2018-05-14: News Headlines

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-15). U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre. consortiumnews.com As Israel killed more than 50 Palestinians in cold blood protesting the American embassy move on Monday, U.S. corporate media failed to accurately report what happened in Gaza, once again meekly protecting the government line, argues Joe Lauria. By Joe… Read more →

Staff (2018-05-15). 55 Die in Gaza Protests as Israel Fetes U.S. Embassy Move. truthdig.com In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces attack Palestinians at the Gaza border, while a few miles away Israel and the U.S. celebrate the new embassy in contested Jerusalem.

Juan Cole (2018-05-15). How Iran And Muslims Saved Jews When Rome Excluded Them From Jerusalem. iranian.com The move of the Trump administration of the US embassy to Jerusalem is intended, according to the president, to signal a recognition of the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This move is controversial because Israel's sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognized in international law. The 1947 partition plan suggested in the UN […]

Mehr News (2018-05-15). Kite Festival In Qazvin, Iran. iranian.com A large gathering of people in Qazvin, northwest of Iran, brought their colorful kites out last Friday to enjoy their weekend with family members and friends.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Help get Wang Quanzhang home to his family. amnesty.org Five year old Quanquan thinks his dad is a hero. But he hasn't seen him in almost three years because he has been detained by the Chinese Government.: | Wang Quanzhang is a human rights lawyer from China who has spent years defending the rights of others – and risking his safety to do it. One day, almost three years ago, he was taken by the Chinese authorities and his family does not know for sure where he is or even if he is alive… | But Quanquan and his mother, Li Wenzu, are trying to save Wang Quanzhang and get him home safely. To mark 1000 days since her husband went missing, Li Wenzu began a 100km march from Beijing to Tianjin where she thinks he might be. Though Li Wenzu was stopped by the authorities, she thinks that the only reason…

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). South Korea: Plans to introduce alternative service for conscientious objectors must be realized. amnesty.org Amnesty International welcomes the decision of the South Korean government to consider plans of introducing an alternative to compulsory military service. While long overdue, this is a measure that is critically needed to end decades of human rights violations.

amnesty.org (2018-05-15). Kenya: Families torn apart: Forced eviction of Indigenous people in Embobut forest. amnesty.org Families in Embobut forest, in the North Rift Valley of Kenya, are losing their homes, livelihoods, and access to cultural practices. They belong to the Sengwer Indigenous People and Embobut is their ancestral home. The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has been carrying out forced evictions in the forest since the 1980s; however on Christmas Day 2017 it began a new campaign, burning 341 houses and leading to the killing of one Sengwer man and the hospitalisation with gunshot wounds of another.

RT (2018-05-15). Bolton wants all of North Korea's nukes shipped to US in exchange for 'security assurances'. rt.com President Donald Trump's national security adviser wants North Korea to ship all of its nuclear weapons to a US lab in Tennessee, to make sure Kim Jong-un follows through on his promise to dismantle the program.
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RT (2018-05-15). 'Torture & war crimes': Former Gitmo detainee challenges waterboarding-apologist Green Beret. rt.com Waterboarding is an illegal and torturous practice, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee told RT after one Green Beret tried to justify the enchanted interrogation technique in support of Gina Haspel's CIA appointment.
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Frederico Fuentes (2018-05-14). Venezuelans Value Peace and Democracy. counterpunch.org 'Venezuelans have time and again shown the world how much they value democracy and free elections', said Venezuelan activist Eulalia Reyes de Whitney. Campaigning is well underway for Venezuela's May 20 national vote to elect the nation's president and representatives to municipal councils and state legislatures. The elections are being held in the context of More

Middle East Monitor (2018-05-14). Most Foreign Envoys Reject Israeli Invitation to Jerusalem Embassy Celebrations. mintpressnews.com Israel launched celebrations on Sunday for the US Embassy's relocation to Jerusalem, a move whose break with world consensus was underscored by the absence of most envoys to the country from a reception hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters reports. | Monday's slated opening of the new embassy follows US President Donald Trump's recognition in December of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a decision he said fulfilled decades of policy pledges in Washington and formalised realities on the ground. | The Palestinians, who want their own future state with its capital in east Jerusalem, have been outraged by Trump's shift from previous administrations' preference for keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv pending progress in peace efforts. | Those talks have been frozen since 2014. Other major powers worry that the US move could inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank and…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Meet the Wildly Bigoted Pastor Trump Sent to Jerusalem to Open the New Embassy. alternet.org His views are extremely Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and anti-Mormon. | President Donald Trump selected Southern Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress to speak at the opening of the new U. S. embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, apparently disregarding — or perhaps because of — his intensely bigoted beliefs about Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community. The opening of the embassy was accompanied by the mass killing of more than 50 Palestinian protesters and the wounding of at least a thousand more, according to reports. The White House's casual disinterest in Israel's responsibility for these deaths is congruous with Jeffress' bigotry toward Muslims and non-Christians. Leeanne Naramore of Media Matters for America posted a video showing a compilation of some of Jeffress' most degrading comments. In multiple clips, Jeffress classified the whole of Islam as a "cult" — a label he likewise applies to Hinduism and. . .

