2018-07-13: Social Media Postees

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Jill Stein Is Using the 2016 Election 'Recount' Money She Solicited to Pay for Her Russia-related Legal Bills
Brad Reed, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
She originally tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used. | Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein raised millions of dollars in 2016 to pay for a recount after the electoral victory of President Donald Trump. However, Stein's fundraising for the recount significantly exceeded what was actually needed to pay for it — and she tried to reassure her donors that their money would still be well spent by promising to give them a say in how it got used. However, the Daily Beast reports that Stein has so far not kept that promise and is instead using money raised from her "recount" campaign to pay for legal bills related to investigations into her possible contacts with Russia. "In June, The Daily Beast reported that. . .
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Watch Stephen Colbert's Hilarious Re-Enactment of FBI Agent Peter Strzok's Explosive House Hearing
Rachel Leah, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
He dedicated the entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday. | Stephen Colbert isn't one for deep dives, but Thursday night on "The Late Show," the host ripped into House Republicans over the dysfunctional, combative hearing in which FBI agent Peter Strzok was questioned extensively in front of the House Judiciary Committee, with digs into both his credibility and his judgement. Colbert dedicated his entire opening monologue to the battle in Congress Thursday. "It was a parliamentary smackdown. The Capitol dome became the Thunderdome," Colbert began. "And it's all during the testimony of FBI agent and man thinking about Cold Stone Creamery, Peter Strzok. Back in 2016, Strzok was part of the FBI's investigations into both Hillary Clinton and the Trump campaign. and since then it's come out that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, an FBI. . .
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These 6 Crucial Details in Mueller's Latest Indictments Show There Are Many Shoes Left to Drop
David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
This is a major development in the case. | Friday afternoon Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe has just led to a grand jury indicting 12 Russian government officials for criminal hacking related to the 2016 presidential election. They successfully hacked the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, various state government offices and the election systems of several states. 500,000 voters' data was accessed, according to Rosenstein. The indictment itself, which can be read via the Dept. of Justice website, makes even more stunning revelations, like these: On July 27, 2016, then-candidate Trump made his now-infamous and very public request to hack Hillary Clinton's email accounts: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. "Via the indictment, the Russian officials that same evening. . .
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12 Russians Accused of Hacking DNC and Hillary Clinton During 2016 Elections
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-13
WASHINGTON — Twelve Russian intelligence officers hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election and released tens of thousands of stolen communications in a brazen effort by a foreign government to meddle in U.S. politics, according to a grand jury indictment announced Friday. | The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the U.S. presidential election before Americans went to the polls — and the first to implicate the Russian government directly. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller and comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | U.S. intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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Helsinki: How About a Fresh START?
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump's critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the "Russiagate" scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
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Ireland's Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos
Aidan O'Brien | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
"It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and to expose lies." — Noam Chomsky (1967) Ireland's oldest university — Trinity College Dublin — gave Hillary Clinton an honorary doctorate in late June. It was one big love in. Clinton was paraded and praised like a people's champion. And in return Clinton fawned…
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Fair and Balanced Opinion at the New York Times
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
"Democratic Socialism is awful as a slogan and catastrophic as a policy. And "social democracy"–a term that better fits the beliefs of ordinary liberals who want, say, Medicare for all–is a politically dying force. Democrats who aren't yet sick of all their losing should feel free to embrace them both." ~Bret Stephens,…
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Donald Trump Threatens Theresa May as Republicans Stage Peter Strzok Circus
candice | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
After all the fireworks at the NATO meeting on Wednesday, I assumed they would wind down on Thursday and President Trump would head off to jolly old England with a smile on his face for a nice visit with the queen and a few rounds of golf in Scotland. By acting like an unpredictable imbecile he had made his point: He's got the biggest swinging hands in the free world and there's nothing these pipsqueak allies can do about it. | Unfortunately, Trump wasn't finished. He showed up late for another meeting, took it over and started browbeating everyone again about spending and trade, demanding they embark on a massive military buildup and insisting they spend that money on American equipment because it's the best. Then he held a press conference and, much like the one he held after his Singapore pageant with…
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Imperial Gangster Nations: Peddling "Democracy" and Other Goodies to the Untutored
Kweli Nzito | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
Gangsters are adept at convincing you of your binding need for their protection, to guard against impending perils — largely of their own creation. The fee for this unsolicited service is that it must be reimbursed in recurrent fashion. This mobster tactic has become the preferred model of economic relationships between imperial financial institutions and the…
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Congressional Progressive Caucus Challenge Party Leadership and Congress on Militarism and Foreign Policy
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-13
The little known Congressional Progressive Caucus is the largest caucus within the Democratic Party and has an important track record in calling attention to the highly interventionist and harmful foreign policy of the US, says CEPR's Mark Weisbrot | The post Congressional Progressive Caucus Challenge Party Leadership and Congress on Militarism and Foreign Policy appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Was Martin Luther King a Socialist?
