2018-07-09: News Headlines

Staff (2018-07-09). 8 Ways Departing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Suppressed Science. truthdig.com Blocking science in the name of transparency | In 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 the EPA's setting of health standards that regulate air pollution. But the study's underlying data is not public because researchers promised confidentiality to their subjects, 8,000 adults and 14,000 children in six cities. | Firing academic science…

Staff (2018-07-09). Documents Raise New Concerns Over Lithium Study on Children. truthdig.com Newly obtained records reveal details about the research and oversight of a star pediatric psychiatrist whose clinical trial at the University of Illinois at Chicago was shuttered for misconduct.

David Correia (2018-07-09). Abolish ICE, But Don't Stop There. counterpunch.org According to Rutgers University's National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated, nearly three million children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. And family separation by police is racialized, whether by ICE or any other police agency. One in 9 African-American children has an incarcerated parent as opposed to 1 in 57 white children. To engage in policing, whether by ICE or your local cops, is to engage in the separation of children from their parents. More | More>

Merula Furtado (2018-07-09). The US White Nationalist Movement Is Attempting to Build International Allies. truthout.org The last year has been a reality check for the white nationalist movement in the US after riding high through its infiltration of the Trumpian Republicans. Nonetheless, the movement is regrouping and even attempting to reach out to international allies. | An open fascist movement in the US had not seen such heights in decades. Last year's bloody "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, for instance, was the largest white supremacist rally of its kind in the country in at least a generation. But the fallout came hard and swift as the nation refused to give the white nationalist movement a pass as its ranks grew. While the aftermath of Charlottesville hit the "alt-right" and internet-focused neo-Nazis especially hard by universally "de-platforming" them, other parts of their movement had seen their communications shut down steadily over the preceding years. | One example…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-09). Clarence Thomas' Wife Goes to Bat for Rep Jim Jordan — Claims He's 'Under Attack' Because 'He Threatens the Elite'. alternet.org She also posted an image contrasting "immigrants" with latino "gimmegrants. " | Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on Monday claimed that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is the target of "false accusations" stemming from his time as an assistant coach at Ohio State University because he "threatens elite"—even as a seventh former wrestler on Sunday accused the GOP representative of lying about his knowledge of sex abuse at the school. "Jim Jordan is under attack, with false accusations, because he threatens the elite," Thomas wrote, along with a video of Jordan emphatically denying any knowledge of sex abuse while he was a coach. Wow: Ginni Thomas—wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas—goes to bat for Jim Jordan, claiming that sexual assault victims are bringing "false accusations" that he knew of their abuse "because he threatens the elite. " t. co/GYR5sTOIqf pic. twitter. com/egXrkak7pQ—. . .

James Carey (2018-07-09). US Feigns Shock as DPRK Expects Concessions for Disarmament. mintpressnews.com The leadership in the DPRK isn't being hostile, they're just waiting for the US to deliver concessions. | Over the weekend the US mainstream media issued a series of reports portraying the talks between Washington and Pyongyang as, once again, being on death's doorstep. With their usual commitment to making sure peace doesn't break out in Korea, US outlets from the The New York Times, CNBC, and Bloomberg to The Atlantic and CNN, all set out this weekend to portray the most recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a disaster and the talks between the two countries as dead in the water. | Whether Pyongyang was being called 'hostile'or accused of returning to 'old' behaviors, all the pundits agreed, it was the DPRK that was being irrational and sabotaging…

Gary Leupp (2018-07-09). The Millstone around Trump's Neck? counterpunch.org This Bible passage (Matthew 18: 1-6) is getting a lot of attention recently. I will cite the King James Version so beloved by evangelicals: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the More

