2018-05-10: News Headlines

Ben Freeman, William D. Hartung, Tom Dispatch (2018-05-10). Here's How Saudi Arabia Took Donald Trump for a Ride. alternet.org "Think of the Saudi-Trump relationship as the love affair from hell. " | It's another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn't gotten the sort of headlines that Stormy Daniels has garnered, but when it comes to influence, American foreign policy, and issues of peace and war, it couldn't matter more or be a bigger story (or have more money or lobbyists involved in it). Think of it as the great love affair of the age of Trump, the one between The Donald and the Saudi royals. And if there's any place to start laying out the story, it's naturally at a wedding, in this case in a tragic ceremony that happened to take place in Yemen, not Washington. On Sunday, April 22nd, planes from. . .

Robert Fisk (2018-05-10). Trump is the New Gaddafi. counterpunch.org I was trying to think a few hours ago — after his shameful, outrageous, insane breaking of a solemn international treaty — just who Donald Trump reminded me of. I used to think about the boastful, gung-ho racist Theodore Roosevelt, the 'Rough Rider' who enjoyed war (and threats). But Theodore Roosevelt actually did win the Nobel Peace Prize. More

Nicole Braun (2018-05-10). Adjuncts of the world, unite! peoplesworld.org School teachers across the U.S. are striking for many reasons, from atrocious working conditions to low pay. Polls show that most Americans support these teachers' strikes. What many people may not know is that similar protests are taking place at colleges and universities across the country. Graduate students, adjuncts, and lecturers are quietly engaging in direct actions […]…

Farzana Versey (2018-05-10). The Hanging of Jinnah. counterpunch.org There is much to be admired about Muhammed Ali Jinnah, but should the portrait of the founder of Pakistan be hanging on the wall of an Indian university? On May 1 Satish Gautam, a member of parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wrote to the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh demanding More

Thomas Knapp (2018-05-10). The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't Just a Good Idea — It's the Law. counterpunch.org On May 8, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as "the Iran nuclear deal." While that decision has come under criticism for being both a really bad idea and a severe betrayal of trust, both of which are true, it's worth noting that the US withdrawal More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-05-10). Withdrawal Symptoms: Trump and the Iran Nuclear Deal. counterpunch.org Hot on the heels of the Benjamin Netanyahu "nuclear archive" show supposedly revealing Iranian perfidy, US President Donald Trump added succour to the Israeli cause by promising to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear deal, more lengthily known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The JCPOA originally comprised various undertakings and actions on the part More

Jon Jeter (2018-05-10). US to Iran, North Korea: We Get Nuclear Weapons and You Don't. mintpressnews.com Lost in the debate over Trump's announcement Tuesday that his administration planned to walk away from an agreement limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions is a fundamental question: If the U.S. has nuclear weapons, why can't Iran or North Korea or yes, even Brazil possess their own?

Whitney Webb (2018-05-10). Trump Blows Up Iran Nuclear Deal, Aims Next at Blowing Up Iranian Government. mintpressnews.com With National Security Adviser John Bolton holding great influence over the president's Iran policy, his call for regime change in Tehran before 2019 suggests that the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is merely a precursor to the long-sought goal of regime change in Iran.

Middle East Monitor (2018-05-10). Israeli Analysts: Trump Passing "War Ball" To The Israeli Government. iranian.com Israeli analysts have said that President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear weapons deal with Iran necessary and that in doing so he passed the "war ball" to the Israeli government. The Hebrew channel 10 said that although Israel knew in advance of Trump's intention to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Netanyahu […]

Shireen Hunter (2018-05-10). How Iran Should Respond To Trump's Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal. iranian.com The day that everyone was dreading arrived yesterday when President Trump announced that the United States will no longer adhere to the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Before and after his announcement various commentators have discussed the implications of his decision for America's position in the world, its relations with […]

Valerie Reynoso (2018-05-10). History of the Model Minority Myth in the US. counterpunch.org "Model Minority" is an idea that emerged during the 1960s in the US that states that nonwhite groups of people are able to essentially revoke racial and socioeconomic oppression, that pose as barriers to achieving and earning as much as whites, through hard work. One of the main racial groups that are popularized as being More

Staff (2018-05-10). The U.S. Is Being Sleepwalked Into War With Iran. truthdig.com You'd think that the Israeli government couldn't play Uncle Sam a sucker to fight yet another war, but three warmongers are driving U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

George Yancy (2018-05-10). It Feels Like Being on Death Row. counterpunch.org After hearing about the two Sacramento police officers who tragically shot and killed 22-year-old unarmed Black male Stephon Clark because they thought that he had a gun when in fact he had a cell phone, I was seized yet again by that profoundly uncomfortable feeling of trying to make sense of what it means to be a Black male in contemporary white America, an America that has always spelled out in unambiguous and brutal terms that Black bodies are disposable, especially when compared to white bodies, white life. There was that profound sense of grieving yet again for a Black body killed by the state or proxies of the state. More

Katherine Paul, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-10). Trump Administration's New Orwellian GMO Labels Won't Actually Say 'GMO&#039. alternet.org The proposed labels are a loss for consumer transparency. | On August 1, 2016, then-President Obama signed a meaningless so-called mandatory GMO labeling law that, for all practical purposes, ended an intense four-year grassroots-led campaign for consumers' right to know if their food is genetically engineered, or contains genetically engineered ingredients. | Now, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has unveiled its proposed version of GMO labels. Wait until you see them. All bright and cheery, with sunburst and smiley-faced images—but without "GMO" appearing anywhere on the labels. ( You can see all of the proposed images here. ) | According to Politico, the USDA's long-awaited 106-page proposal for how companies must disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients in their products includes eliminating the words "genetically modified" or "genetically engineered" and replacing them with "bioengineered. " | That means no more. . .

