Daily Archives: 2018-06-17

2018-06-17: News Headlines

Merula Furtado (2018-06-16). From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State. truthout.org Today, the Stop Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) campaign, the long-standing fight against fracked gas in New York State, is generating a lot of heat, from weekly local vigils and arrests at the state capitol, to political races for attorney general, state senate and governor. In November, Stop CPV defense attorney Michael Sussman will run for New York State attorney general on the Green Party ticket; defendant and key Stop CPV organizer Pramilla Malik is running as a Democrat for state senate in the 42nd district, and Cynthia Nixon, who has joined the CPV protest, will challenge the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, all contesting his administration and its greenwashed fracked gas energy plan. | A critical part of STOP CPV's movement against the expansion of the state's fracked gas infrastructure is a 2017 trial in which the defense argued…

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-06-16). 'MAGA MAGA MAGA': Roseanne Barr Has Twitter Tirade After Reading IG Report She Believes Helps Trump. alternet.org Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. | Comedian Roseanne Barr praised President Donald Trump after reading the Department of Justice Inspector General report on handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Donald Trump claimed the report " totally exonerates" him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, even though the report had nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. "Things are progressing nicely politically — all the real dirt has been exposed by the IG report — next step will be balls out great! " Barr tweeted early Saturday morning. This prediction was based on her belief in QAnon, a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming top Democrats are running a satanic child sex cult. Barr retweeted two accounts claiming the Inspector General report support their conspiracy theory.

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Donald Sheppard, Salon (2018-06-16). Republicans from Reagan to Trump: Replacing Courage with Cowardice. alternet.org When did the GOP add cowardice to its platform? | My choice in political parties was clear from my first opportunity to vote. I supported everything the Republican Party stood for in America — fiscal conservatism, individual freedom and responsibility, free market capitalism, the works. I was influenced, as so many Americans were, by Ronald Reagan. He defined Republicanism to me and other Americans by doing more than simply expressing the party's values. Reagan lived them, winning enormous numbers of supporters to his side on the basis of his character alone. Even long-time Democrats awarded him their vote because he expressed values that Americans long cherished — trust, honesty, respect for others, equality for everyone, and keeping the promises you make. Republicans scored congressional successes on Regan's qualities over three presidential elections, counting George H. W. Bush's coat-tails ride. Where are they riding now? Where are the. . .

Terry Schwadron, DC Report (2018-06-16). While No One's Looking, Republicans Are Waging a Guerrilla War on Your Healthcare. alternet.org Trump doesn't have the votes to kill Obamacare so now he just won't enforce it. | While Trump preens in the afterglow of his questionable achievements at the negotiating table with North Korea, let's take a look elsewhere — at the Trump administration decision to abandon Obamacare requirements that health insurance cover pre-existing conditions. Late last week, the government said in filings in a federal court case that the requirement to cover those who need healthcare the most will become "unconstitutional" next year as well as protections forbidding insurers to deny coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions. Indeed, the Justice Department declined to defend the federal law in a suit brought by states against the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Just how that fits with an administration that seems fixated on "law and order" is a little hard to explain, but if. . .

Staff (2018-06-16). Despite Cancer, McCain Maintains His Maverick Ways. truthdig.com PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. | Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from office before 2022 is a lingering one, casting an uncomfortable haze around the future of a seat that can't quite ever be filled. | "John McCain is a one-of-a-kind politician, and there's no replacing him," said Stan Barnes, an Arizona Republican consultant. "No one serving in political office today remembers a time when John McCain was not representing us in Washington." | Some Arizona Republicans have criticized conversations about the future of McCain's seat as…

britney (2018-06-16). The Singapore Summit: A US Pivot Toward Ending the Korean War? truthout.org The denuclearization agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 has provoked wildly varying responses from progressive analysts around the world. Antiwar activists such as Christine Ahn are hailing the suspension of the joint US-South Korean military exercises as an important step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while anti-nuclear activists such as Rebecca Johnson caution that "peace and nuclear disarmament are not going to happen if North Koreans feel under constant threat from US nuclear weapons, as is the case at present." | Although skepticism toward the deal, which is short on specifics, is not unwarranted, it is important to acknowledge the significance of this moment as a potential starting point for sustained negotiations. The Singapore summit represented a critical first step toward finally ending the 68-year-old conflict that has torn apart a…

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-16). Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist. therealnews.com In the closely watched upcoming primary in New York, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging neoliberal Joe Crowley, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who Howie Klein says is "the most corrupt Democrat in the House."

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-06-16). American History for Truthdiggers: The Jeffersonian Enigma (1800-1808). truthdig.com The third president's election and two terms were hailed by some as revolutionary and a national salvation, but others saw a darkness beneath Thomas Jefferson's republicanism.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-16). Trump Policy Has Ripped 2,000 Kids From Parents in Just Six Weeks. truthout.org In the six weeks that President Donald Trump's " heartless and cruel" family separation policy has been in effect, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data obtained by the Associated Press and published on Friday. | The staggering figure—which averages out to 47 children ripped from their parents' arms each day—comes as Trump and the Republican Party continue to lie about the White House's responsibility for the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that made family separation a consistent practice. | According to the DHS figures, "1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31," the AP reports. | #FamiliesBelongTogether! t.co/v8uFKETyt3 | — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) June 15, 2018 | 2000 children in *six weeks*. Think about the scale of the crime being perpetrated…

