2018-06-08: News Headlines

Brandy Baker (2018-06-08). Breaking Away From the Democrats. counterpunch.org Saturday, we at the North Star in a panel co-sponsored by Verso Books, wrapped up a session on DSA and the Democrats: For Independent Electoral Politics. We on the North Star editorial board were open in our advocating that DSA fully break from the Democratic Party and for DSA, along with others, such as the militant wings of labour, More

Paul Street (2018-06-08). Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home. counterpunch.org Wall Street's control of Washington and the related imperial agenda of the "Pentagon System" were advanced more effectively by the nation's first Black president than they could have been by stiff and wealthy white Republicans like John McCain or Mitt Romney. The reigning U.S. system of corporate and imperial "inverted totalitarianism" was given a deadly, fake-democratic re-branding. The underlying "rightward drift" sharpened, fed by a widespread and easily Republican-exploited sense of popular abandonment and betrayal, as the Democrats depressed and demobilized their own purported popular base. More

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-08). Election Omens: Blue Wave or 2018 Flushes? counterpunch.org Coming out of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats had reason for optimism about their House and Senate prospects in 2018. In the last 21 midterm elections (starting with FDR's first term), the president's party has gained seats in both houses of Congress only twice (1934 and 2002) while gaining seats in one house but not More

Majid Karimi (2018-06-08). The Triangle of Conspiracy Against Iranian Nuclear Deal. counterpunch.org Donald Trump president of America finally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran on May 8, 2018. He said, "The deal was an embarrassment to him as a citizen." It was not unprecedented, because when he came to power in 2017, promised to exit from the agreement. Apart from the reaction of Islamic republic of More

RT (2018-06-08). To spy or not to spy? Tucker Carlson grapples with Democrat Rep. over 'spygate' informant. rt.com Was the alleged informant in the Trump campaign a spy? And is it okay to hire somebody to spy on a rival party? According to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), it is, because, of course, Russia. |
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defense of Julian Assange. wsws.org Assange's "defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of the most fundamental democratic rights," said Hedges.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class. wsws.org State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). New York City transit workers demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-06-07). Internet Rains Alanis Morissette Jokes on Trump After He Prefaces Mueller-Bashing Tweet with 'Isn't It Ironic?&#039. alternet.org "It like rain on your inauguration day. " | President Donald Trump was deluged in mockery after tweeting how "ironic" it was that he was under investigation for Russia collusion while also undertaking presidential tasks. The president started Thursday morning griping again that the special counsel investigation was a "witch hunt" that was distracting from his duties, which he for some reason found "ironic. "Isn't it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem. . . But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018Other Twitter users were reminded of Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit, "Ironic": Isn't it Ironic? Did Alanis Morissette hack his account? — Surly Stoic. . .

Dominique Paul Noth (2018-06-07). SCOTUS attack on workers requires voter resolve in 2018. peoplesworld.org In May, Trump's dark-side gift to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, penned a major decision that should galvanize the American public to change Congress in 2018 in favor of the Democrats. That sounds backwards. Usually it is the conservatives who tout the current president's ability to change the court. This power to nominate has become […]…

Cherise (2018-06-07). Republicans Are Finally Ready to Limit Trump's Power — but Only on Trade and Tariffs. truthout.org Republicans in the Senate are finally taking a stand against President Donald Trump, introducing legislation to curtail his executive power. | The free trade champions in the Republican Party, upset by newly imposed tariffs on US allies, are leading one of the first serious drives to push back against a president who has used his authority to advance a protectionist agenda. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., revealed a bill on Wednesday that would require congressional approval for any tariffs that are levied in the name of national security, a direct reference to the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by Trump on Canada, the European Union and Mexico. Tariffs and revenues, Corker argues, are the responsibilities of the Congress and not the executive branch. | Co-sponsored by four other Senate Republicans, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee…

