2018-04-04: News Headlines

Staff (2018-04-04). 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The civil rights leader's daughter, Rev. Bernice A. King, recalls her father's message of peaceful protest on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. | The post 'The Apostle of Nonviolence': Nation Honors Martin Luther King Jr. appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Russell Contreras (2018-04-04). US Museum Refuses Hiroshima Exhibit over Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Theme. MintPress News A museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico (AP) — a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb — has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because of its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons. | The Los Alamos Historical Museum confirmed Monday that it will not host a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme. | The exhibit, which features articles of clothing, exposed plates, and other personal items from victims, aims to draw attention to the horrors of the bombs that destroyed both cities. | Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, said the museum's board of directors felt uncomfortable about the exhibit's call to abolish nuclear bombs. The New Mexico city is still home to the Los Alamos…

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-04-04). Role of Youth in the Coming Transformation. counterpunch.org The eruption of youth protests over gun violence in schools and other issues is another indicator that the 2020s could be a decade of transformation where people demand economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. Students who are in their teens now will be in their twenties then. They will have experience in how protests can change More

Whitney Webb (2018-04-04). Here's How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks. MintPress News Regardless of how much North Korea may capitulate to U.S. demands in negotiations, the threat of war will remain — the calling card of Bolton's version of "diplomacy." | The post Here's How John Bolton Could Sabotage the Korea Peace Talks appeared first on MintPress News.

David Dayen (2018-04-04). Public Workers Worried That Tennessee's Billionaire Governor Is Taking Another Run at Them. The Intercept Last year, Tennessee's governor attempted a frontal assault on the unionized workers that staff the state's facilities and management jobs at public buildings, two-thirds of which are state-run colleges. Gov. Bill Haslam, the richest U.S. elected official not named Donald Trump, signed a contract with a facilities management firm to privatize those jobs. But a prodigious campaign by the campus employee union and student activists led to nearly the entire University of Tennessee system publicly opting out of the contract. | For a union that is legally prohibited from collective bargaining, going up against a stacked deck of conservative lawmakers and powerful corporations and coming out with a win was a spectacular feat. But Haslam appears to have found a work-around. | The Tennessee legislature is on the verge of passing a bill to overhaul the University of…

Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch (2018-04-04). Despite Overwhelming Opposition From Residents, Michigan Permits Nestlé to Draw More Groundwater for Bottling. AlterNet.org Out of 81,862 comments filed, only 75 were reportedly in favor of granting the permit. | The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has granted Nestlé Waters a permit to increase groundwater withdrawal from 250 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute from its White Pine Springs well for the purpose of bottling drinking water. The approval comes despite near universal opposition from residents, who cite the Swiss food and beverage giant's nominal $200-a-year fee to pump water from its wells. The fee will not change with the new permit. Additionally, Nestlé's White Pine Springs well near Evart, Michigan happens to lie approximately 120 miles from the lead-poisoned city of Flint. Bottled water companies have drawn outrage from many communities for privatizing their public water supply in the face of Flint's years-long

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-04-04). Video: War and Globalization, America's Roadmap of Conquest, Blueprint for Global Domination. Global Research Six months after the March 2003 invasion of Iraq: Michel Chossudovsky's September 2003 presentation at McMaster University, Ontario. | Selected Excerpts from the Lecture | The wars on Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a broader military agenda, which was launched at …

RT (2018-04-04). Harvard physicists say they know how and, roughly, when the world will end. RT US News A new study from Harvard University suggests the world is destined to end in much the same way it began… with a really, really, big bang. |
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RT (2018-04-04). Check your 'Christian privilege': George Washington University hosts controversial workshop. RT US News The prestigious George Washington University in the US capital is hosting a seminar on 'Christian privilege.' The premise that white Christians benefit from "built-in advantages" in the US has sparked fury on social media. |
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WSWS (2018-04-04). University of Wisconsin Stevens Point students, faculty stage sit-in to protest cuts to humanities. World Socialist Web Site The proposed slashing of humanities programs to cover a comparatively modest budget shortfall comes amid immense levels of social inequality and record profits for the wealthy.

Paul Armentano, AlterNet (2018-04-04). The Science Can No Longer Be Ignored: Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse and Mortality. AlterNet.org For many patients, cannabis offers a viable alternative to opioids. | On Monday, the esteemed Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine published a pair of persuasive new studies reinforcing this opinion. In the first study, investigators from the University of Kentucky and Emory University assessed the relationship between medical and adult-use marijuana laws and opioid prescribing patterns among Medicaid enrollees nationwide. Enrollees included all Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care enrollees—a high-risk population for chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose. Researchers reported that the enactment of both medicalization and adult-use laws were both associated with reductions in opioid prescribing rates, with broader legalization policies associated with the greatest rates of decline. "State implementation of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 5. 88 percent lower rate of opioid prescribing. Moreover, the implementation of adult-use marijuana laws, which all occurred in states. . .

