Monthly Archives: April 2018

2018-04-30: News Headlines

TRNN (2018-04-30). Laura Flanders Show: Bringing the Public Back to Public Art. therealnews.com Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we'll democratize access to art and art making. Betty Yu, of the Chinatown Art Brigade; Amin Husain, of MTL Collective; Charlotte Cohen, of the Brooklyn Arts Council…

wsws.org (2018-04-30). Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law. wsws.org The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

wsws.org (2018-04-30). SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Sri Lankan government's May Day ban. wsws.org Almost one hundred SEP and IYSSE members and supporters participated in Friday's picket, denouncing the government ban and other anti-democratic attacks.

wsws.org (2018-04-30). Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates. wsws.org Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-04-29). Watch: Republican Rick Wilson Goes off on Trump Jr's Meeting with Russian Spy. alternet.org 'Even Steve Bannon thought it was a bad idea! ' | The lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton admitted Friday that she is a Kremlin agent. On Saturday, a CNN panel discussing the revelation got heated after guests started talking about just how shocking it is that the campaign team for an American presidential candidate met with someone tied to a foreign power to discuss getting dirt on an opponent, as the younger Trump admitted almost a year ago. Republican strategist Rick Wilson was especially animated. "It's important to remember that the Russian oligarch class, Russian intelligence services, Russian organized crime—they're all of a piece," he said. "This is a classic part of their recruitment methodology. "Even if you accept Trump Jr's version at face value, he said, "it's dirty as hell. ""Even Steve Bannon thought it's a bad idea," he said. "That's the gold standard of identifying bad ideas. "Watch below.

Nomi Prins, Tom Dispatch (2018-04-29). There's a Uncovered Beltway Story Hiding in Plain Sight — With Trillions of Dollars In Play. alternet.org What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. | [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Nomi Prins is one of the most regular of TomDispatchregulars, so I have no doubt that you've come to know her work well. As it happens, her striking new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, a piercing look at the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown and the responses to it in the years since, has just been published. As Jeremy Scahill writes, "Prins has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of crony capitalism and its sustained attacks against poor and working people. This is the book that the financial elites don't want you to read. " Ralph Nader adds, "Taxpayers, workers, and consumers who will suffer from. . .

RT (2018-04-29). 'Deep state' elements pushing for Syrian conflict — Dennis Kucinich tells Larry King on RT (VIDEO). rt.com Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich told RT's Politicking that there are 'deep state' elements influencing US foreign policy, citing examples from the Trump, Obama, and Bush administrations.
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Jeremy Scahill (2018-04-29). Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party. theintercept.com The consumer rights advocate and presidential candidate pulls no punches in speaking about the 2016 election, the DNC lawsuit, and Mueller's investigation.

truth-out.org (2018-04-28). Scam PACs Line Pockets by Misleading Donors. truth-out.org "Scam PACs" are committees that claim to be raising money for political campaigns but spend little to none of the proceeds on political activity. Now they've caught the attention of the Federal Election Commission, but commissioners, known for infighting and icy political rivalries, have done little to address it.(Photo: Shutterstock) | Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! | Some rake in donations for illegitimate political campaigns for figures like Laura Ingraham and Congressman Allen West. Others latch onto specific issues like veterans' rights or regions like the Virgin Islands. | Some use mail campaigns to convince older, retired donors to send them money. Others use social media and aggressive call campaigns. | They're hard to track…

wsws.org (2018-04-28). Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot. wsws.org The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.

wsws.org (2018-04-28). Australian government prepares budget and possible early election. wsws.org Such an election would be the latest attempt to install a government that can carry through a far deeper assault on social spending, as well as prepare for potential trade wars and wars.

wsws.org (2018-04-28). How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1. wsws.org The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

RT (2018-04-28). Democratic Party tried to push Colorado congressional candidate to leave race, leaked audio reveals. rt.com The Democratic Party meddled in the Colorado congressional primary by favoring one candidate and pressuring another to drop out, a newly released secret recording has revealed.
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RT (2018-04-28). Republicans vindicated, Dems still screaming 'Russia!'. rt.com After a year-long investigation, the US House Intelligence Committee released a report Friday officially confirming there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 US presidential election.
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RT (2018-04-28). Two tweets to break democracy? Incredible claim in House report on 'Russian meddling'. rt.com Though the House Intelligence Committee report exonerated President Donald Trump of 'collusion' with Russia, it still accused Moscow, and RT specifically, of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
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Aída Chávez (2018-04-28). New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" In Private Facebook Posts. theintercept.com Juanita Perez Williams shared her anti-abortion position in Facebook posts in 2016. In 2017, she was endorsed by the pro-choice group EMILY's List.

Jill Stein (2018-04-27). Breaking My Silence on RussiaGate. counterpunch.org We are facing a precarious historic moment. Democracy is threatened by interference in our elections, and by interference in our civil liberties. Likewise we are endangered by warmongering, rampant militarism, nuclear confrontation and accelerating climate change. To solve any of these interlinked problems, we need a functioning democracy and a voting system we can have More

TRNN (2018-04-27). Green Party's Jill Stein: Russiagate Being Exploited to Repress Leftist Opposition. therealnews.com Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has completed turning her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns Russiagate is being used to silent dissent.

