2018-07-07: Social Media Postees

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GOP Freedom Caucus Members Refuse to Support Jim Jordan on the Record as More Accusers Come Forward
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
Congressman Jim Jordan has come under fire for his alleged involvement in a widening sex abuse scandal. | House Republicans are refusing to publicly defend Tea Party firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as more details come to light about the congressman's role in the Ohio State University sexual assault scandal. Rep. Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 to 1995, during which time multiple victims have alleged team physician Richard Strauss sexually abused them and fostered a culture of regular sexual harassment. "I considered Jim Jordan a friend," former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato told NBC. "But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn't know what was going on. ""When you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault — and Jim Jordan went on record saying he. . .
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Here Are 8 Ways Outgoing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suppressed Science
Elizabeth Shogren, Center for Investigative Reporting | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency | Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who announced yesterday that he is resigning, leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of science at the agency. Blocking science in the name of transparencyIn March, Pruitt proposed a new "science transparency policy. " Under the proposed rule, when the EPA designs pollution standards and rules, it would use only studies in which the underlying data is public. Pruitt said his policy would prevent the EPA from using "secret science" that cannot be tested by other researchers. But scientists say important findings could be excluded. One example is research by Harvard University that linked fine particle pollution in U. S. cities with an increase in deaths from lung and heart diseases. The data for the 1993 study was key to. . .
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North Korea Says Talks With Pompeo Were 'Regrettable'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
The North's statement accuses the U.S. of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear program. It comes hours after the secretary of State had cited "a great deal of progress" in two days of "productive" talks. | The post North Korea Says Talks With Pompeo Were 'Regrettable' appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How Liberal Partisan Politics Strengthen the Right Wing
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-07

| The desire to condemn evil and wrongdoing should not be a partisan matter, but the brutality of the present shows us how many people feel otherwise. | In the midst of each despicable advance the right wing makes at the expense of people's lives, there is always shock and awe from the liberal class. There's the shock that it's actually happening, the shock that liberalism is failing to halt right-wing encroachments and the shock that oppression has happened under the direction of Democratic Party politicians as well Republican ones. This says a lot, but a very important takeaway is how liberalism coalesces the very oppressive forces many of its constituents…
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What Can We Expect From Trump on Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara?
Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
President Trump appears to be looking the other way from Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara in the pursuit of World Cup politics. | The Associated Press recently reported that, "The 2026 World Cup contest has been engulfed in intrigue about whether Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration and foreign policy will cost North America votes. What's barely talked about is the impact of a territorial conflict that is impeding Morocco's bid." | More plainly, this "territorial conflict" is barely being talked about, period. | President Obama, and now, a depleted US media, have essentially ignored Western Sahara's brutal occupation by the Moroccan monarchy. Trump, however, could have a more moderate stance in this part of the world. But the administration's domestic and foreign policies continue to appease a Republican Party and conservative base pushing a nativist and a "fly-by-night" policy orientation.
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Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won't Vaccinate Their Children
Emma Fiala | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-07
"If the state forced a child to be vaccinated and the child had a significant medical reaction and potentially died as a result of that, that would be a huge burden that the state would have put on those parents." – Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key | The post Australia Issues Rolling Fines to Parents Who Won't Vaccinate Their Children appeared first on MintPress News.
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How "Roe v. Wade" Changed the Lives of American Women
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court would mean a conservative justice, particularly one who is against abortion rights, will threaten the status of the law. | The US Supreme Court granted women an essential degree of reproductive freedom on on Jan. 22, 1973, by supporting the right to terminate a pregnancy under specific conditions. | As a sociologist who studies women, work and families, I've closely examined how the landmark ruling affected women's educational and occupational opportunities over the past 45 years. | Then and Now: | Let's go back to 1970, three years before the Roe decision. | In that year, the average age at first marriage for women in the US was just under…
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There's Only One Surefire Way to Prevent Future Donald Trumps
Robert Reich, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
America must respond to the calamity that's befallen the working class | Why did so many working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? It's important to know, because we need to stop more Trumps in the future. The answer lies in the interplay between deep-seated racism and stagnant and declining wages. Both must be addressed. Some white working class men and women were — and still are — receptive to Trump's bigotry. But what made them receptive? Racism and xenophobia aren't exactly new to American life. Fears of blacks and immigrants have been with us since the founding of the Republic. What changed was the economy. Since the 1980s, the wages and economic prospects of the typical American worker have stagnated. Nearly 80 percent now live paycheck to paycheck, and those paychecks have grown less secure. Meanwhile, all the economy's. . .
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The King of Chaos
Scott Ritter | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
Donald Trump heads to Europe next week, where he will meet with NATO leaders in Brussels before heading to Helsinki for a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The NATO meeting comes on the heels of Trump's bull-in-a-china shop presence at last month's G-7 gathering in Canada, where the President alienated and angered longtime European allies (and his Canadian host Justin Trudeau) with his "America first" approach to trade and tariffs. That resulted in a three-front trade war with Canada, Europe and China that benefits American steel manufacturers and little else. | At the NATO conference, Trump is expected to continue to bang the drum over the issue of defense spending, lambasting his European partners who have failed to meet an agreed-upon contribution target of 2 percent gross domestic product per year while decrying what he believes is the exorbitant burden…
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Scott Pruitt Resignation
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
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Emmanuel Macron's "Extreme Centrism" Is a Threat to Democracy
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
French President Emmanuel Macron has been crusading to all corners of the world, receiving applause for his impassioned pleas on behalf of the postwar liberal order in the face of rising authoritarianism and nationalism. | This spring, in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the new French leader compared the ongoing political divisions within Europe to a "civil war" and pledged to never "yield to any fascination for authoritarian sovereignties" — a clear reference to the ongoing democratic backslide in Hungary and Poland. | "I do not want to be part of a generation of sleepwalkers," the 40-year-old president declared. "I want to belong to a generation which has made a firm decision to uphold its democracy." He also pledged to "defend European sovereignty because we fought for it." | A few days later, the French…
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Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village
Emma Fiala | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-07
Demolition of the village would include the forcible transfer of an indigenous population that was previous forced to leave their homeland during the Nakba. The residents of Khan al-Ahmar, who fled there over 50 years ago, had vowed to never abandon their land again. | The post Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village appeared first on MintPress News.
