in Turkey makes it impossible to ignore. She should use the moment to urge an end to the Turkish government's brutal crackdown on opponents and critics. | The visit comes ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 in which Erdogan seeks to renew his mandate with greatly enhanced powers. The elections…

Colorado Democrats slash teacher and public employee pensions
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-12
The cuts have been enabled by the unions, which shut down mass walkouts last month and are isolating the ongoing teacher strike in Pueblo.

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Who will fight Big Oil in Canada's tarsands?
Elizabeth Rowley | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley walk together after a meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 3, 2016. | Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP | That raises the question of the federal NDP's position on the pipeline. Federal leader Jagmeet Singh speaks about 'democracy' being a wonderful thing, with two NDP Premiers each keeping their promises to constituents. Singh has not spoken out against the pipeline, and avoided the recent protests when in Vancouver. What will his position be in the federal election? What will it be in Parliament? | In point of fact, nobody speaks for the public interest in Parliament today, with the possible exception of Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who was arrested at the pipeline protests in Burnaby that Singh didn't attend. The problem with May is that working people can't count on…

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Who will fight Big Oil in Canada’s tarsands?

Health Care Costs Loom Over Midterms as Trump Prepares His Drug Pricing Speech
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-11
Trump's long-awaited and twice-postponed policy speech on lowering drug prices today comes in the wake of polls that show health care costs are one of the top policy issues motivating midterm voters of all stripes this year. Despite his boldly populist rhetoric on the issue, drug prices have increased under Trump and now Democrats are demanding aggressive reforms.(Photo: Maudib / Getty Images) | This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. | President Donald Trump may not be up for re-election quite yet, but for many voters, the midterm elections are shaping up to be a referendum on the first two years of his made-for-TV presidency. | A new poll shows that voters in major political parties are…

Republican Insider Explains How Religion Destroyed the GOP
Mike Lofgren, Viking Press | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
In the book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts. | Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party. Politicized religion provides a substrate of beliefs that rationalizes–at least in the minds of its followers–all three of the GOP's main tenets: wealth worship, war worship, and the permanent culture war. The following exceprt is reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of the Penguin Group (USA) Inc. , from " The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted," by Mike Lofgren. Copyright © 2012 by Mike. . .

Bernie Sanders Has a Sweeping Plan to Expand Union Rights and Workplace Democracy
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-05-11
On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced sweeping legislation that would dramatically expand labor rights and has already been endorsed by many progressive Democrats. Known as the Workplace Democracy Act, the legislation makes it easier for workers to join unions, speed up contract negotiations, roll back "right to work" laws and clamp down on union-busting tactics by employers.Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Washington, DC, to save the Department of Veterans Affairs on February 13, 2018. (Photo: AFGE) | The fight to expand democratic control over the workplace just received a major shot in the arm. | On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced sweeping legislation that would dramatically expand labor rights, making it easier for workers to join unions, speed up contract negotiations, roll back "right to work" laws and clamp down on union-busting tactics by employers. | The legislation,…

House Republicans Want to Straight-Up 'Break' the Actual System of Law Itself
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
They're trying to dismantle the legal system. | House Republicans are attacking the Department of Justice and by extension the special counsel's Russia probe on so many fronts it's impossible to keep track. Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows's new tact is to push for a federal audit of Robert Mueller under the guise of oversight in order to get an unredacted copy of the "scope memo," which lays out the boundaries of his Russia investigation. The Washington Post writes: Meadows, speaking Thursday during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that is to air Sunday, said he believed the audit is required under federal law and could not be completed without an unredacted copy of the memo written in August 2017 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. [. . . ]Meadows and fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has pushed for weeks to. . .

WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
Katherine Krueger | fair.org | 2018-05-11
As the war over Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has waged on this week, we've been gifted an incredible batch of corporate media apologias for the CIA's decades-long legacy of torture, extrajudicial killings and civil liberties violations. Perhaps most remarkably, these outlets have spent hundreds of words arguing that Haspel should be confirmed as the next director of the CIA–despite having overseen a black site prison where detainees were brutally tortured, and directing the destruction of evidence of this illegal and inhumane practice–because it's the feminist thing to do. | This was the perfect line for the Trump administration's Haspel push–a notion informed both by the Republicans' elementary understanding of identity politics and their obsession with calling out perceived liberal hypocrisy: After all, how could any self-respecting Democrat vote against a woman to usher the United States' international spying…

Republicans Are Scrambling to Find Votes for Their Farm Bill–It's Probably Doomed
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The votes just aren't there. | The Republican House leadership is intent on forging ahead with a farm bill that isn't guaranteed at this time to pass the House, and almost certainly cannot pass the Senate. Vulnerable Republicans don't like it because it will open them up to a charge that they're trying to make more people go hungry. Nihilistic Republicans–and the interest groups that amplify them–don't like it because it either helps farmers who aren't their constituents to much, or doesn't help their own farmers enough. But Speaker Paul Ryan and team are plowing ahead with a vote planned for next week: As of Thursday afternoon, Conaway had not secured support from a number of Republican lawmakers after several days of meetings. But he told reporters that he is convinced that they will come around. The date of the floor debate. . .

'F— the NRA': Here's How A Democratic Candidate Forced a TV Station to Air His Daring Gun Control Ad
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
The station said it was required by federal law to run the ad, despite Pat Davis' swearing. | Democratic congressional candidate Pat Davis wants you to know he does not like the National Rifle Association, and he has found the most straightforward way to make that fact clear to voters. In an ad he forced the local New Mexico TV station KRQE to run on Friday, Davis has a strong opener. "F— the NRA," he says straight to camera. "Their pro-gun policies have resulted in dead children, dead mothers, and dead fathers," he goes on. "I'm Pat Davis, and I approve this message. Because if Congress won't change our gun laws, we're changing Congress. "Davis is currently an Albuquerque city councilor. KRQE General Manager Bill Anderson issued a statement explaining that he believes federal law required him to run the 15-second ad. "We received. . .

Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-11
"On May 20, without fail, presidential elections will take place in Venezuela and the people will defend their right to decide with votes, without interventions of any kind. The whole world will witness a new popular expression which will reaffirm the democratic character of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela." | The post Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change appeared first on MintPress News.

Haley, Pence Convey US Message on Venezuela: Only Election Worth Holding is One that Results in Regime Change

Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw "right to work"
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-11
WASHINGTON–Bernie Sanders, Mark Pocan and their congressional allies want to make joining unions and funding them a lot easier. Which is why the Independent senator from Vermont and the Democratic U.S. representative from Wisconsin, a Painter, introduced — or in Sanders' case, reintroduced — the Workplace Democracy Act. The bill, dropped in the hopper on …

Sanders: Make card-check the law, outlaw “right to work”

Major Cities Are Telling GOP They Refuse to Host Next Republican National Convention
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
Las Vegas, San Antonio, Cleveland, Nashville and Philadelphia are among the cities that are already out. | Cities across the country are saying no to the Republican National Committee's requests to host the 2020 GOP convention, during which President Donald Trump, as it stands now, will receive the party's nomination to run for re-election. Not only are many cities saying no, some that had expressed interest are pulling out. "The cities that have rejected hosting duties insist Trump and today's divisive politics are not factors in their decisions. They instead cite high security costs and disruptions in the normal flow of business and traffic," The Hill reports. "But Trump is almost certainly a factor in some cities' decisions to opt out. "Only Charlotte, North Carolina, has been working publicly to be awarded the contract to host the RNC convention. Charlotte has a Democratic. . .

Here's Why Trump Doesn't Fight Back Against Stormy Daniels' Lawyer
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
Trump prides himself on going after his critics — but he leaves Michael Avenatti alone. | Michael Avenatti has become a near-ubiquitous presence on cable news in recent weeks and months, so much so that speculation has inevitably arisen suggesting he may get his own network show. This week he even broke a major story in his own right, revealing that President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen used a shell company since the election to take payments from major companies, including one backed by a Russian oligarch. But while Avenatti attracts substantial attention and has created serious problems for the president, Trump largely ignores the media-savvy attorney. Since Trump prides himself on "counterpunching" and going after his critics, it is suspicious that he remains silent on the man representing Stephanie Clifford, who is better known as Stormy Daniels. Clifford is suing Trump and Cohen. . .