David Krieger (2018-07-09). The Prospects for De-Nuclearization. counterpunch.org After the Singapore Summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Trump was very upbeat about the denuclearization of North Korea. On June 12, 2018, Trump said in a CNN interview, "He's denuking the whole place and he's going to start very quickly. I think he's going to start now." Seriously? For this to happen, Kim More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-07-09). 'Humiliated and Empty-Handed': Conservative Writer Blasts Trump's Utter Failure at North Korean Diplomacy. alternet.org Trump's "dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception," Max Boot writes. | President Donald Trump's diplomatic efforts with North Korea are turning out even worse than many critics had expected. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's negotiations over the weekend were even more confirmation that the president and his administration have little grasp of what they're doing. As conservative writer — and frequent Trump opponent — Max Boot explained in the Washington Post, Pompeo left the meetings "humiliated and empty-handed. "Pompeo, who didn't even meet with Kim Jong-un, was firmly rebuked for the administration's demands that North Korea unilaterally denuclearize. Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Kim regime has continued to expand its nuclear arsenal, even after Trump declared that the North Korean nuclear threat was extinguished. 'Trump has been played from the start — and he's the only one who doesn't. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-09). The View's Whoopi Goldberg Defends Sunny Hostin After Racist Harassers Target Her Fourth of July Party: 'This is Our Country, My Friends'. alternet.org Sunny Hostin said her Fourth of July partt was interrupted by a group of kids yelling the n-word at them. | In an emotional segment on "The View" Monday, Sunny Hostin revealed her Fourth of July holiday party was interrupted by a group of kids who shouted the n-word at them—and Whoopi Goldberg was not having it. Hostin explained that her family rents a house in a predominantly African American community, and was there celebrating the Fourth of July when "some kids, about 20 of them, started yelling the n-word at us. " She said they also made remarks along the lines of "this is America, we are patriots, this is our holiday. "Hostin explained she filed a police report, adding the police were incredibly gracious about the incident, but said it was harrowing to experience that abuse in a place that's "supposed to be. . .

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-07-09). Former Intelligence Officer Malcolm Nance: We're 'on the Cusp' of 'Losing the American Constitutional Republic Forever'. alternet.org Putin is Trump's "handler" and we're in a "Benedict Arnold moment. " | The crisis that has befallen America under Donald Trump's presidency is not ripped from the pages of a John le Carré or Jason Matthews spy novel. It is all too real. The U. S. Senate Intelligence Committee has unanimously endorsed the intelligence community's conclusion that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election, with the goal of electing Donald Trump and undermining American democracy. Former CIA director John Brennan agrees that Vladimir Putin commanded his spies and other agents to assist Donald Trump so that he would defeat Hillary Clinton. Brennan also believes that Putin may be blackmailing Trump as a means of forcing the president to do his bidding. Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted numerous people in connection with Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and related criminal. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-09). Neo-Colonialism Still Binds and Exploits Africa for Corporate Profits (Pt. 2/3). therealnews.com Activist Baba Aye continues his discussion with TRNN's Ben Norton about French President Emmanuel Macron and the ongoing harms of colonialism and imperialism in Africa and the Global South

Staff (2018-07-09). BMW: Tariffs Mean Higher Prices in China for U.S.-Made SUVs. truthdig.com The news comes after China raises the import tax on cars from the United States to 40 percent in retaliation for higher tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by President Trump.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). Six Lies on Trade. truthout.org After 500 days of Donald Trump's presidency, it is clear that any relationship between his statements and the truth are purely coincidental. He even boasts about his lack of interest in the truth, touting the fact that he had no idea what our trade deficit was with Canada when he confronted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over our "$100 billion trade deficit." (The actual figure is around $20 billion.) | But Donald Trump's contempt for the truth should not cause the rest of us to become liars also. In fact, it is more important than ever that progressives ground arguments in reality. | This is especially the case with trade, where lying was standard fare long before Donald Trump entered politics. Here are six common lies which deserve major pushback any time they appear. | 1. Everyone gains from trade. | This is…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-07-09). Did Trump Invite Mar-a-Lago Members on Personal Tours of Air Force One? alternet.org A White House spokesperson all but confirmed the report. | President Donald Trump appears to have invited paying members of his Mar-a-Lago and Trump International Golf Club on private tours of Air Force One during 2017. BuzzFeed reports that the individuals invited on the tours would have paid "thousands of dollars annually" to Trump-owned organizations for their memberships. According to the report: Two separate tours were scheduled at the Atlantic Aviation FBO at Palm Beach International for 1 p. m. and 2 p. m. on Feb. 18, 2017 — hours before Trump held his first 2020 campaign rally less than 120 miles away at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport hangars. Redacted White House records provided clues to the unusual nature of the tours. BuzzFeed writes, "Unlike the other records, they don't list an agency name or title of the official in charge of the tours. "White House spokesperson. . .

