Daily Archives: 2018-02-28

2018-02-28: News Headlines

Jen Hayden, DailyKos (2018-02-28). Lehigh University Faculty Votes to Rescind Trump's Honorary Degree. AlterNet.org What took them so long? | It seems Lehigh University faculty are tired of all this winning. They recently overwhelmingly voted to rescind the honorary degree given to Donald Trump in 1988, citing his character (or lack thereof) and behavior. From WMFZ: University officials told 69 News Tuesday afternoon that faculty voted to rescind the degree bestowed on Trump in 1988. Online voting on the issue ended Monday afternoon. There was a 76 percent response rate with 83 percent in favor of revoking the degree. Some faculty members had been pushing the Board of Trustees to rescind Trump's degree. Two weeks ago, nearly 50 of Lehigh's 471 faculty members approved a motion to hold an electronic vote for the entire teaching body to vote on whether to rescind the degree. They said Trump's behavior goes against the character and standards of the Lehigh. . .

Jon Rynn (2018-02-28). What Should Progressives Stand For? A Survey and a Proposal. counterpunch.org What do progressives stand for? What does the Democratic Party stand for? Can Democrats and progressives win the House and eventually the Senate and presidency just by standing back and letting Trump and the Republicans self-destruct? And if the Democrats do gain power, will they do something or will the Republicans just come roaring back More

Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Gov't Continues Violating 5-Hour Daily "Truce" in Eastern Ghouta, U.N. Report Warns of Sexual Exploitation by Aid Workers in Syria, Supreme Court: U.S. Can Continue to Indefinitely Detain Immigrants & Asylum Seekers, ICE Arrests Over 150 People in Raids in Northern California, 40 Faith Leaders Arrested During Capitol Hill Protest to Demand Clean DREAM Act, WaPo: Officials in 4 Countries Tried to Manipulate Kushner Through Business Ties, NSA Head: Trump Has Not Directed Him to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Florida Lawmakers Vote to Create Statewide Program to Arm Teachers in Classrooms, Afghan President Offers to Begin Peace Talks with the Taliban, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 5 Civilians Outside Saada, Somalia: Nearly 40 People Killed in 2 Bombings in Mogadishu, Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Winners Criticize Aung San Suu Kyi over Violence Against Rohingya, Committee to Protect Journalists Calls for Probe into Killing of Slovak Journalist, Climate News: Temps Surge at North Pole; Sea Rise Floods U.S. Bases; Shrinking Lake Chad Causes Hunger Crisis, Treasury Department Slashes Puerto Rico's Disaster Relief Loan Fund, U.S. Intelligence Contractor Reality Winner Appears in Court in Georgia, West Virginia Teachers Win Pay Raise After 4-Day Statewide Strike…

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-02-28). The Reality of Forgiving All Student Debt the Trump Administration Will Never Acknowledge. AlterNet.org A new study suggests it could boost the economy and help revitalize higher education. | As the Trump administration works diligently to exacerbate the nation's student debt crisis—including efforts to insulate student loan debt collectors from regulations that aim to curtail abusive and predatory tactics—a new study out this month imagines a bold alternative that would wipe out all existing student debt in one fell swoop. This week, both Bloomberg and NPR have reported on an internal Education Department memo, drafted under Secretary Betsy DeVos, which argues that student loan servicers and debt collectors should be exempt from state regulations and oversight, a position which industry groups have been lobbying for since President Donald Trump appointed DeVos. The lobbying campaign has been rebuked by state officials, including 25 attorneys generals who last year sent a letter (pdf). . .

Stephen Lendman (2018-02-28). US Intends Indefinite Illegal Occupation of Syrian and Iraqi Territory. Global Research VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE: | stephenlendman.o rg | ( Home — Stephen Lendman). | Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. | All US wars and related occupations are flagrantly illegal, Trump continuing what his predecessors began. | Pentagon and State Department officials lied, claiming Washington …

ZeroHedge.com (2018-02-28). Foreign Officials Discussed How To Manipulate "Naive" Jared Kushner. MintPress News Just hours after Politico reported that White House senior advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner had been stripped of his top-level security clearance, the Washington Post dropped a bombshell report that purports to provide an unprecedented level of insight into why Kushner wasn't granted an exemption. | According to WaPo, officials in at least four countries have privately discussed how to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his "complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience." The story cited current and former US intelligence officials. | Kushner's family business, the Kushner Companies, was famously having money troubles tied to 666 Fifth Avenue, "the most expensive building ever purchased", in New York City at least. Though earlier today the Wall Street Journal reported that the family business was planning to buy out Vornado Realty's stake in the building. | The…

Kali Holloway, AlterNet (2018-02-28). 'This Is How Your Mind Learns to Accept Atrocities': Psychologist on Trump's Anti-Muslim Agenda. AlterNet.org Dr. Farha Abbasi breaks down the danger this presidency poses to mental health. | Islamophobia was an issue in the U. S. long before Donald Trump took office, but this administration has worked hard to help spread the disease. Since Trump's electoral win, 18 state legislatures have introduced 23 totally unnecessary anti-sharia law bills. Anti-Muslim violence has been on a steady rise. An unambiguous ban on Muslims from six countries—which candidate Trump made clear was a "Muslim ban"—is actually in effect. And among the other racist materials he's fond of, Trump regularly retweets anti-Muslim propaganda put out by white supremacists the world over. This all adds up to an attack on Muslims in America, and people's mental health often ends up in the line of fire. Michigan State University psychiatrist Farha Abbasi has been examining the psychic toll of America's. . .

MCJAP (2018-02-28). Hicks Acknowledges 'White Lies' for Trump, but Not on Russia. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists In an interview by a House intelligence panel, White House communications director Hope Hicks says she has not lied about anything relevant to the Russia probe. | The post Hicks Acknowledges 'White Lies' for Trump, but Not on Russia appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Cruel & Unconstitutional: ACLU Denounces SCOTUS Ruling Approving Indefinite Immigrant Detention. Democracy Now! The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal authorities can continue to indefinitely detain some immigrants and asylum seekers without a bond hearing. The 5-3 ruling overturned the rulings of two lower courts that found immigrants facing prolonged detention must be given a custody hearing. But Tuesday's Supreme Court decision does not end the battle over indefinite detention. The justices sent the case back to the federal appeals court to evaluate the constitutionality of the practice. Tuesday's decision came a day after the Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Trump's efforts to rescind DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives at least 700,000 young immigrants permission to live and work in the United States. The court refused to hear a White House appeal of lower court rulings saying Trump's move to cancel the program was unconstitutional. We speak to Michael Tan, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project.

Martin Berger (2018-02-28). Who Is Keeping the EU Hostage? Global Research Speaking at the security conference in Munich, US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster announced that "we will not allow Russia to hold the nations of Europe hostage." Apparently, local media sources couldn't come up with anything more …

Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists (2018-02-28). A Flawed Tale of Cyberwarfare Is Fanning 'Russiagate' Obsession. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Let's start at the beginning of "Russiagate." | Before Robert Mueller indicted three Russian entities and 13 Russian citizens for conspiring to undermine the 2016 presidential election in the United States … | Before the FBI sought and obtained a FISA warrant against Carter Page for allegedly conspiring with Russia to help tip that election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump … | Before President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey … | Before former FBI Director Mueller was appointed as a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the American electoral process. … | Before all of that, there was a cyberattack against the computer server of the Democratic National Committee, or DNC. | The hacking of the DNC server, and all that has since transpired, has been described by many in punditry as…

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-02-28). Trump's Recent Mental Health Pledge Should Have Us All Worried. AlterNet.org The president has proven he doesn't care whether mentally ill people have access to guns—or health care. | Nearly every single time there is a mass shooting in the United States (an estimated 34 have already happened in 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive), American politicians perform a mind-numbing script of condemnations, calls-to-action and rhetorical squabbles for and against gun control legislation. One of those points, from the pro-gun school of thought, blames mental health issues for mass shootings. The same contention emerged after the Parkland, Florida shooting when Donald Trump's administration said it was "actively" considering the expansion of mental health care initiatives to curb similar violence. But Trump's mental health care pledge against gun violence is riddled with hypocrisy. On Monday, the president said he was looking at Medicaid funds to do the difficult job of addressing mental. . .