Ramzy Baroud (2018-04-04). Rim Banna and the Cultural War that Palestinians Must Win. counterpunch.org Rim Banna passed away at the age of 51. Her death on March 24, after a decade-long battle with cancer, brought grief to Palestinians everywhere. Rim, a Palestinian Christian from Nazareth, united the Palestinian people across political and geographic divides. When she sang for the Homeland, nothing mattered but Palestine. Christians and Muslims, Fatah and More

Mel Gurtov (2018-04-04). The Coming Crisis with Iran. counterpunch.org With the appointments of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser, Donald Trump has signaled his preparedness by the May 12deadline to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and ramp up pressure on North Korea if it refuses to denuclearize. The two moves would have interactive consequences: casting aside the Iran nuclear deal is likely to be read in Pyongyang as indicating that the US cannot be trusted to keep its commitments. It might also be read as a signal that should nuclear talks with Trump fail, a US attack on North Korea's missile and nuclear sites could be in the offing. More

Staff (2018-04-04). Trump's Angry Tweets Confuse Caravan Migrants. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico — President Donald Trump's angry comments about a caravan of migrants ricochet around like a soccer ball in the dusty athletic complex in southern Mexico where the 1,000 or so Central Americans have camped since the weekend. | Trump's words have confused and befuddled families here, some of whom never intended on going all the way to the United States after the end of the "Stations of the Cross" caravan. It is a symbolic event held around Easter each year to raise awareness about the plight of migrants and has never left southern Mexico, though some participants then continue north on their own. | Even coordinators of the caravan seemed to misunderstand the debate in the U.S. when Trump's endorsed a "nuclear option" for pushing funding for his border wall through Congress. They told worried families Tuesday that the U.S.

WSWS (2018-04-04). After election, Costa Rica's ruling party announces austerity-driven "National Unity Government" World Socialist Web Site Polls indicated Costa Rican workers are desperately seeking an alternative to the traditional parties, their pseudo-left apologists and the ongoing austerity policies.

RT (2018-04-04). Striking Oklahoma teachers storm & occupy state capitol over pay and funding (PHOTOS, VIDEO). RT US News Thousands of Oklahoma teachers stormed the state capitol and refused to budge when confronted by authorities about their loud chants. The protest appears to be part of a statewide strike over teacher pay and school funding. |
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RT (2018-04-04). Trump 'not a target' of Russia probe — report. RT US News Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly told President Donald Trump's legal team last month that the president is not a criminal target in Mueller's investigation. |
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Staff (2018-04-04). Mueller Says Trump Not Criminal Target Currently. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors inform the president's attorneys that he is a subject, or person of interest, of Mueller's Russia probe, but not a criminal target. | The post Mueller Says Trump Not Criminal Target Currently appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Staff (2018-04-04). Saudi Crown Prince's 'Recognition' of Israel Is Nothing New. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The Atlantic's editor in chief breathlessly reported that Mohammed bin Salman told him that both Jews and Palestinians have a right to their own state. | The post Saudi Crown Prince's 'Recognition' of Israel Is Nothing New appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-04-04). F-16 jet crashes at base outside Las Vegas. RT US News An Air Force F-16 jet has crashed outside of Las Vegas at Nellis Air Force Base during routine training on the Nevada Test and Training Range, officials said Wednesday. The pilot's condition is unknown.
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Meredith Anton (2018-04-04). Most Likely to Succeed. counterpunch.org Oh very young, what will you leave us this time? You're only dancing on this earth for a short while. -Cat Stevens I heard these lyrics the other night while making dinner and realized it was one of those songs that has left a permanent imprint on me, the kind of song that intertwines with More

WSWS (2018-04-04). Spanish parties unite to demand repression against Catalan nationalists. World Socialist Web Site The Catalan crisis is being used to criminalise all political and social opposition under conditions of intensification of the class struggle.

RT (2018-04-04). Grammar mistakes mean you're a paid Kremlin troll, says Atlantic Council fellow. RT US News If you're a Russian immigrant in the United States — or anywhere else — don't bother tweeting your opinions unless your English is flawless. Otherwise you'll be branded a Kremlin-paid troll by influential American think tanks. |
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WSWS (2018-04-04). The new traditions of Germany's armed forces: Hero memorialisation, militarism and war. World Socialist Web Site Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen's speech reawakens the cult-like veneration of the fallen "war heroes" of the Kaiser's Empire and of the period of the Nazis.

RT (2018-04-04). Day the dream died: 50 years on from MLK assassination (VIDEOS). RT US News Wednesday marks 50 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. |
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Liz Posner, AlterNet (2018-04-04). 5 Other Financial Gender Gaps We Need to Solve Besides the Pay Gap. AlterNet.org Lower salaries aren't the only factor holding women back from accumulating wealth. | The gender wage gap gets a lot of attention, and for good reason. At the current snail's pace by which it's closing worldwide, the World Economic Forum says it will take about 200 years to close the pay gap. But there are other financial imbalances holding many women back and keeping them from economic independence. Income is certainly important, as it impacts savings directly and can determine day-to-day lifestyles. It helps build wealth, but doesn't necessarily guarantee it. "There is an important distinction between income and wealth inequality," says Rebecca Wiggins, executive director of AFCPE, a nonprofit training finance professionals to understand the gap. "While income levels address short-term needs, wealth accumulation provides mobility and long-term security. " Overall wealth is about financial security, and includes investments, savings,. . .