Lynn Parramore, Institute for New Economic Thinking | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
He actually addressed the issue head-on. | "The Millennial socialists are coming," declared a June 30 New York Times headline, describing a surprise surge of young female candidates endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America who beat their establishment opponents in primary races in New York and Pennsylvania. No longer is being a socialist considered scary — at least if you came of age after the Fall of the Wall. For many, it's a breath of fresh air. Martin Luther King, Jr. , if he were around today, would likely be smiling. The image of the handsome, be-suited King, looking like a middle-class messenger of the American Dream as he mesmerized the masses on the steps of the Lincoln memorial with his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, has been embraced by everyone from Coca-Cola executives to Donald Trump. It's part of America's cultural. . .
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Will Parents at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
candice | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the US-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in…
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Has Mueller Caught the Hackers?
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-13
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 officials with the GRU, Russia's main foreign intelligence agency, for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election, including hacking Democratic Party emails. Case closed? Author and investigative journalist Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News joins TRNN's Aaron Mate to discuss | The post Has Mueller Caught the Hackers? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Bradley Foundation Funds Web of Climate Change Deniers
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
Bradley Foundation internal documents reviewed by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveal a concerted effort by the organization to delegitimize climate science, while promoting fossil fuel energy development in the United States. | An analysis of Bradley's climate-related activities shows that the foundation has made significant grants to support energy policy think tanks, attack-dog groups that target environmentalists, and efforts to discredit climate science. | A 2013 internal foundation document details how Bradley "instructed staff to explore options…to make more energy-related grants." The document also notes that the Board gave a "terminal grant" of $263,591 to the Sand County Foundation (SCF), which previously administered the Bradley Fund for the Environment. | The documents do not reveal Bradley's motivation in splitting from SCF, but they do outline a serious effort to promote fossil fuel industry interests at the expense of the environment.
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Trump Weighs Drastic Measure to Lower Gas Prices Ahead of Midterms
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-07-13
Less than four months from the midterm elections, the Democratic Party enjoys an eight-point lead in a generic congressional vote, and Donald Trump's approval rating hovers around 42 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight's weighted polling average. Meanwhile, the average price of unleaded gasoline sits at $2.89 per gallon, up 63 cents from one year ago. Now the Trump administration is considering tapping into the country's strategic reserve of crude oil to prevent those numbers from rising any higher before November. | "No decision has been made to release crude from the 660-million-barrel stockpile, known as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, but options under review range from a 5-million-barrel test sale to a larger release of 30 million barrels, said the people who requested anonymity to discuss non-public deliberations," reports Bloomberg's Ari Natter. "An even larger release is possible if it were to be…
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Cultural and Ideological Struggle in the US: a Final Comment on Ocasio-Cortez
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
There is no question that there is an acute, ongoing social, political, and economic crisis in the United States and the colonial/capitalist world. Liberal democracy along with the institutions and ideological justifications for the neoliberal order are under tremendous strain in the U.S. In the cultural and ideological sphere commonsense assumptions that provided meaning and…
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The American Oligarchy: A Review
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
Consumers of left-wing media are well aware that America is an oligarchy, not a democracy. Everyone with a functioning cerebrum, in fact, should be aware of it by now: even mainstream political scientists recognize it, as shown by a famous 2014 study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page. Nevertheless, it is important to continue…
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Vermont: Can It Happen Here?
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
Vermont communard and organic farmer Robert Houriet once stated that after the violence of 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, the counterculture/new left had two possible choices–to go to Vermont or join the Weatherman organization. While Houriet's statement was certainly exaggerated in order to make a point, it was founded in a truth of the times.