Palestinian Refugees Suffer Setback in Lebanon's Parliamentary Election
Franklin Lamb | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
Shatila Camp, Beirut Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have no right to vote and that has never been a significant issue with them. As refugees they are not citizens of Lebanon and have never sought naturalization. Rather, their focus continues to be on acquiring at least some elementary civil rights pending full return to their own…

The People Made the First New Deal. Can the People Make Another?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
The kind of electoral victories we need will take far more than standard electioneering and Facebook debates. Let's look at what it took to create the New Deal so we can see just how challenging the task ahead is. During the Great Depression massive organizing efforts and protest movements were necessary just to reform the two-party system. New Deal history strongly suggests that the current dementer v. demexit debate is largely a waste of time until we organize movements powerful enough to upset the existing order.

An Urgent Appeal to Try Preventing War
Barry Barnett | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
Of all the "mistakes" that Donald Trump has made since being selected president (not elected — see articles, books and films by Greg Palast, Harvey Wasserman and myself on how the Republican Party, Robert Mercer and others stole the 2016 election for Trump — not any Russians), the withdrawal of the United States from the…

Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-11
In just a few months, we've seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay. Stingy state budgets are mostly to blame for low teacher pay and poor school conditions, but there's a federal tax connection, too. Unfortunately, last year's Republican tax plan could make keeping good teachers in…

Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran
Juan Cole | iranian.com | 2018-05-11
It is understandable that observers are alarmed about an Iran-Israel conflict in the aftermath of the violation by Trump of the 2015 Iranian nuclear enrichment treaty. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu worked hard to undermine the treaty in the US, using cut-outs such as allegedly corrupt casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who bought the Republican Party […] | The post Why There Isn't Likely To Be A Conventional War Between Israel And Iran appeared first on The Iranian.

Conservative Writers Have Found a Weird New Argument to Claim that They're Oppressed
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-11
What on earth is the "Intellectual Dark Web? " | Despite the fact that Republican politicians are in charge of Congress and the White House while a conservative-leaning majority reigns in the Supreme Court, conservatives are nevertheless convinced that "the Left" is using political correctness to quash their ideas. This pattern of thought is nowhere more evident than in the writings of National Review writer David French, who Friday published a story defending a recent article — written by the New York Times' Bari Weiss — about the "Intellectual Dark Web. "The web is a "network" of iconoclastic thinkers who include people like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Ayan Hirsi Ali. Despite these individuals' relative success, the idea of the Intellectual Dark Web is that they are somehow kept down by oppressive political correctness and excluded from legacy media outlets. French argues,. . .

Headlines for May 11, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
U.S. and North Korea Set for June 12 Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore, Yemen: At Least 11 Civilians Killed in U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes, Dick Cheney Urges Restart to Torture Program, Saying, "I'd Do It Again", CIA Director's Confirmation in Doubt as Sen. McCain Cites "Disturbing" Torture Role, Britain Formally Apologizes to Libyan Rendition Victims, AT&T Paid Trump's Lawyer $600K to Advise on Time Warner Merger, Rudy Giuliani Leaves Law Firm Amid Criticism of Hush Money Payments, U.S. Apologizes After Canadian Minister Ordered to Remove Turban, NYT: Kirstjen Nielsen Nearly Resigned over Trump's Reprimand, ICE Agents Raid San Diego Home, Mocking Demands to See Warrant, Hawaii Prepares Mass Evacuation Plans as Volcanic Eruption Grows, Beaumont, Texas: Bomb Explodes on Steps of Church, Sudan: Death Penalty for Teen Bride Who Killed Husband During Rape, Flight Attendants' Survey Finds Sexual Harassment Rampant on Flights, Junot Díaz Resigns as Pulitzer Prize Chair Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims, Spotify to Drop R. Kelly over Sexual Assault Accusations, FEC to Allow Candidates to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care, Mexico: Mothers of the Disappeared March for Drug War Victims…