Briahna Gray (2018-06-16). Two Very Different Democrats, Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Squared Off in Debate Friday Night. theintercept.com Friday night's primary debate between 31-year elected official Rep. Joseph Crowley and 28-year-old progressive Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was a contest between establishment and outsider, old guard and upstart, experience and progress, status quo and change. It marks only the third primary challenge Crowley has faced since moving from the state Assembly to Congress — and his first since 2004. | At times during the debate, his relative campaign inexperience showed, while Ocasio-Cortez presented as a well-studied newcomer with natural talent: delivering a summary of her agenda in a manner which was confident and sharp, if not effortless. The theme of her remarks was clear: "Not all Democrats are the same." | Despite what she described as Crowley's "adaptations" — meaning shifts leftward in response to her more-progressive campaign — there are real differences between the two, said Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging Crowley for the…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump Whines It's 'Very Unfair' DOJ Hasn't Prosecuted Clinton As His Former Campaign Chairman Lands Behind Bars. alternet.org Paul Manafort landed in jail Friday after he was accused of witness tampering. | When President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, you knew Trump would have to tweet about it. Well, he did — and it was even more preposterous than we would have predicted. "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns," Trump wrote. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair! "There's so much that's wrong here. First, Manafort wasn't sentenced — he's been jailed pending trial. It's true that this is unusual for cases involving the types of charges against Manafort, but that's because Manafort took the even more. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-15). House GOP Judiciary Chairman Will Subpoena FBI Agent Peter Strzok Over Anti-Trump Text Messages: Report. alternet.org House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlate notified his Democratic counterpart about the pending subpoena on Friday. | House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlate notified ranking member Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday that he plans to issue a subpoena for FBI agent Peter Strzok to testify before Congress, CNN reports. Citing two sources familiar with the House GOP investigation into the FBI's handing of the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump investigations, CNN reports Goodlate told Nadler about plans to subpoena Strzok during a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The subpoena comes on the heels of a Department of Justice Inspector General's report on the bureau's handling of Clinton email investigation, which included a text from Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page insisting they'll "stop" Trump's election. The IG report criticized Strzok's anti-Trump bias, but concluded he acted in accordance with FBI policies and procedures. "The IG. . .

David Rosen (2018-06-15). Why Do Establishment Feminists Hate Sex Workers? counterpunch.org On March 21st, Senate Republicans and Democrats joined together to overwhelmingly pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA); the House had earlier passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). All 18 female Senators — including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) — supported SESTA as did Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). 'A Crisis of America's Own Invention': MSNBC Guest Chokes Up While Giving Powerful Rebuke to Trump's Cruel Immigration Policies. alternet.org The president has tried to blame his horrifying policies on the Democrats. | MSNBC guest Alicia Menendez delivered an emotional denunciation of President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant kids from their families on Friday, clearly rebutting his lie that Democrats are to blame for the practice. "Did you read the story about the 5-year-old boy from Honduras who brought notes. . . pictures of his family," she said to the panel on Nicolle Wallace's show "Deadline: White House. "She continued, her voice cracking with emotion: "He is now sleeping with them under his pillow at night as he cries himself to sleep in one of these detention facilities. That's where we are because of this policy. ""I think it's just so important that we remember that this does not require legislation to be fixed. This could be handled by DHS by reversing this policy. and. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-15). Blistering UN Report: Trump Administration Is Intentionally Exacerbating Inequality. truthout.org A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to address growing poverty in the United States, following an excoriating report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. Alston slammed the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States. The report details how 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 18.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. It also details how the United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility. We speak with Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty. He will be presenting his report next week in Geneva. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to…

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-06-15). Trump Just Derailed the Latest Republican Immigration Hostage-Taking Scheme. alternet.org This is bad news for the GOP. | Popular vote loser Donald Trump, the mastermind of family separation and child gulags, blew up House Republican's latest legislative effort to blame it all on Democrats when he summarily dismissed a "compromise" poison-pill immigration bill leadership has been negotiating. House Speaker Paul Ryan had been planning on holding votes on two bills early next week, one that hard-line Republicans were demanding, a white supremacist wish list sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and one that was "negotiated" between hardliners and "moderates" who were threatening to force a vote on protections for Dreamers with a discharge petition. That negotiation was basically the moderates completely caving, and the resulting bill draft being another ransom demand from Republicans: Democrats could free the children in those gulags and get protections for Dreamers if. . .

Bob Rossi (2018-06-15). "When Democrats forget working-class people, we lose!" peoplesworld.org

Leo Gerard, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-15). Where's That $4,000 Raise the GOP Promised Workers? alternet.org Most of the money went to stock buybacks, which enrich corporate executives and wealthy stockholders. | When Republicans in Congress passed a big, fat tax break bill in December, they insisted it meant American workers would be singing "Happy Days Are Here Again" all the way to the bank. The payoff from the tax cut would be raises totaling $4,000 to $9,000, the President's Council of Economic Advisers assured workers. But something bad happened to workers on their way to the repository. They never got that money. In fact, their real wages declined because of higher inflation. At the same time, the amount workers had to pay in interest on loans for cars and credit cards increased. And, to top it off, Republicans threatened to make workers pay for the tax break with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. So now, workers across America. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump's Newest Lie About His Jailed Campaign Manager Is Off by a Stunning Margin. alternet.org Paul Manafort was sent to jail on Friday for violating the terms of his bail. | As President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort heads to jail ahead of his trial in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the president himself is trying to downplay his relationship to his former employee — and telling bald-faced lies about their history together. "Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign! " Trump told reporters Friday, lying right out of the gate. "But I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan, he worked for Bob Dole. He worked for John McCain — or his firm did. He worked for many other Republicans. He worked for. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Manafort Sent Immediately to Jail After House Arrest Canceled by Judge. alternet.org The Trump associate is now behind bars. | Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's house arrest on Friday and sent him to jail following accusations of witness tampering. He will remain incarcerated awaiting trial for foreign lobbying violations. Manafort's D. C. trial is scheduled to begin in September. CNN reports that three U. S. marshals "led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge's ruling. "This story has been updated with additional reporting. | Related Stories: Trump Has Been Calling Republicans to Whine That They Aren't Praising Him Enough for North Korea MeetingThis Award-Winning Cartoonist Was Just Fired After 25 Years Because of Political Cartoons Critical of TrumpLessons About Evangelicals and Trump from the Nixon Era

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-15). Opposition to Trump anti-worker exec orders mounts. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Opposition to Republican President Donald Trump's executive orders trashing the nation's two million federal workers is mounting. Thirteen more unions went to court on June 13 to sue to overturn them, and 21 House Republicans wrote to Trump to ask him to dump his own edicts. But in an indication of how much most of […]…

splcenter.org (2018-06-15). SPLC: Proposed immigration 'compromise' would hurt children and most vulnerable. splcenter.org The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are holding children hostage in order to force political concessions on immigration legislation.