RT (2018-04-04). Facebook admits more users' information was shared with Cambridge Analytica. RT US News The personal information of 87 million Facebook users may have been improperly shared with data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant has said, as it rolled out a set of new security measures. |
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Randi Nord (2018-04-04). Saudi Coalition Targets Yemen Refugee Camp Killing 7 Children. MintPress News Warplanes belonging to the U.S.-Saudi coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on a camp for displaced people in Yemen's Hodeidah province on Monday. Out of the 14 fatalities, seven of which were children — some appear to be infants. The crime also killed three women and injured an additional nine civilians. Rescuers struggled to retrieve scattered bodies from the rubble for hours after the terror attack. | UNICEF called this crime "one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015." Saudi Arabia began their airstrike campaign against Yemen in March of 2015 with full military and intelligence support from the United States and several other countries. This means that not only does the U.S. provide bombs, but Washington also provides logistical support for selecting airstrike targets. | CLICK HERE to see photos…

Mr. Fish (2018-04-04). Inmates. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The post Inmates appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Trump's Trade War With China Will Roil Economies of Many 2018 Election Battleground States. AlterNet.org Trump just handed voters another reason to vote for Democrats in some of 2018's most important races. | President Trump's escalating trade war with China is poised to roil key economic sectors of numerous 2018 political battleground states, where Republican incumbents already are facing a Democratic surge. On Wednesday, China announced tariffs worth $50 billion in retaliation against Trump's just-imposed tariffs on Chinese steel, aluminum and high-tech goods. The Chinese will impose a 25 percent tariff on 106 U. S. products including soybeans, cars and chemicals, it announced. It will also target U. S. corn, cotton, beef, orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, and several lubricants and plastic products. Beyond the boasts by White House National Trade Council director Peter Navarro on Fox Business on March 2 that no country would dare retaliate "for the simple reason that we are the most lucrative and biggest market in. . .

Jacob Sugarman, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Sinclair Management Is Making Its Employees Downright Miserable: Report. AlterNet.org Staffers worry they're being watched and fear retribution if they elect to speak out. | Sinclair Broadcasting employees worry they're being surveilled and that management could seek retribution against them, according to a new report by the HuffPost's Eliot Nelson. Sinclair has come under scrutiny this week after it was revealed the right-wing telecommunications company forced its local television anchors to read a promo to viewers denouncing the proliferation of "fake news"—a message that effectively amounted to propaganda for the Trump administration. While a handful of Sinclair television personalities have protested, the majority have stood by in silence, fearful that any form of criticism might cost them their jobs. Their concerns appear to be well-founded. Several Sinclair reporters speaking on a condition of anonymity denounce a corporate culture that breeds mistrust if not outright paranoia. The company's employee handbook stipulates. . .

Staff (2018-04-04). Obama Releases Moving MLK Tribute Video. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, former President Barack Obama discusses the renowned activist's legacy with the prominent politician and civil rights leader John Lewis and a group of number of high school students in a video released by the Obama Foundation. | "I thought that this would be a good opportunity to connect the people who inspired me with the next generation of young leaders who are going to be doing outstanding things themselves," Obama tells the students, who attend a high school for young men of color. | Obama also encourages the students not to let concerns about controversy stop them from making their voices heard. | "If you are speaking on behalf of social justice, then by definition there's going to be some controversy…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2018-04-04). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later: The Struggle Against Racism, War & Poverty Continues. Global Research April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK in Memphis Tenn. | Featured image: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Benjamin Spock at UN Demonstration against Vietnam War, April 15, 1967 | This year also marks the …

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Marriage Equality, Transgender Rights Might be on the Horizon in Costa Rica. Human Rights Watch News Supporters of Carlos Alvarado Quesada, presidential candidate of the ruling Citizens' Action Party (PAC), hold up a rainbow LGBT pride flag during the presidential election in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | On April 1, Carlos Alvarado Quesada won the presidential elections in Costa Rica in a landslide victory, 61 percent to 39 percent, with marriage equality as a central theme in the presidential campaign. | Same-sex marriage came to the fore in the run-up to the election after the Inter-American Court on Human Rights delivered an advisory opinion finding that the American Convention on Human Rights should be interpreted to require Costa Rica and other countries to allow same-sex couples access to civil marriage. | Opposition candidate Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz called the court's opinion a violation of Costa…

WSWS (2018-04-04). Sunday Times uses dirty tricks, slander and lies to tar Labour's pro-Corbyn left as anti-Semitic. World Socialist Web Site The Sunday Times investigation is an exercise in McCarthyite witch-hunting, which has failed to substantiate spurious allegations of widespread anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2018. Democracy Now! President Trump Says He'll Deploy Troops to the U.S.-Mexico Border, 17 States Sue Trump Administration over Census Citizenship Question, California: Shooting at YouTube Headquarters Leaves 3 People Injured, Lawyer Gets 30-Day Jail Term in First Sentence of Mueller Probe, WaPo: Trump Is a Subject, Not Target, in Mueller Investigation, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Lauds Rollback of Auto Emissions Standards, Republicans Join Calls for EPA Head to Resign over Mounting Scandals, China Hits Back as Trump Slaps Tariffs on 1,300 Chinese Products, Gaza: Palestinian Man Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Border Wall, United Nations Appeals for $3 Billion in Aid for War-Ravaged Yemen, Asheville, NC, Police Video Shows Beating of Man Accused of Jaywalking, California Bill Would Tighten Rules on Police Use of Force, Supreme Court Ruling Shields Police Officer Who Used Deadly Force, Florida Jury Finds Former Bolivian President Responsible for 2003 Massacre…

Paul Dobson (2018-04-04). Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism. MintPress News The new sanctions were imposed due to a "high risk in the area of money laundering, financing terrorism, and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction." | The post Venezuela Hits Back Following New Sanctions over Alleged Funding of WMD and Terrorism appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-04-04). As Trump talks of bringing troops home, Washington escalates aggression from Libya to Afghanistan. World Socialist Web Site While Trump repeated his populist promise to "bring our troops home," the reality is that the Pentagon is escalating interventions across the Middle East.