Staff (2018-05-10). CIA Whistleblower Brutalized by Cops While Protesting Gina Haspel's Nomination (Video). truthdig.com Police forcibly removed former CIA analyst Ray McGovern from the Senate hearing for the CIA director nominee who oversaw torture during her tenure.

Kevin Gosztola (2018-05-10). Gina Haspel Admits She Was An Advocate For Destroying CIA Torture Tapes. mintpressnews.com Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, acknowledged during her confirmation hearing that she was a staunch advocate for the destruction of CIA torture videotapes in 2005. | Ninety-two tapes of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were destroyed. Jose Rodriguez, who was the director of the CIA's clandestine service, wrote in his memoir that Haspel, his chief of staff, helped draft the cable that ordered the destruction. | According to Haspel's prepared statement, which she gave at the beginning of the question-and-answer portion of hearing, the issue with tapes "lingered at the CIA for a period of about three years." She argued CIA was concerned about the safety of officers depicted on the tapes. "Those security issues centered on the threat from al Qaida should those tapes be irresponsibly leaked." | Rodriguez was the sole person responsible…

John Wojcik (2018-05-10). Corporations' lies keep shifting on pay-for-play with Trump. peoplesworld.org It took less than 48 hours after the lawyer for a pornography star suing Donald Trump released documents alleging a massive pay-for-play scheme involving major U.S. corporations and the president for the companies mentioned to fess up. Michael Avenatti, lawyer for the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who is suing Donald Trump, released his bombshell […]…

Ariel Dorfman (2018-05-10). America Doesn't Need Gina Haspel, It Needs a Debate on Torture. counterpunch.org Will President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Senate confirmation hearings inadvertently open the door for Americans to confront the abuses perpetrated in their name after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks? On Wednesday, during the confirmation hearings, senators are expected to pose crucial questions about the agency's rendition, More

Jack Rasmus (2018-05-10). The US Plan to Target China. counterpunch.org If Trump's trade policy toward US allies is 'phony', by seeking only token adjustments to trade relations, then the US trade offensive targeting China is for real. While Trump has repeatedly exempted US allies from tariffs (steel and aluminum), pitched 'softball' deals (South Korea), and tweeted repeatedly how well negotiations are going with NAFTA, in More

Staff (2018-05-10). Despite Trump Administration's Hype, The U.S. Is Not at Full Employment. truthdig.com There is a general consensus that the U.S. economy is close to full employment, given that one of the most commonly used measures (based on nonfarm payroll data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicates an unemployment rate that has fallen to 3.9 percent. As good as that figure appears to be, it is troubling that wage growth for the majority of Americans remains tepid, hardly what an observer would expect if the labor markets were as tight as implied by that number. And in fact, if one digs into the data a bit more closely, it does bring to mind the old expression commonly attributed to Mark Twain about "lies, damned lies, and statistics." | A longstanding problem relating to our economic measurements such as employment is that U.S. policymakers see much of the employment data at the same time that…

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters (2018-05-10). Incoming NRA President Oliver North Makes Racist Claim That All Iranians Are Liars During Fox News Appearance. alternet.org "[I]f their lips are moving, they are lying. " | From the May 9 edition of Fox News' Hannity: SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Colonel, you alerted me before we came on the air. I made some phone calls, top sources in Israel have confirmed that multiple rockets were fired at Israel within the last couple hours. And Israel has in fact — they were fired from Syria, Israel has responded. No Israelis were injured, though, in the attack against them. This having to do with Israel's previous military attacks against Syria in recent weeks. Nothing to do with the Iranian deal, I was told, at a very high level. OLIVER NORTH: Yeah, well, look, never believe an Iranian because if their lips are moving, they are lying. Related Stories: Vanessa Trump Love Letters Reveal Details of Past Relationship with Latin Kings Gang MemberVanessa Trump Love Letters Reveal Past Relationship with Latin Kings Gang MemberAmerican Traitor Oliver North Will Become the New NRA President

Staff (2018-05-10). Cohen on the Hot Seat for Selling Insight Into Trump. truthdig.com AT&T and pharmaceutical giant Novartis say they paid large sums to the president's personal attorney, raising questions about whether Donald Trump knew of the arrangement.

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-05-10). Trump Is Using Parkland Victims in Speeches—Majority of Families Say He Hasn't Bothered to Call Them. alternet.org The president doesn't actually show care for victims' families. | After Donald Trump invoked the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school during last week's speech to the nation's largest domestic terrorism lobby (aka the National Rifle Association), BuzzFeed sought out some of the families who lost loved ones in that shooting to ask whether they had, to this day, ever been contacted by Trump. The answer is no—most haven't. BuzzFeed News spoke to nine families of Parkland victims. Of them, eight have not heard from the president since the shooting nearly three months ago. One told BuzzFeed News they have heard from and met with Trump. The other eight families of victims declined to comment or didn't respond. "Our president has been very successful in kind of making people like me just say, 'That's who he is and so, I. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-10). Trump 'Hates People Making Money Off Him': Ex-Campaign Aide Explains Cohen's Risky Role. alternet.org Sam Nunberg's warning is either very bad for Michael Cohen — or very bad for Trump. | A former campaign aide to President Donald Trump made a provocative comment Thursday afternoon on MSNBC — suggesting that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen or the president himself may be in substantial legal trouble following recent revelations. "The president hates people making money off of him," Sam Nunberg said in a clip first pointed out by Talking Points Memo. "He hates it. "His comments come in response to a series of stories showing that Cohen received millions of dollars in payments following the 2016 election from major U. S. companies, including one firm that's backed by a Russian oligarch. Many have said that these payments indicate that Cohen was engaged in a pay-for-play scheme, potentially on behalf of the president. Nunberg's comments suggest that if Cohen was conducting such. . .