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Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges Against Trump Inauguration Protesters
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
More than three dozen defendants in the year-long #DisruptJ20 trial celebrated Friday evening after prosecutors dismissed all remaining charges against them, following a number of failures to prove the protesters were guilty of wrongdoing. | "The state failed at silencing dissent and today our movement is stronger than it was on #J20," tweeted Dylan Petrohilos, who was charged with conspiracy, rioting, and destruction due to his participation in planning to protest — even though he did not attend. "I'm proud of all my co-defendants, and everyone in the streets who resisted fascism and state violence." | #J20 trials are over. Government has dismissed charges against remaining 38 defendants. After charging more than 200 people with felonies, they got one single felony guilty plea. Pretty epic failure! pic.twitter.com/xQ9jBsEGfr | — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 6, 2018 | The Department of Justice…
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The Media Needs to Radically Change the Way It Covers 'Foiled Terror Plots'
Adam H. Johnson | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
This holiday week, we saw yet another high-profile "foiled" terror plot. And once again, when one looks closely at the government's case, it consists of an FBI ruse, driven largely by the government itself. According to The Washington Post, the suspect, Demetrius Pitts, "indicated to [an] FBI employee he did not want to detonate any bombs himself" and the FBI special agent in charge "conceded it was unclear whether Pitts had the means to carry out an attack by himself." The FBI even gave Pitts a bus pass and a cellphone so he could "carry out" the entirely theoretical attack on an Independence Day parade in Cleveland. | But right on cue, the average American was met with the routine barrage of sexed-up headlines, giving one the distinct impression an organic, al-Qaida-driven plot had been stopped at…
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Black Athletes Have Been Involved in the Political Struggle From the Beginning
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07

| Janine Jackson: When Colin Kaepernick wanted to join thousands of other Americans in expressing his outrage and sorrow at the killing of black people by police, the San Francisco 49er spoke with — among others — Nate Boyer, another football player for the Seattle Seahawks, who was a Green Beret. Boyer suggested that rather than sit out the national anthem, Kaepernick take a knee — the way, he said, soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother's grave, as a way to express dissent without disrespect for the military or veterans. | That critics, including in the press, would describe Kaepernick's gesture as a refusal to stand, an insolent refusal…
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Here's How 'Cadet Bone Spurs' Dishonors Our Troops
Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
The Defense Department is harming national security by discharging immigrants and rebuffing transgender volunteers | Back in the 1960s, with the war in Vietnam raging and young Americans getting killed every day, it cost about $1,000 to dodge the draft. You got an automatic deferment for college, but once you graduated, or if you dropped out, you went back to 1-A status, which meant you were eligible for military service and could be drafted. The holy grail during the Vietnam war was to become 4-F, the draft status our president, Donald Trump, achieved with a letter from a doctor confirming that he had "bone spurs" on his heels which made him ineligible for military service. That's where the $1,000 came in. If you had enough money, you could go to a dentist, or a doctor, enough times that you could establish a medical. . .
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The Trump Administration's Family Reunification Plan Is a Fiasco
Jacob Sugarman | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
When the Trump administration instituted its "zero tolerance policy," which prosecutes immigrants for entering the country illegally and separates parents from their children as a means of deterrence, critics argued it was not simply cruel and immoral but ill-conceived. Less than two weeks after the president used an executive order to formally end the practice of family separation, and days after a federal judge imposed multiple deadlines for reunification, their worst fears have come to fruition. | According to a New York Times report published Thursday, administration officials are scrambling to meet the court's demands, with as many as 3,000 children's lives hanging in the balance. Overseeing the gargantuan undertaking is the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement, which has relied on identification bracelets, registration numbers and "careful logs" to track the movements of those…
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Wall Street Journal Burns 'Master Negotiator' Donald Trump for Starting Trade War: 'This Isn't Winning'
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
Under the snippy headline "So much trade losing," the lead editorial compared the Trump trade war to the start of Civil War that led to nothing but tragedy for the rebels of the South. | As the trade war with China — caused by tariffs demanded by Donald Trump — heats up, the editors of the Wall Street Journal have taken the president to task, sarcastically mocking him as a "master negotiator" who has yet to negotiate any deals while causing damage to the U. S. economy. Under the snippy headline"So much trade losing," the lead editorial compared the Trump trade war to the start of Civil War that led to nothing but tragedy for the rebels of the South. "The shooting has begun in the U. S. -China trade war, and let's hope it's not Fort Sumter," the piece began. "The South figured the Civil. . .
