2018-07-07: News Headlines

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-07-07). GOP Freedom Caucus Members Refuse to Support Jim Jordan on the Record as More Accusers Come Forward. alternet.org Congressman Jim Jordan has come under fire for his alleged involvement in a widening sex abuse scandal. | House Republicans are refusing to publicly defend Tea Party firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as more details come to light about the congressman's role in the Ohio State University sexual assault scandal. Rep. Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995, during which time multiple victims have alleged team physician Richard Strauss sexually abused them and fostered a culture of regular sexual harassment. "I considered Jim Jordan a friend," former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato told NBC. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on. ""When you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault — and Jim Jordan went on record saying he. . .

Merula Furtado (2018-07-07). How Liberal Partisan Politics Strengthen the Right Wing. truthout.org

| The desire to condemn evil and wrongdoing should not be a partisan matter, but the brutality of the present shows us how many people feel otherwise. | In the midst of each despicable advance the right wing makes at the expense of people's lives, there is always shock and awe from the liberal class. There's the shock that it's actually happening, the shock that liberalism is failing to halt right-wing encroachments and the shock that oppression has happened under the direction of Democratic Party politicians as well Republican ones. This says a lot, but a very important takeaway is how liberalism coalesces the very oppressive forces many of its constituents…

Jacob Sugarman (2018-07-07). The Trump Administration's Family Reunification Plan Is a Fiasco. truthdig.com When the Trump administration instituted its "zero tolerance policy," which prosecutes immigrants for entering the country illegally and separates parents from their children as a means of deterrence, critics argued it was not simply cruel and immoral but ill-conceived. Less than two weeks after the president used an executive order to formally end the practice of family separation, and days after a federal judge imposed multiple deadlines for reunification, their worst fears have come to fruition. | According to a New York Times report published Thursday, administration officials are scrambling to meet the court's demands, with as many as 3,000 children's lives hanging in the balance. Overseeing the gargantuan undertaking is the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has relied on identification bracelets, registration numbers and "careful logs" to track the movements of those…

Samantha Borek (2018-07-07). Emmanuel Macron's "Extreme Centrism" Is a Threat to Democracy. truthout.org French President Emmanuel Macron has been crusading to all corners of the world, receiving applause for his impassioned pleas on behalf of the postwar liberal order in the face of rising authoritarianism and nationalism. | This spring, in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the new French leader compared the ongoing political divisions within Europe to a "civil war" and pledged to never "yield to any fascination for authoritarian sovereignties" — a clear reference to the ongoing democratic backslide in Hungary and Poland. | "I do not want to be part of a generation of sleepwalkers," the 40-year-old president declared. "I want to belong to a generation which has made a firm decision to uphold its democracy." He also pledged to "defend European sovereignty because we fought for it." | A few days later, the French…

Merula Furtado (2018-07-07). What Can We Expect From Trump on Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara? truthout.org President Trump appears to be looking the other way from Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara in the pursuit of World Cup politics. | The Associated Press recently reported that, "The 2026 World Cup contest has been engulfed in intrigue about whether Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration and foreign policy will cost North America votes. What's barely talked about is the impact of a territorial conflict that is impeding Morocco's bid." | More plainly, this "territorial conflict" is barely being talked about, period. | President Obama, and now, a depleted US media, have essentially ignored Western Sahara's brutal occupation by the Moroccan monarchy. Trump, however, could have a more moderate stance in this part of the world. But the administration's domestic and foreign policies continue to appease a Republican Party and conservative base pushing a nativist and a "fly-by-night" policy orientation.

Robert Reich, AlterNet (2018-07-07). There's Only One Surefire Way to Prevent Future Donald Trumps. alternet.org America must respond to the calamity that's befallen the working class | Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? It's important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed. Some white working class men and women were — and still are — receptive to Trump's bigotry. But what made them receptive? Racism and xenophobia aren't exactly new to American life. Fears of blacks and immigrants have been with us since the founding of the Republic. What changed was the economy. Since the 1980s, the wages and economic prospects of the typical American worker have stagnated. Nearly 80 percent now live paycheck to paycheck, and those paychecks have grown less secure. Meanwhile, all the economy's. . .

wsws.org (2018-07-07). German Social Democratic Party backs brutal offensive against refugees. wsws.org The SPD has lined up behind the refugee policy of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer: sealing off the country's borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed detention camps.