MintPress News Desk (2018-04-27). Jill Stein Breaks the Silence on Being a Russiagate Target. mintpressnews.com Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has turned in her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns that Russiagate is being used to silence dissent.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-27). Here's Why the Russian Lawyer from the Trump Tower Meeting Suddenly Changed Her Story. alternet.org Natalia Veselnitskaya originally said that she was simply a private attorney. Now, she admits she has ties to the Kremlin. | Natalia Veselnitskaya, one of the key figures in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting held by top members of the Trump campaign in an effort to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, originally told Congress that she was a private lawyer without ties to the government. The New York Times reported Friday, however, that Veselnitskaya misled Congress and the American people when she testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last November that she works "independently of any governmental bodies. " The Times found evidence that had previously worked with Russia's chief legal office, and she later confirmed she was an "informant" for the government. One of the reporters who helped break the story, Sharon LaFraniere, went on CNN Friday night and explained how. . .

Michael Doliner (2018-04-27). Big News About Russia. counterpunch.org More>

Shamus Cooke (2018-04-27). Portland's Socialists Protest New Navy Ship, U.S.S Portland, as Democrats Bestow it Honors. counterpunch.org While Trump was ordering his Navy ships to rain missiles on Syria, Oregon's anti-Trump Democrat "resistance" was planning a grand birthing ceremony, welcoming the U.S.S. Portland into Trump's array of Navy death machines. Oregon's Democrats are among the most "progressive" in the country, the mayor of its biggest city, its governor, and both U.S. Senators More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-27). Trump Attacks Special Counsel and Praises the Ridiculous House Intelligence Report in Late Night Tweet. alternet.org "As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies," the president said. | Even as the White House and Republicans continue to insist that there's no reason to think President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the commander-in-chief took to Twitter Friday night to call the Russia investigation a "hoax" and to say the Mueller should never have been appointed. "House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia," Trump said in a tweet. "As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies. There should never have been a Special Councel appointed. Witch Hunt! "In addition to proving that the president still has no. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-04-27). 6 Democrats Just Voted With GOP to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. mintpressnews.com With the help of six Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), the Senate on Thursday helped President Donald Trump move one step closer to completing his war cabinet by confirming the ultra-hawkish torture supporter Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-27). Health Policy Expert Says Republicans Have 'Secret' Plan to Repeal Obamacare. alternet.org A former Obama official says a group of lawmakers and donors are eager to push for repeal. | Andy Slavitt, who served as the acting administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama, warned late Friday night that Republicans may try to repeal and replace Obamacare once again before the 2018 midterm elections. "Republicans have been meeting in secret to bring back ACA repeal," he writes. Citing a recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Slavitt said that former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum is leading a group of lawmakers and donors to push for repeal. This would mean lawmakers would have to use the reconciliation process again to pass the legislation so that they would only need 51 votes in the Senate for the bill to become law. The Washington Examiner piece describes the bill as an. . .

Jay Syrmopoulos (2018-04-27). Congressman Claims Assange Has 'Physical Proof' Russia Did Not Hack DNC. mintpressnews.com An investigation into the alleged hack performed last year by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity claimed that the "data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers."

Nomi Prins (2018-04-27). Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster. counterpunch.org Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It's the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we've been bombarded with a litany More

CounterSpin (2018-04-27). Joe Emersberger on Venezuelan Elections, Dahr Jamail on Antarctic Ice. fair.org Media…

wsws.org (2018-04-27). The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo. wsws.org The nominal "opposition" party paved the way for the installation of an advocate of war, mass surveillance and torture as the new US secretary of state.

RT (2018-04-27). Washington politicians call a truce for 'take your child to work' day. rt.com From President Donald Trump and his cabinet to opposition Democrats, politicians across Washington celebrated the annual "take your child to work" day by staying on their best behavior while hamming it up for the kids.
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RT (2018-04-27). Neocons & Russiagaters unite! New think tank will protect democracy from Russia, sell books. rt.com A group of neocon heartthrobs have banded together with an eclectic array of Russiagaters to form a visionary organization committed to protecting Western democracy. You can also pre-order their book, according to their website.
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RT (2018-04-27). 'No collusion': Redacted US House report on Russia released, officially clears Trump (DOCUMENT). rt.com The US House Intelligence Committee has released a redacted declassified version of a report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which officially clears President Trump of any collusion.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-27). Turkey: Journalists Convicted for Doing Their Jobs. hrw.org Press freedom activists read opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration in solidarity with the jailed members of the newspaper outside a courthouse, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/Murad Sezer | (Berlin) — The 14 journalists, staff, and board members of the Turkish– daily newspaper Cumhuriyet sentenced to prison on April 25, are being punished for doing their jobs, Human Rights Watch said today. | "The convictions of Cumhuriyet journalists without any credible evidence of wrongdoing, coupled with harsh jail sentences, further erode Turkey's democratic credentials," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The Cumhuriyet trial is part a systematic effort to silence independent media and critical voices in Turkey to prevent public scrutiny of the government." | The evidence cited in the indictment seen…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-27). "You Really Should Resign:" Lawmakers Slam EPA's Scott Pruitt over Mounting Ethics Scandals. democracynow.org Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled by lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill about a slew of scandals over his spending habits and ties to industry lobbyists. Pruitt faces more than a half-dozen investigations. Among the scandals: he paid only $50 a night to live in a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of a prominent Washington energy lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies. Pruitt had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed in his office, which a government watchdog says violated spending laws. Pruitt had the EPA spend $3 million on his security detail, including 18 full-time agents. Pruitt routinely travels first- or business-class; reportedly because Pruitt was confronted by economy-class customers angry over his policies. For more we speak with Emily Atkin, a staff writer at The New Republic. Her latest pieces include: "Scott Pruitt Is Forced to Confront Reality" and "The EPA Is Acting Like Big Tobacco." We also speak with Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-27). "Our Dreams Are Coming True": Peace Activists Celebrate as Korean Leaders Vow to Officially End War. democracynow.org History has been made on the Korean peninsula today, as South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un shook hands at the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries and pledged to work to denuclearize the peninsula and to declare the official end to the Korean War. Today's historic summit marks the first time a North Korean leader has ever set foot inside South Korea. During the meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said "I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation." The North and South Korean leaders pledged to pursue talks with the United States aimed at negotiating a formal peace treaty to replace the uneasy 1953 armistice. For more we speak with Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former State Department diplomat. She is a member of Women Cross DMZ, a group of international peacemakers who have been calling for an end to the Korean War.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-27). Karen Korematsu: "My Father Resisted Japanese Internment. Trump's Travel Ban is Just as Unfair" democracynow.org The U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to uphold President Trump's travel ban, which blocks most people from seven countries—including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the United States. During oral arguments on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to side with the conservative side of the court. Lower courts have repeatedly ruled against versions of Trump's travel ban, saying they were unconstitutional and in violation of federal immigration law. Among those who have asked the Supreme Court to rule the travel ban unconstitutional are the children of Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II. | Joining us now is one of those children: Karen Korematsu, daughter of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu who was jailed for refusing orders to be sent to an internment camp set up for U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Last year Karen Korematsu wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post headlined "My father resisted Japanese internment. Trump's travel ban is just as unfair." For more we speak with Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-27). 2020 Democratic Contenders Are Making the "Cheap Gesture" of Swearing Off Corporate PAC Money, but Big Checks Are Still Flying. theintercept.com Democratic senators that swear off corporate PAC money take much more cash from wealthy individual donors than they do from PACs.