Courtney Myers (2018-04-04). Trump, Amazon and the Washington Post: A Love(less) Triangle. counterpunch.org In recent weeks, Donald Trump has reduced the responsibilities or ousted altogether several former star players on Capitol Hill. From Gary Cohn to Jared Kushner, the list of names of the people he's got an axe to grind with continues to grow by the hour. One new moniker to add? Jeff Bezos. Worth a whopping More

WSWS (2018-04-04). Germany: Public service trade union announces extension of protest strikes. World Socialist Web Site Verdi is responding to growing anger and militancy among public employees, who refuse to accept staff reductions and increased workloads while their wages stagnate or decline.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Fifty years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. World Socialist Web Site The life of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his premature death, raise questions that have lost none of their urgency in the past five decades.

Carolyn Fiddler, DailyKos (2018-04-04). Democrats Score Another Major Victory in a State Trump Narrowly Carried. AlterNet.org The results should have Wisconsin Republicans quaking in their boots. | In a dramatic victory that's indicative of the shifting political winds in Wisconsin, progressive Judge Rebecca Dallet has been elected to the state Supreme Court. She defeated conservative Judge Michael Screnock 56. 5-43. 5 percent (with 43 percent of precincts reporting as of press time) in this statewide contest. Tuesday's Supreme Court election was officially nonpartisan, but the ideological battle lines were clearly drawn. Former Vice President Joe Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee spent at least $165,000 on the race. Screnock, meanwhile, had the backing of Gov. Scott Walker and the National Rifle Association, and a notoriously anti-union business lobby had dumped in almost $1 million on ads as of last Friday. Dallet's victory moves the ideological makeup of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from five-to-two. . .

Normal Ball (2018-04-04). Has Mueller Already Been Subpoenaed in a Re-Impaneled Uranium One Investigation? MintPress News As the time seems ripe, we revisit here Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert's (R) much ridiculed Uranium One chart presented at The House Judiciary Committee Committee Oversight hearing on November 14, 2017. | Just prior to this hearing at a November 7th press conference, Gohmert had argued for Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's dismissal on the grounds that he was, "engaged in the cover-up of the initial Russian investigation that revealed Russia was trying to corner the market on uranium." | Demands for Mueller's dismissal have come from a variety of sources. In a November 9th Fox News interview, Congressman Jim Jordan echoed his Texas colleague, saying, "Robert Mueller, I think, in light of what we've also recently learned, relative to the Uranium One Deal, surely seems a bit compromised to me." | As for the chart, even Stephen Colbert took a satiric…

Thomas Knapp (2018-04-04). Uncertainty is the Root of the Current Market Craziness. counterpunch.org For months after his inauguration, US president Donald Trump bragged that he was single-handedly producing an economic boom, citing a rising stock market as evidence. Recently, however, he's stopped that line of self-promotion. The market has seemingly gone nuts. Sudden one-day drops pare back weeks of gains, followed by a cautious recovery of the lost More

RT (2018-04-04). Death feed: Two men killed live on Instagram & Facebook. RT US News A Detroit teenager is dead and a Houston man is gravely injured after they were shot in disturbing incidents of gun violence while filming live video on Instagram and Facebook. |
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Annabelle Bamforth (2018-04-04). Media Propaganda Does Not Start or End With Sinclair Broadcasting. MintPress News In recent days, millions of viewers across the country have been subjected not only to a statement concerning "fake news" eerily repeated verbatim by dozens of local television stations across the country, but also to reports uncovering the fact that those stations had been instructed to recite this statement. | CNN's Brian Stelter "broke" the news in early March, warning that a "promotional campaign that sounds like pro-Trump propaganda" would be hitting local TV stations. The statement reported by CNN was crafted by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the biggest owner of television stations in the United States. A Seattle Post Intelligencer report provided the script that had been given to KOMO News, which is owned by Sinclair: Hi, I'm(A) ____________, and I'm (B) _________________… | (B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our Northwest communities. We are extremely proud of the…

Aaron Weiss, The Huffington Post (2018-04-04). Confessions of a Former Sinclair News Director. AlterNet.org I realized I would have trouble looking myself in the mirror if I put stories like that on the air. | I was a Sinclair news director. For a few months, at least. In 2013, I was a young news director at a struggling small station in the Midwest, having worked my way up the ranks as a producer in larger markets. I'd uprooted my family the year before and moved from the West Coast to "earn my stripes" running a newsroom. I had a small team with a handful of veterans and eager new reporters I enjoyed mentoring. That fall, Sinclair Broadcast Group bought the station. Sinclair was not a household name at the time, but it did have a reputation in the business for being heavy-handed in station operations and for having a conservative editorial lean. The company first made national headlines. . .

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-04-04). Tiffany Trump Reportedly Doesn't Feel 'Totally Welcome' Around Her Own Father. AlterNet.org The president's "strained" relationship with his younger daughter has apparently gotten worse. | Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of Donald Trump, feels "awkward" and " not totally welcome" around her father, the president, People reports. "Since the inauguration, Tiffany and her father have sometimes gone for months without speaking and she went a very long time without seeing him," a friend of Tiffany Trump's told People. "The last time she was at a family function with him, it was awkward for her and she didn't feel totally welcome. ""They always had a strained relationship her whole life, and it got exacerbated by the presidency," the source added, noting it's "gotten much worse now. "Tiffany Trump is the daughter of Marla Maples, Donald Trump's second wife. A second source told People the youngest daughter "is not as much in the mix as [Trump's] other children. . .