IMEMC News (2018-06-15). Legislator Jarrar Receives A Third Administrative Detention Order. imemc.org The Israeli Ofer military court renewed, Friday, the Administrative Detention of leftist Palestinian Legislator Khaleda Jarrar for six more months, without charges. Jarrar, a democratically-elected legislator and a senior leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was abducted from her home in Ramallah on July 2nd, […]…

Andy Piascik (2018-06-15). Jane LaTour: 50+ Years in the Labor Movement (And Still Going). counterpunch.org Jane LaTour has been active in the labor movement since the 1960s. She has worked in factories and on staff for several unions including District 65, one of New York City's best-known left-led unions. LaTour also worked for the Association for Union Democracy and the Wagner Labor Archives at New York University and is the More

Joyce Nelson (2018-06-15). The NED's Useful Idiots. counterpunch.org On Friday, June 8, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow augmented her nightly Russiagate fetish by extolling the merits of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), telling her huge audience that the NED, created in the 1980s by the Ronald Reagan administration, still does the "non-partisan hard work around the world, of promoting small D democracy and promoting More

Samantha Borek (2018-06-15). Rev. William Barber: Immoral US Policies on Poverty Are a Threat to Democracy. truthout.org The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman. The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amidst a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested across the country since the…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-15). North Korea Issue is Not De-nuclearization But De-Colonization. counterpunch.org The critics had already signaled their strategy for derailing any meaningful move toward normalizing relations between the United States and North Korea. Right-wing neoliberals from CNN, MSNBC and NPR are in perfect alignment with the talking points issued by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrat Party that took the position that anything short More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-06-15). The Media Should Stop Gifting Trump with Ego-Boosting 'Trump Said' Headlines and Tweets. alternet.org Merely repeating the president just spreads his propaganda. | Writing the word "lied" is apparently so time-consuming, that in their effort to get a headline out the door, it simply can't be accommodated. Otherwise it's difficult to excuse this breaking, big scoop headline from the Associated Press. BREAKING: Trump says officials at FBI 'were plotting against my election'. Or this tweet from the New York TimesPresident Trump said the IG report proved there had been FBI bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing "vicious" texts" between investigators and findings that he said illustrate "criminal" behavior by James ComeyOr the Associated Press . . . again. The Latest: President Trump says the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe shows the FBI was biased against him "at the top level" and was "plotting against my election. "Thanks guys. Just . . . thanks.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump's 2020 Campaign Effort Has Hired Officials from the Sketchy Data Firm Mueller Is Investigating: Report. alternet.org Cambridge Analytica was at the center of a massive scandal concerning the misuse of Facebook user data. | President Donald Trump's campaign is working with former employees of the disgraced data firm Cambridge Analytica, a company that collapsed after its scandalous misuse of Facebook data was revealed and is facing scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press. At least four ex-employees of the firm now work for Data Propria, which performs campaign services similar to those Cambridge Analytica provided, the report says. The employment of workers who were involved with such a scandalous enterprise remains a focus of an investigation into malfeasance in the 2016 election and shows a brazen disregard on the Republican Party's part for even having the appearance of concerns about propriety and election security. Though the leader of the new firm, Matt Oczkowski, denies working. . .

Emile Schepers (2018-06-15). 2017 election victory bears fruit in Virginia Medicaid expansion. peoplesworld.org

Louis Proyect (2018-06-15). American Nativism: From the Chinese Exclusion Act to Trump. counterpunch.org Since nativism is largely responsible for the election of Donald Trump, the left is obligated to understand its roots as well as the impact it is having on those who are its most visible victims. Two new documentaries will help us develop both the historical and personal dimensions of the great stain across the body More

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-15). Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'. therealnews.com As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

Stan Malinowitz (2018-06-15). On the Elections in Colombia. counterpunch.org Colombians will go to the polls next Sunday, June 17, to elect a president in the second round of this year's elections, since the first round on May 27 between five major candidates left none of them with more than 50 percent of the votes. The two leaders from the first round who will face More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). 'You Are Okay With Him Lying!': MSNBC's Katy Tur Corners GOP Lawmaker Over His Shameful Fealty to Trump's Dishonesty. alternet.org He seems incapable of answering a single question. | No matter how much President Donald Trump lies, the Republican Party doesn't seem to care. MSNBC's Katy Tur made this point Friday as she interviewed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) about his refusal to criticize the president for his rampant dishonesty. From the very start of the interview, Jordan refused to answer Tur directly. Asked how he feels about the fact that Trump lied 19 times Friday morning while talking to reporters, Jordan tried to talk about the recent Department of Justice inspector general report. Even when Tur pointed out that she didn't ask about the report, she asked about Trump's lying, Jordan wouldn't budge from his pre-arranged talking points. But Tur didn't relent, and her repeated forcing of the issue of Trump's lying served to make Jordan look ridiculous. He tried to talk about the unemployment. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-15). Barber to UAW: Trump a 'symptom' of white nationalist fears. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—Republican President Donald Trump's racist stands, remarks and tweets are "just a symptom" of white nationalist fears — which have been going for decades — that "the other America" of "the rejected" is increasing in strength and will rise up to take back the country, the Rev. William Barber says. In a stem-winding combination speech […]…