Ann Garrison (2018-07-06). When Democrats Aren't the Least-Worst. counterpunch.org What will Democrats do when they can't campaign as the "least-worst" option, then shame and blame anyone who dares to vote Green? Greens are running against incumbent Democrats in three California congressional races with no Republican bogeymen in sight. The names of all three Greens will appear right alongside the Democrats' names on the November More

Steve Brown (2018-07-06). Why Do Democrats Whine About Neil Gorsuch and Bemoan the Loss of Merrick Garland? counterpunch.org First of all, Merrick Garland wasn't "lost." He was thrown away, deliberately and deceitfully, by the same man who nominated him for the Supreme Court — Barack Obama. The sad fact is, if Obama really wanted Garland on the Supreme Court, he could have put him there with a simple recess appointment. The Republicans could not More

Pauline Murphy (2018-07-06). The Irish at the Battle of Ebro. counterpunch.org The longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War began in July 80 years ago. The Battle of the Ebro lasted from the sweltering days of late July 1938 into the colder climate of November. This episode in the Civil War pitted Spanish Republicans aided by the International Brigades against Franco's troops who were More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-06). Latin America Defends Ecuador Ex-President Correa's Fight Against US-Backed Persecution. mintpressnews.com "You have my solidarity, with the security that we will enjoy the final triumph of justice and that our peoples will democratically decide our countries' futures and the future of Latin America." — Lula da Silva to Rafael Correa

Binoy Kampmark (2018-07-06). The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia's Najib Condition. counterpunch.org Words can be teasing in their meaning. In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing. Take Malaysia's political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state. Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests: the ethnic tensions that are only ever a stone's throw away More

Steve Share (2018-07-06). Minnesota union leader Blaha seeks top state office. peoplesworld.org ST. PAUL, Minn. —Add yet another top Minnesota union official to the lengthening list of labor leaders nationally who have stepped into the political arena this year. And if Julie Blaha wins the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) primary for the State Auditor's nomination in the Aug. 14 primary, she'd increase a potential union cast at the […]…

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-07-06). 'Full of Dirt and Lice': Lawsuit Alleges Boy Separated at Border Left Unbathed for 85 Days. alternet.org New suit reveals the human toll of Trump's family separation — and has reignited calls for the DHS head to resign. | Warning: The stories quoted below, reported by PBS NewsHour, are disturbing. A new report reveals the extent to which the children and parents separated by law enforcement at America's southern border have endured terrible trauma due to that policy. They come from a motion filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general (from 17 states and the District of Columbia) to accelerate the timeline in which families separated by President Donald Trump can receive information and access to their parents or children. From Olivia Caceres, who had her 1-year-old son taken away from her at a legal port of entry: "He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-06). Polish Government Purges Judiciary to Ensure Free Reign. therealnews.com Prof. Bartosz M. Rydlinski explains the new program of the Law and Justice Party and the implications these 'copy and paste' policies from Hungary are having on Polish democracy

Pete Tucker (2018-07-06). Vince Gray is Eyeing a Run for Mayor of DC, Here's How the Washington Post Took Him Down Last Time. counterpunch.org Vince Gray is eyeing a run for his old job as D.C. mayor. Having passed on the Democratic primary, Gray's only option at this point is to run as an independent. Despite what would be an uphill fight in the overwhelmingly Democratic city, don't count him out. But don't count him in just yet either. More

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2018-07-06). Congo's Imposter President and the Moral Depravity of the West. counterpunch.org On June 28th, 2018, the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said in a letter to the African Union (AU) that it was preparing new protests and described a total crisis of confidence in the electoral process. President Joseph Kabila has remained in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two term limit in More