RT (2018-02-28). 'Disgraceful': Trump skewers AG Sessions over FISA abuses probe . RT US News President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, criticizing his decision to let the inspector general, who can't prosecute, handle the investigation into alleged FBI surveillance abuses. |
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SGAP (2018-02-28). Trump Blasts Sessions' Handling of Russia Probe. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president reacts to the attorney general's announcement that the Justice Department inspector general will determine whether a warrant to investigate a Trump associate was improperly obtained. | The post Trump Blasts Sessions' Handling of Russia Probe appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-02-28). The New York Times Newsroom Is Openly Revolting Against Its Editorial Page Editor. AlterNet.org A series of leaks exposes a deep dissatisfaction with James Bennet's stewardship. | Since Donald Trump was elected president, the New York Times editorial page has waged a frontal assault on its readers' intelligence. Just this month, it has published pieces defending Woody Allen and Aziz Ansari against allegations of sexual abuse, and another scolding liberals for not being sufficiently respectful of gun owners in the wake of the latest mass shooting. In between, the paper hired and fired its leading commentator on technology after learning she counts a prominent neo-Nazi among her close friends. Subscribers are taking notice, and they're not alone. According to a Vanity Fair report, Times reporters have grown increasingly frustrated with the paper's op-ed section and fear it may be undermining their work. As one anonymous senior staffer put it, "Until yesterday, people. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-02-28). Hope Hicks Abruptly Resigns 24 Hours After Testifying About Russia. AlterNet.org She was one of Trump's longest-serving advisers. | White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is resigning, the New York Times reports. The move comes one day after Hicks was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee. During that meeting, Hicks reportedly told the intel committee she occasionally tells "white lies" for Donald Trump, but she insisted she's never told substantial lies about anything materially related to the Russia investigations. CNN reports Hicks will depart "in the next few weeks. "Hicks told the Times there are "no words" to express her gratitude towards Trump. "Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years," Trump told the Times. "She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future. " Related Stories: Two Members of Pussy Riot Went Missing in Russia, Are Now SafeIt's Not Just Ben Carson—There Have Been Plenty of Other Outrageous Spenders in Trump's CabinetLehigh University Faculty Votes to Rescind Trump's Honorary Degree

Jay Syrmopoulos (2018-02-28). Ohio Governor John Kasich Foresees End of Two-Party System. MintPress News Columbus, OH — On February 25th, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a staunch Trump critic and 2016 Republican presidential primary challenger, said that both the Republican and Democratic parties are failing the U.S. people, noting that "we may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system." | Appearing on ABC's "This Week", Kasich— who was allegedly offered the position of Vice President after Trump's 2016 election victory and turned it down, and has been rumored to be considering mounting a primary challenge against Trump in 2020— said that Americans are disenchanted with both parties and contemplated the rise of a "multi-party system" in the United States. | "I want to support candidates who I believe want to take the high road. Those that want to create discord and those that want to put the party in front of…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-02-28). Robert Reich: The Moral Movement Against Gun Violence. AlterNet.org The Parkland Florida students are leading the charge—we should support them or get out of their way. | Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Okay, the National Rifle Association isn't quite the Klan. But it's getting closer. For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members, even if they pack assault rifles. Yet in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the activism of high school students, corporations are bailing out of their deals with the NRA. As we've seen with the corporate firings of sleazebag movie moguls and predatory television personalities, nothing concentrates the minds of CEOs like a moral protest that's gaining traction. As I said, the NRA isn't the Klan, but since Trump became president it's behaved like a subsidiary of. . .

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-02-28). Robert Reich: The Trump Economy Is Doomed from the Start. AlterNet.org Corporate tax cuts have never trickled down to workers, and they won't start now. | How to build the economy? Not through trickle-down economics. Tax cuts to the rich and big corporations don't lead to more investment and jobs. The only real way to build the economy is through "rise-up" economics: Investments in our people — their education and skills, their health, and the roads and bridges and public transportation that connects them. Trickle-down doesn't work because money is global. Corporations and the rich whose taxes are cut invest the extra money wherever around the world they can get the highest return. Rise-up economics works because American workers are the only resources uniquely American. Their productivity is the key to our future standard of living. And that productivity depends on their education, health, and infrastructure. | Just look at the evidence. Research shows. . .

ORRAP (2018-02-28). ICE Chief: Mayor's Warning Prevented 800 Arrests. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists SAN FRANCISCO — A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter. | "What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community," Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting chief, told "Fox and Friends." | The mayor warned residents over the weekend of large-scale, impending raids by immigration agents in the San Francisco Bay area, escalating tensions between California officials and the Trump administration. | Homan said the Justice Department is looking into whether Schaaf obstructed justice and said her actions allowed immigrants who have committed crimes to remain in Oakland, making the community less safe. | "I just…

MJCAP (2018-02-28). Trump Communications Director Hope Hicks Quits. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The news comes a day after she was interviewed for nine hours by the House panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between the president's campaign and Russia. | The post Trump Communications Director Hope Hicks Quits appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-02-28). Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded – reports. RT US News US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly had his security clearance downgraded. This may complicate US peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, which he is in charge of. |
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RT (2018-02-28). US Supreme Court paves way for indefinite detention of immigrants. RT US News In the ongoing back-and-forth over migrant rights, the US Supreme Court has lifted the time limit immigrants can be held without bond. This comes a day after US President Trump failed to end childhood migrants' privileges.
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Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet (2018-02-28). 5 Other Outrageous Spenders in Trump's Cabinet Besides Ben Carson. AlterNet.org In too many instances, so-called "fiscal conservatives" threw money around on extravagances. | learned after The New York Times reported on Tuesday that it spent as much on a dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson's office in late 2017. Around the same time, it's worth noting, the White House sought to "slash HUD's programs for the homeless, elderly and poor. "HUD spokesman Raffi Williams told the Times that though Carson "didn't know the table had been purchased," he wasn't going to return it. Neither did the House or Senate Appropriations Committees know that the 50-year-old custom hardwood table had been purchased, as Williams claimed it served a "building-wide need" and so was exempt from federal law requiring congressional approval for renovations to a department head's office with costs exceeding $5,000. Carson is hardly an exception to the rule. President Trump's cabinet is. . .