Lee Fang (2018-04-27). Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Approved GOP's Gerrymandering Effort, Lawmakers Claim in Court. theintercept.com There is a fight raging over voting rights across the country — especially in Georgia. | The contours of the battlefield are usually seen as partisan; restrictions on voting rights tend to be a Republican project. But testimony in a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and former Attorney General Eric Holder over a redistricting effort led by the Georgia GOP alleges that racially gerrymandered district maps were approved by the then-Democratic caucus leader in Georgia's legislature, Stacey Abrams — and Abrams's involvement could upend the effort to have the new district maps thrown out. | Abrams is one of the Democratic candidates for governor in Georgia this year, vying for the nomination against another former Democratic legislator, Stacey Evans. Both candidates have claimed the mantle of championing voting rights, but accounts of Abrams role in the 2015 redistricting could call her positioning into…

Alice Speri (2018-04-27). A County Sheriff's Election in North Carolina Has Become a Referendum on ICE's Deportation Machine. theintercept.com In Mecklenburg County, the question of whether local police should help ICE deport people is a central issue in the race for sheriff.

Consortiumnews.com (2018-04-26). The Democratic Party's War History and the AUMF of 2018. consortiumnews.com If there's any surprise that Senate Democrats, almost virtually indistinguishable from pro-war Republicans, are about to coalesce in support of the newest version of the AUMF , then you have seriously not been paying attention, says Renee Parsons. By Renee Parsons… Read more →

RT (2018-04-26). Democrats claim Diamond & Silk lied over Trump payments in congressional hearing. rt.com Conservative YouTube stars Diamond and Silk claimed under oath that they were never paid by the Trump campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election. Democrats say a "field consulting" payment in the FEC filings means they lied.
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RT (2018-04-26). Trump says Cohen handled 'a tiny little fraction' of his legal work in Stormy Daniels matter. rt.com President Donald Trump used an appearance on his favorite TV show to bash "obstructionist" Democrats, contradict himself on his work with lawyer Michael Cohen, and insult former FBI director James Comey. |
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RT (2018-04-26). 'Severe democracy flaws:' China releases report on human rights in US. rt.com China has published a report listing the woes of American democracy, including human rights, interventions and discrimination, in response to a scathing paper published by the US State Department.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-26). Lebanon: Political Parties Shun Rights Issues. hrw.org Candidates for Lebanon's parliamentary elections should commit to human rights reforms. | (Beirut) — Twenty-seven candidates and some parties running in Lebanon's parliamentary elections on May 6, 2018, have made public commitments to strengthen human rights protections. But none of the parties in the current cabinet were willing to make public commitments in response to a Human Rights Watch letter urging them to commit to human rights reforms on 10 issues. | The new independent parties Libaladi, Kelna Beirut, You Stink, and individual candidates committed to all of the proposed reforms. The Kataeb party, which is not in the cabinet, committed to the reforms except those related to refugee rights. | "It is deeply disappointing that none of the parties in Lebanon's current government saw fit to make strong commitments…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-26). Senior Democrat Caught on Tape Pressuring Progressive Congressional Candidate to Drop Out of Race. democracynow.org A new exposé by The Intercept confirms how powerful Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive progressive candidates in primaries around the country, choosing instead to back moderate, business-friendly candidates. This comes after President Obama used his farewell address to encourage Americans upset about the outcome of the 2016 election to take action by running for office themselves. We speak with Levi Tillemann, a Colorado man who heeded Obama's call and found himself disappointed by the process, after he was repeatedly pressured by powerful Democrats not to run. In fact, he recorded a conversation in which he was directly told to drop out of the Democratic primary for Colorado's sixth Congressional district by none other than the second-ranking House Democrat, Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland. We go to Denver to speak with Levi Tillemann, a candidate in Colorado's Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District, which includes Denver. He is featured in the new exposé by Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, "Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Official Pressuring Progressive to Bow Out of Election."