Robert Fantina (2018-07-06). Social Media and Israel: Censorship of the Truth. counterpunch.org The growing desperation of Israel to avoid public knowledge of its many war crimes and crimes against humanity knows no bounds. The country that, with United States support, proclaims itself the 'only democracy in the Middle East', has, like its U.S. sponsor, a highly skewed opinion of what constitutes a democracy. Freedom of the press More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-06). This Florida Republican Senate Candidate Accused a Grieving Father of 'Exploiting' His Daughter's Shooting Death. alternet.org "[S]top exploiting her death in the name of some political agenda," the disgusting statement read. | These days, Republican allies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) aren't always known for their tact or sensitivity when it comes to victims of mass shootings. And Republican Javier Manjarres, who publishes the right-wing website the Shark Tank and is hoping to unseat South Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch in the November midterms, showed just how tactless he can be this week when he accused a grieving father of "exploiting" the killing of his 14-year-old daughter by calling for stricter gun control legislationOn Valentine's Day, 14-year-old Jaime Guttenbergwas among the 17 people killed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in a mass shooting. And this week, Manjarres didn't hesitate to lambast her father, Parkland resident Fred Guttenberg, for his pro-gun control stand. On. . .

Edward Hunt (2018-07-06). The National Endowment for Democracy Regime Change Playbook. mintpressnews.com During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three influential non-profit organizations that operate in numerous countries around the world revealed the subtle ways in which the United States meddles in the internal affairs of other countries by playing what the officials called "the long game." | The three officials— Carl Gershman, Daniel Twining, and Kenneth Wollack—told Congress about their long-term efforts to empower the opponents of U.S. enemies and boasted about their ability to change foreign governments. They said that they had recently helped their political allies gain political power in Malaysia, acknowledged that they have helped train thousands of activists in Nicaragua, and speculated about the potential to create new governments in China, Russia, and North Korea. | All three men strongly defended their activities, insisting that they are critically important to the advancement of democracy in the world.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-06). N.Y. state AFL-CIO endorses incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. peoplesworld.org ALBANY, N.Y.—Setting up yet another showdown between Democratic Party regulars and party progressives, the New York State AFL-CIO sided with the regulars and endorsed incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election to a third term. That sets up a Sept. 13 state primary face-off between Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" TV star Cynthia […]…

Andrew Levine (2018-07-06). Incivility Now! counterpunch.org Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair | A virtue of a thing, according to Aristotle, is that which makes it perform its function well. Sharpness is a virtue of a knife; civility is a virtue of liberal democracy. | Our liberal democracy, like similar regimes nowadays in other capitalist countries around the world, is not particularly democratic. | "Democracy" means rule of the people, the demos, as distinct from elites of one or another kind. In the United States and elsewhere, the word "democracy" long ago lost this class-specific connotation. In self-described democratic countries, the undifferentiated citizenry, the people as a whole, rule — in theory. This is not what the word meant in Greek antiquity, but it is close enough. | Or it would be if theory and practice were more in line. In practice, the rulers in self-described democracies are economic elites…

John G. Russell (2018-07-06). Lord of the Flies Redux. counterpunch.org "Just as a magnet attracts iron filings," conservative columnist and former Republican George Will recently wrote, "Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts." Will is being civil. One can think of other substances capable of attracting loathsome creatures to which to compare Donald Trump. In this sense, Trump is, in more ways than one, our More

Leo Gerard, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-06). Billionaires Devised a Plan to Kill Unions by Sending Worker Stand-Ins to Spread Propaganda. alternet.org It wasn't regular Joes who pushed the Supreme Court to pass the Janus decision. | Hundred millionaire Bruce Rauner just couldn't wait to tell Illinois state workers that the U. S. Supreme Court had given them what he considered a gift. Within hours of the court's ruling in the Janus case last week, Rauner, the Republican governor of Illinois, emailed state workers to tell them the decision meant they no longer needed to pay either dues or fair share fees to their labor union but the union would still be required to represent them. What a deal! Free service! And it was brought to them by Rauner! The governor had filed the lawsuit that led to the Janus decision. When a court tossed him as plaintiff, the right-wing foundations whose billionaire donors paid for the lawsuit drummed up replacement plaintiffs including Mark Janus. He's. . .