Philippine Chief Justice Ouster an Assault on Rights, Democracy
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-11
Ousted Philippine Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks to supporters at a rally outside the Supreme Court building on Taft Avenue, metro Manila, Philippines May 11, 2018. | The Philippine Supreme Court's unprecedented and nefarious removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno constitutes a frontal assault on human rights protections and democratic rule. | The court, by an 8 to 6 vote, approved a government-filed petition questioning the validity of Sereno's appointment. But Sereno's ouster was about much more. Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Sereno an " enemy" and called for her impeachment for her criticism of his murderous "war on drugs" and other abusive policies. | Sereno, 57, is just the latest in a growing list of institutions and individuals — including Philippine media outlets and

Laleh Khalili: Palestinian "Gandhis" Are Marching Every Day for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
For the seventh week in a row, Palestinian protesters are gathering in Gaza near the Israeli border as part of an ongoing nonviolent protest called the Great March of Return. Since the protests began, Israeli forces have killed at least 47 Palestinians and wounded nearly 7,000. The protests are leading up to a massive rally next week timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, known as the Day of Catastrophe to Palestinians, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were forced to flee or were expelled from their homes. Still with us is Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London. She's the author of a number of books, including "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."

Democrats' lead melting ahead of midterms as Trump turns hawkish
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-war talking points, but a recent hawkish turn has not hurt him in the polls. Quite the opposite: recent figures show the Democrats' lead melting ahead of the 2018 midterms. …

If Gina Haspel Is Confirmed at CIA, the U.S. Would Be Giving Other Nations Green Light to Torture
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that the U.S. should restart torture interrogation tactics. Cheney's comment comes a day after President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, repeatedly refused Wednesday to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's prospects for confirmation remain in doubt, after Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona issued statements opposing her nomination. We speak to Laleh Khalili, professor at SOAS University of London and author of "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies."

Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.

Trump Withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal. Now Israel May Be Trying to Provoke War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
Tension is mounting between Israel and Iran in Syria. On Thursday, Israel bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. Israeli authorities said the attack was in response to Iranian forces firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line," though Israel has offered no evidence the rocket attacks were carried out by Iran. Earlier today, Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel's claim about an Iranian rocket attack is "freely invented and baseless." Meanwhile, more evidence is emerging that it was Israel–not Iran–that began the escalation this week. The New York Times reports an Israeli missile strike on Wednesday hit a village in the Syrian Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reports Israel carried out…

West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-05-11
In West Virginia, a Republican state senator who opposed labor rights predicted the teacher strike would have little political impact. Then came primary day. | The post West Virginia Republican Said Teachers Won't "Have Any Significant Effect" On Elections. Then They Voted Him Out. appeared first on The Intercept.

Protesters Detained in Kazakhstan
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-11
Masked law enforcement officers detain protester at a May 10 rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan. | © 2018 Mariya Gordeyeva/Reuters | Kazakh police yesterday detained dozens of people in cities across the country who were protesting the use of torture and politically motivated imprisonment. | People appear to have rallied in response to a call by opposition movement Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), which a Kazakhstan court in March declared "extremist" and banned, a move seen by some simply a means to repress the opposition group. | Videos posted on Facebook show groups of people gathered in squares, a pedestrian walkway, and outside city administration buildings holding signs reading "No Torture" or calling for "Freedom for political prisoners." | People gathered in Almaty, the country's largest city, and in Astana, Kazakhstan's capital. Smaller protests…

Worst meddler ever? 'Russian' Facebook ads 'trolling US election' went completely unseen
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-11
As US politicians accuse Russia of planting divisive Facebook ads during the election, they're unwilling to acknowledge that many of those ads weren't seen by a single soul, or were mere reprints of reports in US mainstream media. …

Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.

Podemos calls for alliance with right-wing Citizens Party in Spain
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-11
Errejón insists Podemos drop its "original sin" of rejecting agreements with other parties in favour of an alliance "democratic forces" in the PSOE and Ciudadanos.

Malaysian election: A political shock in South East Asia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-11
The ousting of the 61-year UMNO-led government will have ramifications beyond Malaysia.