Emily Wells (2018-05-10). Judge Faces Recall Vote Over Light Sentence in Sexual Assault. truthdig.com Aaron Persky, the judge who ruled in one of the most controversial and publicized sexual assault cases in recent American history, raised eyebrows this week over a comment he made that compared the case to the historic Brown v. Board of Education, which held that segregation in schools was unconstitutional. | Persky, who is facing a June recall vote for what critics said was a shamefully short sentence in the trial of Brock Turner, had the option to sentence the college athlete to a maximum of 14 years in prison but chose to give the convicted felon just six months instead. Turner was released after only three months. A change.org petition to recall Persky received over 1 million signatures. Persky told reporters at a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., that removing him from his post would weaken the…

AlterNet (2018-05-10). 'Is Mike Pence the One Who's Been Lying to Us All This Time?': Scarborough Eviscerates VP. alternet.org The host had no sympathy for the vice president's feigned stupidity. | Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough suggested Vice President Mike Pence may be a corrupt liar during a discussion of the investigations surrounding the administration of President Donald Trump and its possible ties to Russia. "The Southern District of New York is getting deep into this. We're going to find out what Mike Pence knew and when Mike Pence knew it," Scarborough said. "I mean, Mike Pence has been claiming that he was just out in the dark and that he was just this clueless, hapless Indiana Hoosier that Donald Trump and the rest of the White House said nothing to," he added. "But you've just got to start asking yourself, if Mike Pence wants to kill an investigation that is pursuing how the Russians tried to undermine American democracy in 2016, my. . .

Tyler Durden (2018-05-10). In Major Escalation, Israel Retaliates Against Alleged Iranian Attack Out Of Syria. iranian.com The situation is fluid to say the least, but as far as we can tell this is what has happened tonight so far: 1. Sirens go off in Golan Heights 2. Loud explosions heard Then blame-game begins… 3. AP: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Israel has attacked targets of the Syrian military on the outskirts of Quneitra. […]

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-05-10). WATCH: MSNBC's Joe and Mika Hammer Trump 'Morons' for Running the Government Like a Scam. alternet.org The "Morning Joe" hosts reacted Thursday morning to ongoing revelations about corporate payments to Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen to gain access to the president. | MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski bashed President Donald Trump and his inner circle for "bumbling" into crimes and coverups as Republican lawmakers try to run cover. The "Morning Joe" hosts reacted Thursday morning to ongoing revelations about corporate payments to Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen to gain access to the president, and they ripped GOP lawmakers for looking the other way. "The question of the morning, what is wrong with them? " Brzezinski said. "It's like the Republicans on Capitol Hill that keep shilling for President Trump, saying that he doesn't lie, he speaks in hyperbole — seriously? Morons, I'll just say it. " Scarborough said their actions proved Trump and his allies were unintelligent. "They are. . .

Ilana Novick (2018-05-10). Trump Threatens to Remove Press Credentials of White House Reporters. truthdig.com Was the president's tweet a serious threat or just blowing off steam? Whatever it was, the White House Correspondents' Association didn't like it.

Staff (2018-05-10). Israel Strikes Multiple Iranian Targets in Syria. truthdig.com The attack, said to be a response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, is the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Edward Hunt (2018-05-10). Is the U.S. Meddling in Nicaragua? counterpunch.org For the past decade, the United States has been quietly assisting opposition groups in Nicaragua, helping them organize resistance to the country's popular leftist president Daniel Ortega. | U.S. officials hope the country's opposition groups will create a new political movement that can defeat Ortega at the polls or pressure him into stepping down from power. They fear that without their support, Ortega's opposition will remain weak and divided, making it impossible for anyone to mount a successful political campaign against the Nicaraguan president. More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-05-10). Who Paid Michael Cohen All That Money — And For What? alternet.org Sleaze, scandal creeps closer to Trump. | Donald Trump's presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton pretty much consisted of two messages. He claimed she didn't have the "strength and stamina" to be president, which was a straight-up sexist and ageist hit on her for being an older woman. The fact that he's older than she is simply wasn't relevant. As we now know, Trump felt the need to dictate his own medical report, since he wasn't sure enough of his own good health to undergo a real physical. And it turns out that Trump spends more time watching TV, playing golf and enjoying "executive time" than any president in modern memory. He's not exactly the Energizer bunny. The other main theme, of course, was "Crooked Hillary. " Trump accused Clinton of being corrupt, traitorous and criminal over and over again. Recall this ad, which encapsulated that. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-05-10). Threat of War Soars as Israel Launches Massive Attack on "Iranian Targets" in Syria. mintpressnews.com Israel launched an "extensive" bombing campaign against what it claimed were Iranian targets in Syria early Thursday and warned the Syrian government that it will face "dire consequences" if it dares to respond.

Oriental Review (2018-05-10). Has Europe Rebelled? iranian.com Washington's current foreign-policy practice is a bit reminiscent of the golden era of the Ottoman Sublime Porte, in the sense that any visit by a leader of a vassal state is seen as nothing more than an opportunity for a public demonstration of his willingness to serve the great sultan or, in the modern context, […]