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5 Times the US Actively Supported ISIS or Similar Groups
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-13
Washington D.C. (GPA) — Everyone knows U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has more to do with destabilization than diplomacy. Whether arming terror states like Israel and Saudi Arabia or flattening entire countries like Libya and Iraq, American intervention is pretty much always a humanitarian disaster. At times, this policy has even included arming ISIS — the very terror group Washington claims to oppose. | The reason for this help is that ISIS assists U.S. foreign policy goals. It is no secret that the U.S. has tried to overthrow the democratically elected Syrian government for years. To further their goals, the U.S. regime has more or less aligned with just about every terrorist group short of ISIS publicly, including Jahbat al-Nusra. | Yet at times this alliance has extended past terror groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army banner. In many…
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Has the right given up power in Mexico?
Rossana Cambron | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-13
MEXICO CITY–In the 2006 and 2012 elections, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO as he is widely known, was a clear winner in his back-to-back bids for the presidency, but voter fraud was rampant and the right-wing candidate was declared the winner in both cases. On his third bid, however, people were prepared for any …
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The McConnell Rule: Nasty, Brutish, and Unconstitutional
Ken Levy | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
On Feb. 13, 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced what is now referred to as the "McConnell Rule": "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice." Between mid-February 2016 and mid-January 2017, McConnell used this rule to deny Pres. Obama's SCOTUS nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, the…
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132 Die in Pakistan Election Violence Ahead of Sharif Return
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-13
The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign occurred Friday, hours before former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges. | The post 132 Die in Pakistan Election Violence Ahead of Sharif Return appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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McCain Calls on Trump to Confront Putin
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-13
Republican Sen. John McCain says if the president is not prepared to hold Putin accountable for Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Helsinki summit should not take place. | The post McCain Calls on Trump to Confront Putin appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Armenian Youth End Soviet-Era Inertia in Velvet Revolution
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-13
It is a rare moment for Armenia: There is a resurgence of optimism, in no small part, because of the country's youth. | This past April and May, it was the youth, under the leadership of opposition leader and journalist Nikol Pashinyan, who organized the country's Velvet Revolution. The movement developed in response to President Serzh Sargsyan's announcement that he would seek a third consecutive term as the most powerful figure in Armenia. Hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the capital's Republic Square, some having walked for hours from neighboring rural towns to participate. | The protests began unassumingly. Even as sizable crowds took to the streets, there still remained widespread disbelief that Sargsyan would carry through on appointing himself prime minister after having already served two presidential terms. Demonstrations began more as a fervent reaction to the audacity of the…
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Time to Stop Playing "Simon Says" with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-13
As the United States' depressed, distracted, disorganized, and demobilized populace watches the vicious white-nationalist and authoritarian Donald Trump and the arch-reactionary Republican Party craft a Supreme Court yet further to the right of majority public opinion, the worst of the nation's slave-owning Founders might just be heard chuckling in their graves.
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This Disgusting Scheme to Enrich Cops by Starving Prisoners May Soon Be Scuttled
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
Alabama's sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to pre-World War II statutory language. | Alabama's sheriffs have been getting rich off of prisoners for decades thanks to purportedly ambiguous pre-World War II statutory language that lets them keep "excess" food funds. With that distorted incentive to keep expenditures low, sheriffs have been subjecting prisoners to sustenance that ranges from unappetizing to inadequate to unsafe. Now, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey is trying to put a stop to that practice with a memo to the state comptroller. "Public funds should be used for public purposes–it's that simple," Ivey said. Ivey's memo was likely inspired by the Southern Center for Human Rights's move to gather information about the sheriffs' use of funds and develop a legal challenge. They have a strong argument, after all: "This archaic system. . .
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Mueller indictment 'aims to spoil' Trump-Putin summit – Russian Foreign Ministry
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-13
The indictment of 12 Russians for allegedly hacking the Democratic Party in 2016 appear to be politically motivated, with the goal of spoiling the upcoming Helsinki summit, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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French President Macron lays out road map for military escalation
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-13
Macron is advancing a far-right policy of militarism, attacks on democratic rights and scrapping basic social gains of the working class.
