2018-07-16: News Headlines

Ryan Grim (2018-07-16). Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership. theintercept.com Barbara Lee's ascension to a significant leadership post would be a signal to grassroots activists that the strength of their opposition to the status quo is being felt inside the Capitol.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-16). Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War. therealnews.com Our wars abroad and our wars at home. This week on the show, acclaimed graphic artist Molly Crabapple and Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham join me to talk about their collaborative book "Brothers of the Gun." Then, a report by Jonathan Klett on a community in Wisconsin that mobilized to greet Republicans attending a Trump fundraiser: …

Dave Lindorff (2018-07-16). Undermining Trump-Putin Summit Means Promoting War. counterpunch.org Timing isn't everything, but in politics it's important, and the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence for allegedly being behind the supposed hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in an alleged effort to skew the election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, announced by Mueller "Russiagate" probe overseer and Associate US Attorney More

Ray McGovern (2018-07-16). Memo to the President Ahead of Monday's Trump-Putin Summit. mintpressnews.com With Friday's indictments of Russian intelligence officers, Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump making clear that the "evidence" behind the indictments is as fraudulent as the intelligence alleging WMD in Iraq. It is being published exclusively here ahead of the Trump-Putin summit on Monday. | BRIEFING FOR: The President | FROM: Ray McGovern, former CIA briefer of The President's Daily Brief, and William Binney, former Technical Director at NSA | SUBJECT: Info Your Summit Briefers May Have Missed | We reproduce below one of our most recent articles on "Russia-Gate," which, in turn, draws from our Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Memorandum to you of July 24, 2017. | At the time of that Memorandum we wrote: Forensic studies of "Russian hacking" into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-16). Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism. therealnews.com This week with Rick Wolff: Updates on Left victory in Mexico's election; SCOTUS's Janus decision; Trump's Foxconn fakery in Wisconsin; the GOP's forced labor for Medicaid beneficiaries; and the scapegoating of immigrants exposed; Dr. Harriet Fraad on the personal, psychological effects of a dying US empire

Patrick Cockburn (2018-07-16). Trump Knows That the US Can Exercise More Power in a UK Weakened by Brexit. counterpunch.org English nationalism as expressed by Brexiteers is a strange beast. Donald Trump gives an interview in which he assumes the right to intervene in the conflict between Theresa May and Boris Johnson over Brexit. He speaks with the same confident authority as he would in his own country, sorting out differences in the Republican Party over who should be More

wsws.org (2018-07-16). Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy. wsws.org Prior to Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin, the Democratic Party, the media and intelligence agencies have been demanding that the anti-Russia campaign be intensified.

wsws.org (2018-07-16). Democrats vow to vote against their own bill to abolish ICE. wsws.org The Democrats never had any intention of abolishing ICE, even though their so-called "abolition" would amount to little more than rebranding the ruthless agency.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon (2018-07-15). Is Donald Trump Ushering In a New World War? alternet.org Those of us who imagine a more democratic and egalitarian future are at great moral risk. | Perhaps the most vivid description of President Trump's histrionic performance at the NATO summit earlier this week in Brussels came from a foreign-policy analyst named Philipp Liesenhoff, who quoted a German folk saying to reporters for the Daily Beast: "A blind chicken finds corn once in a while. "It's a marvelous metaphor. But I'm afraid it's deceptive. Here's a word of advice to the Trump-loathing defenders of the liberal-democratic order, whether in Europe or Britain or at home in the United States: Beware the blind chicken. His other senses have become finely tuned. Mock him at your peril. If you believe for a second that he will be easy to capture or contain or defeat, then you have learned nothing from the last three years. . .

RT (2018-07-15). Don't meet one-on-one with 'trained KGB vet' Putin, Democrats urge Trump. rt.com US politicians have joined their European counterparts in voicing warnings to Donald Trump ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. The Democrats urged him not to meet alone with "trained KGB vet" Vladimir Putin.