Staff (2018-06-15). White House: Trump Now Supports GOP Leaders' Immigration Bill. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, when he said he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. But the White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused. | The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican bills: a hard-right proposal and a middle-ground plan negotiated by the party's conservative and moderate wings, with White House input. Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and reduce the separation of children from their parents when families are detained crossing the border — a practice that has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent days. | "I'm looking at both of them," Trump said when asked about the proposals…

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-15). The Horror of Inhumane Immigrant Family Separation Demands We Cut Trump Supporters Out of Our Lives. alternet.org The administration's human rights violations require drastic action. | The United States Constitution grants President Donald Trump many powers. They include being the Chief Executive, Chief Legislator and Commander-in-Chief of the military. Not to be content with such powers, Donald Trump has also taken on other roles as well. Donald Trump is the Sadist-in-Chief of the United States of America. Cruelty and meanness are his modus operandi. In his role as Sadist-in-Chief he has been quite busy. As the leader of the Republican Party Trump has decided to take health insurance away from the at least 150 million Americans — including children and the elderly — who have preexisting health conditions. He also mocked and insulted the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico which is estimated to have killed at least 4,600 people. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. . .

RT (2018-06-15). Trump: Justice Dept report a disaster for 'Comey and his minions'. rt.com US President Donald Trump lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey, as well as two FBI officials, after the Justice Department Inspector General's report criticized the agency's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Rev. William Barber: Jeff Sessions Using Religion to Justify Family Separations Is "Biblical Heresy" democracynow.org More than 300 Catholic bishops have blasted the Trump administration's immigration policies, calling for an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents and condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions's policy of ending the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum in the United States. On Thursday, Sessions quoted the Bible to justify his department's immigration policies. Sessions was speaking to an invitation-only crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," stated Sessions. Critics seized on his reference to Romans 13, noting it was a favorite passage of defenders of the Confederacy used to justify slavery. We speak to the Rev. William Barber.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the result of a policy apparently greenlighted by top officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at the US border due to Trump administration policy changes; and the Democratic Republic of Congo lost a human rights hero.

wsws.org (2018-06-15). The Democratic National Committee lawsuit against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: A major attack on press freedom. wsws.org Should the Democratic Party prevail, journalists could face criminal prosecution and civil damages any time they reported on unlawful government or corporate activity.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Rev. William Barber: U.S. Policies on Healthcare, Poverty Are Immoral & a Threat to Democracy. democracynow.org The release of the U.N. report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Blistering U.N. Report: Trump Administration's Policies Designed to Worsen Poverty & Inequality. democracynow.org A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to address growing poverty in the United States, following an excoriating report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. Alston slammed the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States. The report details how 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 18.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. It also details how the United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility. We speak with Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty. He will be presenting his report next week in Geneva.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Lawyer: Jeff Sessions' Attacks on Migrant Domestic Violence Survivors Drags U.S. Back to "Dark Ages" democracynow.org On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that domestic and gang-related violence will generally no longer be grounds for asylum, a far-reaching shift that could affect thousands of people, particularly women from Central America fleeing gender-based violence. This decision reverses the Board of Immigration Appeals' grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic violence survivor known as A.B., who fled to the U.S. for her life after surviving 15 years of beatings, rape and death threats from her husband. In ruling against A.B., Sessions also overturned a groundbreaking precedent from 2014 in which the immigration appeals court affirmed that domestic violence survivors are deserving of protection. We speak with Karen Musalo, professor of law and the director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is of the attorneys representing Ms. A.B.

wsws.org (2018-06-15). Inspector general's report fuels Trump-FBI conflict. wsws.org The report found that FBI Director James Comey violated Justice Department guidelines in his public statements during the 2016 election campaign about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Headlines for June 15, 2018. democracynow.org Republicans Draft Immigration Bill That Would End Family Separations, U.S. Catholic Bishops Blast "Immoral" Trump Immigration Policy, AG Sessions Quotes Scripture to Justify Immigration Policies, White House Press Secretary Confronted over Family Separations, Texas Children's Detention Center Features Trump Mural, Quote, New York Sues Trump Foundation over "Repeated Self-Dealing", DOJ Inspector General: Comey Mishandled Clinton Email Probe, Nicaragua: General Strike Called Amid Mounting Violence Against Protests, Russian Police Arrest British LGBT Protester as World Cup Opens, Argentine Lawmakers Advance Bill to Decriminalize Abortions, Bill Clinton: Norms Have Changed on "What You Can Do to Somebody Against Their Will", American Medical Association Demands Gun Control, Divests from Fossil Fuels, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King Retweets Neo-Nazi, U.S. to Repatriate Remains of Native Children Who Died in Boarding Schools, Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton, Who Advised MLK, Dies at 88…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Maldives' Slide Toward One Party Rule. hrw.org Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013. | © 2013 Reuters | Unnoticed by much of the world, the sundrenched holiday paradise of the Maldives is slipping rapidly into autocratic rule. Since February, the government has banned opposition parties from elections and locked up political leaders and even judges. | On June 13, in a blatant move to strengthen President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's grip on power, the Maldives Criminal Court sentenced former president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, and Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed each to 19 months in prison after being found guilty of "obstructing justice" for refusing to hand over their mobile phones to police. | The ruling represents the latest in a series…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-06-15). Trump Is Stoking Global Tensions to Oversee a 'Dangerous Military Buildup' and 'Underwrite Endless Wars': Robert Reich. alternet.org The military budget has become bloated with waste and abuse, Robert Reich writes. | THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL DRAINAs Trump stokes tensions around the world, he's adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It's a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. " Eisenhower was a Republican and a former general who helped win World War II for the allies, yet he understood America's true priorities. But Washington—and especially Trump—have lost sight of these basic tradeoffs. Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion—in today's dollars—to. . .