John Pilger (2018-07-09). The Hidden History of the Women Who Rose Up. counterpunch.org Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called "bad stock" was a secret. "Bad stock" meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the More

John Davis (2018-07-09). Remembrance of Past Fourths. counterpunch.org Frederick Douglass (The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro, 1852) likens American Independence to the liberation of the Israelites from the bondage they endured under the Egyptians. Speaking to a white audience in Rochester, N.Y., he declared, "This to you, as what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God. It carries your More

Staff (2018-07-09). Where Is the Spirit of Rebellion? truthdig.com Editor's note: Journalist John Pilger gave this address on the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Parramatta Female Factory, Sydney, a prison where "intractable" women convicts from mostly Ireland and England were sent to Britain's Australian colony in the early 19th century. | Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called "bad stock" was a secret. | "Bad stock" meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, Mary Palmer, who was incarcerated here, at the Female Factory in Parramatta in 1823. | According to nonsense spun by numerous aunts—who had irresistible bourgeois ambitions—Mary Palmer and the man she married, Francis McCarthy, were a lady and a gentleman of Victorian property and propriety. | In fact, Mary was the…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-09). Trump Justice Dept. drops all remaining charges against inaugural protesters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's Justice Department finally threw in the towel in its cases against anti-Trump Inauguration Day protesters, dismissing all 39 remaining cases against them. The move came after repeated defeats in court when the U.S. Attorney for D.C., at the orders of right-wing Trump Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, brought cases against 234 people, […]…

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). A Public Bank for Los Angeles? City Council Puts It to the Voters. truthout.org Voters in Los Angeles will be the first in the country to weigh in on a public banking mandate, after the City Council agreed on June 29th to put a measure on the November ballot that would allow the city to form its own bank. The charter for the nation's second-largest city currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The measure, introduced by City Council President Herb Wesson, would allow the city to create a public bank, although state and federal law hurdles would still need to be cleared. | The bank is expected to save the city millions, if not billions, of dollars in Wall Street fees and interest paid to bondholders, while injecting new money into the local economy, generating jobs and expanding the tax base. It could respond to the needs of…

Merula Furtado (2018-07-09). Kentucky Governor Retaliates Against Poor After Court Rejects Medicaid Changes. truthout.org GOP cruelty is not new, but it seems to be reaching new depths. Case in point: In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin is now using the lives of Medicaid patients like pieces on a chessboard in an act of revenge and political spectacle. | Governor Bevin's administration announced that he would deprive Medicaid patients of dental and vision benefits, effective immediately. This unilateral (and some say illegal) maneuver impacts 460,000 people in Kentucky. This occurred just hours after a federal court stopped his Kentucky Health plan, which would throw people off Medicaid with work requirements, deductibles and other administrative and economic obstacles. | The case in question is Stewart v. Azar. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Trump administration announced new guidelines in January to remake the program in the GOP's image. His…

Whitney Webb (2018-07-09). Proposed Israeli Law Would Open 60% of Palestinian West Bank to Annexation. mintpressnews.com The proposed bill is just the latest part of a long-standing effort by Israel to annex the West Bank through creeping property purchases, the recognition of illegal settlements and control of critical resources like water.