RT (2018-02-28). Facebook exec claims Trump paid more for 2016 election ads than Clinton. RT US News A Facebook executive has published details on how much US presidential election candidates paid to reach potential voters on the social media platform in 2016. Critics say Trump was rewarded for provocative and divisive content.
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Truthout Stories (2018-02-28). Disappeared by the State: What Tuesday's Supreme Court Decision on Indefinite Detention Means for Immigrants. Truthout Stories Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling allowing immigrants to be detained indefinitely is a continuation of a political project that was expanding its reach, grinding immigrants and others under its wheels long before Trump. Many of the affected immigrants have an Indigenous connection to this land, which makes their disappearance into the carceral system yet another reflection of the US's origins as a country. Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court to voice opposition to Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from certain countries entry into the US, January 30, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) | On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that US immigration officials can detain immigrants within the US indefinitely, without offering periodic bond hearings. Immigrants with permanent legal status and those seeking asylum would not be exempt from this policy. In 2015, the 9th Circuit Court of…

Whitney Webb (2018-02-28). UN Attempt to Link North Korea to Syrian Chemical Weapons Program Nothing New. MintPress News Bush's "Axis of Evil" speech in 2002 was precursor to disastrous invasion and regime change. Now once again, under Trump, that narrative has re-emerged — this time linking Syria with North Korea, based on allegations by unidentified parties regarding chemical weapons shipments. | The post UN Attempt to Link North Korea to Syrian Chemical Weapons Program Nothing New appeared first on MintPress News.

Peter Bohmer (2018-02-28). Trump's Tax Scam. counterpunch.org The December 2017 tax deform legislation, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations and their stockholders, will raise health care premiums, further endanger the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve and the environment, and it will lead to further cuts for flawed but still important social and public welfare More

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-02-28). Father of Parkland Student Who Accused CNN of Scripting Town Hall Admits to Doctoring Emails. AlterNet.org There goes Fox News' latest conspiracy theory. | Glenn Haab, the father of Colton Haab, admitted on Tuesday that he doctored emails between his son and CNN in an effort to convince people the network told the Marjory Stoneman High School junior what to say during a live town hall last week. The family of a Parkland shooting survivor appears to have provided doctored emails to Fox and HuffPost in an attempt to support their claim that CNN "scripted" its Wednesday town hall. t. co/AdiXw2lmRz pic. twitter. com/3O5EneClcK— Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) February 24, 2018As the Associated Press reports, Glenn Haab "acknowledges omitting some words from the email but says he didn't do it on purpose. "CNN last week denied claims by Haab that the network tried to feed him lines during a town hall on gun violence. The company later released email exchanges after doctored emails appeared to support Haab's claim. Related Stories: Hope Hicks Admits to House Investigators That She's Lied for TrumpRep. Ted Lieu Calls for Jared Kushner to Resign If New Report Is TrueTrump's Recent Mental Health Pledge Should Have Us All Worried

AlterNet (2018-02-28). Hope Hicks Admits to House Investigators That She's Lied for Trump. AlterNet.org The stunning revelation came during a hearing in which she refused to answer questions about the administration. | White House communications director Hope Hicks told House investigators that her work for President Donald Trump has included lying. A New York Times report describes her characterization of the falsehoods as "white lies. " The Times noted that Hicks insisted to investigators that her lies did not include "matters material to the investigations into Russia's interference. "Lawmakers said that the White House instructed Hicks to "discuss only her time on the campaign. " Hicks followed the directive and "repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House. "This was not Hicks' first time being questioned about Trump. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigators interviewed Hicks in December, and she previously testified before the Senate intelligence committee. Related Stories: The New York Times Newsroom Is Openly Revolting Against Its Editorial Page EditorFour Additional Trump Administration Employees Thrown Out After Background ChecksBen Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing Budget

Truthout Stories (2018-02-28). Before the US Approves New Uranium Mining, Consider Its Toxic Legacy. Truthout Stories Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! | Uranium — the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons — is having a moment in the spotlight. | Companies such as Energy Fuels, Inc. have played well-publicized roles in lobbying the Trump administration to reduce federal protection for public lands with uranium deposits. The Defense Department's Nuclear Posture Review calls for new weapons production to expand the US nuclear arsenal, which could spur new domestic uranium mining. And the Interior Department is advocating more domestic uranium production, along with other materials identified as " critical minerals." | What would expanded uranium mining in the US mean at the local level? I have studied the legacies of past uranium mining and milling…

WSWS (2018-02-27). Trump's reign of terror on California immigrants. World Socialist Web Site The Democratic Party is allowing immigration officials to round up hundreds of thousands of people while focusing all its energy on its anti-Russia campaign.

Jake Johnson (2018-02-27). EPA Dissolves Program To Study Effects of Chemical Exposure on Children. MintPress News As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the leadership of Scott Pruitt moves to make it easier for big industry to dump dangerous chemicals into the nation's air and water, the agency announced late Monday that it is dissolving a program that funds studies on the effects of pollution and chemical exposure on America's children. | Called the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), the program previously provided millions of dollars in grants per year to researchers studying the effects of chemicals on children's health. | The EPA's move, first reported by The Hill, will eliminate the NCER in the process of consolidating three EPA offices. | Critics responded to the move with outrage, denouncing it as "truly wicked" and further proof of the Trump administration's willingness to sacrifice the health of the public in the service of its…

Democracy Now! (2018-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2018. Democracy Now! Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Trump's Efforts to Cancel DACA, Trump Claims He Would Run into a Building to Stop a School Shooting, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Slams Trump's Idea to Arm Teachers, Georgia Lt. Gov. Threatens to Retaliate Against Delta for Stopping Discount to NRA, WH Aide Ivanka Trump: "Inappropriate" to Ask Her About Reports of Father's Sexual Assault, Trump Proposes Appointing His Private Pilot to Head Federal Aviation Authority, Syrian Gov't Continues Airstrikes & Shelling in Eastern Ghouta During 5-Hour Truce, China Drops Presidential Term Limits, Clearing Path for Xi to Serve Indefinitely, Congo: Soldiers Kill 4 People Protesting Delay of Elections & Kabila's Extended Rule, Israeli Soldiers Arrest 10 Members of Ahed Tamimi's Family, Including Cousin Shot by IDF, Haaretz: Israeli Prosecutor's Office Directly Links PM Netanyahu to Bezeq Bribery Case, ACLU: Jailed Mexican Immigrant Was Beaten and Put in Solitary for Joining a Hunger Strike, Court Rules Civil Rights Law Prohibits Employers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Georgia: Reality Leigh Winner to Appear in Court Tuesday, NBA Golden State Warriors Meet with D.C. Kids, Not President Trump, Indian Superstar Actress Sridevi Dies at 54, Health Advocate & Anti-TPP Activist Zahara Heckscher Dies at 53 of Breast Cancer…

Shane Quinn (2018-02-27). According to Washington, Crimes against Humanity are Solely Perpetrated by the Victims of US-Led Wars. Global Research Responding to Fidel Castro's death just over a year ago, then president-elect Donald Trump was among the first to attack the Cuban revolutionary's legacy. Amidst other accusations, Trump charged Castro with having "oppressed his own people for nearly six decades", …

