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2018-07-17: News Headlines

Samantha Borek (2018-07-17). We Need Robust Debate in Reporting on Russia, Not Suffocating Consensus. truthout.org President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Katrina vanden Heuvel, you're the person who credentialed Sam Husseini, or your news organization, The Nation — | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: The Nation. | AMY GOODMAN: — credentialed Sam. Can you talk about what happened yesterday? | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: Well, I can talk about the importance of a journalist like Sam Husseini or a journalist like Amy Goodman or Juan González in…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-17). Here's Why Mike Pence Is Worse Than Gerald Ford — And Why the Left Should Think Twice About Calling for Trump's Impeachment. alternet.org "We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president," Omarosa Manigault Newman once cautioned. | In 2018, Americans who are heavily involved in liberal/progressive politics are being bombarded with online petitions calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment. And in Philadelphia, there is even a meetup group called Impeach Trump. Many liberal and progressive activists are reasoning that if President Richard Nixon, following the Watergate scandal, had to resign in disgrace in 1974 rather than face impeachment, removing Trump from the presidency should be doable as well. But the "impeach Trump" movement is flawed and misguided for a number of reasons. First, Trump is unlikely to be impeached as long as Republicans control both houses of Congress. Second, the political environment of 2018 is radically different from the political environment of 1974. Third, activists would be much better off. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-07-17). Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty. democracynow.org Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc." Before Trump and Putin spoke at the press conference, video shows Husseini holding a piece of paper that reads "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty." A security official aggressively tries to take the sign from him. We speak with Husseini about his arrest and the questions he was trying to raise. "It wasn't a protest," he says. "It was just an attempt to do serious, aggressive journalism, which I think is what we need."

Democracy Now! (2018-07-17). Katrina vanden Heuvel: We Need "Robust Debate" in Reporting on Russia, Not "Suffocating Consensus" democracynow.org President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings."

wsws.org (2018-07-17). After Helsinki, Democrats incite "deep state" action against Trump. wsws.org Trump's appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki unleashed a wave of denunciations from Democrats and the media, with former top intelligence officials calling for his ouster.

Joe Lauria (2018-07-17). Mainstream Media is Losing Its Mind Over the Trump-Putin Press Conference. mintpressnews.com The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trump's press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning. | Writing in The Atlantic, James Fallows said: There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president. | Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests—maybe witting, maybe unwitting, from fear of blackmail, in hope of future deals, out of manly respect for Vladimir Putin, out of gratitude for Russia's help during the election, out of pathetic inability to see beyond his 306 electoral votes. Whatever the exact mixture of motives might be, it doesn't really matter. | Or he is so profoundly ignorant, insecure, and narcissistic that he did not realize that, at every step, he was advancing…

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-07-17). Donald Trump Wants You to Know He's Getting Away With It: Helsinki Gloating Fits a Long Pattern. alternet.org Trump has a long history of flaunting unethical behavior. Showing off his betrayal of America is the latest twist | If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that he not only loves getting away with wicked behavior, but he also enjoys flaunting it when he does so. As the record shows, Trump has consistently boasted that he's above the rules and norms governing moral behavior. In the face of numerous indictments full of damning evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intelligence broke the law by stealing emails from Democratic officials, and then used WikiLeaks and Republican officials to use the stolen emails for propaganda purposes, most politicians in Trump's situation would try to claim innocence. Guilty or not, they would be eager to discourage fears that they were selling out the country to a foreign adversary. Not Donald Trump, however.

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-17). 'Kowtow to the Kremlin': Conservative WSJ Editorial Board Blasts Trump for 'Beseeching' Putin in Scathing Op-Ed. alternet.org "Republicans and Democrats will unite in Congress, as they should, to limit his diplomatic running room. " | The Wall Street Journal editorial board offered an uncharacteristically scathing assessment of President Donald Trump after his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The board suggested the president is engaging in a "Trump First Doctrine" and questioning his loyalty to the country. "The charitable explanation for this kowtow to the Kremlin is that Mr. Trump can't get past his fury that critics claim his election was tainted by Russian interference. And so he couldn't resist, in front of the world, going off on a solipsistic ramble about 'Hillary Clinton's emails' and Democratic 'servers. '" the board wrote. "He can't seem to figure out that the more he indulges his ego in this fashion, and the more he seems to indulge Mr. Putin, the more ammunition. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-07-17). Rand Paul Could be Unexpected "No" Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Pick. theintercept.com If Democrats unite and refuse to support Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy (a big if), he will need unanimous endorsement from Senate Republicans in order to be confirmed. But there's a chance he won't get it. | Although most Republican senators are expected to support Kavanaugh, political observers have flagged two pro-choice GOP senators — Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski — as possible defectors. After all, Trump campaigned on the promise that he would appoint a justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and there's a possibility that Kavanaugh's appointment could enable that result. | But there is another Republican senator whose vote might also be in play: Kentucky's Rand Paul. | Following Edward Snowden's 2013 revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting Americans' phone records in bulk, the libertarian-conservative Paul…

Ryan Grim (2018-07-17). Cynthia Nixon and Four Other Progressives Receive Backing of Group That Helped Propel Ocasio-Cortez to Victory. theintercept.com The group that helped propel Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to her upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley is announcing Tuesday that it will be endorsing an additional five progressive Democratic challengers. | The first of these is Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging incumbent New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his primary election in September. Nixon has made the convictions of Cuomo's close associates in corruption trials a feature of her campaign, and she wants to establish a single-payer health care system in the state. | In addition to Nixon, four other Democrats earned the group's endorsement. | In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar — a Democratic state representative vying to replace Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison in the state's 5th Congressional District — earned Justice Democrats' backing. Omar is known as the first Somali-American to serve in a state legislature in the United States, and if…

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-17). Here Are 5 Ways Trump — And the Republicans Who Control Both Houses of Congress — Are Much Worse Than Nixon. alternet.org Although Nixon was considered an arch-conservative in his day and was detested by many liberals and progressives of the 1960s and 1970s, his positions on universal health care, the environment and social spending would, ironically, make him way too liberal for today's GOP. | It was 44 years ago, on August 8, 1974, that Richard M. Nixon officially announced he was resigning from his position as president of the United States and that Vice President Gerald Ford would be sworn in as president the following day. Nixon, who had been reelected by a landslide in 1972 and crushed Democrat George McGovern in the electoral college, left the presidency in disgrace thanks to the Watergate scandal—which demonstrated that even presidents are not above the law. Yet Nixon—for all his corruption, reactionary ideas and authoritarian leanings—was much more nuanced and complex than. . .