Laura Flanders (2018-07-09). Jeff Sessions Sets Back the Clock. counterpunch.org Pay no attention to what the media says about how undermined Jeff Sessions is. POTUS may bait him publicly via tweet, but in private, at the DOJ, Sessions is a man on a mission to roll back civil rights, and that's just what he's doing. Take what he did this July 3, quietly rescinding two More

Derrick Broze (2018-07-09). Tech Company Refuses to Sell Facial Recognition Software to the Government. mintpressnews.com In recent months controversies have erupted over various tech companies contracting with the various law enforcement and military agencies. At Google, employees publicly expressed their distaste for the company's contract to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with Artificial Intelligence technology. The frustration was so high that some Google employees actually quit. Amazon was also faced with internal strife as a group of employees circulated an internal letter to CEO Jeff Bezos (who also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper with close ties to U.S. intelligence agencies) demanding that he stop selling Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement. | In June Activist Post reported that the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly 40 other organizations joined together to demand that Amazon cease providing law…

Staff (2018-07-09). U.K. Foreign Secretary Quits in Mounting Brexit Crisis. truthdig.com LONDON—British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned Monday, adding to divisions over Brexit that threaten to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May's government. | May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation and would name a replacement soon. | Johnson, one of the best-known and most flamboyant members of the government, quit just hours after the resignation late Sunday of Brexit Secretary David Davis, the government's top Brexit official. | Davis said he could not support May's plan to maintain close trade and regulatory ties with the EU, which he said gave "too much away, too easily." | There was no immediate statement from Johnson, another loud pro-Brexit voice within May's divided government. | If Davis's resignation rattled May, Johnson's shook the foundations of her government. | The resignations came just days after May announced she had…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-07-09). Teacher leaders: "Refuse to be silent" and "unite the masses" peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS —Facing well-financed continual corporate and political attacks on teachers and democracy, the National Education Association — or at least its leaders — are sounding ever more militant. That follows the lead of some of their own state chapters, and of their students. "Refuse to be silent" in the face of that onslaught, NEA President […]…

Staff (2018-07-09). Trump Administration to Release 50 Detained Children. truthdig.com A government attorney says the administration will meet the deadline to free only half of the children under age 5 separated from their families at the border, citing the need for background checks to confirm relationships between adults and children in custody.

Richard E. Rubenstein (2018-07-09). How to Pack the Supreme Court. counterpunch.org Farewell to Anthony Kennedy, the one Justice who kept us guessing which way the Supreme Court would rule on a wide range of issues. With Kennedy gone and Trump honing his list of right-wing replacements, the Court's decisions will very likely become more predictable — a prospect that makes progressive hearts sink. Nevertheless, there is More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-09). Trump Alt-Right Aide Stephen Miller Whines He Got Cursed Out by a Bartender After Ordering $80 Worth of Sushi. alternet.org Anthony Scaramucci complained the public's "viciousness" is "wearing people out. " | The Washington Post Monday is reporting on stories of top Trump administration aides who are finding it increasingly difficult and uncomfortable to merely navigate daily life in Washington, D. C. amid the sheer hatred of the president's polices and behaviors. One anecdote from Kellyanne Conway involves a grocery store episode. She says a shopper rushed up and yelled at her, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror! "Never one to miss the opportunity for an attack, Conway tells the Times she told the voter, "Mirrors are in aisle 9 — I'll go get one now. "Another complaint from a top White House aide comes from Stephen Miller, a Senior Advisor to the President who has ties to the alt-right. He has been exposed as the architect of Trump's. . .

Staff (2018-07-09). Violent White Supremacist Loses Job With Defense Contractor. truthdig.com The CEO of Northrop Grumman told employees he was saddened by a report by ProPublica and Frontline concerning Michael Miselis, an aerospace engineer who took part in violence at a Charlottesville, Va., rally last year.