Chris Floyd (2018-02-27). Elite Anxiety: The True Foreign Skullduggery Behind Election 2106. counterpunch.org There was indeed a foreigner responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016. This is not an "allegation" or a supposition or any kind of "conspiracy theory;" it is a confirmed fact, backed up by reams and reams of documented evidence. The culpable foreigner was not named Vladimir Putin, however; he was called More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-02-27). CPAC Has Always Been an Odious Spectacle, but This Year Was Special. AlterNet.org Global far right gets the spotlight at Trump-centric GOP confab—but is that worse than the Ann Coulter days? | For some reason, this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, seems to have gotten more attention than usual. That's saying something, since for the last 15 years or so it's gotten much more attention than it deserves. CPAC is like a 10-car pile-up — frightening and horrible, but you can't look away. Salon's Jeremy Binckes and Matthew Sheffield have each weighed in on this year's event — with Binckes making the case that it shows that the GOP is now thoroughly Trumpified while Sheffield argues that it's now Trump who's been absorbed by the Republican Party. I think CPAC shows that the Trump strain has always been slithering around under the rock of conservative movement politics, and 2016 just. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-02-27). Janus v. AFSCME: Will Supreme Court Side with Koch Brothers in Their War Against Organized Labor? Democracy Now! On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a key case that could deal a massive blow to public unions nationwide. The case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, deals with whether workers who benefit from union-negotiated contracts can avoid paying union dues if they opt not to join the union. The lead plaintiff, Mark Janus, is a child support specialist who argues that a state law in Illinois allowing the union to charge a fee for collective bargaining activities violates his First Amendment rights. Numerous right-wing groups have trumpeted his claim in their latest attempt to weaken the political power of public unions. The groups include the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, the State Policy Network, ALEC—American Legislative Exchange Council—and the Bradley Foundation. We speak to Amanda Shanor, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed an amicus brief in Janus v. AFSCME in support of AFSCME.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-02-27). Trump, North Korea and Post-Olympic Angst. Global Research With the icicles still glinting with the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, US President Donald Trump, like any disgruntled child, wanted to reassert his relevance. Little Rocket Man had assumed diplomatic pose, or at the very …

Richard Falk (2018-02-27). America's 'Liberalism' & Other Inhumane Styles of Governance at Home and Internationally. counterpunch.org It should not be all about Trump, although his election in 2016 as U.S. president is symptomatic of a menacing national tailspin. This downward political drift in the United States, not only imperils Americans, but threatens the world with multiple catastrophes, the most worrisome of which involves Trump's double embrace of nuclearism and climate denialism. More

Chris Floyd (2018-02-27). Elite Anxiety: The True Foreign Skullduggery Behind Election 2016. counterpunch.org There was indeed a foreigner responsible for the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016. This is not an "allegation" or a supposition or any kind of "conspiracy theory;" it is a confirmed fact, backed up by reams and reams of documented evidence. The culpable foreigner was not named Vladimir Putin, however; he was called More

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-02-27). Ben Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing Budget. AlterNet.org The secretary pled ignorance through a spokesperson. | The Department of Housing and Urban Development spent $31,561 on to spruce up the dining room in Secretary Ben Carson's office, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The extravagant purchase occurred as President Donald Trump's White House was circulating plans to cut HUD's budget for the homeless and elderly. A senior career official at HUD filed a complaint alleging retaliation after refusing to break the law to renovate Carson's office. It was reported that the request came from Carson's wife, Candy. HUD did not request approval from Congress for the $31,561 expenditure, which purchased a table, chairs and a hutch. Spokesperson Raffi Williams claimed Secretary Carson was unaware of the purchase, but will not be returning the dining set. "In general, the secretary does want to be as fiscally prudent as possible with the taxpayers' money," Williams added. Related Stories: The Time Trump Watched an Elderly Man Bleeding Out on the Floor and Did Nothing to Help HimDonald Trump's Morning Tweetstorm Shows a Man Who Is Deeply AfraidRick Gates May Have Sealed Trump's Fate Once and for All

RT (2018-02-27). 'Fire and Fury' author Wolff fakes technical glitch to dodge question on Trump's alleged affair. RT US News The author of the Trump-bashing bestseller 'Fire and Fury' Michael Wolff was hit with an inconvenient question in an Australian TV interview. So inconvenient, in fact, that he had to feign a technical malfunction and run off.
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TRNN (2018-02-27). At CPAC, A Fractured and Chaotic Conservative Movement. The Real News Network At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump, Pence and leading Republicans try to unite conservatives ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging different factions to come together against a common, external enemy: the left…

Answer Coalition (2018-02-27). Sign On: Cancel Trump's War Parade! Militarization and Aggressive US Foreign Policy Trigger Poverty in America. Global Research There are 500,000 people who are homeless in the United States, including over 40,000 veterans. 6.5 million children are food insecure. The proposed federal budget includes major reductions to public housing. Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas are still suffering …

TRNN (2018-02-27). Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy 'Absurd'. The Real News Network By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the U.S., says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

RT (2018-02-27). Trump cries 'witch hunt,' but the devil is in details. RT US News US President Donald Trump's reiteration that the Russia probe is a 'witch hunt' sparked an avalanche of responses on Twitter. But the meltdown has exposed Trump critics' severe lack of knowledge about the Mueller investigation.
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Prof. Rajan Menon (2018-02-27). Dr. Strangelove in the Pentagon. Global Research If you're having trouble sleeping thanks to, well, you know who… you're not alone. But don't despair. A breakthrough remedy has just gone on the market. It has no chemically induced side effects and, best of all, will cost …

RT (2018-02-27). 6 facts about Brad Parscale, digital guru to lead Trump 2020 campaign. RT US News Brad Parscale was the brains behind President Donald Trump's social media game in the 2016 presidential election. Now, he will reportedly lead Trump's re-election campaign in 2020.
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Frank Stricker (2018-02-26). Wages Again? Yup. It's a Swamp Out There, So Let's Review the Facts. counterpunch.org Every other day, Mr. Trump and his cronies tell us that wages have increased since their great American policies began. And every other month, reporters discover a wage surge. Recently, you could have read that average hourly pay had risen 4.9% or 2.9% or some other substantial number. Reporters have been searching for a wage More

