2018-07-15: Social Media Postees

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California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein, Endorses Rival
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-15
OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger. | In backing de Leon, a majority of the party's 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein's calls to stay neutral in the race. Her allies had warned an endorsement would create an intraparty squabble that could detract from important down-ballot races. | De Leon has long been courting party activists and appealed to those seeking a fresh face and a more progressive senator to fight against President Donald Trump. | "Today's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.," de Leon said in a statement after the vote. "We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century."

Think GOP Lawmakers Aren't Unhinged Enough to Endorse Program Called "Kinderguardians" That Puts Guns in Hands of 4-Year-Old Kids? Watch Them
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | alternet.org | 2018-07-15
Sacha Baron Cohen's new show is about to drop and exposed nut-job Republicans are not happy about it | That comedian and chameleon provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen has been traveling the country and duping clueless Republican lawmakers and their supporters has been known for weeks, but as his new show–titled "What Is America? "–readies to drop its first episode for Showtime on Sunday night, clips have surfaced in which actual adults are seen endorsing the preposterous idea of arming children as young as three and four years old with guns in order to possibly intervene in case of a school shooting massacre. According to Reuters: In the first episode of "Who is America? ", previewed for media by Showtime, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two U. S. congressmen to voice support for his fake "Kinderguardians" scheme for children as young. . .

Elon Musk faces online wrath after being exposed as Republican PAC donor
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-15
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing criticism over his environmental stance after donating $38,900 to a Republican PAC, which is lobbying for the GOP to retain control of Congress ahead of the midterm election.

"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.

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…

Turtle Researcher's Award Rescinded Over Racy Student Photos
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-14
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A scientists' group has rescinded an award to a turtle researcher who included pictures of scantily clad female students doing field research in his speech at a New York conference. | The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports longtime Brazilian turtle researcher Dick Vogt showed the racy slides Thursday during the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester. Some slides were so risque that conference organizers added blue boxes to cover parts of the women's bodies. | Conference attendees complained on Twitter that the slides were sexist and exploitative. The uproar prompted the Herpetologists' League to rescind Vogt's award for distinguished herpetologist on Friday. | The directors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists tweeted that they "regretted" Vogt's presentation. | The newspaper says Vogt has declined to comment. | The post Turtle Researcher's Award Rescinded Over Racy Student Photos appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Indictment of Russian Intelligence Operatives Should Quell Harebrained Conspiracy Theories on DNC Hack
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-14
With his latest indictments on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller drove a particularly sharp nail into the coffin of the conspiracy theories surrounding the cyber-attack on the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign during the 2016 election. | Spoiler alert: The Russians really did do it. | It wasn't Seth Rich, the murdered young Democratic staffer whose name has been dragged through the mud by countless fringe theorists, and whose parents are now suing Fox News for propagating such lies. | It wasn't an inside job by the Democrats themselves, as a group of out-of-touch former intelligence officials tried to convince themselves and the world. The Mueller investigation isn't a "witch hunt," as Donald Trump and his loyalists have repeatedly claimed. | Instead, Mueller's prosecutors charged 12 Russian intelligence officials, listed by name, rank, and job title, with engineering…

Indictment of 12 Russian Military Intelligence Officers: Trump Should Fire Rosenstein Immediately
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-14
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Does Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Hillary's emails and interfering in the US election have any purpose other than to …

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. . .

"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…

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.

Trump sees no competition in US & 'fully intends' to run for president in 2020
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-14
Donald Trump has confirmed that he is planning to run for president in 2020, not only because "everybody wants him to," but also because there doesn't seem to be any viable competition in the liberal Democratic camp.

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 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 protest on July 11, 2018 in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, for the release of fellow activists detained in the capital Kinshasa since December 2017. | © 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 Filimbi youth movement who escaped arrest told Human Rights Watch. "As…

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,…

A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians. The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-07-13
Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Russian military hackers tried to trick employees of VR Systems, a Florida-based e-voting vendor, into downloading computer-hijacking malware, according to a top-secret NSA report published by The Intercept last year. As recently as last month, the company denied any breach had occurred. But, in fact, the hacking attempt worked, judging from an indictment of 12 Russian military officers prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and handed down by a grand jury today. | Although the indictment doesn't mention VR by name, referring to the polling and registration software maker as "U.S. Vendor" or "Vendor 1," the facts laid out in the indictment line up with what was previously know about the 2016 spear-phishing campaign against the company. The indictment alleges that "in or around August 2016, [Russian military officer] KOVALEV and his co-conspirators hacked into…

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.