Rick Shenkman, History News Network (2018-04-04). We Have a President Who Governs Like He Read Malcolm Gladwell's 'Blink&#039. AlterNet.org We have a president who relies on his instincts—and it's not working out. | In the last few weeks President Trump has replaced both his secretary of state and his national security advisor. Each move came amid reports that he was acting on instinct. This is a matter of no little significance. A lot is riding on his gut — nothing less than the possibility of war. Both of his new hires are said to be hawks eager for war with both Iran and North Korea. As a headline in Slate announced: "It's Time to Panic. "But it gets worse. Almost certainly when Trump hails his gut he has in mind something else besides experience. And that's his animal instincts. That's the feeling he gets when he decides on the spot it's time to clobber somebody, say something outrageous, or take. . .

RT (2018-04-04). Meet Sam Hyde: The man behind the 'lone mass shooter' meme. RT US News In the wake of recent mass shootings in the US, one man's image begins to circulate on social media time and time again as the alleged source of the latest violence.
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Binoy Kampmark (2018-04-04). Atmospheric Burnings: The Re-entry of China's Tiangong-1. counterpunch.org The precipitous demise of China's prototype space station, Tiangong-1, was the sort of event that took earthbound discussions to more heavenly matters. Human beings, as is their wont, tend to follow the rules of colonisation with a certain automatism. In doing so, they have a distinct habit of leaving debris, a junking phenomenon that has seen More

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Institute for Policy Studies (2018-04-04). The Racial Wealth Divide Holds Back Black Earners at All Levels. AlterNet.org If our nation wants to put its history of racial inequality behind it, we must bridge the wealth divide. | It's no secret that there's a vast divide between the economic fortunes of black and white Americans. A new paper by the Equality of Opportunity Project attempts to shine a new light on just how hard that gap is to close. The study looked at the diverging fortunes of black and white men, and boys in particular. It found that even black men with affluent upbringings often fared worse than white men who grew up poorer. As a splashy New York Times headline put it, the "Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working Class Whites. " The paper's coverage noted pointedly that "broad income disparities still exist between black and white men even when they're. . .

Louis Proyect (2018-04-04). The New German Cinema. counterpunch.org Between April 6thand 12th, the Landmark Theater on W. 57thStreet in New York will be hosting a festival of recent German films of great interest to cinephiles based on the evidence of two press screeners I saw that have much in common besides being well-made. To start with, both have nonagenarian main characters played by More

RT (2018-04-04). 'People ran out of the building with their hands up': Witness recalls YouTube HQ shooting (VIDEO). RT US News A man who witnessed chaos following the YouTube HQ shooting has recalled hearing sounds of gunshots and scared people running out of the building.
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RT (2018-04-04). Will they or won't they? US vague on withdrawal from Syria. RT US News The White House has said that its mission to eradicate Islamic State in Syria is rapidly coming to an end, but has offered no timetable for withdrawal. The announcement is the latest in a long line of contradictory positions.
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WSWS (2018-04-04). The controversy surrounding the Roseanne television series. World Socialist Web Site The first two episodes of the new season, broadcast on ABC back to back on March 27, were watched by more than 20 million people. The network has announced plans for an 11th season.

RT (2018-04-04). 4 crew 'presumed dead' after largest US helicopter CH-53E crashes on training mission in California. RT US News Four US servicemen are presumed dead after a Marine Corps helicopter crashed over California during a routine training mission.
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Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-04-04). 'Punish a Muslim Day' Is Especially Terrifying For Muslim Women. AlterNet.org Muslim women are easily identified by religious markers like the hijab, making them potential targets of hate crimes. | In March, a sinister leaflet declared a point-based system in which attackers would be rewarded with marks if they assaulted, threw acid on, or "butchered" a Muslim on April 3. The paper circulated first in the United Kingdom where media reports said in addition to online images of the leaflet, four members of Parliament from the Labor Party had received the Islamophobic letter. The leaflet promotes a number of crimes, including bombing a mosque, for " Punish a Muslim Day. " But for Muslim women, such a day—and the potential venom it could bring—is especially terrifying and all too real. A report by the Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia and the Diversity Council Australia found that in Australia, Muslim. . .

WSWS (2018-04-04). Oklahoma teachers converging on capitol for third day of strike. World Socialist Web Site By early Tuesday evening, most of the state's districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced that schools would be closed Wednesday.