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Under Liberal and Labor-Greens governments, the situation confronting the working class has continued to worsen.
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German Greens criticize lack of military "readiness"
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-22
The former pacifists have moved so far into the camp of militarism that they attack the conservative Christian Democrat-led defence ministry from the right.
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What Should Progressives Stand For? A Survey and a Proposal.
Jon Rynn | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-28
What do progressives stand for? What does the Democratic Party stand for? Can Democrats and progressives win the House and eventually the Senate and presidency just by standing back and letting Trump and the Republicans self-destruct? And if the Democrats do gain power, will they do something or will the Republicans just come roaring back…
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Senate Democrats Need One More GOP Vote to Advance Resolution Restoring Net Neutrality.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-28
Seeking a wedge between the Republican Party and consumers, Democrats launched a campaign this week to restore the Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality rules. Lawmakers have a 60-day deadline to act, and the ensuing partisan showdown could supply Democrats with campaign ammunition for the midterms.Protesters display signs during a rally supporting net neutrality on December 3, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Victoria Pickering) | Congressional Democrats launched a campaign to restore net neutrality on Tuesday, warning their Republicans colleagues to get on board or be punished by voters in the midterm elections. | Senate Democrats only need one more Republican vote to pass a resolution to restore net neutrality, setting the stage for a partisan showdown, thanks to the efforts of digital rights groups that have organized mass online mobilizations over the past five years. | The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission…
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At CPAC, A Fractured and Chaotic Conservative Movement.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-27
At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump, Pence and leading Republicans try to unite conservatives ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, urging different factions to come together against a common, external enemy: the left…
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85% of Americans unhappy with Congress, most think it serves lobbyists, not the people.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-27
The overwhelming majority of Americans, irrespective of party allegiance, holds a dismal opinion of Congress, a fresh poll shows. It found 89 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans disapprove of the legislature's work. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Nearly Twice as Many Women are Running for Office in 2018 Than in 2016.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-26
No "alternative facts" here — we publish the uncensored, uncorrupted news you rely on. Support Truthout by making a donation! | In 2016 just 212 women ran for the House, including both Democrats and Republicans. The most recent figures indicate that 431 women are either running or are likely to run in 2018: 339 Democrats and 92 Republicans. | Senate numbers reveal a similar pattern: 25 women were running at this point in 2016 and 50 are running or likely to run this year ( 29 Democrats and 21 Republicans). Since state deadlines are still in the future, that number could definitely increase. | This pattern, which is playing out nationwide, is also true in races for governor. So far at least 82 women (51 Democrats and 31 Republicans) are running for governor in…
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Republicans Are Trying to Dismantle American Health Care While No One Is Watching.
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
The party is making health coverage more expensive and pricing people out of the system. | With the eyes of the country on them, Republicans completely failed to live up to their promise of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. But as the country focuses on other issues, the party continues its work to undermine the health care law — while offering the American people nothing better in its place. A new report from the Urban Institute found that more than 6. 4 million fewer people will have health insurance by 2019 because of the Republicans' efforts to undercut the law, while another 2. 5 million will only have limited insurance that doesn't cover a minimum set of essential health benefits. Premiums will also rise 16. 4 percent on average next year, the report projects. How are Republicans undermining the law? One major. . .
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Employer-Side Payroll Taxes: Cuomo Goes to War Against Republican Tax Plan.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-26
The tax plan the Republicans pushed through at the end of last year was a grab bag of goodies for Republican donors. Republicans decided to take a big swing at more liberal states like California and New York with a tax cap, and New York governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to undo the provision. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives a thumbs up after speaking at a health care union rally at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, February 21, 2018, in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | The tax plan the Republicans pushed through at the end of last year was a grab bag of goodies…
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Brazilian army general tapped to take over law enforcement in Rio de Janeiro.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-26
Under the pretext of fighting gang violence, nothing less than a path to dictatorship is being opened up in Brazil.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/26/braz…