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Women in Asia Are Confronting Fracking in the US to Eliminate Plastic Byproducts
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
Heaps of plastic waste cover the shores of Manila Bay in the Philippines. Myrna Dominguez remembers when an abundance of fish inhabited its waters — locals would catch enough to feed their families and sell at the market. Today, she says, they are catching more plastic than fish. | "We're very afraid that if this is not addressed, the bay, which 100,000 small fishers rely on, will no longer be viable for them," Dominguez says. | In May, Dominguez and Indian labor organizer Lakshmi Narayan visited communities in the US that are affected by pollution from oil extraction and plastic production, to show the effects that these processes have on communities overseas. The "Stopping Plastic Where It Starts Tour," organized by #Breakfreefromplastic and Earthworks, is part of a project that aims to reduce plastic consumption and production by raising awareness about the impacts…
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Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Kids in Vacant Phoenix Office Building
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-07
A major U.S. defense contractor quietly detained dozens of immigrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets during three weeks of the Trump administration's family separation effort, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has learned. | Videos shot by an alarmed neighbor show children dressed in sweatsuits being led — one so young she was carried — into the 3,200-square-foot building in early June. The building is not licensed by Arizona to hold children, and the contractor, MVM Inc., has claimed publicly that it does not operate "shelters or any other type of housing" for children. | Defending the administration's policy to separate families at the border in a May interview with NPR, White House chief of staff John Kelly promised: "The children will be taken care of…
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America's Got a Very Real Muslim Problem — Islamophobia
Sophia A. McClennen, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-07
There's a common perception that Muslims pose a threat to the security of the U. S. , but the real threat is to them | June 2018 was an especially bad month for the status of Muslims in America. First, we learned that a new study showed that many Americans view Muslims in the United States as insufficiently "American," and almost 20 percent would deny Muslim citizens the right to vote. Then, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's decision to institute a ban on immigrants, refugees and visa holders from five majority-Muslim countries in a 5-4 decision. The synergy of these two pieces of information is critical because it reveals a common attitude that Muslims pose a threat to U. S. security whether they are U. S. citizens or not. And while these attitudes do break down heavily across party lines, it is noteworthy. . .
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Two Weeks After "Ending" Family Separation, Parents Still Can't Contact Their Children
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-07
Los Fresnos, Texas — Calling from an unreliable phone at the Port Isabel Detention Center, her voice sounds muffled, and far away. To be understood, she needs to keep repeating herself. For her to hear the person calling, they need to yell. | Blanca wishes more than anything else that it was her two daughters, ages 6 and 14, on the other end of the line. But she hasn't spoken to them since they were separated at the border, after a long journey from Honduras. It's been almost three weeks. | To arrange calls at the facility run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, parents need to fill out a request form. Blanca says she has submitted five. | "This is maddening," she said. "The officials, they don't say anything." | As President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, which separated more than 2,500 children…
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Changes on US Supreme Court Heighten Importance of Ballot Initiative
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-07
Protesters for and against abortion rights huddle under umbrellas as they rally in groups outside while the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the abortion case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | President Trump has said he plans to announce his nominee for the US Supreme Court by July 9, not two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. This will be the second nominee Trump will put forward. During his campaign, he promised that if he were able to change the composition of the court, it would " automatically" lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the seminal case recognizing the constitutional right to abortion. | Following Kennedy's announcement, Trump acknowledged again that after…
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Police 'find 81 grams of narcotics inside woman's vagina'
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-07
Cocaine, marijuana, MDMA — you name it, and one suspected Wisconsin drug dealer could have a fist-sized bundle of it packed away somewhere discreet.
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DuPont's Museum of Disastrous Chemistry Continues to Spread Its Poison
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2018-07-07
Covered with storage tanks, smoke stacks, and holding pools, the old Chambers Works manufacturing site in southern New Jersey is an eyesore. From the bridge crossing the Delaware River, the industrial zone looks like a burnt patch, a brown splotch in the otherwise green of the river's eastern shore. But the real problem with Chambers Works isn't as visible. | Since 1892, when DuPont chose this site to house its smokeless gunpowder operations, Chambers Works has been ground zero for some of the world's most environmentally devastating commercial enterprises. Now mostly abandoned, the roughly 2-square-mile area could serve as a museum of disastrous chemistry. Leaded gasoline; cancer-causing dyes; Kevlar, a synthetic fiber found to cause cancer in rats; Freon, a refrigerant that ate a hole in the ozone layer; neoprene, the production of which gives off a carcinogenic gas…
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Australian ambassador to US red-faced over 'mateship' campaign featuring only rich white men
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-07
Australian Ambassador to the US Joe Hockey once said that the "age of entitlement is over" — but not for the 15 rich white men he selected to be patrons of a 'mateship' campaign to celebrate to promote US-Australian relations.
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Twitter suspends 70mn 'fake' accounts in 2 months amid pressure from Congress & media
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-07
Some 70 million accounts, a number roughly equal to 20 percent of Twitter's monthly active users, have been yanked off of the platform in May and June, as the company opts for user 'safety' over free speech, it's been reported.
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A 'Reckless' Fracking Company, Poisoned Springs, and a Family Forced to Buy Water at Walmart
Eliza Griswold | theintercept.com | 2018-07-07
Driving west along the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Harrisburg to rural Washington County, sign after sign pitted energy companies against environmentalists. An evil-looking clown leered down at passing drivers above the words: "I still believe in global warming. Do you?" Then there was another: "Wind dies. Sun sets. You need reliable, affordable, clean coal electricity." Yet>> | The post A 'Reckless' Fracking Company, Poisoned Springs, and a Family Forced to Buy Water at Walmart appeared first on The Intercept.
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1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan — NATO
RT | rt.com | 2018-07-07
At least one US serviceman was killed and two others were wounded in southern Afghanistan, NATO said in a statement, describing the incident as an "apparent insider attack."