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-06). Sex, Trump and the Supreme Court: Here are 8 Seminal Decisions Trump's Far-Right Appointees Could Reverse. alternet.org These are the decisions that could be at risk under Trump. | stack the High Court with severe social conservatives in the Scalia/Thomas vein—which is exactly what he has said he would like to do—everything from gay rights to abortion and contraception to First Amendment rights could be imperiled. Here are some landmark Supreme Court decisions that advanced sexual freedom in the U. S. and could be in danger if Trump has his way. 1. Lawrence v. Texas (2003)Kennedy, arguably, is the closest thing the Supreme Court has had to a libertarian, and he infuriated the Christian Right when, in 2003, he wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling—which struck down a Texas sodomy law and in effect, invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states. The ruling was applauded by gay rights activists but detested by Pennsylvania's notoriously anti-gay Republican. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). Future of Affirmative Action in Jeopardy with New DOJ Order & Retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. democracynow.org The Trump administration is ending Obama-era policies calling on schools and universities to consider race as a factor in admissions, in the latest blow to affirmative action programs. The move doesn't change the law, but it rescinds guidelines set by the Obama administration to foster diversity in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses. The move comes as the Trump administration is reportedly planning a challenge to Harvard University's admissions practices and as President Trump is nearing a decision on a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was long considered a swing vote on affirmative action. In 2016, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion when the court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions program. We speak to Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). Headlines for July 6, 2018. democracynow.org EPA Head Scott Pruitt Resigns Amid Mounting Corruption Scandals, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Named Acting EPA Administrator, HHS Administrator Says "Under 3,000" Separated Children in U.S. Custody, Guatemalan Immigrant Mother Reunites with Daughter After 55 Days, U.S. Army Discharges Immigrants Promised a Path to Citizenship, Statue of Liberty Climber on Protest: "I Went as High as I Could", Bill Shine Named WH Comms Director Despite Fox News Sex Harassment Record, Trump Mocks Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas," Attacks #MeToo, China Retaliates as U.S. Imposes $34 Billion in Tariffs on Chinese Goods, South Korean Peace Activists Call for Removal of THAAD Missiles, U.N. Envoy to Yemen Hopeful over Peace Talks, Trump Administration Extends TPS for Yemenis But Won't End Travel Ban, Thai Diver Dies Amid Effort to Rescue Boys Trapped in Cave, Fourth Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Failed to Stop Sexual Abuse, Ed Schultz, Longtime Liberal TV News Host, Dies at 64, British Columbia: Greenpeace Ends 35-Hour Blockade of Oil Tanker, London Mayor Approves "Trump Baby" Blimp at July 13 Protest…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). As Scott Pruitt Resigns, Former EPA Officials Warn His Radical, Anti-Science Agenda Harmed Nation. democracynow.org Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, amid an onslaught of financial and ethics scandals and widespread opposition to his campaign to roll back key environmental protections. President Trump announced Pruitt's resignation via Twitter. Trump later told reporters, "Scott Pruitt did an outstanding job inside of the EPA. We've gotten rid of record-breaking regulations, and it's been really good." At the time of his resignation, Pruitt was facing more than a dozen federal investigations into ethical misconduct, ranging from lavish spending to asking subordinates to help his wife find a job. Just earlier this week, CNN reported Pruitt kept a secret calendar and schedule in an attempt to hide his meetings with many industry executives.

Mehdi Hasan (2018-07-06). Why Is Nancy Pelosi So Afraid of Socialism? theintercept.com Is democratic socialism now in the "ascendant" in the Democratic Party? That was the question posed by a reporter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week, in the wake of democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shock primary victory in New York's 14th Congressional District. | And Pelosi's response? "No." | Elaborating a bit, she qualified that "it's ascendant in that district perhaps. But I don't accept any characterization of our party presented by the Republicans. So let me reject that right now." | Who is she kidding? Ocasio-Cortez, a "Democratic giant slayer" ( New York Times) who "rocked the political world" ( CBS News), is now a household name. From the pages of Vogue to the studios of ABC's " The View" and CBS's " Late Show," the Democrats' newest star has been eloquently explaining —…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). New EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler, Former Coal Lobbyist, Aims to Continue to Dismantle EPA from Inside. democracynow.org Following Scott Pruitt's resignation, EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will become the agency's acting administrator. Wheeler is a former lobbyist for Murray Energy, the nation's largest underground coal mining company. He's also the former chief of staff for Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who is known as the most notorious climate-denying lawmaker in Washington. In one of his most famous stunts, Inhofe brought a snowball onto the Senate floor in 2015 in order to prove that global warming was a hoax.

wsws.org (2018-07-06). Mexican president-elect López Obrador embraced by Mexico's business titans. wsws.org Now that AMLO has won the election, he and Mexico's most powerful business heads are going out of their way to promise they will work together for the "greater good."