RT (2018-06-15). Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks. rt.com Hillary Clinton's latest attempt at what appears to be a joke about her infamous emails fell flat on its face after WikiLeaks responded with an awkward reminder of just how significant those emails were.
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wsws.org (2018-06-15). Pentagon Papers lawyer James Goodale on DNC lawsuit: "The Democrats are establishing possibly a precedent that diminishes First Amendment freedoms" wsws.org "What the DNC has done in its infinite wisdom is undermine the New York Times defense by saying that WikiLeaks, the leakee, has conspired with the person who is subject to the Espionage Act, namely, the leaker."

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From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-06-16
Today, the Stop Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) campaign, the long-standing fight against fracked gas in New York State, is generating a lot of heat, from weekly local vigils and arrests at the state capitol, to political races for attorney general, state senate and governor. In November, Stop CPV defense attorney Michael Sussman will run for New York State attorney general on the Green Party ticket; defendant and key Stop CPV organizer Pramilla Malik is running as a Democrat for state senate in the 42nd district, and Cynthia Nixon, who has joined the CPV protest, will challenge the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, all contesting his administration and its greenwashed fracked gas energy plan. | A critical part of STOP CPV's movement against the expansion of the state's fracked gas infrastructure is a 2017 trial in which the defense argued…
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'MAGA MAGA MAGA': Roseanne Barr Has Twitter Tirade After Reading IG Report She Believes Helps Trump
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-16
Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. | Comedian Roseanne Barr praised President Donald Trump after reading the Department of Justice Inspector General report on handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Donald Trump claimed the report " totally exonerates" him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, even though the report had nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. "Things are progressing nicely politically — all the real dirt has been exposed by the IG report — next step will be balls out great! " Barr tweeted early Saturday morning. This prediction was based on her belief in QAnon, a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming top Democrats are running a satanic child sex cult. Barr retweeted two accounts claiming the Inspector General report support their conspiracy theory.

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Republicans from Reagan to Trump: Replacing Courage with Cowardice
Donald Sheppard, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-06-16
When did the GOP add cowardice to its platform? | My choice in political parties was clear from my first opportunity to vote. I supported everything the Republican Party stood for in America — fiscal conservatism, individual freedom and responsibility, free market capitalism, the works. I was influenced, as so many Americans were, by Ronald Reagan. He defined Republicanism to me and other Americans by doing more than simply expressing the party's values. Reagan lived them, winning enormous numbers of supporters to his side on the basis of his character alone. Even long-time Democrats awarded him their vote because he expressed values that Americans long cherished — trust, honesty, respect for others, equality for everyone, and keeping the promises you make. Republicans scored congressional successes on Regan's qualities over three presidential elections, counting George H. W. Bush's coat-tails ride. Where are they riding now? Where are the. . .
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While No One's Looking, Republicans Are Waging a Guerrilla War on Your Healthcare
Terry Schwadron, DC Report | alternet.org | 2018-06-16
Trump doesn't have the votes to kill Obamacare so now he just won't enforce it. | While Trump preens in the afterglow of his questionable achievements at the negotiating table with North Korea, let's take a look elsewhere — at the Trump administration decision to abandon Obamacare requirements that health insurance cover pre-existing conditions. Late last week, the government said in filings in a federal court case that the requirement to cover those who need healthcare the most will become "unconstitutional" next year as well as protections forbidding insurers to deny coverage to those with pre-existing medical conditions. Indeed, the Justice Department declined to defend the federal law in a suit brought by states against the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Just how that fits with an administration that seems fixated on "law and order" is a little hard to explain, but if. . .
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Despite Cancer, McCain Maintains His Maverick Ways
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-16
PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. | Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from office before 2022 is a lingering one, casting an uncomfortable haze around the future of a seat that can't quite ever be filled. | "John McCain is a one-of-a-kind politician, and there's no replacing him," said Stan Barnes, an Arizona Republican consultant. "No one serving in political office today remembers a time when John McCain was not representing us in Washington." | Some Arizona Republicans have criticized conversations about the future of McCain's seat as…
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Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-06-16
In the closely watched upcoming primary in New York, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging neoliberal Joe Crowley, the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who Howie Klein says is "the most corrupt Democrat in the House." | The post Heated NY Primary Pits Corrupt Establishment Democrat Against Young Democratic Socialist appeared first on The Real News Network.
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American History for Truthdiggers: The Jeffersonian Enigma (1800-1808)
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2018-06-16
The third president's election and two terms were hailed by some as revolutionary and a national salvation, but others saw a darkness beneath Thomas Jefferson's republicanism. | The post American History for Truthdiggers: The Jeffersonian Enigma (1800-1808) appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Trump Policy Has Ripped 2,000 Kids From Parents in Just Six Weeks
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-06-16
In the six weeks that President Donald Trump's " heartless and cruel" family separation policy has been in effect, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data obtained by the Associated Press and published on Friday. | The staggering figure–which averages out to 47 children ripped from their parents' arms each day–comes as Trump and the Republican Party continue to lie about the White House's responsibility for the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that made family separation a consistent practice. | According to the DHS figures, "1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31," the AP reports. | #FamiliesBelongTogether! t.co/v8uFKETyt3 | — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) June 15, 2018 | 2000 children in *six weeks*. Think about the scale of the crime being perpetrated…
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Two Very Different Democrats, Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Squared Off in Debate Friday Night
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-06-16
Friday night's primary debate between 31-year elected official Rep. Joseph Crowley and 28-year-old progressive Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was a contest between establishment and outsider, old guard and upstart, experience and progress, status quo and change. It marks only the third primary challenge Crowley has faced since moving from the state Assembly to Congress — and his first since 2004. | At times during the debate, his relative campaign inexperience showed, while Ocasio-Cortez presented as a well-studied newcomer with natural talent: delivering a summary of her agenda in a manner which was confident and sharp, if not effortless. The theme of her remarks was clear: "Not all Democrats are the same." | Despite what she described as Crowley's "adaptations" — meaning shifts leftward in response to her more-progressive campaign — there are real differences between the two, said Ocasio-Cortez, who is challenging Crowley for the…
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House GOP Judiciary Chairman Will Subpoena FBI Agent Peter Strzok Over Anti-Trump Text Messages: Report
Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlate notified his Democratic counterpart about the pending subpoena on Friday. | House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlate notified ranking member Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday that he plans to issue a subpoena for FBI agent Peter Strzok to testify before Congress, CNN reports. Citing two sources familiar with the House GOP investigation into the FBI's handing of the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump investigations, CNN reports Goodlate told Nadler about plans to subpoena Strzok during a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The subpoena comes on the heels of a Department of Justice Inspector General's report on the bureau's handling of Clinton email investigation, which included a text from Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page insisting they'll "stop" Trump's election. The IG report criticized Strzok's anti-Trump bias, but concluded he acted in accordance with FBI policies and procedures. "The IG. . .
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Trump Whines It's 'Very Unfair' DOJ Hasn't Prosecuted Clinton As His Former Campaign Chairman Lands Behind Bars
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Paul Manafort landed in jail Friday after he was accused of witness tampering. | When President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, you knew Trump would have to tweet about it. Well, he did — and it was even more preposterous than we would have predicted. "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns," Trump wrote. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair! "There's so much that's wrong here. First, Manafort wasn't sentenced — he's been jailed pending trial. It's true that this is unusual for cases involving the types of charges against Manafort, but that's because Manafort took the even more. . .
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"When Democrats forget working-class people, we lose!"
Bob Rossi | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-15