Chris Hedges (2018-05-14). Killing Gaza. globalresearch.ca Israel's blockade of Gaza—where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in more than 50 killed and 700 wounded by Israeli troops—is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. …

Kevin Zeese (2018-05-14). This Week Could See Even More Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict With Iran. mintpressnews.com There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, capping six weeks of actions. | United States moves embassy to controversial site: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks as U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens during the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP/Sebastian Scheiner) | On Monday, May 14, the United States will move its embassy to Jerusalem, even though the new US embassy is not yet built. Jerusalem is considered by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capital. This action…

Prof. James Petras (2018-05-14). Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea. globalresearch.ca Introduction | For some time, critics of President Trump's policies have attributed them to a mental disorder; uncontrolled manic-depression, narcissus bullying and other pathologies. | The question of Trump's mental health raises a deeper question: why does his pathologies take a specific …

Shane Quinn (2018-05-14). Hitler's Racially-driven Disregard for Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Adolf Hitler is indeed one of the most hated individuals in world history, whose genocidal policies were responsible for killing tens of millions of people. Yet there is a little known irony regarding the Fascist dictator. As the atomic scientists …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-14). If Europe Wants To Remain On The World Stage, It Must Resist Trump On Iran. iranian.com "Iraq is at the muzzle of the gun," says Ali Allawi, Iraqi historian and former minister, speaking of the increased turmoil expected to follow the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. It is not only Iraq which is in danger: an escalating confrontation between the US and Iran will affect the whole region, but […]

Global Research News (2018-05-14). International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Verification Chief Resigns following Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). Gearing Up for the Third Gulf War. globalresearch.ca With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years …

Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers (2018-05-14). High Alert for Palestinian Slaughter and Conflict with Iran. counterpunch.org There will be a confluence of trigger events this week that could lead to an escalation of conflict. At the same time that the US has reneged on the nuclear agreement and Israeli missiles are attacking Iranians in Syria, the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and Palestinians will protest the 70th anniversary of the More

Michael T. Klare (2018-05-14). How will Washington's Third Gulf War Play Out? mintpressnews.com With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won't be pretty. | The New York Times recently reported that U.S. Army Special Forces were secretly aiding the Saudi Arabian military against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was only the latest sign preceding President Trump's Iran announcement that Washington was gearing up for the possibility of another interstate war in the Persian Gulf region. The first two Gulf wars — Operation Desert Storm (the 1990 campaign to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait) and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq — ended in American "victories" that unleashed…

Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch (2018-05-14). Washington Appears to Be Gearing Up for a Third Gulf War. alternet.org Will Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, and Tehran face off in a future cataclysm? | With Donald Trump's decision to shred the Iran nuclear agreement, announced last Tuesday, it's time for the rest of us to start thinking about what a Third Gulf War would mean. The answer, based on the last 16 years of American experience in the Greater Middle East, is that it won't be pretty. The New York Times recently reported that U. S. Army Special Forces were secretly aiding the Saudi Arabian military against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. It was only the latest sign preceding President Trump's Iran announcement that Washington was gearing up for the possibility of another interstate war in the Persian Gulf region. The first two Gulf wars — Operation Desert Storm (the 1990 campaign to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait) and the 2003 U. S.

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-05-14). Democrats Have a Plan to Save Net Neutrality That Will Force Republicans' Hand. alternet.org Our GOP-controlled Senate is expected to vote in favor of net neutrality, putting the conservative House in the hot seat. | The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to reverse any federal regulation within 60 legislative days of enactment. On May 16, the Senate will vote on a Democratic Party initiative to stop Verizon shill and FCC chairman Ajit Pai's net neutrality rollback. Part of this effort by Democrats is to force the Republican Party to face the world and say, in no uncertain terms, what their positions are on a free and open internet. "By passing my CRA resolution to put net neutrality back on the books, we can send a clear message to American families that we support them, not the special interest agenda of President Trump and his broadband baron allies," Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass. ) said in an. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). Victory Day 2018 Forever Changed How Alt-Media Views Russia And Israel. iranian.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attendance at Victory Day 2018 as President Putin's guest of honor, the day-long meeting that they had, and then Israel's bombing of Iranian positions in Syria later that same night forever changed how the Alt-Media Community views the Russian-Israeli relationship. [dropcap]U[/dropcap]p until this Wednesday's 2018 Victory Day event in Moscow, […]

Whitney Webb (2018-05-14). Prediction of New False-Flag Gas Attack in Syria Seems to Fit US Escalation Plans. mintpressnews.com If a chemical weapons "attack" comes to pass in the place it has been predicted, it would be the first such provocation blamed on Assad to take place in territory occupied by a foreign power, likely triggering an intensified military response from the U.S.

Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). President Putin Is Syria's Savior, but Don't Go "Worshipping" Him! globalresearch.ca President Putin's decision to military involve his country in the anti-terrorist struggle in Syria saved the Arab Republic from its assured destruction irrespective of the criticisms that can be levelled against it throughout the course of this campaign, but sincere …

Eric Zuesse (2018-05-14). America Accounts for About Half of World's Military Spending. mintpressnews.com America's military-industrial complex can buy a glittering 'patriotic' image amongst its own public, but our image abroad will only become uglier because the world-at-large dislikes a country addicted to the perpetration of invasions and coups.