PAI (2018-07-17). GOP defeats Dem corporate campaign cash disclosure bill, again. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In what has become a common ritual, the House's ruling Republicans once again shot down a Democratic attempt to shine a bright light on shady campaign finances nationwide. The issue is important to workers and their allies: The "dark money"—carloads of corporate and CEO cash—buy politicians on both sides of the aisle through campaign contributions […]…

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-17). From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel. therealnews.com Yonatan Shapira says Israel's 'democracy' is in fact an apartheid state led by fascist Jewish supremacists

The Conversation (2018-07-17). US-Russia Relations Expert Explains Why Mueller's Latest Indictments Are 'Important' — Even if the Suspects Never Face Trial. alternet.org Failure to secure convictions or pleas will not be a sign of failure of the indictments. | During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States regularly exchanged accusations of espionage. The prototypical image of Cold War spies is etched in the minds of anyone who lived through that period or watched its movies — trenchcoat-wearing, "Spy vs. Spy" caricatures exchanging packages in dark alleys. Modern-day espionage has a different image. Instead of a grizzled Cold Warrior, we picture millennials behind a computer screen hacking government agencies, state election systems, military contractors, social network behemoths and — as alleged last week — major political parties. On Friday, the Department of Justice announced the indictments of 12 Russian nationals for hacking into emails and servers of the Democratic National Committee, party functionaries and state election officials. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-17). Watch: Obama Warns the World About 'Racial Nationalism' and 'Strongman Politics' in Scathing Rebuke of Trumpism. alternet.org The former president condemned the rise of global populism aided by right-wing players who prey on the insecurities of rural populations. | Former President Barack Obama delivered his first major remarks since leaving office today in South Africa to a crowd of roughly 15,000 people gathered to attend the commemoration of Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. Obama spoke at length about the state of global affairs and the backlash to democracy. "At the end of the 20th century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash," Obama told the crowd. "A backlash that arrived in so many forms. "Obama took specific aim at Russia. "Already humiliated by the collapse of the Soviet Union, [Russia] suddenly started reasserting authoritarian control, and in some. . .

Morning Star (2018-07-17). Cuba prepares to legalize private property, setting stage for socialist market. peoplesworld.org Cuban media summarized planned constitutional reforms at the weekend as directed at "consolidating and giving continuity to a socialist, democratic, prosperous, and sustainable system." According to Granma, newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, the new constitution will recognize "new forms of ownership" including private property—the current one only recognizes "state, co-operative, farmer, personal, and […]…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-17). Boots Riley's Dystopian Satire "Sorry to Bother You" Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers. democracynow.org An evil telemarketing company, a corporation making millions off of slave labor, and one Oakland man at the center of it all who discovers a secret that threatens all of humankind. Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" is the dystopian social satire being hailed as one of the best movies of the summer. The film's stars include Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews and Danny Glover. We speak with Boots Riley, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film. He is a poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer and public speaker—best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-17). The Environmental Law at the Center of a Lawsuit Against Trump Administration. truthout.org Legal wrangling over the future of a landmark conservation law signed 100 years ago centers on the question of whether "inadvertently" killing birds is illegal. | Environmental groups are suing the Interior Department over its reversal of a longstanding policy that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits killing birds, even unintentionally, if the deaths were avoidable. | Since the 1970s, the federal government had used the act to compel companies to halt or fix industrial practices that killed large numbers of birds. The Nixon administration first used it to get electric companies to redesign power poles to stop electrocuting eagles and other raptors in the Rocky Mountain West. Since then, Republican and Democratic administrations relied on the threat of fines and prosecution to stop birds from being trapped in oil company wastewater pits, snarled in fishing lines and injured…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-17). Headlines for July 17, 2018. democracynow.org Standing Next to Putin, Trump Lashes Out at Intelligence Agencies, Judge Orders 1-Week Halt to Deportation of Reunified Migrant Families, Israel Tightens Blockade of Gaza, Passes Bill to Ban Critical Groups in Schools, Protests Continue in Oil-Rich Region of Southern Iraq, Egypt Passes Law to Give Military Officers Immunity for 2013 Killing of Protesters, Organization of American States: Death Toll in Nicaragua Rises to 273, Amazon Workers in Germany, Poland & Spain Strike to Protest Working Conditions, Uber Under Federal Investigation for Gender Discrimination, NYC Tenants Say Kushner Co. Harassed Them into Leaving Rent-Controlled Apartments, NYPD May Soon Open Disciplinary Probe into Eric Garner's Death…

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-07-17). Trump Re-Election Campaign Has Spent Over $1 Million in Legal Bills Since January. alternet.org Two of the firms are involved in the legal fight with adult film star Stormy Daniels. | Whether Donald Trump will attempt to run for a second "presidential" term in 2020 is an open question. True, his re-election campaign launched almost immediately after he moved into the White House, but as of yet the Donald Trump 2020 campaign appears to largely exist as a way for Donald Trump to get his dimwitted supporters to pay his team's legal bills. So far this year, the campaign has spent about $1. 2 million on those legal fees. Eight law firms and the Trump Corporation were paid by the campaign for legal consulting. The bulk of the Trump campaign's legal spending, or about $180,000, went to the law firm Jones Day. Two others firms — Harder LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha, which are. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-17). CNN Host Hammers Former Pence Spokesman: Trump Slapped the 'Entire US Intelligence Community in the Face'. alternet.org The spokesperson was not getting away with his planned defense. | An interview with Vice President Mike Pence's former spokesperson Marc Lotter went off the rails as anchor Poppy Harlow called him out on-air for refusing to answer her question and repeating lines from a White House talking points sheet. Harlow asked Lotter to defend Pence's glowing statement about Trump's meeting with Putin, which was widely panned across the political spectrum. "Mark, then what did America gain yesterday? Name one thing for me gained yesterday by the president essentially slapping the entire U. S. intelligence community in the face. " Harlow asked. Lotter attemped to redirect the conversation. "I will remind you, the president has said on multiple occasions that he agrees that he thinks Russia did meddle in the election," Lotter responded before having his deflection shot down. "Except I'm reminding you of what the president said yesterday.