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-09). This Man Drove Trump for 25 Years — Now He's Suing for Years of Unpaid Overtime. alternet.org The president also allegedly canceled his health insurance in 2010. | President Donald Trump's personal chauffeur is suing him. Noel Cintron, who has served the real estate mogul for 25 years, has filed suit against Trump claiming thousands of hours of unpaid overtime. He also says Trump eliminated his health insurance. Cintron just "sued the Trump Organization for about 3,300 of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years. He's not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations," Bloomberg reports. In his complaint, "Cintron says he was required to be on duty for Trump starting at 7 a. m. each day until whenever Trump, his family or business associates no longer required his services. He worked as long as 55 hours per week, but was paid a fixed salary of $62,700 in 2003,. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-09). France's President Macron Tells Africans to Just 'Move on' After a Century of Murderous Colonialism (Pt. 1/3). therealnews.com France's neoliberal President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly told people in Nigeria, Algeria, and beyond to just "move on" after a century of murderous colonialism. Activist Baba Aye speaks with TRNN's Ben Norton about the ongoing harms of imperialism and neo-colonialism in Africa

Tom Crofton (2018-07-09). Scott Pruitt Resigns, So What? counterpunch.org The appointment of an anti-environmental crusader to run the EPA was a disaster for sure, but the blueprint for fouling our Ecological nest has been in the DNA of our culture from Day 1. Pruitt's narcissism and need for taxpayer funded perks is almost a caricature of the spoiled rich kid grown old and entitled, More

Robert Fisk (2018-07-09). With Serbia and Kosovo Both Vying for EU Membership, the Question Remains: Who Won the War? counterpunch.org Who won the war? There are a few ruins left from the Nato bombing of 1998, and outside the parliament building in Belgrade — of "Serbian democracy", more later — there is a long banner containing photographs of the Serbs who were killed in Kosovo two decades ago. Men, women children, civilians, soldiers and, of course, More

Ian Berman (2018-07-09). This Political Hell was Created by Rigged Primaries and Horrible Establishment Candidates, Not "Protest Votes" mintpressnews.com The only way I will ever accept my choice being called a protest vote is if establishment Democrats acknowledge the primary was insurmountably rigged on Clinton's behalf

Joe Emersberger (2018-07-09). The Persecution of Rafael Correa. counterpunch.org An Ecuadorean judge has issued an arrest order for former President Rafael Correa. Correa is accused of having masterminded an attempted kidnapping of the right wing former legislator, Fernando Balda, in 2012. Balda was in Colombia at the time evading a prison sentence in Ecuador for libel. The kidnapping was foiled within a few hours More

Elliott Gabriel (2018-07-09). The Supreme Court, Social Progress, and the Continued Supremacy of White Racism and Capitalism. mintpressnews.com MPN spoke to Ajamu Baraka, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Rudy Acuña, and the National Lawyers Guild leadership about the U.S. Supreme Court and the past, present, and future of white supremacy in the U.S.

Thomas Knapp (2018-07-09). President Trump, Please Free Ross Ulbricht. counterpunch.org Say what you will about President Donald J. Trump — his politics, his policies, his business dealings, his personal peccadilloes — the man demonstrated possession of a heart when he commuted the sentence of grandmother Alice Johnson 21 years into her life term for non-violent drug offenses. He's asked protesting NFL players to send him More