Associated Press (2018-05-14). Protestas en Gaza por apertura de embajada EEUU en Jerusalén. peoplesworld.org CIUDAD DE GAZA (AP) — Miles de palestinos protestaron a lo largo de la frontera con Israel el lunes, provocando los disparos del Ejército israelí que causaron la muerte de al menos 41 personas en Gaza mientras las autoridades israelíes se preparaban para inaugurar la nueva embajada de Estados Unidos en la disputada Jerusalén. Fue […]…

Robert Hunziker (2018-05-14). Climate Crisis Clobbers Trump Denials. counterpunch.org Photo by Bert Kaufmann | CC BY 2.0 | Harken! A Trump appointee agrees that climate change is not a hoax. Granted, that is unimaginable, but it is the real thing. An ongoing climate crisis in America's Southwest brings this rare specimen into the limelight. | The climate crisis star of the year is Brenda Burman, commissioner of The Bureau of Reclamation, a division of the Department of Interior, who, in her confirmation hearings said: "I believe that climate change is not a hoax." After all, in her youth she did serve as a park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park; she's an outdoorsperson. | She comes to the forefront via an ongoing dire ultra scary southwestern drought. According to The Bureau of Reclamation (Trump's Bureau) it's the worst drought in over 1,200 years. (Source: Eric Holthaus, Look! A Federal Agency is…

Sam Haselby (2018-05-14). These Should Be the End Times for American Patriotism. mintpressnews.com Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There's neither compulsory military nor civil service. No government agency distributes the ubiquitous US flags, nor enforces observance of the rituals to country performed at schools and sporting and political events throughout the country. Despite lacking the classic machinery for inculcating patriotism and spreading it among the people, American patriotism is a norm in the true sense: at least within the US itself, it exists in a place without question. | One of the conceits of American patriotism — that it is a salubrious version of the pernicious nationalism that other countries have — has helped to protect it from critical questioning of almost any type. The kinds of 20th-century Leftist political movements that in principle opposed…

Emily Wells (2018-05-14). Poor People's Campaign Kicks Off in Washington, D.C. truthdig.com Editor's note: Truthdig has launched its first fully reader-funded project to document the Poor People's Campaign. Please help us provide firsthand accounts of this activism by making a donation. | Thousands of activists and civil rights advocates gathered in Washington, D.C., Monday for the Poor People's Campaign, an effort to relaunch Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight against poverty, war and income inequality. Monday's event was the first of 40 days of action planned across the nation. The campaign's goals include federal and state living-wage laws, an end to anti-union and anti-workers' rights efforts, welfare programs for the poor, equity in education, Medicaid expansion and accessible housing. | Truthdig correspondents Michael Nigro and Clara Romeo are reporting from Washington, D.C. Scroll down to see Truthdig's live multimedia updates. | 4: 50 P.M. EDT: The Poor People's Campaign Twitter page reports that…

Peter Koenig (2018-05-14). Switzerland's "Referendum for Sovereign Money" globalresearch.ca It's called "Vollgeld Initiative" — in German, meaning more or less "Referendum for Sovereign Money". What is "Sovereign Money"? — Its money produced only by the Central Bank, by the "Sovereign", the government, represented by its central bank. …

TPIC (2018-05-14). Israel Bans Entry of Palestinian Medical Delegation into Gaza. Crime against Humanity. globalresearch.ca The Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday decided to prevent a Palestinian medical delegation from entering the Gaza Strip. | Ministry of Health said in a statement that the Israeli authorities refused to issue the necessary entry permits for the members of …

James M. Dorsey (2018-05-14). Saudi Arabia Versus Iran On The Football Pitch. iranian.com Saudi Arabia's bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF) reflecting the kingdom's bid for regional hegemony, including domination of soccer. Saudi Arabia's most recent victory on the pitch was evident in the absence in SWAFF, formed by a merger of the West Asian and […]

Alexander Mercouris (2018-05-14). The EU Will Not Stand By Iran. iranian.com Ever since Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA") with Iran and would unilaterally impose across-the-board sanctions on that country, a procession of European leaders including the leaders of the U.S.'s most powerful European allies — Britain, France and Germany — have publicly declared their […]

Ron Jacobs (2018-05-14). Liars Club: Ollie North and General Kelly. counterpunch.org Oliver North is a liar. He was also part of a conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine. Furthermore, he was part of another conspiracy to build, arm and train mercenaries to fight a public/private enterprise known as the Contra war in Nicaragua. He is a shameless egocentric maniac loved by several million US television viewers who watch his nonsensical FOX series War Stories. More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). White House Defends Israel After Its Soldiers Reportedly Kill More than 50 Palestinian Protesters. alternet.org The mass killings were carried out on the same day the U. S. opened its new embassy in Jerusalem. | White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said there was no need for Israel's leadership or soldiers to show any restraint after the country's military reportedly killed more than 50 Palestinian protesters and wounded more than 1,000 others on Monday. The protests and killings erupted on the same day that the United States celebrated the implementation of President Donald Trump's move of the U. S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a deeply contentious decision. Recent protests in the region have also led to mass killings of Palestinians. "The death toll is over 50 in Gaza," a reporter asked Shah during the day's briefing. "Is the U. S. calling on Israel to use restraint in dealing with these protests? ""Well, we believe that, you know, Hamas is responsible. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-05-14). Chicago Tribune gives card-check recognition to Chicago News Guild. peoplesworld.org