Jordan Holycross (2018-07-17). Child Separation Coverage Focused on Beltway Debate, Not Immigrant Voices. fair.org CBS Evening News (6/19/18) interviewed Republican Senator Orrin Hatch as one of its many government sources. | The Trump administration in April began enforcing a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their families. On June 18, ProPublica released an audio recording from inside a Border Patrol detention facility; children separated from parents and family members could be heard crying in the background, while a six-year-old girl from El Salvador begged for someone to let her call her aunt. The recording reminded the public of the undeniable reality that immigration policy has deep and lasting effects on actual people. | However, as corporate media dove into this story, the voices of those impacted most by immigration policy were drowned out by soundbites from congressmembers and Trump administration officials. Concentrated coverage of the policy from six…

RT (2018-07-17). Dark money secrets: NRA, Planned Parenthood & others can now conceal donors. rt.com Great news for the NRA and other non-profits looking to hide their influence on US democracy: Dark money political organizations will no longer have to disclose where their money is coming from, the Treasury Department announced.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-17). Pakistan: Militant Attacks Escalate As Election Nears. hrw.org A political party worker comforts another after a suicide attack during an election campaign meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan, July 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — Pakistan's interim government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of candidates and political party activists who are at risk of attack from the Taliban and other militant groups, Human Rights Watch said today. Nationwide parliamentary elections in Pakistan are scheduled for July 25, 2018. | Since July 10, attacks on political party candidates have killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds. | "The Taliban and other militants have killed and injured hundreds of people in their quest to disrupt Pakistan's elections," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "The upcoming elections could be severely compromised unless the government and security forces…

RT (2018-07-17). 'Mexico interferes in our elections more successfully than Russia' — Tucker Carlson. rt.com Forget Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers — according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson Mexico interferes more successfully in American elections, by "packing" the US electorate with its citizens. |

wsws.org (2018-07-17). SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new "foreign interference" laws. wsws.org The Sydney meeting was the first public event held by an Australian political party against the anti-democratic legislation since it was rushed through parliament late last month.

wsws.org (2018-07-17). Former Pakistan PM Sharif arrested in run-up to election. wsws.org Pakistani state authorities banned all public gatherings in Sharif's home town prior to his arrival, suspended mobile services, and deployed thousands of police and paramilitary Rangers.

RT (2018-07-16). 'Nothing short of treasonous': Democrats, Republicans dump on Trump after Putin meeting. rt.com Following President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump's opponents at home blasted his handling of the meeting. Former CIA chief John Brennan called the leaders' joint press conference "treasonous." |

Staff (2018-07-16). Putin Again Denies Interfering in U.S. Election. truthdig.com HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): | 2 a.m. | Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russia's path back from Western isolation. | Putin spoke to Fox News after his summit Monday with Trump. | The Russian leader says the recent U.S. indictment against 12 Russian military officials accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election is part of an internal political game. He is denying state-sanctioned Russian interference in the election. | Putin also denies having compromising information on Trump and says he "was of no interest for us" before he announced his run for presidency, | When asked why so many of his critics wind up dead, Putin is blaming troubles with crime in Russia and noting the U.S.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-16). Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a "Danger to America" or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers? democracynow.org As President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we host a debate on U.S.-Russia relations. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald calls the Trump-Putin meeting "excellent" and adds that President Obama also sought diplomacy with Russia. Cirincione calls the summit "a danger to America and to the West."

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

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-07-16). Historian Explains How Donald Trump and the Far Right Weaponized 'Chaos Magic' — Just Like the Occult. alternet.org Trump can be said to lead a kind of political cult, and most analysts and commentators are still struggling to explain his almost unbreakable power over his voters and others supporters. | Almost two years after Donald Trump's once-unthinkable election victory, social scientists and other researchers have reached some clear conclusions about how and why it happened. Racism, sexism, nativism and social-dominance behavior were key factors in Trump's support among white voters. Christian nationalism, along with the fear that white people will soon lose demographic power and control in America was also an variable. The claim that "economic anxiety" among the "white working class" was a primary motivation of Trump's voters has repeatedly been shown to be incorrect. As Trump meets alone with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this week, the influence of Russia in undermining the 2016 presidential election with the goal of. . .

RT (2018-07-16). Clinton's trolling fail: Hillary mocked for taunting Trump before Putin summit. rt.com Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Donald Trump on the eve of his much-anticipated meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, questioning the latter's loyalty. Twitter responded. |

Glenn Greenwald (2018-07-16). A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and U.S. Politics. theintercept.com On Saturday, I described the "multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter." On Sunday night, the New York Times's White House reporter Maggie Haberman announced that she was " taking a break from this platform" because "it's not really helping the discourse." There seems to be a growing recognition, one I certainly share, that Twitter is a uniquely poor, even destructive, medium for conducting complex political debates and should be avoided for those purposes. | That view was reinforced for me by a lengthy, spirited, and substantive debate I had on Democracy Now! this morning about the Trump-Putin summit, and U.S. politics more broadly, with Joe Cirincione, the longtime president of Ploughshares Fund, which has long been devoted to the reduction and ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as a…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-16). Headlines for July 16, 2018. democracynow.org Trump and Putin Hold Summit in Helsinki, Trump Faces Protests in Scotland & Britain, In Pakistan, Bomb Attack on Election Campaign Kills Up to 149 in Balochistan, Gaza: 2 Palestinian Children Killed in Israel's Worst Bombing Since 2014 War, Trump Administration Seeks Direct Talks with the Taliban, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant Resigns After Anti-Austerity Protests, Judge Slams HHS for Saying Reunifying Migrant Children with Parents Could Pose Risk, Protests Erupt in Chicago After Police Kill Black Man on South Side, Georgia: 2 Cops Use Virtual Coin Flip to Decide Whether to Arrest Driver…

Democracy Now! (2018-07-16). Mass Protests Meet Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki over Human Rights, Free Speech, Climate Action. democracynow.org Mass protests greeted President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they met for a summit Monday in Helsinki. As the two leaders drove from the airport to their summit, they were met by 300 billboards in English and Russian that were posted by the country's leading newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, and drew attention to their strained relations with the media. Greenpeace activists unfolded two large banners from the bell tower of Kallio Church in Helsinki that called on the presidents to "Warm Our Hearts, Not Our Planet." Meanwhile in Helsinki on Sunday, thousands took to the streets to demand human rights, equality and a focus on the climate. We speak with Heidi Hautala, a Finnish politician and member of the European Parliament from Finland, who addressed the protests on Sunday. She is also a member of the Green League, part of the European Green Party.