RT (2018-04-04). YouTube HQ shooting made news only because of location — former FBI agent. RT US News Deadly shootings are such a common occurrence in the US that the incident at YouTube headquarters, in which three people were injured, would not even make national news if it happened at a less prominent location, experts told RT.
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Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-04-04). CNN Host Stifles Laughter As Trump-Backing Guest Seriously Claims Mexicans Are Staging a 'Soft Invasion&#039. AlterNet.org The idea was too ridiculous even to feign consideration. | After former Trump campaign operative Steve Cortes made a bold and inaccurate claim about Mexicans staging a "soft invasion" at America's southern border, CNN host Erin Burnett and national security analyst Juliette Kayyem couldn't refrain from laughing. While discussing President Donald Trump's apparent mixup between the National Guard service members who guard the southern border and active duty military officers, Kayyem, who previously served as an official with the Department of Homeland Security, said she'd give Trump the benefit of the doubt for his "confusion. " Cortes then responded by suggesting the U. S. should send military to Mexico — and hilarity ensued. "What I'm saying, and I think the president would concur with me on this," the former Trump campaign aide said, "is there has been a soft invasion of the United States. ""Invasion? "

MintPress News Desk (2018-04-04). Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy. MintPress News Supporters of Bolivia's first Indigenous president, Evo Morales, wonder why his popular government can't enjoy the same privilege of indefinite re-election afforded to many Western leaders without being called a "dictator" by media. Is it truly concern for "democracy" or is another agenda at play? | The post Another Latin American Soft Coup on Tap? Western Media Decries Evo Morales' Candidacy appeared first on MintPress News.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Trump proposes to deploy troops to US-Mexico border. World Socialist Web Site The deployment of the military on US soil to arrest or deter immigrants raises the specter of martial law and violates the basic democratic principle of posse comitatus.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Vietnam: Ruling party's anti-corruption purge continues. World Socialist Web Site As well as pursuing his factional opponents through the courts, General Secretary Trong has tightened his faction's control of the state apparatus.

WSWS (2018-04-04). German state prosecutor calls for extradition of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. World Socialist Web Site With this decision, the state prosecutor in Schleswig-Holstein is giving its backing to the Spanish government and adopting Madrid's arguments.

Paul Edwards (2018-04-04). Sick Temper Tyrannis. counterpunch.org Tyranny… What is it? Does the word mean anything any more? Like so many terms it has been distorted to serve the ends of powerful interests until its meaning has been blurred. In its dictionary definitions the common element is the exercise of power without accountability to the ruled. High-powered academic research has established beyond More

Staff (2018-04-04). China Eyes Tariff Hikes on U.S. Soybeans, Small Aircraft, Beef, Whiskey. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists $50 billion in U.S. goods are targeted for a 25 percent tax increase in an escalating trade dispute between Beijing and Washington. | The post China Eyes Tariff Hikes on U.S. Soybeans, Small Aircraft, Beef, Whiskey appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

WSWS (2018-04-04). Workers Struggles: The Americas. World Socialist Web Site The treatment of temporary workers is a major outstanding issue in a walkout by 1,300 Labrador City ironworkers against the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

Staff (2018-04-04). Liberal's Victory a Bad Sign for GOP, Gov. Scott Walker Warns. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists MADISON, Wis.—Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections. | And Dallet's hammering of conservative judge Michael Screnock on Tuesday prodded Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, to warn his fellow Republicans that more losses could be coming. | "Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI," Walker, who is up for re-election in November, tweeted. "Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms." | Although the race was viewed by some as a bellwether, results of past Supreme Court elections have not consistently proven to be predictive of what will happen in November. President Donald Trump won the state by less…

RT (2018-04-04). YouTube shooter identified, reportedly slammed video platform for discrimination (VIDEO). RT US News Police have identified the woman behind the YouTube shooting as Nasim Aghdam, 39, of San Diego, California. Footage has emerged which appears to show her criticizing the video sharing platform and accusing it of censorship.
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RT (2018-04-04). Teachers striking over pay rise like 'a teenager wanting a better car' — Oklahoma governor. RT US News Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin compared state teachers on strike to teenagers who want a better car. Educators have been on walkout for a third day over low wages and underfunding, despite lawmakers agreeing to meet some demands.
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Staff (2018-04-04). YouTube Shooter Told Family She 'Hated' the Company. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Police say a woman who believed she was being suppressed by YouTube opened fire at the video website's California headquarters, wounding three before taking her own life. | The post YouTube Shooter Told Family She 'Hated' the Company appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Martin Luther King's Human Rights Legacy. Human Rights Watch News People gather to march in the annual parade down MLK Boulevard to honor Martin Luther King, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S., January 16, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Fifty years after the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, racism remains integral to the criminal justice system in the United States despite decades of civil rights activism. Police shootings of unarmed black men still make news — most recently the killing of Stephon Clark, shot by Sacramento police while holding a cellphone — and only rarely are the officers who pull the trigger punished. | While civil rights activists have fought for racial justice over decades, winning critical US court rulings against discrimination, they have not made full use of the international arguments and allies at their disposal: the…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-04-04). Right-Wing Media Look at Parkland Student Activists and See a Reason to Gut Public Education. The Intercept Witnessing with horror a parade of articulate and smart teenagers speaking confidently about the role of intersectionality in the social movement they ignited, conservative leaders have seized on the explosion of activism launched by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to make the case that so-called government schools — or traditional public schools — are a fundamental threat to their vision of the country. David Hogg and Emma González are all the evidence they need. | "The radical progressive agenda is now basic propaganda in our public school system," said Mark Levin, a prominent right-wing radio host on his show in March. "These government schools have become propaganda mills. Whether it's genitalia assignment, bathrooms, and gyms; whether it's the school lunch program that's even politicized … radical environmentalism is advanced, capitalism is trashed." | Levin, who leaned hard into his message that "the…

RT (2018-04-04). Zuckerberg to testify before Congress on April 11. RT US News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week. It is expected that he will answer questions on data privacy which have arisen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
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WSWS (2018-04-04). Strikes by railway workers and aircrews paralyze France. World Socialist Web Site The striking transit workers were joined by students walking out in opposition to the Macron government's assault on public education.

