2018-06-14: News Headlines

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-06-14). Inspector General Report Finds Comey Violated Procedure and 'Negatively Impacted Perception' of FBI in Clinton Email Investigation. alternet.org Even though Comey's actions clearly benefitted Trump, the president is expected to use these findings to further attack Comey. | Former FBI Director Jim Comey violated Bureau procedures and "negatively impacted the perception of the FBI" in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, the Bureau's Inspector General's report states. "While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey's part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice," Inspector General Michael Horowitz said, as Bloomberg News reports. Even though Comey's actions clearly benefitted then-candidate Trump, the president is expected to use these findings to further attack Comey. This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-14). James Comey Used His Personal Email and Laptop While Conducting FBI Business: DOJ Inspector General's Report. alternet.org And internal watchdog dinged James Comey for operating in a manner "inconsistent with the FBI Policy Statement. " | Former FBI director James Comey used his personal email to conduct official FBI business, even as he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email during her time as Secretary of State. The news comes as part of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report released Thursday that was highly critical of Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation and found his own use of a personal account was "inconsistent" with FBI policy, HuffPost reports. Per the inspector general's report, Comey said he used his personal email when he was crafting speeches or organization-wide emails with unclassified information. Comey told investigators he used two phones and his own laptop for unclassified work. According to HuffPost, "asked if his use of a personal. . .

Staff (2018-06-14). Report Faults Comey in Clinton Probe, Sees No Political Bias. truthdig.com The Justice Department's watchdog says former FBI Director James Comey broke with established protocol in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Candice Bernd, Truthout (2018-06-14). The False Choice Between Jailing Children and Separating Families. alternet.org The Trump administration is asking Congress to roll back protections for migrant children in immigration laws to allow DHS officials to more easily jail and deport them. | The Trump administration is giving Congress an ultimatum: overturn legal limits on the incarceration of children and expand family detention, or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to separate families who illegally cross the border. The administration is asking Congress to roll back protections for migrant children in immigration laws to allow DHS officials to more easily jail and deport them. The changes would also make it more difficult for children to pursue asylum. Moreover, White House officials are blaming Democrats for an increase in migrants at the border, saying their refusal to spend more on border security has given immigrants fleeing Central America incentives to enter the US without permission. "The. . .

The Conversation (2018-06-14). John McCain Helped Build an America That No Longer Reflects His Values. alternet.org The senator exists his career with hostility from a right-wing now unreceptive to the positions he has long embodied. | Arizona Sen. John McCain — scion of Navy brass, flyboy turned Vietnam war hero and tireless defender of American global leadership — now faces terminal brain cancer. I am a scholar of American politics. And I believe that, regardless of his storied biography and personal charm, three powerful trends in American politics thwarted McCain's lifelong ambition to be president. They were the rise of the Christian right, partisan polarization and declining public support for foreign wars. Republican McCain was a champion of bipartisan legislating, an approach that served him and the Senate well. But as political divides have grown, bipartisanship has fallen out of favor. Most recently, McCain opposed Gina Haspel as CIA director for "her refusal to acknowledge. . .

Joe Lauria (2018-06-14). Democrats Are Putting Partisanship and Power Before Peace. mintpressnews.com In 1972 Democrats were able to praise Nixon for going to China, but the reaction to Trump's summit in Singapore shows how far, or not, we've come since then, says Joe Lauria.

Brian Sonenstein (2018-06-14). The U.S. Has Been in the Business of Breaking Up Families For Years. mintpressnews.com CNN's Jake Tapper asked Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein about a bill she introduced, which would prohibit the federal government from separating immigrant children from their families during arrests at ports of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States. | As he asked his question, Tapper brought up a photo taken in 2014 of children sleeping on the floor of a cage at an immigrant detention center. | "There were a lot of things done to undocumented immigrants that the immigrant community was very upset about during the Obama years, that Democrats didn't seem that outspoken about," Tapper said. "What do you say to people who say, where was all this activism during the Obama years?" | "I don't believe that it was nearly to the extent that it is done today," Feinstein said. "And candidly, I didn't…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-14). "A New Social Contract" Re-envisions an Inclusive Democracy. truthout.org