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

John Nichols (2018-07-16). When Will These Republicans Act to Safeguard Our Elections? thenation.com When Will These Republicans Act to Safeguard Our Elections? appeared first on The Nation.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-16). American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerous Myth. alternet.org Instead of disrespecting the achievements of other countries, the U. S. needs to learn from them. | Yesterday in Moscow, France's national soccer team won the 2018 World Cup Final, defeating Croatia 4-2 and inspiring huge celebrations in the streets of Paris and other French cities. Soccer fans all over the world are singing "La Marseillaise," eating croissants and saying, "Oui, vive la France! " Yet in the U. S. , hating soccer is a tradition among far-right Republicans like Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter (who, during the 2014 World Cup, equated growing interest in soccer in the U. S. with "the nation's moral decay"). Their rabid disdain for the world's #1 sport stems from an irrational belief in "American exceptionalism"; Beck, Coulter and other reactionaries cannot stand the thought of Europe or Latin America doing something much better than the U. S. Yet soccer is. . .

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

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-16). With Trump and Russia, Cool Heads Are Needed to Protect Our Election Systems from Foreign Interference. alternet.org It may be tempting to jump on any bandwagon that connects Russia to our voting systems, but clear evidence is needed to protect against any problem. | We have a president who is publicly at odds with many U. S. intelligence agencies and the U. S. Senate finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. It's a heated topic that has been at the center of the national dialogue for almost two years now and has done much to undermine the public's faith in our voting and elections systems. Cool heads and some deliberation are needed for any constructive conversation about this issue and any others that relate to voting, lest the public have any greater reason to be disillusioned by the election process. Unfortunately, the leader of a key organization in election protection and an important Democratic U. S. senator both took the wrong. . .

Zaid Jilani (2018-07-16). Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income. theintercept.com Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future. | He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could put millions of people out of work and result in more extreme politics. | Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar."We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking about the future of work as it relates to automation. All of this stuff is intertwined." | Before leaving the race after being outspent by two billionaire candidates, Pawar campaigned for the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for governor. One of the themes of his candidacy was that politicians were scapegoating various racial or ethnic…

Whitney Webb (2018-07-16). Ocasio-Cortez "Evolves" Her Position on Palestine to Please Zionist Democratic Mega-Donors. mintpressnews.com Given the amount of attention Ocasio-Cortez's past pro-Palestine comments had received, her decision to walk back those positions just a few weeks after her primary win is particularly jarring.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-16). Paul Jay on Trump-Putin and the Real Threats to Democracy. therealnews.com Whether the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. election or not, the hyper-focus on Russiagate overlooks bigger threats: Russian elites to the Russian people, and U.S. elites to the American people, says Paul Jay

Lee Fang (2018-07-16). MSNBC Ignored Ocasio-Cortez's Campaign — but Its Parent Company Made a Late Donation to Her Opponent. theintercept.com The liberal-skewing cable news channel MSNBC missed the biggest left-wing congressional primary upset in a generation. The network failed to provide any news coverage of the populist progressive campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against entrenched moderate incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, in the party's primary for a New York congressional seat. | Not everyone at Rockefeller Center, however, failed to see the writing on the wall. Just as Crowley scrambled amid late-campaign internal polls showing Ocasio-Cortez gaining ground, MSNBC's parent company donated to the incumbent's bid to save his seat.Not everyone at Rockefeller Center failed to see the writing on the wall. | NBC Universal donated $3,000 to Crowley through its political action committee just 13 days before the June 26 primary. The PAC donation was listed on Crowley's second-quarter campaign disclosure, which was filed with…

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

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

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-16). DR Congo Rights Abusers Rewarded with Army Promotions. hrw.org Gabriel Amisi (L), known as "Tango Four", new deputy army chief of staff in charge of operations and intelligence, and John Numbi, new national army inspector. | © 2016 Private | The Democratic Republic of Congo's president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abuse in the weeks ahead, as Kabila ponders his plans ahead of elections scheduled for December 23. | Gen. Gabriel Amisi, known as "Tango Four," was named the new deputy army chief of staff in charge of operations and intelligence. Forces under Amisi's control have long been involved in serious human rights abuses in eastern Congo, including widespread killings, summary executions, rapes, pillage, and trafficking…

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

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

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Katrina vanden Heuvel: We Need "Robust Debate" in Reporting on Russia, Not "Suffocating Consensus"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-17
President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings."
democracynow.org/2018/7/17/katrina_vanden_heuvel_we_need_robust

Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-17
Before Monday's highly anticipated joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the reporters was forcibly removed from the room. Sam Husseini was credentialed to cover the summit for The Nation magazine, and earlier in the day he tweeted, "The issue isn't Trump. The issue isn't Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc." Before Trump and Putin spoke at the press conference, video shows Husseini holding a piece of paper that reads "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty." A security official aggressively tries to take the sign from him. We speak with Husseini about his arrest and the questions he was trying to raise. "It wasn't a protest," he says. "It was just an attempt to do serious, aggressive journalism, which I think is what we need."
democracynow.org/2018/7/17/it_wasnt_a_protest_sam_husseini

Mainstream Media is Losing Its Mind Over the Trump-Putin Press Conference
Joe Lauria | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-17
The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trump's press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning. | Writing in The Atlantic, James Fallows said: There are exactly two possible explanations for the shameful performance the world witnessed on Monday, from a serving American president. | Either Donald Trump is flat-out an agent of Russian interests–maybe witting, maybe unwitting, from fear of blackmail, in hope of future deals, out of manly respect for Vladimir Putin, out of gratitude for Russia's help during the election, out of pathetic inability to see beyond his 306 electoral votes. Whatever the exact mixture of motives might be, it doesn't really matter. | Or he is so profoundly ignorant, insecure, and narcissistic that he did not realize that, at every step, he was advancing…
mintpressnews.com/trump-putin-press-conference/245958/

Donald Trump Wants You to Know He's Getting Away With It: Helsinki Gloating Fits a Long Pattern
Amanda Marcotte, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
Trump has a long history of flaunting unethical behavior. Showing off his betrayal of America is the latest twist | If there's one thing we know about Donald Trump, it's that he not only loves getting away with wicked behavior, but he also enjoys flaunting it when he does so. As the record shows, Trump has consistently boasted that he's above the rules and norms governing moral behavior. In the face of numerous indictments full of damning evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin's military intelligence broke the law by stealing emails from Democratic officials, and then used WikiLeaks and Republican officials to use the stolen emails for propaganda purposes, most politicians in Trump's situation would try to claim innocence. Guilty or not, they would be eager to discourage fears that they were selling out the country to a foreign adversary. Not Donald Trump, however.
alternet.org/donald-trump-wants-you-know-hes-getting-away-it-helsinki-gloating-fits-long-pattern