Daniel Hilton (2018-05-14). Sieges, Bombs, Embassies: How Attacks on American Diplomats Have Shaped Policy. globalresearch.ca For many in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is anything but diplomatic. | It risks alienating important partners in the region and disqualifying …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Doctors Without Borders Condemns the 'Bloodbath' in Gaza as a Result of Israel's 'Disproportionate Use of Violence&#039. alternet.org "What happened today is unacceptable and inhuman. " | Doctors Without Borders released a statement Monday condemning the brutal attacks on unarmed protesters in Gaza by the Israeli military as demonstrations broke out at the border. Protesters opposed the opening of a new U. S. embassy for Israel in the city of Jerusalem, a move ordered by President Donald Trump. "What happened today is unacceptable and inhuman," said spokeswoman Marie-Elisabeth Ingres. "The death toll provided this evening by Gaza health authorities—55 dead and 2,271 wounded—including 1,359 wounded with live ammunition, is staggering. It is unbearable to witness such a massive number of unarmed people being shot in such a short time. "The organization has been treating victims of the violence since the protests began last month, but Ingres said that the doctors have been overwhelmed by the number of people needing care: "Our teams carried. . .

Staff (2018-05-14). U.N. Security Council Sets Meeting Tuesday on Gaza. truthdig.com Kuwait calls for the session after more than 50 Palestinians are killed by Israeli fire amid mass protests on the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.

Staff (2018-05-14). Melania Trump Has 'Successful' Procedure on Kidney Ailment. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump underwent a "successful" procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in "good spirits." | Mrs. Trump, 48, had the embolization procedure Monday morning. The president spoke with Mrs. Trump before the procedure and with her doctor afterward, the first lady's office said. | The president tweeted shortly before arriving at Walter Reed outside Washington, saying it was a "successful procedure," describing his wife as being "in good spirits" and offering his thanks "to all of the well-wishers!" | The White House did not offer any additional details on Mrs. Trump's condition. In opening remarks in the Senate, Minority Leader…

Jonathan Cook (2018-05-14). Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today's Massacre in Gaza. globalresearch.ca On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years ago as the new state of Israel was built on the ruins of their homeland. As a result, most Palestinians …

Patrick Cockburn (2018-05-14). The Damage Trump Has Done in the Middle East. counterpunch.org When Donald Trump was sworn in as president at the start of last year, many predicted that he would be a less explosive presence in the White House than he had been during the campaign. They hoped that he would be restrained by the permanent political and bureaucratic establishment in Washington and argued that radicals More

Sayeh Hassan (2018-05-14). Syria Imposes New Rules Of Engagement On Israel. iranian.com On Thursday 10th May 2018, an unprecedented exchange of strikes happened between Israel and Syria. The mainstream media, as well as some "alternative" media like Russia Today, were quick to relay the Israeli army version, according to which the Zionist entity "retaliated" to an "Iranian attack by Revolutionary Guards' Al-Quds Force" consisting of "twenty rockets" fired at Israeli […]

Dr. Husam Zomlot (2018-05-14). The Opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: Full-Fledged Apartheid. globalresearch.ca Today will go down in history as the day the US encouraged Israel to cross the line towards what numerous US and international leaders have been warning from, a full-fledged apartheid. The reality has evolved into a system of privileging …

Robert Reich (2018-05-14). Trump's Promise to Cut Drug Prices Turns Into Another Ploy to Enrich Industry, Blame Foreigners. mintpressnews.com Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. | But the plan he announced Friday does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America's allies. | He calls it "American patients first," and takes aim at what he calls "foreign freeloading." The plan will pressure foreign countries to relax their drug price controls. | America's trading partners "need to pay more because they're using socialist price controls, market access controls, to get unfair pricing," said Alex Azar, Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services, who, perhaps not incidentally, was a former top executive at the drug maker Eli Lilly and Company. | By this tortured logic, if other nations allow drug companies to charge whatever they want, U.S. drug companies will then lower prices in the United States. | This is nonsensical.

David Nir, Daily Kos (2018-05-14). Republican Efforts to Unify the Party After Painful Senate Primaries Are Going Quite Terribly. alternet.org This party is not getting it together ahead of the midterms. | Sure, if you look at the calendar, Republicans hosted their first set of Senate primaries last week. But that election was just a technicality, because the intra-party warring that dominated all three races has continued to blaze unabated. The most uncontrolled fire rages in West Virginia. There, ex-con Don Blankenship, who spent millions of his own money to run lunatic racist ads attacking "Cocaine Mitch" McConnell and "China people," is eager to light the man who beat him in the GOP primary aflame (so sayeth Blankenship's campaign manager): "I think the one thing he is going to make sure doesn't happen is that Patrick Morrisey becomes a U. S. senator. "Blankenship wasn't the only loser in the Mountain State last week. As a result of his defeat, Rep. Evan Jenkins saw his. . .