Democracy Now! (2018-07-06). Meet the Mother Who Confronted Scott Pruitt & Urged Him to Resign—Three Days Later, He Did. democracynow.org On Monday, Scott Pruitt fled a restaurant in Washington after he was confronted during lunch by a mother and teacher named Kristin Mink. Mink was holding her 2-year-old son when she went up to his table. Video of the interaction has since gone viral. We speak to Mink about what she did and Pruitt's resignation just days later.

Victor Grossman (2018-07-05). Germans battle the rise of their own brand of "Trumpism" peoplesworld.org Germany's politicians played the chicken game last week, testing which party, Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union or its Bavarian "sister party," Horst Seehofer's Christian Social Union, would be the first to swerve. When new parties were founded after World War II, Bavaria, Germany's biggest state, saw the rise of the Christian Social Union, a separate […]…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-05). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: June 29, 2018. therealnews.com Dharna, Baynard and Khalilah reflect on the progressive wins in the week's primary elections, the death of five staffers at the Capital Gazette, and anti-labor sentiment locally and nationally

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial. democracynow.org Has the Trump administration set up concentration camps in Texas for migrants? The answer is yes, according to at least one expert: Andrea Pitzer, the author of "One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps." In one of her latest articles, Pitzer writes, "While writing a book on camp history, I defined concentration camps as the mass detention of civilians without trial, usually on the basis of race, religion, national origin, citizenship, or political party, rather than anything a given individual has done. By this definition, the new child camp established in Tornillo, Texas, is a concentration camp." We speak with Andrea Pitzer in Washington, D.C.

Kate Aronoff (2018-07-05). Young Leftist Candidates Are Breathing New Radicalism Into Stale Climate Politics. theintercept.com On the same day that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won an upset victory in her primary against Wall Street-friendly incumbent Joe Crowley — one of the most powerful Democrats in the House — a New Yorker nearly 50 years her senior fed rumors that he would seek the highest office in the land. | Aside from pouring $80 million to support a set of handpicked Democratic congressional hopefuls, billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again seems to be angling to run for president. Business Insider columnist Daniella Greenbaum took the opportunity to assert: "Democrats need to choose: Are they the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or the party of Michael Bloomberg?" | She sided with the latter, but the question is a valid one. The differences between Bloomberg and Ocasio-Cortez are difficult to stuff into a single paragraph, but…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). Headlines for July 5, 2018. democracynow.org Trump Administration Halts Obama-Era Affirmative Action Policies, Immigration Agents Taking DNA Samples from Separated Children, Trump Defends ICE Amid Furor over Anti-Immigrant Policies, Protesters Drop "Abolish ICE" Banner from Statue of Liberty, Migrant Ship Docks in Spain After Denial by Italy and Malta, Syria, Russia Press Offensive as Ceasefire Talks Collapse, Israeli Troops Assault Palestinians Ahead of Village Demolition, Britain: Scotland Yard Says Couple Poisoned by Russian Nerve Agent, Poland: Judges Defy Retirement Order as Former President Warns of "Civil War", AP: Donald Trump Pressed for Invasion of Venezuela in 2017, Wildfires Grow in Colorado, California Amid Drought Conditions, Heat Records Broken Globally, with 2018 Among the Hottest Years Ever, Indonesia: 34 Drown in Ferry Boat Disaster, Chile: 15-Year Sentences for Officers Who Killed Singer Víctor Jara…

RT (2018-07-05). Remembering Ed Schultz: RT America anchor's greatest stories (VIDEO). rt.com Veteran radio and TV broadcaster Ed Schultz joined RT America in January 2016 and hosted the nightly news as well as several specials, including Brexit and the US presidential election.

RT (2018-07-05). US intel report on Russian meddling 'shabby & politically motivated' — Ex-US envoy to Soviet Union. rt.com A former US ambassador to the Soviet Union has slammed the intelligence report on alleged Russian election meddling, saying it lacks hard facts and omits relevant agencies, while media and politicians have failed to ask questions.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). As Gov't Says 3,000 Migrant Children Are in Custody, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids. democracynow.org While the government struggles to reunite families who have been separated at the border under President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, one detained Honduran woman has been organizing mothers behind bars to help find their children. The New Yorker reports that Mabel Gonzales has carefully documented the cases of mothers who have been separated from their children at a detention facility in El Paso, Texas, where she is currently jailed. Gonzales herself was separated from her two teenage sons eight months before the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy. She records the details of other separated mothers despite not being allowed to have a notebook while detained. She then shares the information with the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso to help separated mothers locate their children. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center.