Democracy Now! (2018-04-26). Headlines for April 26, 2018. democracynow.org Supreme Court Justices Suggest They'll Allow Trump Travel Ban, U.S. Cancels Protected Status for Nepali Immigrants on Earthquake Anniversary, Veterans Affairs Nominee Ronny Jackson Withdraws Amid Misconduct Claims, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Face Lawmakers' Questions About Ethics Scandals, Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to Take the Fifth in Stormy Daniels Lawsuit, French President Blasts Trump's Policies in Address to U.S. Congress, Second Palestinian Journalist Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in Gaza, Afghan Journalist Abdul Manan Arghand Assassinated in Kandahar, Japan: Okinawans Protest Construction of U.S. Military Base, HUD Chief Ben Carson's Bill Would Triple Poorest Tenants' Rents, California Police Say They've Captured the "Golden State Killer", Philippines Activist Denied U.S. Entry, Claims Torture in CBP Custody, New Alabama Memorial Is Dedicated to Victims of White Supremacy…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-26). After Fleeing Genocide, Over Half a Million Rohingya Refugees Now Face Monsoon Season in Bangladesh. democracynow.org Aid agencies are scrambling to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in Bangladesh ahead of the monsoon season in June. Hundreds of thousands of registered Rohingya refugees now live in the Cox's Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh after fleeing a Burmese military campaign of rape, murder and arson that the U.N. has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." Now the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says at least 150,000 people are at "high risk from mudslides and floods" from the heavy rain in the next few months. Some could be moved to a recently formed island at the mouth of the Meghna River. This comes as more refugees are still crossing over from Burma. We are joined in our New York studio by Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and a member of the Free Rohingya Coalition. He was born in Burma, but in 1982 he was rendered effectively stateless along with a million other ethnic Rohingya under a nationality law.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-26). Travel Ban Blocks U.S. Citizen From Bringing Yemeni Daughter with Cerebral Palsy to U.S. for Care. democracynow.org During Wednesday's oral arguments over President Trump's travel ban at the Supreme Court, attorney Neal Katyal made reference to how the ban has blocked a U.S. citizen named Nageeb al-Omari. Al-Omari has been prevented from bringing his 10-year-old daughter to the United States to receive medical care for cerebral palsy. The family's story was featured in a new Al Jazeera Fault Lines "documentary": www.youtube.com/watch?v=324k9qPkU0I, "Between War and the Ban: A Yemeni-American Story." We air an excerpt of the documentary and speak with two attorneys fighting the travel ban.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-26). Supreme Court Appears Set to Uphold Trump's Travel Ban Targeting Muslim Nations. democracynow.org The U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to uphold President Trump's travel ban, which blocks most people from seven countries—including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the United States. During oral arguments on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often seen as a swing vote, appeared to side with the conservative wing of the court. U.S. solicitor general Noel Francisco argued the travel restrictions were not a "so-called Muslim ban" and that the order fell within the president's executive authority. Francisco made the claim even though Trump campaigned for president calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Lower courts have repeatedly ruled against versions of Trump's travel ban, saying they were unconstitutional and in violation of federal immigration law. We are joined by Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's national Immigrants' Rights Project, who presented the first challenge to President Trump's travel ban order last year, and Diala Shamas, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was in Djibouti last month speaking to Yemeni relatives of U.S. citizens attempting to come to the United States under Trump's travel ban.

Zaid Jilani (2018-04-26). Jill Stein Defies Senate Intelligence Document Request, Calling It "Overbroad" and Unconstitutional. theintercept.com The Jill Stein campaign is refusing to comply fully with a Senate intelligence committee request for documents and other correspondence, made as part of the committee's probe into Russian activities in the 2016 election, according to a letter to be delivered Thursday to the panel by an attorney for the campaign. | The Green Party campaign will agree to turn over some documents, but raised constitutional objections to the breadth of the inquiry, which was first made in November 2017, arguing that elements of it infringe on basic political rights enshrined in the First Amendment. | In the letter responding to committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., Stein's campaign has now said it will refuse some of the requests, calling them "so overbroad in reach as to demand constitutionally protected materials." | The campaign provided that letter to…