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-05-10). John Bolton Wants America to Surrender in Cyberwar—He Prefers We Stick to Blowing Things Up. alternet.org Our new national security adviser doesn't understand the modern era. | Politico reports that the Trump White House is considering eliminating the top cybersecurity position within the administration. The push to drop cyber from the list of top concerns comes from new National Security Advisor John Bolton, who apparently views cyber warfare as considerably less threatening than the kind he prefers to encourage. Instead, the position may simply be absorbed as another function of one of Bolton's assistants, moving cyber security concerns several notches down in importance. Bolton is apparently all in favor of this idea, even though earlier this week the Senate Intelligence Committee found that Russia had conducted an "unprecedented, coordinated cyber campaign" against the nation's voting infrastructure. One in which Russia actually had the ability to change voter rolls, though it doesn't appear that they took advantage. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-10). Top NAACP official slams charter schools. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The president of the California NAACP is slamming the nation's burgeoning charter school movement as bad for teachers, bad for kids and bad for accountability to parents. And it especially hurts kids in inner-city schools, Alice Huffman says. Huffman headed a special NAACP commission on the charters after her state chapter raised the issue at […]…

AlterNet (2018-05-10). Donald Trump Jr. Reportedly Dating Pro-Trump Fox News Host Kimberly Guilfoyle Amid His Divorce. alternet.org Well, he didn't waste any time at all. | First son Donald Trump Jr. is reportedly dating Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, despite the fact he's still married to Vanessa Trump. Trump is said to have begun the relationship with Guilfoyle weeks ago, shortly after it was announced that Vanessa filed for divorce. "Don Jr. and Kimberly are seeing each other, and are having a great time," a source told Page Six. "While he wants to respect the privacy of his family, he is getting divorced, and he enjoys Kimberly's company. "Guilfoyle routinely supports President Donald Trump on her Fox News show, further increasing the network's notable conflicts of interest regarding coverage of the Trumps. The Fox News host was notably connected to short-lived former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci during his brief separation from wife Deidre Ball. Guilfoyle was previously married to California. . .

Charles Pierson (2018-05-10). JM Coetzee on Torture and Empire. counterpunch.org As Gina Haspel goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, I have been reading J. M. Coetzee's 1980 novel Waiting for the Barbarians. Coetzee's depiction of torture and empire is startlingly relevant to Haspel's nomination to be the next Director of Central Intelligence. Coetzee's story takes place in a remote outpost of the British More

Emma Fiala (2018-05-10). Former CIA Analyst Thrown Out of Senate Hearing for Exposing Gina Haspel's War Crimes. mintpressnews.com A retired CIA analyst, having served his country for nearly 30 years, was forcefully removed from a Senate hearing for simply exposing and demanding answers related to torture engaged in by someone who will likely be tasked with serving America.

Staff (2018-05-10). California's Teacher Pension System Targets Gun Sellers. truthdig.com WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.—One of the largest public pension funds in the nation voted Wednesday to use its financial might to pressure gun retailers across the country to stop selling military-style assault weapons and accessories like rapid-fire "bump stocks" used at the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting. | The $222.5 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System said it will try to unseat board members at companies that resist and could dump its stock in those retailers if they still refuse to conform to laws already in effect in California. | The fund plans an accompanying publicity drive to leverage the student-led nationwide push following the February massacre at a Florida high school. Fund officials also are lobbying other pension funds and investors to join their drive. The system funds pensions for more than 900,000 public school educators and their families. | Aside from outlawing…

Eric A. Gordon (2018-05-10). Labor's Maria Elena Durazo on the ballot for California State Senate. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Longtime labor activist and leader Maria Elena Durazo is a familiar and beloved name to hundreds of thousands of union members and working people. She is vice president for UNITE HERE International Union, which represents more than 270,000 hospitality workers in the U.S. and Canada. And for almost a decade, 2006-2025, she was the […]…

Staff (2018-05-10). Trump's Moves on Iran Are From the Iraq War Playbook. truthdig.com I teach a lot of 18-year-olds, so I am keenly aware that a whole generation has come up that did not live through the Bush propaganda campaign against Iraq of 2002-2003. And, of course, a lot of people who did live through it have forgotten its details or how complicit corporate media were in amplifying the campaign. That is, the charge against social media today that it reinforces extremism by its algorithms could be equally well laid against elements of the U.S. press throughout history. Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst may have not said things like, "You supply the photos, I'll supply the war," but they certainly behaved that way in propagandizing for the shameless Spanish-American War. Bill Keller at The New York Times was their 21st century successor. | Here is how the 2003 war was gotten up against Iraq.

Robert Hunziker (2018-05-10). Ecological Civilization — Xi vs. Trump. counterpunch.org Imagine a society that is exactly opposite Trump's vision for America. Just feast your mindset on that for a few moments and guaranteed, you'll smile! And, maybe even chuckle in delight, as a tingling sensation enlivens your body. And, maybe, since there's no way to contain that beautiful feeling of gleefulness, run to the window, More

Derrick Broze (2018-05-10). Judge Rules White House Cannot Transfer American Citizen Detained Without Charge. mintpressnews.com On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocked the Trump administration from transferring an unidentified United States citizen, accused of fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, to another country. The detainee, identified only as John Doe, is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia who has been held without charge since September 2017 when he was captured by Kurdish fighters in Iraq. He was later transferred to the U.S. military in Iraq where he is currently being held. | As reported by the American Civil Liberties Union last November: For nearly two months, the U.S. military has been detaining an American citizen at a secret jail in Iraq, denying him access to a lawyer and even refusing to release his name. The Trump administration is calling the citizen an "enemy combatant," claiming he was fighting…

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-10). Russia Had Ability to Change Voter Data in 2016—This Is Not Reassuring for 2018. alternet.org Russia had the ability to change voter registration data. | Hey, everyone, good news! Russia had the ability to alter voter registration data in several states in 2016 . . . but they didn't use it! What a relief, right? The Department of Homeland Security has previously publicly acknowledged that Russians scanned systems in 21 states and were able to " penetrate" a handful. But cybersecurity experts say the report Tuesday from the Senate intelligence committee offers new details on what exactly Russian-backed hackers could have done once they got inside election systems. "In at least six states, the Russian-affiliated cyber actors went beyond scanning and conducted malicious access attempts on voting-related websites. In a small number of states, Russian-affiliated cyber actors were able to gain access to restricted elements of election infrastructure," the report says. "In a small. . .