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). mintpressnews.com It's not about whether you "agree" or "disagree" with the Russia Today broadcast; more importantly, the principle of fair play in media access and reach is crucial for the health and future of democracy.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Trump Faces a Major Deadline in the Stormy Daniels Case—And All of His Options Look Really Bad. alternet.org Trump is supposed to file a financial disclosure form Tuesday. There are just a few problems with that. | On Tuesday, May 15, President Donald Trump is required to file his official personal financial disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission. And according to Adav Noti, the senior director for the Campaign Legal Center, this deadline will force Trump to make a decision on the Stormy Daniels case about which he has no good options. Noti, who wrote an op-ed about the issue with former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub, explained what's going on to CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night. The central problem revolves around Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with the president in 2006. Cohen said he paid Clifford $130,000. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Here's How Trump Is Planning to Undermine Mueller's Investigation. alternet.org John Heilemann, an MSNBC analyst, explained how in one sense, Trump is a strong opponent for Mueller. | MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained what he takes to be President Donald Trump's strategy for undermining and legal case that special counsel Robert Mueller may bring against him as a part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Heilemann's view, the president's strategy is not based around any legal considerations but around public relations. "What happens in court matters a lot, clearly, and the legal realm is super important," Heilemann said. "But the reality is, as we saw with [President Bill] Clinton and other cases, this ultimately could be a political process. Impeachment is a political process, a quasi-legal process, but not a fully legal process. So what the court of public opinion thinks matters a lot. "He continued: "And what Donald Trump. . .

Mark Taliano (2018-05-14). Welcome Home! Canada's Trudeau Government Welcomes Confessed ISIS Terrorist back to Toronto. globalresearch.ca Dear Canada: Your government supports al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists. It supports all of the terrorists in Syria. | Some of these terrorists are coming home to Canada. As a Canadian you can do little about this since you have …

Dennis Morgan (2018-05-14). Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You). counterpunch.org In the age of globalization during the last quarter of the 20thcentury, the English language achieved global hegemony as the "lingua franca" for international communication. It is no small coincidence that during this same time, after the end of the Cold War, the US rose as the sole and dominant superpower with stated aims to More

Professor Paul Mckeigue (2018-05-14). The Salisbury Poisonings. What Was the Agent Used? Who Could Have Produced It? When and Where were the Skripals Exposed? globalresearch.ca The following briefing note is developed by academics researching the use of chemical and biological weapons during the 2011-present war in Syria. The note reflects work in progress. However, the substantive questions raised need answering, especially given the seriousness of …

Anthony Freda (2018-05-14). War Propaganda 101. globalresearch.ca Propaganda 101: This fine illustration by Edward Kinsella accompanies a classic demonization piece in the current Wall Street Journal. | This sort of political marketing is designed to create a public enemy of the state as a pretext to a military …

Jeff Danziger (2018-05-14). Kelly Sadler. truthdig.com

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). Melania Trump Has Been Hospitalized After Treatment for a 'Benign Kidney Condition&#039. alternet.org The first lady is expected to remain in the hospital for the rest of the week. | First Lady Melania Trump was hospitalized Monday after she had a procedure for what was described by the White House as a "benign kidney condition. "In a statement, the White House said it expects the first lady to make a full recovery, though she will likely stay in the hospital for the rest of the week. Read the full statement below: This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications. Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere. CNN reporter. . .

James Cogan (2018-05-14). Ecuador May Soon End Asylum for Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador's foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. | On March 28, under immense pressure from the British and U.S. governments, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 46 days, he has not been heard from. | Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain "have the intention and the interest that this be resolved." Moves were underway, she said, to reach a "definite agreement" on Assange. | If Assange falls into the hands of…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-05-14). As Israel shoots protesters dead, Palestinians divided by factionalism. peoplesworld.org The Gaza border protests must be understood in the context of the Israeli occupation, the siege, and the long-delayed "Right of Return" for Palestinian refugees. However, they should also be appreciated in a parallel context—Palestine's own factionalism and infighting. Factionalism in Palestinian society is a deep-rooted ailment that has, for decades, thwarted any unified effort […]…

Global Research News (2018-05-14). Selected Articles: Nakba Day: Remembering Palestine's 1948 Humanitarian Disaster. globalresearch.ca Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change including a world without war. | Truth in media is a powerful instrument. As long as we keep probing, asking …

CP Editor (2018-05-14). CounterPunch Spring Fund Drive. counterpunch.org Dear CounterPunchers: We are holding a short Spring fund drive, which we have never had to do before, because the price of running the site is growing fast. With our increased readership (which is a good thing!) our bandwidth and web costs have gone up substantially in the past few years. So, if you can spare a few extra dollars this month, we'd greatly appreciate the support. | Make a Tax-Deductible Donation Today! More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). 'They Felt They Had Nothing to Lose': NBC Reporter Explains Why Gaza Residents Risk Death to Protest. alternet.org "If you imagine it as a prison, with Hamas as the warden, it is a very difficult place to live. " | As Israeli soldiers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday and wounded, top officials in President Donald Trump's administration celebrated the opening of the new U. S. embassy in Jerusalem, not all that far away. The images of ceremony and celebration along with protest and bloodshed reveal the fundamental divide that is crucial to understanding the position Gaza is in — and why this kind of violence breaks out. On "The Rachel Maddow Show" Monday night, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gave a brief explanation of what life is like inside Gaza and why residents are willing to protest even when they know they'll be met with violent opposition. "The Gaza Strip is a relatively small area, maybe double. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). 'All of Those Babies Are Dead': MSNBC Guest Chokes Up Discussing Trump's Disastrous Foreign Policy. alternet.org "There are a lot of folks who are dead today. For what? " | In a rare moment for cable news, MSNBC guest Eddie Glaude Jr. became choked up and emotional as he discussed the mass killing in Gaza Monday. Israeli soldiers fired upon Palestinian protesters in the wake of the newly opened U. S. embassy in Jerusalem, killing more than 50 people and wounding thousands of other demonstrators, according to reports. As the discussion on "Meet the Press Daily" veered toward the domestic political consequences of President Donald Trump's foreign policy actions, Glaude, a professor of religion and African American studies, could barely contain his reaction. "All that's important, and all of those babies are dead," Glaude said. "All of those people are dead. They're dead. And we're talking about racehorses. . . I mean, the politics. I mean, there are a lot of folks. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-05-14). The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony. consortiumnews.com Commentators on both right and left bemoan the decline of American global power under Donald Trump, but is that such a bad thing? asks Paul Street in this commentary. By Paul Street There are good reasons to bemoan the presence… Read more →