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Laura Flanders Show: Bringing the Public Back to Public Art
TRNN | therealnews.com | 2018-04-30
Art as a private commodity is the preserve of the very rich. But what about the rest of us? Laura is joined today by three guests who make it their job to figure out how we'll democratize access to art and art making. Betty Yu, of the Chinatown Art Brigade; Amin Husain, of MTL Collective; Charlotte Cohen, of the Brooklyn Arts Council…
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SEP and IYSSE demonstrate against Sri Lankan government's May Day ban
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
Almost one hundred SEP and IYSSE members and supporters participated in Friday's picket, denouncing the government ban and other anti-democratic attacks.
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Democratic leadership backs right-wing military-intelligence primary candidates
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer defended his efforts in support of Jason Crow, a former Iraq War paratrooper running in a congressional district in suburban Denver.
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Appellate court panel narrowly upholds Texas voter ID law
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-30
The requirement that individuals produce specific photographic identification to cast ballots, disenfranchises impoverished voters, who tend to vote Democratic.
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Watch: Republican Rick Wilson Goes off on Trump Jr's Meeting with Russian Spy
Martin Cizmar, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-04-29
'Even Steve Bannon thought it was a bad idea! ' | The lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton admitted Friday that she is a Kremlin agent. On Saturday, a CNN panel discussing the revelation got heated after guests started talking about just how shocking it is that the campaign team for an American presidential candidate met with someone tied to a foreign power to discuss getting dirt on an opponent, as the younger Trump admitted almost a year ago. Republican strategist Rick Wilson was especially animated. "It's important to remember that the Russian oligarch class, Russian intelligence services, Russian organized crime–they're all of a piece," he said. "This is a classic part of their recruitment methodology. "Even if you accept Trump Jr's version at face value, he said, "it's dirty as hell. ""Even Steve Bannon thought it's a bad idea," he said. "That's the gold standard of identifying bad ideas. "Watch below.
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There's a Uncovered Beltway Story Hiding in Plain Sight — With Trillions of Dollars In Play
Nomi Prins, Tom Dispatch | alternet.org | 2018-04-29
What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. | [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Nomi Prins is one of the most regular of TomDispatchregulars, so I have no doubt that you've come to know her work well. As it happens, her striking new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World, a piercing look at the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown and the responses to it in the years since, has just been published. As Jeremy Scahill writes, "Prins has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of crony capitalism and its sustained attacks against poor and working people. This is the book that the financial elites don't want you to read. " Ralph Nader adds, "Taxpayers, workers, and consumers who will suffer from. . .
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'Deep state' elements pushing for Syrian conflict — Dennis Kucinich tells Larry King on RT (VIDEO)
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Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich told RT's Politicking that there are 'deep state' elements influencing US foreign policy, citing examples from the Trump, Obama, and Bush administrations. …
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Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party
Jeremy Scahill | theintercept.com | 2018-04-29
The consumer rights advocate and presidential candidate pulls no punches in speaking about the 2016 election, the DNC lawsuit, and Mueller's investigation. | The post Bonus Intercepted Podcast: Ralph Nader on Gina Haspel, John Bolton, Syria, and the "Decrepit" Democratic Party appeared first on The Intercept.
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Scam PACs Line Pockets by Misleading Donors
truth-out.org | truth-out.org | 2018-04-28
"Scam PACs" are committees that claim to be raising money for political campaigns but spend little to none of the proceeds on political activity. Now they've caught the attention of the Federal Election Commission, but commissioners, known for infighting and icy political rivalries, have done little to address it.(Photo: Shutterstock) | Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! | Some rake in donations for illegitimate political campaigns for figures like Laura Ingraham and Congressman Allen West. Others latch onto specific issues like veterans' rights or regions like the Virgin Islands. | Some use mail campaigns to convince older, retired donors to send them money. Others use social media and aggressive call campaigns. | They're hard to track…
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Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.
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How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections–Part 1
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/28/mex1…

Australian government prepares budget and possible early election
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-28
Such an election would be the latest attempt to install a government that can carry through a far deeper assault on social spending, as well as prepare for potential trade wars and wars.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/28/budg…

Democratic Party tried to push Colorado congressional candidate to leave race, leaked audio reveals
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
The Democratic Party meddled in the Colorado congressional primary by favoring one candidate and pressuring another to drop out, a newly released secret recording has revealed. …
www.rt.com/usa/425402-democrats-pressure…

Republicans vindicated, Dems still screaming 'Russia!'
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
After a year-long investigation, the US House Intelligence Committee released a report Friday officially confirming there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 US presidential election. …
www.rt.com/usa/425360-republicans-democr…

Two tweets to break democracy? Incredible claim in House report on 'Russian meddling'
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-28
Though the House Intelligence Committee report exonerated President Donald Trump of 'collusion' with Russia, it still accused Moscow, and RT specifically, of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. …
www.rt.com/usa/425356-rt-tweets-meddling…

New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" In Private Facebook Posts
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-04-28
Juanita Perez Williams shared her anti-abortion position in Facebook posts in 2016. In 2017, she was endorsed by the pro-choice group EMILY's List. | The post New York Candidate Backed by National Democrats Boasted of "Pro-Life Advocacy" In Private Facebook Posts appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/28/juanita-pere…

Green Party's Jill Stein: Russiagate Being Exploited to Repress Leftist Opposition
TRNN | therealnews.com | 2018-04-27
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has completed turning her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns Russiagate is being used to silent dissent.
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Jill Stein Breaks the Silence on Being a Russiagate Target
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2018-04-27
Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has turned in her campaign materials to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and warns that Russiagate is being used to silence dissent. | The post Jill Stein Breaks the Silence on Being a Russiagate Target appeared first on MintPress News.

Jill Stein Breaks the Silence on Being a Russiagate Target

Breaking My Silence on RussiaGate
Jill Stein | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-27
We are facing a precarious historic moment. Democracy is threatened by interference in our elections, and by interference in our civil liberties. Likewise we are endangered by warmongering, rampant militarism, nuclear confrontation and accelerating climate change. To solve any of these interlinked problems, we need a functioning democracy and a voting system we can have…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/breaking-my-…

Here's Why the Russian Lawyer from the Trump Tower Meeting Suddenly Changed Her Story
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-04-27
Natalia Veselnitskaya originally said that she was simply a private attorney. Now, she admits she has ties to the Kremlin. | Natalia Veselnitskaya, one of the key figures in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting held by top members of the Trump campaign in an effort to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, originally told Congress that she was a private lawyer without ties to the government. The New York Times reported Friday, however, that Veselnitskaya misled Congress and the American people when she testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee last November that she works "independently of any governmental bodies. " The Times found evidence that had previously worked with Russia's chief legal office, and she later confirmed she was an "informant" for the government. One of the reporters who helped break the story, Sharon LaFraniere, went on CNN Friday night and explained how. . .
www.alternet.org/heres-why-russian-lawye…