In wake of Parkland school shooting, Republicans and Democrats call for boosting police powers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-26
What is not being addressed in the official debate are the social issues that lie at the root of repeated eruptions of mass violence in America.
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Did the CIA Sabotage Russia at the Olympics?
Rick Sterling | Global Research | 2018-02-26
There is something very fishy about the Anti Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) pinned on the Russian curler and Russian bobsledder during the final week of the Peyongchang Winter Olympics. | It makes no logical sense that an athlete would do a …
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Here's the Right-Wing Plan to Destroy Unions and Hinder Democratic Fundraising .
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
Republicans hope to deal a death blow to public-sector unions using the Supreme Court. | On Monday, the Supreme Court heard a major case that will substantially weaken public-sector unions and diminish the strength of the Democratic Party. That case is Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which will determine whether public-sector unions can collect fees from non-union employees. It sounds like a simple and technical issue, but the outcome could change the fate of public-sector unions, the strongest-standing bulwark of labor organizing in a time when many private unions have largely faded. Unions need to be able to enforce fees on non-members because these employees could otherwise reap the benefits of collective bargaining, such as higher payer, job protection, and good working conditions. Without the power to enforce fees on non-members, unions could be substantially weakened because there would. . .
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In wake of Parkland school shooting, Republicans and Democrats call for boosting police powers.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-26
What is not being addressed in the official debate are the social issues that lie at the root of repeated eruptions of mass violence in America.
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Paul Ryan Shreds a Key Election Commission Because It Isn't Right-Wing Enough.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-25
Republicans take another whack at undermining secure elections in 2018, after putting no money in the budget to improve aging machinery. | Top congressional Republicans really don't want to safeguard or improve voting in America. This week, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he was not re-nominating Matthew Masterson, the current chairman of the four-member U. S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) who was known for taking non-partisan approaches and led the agency's efforts to help states enhance cyber-security and anti-hacking protocols. Ryan's decision came a few weeks after both chambers of Congress passed a two-year federal budget that did not have any new funds for replacing the nation's aging voting machinery, which is running on operating systems older than the first iPhones. (In contrast, House Democrats proposed legislation to spend $1 billion on upgrades. )But Masterson's apparent forced retirement has prompted a range. . .
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From Russia, With Absurdity.
Eleanor Goldfield | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
Before I get into the absurdities of "Russiagate" and McCarthyism 2.0, let me point out that I do, in fact, dislike Donald Trump and the Republican Party establishment. I also dislike Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party establishment. Those feelings are not mutually exclusive. | For some reason, our country's political discourse is like a single-throw switch. You can only either be Republican or Democrat. Leaving aside the fact that in 2016, Independents accounted for almost 40 percent of registered voters, more than Democrats (32 percent) and Republicans (23 percent), the idea that we can only exist in one extreme or the other is the kind of absurd paradigm that both civil wars and sandbox tiffs are made of. | It is also what Russiagate is made of. On our two-dimensional political stage, all cameras are focused on a blurry, nebulous mass…
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WATCH: Conservative Writer Calls Out Trump Hypocrisy Toward 'Sexual Harassers and Abusers of Women'
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-25
National Review's Mona Charen was escorted out by security guards. | It's hard to pick a single highlight/lowlight from CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative American patriots which this year featured an Anglo-Hungarian neo-Nazi, a British anti-Semite and a French Islamophobe. There was one organizer's admission that black Republicans are mostly useful tokens, Ted Cruz's self-owning declaration that the GOP is full of Homer Simpsons and a multimillionaire gun lobbyist's complaints about "privileged. . . elites. " But maybe the most noteworthy moment was when speaker and National Review writer Mona Charen was led out by security for mentioning Donald Trump's sexual harassment, pointing out GOP hypocrisy and criticizing the event itself. "I'm actually going to twist this around a bit and say that I'm disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women. . .
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Congress Releases Redacted Democratic Memo.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-24
Read the full memo here. | WASHINGTON–After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released Saturday a classified memo that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. | The release comes after weeks of back and forth over how much of the document would be redacted. The White House on Feb. 9 objected to its release, citing national security concerns. That sent the Democrats back to negotiations with the FBI over how much of the memo needed to be blacked out. | President Donald Trump had no such concerns about an earlier classified memo written by Republicans, which he declassified Feb 2 over strong objections from the FBI. In that memo, Republicans took aim at the FBI and the Justice Department over the use of…
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WATCH: Conservative Writer Calls Out Trump Hypocrisy Toward 'Sexual Harassers and Abusers of Women'
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
National Review's Mona Charen was escorted out by security guards. | It's hard to pick a singular highlight/lowlight from CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative American patriots which this year featured an Anglo-Hungarian Neo-Nazi, a British anti-Semite, and a French Islamophobe. There was one organizer's admission that black Republicans are mostly useful tokens, Ted Cruz's self-owning admission that the GOP is full of Homer Simpsons, and a multimillionaire gun lobbyist's complaints about "privileged. . . elites. " But maybe the most noteworthy moment was when speaker andNational Review writer Mona Charen was led out by security for mentioning Donald Trump's sexual harassment, pointing out GOP hypocrisy, and criticizing the event itself. "I'm actually going to twist this around a bit and say that I'm disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women in. . .
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How Foreign Correspondents in the US Cover Mass Shootings for their Oversees Audiences.
PRI's The World, GlobalPost | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
Something different does seem to be happening with the Parkland shooting. | Related Stories: China Blasts the U. S. for Choosing Guns Over Human RightsWhy Are the Media Letting Republicans Off the Hook for America's Mass Shootings? Why Are the Media Letting Republicans Off the Hook for American Gun Violence?
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Is the Armed Teacher 'Debate' America's Lowest, Stupidest Media Moment?
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
Teachers are already overburdened with unrealistic expectations–now they're supposed to be sharpshooters? | How absurd that we are here. It is dumb, shameful and internationally embarrassing that our country is having a serious discussion about why arming teachers is a bad idea. Apparently, the $54 million the NRA spent buying the GOP in 2016 paid Republicans to put on a big show of pretending not to see the underlying problem behind every mass shooting. The party that otherwise hates nuance is now acting like it couldn't recognize a smoking gun if you paid it to, especially since the NRA is paying it so much more. The party's leader is now genuinely proposing that teaching entail not only educating children, but also working schools like a beat. Trump suggested Wednesday that at least 20 percent of teachers should get special weapons training…
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How Foreign Correspondents in the U.S. Cover Mass Shootings for Their Overseas Audiences.
PRI's The World, GlobalPost | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
Something different seems to be happening with the Parkland shooting. | Related Stories: China Blasts the U. S. for Choosing Guns Over Human RightsWhy Are the Media Letting Republicans Off the Hook for America's Mass Shootings? Why Are the Media Letting Republicans Off the Hook for American Gun Violence?
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WATCH: Conservative Writer Calls Out Trump Hypocrisy Toward 'Sexual Harassers and Abusers of Women'
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
National Review's Mona Charen was escorted out by security guards. | It's hard to pick a single highlight/lowlight from CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative American patriots which this year featured an Anglo-Hungarian neo-Nazi, a British anti-Semite and a French Islamophobe. There was one organizer's admission that black Republicans are mostly useful tokens, Ted Cruz's self-owning declaration that the GOP is full of Homer Simpsons and a multimillionaire gun lobbyist's complaints about "privileged. . . elites. " But maybe the most noteworthy moment was when speaker andNational Review writer Mona Charen was led out by security for mentioning Donald Trump's sexual harassment, pointing out GOP hypocrisy and criticizing the event itself. "I'm actually going to twist this around a bit and say that I'm disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women in. . .
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Fox News' Laura Ingraham Flips Out Over Teen Shooting Survivors Mocking Marco Rubio.
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-23
Republicans have been humiliated, and they know it. | Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday echoed a familiar right-wing talking point about the Parkland school shooting survivors, criticizing them for talking–presumably disrespectfully–"to and about adults. "Ingraham was reacting to a Thursday tweet by Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School junior Sarah Chadwick suggesting, "WE should change the names of AR-15 to 'Marco Rubio' because they are so easy to buy. "We should change the names of AR-15s to "Marco Rubio" because they are so easy to buy. — Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018In classic "get off my lawn" fashion, Ingraham suggested Chadwick's quip about Rubio was inappropriate because he's an "adult. ""HOW TEENS SPEAK TO AND ABT [sic] ADULTS," Ingraham tweeted Friday, complaining that "sophomore" Chadwick was using language unbecoming of a young woman. Chadwick hit back on Twitter, prompting others to rally. . .
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Paul Ryan Shreds a Key Election Commission Because It Isn't Right-Wing Enough.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-23
Republicans take another whack to undermine secure elections in 2018, after putting no money in budget to improve aging machinery. | Top congressional Republicans really don't want to safeguard or improve voting in America. This week, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he was not re-nominating Matthew Masterson, the current chairman of the four-member U. S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) who was known taking non-partisan approaches and lead the agency's efforts to help states enhance cyber-security and anti-hacking protocols. Ryan's decision came a few weeks after both chambers of Congress passed a two-year federal budget that did not have any new funds for replacing the nation's aging voting machinery, which is running on operating systems older than the first I-phones. (In contrast, House Democrats proposed legislation to spend $1 billion on upgrades. )But Masterson's apparent forced retirement has prompted a range of groans. . .
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Paul Ryan Shreds a Key Election Commission Because It Isn't Right-Wing Enough.
Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-23
Republicans take another whack at undermining secure elections in 2018, after putting no money in budget to improve aging machinery. | Top congressional Republicans really don't want to safeguard or improve voting in America. This week, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he was not re-nominating Matthew Masterson, the current chairman of the four-member U. S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) who was known taking non-partisan approaches and lead the agency's efforts to help states enhance cyber-security and anti-hacking protocols. Ryan's decision came a few weeks after both chambers of Congress passed a two-year federal budget that did not have any new funds for replacing the nation's aging voting machinery, which is running on operating systems older than the first I-phones. (In contrast, House Democrats proposed legislation to spend $1 billion on upgrades. )But Masterson's apparent forced retirement has prompted a range of groans. . .
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GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is "a Conversation That Has to Happen"
Aída Chávez | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that struck down a Republican congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered, Sen. Pat Toomey said that impeachment of the justices is "a conversation that has to happen." | The GOP map had given Republicans a nearly 3-1 congressional majority in a state that leans Democratic; the court's new map will still give Republicans a significant advantage, but slightly less of one. For Toomey, that amounted, he said, to a "blatant, unconstitutional, partisan power grab that undermines our electoral process." | "I think state House members, state senators, are going to be speaking among themselves and their constituents," Toomey said. "Does that rise to the level of impeachment? That's ultimately their decision but it's a conversation that has to happen." @SenToomey was asked about impeachment talk surrounding the PA Supreme Court on their gerrymandering decision.
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Safe Streets in America's 'Most Dangerous City'.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
Baltimore is experiencing a slight dip in homicides, thanks in part to Safe Streets, a mediation-based program to end violence. But law-and-order Republicans are pushing back against community-based solutions…
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'Gypsy cab with a Russian driver': Clinton & Obama's ex-aide flamed for anti-migrant bigotry.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-27
The former communications manager for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been caught making vitriolic remarks in a tweet about Russians. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Hillary Clinton's election blame game zeros in on Facebook.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-27
Hillary Clinton has a new target to blame for her losing the 2016 presidential election and, surprisingly, this time it's not the Russians. According to the Democrat, Facebook is behind her failure to win the White House. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Story Behind the California Democratic Party Convention's Floor Fracas.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-02-27
A ruckus broke out on the floor of the California Democratic Party Convention on Sunday following a contested endorsement for a congressional seat in Orange County, California, that Democrats hope to flip, leading to recriminations across the state between the competing ideological wings of the party. | Dave Min, a former legislative staffer to Chuck Schumer and economic policy director at the Center for American Progress who now teaches at the University of California, Irvine, won the state party endorsement for California 45th Congressional District over three challengers. Democrats looking to unseat Republican incumbent Mimi Waters have targeted the district, which Hillary Clinton won in 2016, as critical to their efforts to win back the House. | Under state party rules, candidates who get more than 60 percent of the vote of delegates in the district at the endorsing caucus win the endorsement,…
theintercept.com/2018/02/27/contested-en…