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The Trump-Putin, Peace, Trade and Friendship Meeting
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
It was predictable that news of the planned July 16 meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin would be greeted with displeasure in many sectors of the western world, and especially by the military-industrial complex. Trade is most important to its oligarchs — but peace and friendship come way down their page of priorities, because it…
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Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators "Home" to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation
Elliott Gabriel | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
The new conditions also include the relocation of peace talks to the Philippines from their current venue in Oslo, Norway, which would pose the danger that the negotiators would be detained, incarcerated, or simply murdered. | The post Duterte Beckons Communist Negotiators "Home" to Talk at Gunpoint, Reds Reject the Invitation appeared first on MintPress News.
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Rep. Jim Jordan Goes After Accusers Who Say He Ignored Sexual Abuse of Students as a Coach: 'The Timing Is Suspect'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
He smeared the character of one of the men making the accusation. | Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), an ally of President Donald Trump and a frontrunner in the race to potentially replace Paul Ryan as a Republican leader in the House, went on the attack against his accusers Friday as he faces claims that he ignored sexual abuse while he was a college wrestling coach. Former UFC champion Mark Coleman on Thursday became the fifth of Jordan's former athletes to come forward and say Jordan knew of the abuse allegedly committed by Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State University, where the congressman served as an assistant coach. "There's no way unless he's got dementia or something that he's got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State," Coleman told the Wall Stree Journal. "I have nothing but respect for this man,. . .
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Jakarta Police 'Shoot to Kill' Order May Foster Summary Executions
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-07-06
A group of mobile brigade policemen patrols near the Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, south of Jakarta, Indonesia, May 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Officials in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, have authorized police participating in a one-month anti-crime campaign launched this week to use deadly force against criminal suspects who resist arrest. | "If there is resistance [from the muggers and thieves], our chief has ordered us to act firmly and quickly [to shoot]," said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono. "It is not negotiable." | That's dangerous advice given that Indonesian police already have a reputation for summarily executing criminal suspects. A University of Melbourne analysis indicated that more than one-third of the total police killings from January to June 2017 occurred after the suspects had surrendered…
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Affirmative Action in Jeopardy With New DOJ Order and Retirement of Justice Kennedy
Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-07-06
The Trump administration is ending Obama-era policies calling on schools and universities to consider race as a factor in admissions, in the latest blow to affirmative action programs. The move doesn't change the law, but it rescinds guidelines set by the Obama administration to foster diversity in elementary and secondary schools and on college campuses. The move comes as the Trump administration is reportedly planning a challenge to Harvard University's admissions practices and as President Trump is nearing a decision on a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was long considered a swing vote on affirmative action. In 2016, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion when the court upheld the University of Texas at Austin's race-conscious admissions program. We speak to Dennis Parker, director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY…
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Sex, Trump and the Supreme Court: Here are 8 Seminal Decisions Trump's Far-Right Appointees Could Reverse
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
These are the decisions that could be at risk under Trump. | stack the High Court with severe social conservatives in the Scalia/Thomas vein–which is exactly what he has said he would like to do–everything from gay rights to abortion and contraception to First Amendment rights could be imperiled. Here are some landmark Supreme Court decisions that advanced sexual freedom in the U. S. and could be in danger if Trump has his way. 1. Lawrence v. Texas (2003)Kennedy, arguably, is the closest thing the Supreme Court has had to a libertarian, and he infuriated the Christian Right when, in 2003, he wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court's Lawrence v. Texas ruling–which struck down a Texas sodomy law and in effect, invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states. The ruling was applauded by gay rights activists but detested by Pennsylvania's notoriously anti-gay Republican. . .
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How the NRA Can Improve Its Image
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Those who regularly read this writer's comments would not expect to see him provide advice to Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association on ways in which they can improve their respective public images. Nonetheless. . . . The idea presented herewith was inspired by news of the candle light vigil that was held in…
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'They Cannot Get Votes on Their Actual Policies': Noam Chomsky Explains How the Republican Party Is Rotten to the Core
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"It's an intriguing spectacle, and not a little worrisome. " | In a recent interview with Truthout, renowned MIT professor Noam Chomsky gave an incisive explanation of the current state of American politics, touching on the failures of President Barack Obama and the rise of President Donald Trump. Chomsky argued that contrary to many narratives, Trump was a natural outgrowth of a rightward shift in political currents. The GOP's "dedication to wealth and corporate power is so extreme that they cannot get votes on their actual policies — which are now being revealed to us daily — and so have had to mobilize a voting base on issues unrelated to their service to their actual constituency," he explained. "These include religious fundamentalism — a major phenomenon in the US unlike other developed societies — white supremacy, xenophobia and other latent anti-social attitudes that tend. . .
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It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah
Shervin Malekzadeh | iranian.com | 2018-07-06
The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive tweet, followed by a breathless report in a British tabloid. Major media outlets picked up the pictures of the well-groomed men […] | The post It's Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah appeared first on The Iranian.
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Ukrainian Fascist Leader Speaks in US Congress, While Nazis Launch Racist Attacks
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
Journalist Max Blumenthal asked why a fascist leader was welcomed in the US Senate building. He discusses Andriy Parubiy, the founder of two neo-Nazi organizations and the chair of Ukraine's parliament, and the violent white supremacist movement against Russia | The post Ukrainian Fascist Leader Speaks in US Congress, While Nazis Launch Racist Attacks appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Wifi Alliance, Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: 5G Wireless
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
The Alliance, which makes no pretense of potential health or environmental concerns, further proclaimed (and they may be correct) that there are "more wifi devices than people on earth". It is that inescapable exposure to ubiquitous wireless technologies wherein lies the problem.