Trump Attacks Special Counsel and Praises the Ridiculous House Intelligence Report in Late Night Tweet
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-04-27
"As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies," the president said. | Even as the White House and Republicans continue to insist that there's no reason to think President Donald Trump intends to fire special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the commander-in-chief took to Twitter Friday night to call the Russia investigation a "hoax" and to say the Mueller should never have been appointed. "House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia," Trump said in a tweet. "As I have been saying all along, it is all a big Hoax by the Democrats based on payments and lies. There should never have been a Special Councel appointed. Witch Hunt! "In addition to proving that the president still has no. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump…

Portland's Socialists Protest New Navy Ship, U.S.S Portland, as Democrats Bestow it Honors
Shamus Cooke | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-27
While Trump was ordering his Navy ships to rain missiles on Syria, Oregon's anti-Trump Democrat "resistance" was planning a grand birthing ceremony, welcoming the U.S.S. Portland into Trump's array of Navy death machines. Oregon's Democrats are among the most "progressive" in the country, the mayor of its biggest city, its governor, and both U.S. Senators…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/portlands-so…

6 Democrats Just Voted With GOP to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2018-04-27
With the help of six Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), the Senate on Thursday helped President Donald Trump move one step closer to completing his war cabinet by confirming the ultra-hawkish torture supporter Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State | The post 6 Democrats Just Voted With GOP to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State appeared first on MintPress News.

6 Democrats Just Voted With GOP to Confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

Health Policy Expert Says Republicans Have 'Secret' Plan to Repeal Obamacare
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-04-27
A former Obama official says a group of lawmakers and donors are eager to push for repeal. | Andy Slavitt, who served as the acting administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama, warned late Friday night that Republicans may try to repeal and replace Obamacare once again before the 2018 midterm elections. "Republicans have been meeting in secret to bring back ACA repeal," he writes. Citing a recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Slavitt said that former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum is leading a group of lawmakers and donors to push for repeal. This would mean lawmakers would have to use the reconciliation process again to pass the legislation so that they would only need 51 votes in the Senate for the bill to become law. The Washington Examiner piece describes the bill as an. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/healt…

Congressman Claims Assange Has 'Physical Proof' Russia Did Not Hack DNC
Jay Syrmopoulos | mintpressnews.com | 2018-04-27
An investigation into the alleged hack performed last year by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity claimed that the "data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computers." | The post Congressman Claims Assange Has 'Physical Proof' Russia Did Not Hack DNC appeared first on MintPress News.

Congressman Claims Assange Has 'Physical Proof' Russia Did Not Hack DNC

Joe Emersberger on Venezuelan Elections, Dahr Jamail on Antarctic Ice
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-04-27
Media…
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Donald Trump and the Next Crash: Making the Fed an Instrument for Disaster
Nomi Prins | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-27
Warning: What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. It's the Beltway story hiding in plain sight with trillions of dollars in play and an economy to commandeer. While we've been bombarded with a litany…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/27/donald-trump…

The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-04-27
The nominal "opposition" party paved the way for the installation of an advocate of war, mass surveillance and torture as the new US secretary of state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/27/pers…

Washington politicians call a truce for 'take your child to work' day
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-27
From President Donald Trump and his cabinet to opposition Democrats, politicians across Washington celebrated the annual "take your child to work" day by staying on their best behavior while hamming it up for the kids. …
www.rt.com/usa/425267-kids-work-day-poli…

Neocons & Russiagaters unite! New think tank will protect democracy from Russia, sell books
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-27
A group of neocon heartthrobs have banded together with an eclectic array of Russiagaters to form a visionary organization committed to protecting Western democracy. You can also pre-order their book, according to their website. …
www.rt.com/usa/425303-renew-democracy-in…

'No collusion': Redacted US House report on Russia released, officially clears Trump (DOCUMENT)
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-27
The US House Intelligence Committee has released a redacted declassified version of a report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which officially clears President Trump of any collusion. …
www.rt.com/usa/425318-house-report-russi…

Turkey: Journalists Convicted for Doing Their Jobs
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-04-27
Press freedom activists read opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet during a demonstration in solidarity with the jailed members of the newspaper outside a courthouse, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters/Murad Sezer | (Berlin) — The 14 journalists, staff, and board members of the Turkish- daily newspaper Cumhuriyet sentenced to prison on April 25, are being punished for doing their jobs, Human Rights Watch said today. | "The convictions of Cumhuriyet journalists without any credible evidence of wrongdoing, coupled with harsh jail sentences, further erode Turkey's democratic credentials," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The Cumhuriyet trial is part a systematic effort to silence independent media and critical voices in Turkey to prevent public scrutiny of the government." | The evidence cited in the indictment seen…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/27/turkey-journ…

Karen Korematsu: "My Father Resisted Japanese Internment. Trump's Travel Ban is Just as Unfair"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-27
The U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to uphold President Trump's travel ban, which blocks most people from seven countries–including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen–from entering the United States. During oral arguments on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to side with the conservative side of the court. Lower courts have repeatedly ruled against versions of Trump's travel ban, saying they were unconstitutional and in violation of federal immigration law. Among those who have asked the Supreme Court to rule the travel ban unconstitutional are the children of Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II. | Joining us now is one of those children: Karen Korematsu, daughter of civil rights icon Fred Korematsu who was jailed for refusing orders to be sent to an internment camp set up for U.S. residents of Japanese ancestry. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Last year Karen Korematsu wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post headlined "My father resisted Japanese internment. Trump's travel ban is just as unfair." For more we speak with Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/27/karen_kor…