Staff (2018-07-15). California Democratic Party Snubs Feinstein, Endorses Rival. truthdig.com 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."

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-07-15). California Dems Refuse to Endorse Dianne Feinstein for a Second Time. alternet.org Progressive challenger Kevin de León received a landslide endorsement from California Democrats | In the latest sign that many in the party are ready for new blood and a bolder, more progressive vision, the Democratic Party in California offered a stunning rebuke to the state's senior U. S. Senator Diane Feinstein by endorsing her primary challenger Kevin de León, the former State Senate leader from Los Angeles. In a vote by the party's 330-member executive body in Oakland on Saturday evening, de León received a full 65 percent of the votes, while Feinstein—who had argued with the board not to issue an endorsment—received only 7 percent. Twenty-eight percent of members chose not to vote. "Tonight we showed the world what a truly unified Democratic Party looks like," de León declared followig the vote. "California Democrats are leading the call for a bold agenda in. . .

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-07-15). To Survive the Trump Era, Democrats Must Embrace Their True Identity — Which Most Americans Strongly Support. alternet.org Democrats have an ideology — government as a force for good. To win, they must embrace it | As Matt Grossmann and David Hopkins vividly underscore in their book " Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats" (Salon review here), America's two parties are not mirror images, and Democrats don't present as ideologically unified or coherent. "While the Democratic Party is fundamentally a group coalition, the Republican Party can be most accurately characterized as the vehicle of an ideological movement," they argue, with a broad range of evidence in support — from individual voters' opinions and how the two parties organize to public-policy issue debates, political campaigns and finally how the parties govern. At every level of analysis the same distinction recurs, and the differences at each level reinforce one another. At the level of individual opinion, more people identify as. . .

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-07-15). Think GOP Lawmakers Aren't Unhinged Enough to Endorse Program Called "Kinderguardians" That Puts Guns in Hands of 4-Year-Old Kids? Watch Them. alternet.org 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. . .

David Dayen (2018-07-15). Kevin de León Stuns Dianne Feinstein, Wins California Democratic Party Endorsement in a Landslide. theintercept.com The endorsement is a resounding rejection of Feinstein's brand of centrist politics, which simply doesn't mesh well with the party's most dedicated and plugged-in supporters.

David Yaffe-Belamy, The Texas Tribune (2018-07-15). Science Fights Back: As Trump Backlash Continues, STEM Professionals in Texas Run for Office. alternet.org Across the country, hundreds of candidates with academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have left their businesses and laboratories to compete in state legislative contests, congressional elections and even governor's races. | Allison Lami Sawyer's path to the 2018 Texas midterms started at Space Camp. As a child growing up in small-town Alabama, Sawyer spent five consecutive summers at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, where she built model rockets and began to envision herself as a scientist. Sawyer went on to earn degrees in engineering and nanotechnology before starting a Houston company called Rebellion Photonics, which develops high-tech cameras to detect gas leaks in oil installations. Since she moved to Houston in 2008, that scientific background has attuned Sawyer, 33, to what she sees as a decline in "evidence-based decisions" in Texas politics, starting with the Tea. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-15). Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper Lectures GOP Senator Equating NATO with Russian Aggression. alternet.org "Russia invades other countries and takes over those countries. " | CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday defended NATO to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), as the Republican senator appeared to equate the alliance with Russia's attacks on other countries. Paul accused the United States of engaging in election interference throughout the world, before suggesting NATO offers "a disproportionate advantage to the west. ""I think there are a lot of people out there who would have been surprised to hear a sitting United States senator describe Russia versus NATO in terms of confrontation and expansion as a chicken or egg proposition given the fact that NATO protects sovereign countries while allowing them to remain sovereign while Russia invades other countries and takes over those countries," Tapper said. "Right," Paul replied. "Well, what I would say is that there were people—probably the greatest diplomat of the last century was. . .