After Helsinki, Democrats incite "deep state" action against Trump
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-17
Trump's appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki unleashed a wave of denunciations from Democrats and the media, with former top intelligence officials calling for his ouster.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/17/pers-j17.html

We Need Robust Debate in Reporting on Russia, Not Suffocating Consensus
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-17
President Trump drew bipartisan outrage from lawmakers and media outlets Monday after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and lashing out at his own intelligence agencies over the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, calls the Trump and Putin press conference "bizarre and surreal," but says the media reaction lacked perspective: "I think that people kind of lost their bearings." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: Katrina vanden Heuvel, you're the person who credentialed Sam Husseini, or your news organization, The Nation — | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: The Nation. | AMY GOODMAN: — credentialed Sam. Can you talk about what happened yesterday? | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: Well, I can talk about the importance of a journalist like Sam Husseini or a journalist like Amy Goodman or Juan González in…
truthout.org/video/we-need-robust-debate-in-reporting-on-russia-not-suffocating-consensus/

'Kowtow to the Kremlin': Conservative WSJ Editorial Board Blasts Trump for 'Beseeching' Putin in Scathing Op-Ed
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
"Republicans and Democrats will unite in Congress, as they should, to limit his diplomatic running room. " | The Wall Street Journal editorial board offered an uncharacteristically scathing assessment of President Donald Trump after his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The board suggested the president is engaging in a "Trump First Doctrine" and questioning his loyalty to the country. "The charitable explanation for this kowtow to the Kremlin is that Mr. Trump can't get past his fury that critics claim his election was tainted by Russian interference. And so he couldn't resist, in front of the world, going off on a solipsistic ramble about 'Hillary Clinton's emails' and Democratic 'servers. '" the board wrote.
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/kowtow-kremlin-conservative-wsj-editorial-board-blasts-trump-beseeching-putin

Rand Paul Could be Unexpected "No" Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Pick
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-07-17
If Democrats unite and refuse to support Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy (a big if), he will need unanimous endorsement from Senate Republicans in order to be confirmed. But there's a chance he won't get it. | Although most Republican senators are expected to support Kavanaugh, political observers have flagged two pro-choice GOP senators — Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski — as possible defectors. After all, Trump campaigned on the promise that he would appoint a justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and there's a possibility that Kavanaugh's appointment could enable that result. | But there is another Republican senator whose vote might also be in play: Kentucky's Rand Paul. | Following Edward Snowden's 2013 revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting Americans' phone records in bulk, the libertarian-conservative Paul…
theintercept.com/2018/07/17/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-rand-paul/

Cynthia Nixon and Four Other Progressives Receive Backing of Group That Helped Propel Ocasio-Cortez to Victory
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-07-17
The group that helped propel Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to her upset victory over Rep. Joe Crowley is announcing Tuesday that it will be endorsing an additional five progressive Democratic challengers. | The first of these is Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging incumbent New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his primary election in September. Nixon has made the convictions of Cuomo's close associates in corruption trials a feature of her campaign, and she wants to establish a single-payer health care system in the state. | In addition to Nixon, four other Democrats earned the group's endorsement. | In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar — a Democratic state representative vying to replace Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison in the state's 5th Congressional District — earned Justice Democrats' backing. Omar is known as the first Somali-American to serve in a state legislature in the United States, and if…
theintercept.com/2018/07/17/justice-democrats-primary-endorsements/

GOP defeats Dem corporate campaign cash disclosure bill, again
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-17
WASHINGTON–In what has become a common ritual, the House's ruling Republicans once again shot down a Democratic attempt to shine a bright light on shady campaign finances nationwide. The issue is important to workers and their allies: The "dark money"–carloads of corporate and CEO cash–buy politicians on both sides of the aisle through campaign contributions …
peoplesworld.org/article/gop-defeats-dem-corporate-campaign-cash-disclosure-bill-again/

Here's Why Mike Pence Is Worse Than Gerald Ford — And Why the Left Should Think Twice About Calling for Trump's Impeachment
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
"We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president," Omarosa Manigault Newman once cautioned. | In 2018, Americans who are heavily involved in liberal/progressive politics are being bombarded with online petitions calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment. And in Philadelphia, there is even a meetup group called Impeach Trump. Many liberal and progressive activists are reasoning that if President Richard Nixon, following the Watergate scandal, had to resign in disgrace in 1974 rather than face impeachment, removing Trump from the presidency should be doable as well. But the "impeach Trump" movement is flawed and misguided for a number of reasons. First, Trump is unlikely to be impeached as long as Republicans control both houses of Congress. Second, the political environment of 2018 is radically different from the political environment of 1974. Third, activists would be much better off. . .
alternet.org/heres-why-mike-pence-worse-gerald-ford-and-why-left-should-think-twice-about-calling-trumps

Here Are 5 Ways Trump — And the Republicans Who Control Both Houses of Congress — Are Much Worse Than Nixon
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
Although Nixon was considered an arch-conservative in his day and was detested by many liberals and progressives of the 1960s and 1970s, his positions on universal health care, the environment and social spending would, ironically, make him way too liberal for today's GOP. | It was 44 years ago, on August 8, 1974, that Richard M. Nixon officially announced he was resigning from his position as president of the United States and that Vice President Gerald Ford would be sworn in as president the following day. Nixon, who had been reelected by a landslide in 1972 and crushed Democrat George McGovern in the electoral college, left the presidency in disgrace thanks to the Watergate scandal–which demonstrated that even presidents are not above the law. Yet Nixon–for all his corruption, reactionary ideas and authoritarian leanings–was much more nuanced and complex than. . .
alternet.org/here-are-5-ways-trump-and-republicans-who-control-both-houses-congress-are-much-worse-nixon

US-Russia Relations Expert Explains Why Mueller's Latest Indictments Are 'Important' — Even if the Suspects Never Face Trial
The Conversation | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
Failure to secure convictions or pleas will not be a sign of failure of the indictments. | During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States regularly exchanged accusations of espionage. The prototypical image of Cold War spies is etched in the minds of anyone who lived through that period or watched its movies — trenchcoat-wearing, "Spy vs. Spy" caricatures exchanging packages in dark alleys. Modern-day espionage has a different image. Instead of a grizzled Cold Warrior, we picture millennials behind a computer screen hacking government agencies, state election systems, military contractors, social network behemoths and — as alleged last week — major political parties. On Friday, the Department of Justice announced the indictments of 12 Russian nationals for hacking into emails and servers of the Democratic National Committee, party functionaries and state election officials. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/us-russia-relations-expert-explains-why-muellers-latest-indictments-are-important