"You Really Should Resign:" Lawmakers Slam EPA's Scott Pruitt over Mounting Ethics Scandals
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-27
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was grilled by lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill about a slew of scandals over his spending habits and ties to industry lobbyists. Pruitt faces more than a half-dozen investigations. Among the scandals: he paid only $50 a night to live in a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of a prominent Washington energy lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies. Pruitt had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed in his office, which a government watchdog says violated spending laws. Pruitt had the EPA spend $3 million on his security detail, including 18 full-time agents. Pruitt routinely travels first- or business-class; reportedly because Pruitt was confronted by economy-class customers angry over his policies. For more we speak with Emily Atkin, a staff writer at The New Republic. Her latest pieces include: "Scott Pruitt Is Forced to Confront Reality" and "The EPA Is Acting Like Big Tobacco." We also speak with Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/27/you_reall…

"Our Dreams Are Coming True": Peace Activists Celebrate as Korean Leaders Vow to Officially End War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-27
History has been made on the Korean peninsula today, as South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un shook hands at the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries and pledged to work to denuclearize the peninsula and to declare the official end to the Korean War. Today's historic summit marks the first time a North Korean leader has ever set foot inside South Korea. During the meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said "I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation." The North and South Korean leaders pledged to pursue talks with the United States aimed at negotiating a formal peace treaty to replace the uneasy 1953 armistice. For more we speak with Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and former State Department diplomat. She is a member of Women Cross DMZ, a group of international peacemakers who have been calling for an end to the Korean War.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/27/our_dream…

2020 Democratic Contenders Are Making the "Cheap Gesture" of Swearing Off Corporate PAC Money, but Big Checks Are Still Flying
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-04-27
Democratic senators that swear off corporate PAC money take much more cash from wealthy individual donors than they do from PACs. | The post 2020 Democratic Contenders Are Making the "Cheap Gesture" of Swearing Off Corporate PAC Money, but Big Checks Are Still Flying appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/27/pacs-democra…

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams Approved GOP's Gerrymandering Effort, Lawmakers Claim in Court
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-04-27
There is a fight raging over voting rights across the country — especially in Georgia. | The contours of the battlefield are usually seen as partisan; restrictions on voting rights tend to be a Republican project. But testimony in a lawsuit brought by the NAACP and former Attorney General Eric Holder over a redistricting effort led by the Georgia GOP alleges that racially gerrymandered district maps were approved by the then-Democratic caucus leader in Georgia's legislature, Stacey Abrams — and Abrams's involvement could upend the effort to have the new district maps thrown out. | Abrams is one of the Democratic candidates for governor in Georgia this year, vying for the nomination against another former Democratic legislator, Stacey Evans. Both candidates have claimed the mantle of championing voting rights, but accounts of Abrams role in the 2015 redistricting could call her positioning into…
theintercept.com/2018/04/27/stacey-abram…

A County Sheriff's Election in North Carolina Has Become a Referendum on ICE's Deportation Machine
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2018-04-27
In Mecklenburg County, the question of whether local police should help ICE deport people is a central issue in the race for sheriff. | The post A County Sheriff's Election in North Carolina Has Become a Referendum on ICE's Deportation Machine appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/04/27/ice-287g-mec…

The Democratic Party's War History and the AUMF of 2018
Consortiumnews.com | consortiumnews.com | 2018-04-26
If there's any surprise that Senate Democrats, almost virtually indistinguishable from pro-war Republicans, are about to coalesce in support of the newest version of the AUMF , then you have seriously not been paying attention, says Renee Parsons. By Renee Parsons… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/04/26/the-democr…

Democrats claim Diamond & Silk lied over Trump payments in congressional hearing
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-26
Conservative YouTube stars Diamond and Silk claimed under oath that they were never paid by the Trump campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election. Democrats say a "field consulting" payment in the FEC filings means they lied. …
www.rt.com/usa/425252-diamond-silk-congr…

Trump says Cohen handled 'a tiny little fraction' of his legal work in Stormy Daniels matter
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-26
President Donald Trump used an appearance on his favorite TV show to bash "obstructionist" Democrats, contradict himself on his work with lawyer Michael Cohen, and insult former FBI director James Comey. …
www.rt.com/usa/425245-trump-cohen-legal-…

'Severe democracy flaws:' China releases report on human rights in US
RT | rt.com | 2018-04-26
China has published a report listing the woes of American democracy, including human rights, interventions and discrimination, in response to a scathing paper published by the US State Department. …
www.rt.com/news/425165-china-human-right…

Lebanon: Political Parties Shun Rights Issues
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-04-26
Candidates for Lebanon's parliamentary elections should commit to human rights reforms. | (Beirut) — Twenty-seven candidates and some parties running in Lebanon's parliamentary elections on May 6, 2018, have made public commitments to strengthen human rights protections. But none of the parties in the current cabinet were willing to make public commitments in response to a Human Rights Watch letter urging them to commit to human rights reforms on 10 issues. | The new independent parties Libaladi, Kelna Beirut, You Stink, and individual candidates committed to all of the proposed reforms. The Kataeb party, which is not in the cabinet, committed to the reforms except those related to refugee rights. | "It is deeply disappointing that none of the parties in Lebanon's current government saw fit to make strong commitments…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/26/lebanon-poli…