Laura Finley (2018-07-09). Victim Status and the Political Right. counterpunch.org In all honesty, there is a lot I do not understand about the Right. Although the Left is far from flawless, it strikes me that the Right is full of hypocrisy. They don't want big government to tell me what to do and not do with my vagina—until they do want exactly that. They want More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-09). Meet People of Praise: Why This Far-Right Cult Shouldn't Be Allowed Anywhere Near the Supreme Court. alternet.org Its practices include requiring members to swear an oath of loyalty to the group and teaching that wives must be submissive to their husbands. | Tonight, President Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U. S. Supreme Court—and one of the possible nominees is 46-year-old Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge. Trump has made it clear that he plans to nominate someone who is not only fiscally conservative, but a severe social conservative who would have no problem overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973. Barrett fits the bill, especially in light of her reported association with an extremist, predominantly Catholic group called People of Praise. When Trump nominated Barrett for a seat on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last year, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California was concerned. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). Is It Time for Parents to Unionize? truthout.org Think of Alissa Quart's new book, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America, as "What to Expect When You're Expecting Under Late Capitalism." Of the more than 50,000 books listed on Amazon under "Parenting," few engage as deeply with the economic pressures today's parents must navigate: precarious work, a shortage of high-quality, affordable daycare and rising costs of living combined with stagnant wages. | Quart, the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, also profiles efforts to improve the lives of parents and care workers —— and offers suggestions about what's still to be done. She spoke with In These Times about the challenges of organizing parents, why we're so attached to the fantasy of middle-class life and why she considers her book "radical self-help." | In These Times: I'm interested in the theme of self-blame that runs through Squeezed. You…

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis. truthout.org Across the United States, thousands of migrant children remain detained alone after the Trump administration forcibly separated them from their parents at the border. Yet, despite the news about the United States' human rights abuses of migrants, asylum seekers keep risking the dangerous journey to the United States. Texas-based human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury has lived in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas for more than 40 years and has long worked with people fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. She also knows intimately the US roots of this conflict. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the US-backed Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was US involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. We speak with Jennifer Harbury…

Jon Queally (2018-07-09). Boris Johnson Jumps Brexit Ship, Jeremy Corbyn Emphasizes Theresa May's Failures. mintpressnews.com "For the good of this country and its people, the Government needs to get its act together and do it quickly," Corbyn told May and her Tory allies. "And if it can't, make way for those who can."

Rick Nagin (2018-07-09). Why Wall Street worries. peoplesworld.org The stock market is humming, the billionaires hold record assets and have gotten massive tax cuts, regulations on businesses are being trashed, and unions are under unprecedented siege, but Wall Street is worried. A July 3 opinion piece by Gerald Seib, one of The Wall Street Journal's main columnists, is entitled "The Dangers of Losing […]…

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). Defense Contractor Detained Migrant Kids in Vacant Phoenix Office Building. truthout.org A major US 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…

Mel Gurtov (2018-07-09). At Home and Abroad, Trump Abandons Human Rights. counterpunch.org In January 1941, with the prospect looming of US involvement in another European war, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of America's purpose in the world: to protect and promote "four freedoms." FDR drew a clear link between US security and the fulfillment of human rights at home. "Just as our national policy in internal affairs has More

Staff (2018-07-09). Hunger, Fear and Desperation in the Wake of an ICE Raid. truthdig.com It took a decade for Brandon Tomas Tomas to establish a life in America that included a wife, a steady job and five American-born children. It took 20 seconds for that life to be taken away.

Democracy Now! (2018-07-09). CIA-Linked Military Contractor Secretly Jailed Dozens of Migrant Children on Arizona 'Black Site'. alternet.org The building is reportedly a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets. | A major U. S. military and CIA contractor has been detaining dozens of migrant children inside a vacant Phoenix office building with dark windows, no kitchen and only a few toilets, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Reveal learned about what some are calling the "black site" for migrant children after one local resident filmed children in sweatsuits being led into the building. The building was leased in March by MVM, a defense contractor that Reveal reports has received nearly $250 million in contracts to transport immigrant children since 2014. We speak with the lead reporter on this story, Aura Bogado, in Oakland, California. She is the immigration reporter for Reveal from the Center for Investigative. . .