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.

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.

The Dialysis Industry Is Putting Profits Over Patients. A California Democratic Party Official is Quietly Helping Them
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-13
Earlier this week, the California Democratic Party announced that it would no longer accept contributions from the private prison industry, and that it would donate the $160,000 it received from the top two prison operators — GEO Group and CoreCivic — to organizations that assist immigrants and ex-offenders. It was a heartening reversal of pay-to-play politics, made possible by an organized activist movement capitalizing on financial disclosure. | But pay-to-play still has a role within the party. According to financial statements, party vice chair Alex Gallardo-Rooker received $30,000 in the first quarter of this year from opponents of a controversial ballot measure that would cap patient payments at outpatient dialysis facilities. She waited several weeks to make a written disclosure of this relationship, contravening the party bylaws. And critics claim that she continues to stay quiet about her role as a…

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.

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. . .

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…

Republicans' Slavish Loyalty to Trump in the Russia Investigation May Permanently Deprive Congress of Its Oversight Role
James Risen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-13
In 2008, a Russian tax law expert named Sergei Magnitsky accused Russian officials and organized crime figures of a $230 million tax fraud as part of a scheme to seize assets belonging to his client, the American-born investor William Browder. | Instead of investigating Magnitsky's allegations, Russian officials arrested him and accused him of being involved in the fraud himself. The following year, Magnitsky died in a Russian prison. He was denied medical care while suffering from acute pancreatitis and had reportedly been chained to a bed and beaten by prison guards with rubber batons. | Strange and terrible things have been happening to people who get too close to the Magnitsky case in Moscow and beyond ever since. In 2010, Alexander Perepilichny, a Russian who had conspired with the Russian officials involved in the massive tax fraud, fled to Britain; he later…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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."

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 …

A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians. The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2018-07-13
Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Russian military hackers tried to trick employees of VR Systems, a Florida-based e-voting vendor, into downloading computer-hijacking malware, according to a top-secret NSA report published by The Intercept last year. As recently as last month, the company denied any breach had occurred. But, in fact, the hacking attempt worked, judging from an indictment of 12 Russian military officers prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and handed down by a grand jury today. | Although the indictment doesn't mention VR by name, referring to the polling and registration software maker as "U.S. Vendor" or "Vendor 1," the facts laid out in the indictment line up with what was previously know about the 2016 spear-phishing campaign against the company. The indictment alleges that "in or around August 2016, [Russian military officer] KOVALEV and his co-conspirators hacked into…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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."

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."

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.

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.

Brett Kavanaugh, Who Has Ruled Against Campaign Finance Regulations, Could Bring an Avalanche of Big Money to Elections
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-07-12
The elevation of D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court could have a profound impact on the rules governing the American democratic system. | In recent years, the Supreme Court has swiftly remade the landscape of American politics, gutting 1960s-era civil rights laws restricting voter suppression, sharply weakening labor unions, and deregulating the campaign finance system to allow for wealthy individuals and corporations to exercise greater influence over elected representatives. With President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, that influence is poised to grow. | Kavanaugh's appellate court decisions and public comments suggest that he will accelerate the trend toward a political system dominated by wealthy elites — often operating in the shadows, without any form of disclosure.Kavanaugh has wielded the First Amendment as a cudgel to unravel decades of laws designed to ensure that ordinary Americans are…

"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.

Maryland's GOP Governor Recently Opposed Trump on Immigration, but His Record Tells a Different Story
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-07-12
Gov. Larry Hogan is up for re-election in Maryland, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. His immigration record could be a liability in November. | The post Maryland's GOP Governor Recently Opposed Trump on Immigration, but His Record Tells a Different Story appeared first on The Intercept.

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