Louisa Willcox (2018-05-14). The Fate of Bear 399 (and Other Grizzly Matriarchs). counterpunch.org It is impossible not to think of your Mother on Mother's Day. In the bear world, many of us have been blessed to be in the company of the quintessential Grizzly Bear Mother: Jackson Wyoming's bear matron and rock star, known only by her number in the sequence of bears captured by researchers: 399. Yes, More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-05-14). The View's Joy Behar Trashes Fox News' Tomi Lahren for Ranting About Immigrants: 'What Are Her Skills?&#039. alternet.org The commentator complained that only workers with low skills and education are coming to America. Behar pointed out that she would know. | "The View" co-host Joy Behar on Monday slammed Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren after she complained that immigrants are coming into the country with "low skills" and "low education. "Lahren on Saturday defended comments made by chief of staff John Kelly, who last week claimed immigrants don't "assimilate" into the United States. "When did the perception of immigrants go from people trying to find their American dream to isolated freeloaders? " co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked. "We all come from immigrants, including you, Tomi Lahren. " In response to the Fox News personality's rant, Behar zeroed in on Lahren's own skills and education. "I have a question, she talks about low skill: What are her skills? Does anyone know? " Behar asked. Watch the quip below, via ABC:. . .

Eileen Appelbaum (2018-05-14). Want to Boost the Economy? Give Mothers (and Others) Paid Family Leave. counterpunch.org Women's paid employment rose dramatically in the US between 1979 and 2000, driven by dramatic increases in the proportion of mothers in paid employment and in their annual hours of work. When the share of women in paid employment peaked in 2000, three-quarters of mothers with children under the age of 18 held paying jobs and More

Ilana Novick (2018-05-14). Jeff Sessions Is Attempting to Take Over the Immigration Court System. truthdig.com During an NPR interview last Friday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended the Trump administration practice, enacted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. When reporter John Burnett commented that critics have called the policy "cruel and heartless," Kelly answered: "I wouldn't put it quite that way. The children will be taken care of—put into foster care or whatever." | While Kelly's comments briefly dominated headlines, they only scratch the surface of Sessions' increasing involvement in immigration policy. As Vox's Dara Lind reported Monday: Sessions has stepped into the immigration system in an unprecedented manner: giving himself and his office the ability to review, and rewrite, cases that could set precedents for a large share of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants with pending immigration court cases, not to mention all…

Andre Vltchek (2018-05-14). Do You Want to Travel Around the Middle East? Think Twice! globalresearch.ca Featured image: empty Jordan — Syrian border post | Do you think it is that simple to travel around the Middle East? Think twice! | Ask Palestinians, about trying to get from a point A to a point B in their own …

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-05-14). New Yorker Cover Roasts Trump As an Oblivious Golfing Swamp-Dweller. alternet.org So much for draining it. | The New Yorker, a 93-year old magazine that chronicles America, perfectly depicts President Donald Trump on its latest cover. Artist John Cuneo places a golfing Donald Trump in an alligator-infested swamp, surrounded by snakes. Metaphors abound. Take a look: This week's cover, "The Swamp," by John Cuneo: t. co/Z6O7PcUGv2 pic. twitter. com/bDIXir2KHC— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) May 14, 2018 Related Stories: White House Continues Stubborn Refusal to Apologize for Disgusting Staffer Comment About 'Dying' McCainTrump Is Threatening the Safety of Transgender Inmates with Obama Regulation RollbackTrump Was Reportedly Furious with Homeland Security Chief for Not Separating Enough Kids from Their Families

George Payne (2018-05-14). Is Torture Immoral or Not? What Say You, Ms. Haspel? counterpunch.org According to the New York Times, in late 2002, Gina Haspel was dispatched to oversee a secret C.I.A. prison in Thailand code-named Cat's Eye. While she was there, C.I.A. contractors waterboarded al-Qaeda suspects including Abd al-Rahim al-Nashir, the man accused of orchestrating the bombing of the American destroyer U.S.S. Cole off the coast of Yemen More

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos (2018-05-14). Documented Errors by Voting Officials May Be Reason Why Republicans Still Control Virginia House. alternet.org A disturbing failure in our democratic system. | Republicans maintained control of the Virginia House of Delegates, 51 to 49, when a race was decided for Republicans by picking a name out of a bowl after a judicial panel had changed how a single vote was counted, resulting in a tie. If the panel had left that single vote as it was originally counted or if Democrat Shelly Simonds' name had been picked out of the bowl, the entire state House would have been tied. That's why what might in another race have seemed like a small error likely decided control of the state House: an analysis by the Washington Post finds that 26 votes were cast by voters assigned to the wrong district, thanks to local elections officials. What's more: The misassigned voters lived in a predominantly African American precinct that. . .