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Vince Gray is Eyeing a Run for Mayor of DC, Here's How the Washington Post Took Him Down Last Time
Pete Tucker | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Vince Gray is eyeing a run for his old job as D.C. mayor. Having passed on the Democratic primary, Gray's only option at this point is to run as an independent. Despite what would be an uphill fight in the overwhelmingly Democratic city, don't count him out. But don't count him in just yet either.
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The Skripals and a New Novichok Affair: No End in Sight?
Dr. Ludwig Watzal | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
There was another Novichok attack on a couple that was found unconsciously at their British home in Amesbury, UK, close to Salisbury where the Skripals were found sleeping on a park bench after being attacked by a nerve agent. …
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James Alex Fields pleads not guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from 'Unite the Right'
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2018-07-06
An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to more than two dozen federal hate crime charges stemming from the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
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Minnesota union leader Blaha seeks top state office
Steve Share | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
ST. PAUL, Minn. –Add yet another top Minnesota union official to the lengthening list of labor leaders nationally who have stepped into the political arena this year. And if Julie Blaha wins the Democratic Farmer-Labor (DFL) primary for the State Auditor's nomination in the Aug. 14 primary, she'd increase a potential union cast at the …
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When Democrats Aren't the Least-Worst
Ann Garrison | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
What will Democrats do when they can't campaign as the "least-worst" option, then shame and blame anyone who dares to vote Green? Greens are running against incumbent Democrats in three California congressional races with no Republican bogeymen in sight. The names of all three Greens will appear right alongside the Democrats' names on the November…
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Trump to Aides: 'Why Can't We Simply Invade Venezuela?'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-06
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of invading Venezuela to top aides and world leaders, inside sources confirm.
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Scott Pruitt Was 'Devastated' that Trump Finally Wanted Him Out: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
The president said that the final decision was up to Pruitt — but a new report suggests otherwise. | Despite President Donald Trump's insistence that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt made the choice to resign on Thursday, a new report from Bloomberg found that the long-embattled Cabinet member was forced out. Reporters Jennifer Jacobs and Jennifer Dlouhy say that Pruitt was "devastated" when he was told to resign. But even though Trump had concluded Pruitt must go, they write, it was White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who called to break the news to the administrator. When asked Thursday by reporters whether there was a "final straw" that led to Pruitt's removal, Trump denied it. "No final straw," he said aboard Air Force One. "I think Scott saw that he was, he was, uh — look, Scott is a terrific guy. And he. . .
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Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
Many in the community of Palestinian citizens would like to see themselves as an integral part of Israeli society that has its own Arab and Muslim culture and roots. The problem is that Israel has never seen them as such. | The post Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Lures of Kleptocracy: Malaysia's Najib Condition
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Words can be teasing in their meaning. In the realm of political and financial discussion, they can become absurdly changing. Take Malaysia's political status. On the surface, all looks delightfully democratic in that multi-ethnic state. Once the eyewash is applied, a certain ugliness manifests: the ethnic tensions that are only ever a stone's throw away…
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Nestlé Scores Permit to Siphon Water From SoCal Creek
Dan Bacher | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Environmental and human rights activists, holding plastic "torches" and "pitchforks," formed human barricades at both entrances to the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento at 5: 00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, effectively shutting down the company's operations for the day. Members of the "Crunch Nestlé Alliance" shouted out a number of chants, including…
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Netanyahu Regime Cuts Off Funds to Palestinians
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
When it comes to fundamental Palestinians rights, Netanyahu operates like a tinpot despot. | His hardline coalition partners ruthlessly oppress a long-beleaguered people unaccountably, Gazans suffering most. | Newly enacted Knesset legislation permits withholding millions of dollars of welfare payments made by …
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A Teacher Explains Why the Janus Ruling is Bad News for Schools, Students
Glenn Sacks | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
The Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that non-union workers cannot be forced to pay agency/"fair share" fees to public sector unions. This may be devastating for teachers unions and other public-sector unions. In 2011 Wisconsin passed legislation doing away with agency fees for public sector unions, and membership in the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's…
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Social Media and Israel: Censorship of the Truth
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
The growing desperation of Israel to avoid public knowledge of its many war crimes and crimes against humanity knows no bounds. The country that, with United States support, proclaims itself the 'only democracy in the Middle East', has, like its U.S. sponsor, a highly skewed opinion of what constitutes a democracy. Freedom of the press…
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How Will Kennedy's Resignation Effect the Supreme Court?
Jared Porter | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
On the Marc Steiner Show, Marc talks with law professor and historian Michael Higginbotham about the role the Supreme Court has in advancing–or preventing–civil rights wins in the USA | The post How Will Kennedy's Resignation Effect the Supreme Court? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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The Balkanization of South America
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing — nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. | Mr. Maduro mentioned …
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Denmark First
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"…if families there [Muslim enclaves] do not willing merge into the country's maintstream, they should be compelled." — Ellen Barry and Martin Selsoe Sorensen, "For Help From Danish State, a Demand: Give Us Your Children," The New York Times, July 2, 2018 The Danes have decided to ask for and then compel assimilation of what it…
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Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
The U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition has launched over 16,000 airstrikes on Yemen, killing civilians and targeting hospitals, schools, markets, and camps for the internally displaced. Yemen's military has responded by firing salvos of missiles and drones at Saudi-led coalition military. | The post Houthi Drone Targets Saudi Coalition Military HQ appeared first on MintPress News.
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Venezuelan Communists Criticise Maduro's Plan for State Industries
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2018-07-06
Maduro proposed incorporating youth cadres from the Francisco de Miranda Front into managerial positions in public enterprises.