RT (2018-04-04). 'Russian meddling': Mike Huckabee jokes over colonoscopy with Russian doctor. RT US News Conservative heavyweight Mike Huckabee tweeted on Tuesday that his colon had been inspected by a Russian doctor, in what he jokingly described as some serious "Russian meddling."
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Michael T. Klare (2018-04-04). Could the Cold War Return With a Vengeance? counterpunch.org Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who's even paying attention, given the eternal changing of the guard at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets, sexual revelations, and investigations of every sort? And yet it increasingly looks as if, thanks to current Pentagon planning, a twenty-first-century version More

RT (2018-04-04). New 'nightmare bacteria verging on untreatable' now in every US state. RT US News The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a drug-resistant "nightmare bacteria" that has spread to every state after more than 200 cases last year.
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WSWS (2018-04-04). UK's Porton Down military lab head: Russia not identified as source of Skripal poisoning. World Socialist Web Site The laboratory's statements explode the British government's utilisation of the Skripals' apparent poisoning to ratchet up NATO's provocations against Moscow.

Staff (2018-04-04). Teacher Rebellion Challenges Red-State Republicans. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists OKLAHOMA CITY—A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes. | In Oklahoma, most Republicans last week broke with the party orthodoxy and endorsed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to fund public schools and give teachers a raise of 15 to 18 percent. | They acted after Oklahoma teachers demanded action, inspired by a nine-day strike in West Virginia, where they won a 5 percent raise. The rebellion also has spread to Kentucky where teachers thronged the state Capitol Monday to protest cuts in pensions. And in Arizona, restive teachers also are demanding a 20 percent pay raise.

CP Editor (2018-04-04). Economic Bubbles and the Myth of High Returns. counterpunch.org

Colin Todhunter (2018-04-04). Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War. counterpunch.org In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and that country's social fabric and infrastructure now lies in ruins. Gaddafi was murdered and his plans to assert African independence and undermine Western (not least French) hegemony on that continent More

Middle East Monitor (2018-04-04). Ahed Tamimi's Lawyer Accuses Interrogators of Sexual Harassment. MintPress News Israeli lawyer Gaby Lasky who is defending Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi has accused investigators of sexual harassment, Arab48.com reported yesterday. | Lasky has filed several complaints against interrogators for verbal and physical sexual harassment but said that no investigations were opened into any of her complaints. She has described this as a "gross violation of the law". | In her complaint, the lawyer wrote that one of the interrogators questioned Ahed in an inappropriate way for a female minor, which amounted to sexual harassment. | The same interrogator told Tamimi that he would arrest her relatives and interrogate them if she did not respond to his questioning. | Lasky also said that despite the fact that Tamimi is young, she was interrogated simultaneously by two men without the presence of a woman in the room or even an interrogator specialised in questioning minors.

Norman Ball (2018-04-04). Has Mueller Already Been Subpoenaed in a Re-Impaneled Uranium One Investigation? counterpunch.org As the time seems ripe, we revisit here Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert's (R) much ridiculed Uranium One chart presented at The House Judiciary Committee Committee Oversight hearing on November 14, 2017. Just prior to this hearing at a November 7th press conference, Gohmert had argued for Independent Counsel Robert Mueller's dismissal on the grounds that he was, "engaged in More

Joe Conason, AlterNet (2018-04-04). Don't Let Trump Betray Veterans. AlterNet.org The president is sacrificing vets to the Koch brothers. | Whenever Donald Trump fires a member of his administration, the least likely reason is incompetence, corruption, abuse of authority or wasteful extravagance. If those were causes for dismissal in the Trump administration, nearly his entire cabinet would have been replaced by now. That tweet signaling the removal of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin—an Obama administration holdover widely regarded as one of the few able appointees in the cabinet—wasn't provoked by any such offense. The real trouble with Shulkin, as he informed the country on his way out, was his determination to stand up against a scheme fronted by the billionaire Koch brothers to privatize the VA health system, a $200 billion public enterprise that currently serves the needs of nine million veterans. Even worse, Shulkin achieved enough success in providing and improving care. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-04-04). MLK's Fight Against Racism, Militarism & Capitalism: Historian Taylor Branch on King's Final Years. Democracy Now! It was 50 years ago today when Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. He was just 39 years old. We turn now to a conversation Democracy Now! recently had with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch and writer Trey Ellis, who both worked on the new HBO documentary "King in the Wilderness," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film recalls the last three years of King's life, beginning after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Despite passage of the monumental legislation, King set his eyes on new battles by launching a Poor People's Campaign and campaigning to stop the Vietnam War. King's decision to publicly oppose the war isolated him from many of his closest supporters.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-04-04). Is Robert Mueller Compiling a Case Against Trump for Obstruction of Justice? AlterNet.org The special counsel is reportedly seeking an interview with the president. | With President Donald Trump's legal team " in shambles" following resignations and amid an ongoing struggle to find replacements, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has informed Trump's lawyers that he is compiling a report on the president's actions during his time in office, including possible obstruction of justice. Citing anonymous officials familiar with the ongoing probe into possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, the Post noted that Mueller informed the president's attorneys of the report last month and "reiterated the need to interview Trump—both to understand whether he had any corrupt intent to thwart the Russia investigation and to complete this portion of his probe. "While Trump has said he would "love" to be interviewed by Mueller. . .