Cherise (2018-06-07). A Democracy in Exile Fights Against Fascism. truthout.org

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Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-07). The Trump Administration Just Ramped Up Its Attack on the Media By Seizing a NYT Reporter's Phone and Email Records. alternet.org Trump has spent much of his time in office demeaning the press — now his administration has seized a reporter's private information. | New York Times reporter Ali Watkins had her phone and email records seized as part of a Justice Department investigation into leaks, the paper revealed Thursday night. This aggressive move builds on President Donald Trump's hostile stance toward the press, though President Barack Obama's administration was also extensively criticized for its dogged pursuit of leak investigations and its heavy-handed tactics to get information from journalists. "Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and communications between journalists and their sources demand protection," said Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said of the incident. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both repeatedly emphasized the need to crack down on leaks of classified information. The seizure of Watkins' records appears to be connected to. . .

Richard Becker (2018-06-07). Apartheid in Action: Israeli Parliament Blocks Vote on "Equal Rights for All" globalresearch.ca Featured image: Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Benjamin Netanyahu (Source: Liberation News) | Israeli leaders and their supporters in the U.S. never tire of proclaiming Israel to be the "only democracy in the Middle East," while vehemently denying that it is an apartheid …

Jared (2018-06-07). Return of the Unbelievable Trump. truthout.org A freak election transforms a conspiracy monger into… the Unbelievable Trump.

Ilana Novick (2018-06-07). Voters Favor Candidates Who Promise to Be a Check on Trump. truthdig.com Bill Clinton famously campaigned under the mantra " It's the economy, stupid," assuming voters would choose the candidate they saw as most likely to create jobs and economic growth. Under this assumption, Trump-allied candidates in the 2018 midterm elections should be shoo-ins. | According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, however, while six in 10 Americans are currently satisfied with the economy, and a plurality credit Donald Trump for it, most voters surveyed prefer candidates who promise to be a check on the president. The favorable state of the economy simply is not enough to generate heavy support for Trump allies in the midterms. | In fact, according to NBC News, voters who say they're more likely to vote for a candidate who disagrees with the president on most issues come out on top by "a whopping 25-point margin."

Pres. Vladimir Putin (2018-06-07). Video: Vladimir Putin and Accusations of Russia's "Election Meddling" globalresearch.ca Ahead of his visit to Vienna, President Putin spoke to an Austrian TV channel. | Despite the tone of the interview, Putin did manage to touch on important topics like the North Korea crisis. | And he gave a detailed reply to …

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-07). Still Waiting for Evidence of a Russian Hack. consortiumnews.com More than two years after the allegation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was first made, conclusive proof is still lacking and may never be produced, says Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Special to Consortium News If… Read more →

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-07). Ex-Congressman with Russia Ties May Be the 'Missing Piece' in the Mueller Investigation: Report. alternet.org Senate investigators think its important that they interview Curt Weldon. Here's why. | Former Congressman Curt Weldon may be key to unraveling the extensive connections between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia, according to a new report from the Atlantic. Weldon served as a Republican representative in Pennsylvania until 2006, when his campaign was mired in controversy when his daughter's house was subjected to an FBI raid in the weeks before election day. Though no charges were ever brought in the investigation — Weldon alleges the government betrayed him — but reports suggested that agents were scrutinizing his ties to Russia-linked business. He was also a vocal Trump supporter in 2016. Now, as the Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand reports, Senate investigators are seeking to interview Weldon as a part of their probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-07). White House Sent Out a Mass Email to RNC Staffers to Fill South Lawn With Fake Eagles Fans. alternet.org Turns out the crowd was actually filled with the president's allies. | If the alleged Eagles fans at President Donald Trump's ridiculous charade of patriotism at the White House on Tuesday looked fake, it's because they were. "We're all staffers," one of the formally-dressed attendees at the event told a reporter. The individual was Jenna Webster, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and intern at the Republican National Committee. She received a mass email from the White House inviting her to the event. The absurd event found the president mumbling through "God Bless America" seemingly unaware of the words. But he remembered to plug his administration's alleged achievements. "We're the largest economy in the world and getting a lot larger, and fast," he told the crowd filled with phony sports fans. "It's happened very quickly — actually, quicker than I even thought. "