Sergey Lavrov (2018-07-15). Video: What Outcome of the Trump-Putin Summit? Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's Interview with Larry King's "Politicking" Show. globalresearch.ca Question: A historic Summit looms between United States President Donald Trump and Russia's leader Vladimir Putin at a time of increased tensions between their two nations. Mr Trump has signalled that Syria, sanctions, military exercises and elections meddling may be …

The Conversation (2018-07-15). State Takeovers of Schools in the South Are About Political Power — Not School Improvement. alternet.org Much like the state takeovers in northern cities in the 1990s and early 2000s, these state interventions are being led by Republican governors and majority-Republican state legislatures. | When states take over local school districts — like they've done or are trying to do in Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi — school improvement is typically the stated objective. Although the research on the effects of state takeovers on academic outcomes is mixed, takeovers often have devastating political and economic implications for black communities. As states increasingly attempt to take over school districts in major Southern cities, it's worth exploring whether school improvement is the real purpose, or whether political motives are at play. I raise this issue as the author of the first systematic study of state takeovers of local school districts. I am also a researcher who. . .

Stephen J. Pyne, History News Network (2018-07-15). If We're Going to Use Fire as a Metaphor in Politics, Let's Get It Right. alternet.org Good or bad, fire synthesizes its surroundings. | In his recent interview with Rolling Stone, in which he renounced his membership in the Republican Party, Steven Schmidt concluded that the task before us resembles a fire. "A forest fire is part of a natural cycle of the forest. The forest burns, and through its burning and destruction, it is regenerated and made healthy again. " Before political restoration, "there must be a season of burning. "The comment echoes one made on April 15 by James Comey, who likened the Trump presidency to a forest fire. "Terrible things happen in forest fires. But I'm an optimistic person. And so I choose to see the opportunity in a forest fire 'cause what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could've grown. "The allusion to fire as destructive is an old trope. What is most. . .

The Conversation (2018-07-15). Sacha Baron Cohen's New Showtime Show Is Just What We Need in an Era of Fake News. alternet.org The British comedian's sly docu-comedy format is perfect for helping people understand and navigate the proliferation of fake news. | British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen ( aka Ali G, Borat, and Bràºno), is back — just in time — with his new show: Who is America? Filmed secretly over the past year, this satirical comedy series "explores the diverse individuals. . . across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate the United States". Already Baron Cohen has created controversy by releasing a clip showing former US vice president Dick Cheney signing a waterboarding "kit". He has also infuriated former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin after she discovered she'd been duped by the comedian who interviewed her posing as a disabled US veteran. If this new project is anything like the work Baron Cohen did on Borat: Cultural Learnings of America. . .

Arun Gupta, AlterNet (2018-07-15). Forget Impeachment — Here Are 7 Other Ways Donald Trump's Presidency Might Go Down in Flames. alternet.org Trump is sowing the seeds of his own demise | There's an ironclad rule with Republican presidents — the greater their authoritarianism and incompetence, the more spectacular the destruction they cause. Richard Nixon's paranoia led to Watergate, forcing him to resign in 1974. Gerald Ford took over, but was overwhelmed by a deep recession and pushed out in two years. Ronald Reagan's embrace of criminals and terrorists spawned the Iran-Contra scandal in 1986, turning him into a lame duck. His successor, George H. W. Bush, proved aloof and incompetent during the early 1990s recession and lasted only one term. George W. Bush outdid them all in arrogance and mismanagement — wrecking a city, New Orleans, a country, Iraq, and a global economy. With Trump the stakes are far higher. His strategy is to sow chaos for the sake of it. But. . .

RT (2018-07-15). Elon Musk faces online wrath after being exposed as Republican PAC donor. rt.com 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. |

RT (2018-07-15). Even if I get Moscow as 'retribution,' critics will say it's not good enough — Trump. rt.com No matter how well his meeting with Vladimir Putin goes – and even if he was gifted the entire city of Moscow – the media and Democrats will say it's not good enough, Trump tweeted before the one-on-one session.

wsws.org (2018-07-14). "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 The turnout at the UK protests showed the extent of popular opposition to the anti-democratic and fascistic policies of the Trump presidency.