Bernie Sanders bashed for spreading 'false story' while deflecting blame for being 'Kremlin-backed'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Bernie Sanders, who was attacked for the alleged support his campaign received from "Kremlin trolls," is now accused of supporting a false story about how his campaign worked with that of Hillary Clinton against those trolls. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Why Did Russia Vote For Trump?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Why did Russia favor Trump over Hillary in 2016? By the broadest definitions of "military bases" and "abroad," Russia has 15 foreign military bases: 11 are located in "near distant" territory that was part of the U.S.S.R. until 1991, when the U.S.S.R. was dissolved; 4 are in distant foreign lands (2 active in Syria, 1…
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Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-23
The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the US election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders — but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments." | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: We begin today's show looking at the Justice Department's recent indictment of 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an…
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Masha Gessen: Did a Russian Troll Farm's Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-23
The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the U.S. election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders–but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled "The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller's Russia Indictments."
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Where's the Beef Stroganoff? Eight Sacrilegious Reflections on Russiagate.
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Neo-McCarthyite liberals and other dismal Democrats are clucking about how Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 untouchable Russians for "defrauding" the U.S. by buying some Facebook ads and employing some Internet trolls to "say horrible things" (imagine!) about Hillary Clinton (a horrifically bad politician who was accurately described as a "lying neoliberal warmonger" by a leading U.S. left intellectual trying to get leftists to hold their noses and vote "for" her as the lesser evil) "proves" that Russia engaged in relevant meddling to undermine U.S. "democracy" on Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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Why Did Russia Vote For Trump?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Why did Russia favor Trump over Hillary in 2016? By the broadest definitions of "military bases" and "abroad," Russia has 15 foreign military bases: 11 are located in "near distant" territory that was part of the U.S.S.R. until 1991, when the U.S.S.R. was dissolved; 4 are in distant foreign lands (2 active in Syria, 1…
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'Clinton lost as incompetent candidate, but Trump tweets breathe life into Russia collusion claims'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-22
Donald Trump must move on from the Mueller investigation, as he is merely fueling it by tweeting and making it part of the continuing narrative that Russia had an outsized impact on the election, analysts told RT. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Kim Dotcom warns of 'invisible spy war' & deep state interference.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-28
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has accused the largest tech and internet companies in the US, including Google and Facebook, of being "in bed with the deep state." This development, he contends, was initiated by the Democrats. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Media, Democrats silent as US Supreme Court rules immigrants can be indefinitely detained.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-28
The decision sets up the pseudo-legal framework for the expansion of immigrant internment camps.
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DCCC Internal Polling Presented to Members of Congress Panned Single-Payer Health Care.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-02-27
For Democrats in Washington, the question of how to talk to voters about health care is a vexing one. | In the wake of the election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the U.S. House, commissioned a survey and analysis from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and GBA Strategies to help think through health care messaging. | In April, the firm's veteran pollster Stan Greenberg briefed House Democrats on the findings with a presentation at the offices of the Democratic National Committee. | The messaging handouts, obtained by The Intercept, made clear where the party wants its candidates to stand when it comes to health care reform: preferably nowhere, but certainly not with single-payer advocates. | The polling memorandum, produced by GBA Strategies and Greenberg's firm, was composed by surveying 52 so-called battleground districts, half of which are currently…
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6 States Where Voters Could Push Democracy Forward in the Midterms.
Kevon Paynter, YES! Magazine | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-27
From raising the minimum wage to enacting police reforms, here are ballot initiatives progressives should watch in 2018. | The 2018 midterm elections in November present a real chance for Democrats to regain control of the U. S. House, Senate, and many state legislatures. Yet choosing newly elected officials won't be the only important items on the ballot. In at least six states, American voters have the chance to directly enact legislation that would curb corporate lobbyist influence, raise the minimum wage, enact police reforms, or restore voting rights. California was the first state to enact an initiative process in 1911, at the time in reaction to the unchecked power of the railroad barons. Now 11 states allow citizens to bypass state legislatures and enact laws directly. "That history is extremely relevant today as progressives find themselves with state governments that have been bought by. . .
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California Democrats Stand Behind Palestinian-Descended Candidate Despite Israeli Press Coverage of Ancestor's Terror Links.
Maryam Saleh | The Intercept | 2018-02-26
Ammar Campa-Najjar, a candidate for office in California's 50th Congressional District, won an overwhelming endorsement on Sunday from the California Democratic Party, which brushed aside a potentially inflammatory report in the Israeli press about his paternal grandfather, who was a mastermind of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics. | Campa-Najjar is running a progressive, grassroots campaign that relies on small donors and an army of volunteers. He had earlier won what's called a pre-endorsement, which requires at least 70 percent of the local delegates to win. He won the statewide endorsement easily, pulling 97 percent, despite the presence of a well-funded challenger, veteran Josh Butner, who has the backing of the New Democratic Coalition, the pro-Wall Street wing of the party. | Campa-Najjar said he was moved by the party's continued support. "I'm deeply moved by the hundreds of people –…
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California Democrats Stun Dianne Feinstein in State Convention Shocker.
Common Dreams staff, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
The latest delegate vote could mark a seismic shift within the party. | California Democrats shocked Senator Dianne Feinstein by not endorsing her for re-election at their state convention Sunday. Conservative Democrat Feinstein won just 37 percent of the 2,775 delegates' votes, versus 54 percent for her challenger, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. Support from 60 percent of the delegates was needed to secure the party's official endorsement. "The outcome of today's endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign's momentum as we all stand shoulder to shoulder against a complacent status quo," de León said Sunday. "California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines. ""The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the. . .
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At US Supreme Court, political power of unions hangs in the balance.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-26
Protesters gathered before the US Supreme Court as the nine Justices considered a controversial labor union case. The decision could damage unions' finances and their impact on elections, in which they tend to back Democrats. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Florida High School Shooting Survivors Are Being Inundated with Death Threats.
Chantal Da Silva, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-26
Conspiracy theorists have smeared at least one teen as a "crisis actor. " | The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg says her family has received death threats over their son's efforts to campaign for tighter gun control in the U. S. Hogg, who is mourning the deaths of 17 of his classmates and teachers who were killed in the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, has risen to. . . | Related Stories: Donald Trump Makes Ludicrous Claim He Would Have Personally Stopped the Parkland ShooterIvanka Trump Bristles When Pressed About Her Father's Alleged Sexual MisconductCalifornia Democrats Stun Dianne Feinstein in State Convention Shocker…
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California Democrats Deny Dianne Feinstein Their Endorsement for Senate.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
SAN DIEGO — Despite over a quarter-century representing California in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein in a humiliating setback was denied the endorsement of the California Democratic Party on Saturday, signaling a shift away from moderates at the highest levels of the state political infrastructure. | State Sen. Kevin De León, offering the strongest challenge to Feinstein since her election, garnered 54 percent of the vote of nearly 3,000 delegates gathered here at the state convention, compared to just 37 percent for Feinstein. The state party endorsement gives candidates coveted placement on state party mailers and can raise the profile of candidates who may have a deficit in fundraising. It's not like Feinstein has a need to raise her profile in the state, and has plenty of money to get her message out. But denying the party endorsement to a sitting U.S. Senator is…
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Even As a Student Movement Rises, Gun Manufacturers Are Targeting Young People.
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
A movement of young people, led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, captured the nation's attention with gun control activism following a Valentine's Day shooting at the school. But, even as the students appear in national media and flood the streets, state legislatures, and Capitol Hill, the gun industry is enjoying a growing following of young people of its own. | For years, gun manufacturers and industry-supported associations have focused their energy on transforming young Americans into the next generation of shooters. Using the appeal of a real-word version of the video game-style experience, the industry is pursuing young people to bolster revenue amid slumping sales. While the industry soars under Democratic governance — for fear that imminent regulations will make purchases more difficult — gun sales have been down since President Donald Trump's election. | Amid…
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A Case of Selective Justice.
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
The FBI is busy. | Over the last year, the feds have been conducting two big investigations. One involves NCAA basketball violations and dozens of high-profile characters (players, schools, agents and businesses) exchanging money that violate college sports' amateurism rules. The other involves allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. | Both stories are treated as A-1 scandals of biblical proportions. They make mere mortals wonder where these superhero crime fighters find the time. Perhaps not investigating mass shooters frees up some hours? | In the NCAA case, the news that college basketball players are getting under-the-table benefits is not a groundbreaking revelation. Everybody knows everybody is getting paid in college basketball. | In the Russia meddling case, the idea of foreign electoral intervention is not the scoop of the century. The United States itself has…
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Even After Gun Violence Occurs, the Government Often Fails Survivors.
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-25
A new investigation shows that victim's compensation funds aren't working very well. | The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week claimed 17 lives and resulted in 14 gunshot injuries. As a heightened national conversation around gun control unfolds, we should stay focused on ensuring that the injured students and faculty are adequately provided for. But as a new report by the Trace reveals, in addition to doing a lousy job of preventing gun violence, state governments are doing a poor job of caring for the victims of mass shootings when they occur. Seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand Americans were injured by gunfire in the past decade, and 430,000 survived. Surviving gun violence is expensive, and too many victims end up paying for the costs out of pocket. Dr. Robert Sege, who has studied the topic extensively, told NPR, "the direct medical costs that. . .
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Amnesty International Annual Report 2017/18.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-25
Amnesty International's report, The State of the World's Human Rights 2017-18, covers 159 countries and delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2018/…