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Haunted by a Legacy of Hatred: Fear of ISIS's Return in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"We are very much scared," says Hamid Aftan al-Hammad, an Albu Nimr tribesman from the city of Hit in western Iraq. "At night we lie on the roofs of our houses with our weapons waiting to be attacked again." He fears the return of Isis, which massacred at least 864 members of his tribe when they controlled…
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Russiagate: Senate Intelligence Committee Believes Americans Voted for Trump because Putin influenced them to Vote for "Russia's Candidate"
DPCR | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
Are you stupid enough to believe that American voters elected Trump president because Vladimir Putin influenced them to vote for Russia's candidate? The US Senate Intelligence (sic) Committee is that stupid. This collection of nitwits actually produced a report that …
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Wayne Au on Gates' Education Failure, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Criminalizing Protest
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2018-07-06
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Abolishing ICE Isn't Radical, It's Rational
Fizz Perkal | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
As someone who was born and raised in the border state of New Mexico, I'm very familiar with political speak about immigrants and the border, especially when it comes to talking about safety. After 9/11, concerns about safety led to the passing of the Homeland Security Act, which created a new cabinet department as well…
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America on Thin ICE
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
This weekend hundreds of thousands marched to protest Donald Trump's zero tolerance immigration policies. I was grateful not to be marching in Washington D.C. where the creator of "Hamilton" serenaded the crowd. I mean seems pretty American, but yeah. For all those at risk of being deported, the obnoxious nature of liberals hardly matter. People turned out to march. What else will save immigrants from this atrocious administration? As a privileged American citizen though, I must say liberals still aren't my cup of tea. In Saint Paul, out came the strollers and the (almost) clever signs, including one with the Statue of Liberty saying WTF. An unnecessary sign I thought. She'd be in full approval of Trump's actions. The only immigrants she has ever liked were the Europeans who slaughtered the Native Americans en masse.
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The Forgotten 1971 Genocide in Pakistan
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Which narrative do you believe? That of the powerful state trying to appropriate land, resources and taxes from the weak? Or the subjugated in their quiet resistance or outright revolution against the subjugator? Surely, alone, neither narrative comprises the complexity of historical circumstance. There is the story behind the more powerful actor. Perhaps they had…
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Selected Articles: UK Russophobia: Novichok 2.0
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
For almost seventeen years, Global Research, together with partner alternative media organizations, has sought Truth in Media with a view to eventually "disarming" the corporate media's disinformation crusade. | To reverse the tide, we call upon our readers to participate in …
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UK Mounts Fresh Offensive Against Russia Following Second Alleged Novichok Poisoning
Chris Marsden | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
Britain's Conservative government has used a second alleged novichok nerve agent poisoning incident in the Salisbury area of England to launch a fresh provocation against Russia. | Based solely on previous and unproven accusations that the Putin regime was responsible for …
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World Bank Solution for Lack of Jobs: Cut Worker Protections
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
The World Bank is in the process of completing its "World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work" and, surprisingly, the latest draft version opens with quotes from Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. Has the World Bank suddenly lost sight of its purpose and will now take up the cause of working people?
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'Full of Dirt and Lice': Lawsuit Alleges Boy Separated at Border Left Unbathed for 85 Days
Matthew Rozsa, Salon | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
New suit reveals the human toll of Trump's family separation — and has reignited calls for the DHS head to resign. | Warning: The stories quoted below, reported by PBS NewsHour, are disturbing. A new report reveals the extent to which the children and parents separated by law enforcement at America's southern border have endured terrible trauma due to that policy. They come from a motion filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general (from 17 states and the District of Columbia) to accelerate the timeline in which families separated by President Donald Trump can receive information and access to their parents or children. From Olivia Caceres, who had her 1-year-old son taken away from her at a legal port of entry: "He continued to cry when we got home and would hold on to my leg and would not let me go. When I took. . .
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The 6-Year-Old Heard on Border Facility Audiotape Is Still Separated from Her Mother by 1,000 Miles
Ginger Thompson, ProPublica | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"She says over and over, 'Mommy, I want to be with you. '" | The last time Cindy Madrid Henriquez, a Salvadoran immigrant, spoke to her 6-year-old daughter Jimena on the telephone, the little girl, who is in an Arizona shelter, began by complaining about having to wash her hair with bar soap instead of shampoo. Her scalp was dry and itchy. She had dandruff. Then her questions grew into fears: What if her hair started to fall out? What if her scalp became infected? When, she finally wailed, was her mother going to come and save her? Madrid, who is in a detention facility 1,000 miles away in south Texas, said most phone calls with her daughter go that way: a relatively mundane dilemma spirals into a crisis. And there's not much that Madrid can do, except to stay calm and talk her. . .
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The Trump Foundation Donated Generously to Charities — So Long As They Booked Their Lavish Events at Mar-a-Lago
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
The president himself hasn't donated to his own foundation in ten years. | The Palm Beach Post in South Florida is reporting that the Donald Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County, Florida donated $706,000 to charities since 2008–and almost all of the donations went to charities that hosted expensive fundraisers at President Trump's private Mar-a-Lago resort. According to the Palm Beach Post, its review of the Trump Foundation's tax records found a frequent pattern of charities receiving donations after they moved their events to Mar-a-Lago. The donations averaged $25,000. One of the charities, the Palm Beach Post reported, was the Red Cross. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Red Cross received a $21,000 donation from the Trump Foundation in 2015–which was also the year in which it moved its event from The Breakers (a major high-end hotel in South Florida) back to. . .