"When Democrats forget working-class people, we lose!"

Blistering UN Report: Trump Administration Is Intentionally Exacerbating Inequality
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-15
A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to address growing poverty in the United States, following an excoriating report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. Alston slammed the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States. The report details how 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 18.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. It also details how the United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility. We speak with Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty. He will be presenting his report next week in Geneva. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to…
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Why Do Establishment Feminists Hate Sex Workers?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
On March 21st, Senate Republicans and Democrats joined together to overwhelmingly pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA); the House had earlier passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). All 18 female Senators — including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) — supported SESTA as did Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and…
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Trump Just Derailed the Latest Republican Immigration Hostage-Taking Scheme
Joan McCarter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
This is bad news for the GOP. | Popular vote loser Donald Trump, the mastermind of family separation and child gulags, blew up House Republican's latest legislative effort to blame it all on Democrats when he summarily dismissed a "compromise" poison-pill immigration bill leadership has been negotiating. House Speaker Paul Ryan had been planning on holding votes on two bills early next week, one that hard-line Republicans were demanding, a white supremacist wish list sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and one that was "negotiated" between hardliners and "moderates" who were threatening to force a vote on protections for Dreamers with a discharge petition. That negotiation was basically the moderates completely caving, and the resulting bill draft being another ransom demand from Republicans: Democrats could free the children in those gulags and get protections for Dreamers if. . .
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'A Crisis of America's Own Invention': MSNBC Guest Chokes Up While Giving Powerful Rebuke to Trump's Cruel Immigration Policies
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
The president has tried to blame his horrifying policies on the Democrats. | MSNBC guest Alicia Menendez delivered an emotional denunciation of President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant kids from their families on Friday, clearly rebutting his lie that Democrats are to blame for the practice. "Did you read the story about the 5-year-old boy from Honduras who brought notes. . . pictures of his family," she said to the panel on Nicolle Wallace's show "Deadline: White House. "She continued, her voice cracking with emotion: "He is now sleeping with them under his pillow at night as he cries himself to sleep in one of these detention facilities. That's where we are because of this policy. ""I think it's just so important that we remember that this does not require legislation to be fixed. This could be handled by DHS by reversing this policy. and. . .
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Opposition to Trump anti-worker exec orders mounts
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-15
WASHINGTON–Opposition to Republican President Donald Trump's executive orders trashing the nation's two million federal workers is mounting. Thirteen more unions went to court on June 13 to sue to overturn them, and 21 House Republicans wrote to Trump to ask him to dump his own edicts. But in an indication of how much most of …