RT (2018-07-05). Twitter accuses Republican senators of defiling America after spending July 4 in Moscow. rt.com A group of Republican senators have been accused of treason after spending July 4 in Moscow. Real patriots spend Independence Day eating potato salad on US soil, according to astute Twitter users.

wsws.org (2018-07-05). Trump withdraws Obama guidances backing racial preferences in school admissions. wsws.org There is nothing progressive or democratic about the policy of racial preferences, which has been used to cultivate privileged elites within minority populations.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). Asylum Seekers Win in Court as Federal Judge Rules Against Indefinite & Arbitrary Detention. democracynow.org A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled asylum seekers who have passed a credible fear interview should be given humanitarian parole, not indefinite detention. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. We speak with Eunice Lee, co-legal director at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.

RT (2018-07-05). Trump's environment czar Pruitt cites 'unrelenting attacks' in resignation letter. rt.com EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, citing "unprecedented" and "unrelenting attacks" on him and his family in a letter to President Donald Trump. Democrats have demanded his departure for months.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-05). From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration. democracynow.org The Department of Health and Human Services still has not disclosed how many migrant children they are holding who have been separated from their parents at the border. Last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said 2,047 separated minors were still in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But the department has refused to give updated numbers, even though the Trump administration is facing a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite all separated children under the age of 5 with their parents. Meanwhile, CNN is reporting the Department of Homeland Security has been taking DNA samples of immigrant children. Immigration officials have reportedly been swabbing DNA from the cheeks of children as young as 2 months old, without consent, ostensibly in a bid to later reunite children with their parents. Rights groups have condemned the move, saying it could allow the federal government to track young immigrants for the rest of their lives. We speak with Linda Rivas, executive director and lead attorney of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, an organization working with asylum seekers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-04). Here Are 6 Troubling Trendlines in American Democracy. alternet.org How will Kennedy's retirement, "blue wave" voters, and the 2020 Census affect our elections? | As the nation marks Independence Day this week, there's little to celebrate about the health of American democracy and the prospects for improvements to the voting process. A half dozen trends and news developments in the past two weeks have underscored that anti-democratic features of American elections are stubbornly enduring. While there were some marginally positive developments, such as a federal court giving the Trump Administration a hard time over its efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census—which critics say will prompt undercounting non-whites, the landscape facing longtime advocates of greater electoral participation is discouraging. That's the sad bottom line, despite a few surprising victories in late June's primaries—notably progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning a congressional primary against longtime party boss in New York City and. . .

Alastair Crooke (2018-07-04). As Trump 'Goes Nuclear' Against Iran And China, What's Next? iranian.com At least it is clear; it's explicit. The "We're America, Bitch" formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It's not about 'democracy' or 'freedom': the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It's use it, or lose it […]

Democracy Now! (2018-07-04). James Forman Jr. on "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" democracynow.org Yale University law professor and writer James Forman Jr. won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in the general nonfiction category for his new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America." The prize committee praised the book for its "examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color." Forman is the son of civil rights activists James Forman Sr. and Constancia Romilly, who met in the 1960s while organizing with SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

RT (2018-07-04). Ex-liberal who started #Walkaway campaign says 'oppressive' Left has drowned out 'common sense'. rt.com The #Walkaway campaign has helped thousands of disillusioned Democrats regain their own voices and push back against "oppression" and incivility from the Left, the movement's founder told RT in an interview.

Murtaza Hussain (2018-07-04). Democracy Dies in the Blinding Light of Day. theintercept.com Despite being one of the United States's founding statesmen and its second president after independence from Britain, John Adams was quite skeptical of democracy. "Democracy never lasts long," Adams reflected in an 1814 letter. "It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.""There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide." | The United States that existed when Adams wrote the letter was not very worthy of being described as a democracy in any case. Millions of African-Americans held in slavery were denied the most basic human rights, while women were denied any meaningful participation in civic life. Not until the civil rights movement and women's suffrage in the 20th century could the United States start to be considered a full-fledged democracy, despite the country's founding under the false flag of democracy…

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