'We're not the pizza department': San Antonio police on dumbest 911 calls (VIDEO).
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
The San Antonio Police Department released a video of the strangest reasons people call 911. The video aims to remind people not to call the number unless it's a real emergency. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Proposed Arizona Law Could Promote Embryonic Personhood.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
A new bill in Arizona has some reproductive rights advocates worried that the state is trying to set a precedent that would establish embryonic personhood — a first in the United States. | Proponents argue that the bill "protects a parent's right to his or her in vitro embryos in a divorce proceeding," and is simply a necessary clarification in the law. But because they're backed by national conservative interests that have historically lobbied against reproductive freedoms, critics are viewing their claim with a grain of salt. | SB 1393 might sound innocuous, and like a much-needed fix to a heartbreaking problem: What happens when a couple divorces and they can't agree on what should happen with embryos they froze while they were married? | This…
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As the Trump Administration Retreats on Climate Change, US Cities Are Moving Forward.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
You'll never see a paywall at Truthout and we'll never artificially restrict your access to the news. Can you pitch in to help keep it that way? We rely on our readers to keep us online, so make a one-time or monthly donation today! | Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump's recent infrastructure plan makes no mention of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Instead, it actually seeks to weaken environmental reviews as a way of speeding up the infrastructure permitting process. | This proposal flies in the face of scientific evidence on climate change. It also contradicts the priorities of many local leaders who view climate change as a growing concern. | During the summer of 2017, we and Boston University's Initiative…
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California Democrats Deny Dianne Feinstein Their Endorsement for Senate.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
SAN DIEGO — Despite over a quarter-century representing California in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein in a humiliating setback was denied the endorsement of the California Democratic Party on Saturday, signaling a shift away from moderates at the highest levels of the state political infrastructure. | State Sen. Kevin De León, offering the strongest challenge to Feinstein since her election, garnered 54 percent of the vote of nearly 3,000 delegates gathered here at the state convention, compared to just 37 percent for Feinstein. The state party endorsement gives candidates coveted placement on state party mailers and can raise the profile of candidates who may have a deficit in fundraising. It's not like Feinstein has a need to raise her profile in the state, and has plenty of money to get her message out. But denying the party endorsement to a sitting U.S. Senator is…
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A New Landmark in CEO-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-25
Honeywell has become the first large US corporation to report the ratio between its CEO and median worker compensation, in compliance with a new Securities and Exchange Commission regulation based on the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. | Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that concentrates on manufacturing technologies, included the pay ratio information in a preliminary proxy statement posted on the SEC web site after 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16. | Two particularly noteworthy revelations stand out in the Honeywell disclosure. | The first: Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk, with only nine months of experience in his chief executive job, made 333 times as much in 2017 as the median Honeywell worker. | Adamczyk replaced long-time Honeywell CEO David Cote in April 2017. To calculate the CEO-worker pay ratio, Honeywell annualized Adamczyk's compensation, coming up with a total of $16.5 million. The…
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Claims of drug ring at US Naval Academy selling cocaine, LSD on dark web trigger probe.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
US Navy investigators are looking into claims of a drug ring that was selling illegal substances over the dark web, including cocaine, LSD, and ketamine — a powerful sedative, local media reports. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Trump: 'We Have to Come Together as a Nation' (Video).
Eric Ortiz | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
In an interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, the president discusses the Democratic memo, the Nunes memo, allegations of Russian collusion and more. | The post Trump: 'We Have to Come Together as a Nation' (Video) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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What's smoked in Vegas, stays in Vegas: Sin City airport installs weed bins.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-25
Las Vegas airport introduced weed disposal boxes so tourists enjoying the state's legal marijuana don't smuggle drugs across the border. The boxes are a 'blunt' way to ensure stoners on the ground aren't also high flyers. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Koch Document Reveals Laundry List of Policy Victories Extracted from the Trump Administration.
Lee Fang | The Intercept | 2018-02-25
In the backdrop of a chaotic first year of Donald Trump's presidency, the conservative Koch brothers have won victory after victory in their bid to reshape American government to their interests. | Documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented show that the network of wealthy donors led by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch have taken credit for a laundry list of policy achievements extracted from the Trump administration and their allies in Congress. | The donors have pumped campaign contributions not only to GOP lawmakers, but also to an array of third-party organizations that have pressured officials to act swiftly to roll back limits on pollution, approve new pipeline projects, and extend the largest set of upper-income tax breaks in generations. | "This year, thanks in part to research and outreach efforts across institutions, we have seen progress on many regulatory priorities…
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California Democratic Party Won't Endorse Dianne Feinstein.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-25
Although the four-term senator has not won support for her candidacy, her challenger in the June primary, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, also failed to earn the Democrats' endorsement. | The post California Democratic Party Won't Endorse Dianne Feinstein appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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US House Democrats release memo countering Republican claims of FBI abuse.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-24
The US House Intelligence Committee has released a redacted, 10-page Democratic Party memo on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which challenges the previously released GOP memo. | Read Full Article at RT.com
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'Total political & legal bust!': Trump slams Democrats' memo on Russia probe & surveillance abuse.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-24
US President Donald Trump has dismissed the memo released by the US House Intelligence Committee Democrats as a "total political and legal bust." | Read Full Article at RT.com
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Two More Senators Ditch Corporate PACs.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-24
Two Senate Democrats joined a group of congressional incumbents running for reelection who have sworn off contributions from corporate political action committees (PACs). | Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced on Twitter this month that they would join at least 10 other members of Congress in rejecting donations from corporate PACs in their upcoming reelection campaigns. | "Because of the corrosive effects of corporate money I have decided from this point on I will not be accepting corporate PAC checks into my campaign," Gillibrand said in a video earlier this month. | Booker announced a similar pledge in a tweet this month, saying "our campaign finance system is broken." | A corporate PAC is a committee funded primarily by employee and individual contributions — not from corporate treasuries — and have…
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