| Today we bring you a conversation with Cathy Albisa, executive director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). Albisa discusses NESRI's new report, which puts forward alternatives to our current dystopian political landscape, and emphasizes the need for solutions to be inclusive and intersectional. | Sarah Jaffe: We…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-14). Residents on Both Sides of the Border Try to Help Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by US Government. truthout.org Under President Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for people seeking asylum to follow the law and go to official ports of entry to request help. But asylum seekers at international bridges across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have been blocked by Border Patrol agents who say they are unable to process them. In some cases, asylum seekers—including women and young children—have been told to wait for days and even weeks on international bridges over the border, often in extreme heat. Residents on both sides of the border have responded by bringing food, water and clothing to people as they wait to be processed. Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz followed some of them as they delivered aid, and interviewed Jennifer Harbury, a human rights lawyer who has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for over…

Emile Schepers (2018-06-14). Virginia primary sets stage for confrontations in November. peoplesworld.org Virginia held its primary elections on Tuesday April 12. At stake were the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine, some but not all of the state's eleven House districts, and some local races. In recent years, Virginia has trended Democratic. Especially in last year's elections to the House of Delegates (the lower […]…

Staff (2018-06-14). Trump's North Korea Summit Reveals Democratic Party Fault Lines. truthdig.com After his historic Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the president weathers a barrage of criticism that he gave away too much to his adversary and gained nothing.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-14). New York Attorney General Files Suit Against Trump Family and Foundation Accusing Them of Engaging in 'Illegal Conduct'. alternet.org The New York State AG "found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2. 8 million in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election. " | The New York attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, his children and the Donald J. Trump foundation, alleging his charity engaged in "illegal conduct," Reuters reports. According to a statement released Thursday by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office, the Trump foundation and its directors, Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump for "extensive and persistent violations of state and federal law. ""Our investigation found that the Trump Foundation raised in excess of $2. 8 million in a manner designed to influence the 2016 presidential election at the direct and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump presidential campaign," the attorney general said. View the full document here.

Merula Furtado (2018-06-14). Ohio's Junk Mail Trick Led the Supreme Court to Approve Jim Crow Voter Purge. truthout.org Monday's Supreme Court decision blessing Ohio's removal of half a million voters was ultimately decided on the issue of a postcard. | Now that little postcard threatens the voting rights of millions—but it can be reversed. | The instant-news media, working from press releases, not the Supreme Court's decision itself, said that Husted, Ohio Secretary of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute was about whether Ohio has the right to remove voters who failed to cast ballots in two federal election cycles. | Nope. | Even the Court's right-wing majority concedes that federal law strictly forbids removing voters because they skipped some elections. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 states that a voter purge program "shall not result in the removal of the name of any person … by reason of the person's failure to vote." | But here's the trick:…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-14). Trumka predicts election wins, replacing broken Trump promises. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—Predicting political gains for workers this November, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Auto Workers convention that they'll lead to subsequent gains for workers — gains that replace broken promises from President Trump. "Let's fight for those who fight for us, since the corporate right-wing is going all out for our blood," Trumka declared. Trumka's […]…

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-06-14). Texas Children's Detention Center Tour Reveals Trump Mural Reminiscent of Images in a 'Banana Republic'. alternet.org "I have been inside a federal prison and county jails. This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated. " | Children who are taken to the former Walmart which now serves as a detention center for young immigrants in Brownsville, Texas, are greeted by a mural of the man responsible for their incarceration—President Donald Trump. MSNBC journalist Jacob Soboroff was given a tour of the facility, now known as Casa Padre. He shared images of the mural, which includes the quotation, "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. " Starting to get some handout photos from our tour with @HHSGov. | Here's the Trump mural I mentioned to @chrislhayes inside the shelter for incarcerated child migrants. | Also their beds and the towels they shower with. pic. twitter. com/EPEQ1VGAAF— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff). . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-14). Watch: BBC Shares Video Aired by North Korea of Trump Appearing to Salute Kim's General. alternet.org The footage comes from North Korea's state-run propaganda outlet. | North Korea's state news service this week has aired footage that purports to show President Donald Trump saluting one of leader Kim Jong-un's generals. The footage, which has not yet been verified as authentic, shows Trump in Singapore shaking hands with assorted North Korean officials. When he approaches a uniformed general, the president initially holds out his hand for a handshake. The general responds by giving the president a salute — and the president, in turn salutes back. The general then extends his hand for a formal handshake. Watch the video, which was captured by the BBC's global media monitoring service, below. North Korean TV has aired its first footage of the #TrumpKimSummit. Look out for the handshake/salute confusion 55 seconds in. pic. twitter. com/JS5yEUprgz— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018 | Related Stories: Here Are the 7 Most Ridiculous Moments from Trump's Latest Fox News InterviewRepublican Party Chair Appears to Threaten Americans Who Don't Support Trump in Authoritarian TweetThe Fox News Propaganda Machine Has Systematically Dodged Reports About Paul Manafort's Legal Problems