RT (2018-04-04). New York Port Authority terminal's work disrupted after report of white powder. RT US News New York's Port Authority bus terminal had been partially evacuated after police say they found a "white substance" in a walkway, WCBS 880 radio reports.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). Trump's Fearmongering about Migrant Caravan. Human Rights Watch News Central American migrants take a break from traveling in their caravan, as they journey to the U.S., in Matias Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico April 3, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | President Donald Trump's three-day Twitter rant on migrants in Mexico and call to send National Guard troops to the border comes along with a new push from the White House for immigration legislation. | But the adminstration's legislative proposals are as draconian as Trump's tweets are misleading. And both draw from the same false narratives about asylum seekers and immigrants. | What Trump likes to call "catch and release" is the major focus of his ire. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses this dehumanizing fishing metaphor to point to laws and court orders that have allowed unaccompanied children and families to…

WSWS (2018-04-04). Teachers across the UK vote for industrial action. World Socialist Web Site Representing the vast majority of teachers in the UK, the votes are a response to the catastrophic conditions prevailing in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Ilhem Rachidi, AlterNet (2018-04-04). After Miners' Deaths, Protests Rage in Morocco. AlterNet.org The unequal distribution of wealth is fueling protests across the country. | On December 22, two brothers, Houcine, 23, and Jedouane Dioui, 30, died in a flooded coal mine shaft in Jerada, a former mining town in the northeast of Morocco. After their deaths, protests erupted, with the inhabitants asking for an economic alternative to develop the region, which is witnessing a high unemployment rate among the youth and where job opportunities are scarce. Prior to the accident, residents had been demonstrating to voice their anger at high electricity and water rates. Since then, they have gathered regularly in the town's central square. But on March 10, two of the movement's leaders, Amine Mkallech and Mustapha Dainane, were arrested, and on March 13, the ministry of the interior suddenly forbid "unauthorized protests. " The following day, police forces violently dispersed protesters for. . .

Paul Street (2018-04-04). Against False Conflation: JFK, MLK, and the Triple Evils. counterpunch.org I do not pretend to know the full stories behind the assassinations or executions of either John F. Kennedy (JFK) or Martin Luther King, Jr., the latter killed in Memphis, Tennessee, exactly 50 years ago today. Were one or both them killed by lone gunmen? By the CIA? The FBI? Organized crime? The U.S. military? Some combination of these? | There are good reasons to doubt the official stories and suspect "deep state" conspiracies in both cases. But don't ask me for any definitive answers. I don't have any and I doubt I ever will. (Don't ask me about Bobby Kennedy either). More

WSWS (2018-04-04). One dead, three injured in shooting at YouTube HQ in Northern California. World Socialist Web Site While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, what is certain is that American society continues to produce mass shootings on an almost daily basis.

Susan Babbitt (2018-04-04). Chestnuts, Monkeys and Another Reason Ahed Tamini Matters. counterpunch.org Ahed Tamimi, 16, slapped an Israeli soldier, in her own yard, after her cousin was shot in the head. She's detained for eight more months after a closed-door trial.[i]The soldier who shot her cousin, putting him in a coma, was not reprimanded. As I write, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is again covering Malala Yousefsai. She More

RT (2018-04-04). 'We are not in a trade war with China, lost it many years ago' — Trump. RT US News President Donald Trump has denied that the US and China are engaged in a trade war, despite Beijing announcing it would slap import tariffs on American goods in a tit-for-tat move.
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WSWS (2018-04-04). Thousands of Kentucky teachers rally to oppose cuts. World Socialist Web Site Not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders and others attended the rally at the state capitol.

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-04-04). Mansplaining Guns and Gender: Tucker Carlson to Address NRA Women's Group. AlterNet.org Inviting a virulent sexist to speak at a women's luncheon exposes the deep vein of misogyny in the gun lobby. | Add this to the growing list of ways that America's political environment has devolved into a farcical parody of itself: The featured speaker at this year's NRA Women's Leadership Forum Luncheon, part of the pro-gun group's annual meeting in Dallas, will be Fox News host Tucker Carlson. His smirking mug is featured in a lovely rose-laden banner graphic for the event, which is sponsored by a Houston-area arms dealer where one can buy, along with lots of guns, a truly disturbing amount of Nazi memorabilia in the "military antiques" department. It's not just that an event advertised as one where "women from all walks of life come together" would choose a man as a featured speaker, but that they. . .

RT (2018-04-04). Ban guns & NRA? Politicians & celebs react to YouTube HQ shooting. RT US News Little is known about the woman who wounded at least three at the YouTube headquarters in California before killing herself. Yet the incident is already being politicized, with celebrities blaming the National Rifle Association.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-04). 'Temporary' Status But Long-Term US Lives. Human Rights Watch News Rony and Ronyde Ponthieux in Miami, FL. © 2018 Human Rights Watch | (Miami) — US law should be changed to offer a path to permanent legal status for people who have lived in this country for many years with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Human Rights Watch said today. Hundreds of thousands of people have built lives in the United States while living here legally under that program. | In March 2018, Human Rights Watch interviewed Haitian families in Miami whose lives, built in the US, hang in the balance as they risk losing their protected status. In December 2017, Human Rights Watch documented the harm caused by deporting authorized and unauthorized immigrants without adequate consideration of their rights to home and family. | "The average Haitian TPS holder has been in the…

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