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

| 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

James Risen (2018-07-14). Indictment of Russian Intelligence Operatives Should Quell Harebrained Conspiracy Theories on DNC Hack. theintercept.com 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…

DPCR (2018-07-14). Indictment of 12 Russian Military Intelligence Officers: Trump Should Fire Rosenstein Immediately. globalresearch.ca 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 …

RT (2018-07-14). Trump sees no competition in US & 'fully intends' to run for president in 2020. rt.com 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.

wsws.org (2018-07-14). In run-up to Trump-Putin summit, Mueller charges 12 Russian officers with DNC email hack. wsws.org 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.

wsws.org (2018-07-14). Inflation cutting real wages of US workers. wsws.org 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.

Chris Wright (2018-07-13). The American Oligarchy: A Review. counterpunch.org 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 More

Rossana Cambron (2018-07-13). Has the right given up power in Mexico? peoplesworld.org 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 […]…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Judge Rules Trump Admin May Have Violated Free Speech Rights of Mexican Journalist Detained in U.S. democracynow.org 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.

Sam Biddle (2018-07-13). A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians. The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise. theintercept.com 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…

RT (2018-07-13). Sanders slams Disney CEO for taking home millions and paying 'poverty wages'. rt.com 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. |

David Dayen (2018-07-13). The Dialysis Industry Is Putting Profits Over Patients. A California Democratic Party Official is Quietly Helping Them. theintercept.com 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…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot" for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London's Muslim Mayor. democracynow.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Headlines for July 13, 2018. democracynow.org Amid Protests, Trump Meeting with Theresa May After Criticizing Her over Brexit, Trump Falsely Claims He'd Convinced NATO to Increase Military Spending, Trump Admin Couldn't Reunite a Dozen Migrant Kids Because Parents Already Deported, New Asylum Guidelines: Reject at Border All Gang & Domestic Violence-Based Claims, Mexican Immigrant Efrain De La Rosa Dies by Suicide in Stewart Detention Center, Report: Over 600 Migrants Have Drowned Crossing Mediterranean over Last 4 Weeks, FBI Agent Peter Strzok Faces Off with Lawmakers in Contentious Hearing, Ireland to Be First Country in the World to Divest from Fossil Fuels, Justice Dept. Reopens Investigation into Emmett Till's Murder, Carlos Russell, Key Figure of Black Liberation Movement, Dies in New York…

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-13). In DR Congo, Speak Out and Get Arrested. hrw.org 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…

Geoff Dutton (2018-07-13). Fair and Balanced Opinion at the New York Times. counterpunch.org "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, "Democratic Socialism is More

Aidan O'Brien (2018-07-13). Ireland's Intellectuals Bow to the Queen of Chaos. counterpunch.org "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 More

James Risen (2018-07-13). Republicans' Slavish Loyalty to Trump in the Russia Investigation May Permanently Deprive Congress of Its Oversight Role. theintercept.com 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…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-07-13). Cultural and Ideological Struggle in the US: a Final Comment on Ocasio-Cortez. counterpunch.org 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 More

Ron Jacobs (2018-07-13). Vermont: Can It Happen Here? counterpunch.org 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. More

Democracy Now! (2018-07-13). Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum? democracynow.org 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."

Jared Porter (2018-07-13). Congressional Progressive Caucus Challenge Party Leadership and Congress on Militarism and Foreign Policy. therealnews.com 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

Kweli Nzito (2018-07-13). Imperial Gangster Nations: Peddling "Democracy" and Other Goodies to the Untutored. counterpunch.org 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 More

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-13). Has Mueller Caught the Hackers? therealnews.com 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

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