Staff (2018-05-10). How the White House Curbed the U.S. Teacher of the Year. truthdig.com Although President Trump presented Mandy Manning with the 2018 education award at the White House, the press was not allowed to witness her acceptance speech.

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Staff (2018-05-10). CIA Nominee Says Torture Doesn't Work. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump's CIA nominee said Wednesday at her confirmation hearing that she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable. | Under questioning by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting CIA Director Gina Haspel said she would not permit the spy agency to restart the kind of harsh detention and interrogation program it ran at black sites after Sept. 11. It was one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide. | Senators asked how she would respond if Trump — who has said he supports harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding and "a hell of a lot worse" — ordered her to do something she found morally objectionable. | "I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that…

John Feffer (2018-05-10). The Banality of Gina Haspel. counterpunch.org Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration's nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former CIA directors, three former directors of national intelligence, and two former secretaries of state. It would be hard More

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-10). Delaware Ends Child Marriage; 49 To Go and Counting. hrw.org Sonia Ossorio of NOW-NYC addresses the crowd at a protest against US laws allowing child marriage. | © 2016 Susan Landmann | On May 9, Delaware's governor signed a bill prohibiting marriage before age 18, making it the first US state to ban all child marriage. This is a crucial step toward ending child marriage in the US and around the world. | Child marriage occurs in every region of the world. Globally, 15 million girls under 18 marry each year — one every two seconds. The overwhelming majority of married children are girls, most marrying older men — in some cases much older. Children are often forced or coerced to marry. | What does child marriage mean for girls' lives? And why does child marriage persist? | Marriage before the age of…

RT (2018-05-10). Baltimore passes 100 homicides this year, mayor blames gun makers. rt.com A 16-year-old boy gunned down on a basketball court was the 100th homicide of 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. As the city struggles to maintain order, Mayor Catherine Pugh blames gun companies for the violence.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-10). Colombian Human Rights Defenders Need Protection. amnesty.org

RT (2018-05-10). Trump says he will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12. rt.com The US president and North Korea's Kim Jong-un will finally sit down for a summit on June 12 in Singapore, Donald Trump has stated. The date and venue for the meeting has long been the subject of speculation. |
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RT (2018-05-10). Singapore most likely spot of Trump-Kim summit — US officials. rt.com The south Asian city-state of Singapore is slated to become the venue of the highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US media report. The summit is reportedly set for June.
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Sarah Aziza (2018-05-10). As Medical Aid Dwindles, Some Syrian Refugees May Be "Too Expensive" to Keep Alive. theintercept.com Abd Rahman al-Jedan's life bears little resemblance to most 20-year-olds. As a young boy in Homs, Syria, he grew slowly and was often ill; by adolescence, he'd begun to lose his eyesight. In 2013, at age 16, he was diagnosed with kidney disease caused by uncontrolled diabetes. As the war in Syria intensified, al-Jedan's kidneys continued to fail, and before his 18th birthday, he'd gone blind. His doctors informed his family that al-Jedan's kidney's had given out completely. From now on, the young man would require dialysis to survive. He began spending three days a week at the hospital, using the days in between to recover. "It is painful, and it makes me very tired," he said of the procedure, "but that is how I stay alive now." | Soon after beginning his aggressive treatment, al-Jedan's father was killed by a mortar blast,…

RT (2018-05-10). Steam-driven blasts at Hawaii volcano could shower island with huge rocks — USGS. rt.com There is a risk of powerful explosions at Kilauea volcano, that may shower the area with giant boulders, toxic fumes and ash, the USGS warned. The ongoing eruption has already forced hundreds of residents out of their homes.
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RT (2018-05-10). Enormous blast estimated as lava closes in on Hawaii power plant with chemicals. rt.com The relentlessly advancing lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is now closing in on a geothermal power plant, prompting a frantic scramble to move tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable chemicals.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-10). Buying Jewelry for Mother's Day? hrw.org "Peter," 15, working alongside a teenage girl at an artisanal and small-scale mine in Odahu, Amansie West district, Ghana. | © 2016 Juliane Kippenberg for Human Rights Watch | Sunday is Mother's Day in many countries, an opportunity for many to give their mum a piece of jewelry. Jewelers are offering "Mother's Day Gift Guides" and "Mother's Day Specials." Here is Human Rights Watch's special "gift guide" for Mother's Day. | Please ask your jeweler three vital questions about the jewelry you consider buying: | Where do the gold, diamonds, or other minerals come from? | What has your company done to find out whether there are any human rights abuses in and around the mines where the gold or gems are from? | Does your company make the names of your suppliers public?

RT (2018-05-10). 'Red Alert': Democrats file bid to restore net neutrality rule. rt.com Senate Democrats have filed a petition to restore the recently repealed 2015 net neutrality rule. The campaign is supported by Reddit, Imgur, Vimeo, Mozilla, Tumblr, Tinder and PornHub, among others.
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RT (2018-05-10). #NappingWhileBlack: Yale embroiled in race row after bizarre dorm incident. rt.com The dean of Yale says the prestigious university needs to make efforts to be more inclusive after a white graduate student called the police on a black student who fell asleep on a couch in a common area of their campus residence.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-10). Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Censor Attacks Health Website. hrw.org An anti-gay rights activist shows a badge during a flash mob organized by gay rights protesters in St. Petersburg May 17, 2012. | ©2012 Reuters/Interpress/Valentia Svistunova | Earlier this week, Roskomnadzor, Russia's federal agency responsible for overseeing online and media content, took steps to shutter ParniPlus, a website raising awareness about the exploding HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men. | The shuttering of ParniPlus marks at least the eighth case of outright censorship under Russia's 2013 federal "gay propaganda" law that effectively prohibits any positive information about "non-traditional sexual relations" from public discussion. | Children-404, an online group that offers psychological support, advice, and a safe community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children, has repeatedly been censored and subject to attempts by the government to shut the group…