DVBS (2018-06-07). The Slavo-Macedonians as a Tool for the Creation of Tito's Greater Yugoslavia. globalresearch.ca These coming days, the final result of the inter-state negotiations between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece about the official and internationally used state's name of the former is to be announced. According to many unofficial sources, …

Bruce Bostick (2018-06-07). SOAR honors immigrant strikers murdered at "Little Steel" strike. peoplesworld.org MASSILLON, Ohio — Over eight decades ago 70,000 steelworkers, including many new to our country, walked out of Republic mills, in the tough, violent strike that became known as the "Little Steel Strike." That fight was over the basic right of workers to form and be represented by a union of their choosing. Steelworkers won […]…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). Turkey: Elections Under State of Emergency. hrw.org President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's campaign posters read "Great Turkey wants a strong leader", flying above election banners for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) he chairs, Galata Bridge, Istanbul, June 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Istanbul)— Turkey's snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, 2018, will take place under a state of emergency and will bring in a new presidential system whatever the outcome, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing a question-and-answer document. | The document looks at the context in which the elections are taking place, the impact of the changes to the electoral law, and the implications of the new constitutional arrangements. | "It's important to understand the context in which Turkey's elections are being held and the consequences for the constitution of the new…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-07). Trump Frees Alice Johnson; What About Thousands Still Serving Life for Nonviolent Drug Offenses? democracynow.org President Trump has commuted the life sentence of a woman who was imprisoned for a first-time nonviolent drug offense, after her cause was taken up by reality television star Kim Kardashian West. Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother from Memphis, was released Wednesday from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama, where she had been serving her sentence for nearly 22 years. While Alice Marie Johnson has been released, thousands of other prisoners are still serving life without parole for nonviolent drug offenses. We speak with Jennifer Turner, who was part of the legal team representing Johnson in her application for clemency. She is a human rights researcher with the American Civil Liberties Union and author of the ACLU report titled "A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses."

Democracy Now! (2018-06-07). Students Push to Oust Nicaraguan President Ortega as Death Toll Rises Amid Bloody Police Crackdown. democracynow.org At least five people were killed over the weekend in Nicaragua amid escalating anti-government protests that have engulfed the country since mid-April. More than 110 people have been killed since widespread demonstrations to oust Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April, when his government announced plans to overhaul and slash social security. The protests, and the government's bloody repression, mark the biggest crisis since Ortega was elected 11 years ago. In Abuja, Nigeria, we speak with Alejandro Bendaña, former Nicaraguan ambassador to the United Nations and secretary general of the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry during Sandinista rule in Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990. In Managua, Nicaragua, we speak with Mónica López Baltodano, a human rights activist who is on the front lines of protests. We also speak with Stephen Hellinger, president of The Development Group for Alternative Policies.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-07). The Country Is Crying: Nicaraguan Mother Demands Justice After Police Kill Her Son at Protest. democracynow.org More than 110 people have been killed, and thousands have been injured, in widespread anti-government demonstrations in Nicaragua. Activists are demanding that President Daniel Ortega be removed from office immediately amid the bloody police crackdown. We speak with Alba García, who is demanding justice after her 22 year-old son Moroni López was shot and killed by police at a demonstration in Managua in April.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). North Korea: End Repressive Rule, Rights Abuses. hrw.org North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 20, 2018. | © 2018 KCNA/via Reuters | (New York) — The North Korean government should immediately undertake meaningful reforms that will end the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Human Rights Watch and more than 300 nongovernmental organizations said today in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | "North Korea's increased dialogue with other countries is a positive step, but before the world gets too excited they should remember that Kim Jong Un still presides over perhaps the most repressive system in the world,"