Opposition to Trump anti-worker exec orders mounts

SPLC: Proposed immigration 'compromise' would hurt children and most vulnerable
splcenter.org | splcenter.org | 2018-06-15
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are holding children hostage in order to force political concessions on immigration legislation.
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Trump's Newest Lie About His Jailed Campaign Manager Is Off by a Stunning Margin
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Paul Manafort was sent to jail on Friday for violating the terms of his bail. | As President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort heads to jail ahead of his trial in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, the president himself is trying to downplay his relationship to his former employee — and telling bald-faced lies about their history together. "Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign! " Trump told reporters Friday, lying right out of the gate. "But I feel a little badly about it. They went back 12 years to get things that he did 12 years ago. You know, Paul Manafort worked for me for a very short period of time. He worked for Ronald Reagan, he worked for Bob Dole. He worked for John McCain — or his firm did. He worked for many other Republicans. He worked for. . .
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Where's That $4,000 Raise the GOP Promised Workers?
Leo Gerard, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Most of the money went to stock buybacks, which enrich corporate executives and wealthy stockholders. | When Republicans in Congress passed a big, fat tax break bill in December, they insisted it meant American workers would be singing "Happy Days Are Here Again" all the way to the bank. The payoff from the tax cut would be raises totaling $4,000 to $9,000, the President's Council of Economic Advisers assured workers. But something bad happened to workers on their way to the repository. They never got that money. In fact, their real wages declined because of higher inflation. At the same time, the amount workers had to pay in interest on loans for cars and credit cards increased. And, to top it off, Republicans threatened to make workers pay for the tax break with cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. So now, workers across America. . .
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Manafort Sent Immediately to Jail After House Arrest Canceled by Judge
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
The Trump associate is now behind bars. | Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's house arrest on Friday and sent him to jail following accusations of witness tampering. He will remain incarcerated awaiting trial for foreign lobbying violations. Manafort's D. C. trial is scheduled to begin in September. CNN reports that three U. S. marshals "led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge's ruling. "This story has been updated with additional reporting. | Related Stories: Trump Has Been Calling Republicans to Whine That They Aren't Praising Him Enough for North Korea MeetingThis Award-Winning Cartoonist Was Just Fired After 25 Years Because of Political Cartoons Critical of TrumpLessons About Evangelicals and Trump from the Nixon Era…
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Jane LaTour: 50+ Years in the Labor Movement (And Still Going)
Andy Piascik | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
Jane LaTour has been active in the labor movement since the 1960s. She has worked in factories and on staff for several unions including District 65, one of New York City's best-known left-led unions. LaTour also worked for the Association for Union Democracy and the Wagner Labor Archives at New York University and is the…
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Legislator Jarrar Receives A Third Administrative Detention Order
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2018-06-15
The Israeli Ofer military court renewed, Friday, the Administrative Detention of leftist Palestinian Legislator Khaleda Jarrar for six more months, without charges. Jarrar, a democratically-elected legislator and a senior leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was abducted from her home in Ramallah on July 2nd, …
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Rev. William Barber: Immoral US Policies on Poverty Are a Threat to Democracy
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-06-15
The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman. The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amidst a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested across the country since the…
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The NED's Useful Idiots
Joyce Nelson | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
On Friday, June 8, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow augmented her nightly Russiagate fetish by extolling the merits of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), telling her huge audience that the NED, created in the 1980s by the Ronald Reagan administration, still does the…
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North Korea Issue is Not De-nuclearization But De-Colonization
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
The critics had already signaled their strategy for derailing any meaningful move toward normalizing relations between the United States and North Korea. Right-wing neoliberals from CNN, MSNBC and NPR are in perfect alignment with the talking points issued by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrat Party that took the position that anything short…
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American Nativism: From the Chinese Exclusion Act to Trump
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
Since nativism is largely responsible for the election of Donald Trump, the left is obligated to understand its roots as well as the impact it is having on those who are its most visible victims. Two new documentaries will help us develop both the historical and personal dimensions of the great stain across the body…
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The Media Should Stop Gifting Trump with Ego-Boosting 'Trump Said' Headlines and Tweets
Mark Sumner, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Merely repeating the president just spreads his propaganda. | Writing the word "lied" is apparently so time-consuming, that in their effort to get a headline out the door, it simply can't be accommodated. Otherwise it's difficult to excuse this breaking, big scoop headline from the Associated Press. BREAKING: Trump says officials at FBI 'were plotting against my election'. Or this tweet from the New York TimesPresident Trump said the IG report proved there had been FBI bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing "vicious" texts" between investigators and findings that he said illustrate "criminal" behavior by James ComeyOr the Associated Press . . . again. The Latest: President Trump says the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe shows the FBI was biased against him "at the top level" and was "plotting against my election. "Thanks guys. Just . . . thanks.
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Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'
Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2018-06-15
As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org | The post Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program' appeared first on The Real News Network.
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2017 election victory bears fruit in Virginia Medicaid expansion
Emile Schepers | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-15

2017 election victory bears fruit in Virginia Medicaid expansion

Trump's 2020 Campaign Effort Has Hired Officials from the Sketchy Data Firm Mueller Is Investigating: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Cambridge Analytica was at the center of a massive scandal concerning the misuse of Facebook user data. | President Donald Trump's campaign is working with former employees of the disgraced data firm Cambridge Analytica, a company that collapsed after its scandalous misuse of Facebook data was revealed and is facing scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press. At least four ex-employees of the firm now work for Data Propria, which performs campaign services similar to those Cambridge Analytica provided, the report says. The employment of workers who were involved with such a scandalous enterprise remains a focus of an investigation into malfeasance in the 2016 election and shows a brazen disregard on the Republican Party's part for even having the appearance of concerns about propriety and election security. Though the leader of the new firm, Matt Oczkowski, denies working. . .
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On the Elections in Colombia
Stan Malinowitz | counterpunch.org | 2018-06-15
Colombians will go to the polls next Sunday, June 17, to elect a president in the second round of this year's elections, since the first round on May 27 between five major candidates left none of them with more than 50 percent of the votes. The two leaders from the first round who will face…
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White House: Trump Now Supports GOP Leaders' Immigration Bill
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-15
WASHINGTON — President Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, when he said he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. But the White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused. | The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican bills: a hard-right proposal and a middle-ground plan negotiated by the party's conservative and moderate wings, with White House input. Only the compromise bill would open a door to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and reduce the separation of children from their parents when families are detained crossing the border — a practice that has drawn bipartisan condemnation in recent days. | "I'm looking at both of them," Trump said when asked about the proposals…
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Barber to UAW: Trump a 'symptom' of white nationalist fears
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-15
DETROIT–Republican President Donald Trump's racist stands, remarks and tweets are "just a symptom" of white nationalist fears — which have been going for decades — that "the other America" of "the rejected" is increasing in strength and will rise up to take back the country, the Rev. William Barber says. In a stem-winding combination speech …