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-14). These Two GOP Senate Nominees Sought Support from Extremist Anti-LGBT Group Whose Leader Called Obama a 'Child Molester'. alternet.org A spokesperson for one candidate is doing damage control, while the other candidate's campaign is radio silent. | North Dakota's Kevin Cramer and Virginia's Corey Stewart both won their Republican primaries after receiving the support of the Public Advocate of the United States, an extremist anti-LGBT group. Both candidates answered in the affirmative to whether they "oppose all efforts to make public restrooms and changing-rooms unsafe through so-called 'Transgender Bathrooms' legislation and regulations – which have the effect of encouraging and protecting pedophiles" and think schools should be "prevented from brainwashing elementary school children with the Homosexual Agenda. " CNN reports: The group's founder and chief executive, Eugene Delgaudio, said in February he believes that former President Barack Obama was a "child molester" and that "adult homosexuals want to recruit and brainwash children. " He is an active promoter of the far-right pizzagate. . .

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-06-14). Republican Party Chair Appears to Threaten Americans Who Don't Support Trump in Authoritarian Tweet. alternet.org The tweet was a creepy example of the party's shift away from basic norms. | A little threat from Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel to the American people: Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake. — Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 14, 2018 | This does not read as "they'll look back and think 'darn, I sure was young and stupid and I wish I'd seen the light earlier. " No, this is more like "you'll be sorry because we'll make you sorry. " Right in line with Donald Trump's embrace of every authoritarian he comes across. One thing McDaniel has right: complacency is our enemy. Like if we think the Trump administration will just stop ripping children from their parents' arms without massive, unrelenting pressure, rather than. . .

wsws.org (2018-06-14). Democrats choose former CIA agent for congressional nomination. wsws.org Abigail Spanberger is one of three candidates from the national security apparatus who won Democratic congressional nominations Tuesday, bringing the total to 27.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back. democracynow.org We look at growing outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, many fleeing dangerous conditions and seeking asylum. At least 600 immigrant children were removed from their parents last month, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new rule. On Wednesday, 10 members of Congress protested by blocking the entrance to the headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency tasked with carrying out the forced removal of children from their parents. More protests in at least 60 cities are planned today by the group Families Belong Together, which formed in response to the new policy. We go to the epicenter of this "zero tolerance" crackdown, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where more than half of all migrant families and children have been apprehended by Border Patrol agents since mid-May, for a special report by Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz, who spoke with residents taking action in response to the widely condemned practice of separating families.

Shaun King (2018-06-14). How Bernie Sanders Evolved on Criminal Justice Reform. theintercept.com Many years ago, an editor gave me some sage but surprising advice. He told me not to meet face-to-face with politicians. He said although I was a fierce critic, the moment I met most of them, everything would change. Up close, politicians can be captivating and charismatic, and after having a personal encounter with them, it would be harder to criticize them. | For pretty much my entire career as a journalist, I've stayed true to this counsel, going to outrageous lengths to avoid meeting politicians face-to-face. I've never met New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. I've never met New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And I felt fully at peace when I criticized them both for failing to deliver essential criminal justice reforms they promised. | Despite my personal endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary and…