RT (2018-05-10). US sanctions six Iranians who exchanged 'hundreds of millions' of dollars via Emirates. rt.com The US Treasury has blacklisted six individuals reportedly associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and three related business entities, just days after the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal. |
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Global Research News (2018-05-09). Selected Articles: The US-Israel Alliance Is a Threat to World Peace. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Laura Flanders (2018-05-09). Could Ida B. Wells Have Exposed Lynching on Your Newsfeed? fair.org If Ida B. Wells had depended on Facebook, would we ever have had a National Lynching Memorial? | Two stories collided in my head this week. One of which was the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama—this country's first major effort to confront the vast scope of the racial-terror lynchings that ravaged the black community under a pervasive, prevailing culture of white supremacy. It is the first because, until now, that same majority culture of white supremacy hasn't wanted to look. Ida B. Wells (photo: Mary Garrity) | At the memorial, a special place is set aside for Ida B. Wells, the crusading journalist who forced Americans to pay attention to these murders. Over a lifetime made shorter by repeated attacks, she documented and publicized the killings, collecting names, dates and descriptions. | She wrote editorials for…

Jan Oberg (2018-05-09). The U.S. Just Declared War on Iran. counterpunch.org Against all common sense, moral considerations and international law, U.S. President Donald Trump tonight decided to place the United States outside the international so-called community and isolate itself, not Iran. He withdrew the United States from what is one of the most important negotiated peace-oriented agreements that have ever been signed: the one that prevents More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-05-09). Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring. mintpressnews.com "Deliberately provoking the other party at a time when conditions on the Korean Peninsula are moving in the direction of peace and reconciliation can be regarded as nothing other than a dangerous attempt to pour cold water on the mood for dialogue … and take us back to square one." — DPRK Foreign Ministry

Hans Stehling (2018-05-09). Trump and Netanyahu Collude to Damage NATO, Risk Middle East Instability and Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's White House default on the politically vital Iran deal, that was so painstakingly negotiated in conjunction with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China in order to preserve world peace, has been done on the instructions of, and …

Ilana Novick (2018-05-09). Tens of Thousands of University of California Staffers Strike. truthdig.com More than 20,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 are on day three of a labor strike, protesting what they characterize as unacceptable wages, health care costs and retirement benefits offered by the University of California system. | During contract negotiations, the union requested a 6 percent annual wage increase, in addition to protections for health and retirement benefits, but the university agreed to only 3 percent, sparking the strike. | "Our Bargaining Team has been negotiating in good faith," union representatives said in a statement posted on Local 3299's website, explaining the decision to strike. "UC still has yet to offer real wage increases, benefit protections, job security, safe staffing and ending discrimination in the workplace. Instead, UC wants us to take cuts." | The strike is expected to end Thursday, according to a…

Trevor Evans (2018-05-09). The Family-Party-State Nexus in Nicaragua. globalresearch.ca In 1979 a popular uprising led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza-family dictatorship which had ruled Nicaragua since the 1930s, and in 1984 the Sandinistas and their presidential candidate, Daniel Ortega, decisively won the …

Tony Cartalucci (2018-05-09). America Planned to Break "Iran Nuclear Deal" Years Before Signing It. globalresearch.ca The so-called "Iran Nuclear Deal," officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on 2015 now under threat by a backtracking US — was billed at the time of its signing as a historic agreement that provided …

Trita Parsi (2018-05-09). Trump Just Officially Put The US On A Path To War With Iran. iranian.com Trump has taken a functioning arms control deal that prevented an Iranian nuclear bomb and turned it into a crisis that can lead to war. [dropcap]D[/dropcap]onald Trump has committed what will go down as one of the greatest acts of self-sabotage in America's modern history. He has put the United States on a path towards […]

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). Video: The Art of War: The B61-12, America's New "Nuclear Parcel Bomb" globalresearch.ca The new B61-12 nuclear bomb — which the US is preparing to send to Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland and probably other European countries — is now in its final stages of development. | This was announced by General Jack Weinstein, …

Manlio Dinucci (2018-05-09). VIDEO — L'Arte della Guerra — Flotta Usa con 1000 missili nel Mediterraneo. globalresearch.ca La Truman — superportaerei lunga oltre 300 metri, dotata di due reattori nucleari — puà≤ lanciare all'attacco, a ondate successive, 90 caccia ed elicotteri. Il suo gruppo d'attacco, integrato da 4 cacciatorpediniere già nel Mediterraneo e da alcuni sottomarini, puà≤ …

Jake Johnson (2018-05-09). Effort To 'Provoke Iran'? Right After Trump Nuclear Deal Decision, Israel Launches Airstrikes In Syria. iranian.com In the immediate wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that America is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, Israel reportedly carried out airstrikes in Syria and began mobilizing its defense forces over what it claimed were "abnormal movements of Iranian forces." twitter.com/AP/status/9939447556… While the Israeli army said it fears Iran "is planning to carry out an imminent strike […]

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-09). Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners and Victimizes Ordinary Citizens. consortiumnews.com Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal only strengthens Iranian hardliners, hurts average people and drives up the potential for a devastating war, argue Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello. By Trita Parsi and Ryan… Read more →

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-09). John Bolton Has Advocated the "Libyan Model" for North Korea's Denuclearization. Is Pyongyang Surrendering its Deterrence Capabilities? globalresearch.ca The new US National Security Advisor John Bolton controversially advocated the so-called "Libyan model" for North Korea's denuclearization. | While he was indeed speaking about the technical aspect of this example in having the North African country completely surrender all of …