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After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-07-06
The proposal aims to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, but not for services, which make up the bulk of the British economy. | The post After Marathon Meeting, U.K. Leaders Endorse Brexit Trade Plan appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Labor History Happened Here — And Why It Matters
Jane LaTour | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Bill Hohlfeld, LaborPress's resident historian and educator, started out as an ironworker. He describes labor history as "literally, our story. It's the chronicle of our ancestors." Gotta know your labor history… It tells us who the farm girls were who went to work in the textile mills of New England; or the cigar workers of…
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The Most Anti-Woman President Ever?
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
It's hard to imagine a presidential administration that hates women more than the current one. Not only has the President himself faced numerous sexual assault allegations and been caught on camera and in debates making derogatory and repulsive comments about women, but his policies to date clearly show deep disdain for women, despite the fact…
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Guns Don't Make Us Safer — Here's the Proof
Norah Vawter | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Once again, Americans are trying to wrap our heads around another mass shooting. On June 28, a man gunned down five people at the office of The Capital Gazette, a small Maryland newspaper. My conservative friends and family are passionate about gun rights, convinced that guns make us safer. Personally, I've never liked firearms, because…
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Lord of the Flies Redux
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"Just as a magnet attracts iron filings," conservative columnist and former Republican George Will recently wrote, "Trump attracts, and is attracted to, louts." Will is being civil. One can think of other substances capable of attracting loathsome creatures to which to compare Donald Trump. In this sense, Trump is, in more ways than one, our…
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Trump's Iran Gambit Won't Pay Off
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | iranian.com | 2018-07-06
It is as clear as day that President Trump is obsessed with regime change in Iran. What is not made clear is how much his gambit is damaging to Americans and American interests. [dropcap]W[/dropcap]ithout cause or justification, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), striking a hard blow to America's European […] | The post Trump's Iran Gambit Won't Pay Off appeared first on The Iranian.
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Knowing When to Turn Off the News
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
The news hurts. I can't handle watching it because it hurts. I can't deal with seeing Facebook posts about it. I can't even hear jokes about it from Stephen Colbert. It's not funny. It just hurts. Sometimes I think it would hurt less if I were less aware. If I understood less about how the…
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Autonomous Self-Organization Against the Electoral Spectacle in Mexico
Ryan A. Knight | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
After the preliminary results were announced showing a clear and dominant victory, and both major challengers Ricardo Anaya Cortés and José Antonio Meade accepted defeat, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president-elect of Mexico, gave a press conference Sunday night to address the people of the nation. From the Hilton Hotel in the center of Mexico…
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1967 SPECIAL REPORT: "THE NEW LEFT"
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
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Tens of thousands rallied for Families Belong Together
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
SAN FRANCISCO — An estimated 20,000 demonstrators gathered at City Hall in San Francisco June 30 for a massive Families Belong Together march and rally, demanding an end to the Trump administration's harsh policies of family separation and detention and its failure to reunite thousands of families. Many had marched to the rally from Mission …
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This Florida Republican Senate Candidate Accused a Grieving Father of 'Exploiting' His Daughter's Shooting Death
Alex Henderson, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"[S]top exploiting her death in the name of some political agenda," the disgusting statement read. | These days, Republican allies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) aren't always known for their tact or sensitivity when it comes to victims of mass shootings. And Republican Javier Manjarres, who publishes the right-wing website the Shark Tank and is hoping to unseat South Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch in the November midterms, showed just how tactless he can be this week when he accused a grieving father of "exploiting" the killing of his 14-year-old daughter by calling for stricter gun control legislationOn Valentine's Day, 14-year-old Jaime Guttenbergwas among the 17 people killed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in a mass shooting. And this week, Manjarres didn't hesitate to lambast her father, Parkland resident Fred Guttenberg, for his pro-gun control stand. On. . .
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A No Man's Land: Travelling Around the West Bank After Nine Years
CJ Weaver | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
Featured image: Palestine's green spaces are disappearing amid Israel's settlement expansion and Palestinian construction [CJ Weaver] | It seems the lines of Israeli military occupation in 2018 have blurred across the West Bank to almost a permanent loss of vision for …
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The Future of Unions in the Wake of Janus
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt unions a bruising blow. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that public sector employees who benefit from unions' collective bargaining services will no longer have to pay for them. At least initially, this is expected to result in a steep drop in union resources and bargaining capacity,…
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Sanguine Hopes of Liberty
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Liberty is the second of the three inalienable rights laid out in the Declaration of Independence, its exercise requiring the first (Life) and leading to the third (the Pursuit of Happiness). Liberty is not mentioned in the American national anthem, Francis Scott Key concentrating his meager poetical talent on images of war and destruction rather…
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Kicking Immigrants Out of Our Military Harms National Security — Just Like Banning Gay Members Did
Kerry Eleveld, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
'Quietly discharging" immigrants who volunteer to take a bullet for this country is a glaring and tangible error of epic proportions. | One day before the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, two government-intercepted calls in Arabic foreshadowed the catastrophic event, wrote scholar Nathaniel Frank. "Tomorrow is zero hour," said one of the voices. "The match is about to begin," came another ominous line. The only problem was, they weren't translated by the National Security Agency until September 12, 2001, a day after the world was irrevocably changed. In part, that was due to a lack of Arabic speakers in the intelligence community at the time, a shortage that was also putting a squeeze on the military. The epic failing was part of what began to highlight an acute weakness in U. S. defense–a dire shortage in linguists across the board,. . .