wsws.org (2018-06-14). Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey! wsws.org On June 24, more than 59 million voters will go to the polls in snap parliamentary and presidential elections called by the Turkish government.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). As Detention Centers Hit Capacity, Trump Eyes Tent Cities on Military Bases to Jail Migrant Children. democracynow.org The Trump administration is reportedly planning to build tent cities on military bases near the U.S.-Mexico border to accommodate the increasing numbers of migrant children being held in detention centers. According to McClatchy, Department of Health and Human Services officials are due to visit Fort Bliss, an Army base near El Paso, Texas, in the coming weeks to look at the land where they're considering building a tent city. HHS detention shelters are 95 percent full and hold more than 10,000 children. The number of migrant children in custody has recently surged by over 20 percent, and a tent city could temporarily accommodate an additional 1,000 to 5,000. In Washington, D.C., we speak with the reporter who broke the story, Franco Ordoñez. He is the White House correspondent for the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). Headlines for June 14, 2018. democracynow.org White House Will Back House Immigration Bills Condemned by Advocates, Canada Appeals to U.S. Senators to End Trump's Trade War, Journalist's Lawsuit Against Federal "Kill List" to Proceed, Antarctic Ice Melt Speeding Up, Threatening Coastal Cities Worldwide, Harvard Scientists Warn Trump's EPA Policies Could Kill 80,000+ Per Decade, Yemen: U.N. Warns of Catastrophe Amid Saudi-Led Assault on Port City, U.N. General Assembly Condemns Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters, West Bank Palestinians Protest PA Sanctions Against Gaza Strip, Mexican Congressional Candidate Assassinated After Debate, Bolivian Police Crack Down on Protests Calling for Education Funding, Argentina Lawmakers Debate Bill to Decriminalize Some Abortions, Trump Says North Korea Not a Nuclear Threat, Praises Kim Jong-un, Democratic Leaders Blast Trump for Halting Korea War Games, Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma Executives over OxyContin Deaths, L.A. Prosecutors Looking into Sylvester Stallone Rape Allegations, Texas: No New Trial for Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Illegal Voting, Protests Erupt as Jersey City Confiscates Indypendent Newspaper Boxes…

Ryan Grim (2018-06-14). After Losing the Party Endorsement at a Controversial Convention, Jahana Hayes Now Has the Backing of Kamala Harris. theintercept.com Jahana Hayes won and then lost the Democratic Party endorsement for Congress. But the backing of Kamala Harris gives her a boost in the August primary.

wsws.org (2018-06-14). Australian government demands fast-track passage of anti-democratic "foreign interference" bills. wsws.org The anti-China offensive sees a bipartisan front to ram through powers to crack down on political dissent.

RT (2018-06-14). Comey broke FBI procedure in Clinton email probe, says inspector general. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey "deviated" from standard FBI and Justice Department procedures in his probe into Hillary Clinton's email server use, according to the report from the inspector general, as seen by Bloomberg. |
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RT (2018-06-14). DOJ report accuses Comey, says several FBI employees 'cast cloud' over Clinton probe. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey "usurped authority" and made a "serious error of judgment" in handling the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016, says the newly published report by the Department of Justice inspector general.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). Residents on Both Sides of the Border Try to Help Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by U.S. Gov't. democracynow.org Under President Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for people seeking asylum to follow the law and go to official ports of entry to request help. But asylum seekers at international bridges across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have been blocked by Border Patrol agents who say they are unable to process them. In some cases, asylum seekers—including women and young children—have been told to wait for days and even weeks on international bridges over the border, often in extreme heat. Residents on both sides of the border have responded by bringing food, water and clothing to people as they wait to be processed. Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz followed some of them as they delivered aid, and interviewed Jennifer Harbury, a human rights lawyer who has lived in the Rio Grande Valley for over 40 years, about the significance of the United States rejecting legal requests by asylum seekers, detaining them at length, and in some cases deporting them after separating them from their children.

Lee Fang (2018-06-14). How People Close to Joe Crowley Have Gotten Rich While the Queens Boss Has Risen in Congress. theintercept.com The rise of Congressman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., has coincided with lucrative lobbying contracts for his younger brother, John Crowley, an attorney who goes by the first name Sean, and previously specialized in wills and estate law. | Sean Crowley serves as a partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, a powerhouse law firm with offices in Albany, New York City, and Washington, D.C., that advertises its ability to connect clients with congressional leadership. | Over the last decade, clients with interests before Congress have retained Sean Crowley through his lobbying firm, paying more than $4.5 million to influence and monitor government policies, according to a review of contracts by The Intercept. | Clients in recent years have included Oracle, AbbVie, NBCUniversal, Juniper Systems, New York Community Bancorp, Abbott Labs, and Elections Systems & Software. | In many cases, the interests of Sean…

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-13). Democrats Put Partisanship Before Prospects for Peace. consortiumnews.com In 1972 Democrats were able to praise Nixon for going to China, but the reaction to Trump's summit in Singapore shows how far we've come since then, says Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News When Richard Nixon returned… Read more →