Jamie Merrill (2018-05-09). Trump Breaks Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, in the most significant foreign policy move of his presidency so far. | In a blow to US allies who support the deal, Trump said: | "I …

Margaret Kimberley (2018-05-09). Trump and Israeli Collusion. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's decision to exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement on Iranian nuclear capability is in keeping with his doctrine of joining Israel at the hip of the United States. Fealty to the state of …

Zero Hedge (2018-05-09). Trump Pulls US Out of "Unacceptable, Defective" Iran Deal; Obama Slams Decision as "So Misguided" globalresearch.ca Summary | President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran | Trump is reinstating sanctions on Iran, but didn't explain how that will play out | The deal "should have never never been made," the president says | Trump …

Daniel McAdams (2018-05-09). War Codes in Trump's Iran Proclamation. globalresearch.ca Today President Trump announced that he was canceling US participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. The president's assertions were ludicrous and factually incorrect, but the neocons who were no doubt …

Middle East Monitor (2018-05-09). American Puppets: Gulf Arab Allies Jubilant At US Withdrawal From Iran Deal. iranian.com Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a nuclear agreement with Iran after years of warning that it gave their arch-rival cover to expand its regional influence. The quick embrace of Trump's announcement on Tuesday reflects a sense of vindication by Saudi Arabia and […]

Morning Star (2018-05-09). Trump's Iran decision makes world more dangerous, says atomic expert. peoplesworld.org U.S. President Donald Trump made the world a more dangerous place by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, former atomic adviser Mohamed el-Baradei warned today. Former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, el-Baradei called the decision to withdraw from the agreement "a tantrum and an act of bravado" by Trump. He warned that […]…

Craig Murray (2018-05-09). Trump's Act of American Hubris. EU Opposition to Repeal of Iran Nuclear Agreement. globalresearch.ca The United States is so far doing virtually no trade with Iran anyway. In 2017 total US exports to Iran were just 138 million dollars, and total imports a mere 63 million dollars, figures entirely insignificant to the US economy. …

Staff (2018-05-09). Israel Accuses Iranian Forces of Rocket Attack on Golan. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Iranian forces based in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights early Thursday, the Israeli military said, triggering an Israeli reprisal and further escalating heightened tensions between the two bitter enemies in neighboring Syria. | The Israeli military said its Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles, while others caused only minimal damage. There were no Israeli casualties. | Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran's Al Quds force had fired the rockets at several Israeli bases, though he would not say how Israel had determined the Iranian involvement. The incoming attack set off air raid sirens in the Israeli-controlled Golan. | Israel "views this Iranian attack very severely," Conricus told reporters. He said Israel had responded, but did not provide details. | "This event is not over," he…

David Rosen (2018-05-09). Thin Red Line: Flirting v Harassment. counterpunch.org The New Yorker just dropped the dime on NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, reporting that four women have accused him of sexual and physical abuse. Two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, publicly accused the prominent "progressive" of repeatedly hitting them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. More

Michelle Zacarias (2018-05-09). Spilling 'the T': How Chicago artists are queering up the independent web scene. peoplesworld.org Cordelia is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, filmmaker, performer, and activist whose work uplifts and reimagines the narratives of transgender people. Last year, she was featured in a solo show called Chasing Blue for the Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut performance series. | Bea Cordela as Jo. | Scene from the trailer of 'The T' | Kyri is a Jeff Award-nominated actor, filmmaker, writer, and singer. He is featured on this season of Chicago Med and in Stephen Cone's award-winning film, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party. He was also named Chicago's Best Actor by the Chicago Reader in 2017. The two local celebs have been friends for many years and have always aspired to work on a project together before they decided to delve into co-writing the script for the T. | The original idea for the series was crafted by Cordelia, who wrote a draft…

Dean Baker (2018-05-09). Correcting Krugman: Health Care Exchanges Need Healthy People, It Doesn't Matter If They Are Young. counterpunch.org I generally agree with Paul Krugman's columns, and this is the case with his recent piece on Republican efforts to kill Obamacare. However, there is one point where I have to take issue. Krugman tells readers: "G.O.P. sabotage disproportionately discourages young and healthy people from signing up, which, as one commentator put it, 'drives up the cost More

Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-09). The U.S. Is Not at Full Employment—Don't Believe the Trump Administration's Hype to the Contrary. alternet.org Meanwhile, policies going into effect based on incomplete unemployment data do nothing but harm. | There is a general consensus that the U. S. economy is close to full employment, given that one of the most commonly used measures (based on nonfarm payroll data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicates an unemployment rate that has fallen to 3. 9 percent. As good as that figure appears to be, it is troubling that wage growth for the majority of Americans remains tepid, hardly what an observer would expect if the labor markets were as tight as implied by that number. And in fact, if one digs into the data a bit more closely, it does bring to mind the old expression commonly attributed to Mark Twain about "lies, damned lies, and statistics. "The problem with these employment statistics (or "damned lies," depending on one's. . .