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Judge Rules Trump Admin May Have Violated Free Speech Rights of Mexican Journalist Detained in U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
We turn now to a major development in the case of a jailed Mexican journalist that Democracy Now! has followed closely. In El Paso on Wednesday, a federal judge issued a 26-page ruling that questioned the Trump administration's detention of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar, and ordered an August 1 hearing to examine whether immigration officials violated his First Amendment rights. Gutiérrez first sought asylum in the United States in 2008 after receiving death threats for reporting on alleged corruption in the Mexican military. He's lived here in the U.S. for the past decade and has since won the National Press Club's Freedom of the Press Award. We speak with Penny Venetis, a Rutgers University law professor who filed the First Amendment challenge in Gutiérrez Soto's case; Bill McCarren, executive director of the National Press Club; and Eduardo Beckett, Gutiérrez Soto's lawyer.
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In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-13
Activists from the citizens' movements Filimbi and LUCHA RDC Afrique peacefully protested on July 13, 2018 in Goma for the release of fellow activists detained in the capital Kinshasa since December 2017. Police arrested seven of them and held them without charge for a few hours before releasing them. | © 2018 Private | Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrested seven activists on Wednesday in the eastern city of Goma after a sit-in in front of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo. The activists read out a memorandum demanding the release of their fellow activists in the capital, Kinshasa, sang protest songs, and displayed banners with messages such as "Release Our Friends" and "Activism is Not a Crime." | "We were peacefully singing in front of MONUSCO," an activist from the…
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The spirit of Liu Xiaobo will never die
amnesty.org | amnesty.org | 2018-07-13
13 July marks the first anniversary of the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. His good friend, the writer Yedu, reflects on the legacy of one of China's most prominent human rights and democracy advocates. | Liu Xiaobo had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion" when he died of liver cancer at the age of 61. The Chinese authorities refused his wish to travel abroad for treatment. On Tuesday, his widow Liu Xia was finally allowed to travel abroad to Germany after eight years of being held under illegal house arrest. | I felt so happy when I learnt Liu Xia had landed in Berlin. Liu Xiaobo always hoped that she would be free, and this dream has finally been realized. | One unfulfilled wish of Liu Xiaobo must certainly be the realization of Charter 08. This manifesto for…
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Reich: Here's What We Can Do About Trump's Escalating Lies
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | alternet.org | 2018-07-13
Be active now, before Election Day — on behalf of the truth. | As the political season heats up, Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox News, rallies, and Twitter. According to The Fact Checker's database, the average daily rate of Trump's false or misleading claims is climbing. The problem isn't just the number or flagrancy of the lies — for example, that Putin and the Russians didn't intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump, or that the Mueller investigation is part of a Democratic plot to remove him. And it's not just that the lies are about big, important public issues — for example, that immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans, or trade wars are harmless. The biggest problem is his lies aren't subject to the filters traditionally applied to presidential statements — a skeptical press, experts. . .
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Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot" for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing "the fabric of Europe. … And I don't mean that in a positive way." Trump's xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain–including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a "Good Morning Britain" interview Thursday that went viral.
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Sanders slams Disney CEO for taking home millions and paying 'poverty wages'
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-13
Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is taking on Mickey Mouse and company, blasting Disney CEO Bob Iger for taking home a seven-figure paycheck while some of his workers struggle to make ends meet.
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Mueller indicts 12 Russians for 2016 presidential election hacking offences
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-13
Twelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted for hacking the Democratic party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, the US Department of Justice announced, adding that no Americans were involved and no votes affected.
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Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
Two days after a court-imposed deadline, the Trump administration said Thursday that just 57 of more than 100 children under the age of 5 have been reunited with their parents after they were separated at the border under the "zero tolerance" policy. This comes as the Trump administration has announced a new asylum policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, which instructs immigration officers to immediately reject asylum seekers who say they are fleeing gangs or domestic violence. We're joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her new story for The Nation, reported in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, is headlined "For Some Migrant Families, a Second Separation Awaits."
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In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London's Muslim Mayor
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-13
President Trump is meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May today, just hours after warning that a "soft Brexit" will kill Britain's chances of a future trade deal with the United States. In an explosive interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun in which Trump claimed that Britain is losing its culture due to immigration, Trump said Theresa May had ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations. We speak with Gary Younge, editor-at-large for The Guardian and a columnist at The Nation.
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Hearing on FBI role in 2016 election erupts in vicious conflict between right-wing politicians
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-13
While Republicans sought to cross-examine former FBI official Peter Strzok about text messages expressing hostility to Trump, Democrats denounced the hearing as a "favor to Putin."
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Australian lawyers association warns foreign interference laws violate rights to free speech
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-13
"This type of regulation of civil society is a prominent feature of repressive regimes. It is not a feature of open democracies."