Senior Democrat Caught on Tape Pressuring Progressive Congressional Candidate to Drop Out of Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-26
A new exposé by The Intercept confirms how powerful Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive progressive candidates in primaries around the country, choosing instead to back moderate, business-friendly candidates. This comes after President Obama used his farewell address to encourage Americans upset about the outcome of the 2016 election to take action by running for office themselves. We speak with Levi Tillemann, a Colorado man who heeded Obama's call and found himself disappointed by the process, after he was repeatedly pressured by powerful Democrats not to run. In fact, he recorded a conversation in which he was directly told to drop out of the Democratic primary for Colorado's sixth Congressional district by none other than the second-ranking House Democrat, Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland. We go to Denver to speak with Levi Tillemann, a candidate in Colorado's Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District, which includes Denver. He is featured in the new exposé by Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, "Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Official Pressuring Progressive to Bow Out of Election."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/26/senior_de…

Supreme Court Appears Set to Uphold Trump's Travel Ban Targeting Muslim Nations
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-26
The U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to uphold President Trump's travel ban, which blocks most people from seven countries–including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen–from entering the United States. During oral arguments on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often seen as a swing vote, appeared to side with the conservative wing of the court. U.S. solicitor general Noel Francisco argued the travel restrictions were not a "so-called Muslim ban" and that the order fell within the president's executive authority. Francisco made the claim even though Trump campaigned for president calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Lower courts have repeatedly ruled against versions of Trump's travel ban, saying they were unconstitutional and in violation of federal immigration law. We are joined by Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's national Immigrants' Rights Project, who presented the first challenge to President Trump's travel ban order last year, and Diala Shamas, a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was in Djibouti last month speaking to Yemeni relatives of U.S. citizens attempting to come to the United States under Trump's travel ban.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/26/supreme_c…

Headlines for April 26, 2018
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-26
Supreme Court Justices Suggest They'll Allow Trump Travel Ban, U.S. Cancels Protected Status for Nepali Immigrants on Earthquake Anniversary, Veterans Affairs Nominee Ronny Jackson Withdraws Amid Misconduct Claims, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt to Face Lawmakers' Questions About Ethics Scandals, Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to Take the Fifth in Stormy Daniels Lawsuit, French President Blasts Trump's Policies in Address to U.S. Congress, Second Palestinian Journalist Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in Gaza, Afghan Journalist Abdul Manan Arghand Assassinated in Kandahar, Japan: Okinawans Protest Construction of U.S. Military Base, HUD Chief Ben Carson's Bill Would Triple Poorest Tenants' Rents, California Police Say They've Captured the "Golden State Killer", Philippines Activist Denied U.S. Entry, Claims Torture in CBP Custody, New Alabama Memorial Is Dedicated to Victims of White Supremacy…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/26/headlines

Travel Ban Blocks U.S. Citizen From Bringing Yemeni Daughter with Cerebral Palsy to U.S. for Care
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-26
During Wednesday's oral arguments over President Trump's travel ban at the Supreme Court, attorney Neal Katyal made reference to how the ban has blocked a U.S. citizen named Nageeb al-Omari. Al-Omari has been prevented from bringing his 10-year-old daughter to the United States to receive medical care for cerebral palsy. The family's story was featured in a new Al Jazeera Fault Lines "documentary": www.youtube.com/watch?v=324k9qPkU0I, "Between War and the Ban: A Yemeni-American Story." We air an excerpt of the documentary and speak with two attorneys fighting the travel ban.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/26/travel_ba…

After Fleeing Genocide, Over Half a Million Rohingya Refugees Now Face Monsoon Season in Bangladesh
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-04-26
Aid agencies are scrambling to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in Bangladesh ahead of the monsoon season in June. Hundreds of thousands of registered Rohingya refugees now live in the Cox's Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh after fleeing a Burmese military campaign of rape, murder and arson that the U.N. has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." Now the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says at least 150,000 people are at "high risk from mudslides and floods" from the heavy rain in the next few months. Some could be moved to a recently formed island at the mouth of the Meghna River. This comes as more refugees are still crossing over from Burma. We are joined in our New York studio by Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and a member of the Free Rohingya Coalition. He was born in Burma, but in 1982 he was rendered effectively stateless along with a million other ethnic Rohingya under a nationality law.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/26/after_fle…

Jill Stein Defies Senate Intelligence Document Request, Calling It "Overbroad" and Unconstitutional
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-04-26
The Jill Stein campaign is refusing to comply fully with a Senate intelligence committee request for documents and other correspondence, made as part of the committee's probe into Russian activities in the 2016 election, according to a letter to be delivered Thursday to the panel by an attorney for the campaign. | The Green Party campaign will agree to turn over some documents, but raised constitutional objections to the breadth of the inquiry, which was first made in November 2017, arguing that elements of it infringe on basic political rights enshrined in the First Amendment. | In the letter responding to committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., Stein's campaign has now said it will refuse some of the requests, calling them "so overbroad in reach as to demand constitutionally protected materials." | The campaign provided that letter to…
theintercept.com/2018/04/26/russia-jill-…

Facebook Is Demanding Personal Information From Political Advertisers, Raising Privacy Concerns
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2018-04-26
As fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues, Facebook has rolled out a new authorization process designed to deter political ads and official Facebook accounts that intend to disrupt elections. In order to be verified, anyone wanting to run political ads now has to fork over the last four digits of their Social Security number, a government ID, and a residential mailing address. | Facebook officials on Tuesday briefed House Democratic Caucus staffers on the new authorization process to run political ads and official Facebook accounts on the social media platform, telling the press aides that beginning this summer, every page admin for both organic content and ads must be authorized through the two-week verification process available now. (This is assuming all congressional Facebook accounts fall under the rules for political and top-followed accounts.) | An invitation to the meeting, titled "Expanding…
theintercept.com/2018/04/26/facebook-is-…

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