Democracy Now! (2018-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2018. democracynow.org Afghan Government Announces Temporary Ceasefire with Taliban, Trump, Kim Jong-un May Hold Second Day of Talks in Singapore Summit, Trump Invokes War of 1812 in Call to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Dennis Rodman May Join Trump-Kim Summit on North Korea, AG Sessions Defends Policy of Tearing Infants from Mothers' Arms, Mexico: Parents Separated from Children in U.S. Gather for Forum, Mick Mulvaney Fires Advisory Board of Consumer Financial Watchdog, Judge Orders EPA Chief to Provide Evidence Backing His Climate Claims, Two Top Aides to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resign, Melania Trump Makes First Public Appearance in Nearly a Month, Trump Silent on PR Hurricane Deaths, Falsely Claims Coast Guard Saved 16,000, Ukraine PM Claims No Radiation Threat Following Fires Near Chernobyl, Guatemala Death Toll from Volcano at 99 as Hope Fades for the Missing, Spain: Women to Hold 11 of 17 Cabinet Posts…

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Socialist Equality Party wins significant vote in California primary elections. wsws.org David Moore, the SEP candidate for Senate, won 14,465 votes, or 0.4 percent, and Kevin Mitchell, the SEP candidate for House in the 51st district, received 900 votes, or 1.9 percent.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). Q & A: Turkey's Elections. hrw.org President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's campaign posters read "Great Turkey wants a strong leader", flying above election banners for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) he chairs, Galata Bridge, Istanbul, June 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch | Turkey will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, 2018, with a second-round run-off election for the presidency on July 8 if no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round. | Whatever the outcome, an executive presidential system of governance will fully enter into force following the elections. This new system was narrowly approved by voters in an April 2017 referendum. It will greatly increase the president's powers and reduce the role of Turkey's parliament. | This question-and-answer document provides background on the context in which the elections…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-07). Mexican Court Orders Truth Commission to Oversee New Investigation of 43 Disappeared Students. democracynow.org A Mexican federal court has effectively thrown out the government's investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students from the Ayotzinapa teachers' school in 2014 and ordered a new investigation. A three-judge panel issued the ruling Monday after several people suspected in the disappearances asked the judges to review their cases. They said their confessions were extracted by torture. The judicial tribunal responded by issuing a unanimous and wide-ranging indictment of the entire case, saying it "wasn't quick, effective, independent or impartial." The judges also accused Mexico's Attorney General's Office of failing to follow up on key evidence, writing, "There is no sign that they even explored the lines of investigation that signaled participation of personnel from the Mexican army or the Federal Police." Amnesty International welcomed the ruling as an important advance in the search for truth and justice. For more, we speak with Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative reporter. In her latest book, "The True Night of Iguala," she describes how Mexican soldiers were involved in the disappearance and apparent massacre of the 43 students.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Horwath seeks to disingenuously disassociate Canada's NDP from its right-wing record. wsws.org With her absurd claim that the anti-worker policies pursued by the only ever Ontario NDP government were an aberration, Horwath is seeking to conceal the fact that social democratic governments the world over have played a key role in enforcing capitalist austerity.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Sri Lanka: Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage and author Aruna Premarathne endorse Julian Assange campaign. wsws.org "Only those who are anti-democratic or against humanity could say what Julian did is a crime."