The New Arab (2018-05-09). Israel Will Assassinate Syria's Assad if He Allows Iran to Operate in Syria? Israeli Minister of Energy. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Yuval Steinitz | Israel will assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he continues to allow close ally Iran to operate in Syria, the Israeli energy minister has warned. | Yuval Steinitz made the warning to Israeli news website Ynet on …

Mike Luckovich (2018-05-09). Tip Jar. truthdig.com

Adam Johnson (2018-05-09). CNN's Iran Fearmongering Would Make More Sense Coming Directly From Pentagon. fair.org The only named source in Barbara Starr's report (CNN, 5/8/18), aside from the Iranian president, is British Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, who says he's seen "no change" in the behavior of Iranian-backed forces. | Why doesn't CNN Defense Department reporter Barbara Starr just leave CNN and instead work directly for the Trump DoD? | On Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Starr ( 5/8/18) rushed to publish an anonymously sourced and transparently propagandistic press release for the Trump administration and Pentagon. Wouldn't it be easier if Starr just skipped the middleman and just worked for the DoD? | In her 513-word piece, "US Officials Growing Increasingly Concerned Iran Could Attack Israel," Starr mindlessly repeated "concerns" by unnamed US Department of Defense and Israeli Defense Force officials…

Brian Kalman (2018-05-09). Military Incompetence? Failed Performance of April 14th US-UK-France Missile Attack against Syria. globalresearch.ca Like so many others that watched the unfolding U.S.-led cruise missile strike on Syria in the early morning hours of April 14th, I was amazed by the brazen and ill-conceived nature of such an undertaking. Not only was …

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-09). Over 30,000 Nursing Home Patients Threatened with Eviction Under Louisiana Medicaid Cuts. alternet.org These cuts are inhumane. | Cuts to Medicaid programs in Louisiana could lead to more than 30,000 senior citizens being kicked out of nursing homes. People with developmental disabilities and those receiving home care will also be affected, and the loss of residents could lead some nursing homes to close, threatening many jobs. The Louisiana House has voted on a budget that would make $538 million in health care cuts, including to Medicaid programs specifically helping disabled and elderly people: The proposed budget eliminated the Medicaid Long Term Care Special Income Level Program, which enabled those with incomes of greater than $750 a month and less than $2,250 a month to receive Medicaid, according to Jim Tucker, CEO of CommCare Corp. , a nonprofit that operates 12 nursing homes. That program provides health services for about 80% of nursing facility residents, according to the. . .

Jake Johnson (2018-05-09). Giuliani Takes Cash To Speak To Terrorist Iranian Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy. iranian.com As FAIR (1/11/18) has noted before, US media—in an effort to find images of Iranian "dissidents"—routinely normalize the fringe group Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), despite the fact that it has virtually no support or legitimacy in Iran. This was seen again this past week when a number of major outlets reported on a speech Trump advisor […]

Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon (2018-05-09). The Grifter-in-Chief Has An Administration Full of Thieves, Fixers and Money Grubbers. alternet.org Now more than ever, the "lobby bar" at the Trump International Hotel is the favorite hang-out of lobbyists & fixers | Have you taken a flight and had a look at the accommodations in first class? These days, many of the major airlines are featuring what they call "suites. " These are comfy spaces with lie-flat seats that convert into beds, in walled-off enclosures with sliding doors and private 20-inch screens featuring the latest in first-run movies, television series, and other video delights. Not to mention culinary selections from celebrity chefs including caviar, Dom Perignon champagne, and a night-night service where flight attendants make up your bed, help you with your airline-branded jammies, and tuck in your down-filled comforter so you don't get a chill. If you took a long-haul flight to North Africa or Rome recently, you might have run into Environmental Protection. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-09). Monica Lewinsky Was Disinvited from Event with Bill Clinton Because Women Still Pay for Men's Behavior. alternet.org The Huffington Post reports that the magazine Town & Country told Lewinsky not to come to its philanthropic summit. | Monica Lewinksy reported Wednesday that she had been disinvited from an event on "social change" because President Bill Clinton had decided to attend. After Lewinsky made the comments on Twitter, the Huffington Post reported that the event in question was a "philanthropic summit" held by the magazine Town & Country. Lewinsky made the remarks addressed to the "world," apparently declining to name the host of the event: p. s. . . . and definitely, please don't try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag. — Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) May 9, 2018Since Clinton's infamous affair with Lewinsky in the '90s, which led to his impeachment and trial in the U. S. Senate, the former White House intern has become a public. . .

Steve Early (2018-05-09). Flush With Cash: Will Buffy the Bernie Slayer Win in Pro-Sanders District? counterpunch.org In a political culture shaped by big money, entrepreneurial candidacies, single-issue campaigning, and union dis-unity, you can run but not hide from crowded fields of Democrats. In many current primary races, they are all claiming to be "progressive," even as they raise and spend millions of dollars competing against each other—money that might have been More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-09). 'Disturbing' and 'Disqualifying': John McCain's Denunciation of Trump's CIA Pick Gina Haspel Is Absolutely Devastating. alternet.org Her "role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing," the senator said. | Though he is not expected to be present for the confirmation vote, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made it clear that he would vote against the nominee for the CIA directorship Gina Haspel, were he able. McCain has been absent from the Senate floor as he continues to struggle with brain cancer. But he evidently paid attention to Haspel's confirmation hearing Wednesday — and he was not convinced she should get the job. The hearing "provided an opportunity to provide details about her experience in the CIA, explain her involvement in the so-called enhanced interrogation program during the Bush Administration, and account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees held in U. S. custody after the September 11th attacks," the senator said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the. . .

Tsvetana Paraskova (2018-05-09). Actors Allegedly Paid to Support New Orleans Power Plant. globalresearch.ca Actors have been hired and paid to sit through public hearings for a proposed power plant in New Orleans, The Lens reports, citing interviews with some of the actors and screenshots of Facebook messages about the acting gig. | According …

Aidan O'Brien (2018-05-09). France is at War With Macron, Not Syria. counterpunch.org I walked across Paris the week after France bombed Syria. It was a city at war but it felt like a city on holiday. It was a colonial war hence the festive feeling, I guess. | The locals tanned themselves in the parks, cafés and bistros that define this bastion of civilization – while the tourists packed the museums. The Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo bewitched everyone. And the aperitif on the sidewalk tasted like sex. It was bourgeois Paris at its best. More

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