Uri Avnery (2018-05-14). Who is the Vassal? Israel, the US and Iran. counterpunch.org "If you want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said. It is good advice. If you are living in Israel, these days, you get the impression that the huge State of Israel is dictating to its American vassal what to do about Iran. President Donald More

JSCF (2018-05-14). Fear and Loathing of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin: Scott Walker Reprises his Class Warfare Against Schools and Teachers. counterpunch.org Billionaire "Oracle from Omaha," Warren Buffett, once retorted with a dismissive huff to the charge that the left is launching a class warfare with, "there is a class warfare alright and it is my class that is winning." Buffet is rich, but realizes the United States is racing headlong towards reprising Dickensian levels of inequality. More

John Grant (2018-05-14). Welcome to the Apocalypse: BDSM, #MeToo, Torture and the Drumbeat For War. counterpunch.org In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. — NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman upon resigning I'm not going to sit here, with the benefit of hindsight, and judge the very good people who made hard decisions, who were running the agency in very extraordinary circumstances. — More

Ty Joplin (2018-05-14). Mapping Erik Prince's Private Mercenary Empire. globalresearch.ca His journey from hiring mercenaries to help bolster …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-14). CNN's Anderson Cooper Reveals Trump's Almost Complete Inability to Apologize. alternet.org "All common sense and common decency are ignored. " | CNN's Anderson Cooper reported Monday night on the continued controversy surrounding the White House's response to one of its staffers jokingly discounting Sen. John McCain's opinion because "he's dying anyway. " The White House has yet to apologize for this comment and has instead criticized the fact that the remarks leaked at all. As Cooper pointed out on the opening of his show "Anderson Cooper 360," Trump's history suggests that he's not a big fan of apologizing — at least not when he has to do it. "The White House has obviously been instructed not to apologize for something it clearly should just apologize for and move one," Cooper said. "And now the president's staff and supporters are just running around throwing smoke screens. "He continued: "And, don't forget, this is a president who not only. . .

Lee Camp (2018-05-14). The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo). truthdig.com This amount of money could solve the entire planet's miseries, but the government blames its mystery spending on a "failure to correct system deficiencies."

Richard Gale (2018-05-14). Science-Based Medicine (SBM) versus Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). globalresearch.ca In Part One, we discussed the threats social media technology poses to a healthy and educated populace, the scientist cult of Skepticism and its extremist medical wing, and the online encyclopedia Wikipedia as a leading promulgator for Skepticism's agenda. …

Alastair Crooke (2018-05-14). The Unintended and Irreversible Consequences of Trump's Iran Deal Gamble. mintpressnews.com Contrary to mainstream presentation, Trump's 'war' on Iran has much wider geopolitical ramifications than just a deepening of Iran-Israeli tensions. We will witness further 'unintended consequences' for the US, in the weeks ahead.

Gary Leupp (2018-05-14). U.S. to World: We Are Not With You. counterpunch.org In pulling out of the Paris Accord in August 2017, the U.S. said to the world: We are not with you. This is not a good deal for us. It punishes us disproportionately, just to save the global environment. Even though we signed it, we've reconsidered. And we're the exceptional nation. We're special. In recognizing More

Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute (2018-05-14). One of the World's Most Prestigious Medical Journals Just Called for Legalizing All Drugs. alternet.org Drug policy should be based on evidence, and the evidence calls for an end to drug prohibition, the British Medical Journal says. | Embracing a harm reduction and public health perspective, one of the world's most prestigious medical journals has released a signed editorial calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of currently illegal drugs. In an editorial last Thursday entitled Drugs Should Be Legalized, Regulated, and Taxed, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the British Medical Journal, notes that under drug prohibition, the global trade "fuels organized crime and human misery," and asks, "Why should it not instead fund public services? "Citing an opinion piece in the same issue of the BMJ from British members of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP, formerly known as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) Jason Reed and Paul Whitehouse, Godlee notes that in the United. . .

Ilana Novick (2018-05-14). Reporters Cash in White House Access for Lucrative Cable News Deals. truthdig.com After the 2016 elections, several publications encouraged Americans to pay for their content, framing a newspaper subscription as an act of resistance against a lying, media-bashing president. | It's paid off handsomely for legacy publications. The New York Times surpassed 500,000 new subscribers between November 2016 and April 2017, and The Washington Post told us "Democracy Dies in Darkness," and crossed the 1 million mark for paid digital subscriptions at the end of 2017. | It's also been a financial windfall for individual White House reporters who can spin their access into lucrative side jobs as cable news analysts and speakers. | Buzzfeed News reported on Monday that high-profile White House reporters can earn tens of thousands from television appearances and speaking engagements, doing so even as other newspapers and websites are slashing budgets, laying off staff and shrinking the…

General Wesley Clark (2018-05-14). Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." globalresearch.ca Originally published in March 2007. | GR Editor's Note: | This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America's hegemonic project. | It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by …

Carole Avalon (2018-05-14). A Bloody Chicago welcome, in this week's 'The Americans'. peoplesworld.org Sometimes, even though a mission is thoroughly hopeless from the start, you still soldier through to the thankless end. For Marilyn, who has been a solid team member of Team Soviet for several years, her work has largely consisted of surveillance, and scoping out places later to be visited by Philip Jennings or, after he […]…

Joyce Chediac (2018-05-14). Israel at Seventy: Symbol of War, Racism, Reaction. globalresearch.ca Featured image: May 12 vigil in South Africa supporting the Great March of Return in Gaza. (Source: BDS South Africa) | The settler state of Israel turns 70 on May 14. In imperialist capitals, especially Israel and the U.S., this state …

Staff (2018-05-14). High Court Says States Can OK Sports Betting. truthdig.com Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the administration, the Supreme Court strikes down a law barring betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.