wsws.org (2018-06-07). US primary elections in eight states confirm rightward shift by Democratic Party. wsws.org At least five candidates with a background in the national-security apparatus won Democratic congressional nominations Tuesday, continuing a year-long trend.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). Zimbabwe: Lack of Reform Risks Credible Elections. hrw.org Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa announces the date for the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (Harare) — The Zimbabwe government's failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa's repeated promises that elections will be free and fair, the ability of voters to freely choose their leaders is in serious doubt. | Human Rights Watch research in May, including interviews across the country, found that security force involvement in the electoral process, abusive laws that remain in effect, and violence and intimidation by the ruling party all contribute to an environment that is not conducive to free and fair elections. | "President Mnangagwa needs to go beyond mere rhetoric and take genuine…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). 'A Shame and a Disgrace': Former Prosecutor Slams Giuliani's Outrageous Claim that Mueller's Team Will 'Frame' Trump. alternet.org "He knows better, and it's an outright lie. " | President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to "frame" the president — but a former colleague of Giuliani demolished the baseless assertion Wednesday night on MSNBC. Giuliani implied that the fact that some of the people Mueller has hired are Democrats suggests that they are out to get to the president, even though Mueller himself is a Republican. "The outrage is that he and I served in the Southern District of New York," said John Flannery on "The Beat" with host Ari Melber. "We were Republicans and Democrats appointed by a Republican U. S. Attorney during the Nixon administration. And we prosecuted Democrats and Republicans. The separation of your choice of how you vote is very separate from the professional responsibility to choose to go after one. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-06). Here's What America's Election Experts Think It's Going to Take to Fix Our Democracy. alternet.org There's no silver bullet. It's going to take dedication and focus on a number of key issues. | As the vote counts are finalized and the dust settles on California's June 5 primary, one thing that's clear is the pre-election predictions and fears about its "top-two" system, where the two top vote getters, regardless of party, face off in the fall, were wrong. The system, which was instituted in 2010 and backed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, was promoted as elevating more moderate candidates. The 2018 primary showed that wasn't the case. Democrats, echoing other 2018 primaries, saw swarms of grassroots-backed progressives and fewer party-backed centrists face off. Republicans saw a mix of incumbents and challengers standing with President Trump or ignoring Trump while playing up local ties. In both cases, the political middle was barren. And the two major parties,

Adam Johnson (2018-06-06). With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate's Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic. fair.org The New York Times (5/29/18) crafts its headline around a baseless charge from political enemies. | Eight overt white nationalists are running for office in 2018—a new record, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Overt fascists, inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, have found a place both within and just outside the margins of the official Republican Party. Over 20,000 people voted in a GOP primary this past March for former American Nazi Party member Art Jones, making him the Republican candidate for the US House in Illinois' 3rd District. Patrick Little, who told NBC ( 5/3/18) that the "monstrous nature of the Jewish people must be known to the public," ran as a Republican for Sen. Dianne Feinstein's seat in California, and got more than 50,000 votes. | With the increase on the US right in…

Joe Emersberger (2018-06-06). The Empire's Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas. fair.org Christian Science Monitor ( 4/11/18) | In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western Hemisphere. Analysts were quoted (Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/18) worrying that Trump's belligerent and racist outbursts would weaken Washington's power in the region. | Closer ties to the United States, concerned "experts" suggest, would be the logical and inevitable choice of democracies in the region, if only US policy makers used enough finesse. Alfonso Serrano's New York Times op-ed ( 4/16/18) suggested the US should counter Chinese influence with "friendly gestures" such as "re-enter[ing] the Trans-Pacific Partnership"—a trade agreement designed to give foreign corporations veto power over regulatory policies voters might want their governments to enact. | A few months earlier, a New York Times editorial ( 2/5/18) headlined "China, Elbows…

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-06-06). Venezuela Condemns New OAS Resolution Opening Way for Expulsion. venezuelanalysis.com Approved by 19 votes, the measure, nonetheless, falls short of the two-thirds majority needed to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-06). Election results: Mixed results for progressives, confusion in California. peoplesworld.org

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-06). Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys roll into Portland ready for a fight. splcenter.org On Sunday evening, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joey Gibson — who has long insisted that his Patriot Prayer organization's rallies are simply a celebration of "freedom and God" — dropped the pretense: they were ready to fight.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-06). Puerto Rico Is a "Playground for the Privileged": Investors Move In as Homes Foreclose & Schools Close. democracynow.org While healthcare, the public school system and infrastructure in Puerto Rico are flailing nine months after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, wealthy investors have descended on the island to turn a profit. We speak with Naomi Klein, author, journalist and a senior correspondent for The Intercept. Her new book is titled "The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists." We also speak with Katia Avilés-Vázquez, a Puerto Rican environmental activist and member of Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica, and Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance.