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-13). Does the DNC Want to Stop the Next Bernie? therealnews.com A proposed rule change might not stop Bernie Sanders from seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020, but it could be used to exclude future independents like him, says attorney and activist Anoa Changa

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-06-13). Democratic Candidates for Governor Debate the Future of Education. therealnews.com Students, parents and teachers question candidates about public schools, The Kirwan Commission, and more

Jonathan Cook (2018-06-13). Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid. counterpunch.org For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a "light unto the nations". It claimed to have "made the desert bloom" by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the "most moral army in the world" reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian "infiltrators" trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle East's "only democracy". More

John O'Day (2018-06-13). Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian's Nukes? fair.org The world waits with bated breath as a " mad king" descends on Singapore, his finger itching to press the launch button and totally destroy his adversaries. Few disagree that a " radical and absolutist" dictator who can " use the power of the state to suppress the opposition while shielding itself from all potential sanction or limitation" should not have access to a possibly world-ending arsenal of nuclear weapons. | " Surrounded by a clique of sycophants who are willing to justify any course he might take," there is little stopping this impulsive ruler from making a sudden, cataclysmic decision that could forever alter the course of human history. Indeed, " a party organized around a single extreme personality seems like a brittle proposition." With this " cult of personality" in place, his people will be…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The oligarchy rules: Amazon and corporations veto Seattle homelessness tax. wsws.org It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-13). Religious Leaders Shackled, Held in Jail Overnight, After Praying in Protest Outside Supreme Court. democracynow.org Nine religious leaders were arrested on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday in Washington, D.C., after participating in a national day of action for the new Poor People's Campaign. They were handcuffed for five hours and jailed overnight in cells with cockroaches before being brought into court in ankle irons. The religious leaders were among 100 people arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday as part of the protests against poverty and racism. We speak with Rev. Liz Theoharis, who was one of the nine arrested Monday.

Briahna Gray (2018-06-13). Under Pressure From Progressives, Rep. Ro Khanna Endorses Both Democrats in Contentious New York Primary. theintercept.com On Tuesday evening, New York Rep. Joe Crowley tweeted that he had won the support of progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., in an increasingly heated primary in Queens and the Bronx. By Wednesday morning, following an outpouring of anger at Khanna, the endorsement had become a "dual endorsement" of both Crowley and his opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Khanna's painfully public shift from Crowley-backer to a neutral party undermines Crowley's effort to demonstrate his strong support from the left. It will also leave a mark on Khanna as he navigates his future in Congress and within the progressive movement. | The online firestorm came a day after Crowley announced he had the support of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a fellow New York Democrat, who has spent much of the past year backing women in races across the country. The endorsement was not cost-free for Gillibrand,…

RT (2018-06-13). Nevada pimp and reality TV star Dennis Hof wins Republican primary. rt.com Dennis Hof, owner of several legal brothels in Nevada, has defeated three-term lawmaker James Oscarson in the Republican primary, bringing the renowned pimp one step closer to a seat in the State Assembly.
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David Dayen (2018-06-13). The Intra-Democratic War Over Personnel Zeroes In on Chuck Schumer. theintercept.com Liberal groups have grown concerned that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will squander his power to recommend Democratic nominees for financial regulatory commissions by sending up milquetoast, industry-friendly functionaries, instead of stalwarts opposed to loosening rules on big banks. | At issue are two Democratic seats open on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and one on the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last month, over 30 labor, progressive, and consumer groups urged Schumer to select nominees with a "demonstrated willingness to stand up to Wall Street." | But Schumer, D-N.Y., has been slow to act on the SEC vacancy. For the FDIC, he's close to re-appointing former Chair Martin Gruenberg, fresh off his role in shepherding through a major weakening of the so-called Volcker rule, a Dodd-Frank provision barring deposit-taking institutions from risky trading with customer funds. Gruenberg was the only…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-13). A Humanitarian Catastrophe: U.S.-Backed Forces Attack Key Yemeni Port Imperiling Millions. democracynow.org In Yemen, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has launched an all-out offensive against the key port city of Hodeidah. The offensive is expected to be the biggest battle in the ongoing 3-year war between the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels. The war has already killed 15,000 civilians, sparked the world's worst cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of famine. Humanitarian organizations have warned the offensive could be a catastrophe for a quarter of a million civilians living in the port city, and for the rest of the Yemen, which is highly dependent on aid that travels through this port. For more, we speak with Congressmember Ro Khanna in Washington, D.C. He recently co-authored a bipartisan letter calling for Defense Secretary James Mattis to help prevent an attack on Hodeidah.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-13). "Relic of Jim Crow Era": Ari Berman on Supreme Court's Decision to Uphold Ohio's Voter Purge. democracynow.org The Supreme Court has ruled 5 to 4 to uphold Ohio's aggressive purging of voters from the rolls. The ruling means that states can remove people from voter rolls if they miss a few elections and then fail to respond to notices from election officials. One survey found nearly 150,000 people were removed from the voting rolls in recent years in Ohio's three largest counties alone. Critics say the court's decision is yet another victory for conservatives trying to restrict voting rights. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute. His latest article is headlined "The Supreme Court Is Helping Republicans Kill a Key Voting Rights Law."

