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What Air Pollution and Police Violence Have in Common
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-07-14
In November, 30-year-old Summer Lee is expected to become the first Black woman to represent the Pittsburgh region at the state capital. | In May she won a landslide victory against incumbent Paul Costa, who has represented Pennsylvania's District 34 for nearly 20 years and is a member of a multi-generational political family that's deeply entrenched in Pittsburgh's Democratic party. | As a result of this disruption and history making, Lee, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has been profiled alongside a number of other millennial women shaking up the national political landscape, including Sara Innamorato, the newly elected representative of Pennsylvania's District 21 (also in the Pittsburgh region, where she defeated another member of the Costa family), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently beat one of the top Democrats in Congress in a race to represent New…

"The Labour Party here and Democratic Party in the US have left a void and the right-wing are trying to fill it"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-14
The turnout at the UK protests showed the extent of popular opposition to the anti-democratic and fascistic policies of the Trump presidency.

A New Fox News Poll Should Scare the Hell Out of Republicans as 2018 Midterms Loom
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-14
The big question is whether a Democratic sweep in November could imperil Trump's presidency. | Fox News may be a network that is overwhelmingly sympathetic to President Donald Trump, but even their latest poll can't conceal the ominous news that exists for the Republican Party among the general voting public. While 54 percent of Democrats describe themselves as being "extremely interested" in voting in the 2018 midterm elections, the same is true for only 47 percent of Republicans, according to the Fox News poll. Just as notably, although only 42 percent of Republicans said they were more enthusiastic about the election than usual, 51 percent of Democrats were willing to say the same thing about themselves. This story first appeared in Salon. Overall the survey found that voters asked about their preferences on a generic ballot preferred the Democratic candidate over the. . .

Trump's Angry Tweets and Secret Deals Will Not Lower Drug Prices
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-14
We can only imagine how the Trump administration's internal conversation about lowering the price of pharmaceuticals has been going. | President Trump campaigned on the issue and has repeatedly made bold promises to bring down the price of drugs since taking office. Trump chose a solid issue to stump on. Polls show that voters are furious about the cost of medicine and want lower prices to be a top priority in Washington. | Fulfilling these promises is another story. As Trump's aides may have explained to him, sparking meaningful decreases in drug costs within a short period of time — say, the first few years of a presidential administration — would require government intervention in the pharmaceutical market and supply chain. Lawmakers may need to pass sweeping legislation, and new regulations are something that most Republicans, the health lobby and Trump…

"They've Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform"
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-07-14

| Janine Jackson: A new report from the RAND Corporation concludes that the multi-million-dollar teacher evaluation project, championed and partially bankrolled by Bill Gates, did not increase teachers' effectiveness or improve students' academic performance, including the low-income minority students that were presented as the initiative's major beneficiaries. | The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss, a generally critical assessor of what's called "education philanthropy," covered this new report. But most corporate media appear uninterested in this challenge to a set of ideas about "failing public schools" and how to fix them, that they themselves play a notable role in promoting. | Our next guest has critically engaged the Gates Foundation's educational forays…

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Joining Forces to Boost Progressive Agenda in Kansas
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-14
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are joining forces next week as they both head to Kansas to give progressive contenders a lift as they run on a similar agenda of bold and progressive policies in that state's upcoming Democratic primary. | According to the Washington Post's Dave Weigel, "Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will head to Kansas on July 20. They'll begin in Wichita, where James Thompson, who narrowly lost a special election in 2017, wants another chance to win the 4th Congressional District. They'll continue with an event in the Kansas City suburbs for Brent Welder, a former Sanders delegate now seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District." | Speaking with Weigel in an interview, Sanders explained the importance of bringing the kind of agenda that fueled his 2016 presidential challenge–and also swept Ocasio-Cortez to her…

New Mueller Indictments Prove That Donald Trump is an Illegitimate President
Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-14
Anybody who gets elected to office in this country with the help of the intelligence agents of a foreign power has been elected illegitimately. It's not a tough call. | It's all right there in the indictment — day by day, hack by hack, theft by theft — how agents of the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, set out in the spring of 2016 to steal the election for Donald Trump. When you track the actions taken by Russian intelligence in the indictment with statements made by Trump and actions taken on his behalf by members of his campaign, the picture is as clear as an iPhone photo. Agents of the Russian government coordinated with members of the Trump campaign and took cues from Trump himself in order to influence the election of 2016. In announcing the indictment, Deputy. . .

Inflation cutting real wages of US workers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-14
Wage stagnation amidst relatively low unemployment and accelerating economic growth is the outcome of a decades-long social counterrevolution, made possible by the trade unions' suppression of the class struggle.

In run-up to Trump-Putin summit, Mueller charges 12 Russian officers with DNC email hack
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-14
The announcement of the criminal charges against the 12 Russians provoked a wave of hysteria from the US television news networks and Democratic Party officials.

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.

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.

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. . .

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,…

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.

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…

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."

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.

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…

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…

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.

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. . .

12 Russians Accused of Hacking DNC, Clinton Campaign in 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.

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…

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.

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 that number 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…

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…

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…

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."

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…

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.

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.

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.

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 …

At Least 132, Including a Candidate, Die in Pakistan Campaign Violence
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 At Least 132, Including a Candidate, Die in Pakistan Campaign Violence appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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."

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.

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…

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.

Mark Weisbrot: Trump's Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-11
The Associated Press is reporting President Trump repeatedly asked senior White House advisers last year about the possibility of a U.S. invasion of Venezuela, in a bid to depose President Nicolás Maduro and his government. Trump reportedly brought up the U.S. invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s. The AP reports Trump's comment stunned then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who warned military action could backfire. But then, the next day, on August 11, Trump raised the issue publicly. We're joined by Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and president of Just Foreign Policy.

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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