RT (2018-06-06). Ex-FBI #2 McCabe asks for immunity before talking to Senate about Clinton emails. rt.com The former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, is reportedly seeking immunity from prosecution before testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-06). "The Battle for Paradise": New Intercept Doc Goes Inside Struggle over Puerto Rico's Future. democracynow.org Nearly nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island's residents and Wall Street investors are engaged in a pitched battle over who will control the future of the island. A new short documentary produced by Naomi Klein and The Intercept takes us inside this ongoing struggle for power. We play an excerpt of the documentary, "The Battle for Paradise."

RT (2018-06-06). Bill Clinton reveals why Hillary lost (hint: Jill Stein & Russia). rt.com Former President Bill Clinton shed some light on why he thinks his wife might have lost her 2016 presidential bid. He dramatically exposed Russia's "preferred alternative" – the Green Party candidate. |
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David Dayen (2018-06-06). Progressive Candidates Had a Very Good Night Tuesday. theintercept.com TUSTIN, Calif. — As the returns began to come in Tuesday night in California, Katie Porter ventured into the war room at her campaign headquarters, where the walls were covered with mailers and precinct maps. On one side was a giant number: 22,000. | "We felt that if we could get 22,000 votes, we would be safe," said Porter, a University of California, Irvine, law professor and consumer protection attorney. | It's good sometimes to shoot high. With all precincts reporting, Porter, a Sen. Elizabeth Warren protégé invested with the hopes of the progressive movement, ended with 19,453 votes. It was enough, putting her roughly 2,600 ahead of her main Democratic challenger David Min. With late vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, she's likely to approach the target and move on to the general election in California's 45th Congressional District, facing Republican incumbent Rep. Mimi…

Walker Bragman (2018-06-06). Colorado's Democratic Party Kingmaker Is a Fracking Lawyer. What Could Go Wrong? theintercept.com Ken Salazar is one of the most understated and unassuming political figures west of the Mississippi. He's also one of the most powerful. | When he was chosen to head Hillary Clinton's ill-fated transition team in August 2016, the Colorado Independent observed that Salazar was "about as entrenched in the Colorado Democratic establishment as one can be — a former attorney general and U.S. Senator … whom President Barack Obama appointed as secretary of the Department of Interior." When he was considering a gubernatorial run in March 2017, the Denver Post described him as having "a fortune's worth of contacts in Democratic politics." | With attention now focused on the party establishment's role in tilting the outcome of competitive primaries this cycle, debate has centered on what the party's ultimate motivation may be. Is it looking out for the interests…

wsws.org (2018-06-06). Trump expands claims of autocratic power. wsws.org Trump's assertion of supreme power comes in the context of a massive and unprecedented assault on democratic rights by the entire political establishment.

Intercepted (2018-06-06). The Persecution of Reality Winner. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. | One year ago this month, the FBI arrested a decorated Air Force veteran and NSA contractor and charged her under the Espionage Act. This week: an Intercepted special on the case of alleged whistleblower Reality Winner. While Paul Manafort enjoyed the comforts of his Hamptons mansion on house arrest, Winner was denied bond, kept in a jail, and has been subjected to a public smear campaign by Jeff Sessions's Justice Department. She was the first whistleblower charged under President Trump and her treatment is unprecedented. Former drone technician-turned-whistleblower Lisa Ling talks about the campaign to free Winner. Trevor Timm of Freedom of the Press Foundation breaks down how the government is stripping…

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