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Fifth Columns Make Way for the Coming Balkanization of South America
Peter Koenig | mintpressnews.com | 2018-07-06
The US scheme for Balkanizing Latin America, and by extension the world, is as porous as the 1,500 km long tropical forest border between Colombia and Venezuela. | The post Fifth Columns Make Way for the Coming Balkanization of South America appeared first on MintPress News.
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The Constitution is Not Neutral
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people." –Justice William O. Douglas For those still deluded enough to believe they're living the American dream–where the government represents the people, where the people are equal in the eyes of the law, where the courts are arbiters…
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Roaming Charges: America, Unchecked and Unbalanced
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
+ Someone should put together a volume of Trump's lectures on natural resources. It will rival John Wesley Powell. This week's lesson was delivered in West Virginia is on how coal is more vital to US national security than oil & gas because you bomb pipelines but coal is "indestructible." Read closely, there will be…
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Why Does Fox News' Steve Doocy Still Have a Job After Gretchen Carlson Lawsuit?
Pam Vogel, Media Matters | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
Two years after he was implicated in the suit, he remains on-air. | Two years ago today, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a civil lawsuit against then-Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, detailing serial sexual harassment and retaliation by Ailes and persistent gender-based harassment from her former co-host Steve Doocy. Two years later, the toxic culture for women at Fox has been exposed and Ailes and his deputy have both left the network in disgrace, but Doocy continues to co-host " the most powerful TV show in America. "Carlson held several on-air roles at Fox News from 2005 to the day she was fired from the network in 2016, about two weeks before she filed the lawsuit against Ailes. Her suit detailed pervasive harassment by Ailes and retaliation when she rejected his propositions. This included repeated. . .
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Watch: Hispanic Woman Keeps Her Cool While Racist Male Passenger Demands Her Seat on NYC Bus
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"This woman was old and had trouble walking, only difference is this old man used a walker. " | Facebook video shows an Asian-American man with a walker attack a Hispanic woman after she declined to give up her seat on a New York City bus. Social media user Chelsea Soriano recorded video of the encounter in Queens and posted it online, with a caption written by a family member, reported the Daily Mail. The video begins with the man, who speaks with an accent, asking the other passenger if she can read, and the woman, who appears to be around the same age, tries to ignore him. "Everything was fine until this old Asian man got on and started hassling the woman sitting down to give up her seat," Cris Soriano wrote. "Now this man did not ask nicely he straight up yelled. . .
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'Lots of Things That Impact Our Food System Come From the Farm Bill'
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2018-07-06
Janine Jackson interviewed Patty Lovera about the undercovered farm bill for the June 29, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Is Roger Federer Being Unfaithful?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
No, we don't mean to question whether he is being unfaithful to Mirka or their four children. We have enough of those rumors with the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and some of his predecessors. What we are questioning is Roger Federer's sartorial choices. For those who haven't noticed — being too busy watching…
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N.Y. state AFL-CIO endorses incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-07-06
ALBANY, N.Y.–Setting up yet another showdown between Democratic Party regulars and party progressives, the New York State AFL-CIO sided with the regulars and endorsed incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election to a third term. That sets up a Sept. 13 state primary face-off between Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" TV star Cynthia …
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The Lemmings of Long Island: Are Americans Serial Victims of Systemic Investment Fraud?
Mary Serumaga | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
According to one estimate, about half of all Americans are investors, a large potential harvest for stock fraudsters. Stock fraud has persisted for decades, the MO only varying slightly with new technology. The losses are huge and are borne mainly by older savers who are more vulnerable to fraudulent schemes, specifically, 'pump and dump' schemes.
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'Let Us Know Where You Stand, Sean': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Challenges Hannity to Respond to Trump's Lack of 'Decency'
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-07-06
"Air another clip tonight — I love it when you do that. " | MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace expressed her disgust Friday with President Donald Trump's recent out-of-the-blue attack on former President George H. W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation, noting that even his supporters are often uncomfortable with his attitude toward notable veterans. She wondered aloud if Fox News' Sean Hannity would speak out against this tendency and even challenged him to respond to Trump's lack of "decency. ""Trump is grosser than even some of his closest allies on the far right and fringy right media," she said, discussing the comments on her show "Deadline: White House. ""That's right," said Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire in response, but he argued that the president allies are likely to become crasser as they follow the president. "I don't know," she said. "I'd be surprised tonight if Sean Hannity defends the. . .
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Recommendations for Engrossing Summer Reading and Viewing
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Taleb (Random House, 2018). Taleb writes:…
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We're Protesting Trump's Visit by Flying an Inflatable Trump Baby Over London
Leo Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
We all have the odd laugh-or-cry moment, and nations are no exception. Trump's visit to the UK this month is just such a moment. | Theresa May practically fell over herself to invite the orange sex pest here, despite nearly two …
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NED Pursues Regime Change by Playing the Long Game
Edward Hunt | counterpunch.org | 2018-07-06
During a recent congressional hearing, the heads of three influential non-profit organizations that operate in numerous countries around the world revealed the subtle ways in which the United States meddles in the internal affairs of other countries by playing what the officials called "the long game." The three officials–Carl Gershman, Daniel Twining, and Kenneth Wollack–told Congress…
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Rescues, Caves and Celebrity Salvation
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2018-07-06
It all risks becoming pornographic, looped and re-run with an obsessive eye for updates and detail about despair and hope. The twenty-four hour news cycle tends to encourage this sort of thing, ever desperate for snippets, obsessively chasing the update. …
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Are You Watching But Not Donating?
trnn_cms_importer | therealnews.com | 2018-07-06
If you are watching The Real News and you appreciate what we do please take a moment to help us end this campaign successfully | The post Are You Watching But Not Donating? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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