Barber to UAW: Trump a ‘symptom’ of white nationalist fears

'You Are Okay With Him Lying!': MSNBC's Katy Tur Corners GOP Lawmaker Over His Shameful Fealty to Trump's Dishonesty
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
He seems incapable of answering a single question. | No matter how much President Donald Trump lies, the Republican Party doesn't seem to care. MSNBC's Katy Tur made this point Friday as she interviewed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) about his refusal to criticize the president for his rampant dishonesty. From the very start of the interview, Jordan refused to answer Tur directly. Asked how he feels about the fact that Trump lied 19 times Friday morning while talking to reporters, Jordan tried to talk about the recent Department of Justice inspector general report. Even when Tur pointed out that she didn't ask about the report, she asked about Trump's lying, Jordan wouldn't budge from his pre-arranged talking points. But Tur didn't relent, and her repeated forcing of the issue of Trump's lying served to make Jordan look ridiculous. He tried to talk about the unemployment. . .
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The Horror of Inhumane Immigrant Family Separation Demands We Cut Trump Supporters Out of Our Lives
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
The administration's human rights violations require drastic action. | The United States Constitution grants President Donald Trump many powers. They include being the Chief Executive, Chief Legislator and Commander-in-Chief of the military. Not to be content with such powers, Donald Trump has also taken on other roles as well. Donald Trump is the Sadist-in-Chief of the United States of America. Cruelty and meanness are his modus operandi. In his role as Sadist-in-Chief he has been quite busy. As the leader of the Republican Party Trump has decided to take health insurance away from the at least 150 million Americans — including children and the elderly — who have preexisting health conditions. He also mocked and insulted the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico which is estimated to have killed at least 4,600 people. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. . .
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Trump: Justice Dept report a disaster for 'Comey and his minions'
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-15
US President Donald Trump lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey, as well as two FBI officials, after the Justice Department Inspector General's report criticized the agency's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. …
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Clinton tries to troll Comey, gets butt kicked by WikiLeaks
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-15
Hillary Clinton's latest attempt at what appears to be a joke about her infamous emails fell flat on its face after WikiLeaks responded with an awkward reminder of just how significant those emails were. …
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Maldives' Slide Toward One Party Rule
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-15
Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013. | © 2013 Reuters | Unnoticed by much of the world, the sundrenched holiday paradise of the Maldives is slipping rapidly into autocratic rule. Since February, the government has banned opposition parties from elections and locked up political leaders and even judges. | On June 13, in a blatant move to strengthen President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's grip on power, the Maldives Criminal Court sentenced former president, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, and Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed each to 19 months in prison after being found guilty of "obstructing justice" for refusing to hand over their mobile phones to police. | The ruling represents the latest in a series…
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Blistering U.N. Report: Trump Administration's Policies Designed to Worsen Poverty & Inequality
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-15
A group of top Democrats are demanding the Trump administration present a plan to Congress to address growing poverty in the United States, following an excoriating report by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston. Alston slammed the Trump administration's policies for worsening the state of poverty in the United States. The report details how 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 18.5 million Americans live in extreme poverty. It also details how the United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and one of the lowest rates of intergenerational social mobility. We speak with Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty. He will be presenting his report next week in Geneva.
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Inspector general's report fuels Trump-FBI conflict
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-15
The report found that FBI Director James Comey violated Justice Department guidelines in his public statements during the 2016 election campaign about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
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Trump Is Stoking Global Tensions to Oversee a 'Dangerous Military Buildup' and 'Underwrite Endless Wars': Robert Reich
Robert Reich, RobertReich.org | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
The military budget has become bloated with waste and abuse, Robert Reich writes. | THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL DRAINAs Trump stokes tensions around the world, he's adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It's a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. " Eisenhower was a Republican and a former general who helped win World War II for the allies, yet he understood America's true priorities. But Washington–and especially Trump–have lost sight of these basic tradeoffs. Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion–in today's dollars–to. . .
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Pentagon Papers lawyer James Goodale on DNC lawsuit: "The Democrats are establishing possibly a precedent that diminishes First Amendment freedoms"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-15
"What the DNC has done in its infinite wisdom is undermine the New York Times defense by saying that WikiLeaks, the leakee, has conspired with the person who is subject to the Espionage Act, namely, the leaker."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/15/good…

The Democratic National Committee lawsuit against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange: A major attack on press freedom
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-15
Should the Democratic Party prevail, journalists could face criminal prosecution and civil damages any time they reported on unlawful government or corporate activity.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/15/dems…

Rev. William Barber: U.S. Policies on Healthcare, Poverty Are Immoral & a Threat to Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-15
The release of the U.N. report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign.
www.democracynow.org/2018/6/15/rev_willi…

Rev. William Barber: Jeff Sessions Using Religion to Justify Family Separations Is "Biblical Heresy"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-15
More than 300 Catholic bishops have blasted the Trump administration's immigration policies, calling for an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents and condemning Attorney General Jeff Sessions's policy of ending the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum in the United States. On Thursday, Sessions quoted the Bible to justify his department's immigration policies. Sessions was speaking to an invitation-only crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," stated Sessions. Critics seized on his reference to Romans 13, noting it was a favorite passage of defenders of the Confederacy used to justify slavery. We speak to the Rev. William Barber.
www.democracynow.org/2018/6/15/rev_willi…

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-15
Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the result of a policy apparently greenlighted by top officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at the US border due to Trump administration policy changes; and the Democratic Republic of Congo lost a human rights hero.
www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/15/top-human-ri…

Lawyer: Jeff Sessions' Attacks on Migrant Domestic Violence Survivors Drags U.S. Back to "Dark Ages"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-15
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that domestic and gang-related violence will generally no longer be grounds for asylum, a far-reaching shift that could affect thousands of people, particularly women from Central America fleeing gender-based violence. This decision reverses the Board of Immigration Appeals' grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic violence survivor known as A.B., who fled to the U.S. for her life after surviving 15 years of beatings, rape and death threats from her husband. In ruling against A.B., Sessions also overturned a groundbreaking precedent from 2014 in which the immigration appeals court affirmed that domestic violence survivors are deserving of protection. We speak with Karen Musalo, professor of law and the director of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is of the attorneys representing Ms. A.B.
www.democracynow.org/2018/6/15/lawyer_je…

Seattle Buckles Under Corporate Pressure, Repeals 'Amazon Tax' to Fight Homelessness
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-06-14
Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant says that as long as corporate Democrats run government, we should expect them to buckle under Amazon's and Starbucks' pressure | The post Seattle Buckles Under Corporate Pressure, Repeals 'Amazon Tax' to Fight Homelessness appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Venezuela's Supreme Court Rules Against Annulment of Presidential Election Results
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-06-14
Local council elections have also been called for December this year.
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