RT (2018-05-14). Media obsessed with Trump as solution to failing business model – New York Times columnist. rt.com Nicholas Kristof, a prominent columnist for the New York Times, has warned that the media's obsessive focus on President Donald Trump means they are failing to cover other important stories. |
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RT (2018-05-14). $21 trillion lost: Largest theft in history buried under guise of US national security — Lee Camp. rt.com Comedian Lee Camp on his show Redacted Tonight recalls the first-ever audit of the Pentagon, which is taking 2,400 auditors to do the job, trying to understand where $21 trillion in unsupported adjustments went.
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amnesty.org (2018-05-14). Israel/OPT: Use of excessive force in Gaza an abhorrent violation of international law. amnesty.org Responding to reports that dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by the Israeli military during protests along the fence that separates Gaza and Israel today, Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: | "This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes. |

amnesty.org (2018-05-14). Wire Magazine: April-June 2018. amnesty.org In this Wire, find out how we're making women human rights defenders more visible by teaming up with the online platform Wikipedia. Also, read about how vague counter-terrorism legislation in Spain threatens the right to freedom of speech. Join us in celebrating our 2018 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award winner, the US footballer and activist Colin Kaepernick who "took a knee" to protest against excessive use of force by police against black people. And get to know the story of Elias Kimaiyo, an Indigenous land rights campaigner from Kenya who documents forced evictions of his community. You can also learn how states around the world criminalize sexuality and reproduction and how we can address this as a human rights concern.

RT (2018-05-14). US opens Jerusalem embassy on 'great day for peace' as dozens of Palestinians shot dead. rt.com The US has opened its embassy in Jerusalem following the highly-divisive decision by President Donald Trump last December. Pledges of peace during the ceremony came as dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israelis in protests.
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RT (2018-05-14). Ivanka and Jared meet Rabbi who called blacks 'monkeys,' reportedly get blessed. rt.com Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, in Israel to open the US Embassy in Jerusalem, have been reportedly blessed by a Rabbi who compared black people to "monkeys," and immodestly dressed women to "animals." |
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RT (2018-05-14). Apocalyptic lightning cloud formation envelops skies above Oklahoma (VIDEOS). rt.com In a scene uncannily reminiscent of apocalyptic Hollywood sci-fis, the skies over Oklahoma were host to a rare meteorological phenomenon which covered the area in strange puckered clouds.
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Andrew Korybko (2018-05-14). Russia Is Already "Balancing" Iran in the Mideast. globalresearch.ca Russia's predominant position in Syria & Iraqi Kurdistan places Moscow right in the middle of the misleadingly characterized "Shiite Crescent" and allows the Kremlin to "balance" Iranian influence in the Mideast better than any other country ever possibly could. | It's …

RT (2018-05-14). Smiles amid bloodbath: Twitter points out bad optics of US embassy opening during Gaza massacre. rt.com As American officials smiled and clapped at the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian protesters were gunned down by Israeli bullets at the Gaza border. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-14). Philippines Acts to Combat Violence Against Children. hrw.org Mourners watch as Kian delos Santos, a 17-year-old student who was shot during anti-drug operations is buried in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines August 26, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | The Philippine Plan of Action to End Violence against Children, formulated by the government's Council for the Welfare of Children and UNICEF, the United Nations children's organization, outlines and harmonizes the roles of different agencies to enforce child protection measures. It seeks to "break the cycle" of violence by ensuring access to services, building the capacity of children to protect themselves, improving legislation, and serving as a guide for policymakers and donors. | "It is concerning that violence pervades on children, committed by people they trust," said Julia Rees of UNICEF Philippines, referring to findings of a study commissioned by the agency…

RT (2018-05-14). 'Biblical prophecy': Fox host Judge Jeanine mocked for backing embassy's Jerusalem move. rt.com Donald Trump has fulfilled a "biblical prophecy" by moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro declared, while broadcasting from Israel ahead of the site's inauguration.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-05-14). US Bureau of Prisons Policy Change Endangers Transgender Prisoners. hrw.org An illustration depicts a transgender woman housed in a men's immigration detention facility. | © 2016 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch | The Trump administration's decision to change the policy of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for housing transgender prisoners is dangerous, wrongheaded, and unnecessary. | Because being transgender is a known risk for being sexually victimized in confinement, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Department of Justice guidance issued in 2016 called for individual determinations of housing, program, and other assignments in correctional facilities. That means an individual assessment must be made, taking many factors into account, including the person's own views about their gender and safety. It also made assigning a transgender prisoner to housing, programs, or other services based solely on their sex assigned at birth is…

Ryan Grim (2018-05-14). Ahead of Vote on Gina Haspel, Senate Pulls Access to Damning Classified Memo. theintercept.com A damning memo on Gina Haspel's role in the CIA torture program has been pulled from a secure room in the Capitol ahead of a vote on her nomination.

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