Democracy Now! (2018-06-13). Headlines for June 13, 2018. democracynow.org Judge Approves AT&T's $85 Billion Merger with Time Warner, U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Coalition Launches Offensive Against Yemen's Key Port City, Afghanistan: More Than a Dozen Killed in Taliban Attacks on Eve of Ceasefire, Israeli Police Again Question Netanyahu over Corruption Scandal, Maine Gov. Threatens Not to Certify Primary Results over Ranked-Choice Voting, South Carolina: Republican Mark Sanford Loses Primary, After Criticizing Trump, Corey Stewart Wins VA Republican Senate Primary on Anti-Immigrant, Pro-Confederate Platform, McClatchy: U.S. Considering Housing Immigrant Children in Tent Cities on Military Bases, Hundreds Gather in Orlando to Honor 49 People Killed in Pulse Nightclub Massacre…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-13). Special Report: In the Streets with the New Poor People's Campaign Against Racism and Poverty. democracynow.org Demonstrators descended on Washington Monday in the latest protest staged by the new Poor People's Campaign, which organizers say is the most expansive wave of nonviolent direct action in the U.S. this century. Campaign organizers Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis and around 100 others were arrested for protesting a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to voting rights by upholding Ohio's controversial voter purge law. At least 300 people were arrested nationwide. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign launched, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman and Carla Wills were in the streets of Washington, D.C., covering the action.

RT (2018-06-13). Democrats 'don't give a f**k' about Russia — 4 ways we know Americans are sick of Russiagate. rt.com How much do regular Americans actually care about Russia's alleged 'meddling' in the 2016 presidential election? If recent evidence is anything to go by, it's not as much as the media would lead us to believe.
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Zaid Jilani (2018-06-13). "Medicare for All" Is a Popular Idea, but Nevada Primary Shows It Won't Necessarily Win Elections. theintercept.com Former Congressperson Steven Horsford, with the backing of the Democratic Party's campaign arm, won the primary in the race for Nevada's 4th District seat on Tuesday night. He defeated five other contenders, including Amy Vilela, whose long-shot candidacy gained national attention due to her compelling personal story: In 2015, as she recounted, Vilela's 22-year-old uninsured daughter died weeks after being turned away from an emergency room. | Vilela attributes the fact that her daughter did not receive health care to the fact that she told medical personnel she was uninsured, and Vilela's campaign was motivated by her passion for single-payer plans, which would close the types of coverage gaps that hurt her daughter. | Horsford, the establishment candidate, has been difficult to pin down on health care — focusing instead on lowering the cost of prescription drugs by increasing the speed with…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Court sanction of AT&T-Time Warner merger strengthens corporate grip on news and entertainment. wsws.org Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.

RT (2018-06-13). 'Will America wake up?' Republican congressman retweets anti-immigration post from white supremacist. rt.com Iowa congressman Steve King has attracted a backlash after apparently endorsing a Twitter post from a prominent British far-right activist.
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Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. counterpunch.org If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. More

John Hutchison (2018-06-12). Bobby in Repose. counterpunch.org In the early morning after the 1968 California Democratic primary I was aboard a bus on my way to work. Dave Glick, a co-worker with whom I'd been staying temporarily, was next to me in a side seat up front. "Wonder who won the primary," he said absently. I nudged him to look down the More

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