The Environmental Law at the Center of a Lawsuit Against Trump Administration
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-17
Legal wrangling over the future of a landmark conservation law signed 100 years ago centers on the question of whether "inadvertently" killing birds is illegal. | Environmental groups are suing the Interior Department over its reversal of a longstanding policy that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits killing birds, even unintentionally, if the deaths were avoidable. | Since the 1970s, the federal government had used the act to compel companies to halt or fix industrial practices that killed large numbers of birds. The Nixon administration first used it to get electric companies to redesign power poles to stop electrocuting eagles and other raptors in the Rocky Mountain West. Since then, Republican and Democratic administrations relied on the threat of fines and prosecution to stop birds from being trapped in oil company wastewater pits, snarled in fishing lines and injured…
truthout.org/articles/the-environmental-law-at-the-center-of-a-lawsuit-against-trump-administration/

From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-17
Yonatan Shapira says Israel's 'democracy' is in fact an apartheid state led by fascist Jewish supremacists | The post From the Freedom Flotilla, Former Israeli Air Force Pilot Calls for a Boycott of Israel appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/from-the-freedom-flotilla-former-israeli-air-force-pilot-calls-for-a-boycott-of-israel

Cuba prepares to legalize private property, setting stage for socialist market
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-17
Cuban media summarized planned constitutional reforms at the weekend as directed at "consolidating and giving continuity to a socialist, democratic, prosperous, and sustainable system." According to Granma, newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba, the new constitution will recognize "new forms of ownership" including private property–the current one only recognizes "state, co-operative, farmer, personal, and …
peoplesworld.org/article/cuba-prepares-to-legalize-private-property-setting-stage-for-socialist-market/

Watch: Obama Warns the World About 'Racial Nationalism' and 'Strongman Politics' in Scathing Rebuke of Trumpism
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
The former president condemned the rise of global populism aided by right-wing players who prey on the insecurities of rural populations. | Former President Barack Obama delivered his first major remarks since leaving office today in South Africa to a crowd of roughly 15,000 people gathered to attend the commemoration of Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday. Obama spoke at length about the state of global affairs and the backlash to democracy. "At the end of the 20th century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash," Obama told the crowd. "A backlash that arrived in so many forms. "Obama took specific aim at Russia. "Already humiliated by the collapse of the Soviet Union, [Russia] suddenly started reasserting authoritarian control, and in some. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-obama-warns-world-about-racial-nationalism-and-strongman-politics-scathing

Boots Riley's Dystopian Satire "Sorry to Bother You" Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-17
An evil telemarketing company, a corporation making millions off of slave labor, and one Oakland man at the center of it all who discovers a secret that threatens all of humankind. Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" is the dystopian social satire being hailed as one of the best movies of the summer. The film's stars include Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews and Danny Glover. We speak with Boots Riley, writer and director of the critically acclaimed film. He is a poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer and public speaker–best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.
democracynow.org/2018/7/17/sorry_to_bother_you_boots_rileys

Trump Re-Election Campaign Has Spent Over $1 Million in Legal Bills Since January
Hunter, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
Two of the firms are involved in the legal fight with adult film star Stormy Daniels. | Whether Donald Trump will attempt to run for a second "presidential" term in 2020 is an open question. True, his re-election campaign launched almost immediately after he moved into the White House, but as of yet the Donald Trump 2020 campaign appears to largely exist as a way for Donald Trump to get his dimwitted supporters to pay his team's legal bills. So far this year, the campaign has spent about $1. 2 million on those legal fees. Eight law firms and the Trump Corporation were paid by the campaign for legal consulting. The bulk of the Trump campaign's legal spending, or about $180,000, went to the law firm Jones Day. Two others firms — Harder LLP and Larocca, Hornik, Rosen, Greenberg & Blaha, which are. . .
alternet.org/trump-re-election-campaign-has-spent-over-1-million-legal-bills-january

CNN Host Hammers Former Pence Spokesman: Trump Slapped the 'Entire US Intelligence Community in the Face'
Chris Sosa, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-17
The spokesperson was not getting away with his planned defense. | An interview with Vice President Mike Pence's former spokesperson Marc Lotter went off the rails as anchor Poppy Harlow called him out on-air for refusing to answer her question and repeating lines from a White House talking points sheet. Harlow asked Lotter to defend Pence's glowing statement about Trump's meeting with Putin, which was widely panned across the political spectrum. "Mark, then what did America gain yesterday? Name one thing for me gained yesterday by the president essentially slapping the entire U. S. intelligence community in the face. " Harlow asked. Lotter attemped to redirect the conversation. "I will remind you, the president has said on multiple occasions that he agrees that he thinks Russia did meddle in the election," Lotter responded before having his deflection shot down. "Except I'm reminding you of what the president said yesterday.
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/cnn-host-hammers-former-pence-spokesman-trump-slapped-entire-us-intelligence

Child Separation Coverage Focused on Beltway Debate, Not Immigrant Voices
Jordan Holycross | fair.org | 2018-07-17
CBS Evening News (6/19/18) interviewed Republican Senator Orrin Hatch as one of its many government sources. | The Trump administration in April began enforcing a "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their families. On June 18, ProPublica released an audio recording from inside a Border Patrol detention facility; children separated from parents and family members could be heard crying in the background, while a six-year-old girl from El Salvador begged for someone to let her call her aunt. The recording reminded the public of the undeniable reality that immigration policy has deep and lasting effects on actual people. | However, as corporate media dove into this story, the voices of those impacted most by immigration policy were drowned out by soundbites from congressmembers and Trump administration officials. Concentrated coverage of the policy from six…
fair.org/home/child-separation-coverage-focused-on-beltway-debate-not-immigrant-voices/

SEP (Australia) holds Sydney meeting against new "foreign interference" laws
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-17
The Sydney meeting was the first public event held by an Australian political party against the anti-democratic legislation since it was rushed through parliament late last month.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/17/meet-j17.html

Dark money secrets: NRA, Planned Parenthood & others can now conceal donors
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-17
Great news for the NRA and other non-profits looking to hide their influence on US democracy: Dark money political organizations will no longer have to disclose where their money is coming from, the Treasury Department announced.
rt.com/usa/433529-nonprofits-disclose-donors-dark-money/

Former Pakistan PM Sharif arrested in run-up to election
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-17
Pakistani state authorities banned all public gatherings in Sharif's home town prior to his arrival, suspended mobile services, and deployed thousands of police and paramilitary Rangers.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/17/paki-j17.html