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House Democrats introduce 'Abolish ICE' bill
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-12
The far left's calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took one step closer to reality, as progressive House Democrats introduced a bill that would disband the agency and shift its duties to other agencies.
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Tens of Thousands of Protesters to Welcome Trump with Orange Baby Blimp for His First U.K. Visit
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-12
Mass protests are expected to greet Donald Trump as he arrives for his first visit to Britain as president. In London, protesters will float a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. The balloon depicts the president as an angry orange baby, wearing a diaper and clutching a cellphone, ready to tweet. In a press conference this morning, Trump said he is "fine" with the mass protests planned in the country and that Britons like him "a lot." In London, we speak with Sheila Menon, social justice activist and one of the organizers behind the Trump baby blimp. And in Oxford, we speak with George Monbiot, a British journalist and author. His latest book is titled "Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis."
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Cambodia: Military, Police Campaigning for Ruling Party
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-12
A supporter of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) uses a mobile phone to photograph a portrait of CPP president Hun Sen during an election campaign in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 7, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Samrang Pring | (New York) — Cambodian military officers, gendarmes, and police officers are actively campaigning for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), in violation of Cambodia's law requiring political neutrality, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia is holding national elections on July 29, 2018, in an environment in which the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been dissolved, its president Kem Sokha has been detained, and its founder Sam Rainsy has been forced into exile. | Senior members of the security forces have endorsed Prime Minister Hun Sen and the CPP at numerous public…
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Twenty thousand demonstrate in Dàºsseldorf, Germany against police state attacks on democratic rights
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-12
Last Saturday, 20,000 workers and young people marched from Dàºsseldorf Central Station to the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament to protest the new police law planned by the state government.
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"The Old Order Is Disappearing": How Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the U.K. & U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-12
Pundits and Democratic heavyweights were stunned when 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Representative Joe Crowley in New York in last month's Democratic primary. We speak with George Monbiot, British journalist and author, and Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, about what her win means for the future of the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.
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Katrina vanden Heuvel on NATO Military Spending & Avoiding Cold War Nuclear Catastrophe with Russia
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-12
At the NATO summit, President Trump called on member states to double their military spending to 4 percent of gross domestic product, and hailed the meeting as a success. He is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, joins us to discuss NATO, the militarization of U.S. foreign policy and avoiding a second Cold War with Russia over allegations of election meddling. "I would argue that the bipartisan establishment consensus is bankrupt. … We believe you can have secure elections and avoid nuclear catastrophe," said vanden Heuvel. The Nation has just published an open letter, "Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security," co-signed by Daniel Ellsberg, Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, Governor Bill Richardson, Rev. Dr. William Barber and Michael Moore, among others.
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US Is Helping 'Bloodthirsty Cult' — the MEK — to Overthrow Iran's Government
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
In pursuit of regime change in Iran, the Trump administration and prominent Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), which former top US official Larry Wilkerson says is a "bloodthirsty cult." Ben Norton reports | The post US Is Helping 'Bloodthirsty Cult' — the MEK — to Overthrow Iran's Government appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Trump's Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-07-11
Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pushes the Supreme Court towards defending a far-right corporate state, says Henry A. Giroux the author of 'American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism' | The post Trump's Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Cynthia Nixon's Platform Aligns With Democratic Socialist Principles, and With the Future
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Cynthia Nixon's Platform Aligns With Democratic Socialist Principles, and With the Future appeared first on The Nation.
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Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security
The Nation | thenation.com | 2018-07-11
Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security appeared first on The Nation.
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In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo and Hope for 'Business-Friendly' Change
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2018-07-11
For the New York Times ( 7/1/18), the election of Lopez Obrador brings "a sense of economic nationalism that some fear could reverse important gains of the last 25 years." | Neoliberal capitalist dogma pervades mainstream media. A case in point is coverage of Andrés Manuel López Obrador's resounding victory in Mexico's presidential election. | Referring to the president-elect by his commonly used acronym, the New York Times' Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas ( 7/1/18) claimed thatone of AMLO's biggest challenges will be to convince foreign investors that Mexico will remain open for business. If he fails to convince the markets that he is committed to continuity, or makes abrupt changes to the current economic policy, the country could find itself struggling to achieve even the modest growth of prior administrations. | According to the authors, keeping Mexico "open for business"
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