'High-Level Government-Installed Crooks': Ralph Nader Condemns Trump's Corrupt Team for 'Violating Their Oaths of Office&#039
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-10
"I've never seen anything like it," he said. | Ralph Nader, the activist and former Green Party presidential candidate, condemned President Donald Trump's team Thursday, saying that many of his appointees are violating their oaths of office and failing to enforce laws in the best interests of the American people. He made the comments on MSNBC's "The Beat" with host Ari Melber. He was particularly critical of Environment Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been under fire for a series of scandals that continue to emerge and that many believe may soon force his ouster. But he was also critical of other administration officials, such as Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney. | "I've never seen anything like it," Nade said. "This is the deepest form of corruption and shutting down of law enforcement agencies. "He added that the. . .

Net Neutrality Gets an Official Death Date–Senate Expected to Save It
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-10
The lawmakers are racing the clock. | It's a big week for net neutrality. The FCC announced Thursday that it's going to end on June 11, to the dismay of the Democratic members of the commission. "The agency failed to listen to the American public and gave short shrift to their deeply held belief that internet openness should remain the law of the land," FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said Thursday. "The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American people. "The Senate, however, is set to vote as soon as next week to restore those net neutrality rules. According to Reuters, all of the chamber's 47 Democrats, the two independents who caucus with the party and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) are expected to support the measure.

Trump Said Drug Companies 'Get Away With Murder'–But He Won't Fulfill His Promise to Control Prices
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-10
He promised to take on the big pharmaceuticals companies, but he's not following through. | One of the ways President Donald Trump stood out from the crowd during the 2016 GOP presidential primary race was by going after big business and selectively adopting Democratic talking points. In particular, he was highly critical of pharmaceutical companies' extortionate prices, and he promised to use Medicare's bargaining power to bring them down. In office, Trump has behaved much more like a standard Republican compared to how he campaigned. On drug prices, he's prepared to roll over for big business once again. As the New York Times reported Thursday night, the Trump administration is preparing to announce new plans to address rising drug costs — but allowing Medicare to negotiate prices will not be a part of the agenda. One official dismissed the idea in a phone. . .

War Clouds Gather Around Iran
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-05-10
With Israel and Iran exchanging direct fire, Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and John Bolton promoting regime change in Tehran, Inder Comar offers four reasons why the US may be close to attacking the Islamic Republic. By… Read more ?…

Headlines for May 10, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
Israel Launches Massive Airstrikes on Syria, Targeting Iranian Forces, CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Won't Say If Torture Is Immoral, North Korea Releases 3 U.S. Citizens as Mike Pompeo Meets Kim Jong-un, U.S. Prepares Iran Sanctions After Trump Withdraws from Nuclear Deal, Hopes Fade for Release of U.S. Citizens Held in Iran, Michael Cohen Promised White House Access to Win $4.4 Million in Payments, Afghanistan: At Least 15 Dead in ISIS, Taliban Attacks, Nicaragua: Thousands Protest Bloody Crackdown on April Demonstrations, Argentines Protest as President Macri Prepares to Take on IMF Loans, Malaysia: Opposition Wins First Election Since Independence in 1957, Sen. Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act Would Strengthen Unions, California Will Require Most New Homes to Install Solar Panels…

'Red Alert': Democrats file bid to restore net neutrality rule
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-10
Senate Democrats have filed a petition to restore the recently repealed 2015 net neutrality rule. The campaign is supported by Reddit, Imgur, Vimeo, Mozilla, Tumblr, Tinder and PornHub, among others. …

Coming of Age in the Syrian War: Memoir by Journalist Marwan Hisham & Illustrator Molly Crabapple
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
Israel has bombed dozens of Iranian targets inside the country in the largest attack by Israel since fighting began in Syria in 2011. The bombing raid came a day after Israel accused Iranian forces in Syria of firing 20 rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights, a part of Syria that Israel has occupied since 1967. We spend the rest of the hour looking at the war in Syria with a Syrian journalist and a New York artist who have worked together for years. Marwan Hisham is a Syrian journalist from Raqqa, now living in exile in Turkey. He became a journalist after first taking part in the initial protests against Bashar al-Assad in 2011. His new book is illustrated and co-authored by the award-winning artist Molly Crabapple. They first started collaborating in 2014, when Hisham was still living in ISIS-occupied Raqqa. He would send her photographs of life under ISIS, and she would draw illustrations of them. Their book is titled "Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War" and is out next week.

Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-10
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, announced she would not restart the CIA's interrogation program. But she repeatedly refused to call the CIA's post-9/11 treatment of prisoners "torture," and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel's comments came in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as she made her case to become the first woman to head the agency. Haspel is a 33-year CIA veteran who was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where one prisoner was waterboarded and tortured in other ways. Haspel also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site. At least two Republican senators have come out against her–Rand Paul and John McCain, who said her "role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying." But Haspel may still be confirmed with the help of Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already announced he will back Haspel. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept and host of the weekly podcast "Intercepted."

Republican reactionaries, CIA Democrats win primary nominations
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-10
Democratic and Republican nominees were chosen Tuesday for three governorships, three Senate seats, and 41 congressional districts.

Trump Pulls United States Out of Iran Nuclear Deal, Dramatically Escalating Threat of War with Iran
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
European nations are scrambling to save the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, one day after President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. The 2015 agreement was worked out by the United States, five other world powers and Iran. Former President Obama described Trump's decision to withdraw as a serious mistake and warned it could lead to another war in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded by saying Iran would continue to abide by the agreement and would not renew its nuclear program for now. For more, we speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. His most recent book is titled "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy." We also speak with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink. Her latest book is titled "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran." She is also the author of "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection."

A desperate and vicious pre-election budget in Australia
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-09
The government is preparing to try and scrape back into office before the economic and political situation worsens.

'Russian hackers' could have affected 2016 election in a few states, but didn't — Senate committee
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-09
The first interim report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election found no evidence of votes being manipulated by Russia's alleged 'malicious' activity. …

Medea Benjamin: The Peace Movement Must Mobilize to Support Diplomacy in Iran & North Korea
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
President Trump announced Tuesday he is pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, brokered by his predecessor, President Obama. That same day, Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea to finalize plans for President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to hold a landmark face-to-face meeting. For more on President Trump, the Iran nuclear deal and efforts to avoid nuclear proliferation and nuclear war, we speak with Media Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, author of "Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran." She has also participated in the peace delegation to North Korea, Women Cross DMZ.

Headlines for May 9, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
President Trump Pulls United States Out of Landmark Iran Nuclear Agreement, NYT: Russian Billionaire Funded Cohen Shell Company Used to Pay Stormy Daniels, CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Faces Senate Confirmation Hearings Today, NY Gov. Appoints Special Prosecutor to Investigate Claims Schneiderman Assaulted 4 Women, North Korea Frees 3 Americans During Mike Pompeo's Visit, Women Candidates Win Big in NC, WV, Ohio and Indiana Primary Races, Armenia: Parliament Elects Opposition Leader as Prime Minister, Israel Orders Deportation of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir, John McCain Says He Doesn't Want Trump to Attend His Funeral, NYC: Journalists Protest Alden Global Capital for Decimating Newsrooms Nationwide, Louisiana Judge Rules Bayou Bridge Pipeline Permit Is Illegal, Police Cars & Helicopter Swarm 3 Black Women Leaving Airbnb, "Black Mama's Bail Out" Action Seeks to Free Black Women from Jail Ahead of Mother's Day…

Primary Day: Blankenship Out in WV; Consumer Watchdog Wins in Ohio; Pence's Brother Wins in Indiana
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-09
Voters in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina headed to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of key primaries. In West Virginia, the state's Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won a closely watched U.S. Senate primary, defeating U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and former coal baron Don Blankenship. Blankenship had served a year in prison after 29 miners died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. He faced intense criticism after releasing an ad attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his "China family." Patrick Morrisey will now face the conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in November. In Ohio, Richard Cordray defeated former Congressmember Dennis Kucinich in the state's Democratic primary for governor. Cordray served as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He will now face Mike DeWine in November to determine who will replace outgoing Ohio Governor…

Democrats in a New York County Refuse to Pledge Loyalty to Candidates Just Because Party Endorses Them
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-09
Progressives on the Chemung County Democratic Committee viewed the proposed loyalty oath as an attempt by establishment Democrats to silence dissent. | The post Democrats in a New York County Refuse to Pledge Loyalty to Candidates Just Because Party Endorses Them appeared first on The Intercept.

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