Pakistan: Militant Attacks Escalate As Election Nears
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-17
A political party worker comforts another after a suicide attack during an election campaign meeting in Peshawar, Pakistan, July 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — Pakistan's interim government should take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of candidates and political party activists who are at risk of attack from the Taliban and other militant groups, Human Rights Watch said today. Nationwide parliamentary elections in Pakistan are scheduled for July 25, 2018. | Since July 10, attacks on political party candidates have killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds. | "The Taliban and other militants have killed and injured hundreds of people in their quest to disrupt Pakistan's elections," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "The upcoming elections could be severely compromised unless the government and security forces…
hrw.org/news/2018/07/17/pakistan-militant-attacks-escalate-election-nears

'Mexico interferes in our elections more successfully than Russia' — Tucker Carlson
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-17
Forget Vladimir Putin and Russian hackers — according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson Mexico interferes more successfully in American elections, by "packing" the US electorate with its citizens.
rt.com/usa/433533-mexico-interferes-elections-russia/

Mass Protests Meet Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki over Human Rights, Free Speech, Climate Action
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-16
Mass protests greeted President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as they met for a summit Monday in Helsinki. As the two leaders drove from the airport to their summit, they were met by 300 billboards in English and Russian that were posted by the country's leading newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, and drew attention to their strained relations with the media. Greenpeace activists unfolded two large banners from the bell tower of Kallio Church in Helsinki that called on the presidents to "Warm Our Hearts, Not Our Planet." Meanwhile in Helsinki on Sunday, thousands took to the streets to demand human rights, equality and a focus on the climate. We speak with Heidi Hautala, a Finnish politician and member of the European Parliament from Finland, who addressed the protests on Sunday. She is also a member of the Green League, part of the European Green Party.
democracynow.org/2018/7/16/mass_protests_meet_trump_putin_summit

A Spirited, Substantive Debate on the Trump-Putin Summit, Russia, and U.S. Politics
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2018-07-16
On Saturday, I described the "multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter." On Sunday night, the New York Times's White House reporter Maggie Haberman announced that she was " taking a break from this platform" because "it's not really helping the discourse." There seems to be a growing recognition, one I certainly share, that Twitter is a uniquely poor, even destructive, medium for conducting complex political debates and should be avoided for those purposes. | That view was reinforced for me by a lengthy, spirited, and substantive debate I had on Democracy Now! this morning about the Trump-Putin summit, and U.S. politics more broadly, with Joe Cirincione, the longtime president of Ploughshares Fund, which has long been devoted to the reduction and ultimate elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as a…
theintercept.com/2018/07/16/a-spirited-substantive-debate-on-the-trumpputin-summit-russia-and-us-politics/

Historian Explains How Donald Trump and the Far Right Weaponized 'Chaos Magic' — Just Like the Occult
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-16
Trump can be said to lead a kind of political cult, and most analysts and commentators are still struggling to explain his almost unbreakable power over his voters and others supporters. | Almost two years after Donald Trump's once-unthinkable election victory, social scientists and other researchers have reached some clear conclusions about how and why it happened. Racism, sexism, nativism and social-dominance behavior were key factors in Trump's support among white voters. Christian nationalism, along with the fear that white people will soon lose demographic power and control in America was also an variable. The claim that "economic anxiety" among the "white working class" was a primary motivation of Trump's voters has repeatedly been shown to be incorrect. As Trump meets alone with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this week, the influence of Russia in undermining the 2016 presidential election with the goal of. . .
alternet.org/historian-explains-how-donald-trump-and-far-right-weaponized-chaos-magic-just-occult

Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a "Danger to America" or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-07-16
As President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, we host a debate on U.S.-Russia relations. In Washington, D.C., we speak with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald calls the Trump-Putin meeting "excellent" and adds that President Obama also sought diplomacy with Russia. Cirincione calls the summit "a danger to America and to the West."
democracynow.org/2018/7/16/debate_is_trump_putin_summit_a_danger

'Nothing short of treasonous': Democrats, Republicans dump on Trump after Putin meeting
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-16
Following President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump's opponents at home blasted his handling of the meeting. Former CIA chief John Brennan called the leaders' joint press conference "treasonous."
rt.com/usa/433422-trump-putin-conference-treason/

Putin Again Denies Interfering in U.S. Election
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-16
HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): | 2 a.m. | Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russia's path back from Western isolation. | Putin spoke to Fox News after his summit Monday with Trump. | The Russian leader says the recent U.S. indictment against 12 Russian military officials accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election is part of an internal political game. He is denying state-sanctioned Russian interference in the election. | Putin also denies having compromising information on Trump and says he "was of no interest for us" before he announced his run for presidency, | When asked why so many of his critics wind up dead, Putin is blaming troubles with crime in Russia and noting the U.S.
truthdig.com/articles/putin-again-denies-interference-in-u-s-election/

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

Clinton's trolling fail: Hillary mocked for taunting Trump before Putin summit
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-16
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Donald Trump on the eve of his much-anticipated meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, questioning the latter's loyalty. Twitter responded.
rt.com/usa/433381-clinton-trump-putin-mocked/

When Will These Republicans Act to Safeguard Our Elections?
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2018-07-16
When Will These Republicans Act to Safeguard Our Elections? appeared first on The Nation.
thenation.com/article/will-republicans-act-safeguard-elections/

American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerous Myth
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-16
Instead of disrespecting the achievements of other countries, the U. S. needs to learn from them. | Yesterday in Moscow, France's national soccer team won the 2018 World Cup Final, defeating Croatia 4-2 and inspiring huge celebrations in the streets of Paris and other French cities. Soccer fans all over the world are singing "La Marseillaise," eating croissants and saying, "Oui, vive la France! " Yet in the U. S. , hating soccer is a tradition among far-right Republicans like Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter (who, during the 2014 World Cup, equated growing interest in soccer in the U. S. with "the nation's moral decay"). Their rabid disdain for the world's #1 sport stems from an irrational belief in "American exceptionalism"; Beck, Coulter and other reactionaries cannot stand the thought of Europe or Latin America doing something much better than the U. S. Yet soccer is. . .
alternet.org/news-amp-politics/american-exceptionalism-dangerous-myth

Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
Our wars abroad and our wars at home. This week on the show, acclaimed graphic artist Molly Crabapple and Syrian journalist Marwan Hisham join me to talk about their collaborative book "Brothers of the Gun." Then, a report by Jonathan Klett on a community in Wisconsin that mobilized to greet Republicans attending a Trump fundraiser: … | The post Laura Flanders Show: Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/laura-flanders-show-telling-stories-of-the-syrian-civil-war

Ocasio-Cortez "Evolves" Her Position on Palestine to Please Zionist Democratic Mega-Donors
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-16
Given the amount of attention Ocasio-Cortez's past pro-Palestine comments had received, her decision to walk back those positions just a few weeks after her primary win is particularly jarring. | The post Ocasio-Cortez "Evolves" Her Position on Palestine to Please Zionist Democratic Mega-Donors appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/ocasio-cortez-palestine/245950/

Chicago May Become Largest City in U.S. to Try Universal Basic Income
Zaid Jilani | theintercept.com | 2018-07-16
Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is worried about the future. | He is concerned that a coming wave of automation could put millions of people out of work and result in more extreme politics. | Pointing to investments in autonomous vehicles by companies like Tesla, Amazon, and Uber, Pawar observed that long-haul trucking jobs, historically a source of middle-class employment, may become obsolete. More people out of work means more political polarization, says Pawar."We have to start talking about race and class and geography, but also start talking about the future of work as it relates to automation. All of this stuff is intertwined." | Before leaving the race after being outspent by two billionaire candidates, Pawar campaigned for the Illinois Democratic Party's nomination for governor. One of the themes of his candidacy was that politicians were scapegoating various racial or ethnic…
theintercept.com/2018/07/16/chicago-universal-basic-income-ubi/

Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2018-07-16
Barbara Lee's ascension to a significant leadership post would be a signal to grassroots activists that the strength of their opposition to the status quo is being felt inside the Capitol. | The post Ro Khanna Says He'll Rally Support for Barbara Lee if She Makes Bid for Democratic Leadership appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/07/15/barbara-lee-ro-khanna-says-hell-rally-support-for-barbara-lee-if-she-makes-bid-for-democratic-leadership/

With Trump and Russia, Cool Heads Are Needed to Protect Our Election Systems from Foreign Interference
Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute | alternet.org | 2018-07-16
It may be tempting to jump on any bandwagon that connects Russia to our voting systems, but clear evidence is needed to protect against any problem. | We have a president who is publicly at odds with many U. S. intelligence agencies and the U. S. Senate finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. It's a heated topic that has been at the center of the national dialogue for almost two years now and has done much to undermine the public's faith in our voting and elections systems. Cool heads and some deliberation are needed for any constructive conversation about this issue and any others that relate to voting, lest the public have any greater reason to be disillusioned by the election process. Unfortunately, the leader of a key organization in election protection and an important Democratic U. S. senator both took the wrong. . .
alternet.org/election-03918/trump-and-russia-cool-heads-are-needed-efforts-protect-our-election-systems-against

Paul Jay on Trump-Putin and the Real Threats to Democracy
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
Whether the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. election or not, the hyper-focus on Russiagate overlooks bigger threats: Russian elites to the Russian people, and U.S. elites to the American people, says Paul Jay | The post Paul Jay on Trump-Putin and the Real Threats to Democracy appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/paul-jay-on-trump-putin-and-the-real-threats-to-democracy

MSNBC Ignored Ocasio-Cortez's Campaign — but Its Parent Company Made a Late Donation to Her Opponent
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2018-07-16
The liberal-skewing cable news channel MSNBC missed the biggest left-wing congressional primary upset in a generation. The network failed to provide any news coverage of the populist progressive campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez against entrenched moderate incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, in the party's primary for a New York congressional seat. | Not everyone at Rockefeller Center, however, failed to see the writing on the wall. Just as Crowley scrambled amid late-campaign internal polls showing Ocasio-Cortez gaining ground, MSNBC's parent company donated to the incumbent's bid to save his seat.Not everyone at Rockefeller Center failed to see the writing on the wall. | NBC Universal donated $3,000 to Crowley through its political action committee just 13 days before the June 26 primary. The PAC donation was listed on Crowley's second-quarter campaign disclosure, which was filed with…
theintercept.com/2018/07/16/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-msnbc-joe-crowley/

Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism
Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2018-07-16
This week with Rick Wolff: Updates on Left victory in Mexico's election; SCOTUS's Janus decision; Trump's Foxconn fakery in Wisconsin; the GOP's forced labor for Medicaid beneficiaries; and the scapegoating of immigrants exposed; Dr. Harriet Fraad on the personal, psychological effects of a dying US empire | The post Economic Update: Labor VS Capitalism appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/economic-update-labor-vs-capitalism

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

DR Congo Rights Abusers Rewarded with Army Promotions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-16
Gabriel Amisi (L), known as "Tango Four", new deputy army chief of staff in charge of operations and intelligence, and John Numbi, new national army inspector. | © 2016 Private | The Democratic Republic of Congo's president and commander in chief, Joseph Kabila, has promoted two generals long linked to serious human rights abuses. The new appointments, announced on the weekend, heighten concerns of more repression and abuse in the weeks ahead, as Kabila ponders his plans ahead of elections scheduled for December 23. | Gen. Gabriel Amisi, known as "Tango Four," was named the new deputy army chief of staff in charge of operations and intelligence. Forces under Amisi's control have long been involved in serious human rights abuses in eastern Congo, including widespread killings, summary executions, rapes, pillage, and trafficking…
hrw.org/news/2018/07/16/dr-congo-rights-abusers-rewarded-army-promotions

Trump vs. the Democrats: Two reactionary factions fight over foreign policy
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
Prior to Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin, the Democratic Party, the media and intelligence agencies have been demanding that the anti-Russia campaign be intensified.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/pers-j16.html

Democrats vow to vote against their own bill to abolish ICE
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-07-16
The Democrats never had any intention of abolishing ICE, even though their so-called "abolition" would amount to little more than rebranding the agency.
wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/16/dems-j16.html

Even if I get Moscow as 'retribution,' critics will say it's not good enough — Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-15
No matter how well his meeting with Vladimir Putin goes – and even if he was gifted the entire city of Moscow – the media and Democrats will say it's not good enough, Trump tweeted before the one-on-one session.
rt.com/usa/433263-trump-putin-summit-expectations/

Don't meet one-on-one with 'trained KGB vet' Putin, Democrats urge Trump
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-15
US politicians have joined their European counterparts in voicing warnings to Donald Trump ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. The Democrats urged him not to meet alone with "trained KGB vet" Vladimir Putin.
rt.com/usa/433241-trump-putin-summit-democrats/

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