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica (2018-07-09). Here's How the EPA and Pentagon Deliberately Hid a Growing Toxic Threat from Americans. alternet.org It's long been known that, in certain concentrations, these compounds could be dangerous if they got into the water supply. | The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains. By the 1970s, DuPont and 3M had used them to develop Teflon and Scotchgard, and they slipped into an array of everyday products, from gum wrappers to sofas to frying pans to carpets. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, they were a boon to the military, too, which used them in foam that snuffed out explosive oil and fuel fires. It's long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they got into water or if people breathed dust or ate food that contained them. Tests showed they accumulated in the blood of chemical factory workers and residents living nearby, and studies linked some of the. . .

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-07-09). Michael Cohen Will Tell the 'Real Truth' and Is No Longer 'Taking a Bullet' for Trump: Report. alternet.org The president should fear his former fixer. | Michael Cohen is sending out a warning signal to President Donald Trump after Rudy Giuliani challenged him to "tell the truth. "Two sources familiar with Cohen's thinking said the president's longtime attorney and "fixer" has "hit the reset button" and was committed to speaking the "real truth," reported CNN. Giuliani appeared on Sunday morning talk shows, where the president's legal adviser urged Cohen to "tell the truth" about Russian election interference and the Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian agents. "I do not expect that Michael Cohen is going to lie," Giuliani said on CNN's "State of the Union. " "I think he's going to tell the truth, as best he can, given his recollection, and if he does that, we're home-free. "Giuliani followed up on his remarks Monday morning in a text to. . .

DJMD (2018-07-09). Is Saudi Arabia's Ruling Family Ready to Say Goodbye to Wahhabism? mintpressnews.com Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called into question the degree to which the rule of the Al Sauds remains dependent on the religious legitimization of the Wahhabi establishment.

Bob Johnson, Daily Kos (2018-07-09). 'It's Really Hot': Tiny Pro-Gun Rally Featuring 'Conceal Carry Yoga Pants' Makes It One Whole Block. alternet.org "We're marching from the beginning of the block to the end of the block, that's it. " | They made their mark. And let it be written (as one of their signs stated), "Fear the government that fears your guns. "Or something. 'GUN RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS': PRO-GUN RALLY COUNTERS GUN CONTROL MOVEMENTAbout 50 pro-gun activists marched up and down a single city blockin Los Angeles on Saturday, as part of a national event billed as the conservative alternative to the March for Our Lives, the gun control movement founded by survivors of the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida. This was a big-time, nationwide counter-protest. How "big time" you may ask? Featured pro-gun speakers at the Los Angeles event included Will Witt, a conservative social media influencer; Kaya Jones, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls; and Amy Robbins, an NRA TV host,. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-09). How the Capitalist System Survives on Neo-Colonial and Imperial Exploitation (Pt. 3/3). therealnews.com Activist Baba Aye concludes his interview with TRNN's Ben Norton, discussing the ongoing harms of colonialism and imperialism in Africa and the Global South, and how they are an integral part of the capitalist system

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-07-09). Here's How Decades of Paranoid Urban Legends About Gang Violence Led Voters to Believe Trump's MS-13 Lies. alternet.org Urban legends about gangs frequently get support from the right-wing media. | President Donald Trump appears to have settled on a campaign strategy to defeat Democrats in the 2018 midterms and to justify his escalating efforts to kick out every non-white immigrant he can. He's told his base of aging white suburbanites and rural residents that a gang called MS-13 has overrun the country. It's unsafe even for white people to leave their homes, the president implies, lest they get murdered by roving bands of marauding Latino immigrants. "A vote for the Democrats in November is a vote to let MS-13 run wild in our communities," Trump claimed in one of his who-are-you-calling-a-fascist rallies last week in Montana. On June 30, Trump tweeted: "I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13," which was a blatant and easily debunked. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-07-09). Michael Cohen's New Lawyer Rips Giuliani and Trump — And Warns They Should 'Stay Tuned' for Damning Revelations. alternet.org "Trump/Giuliani next to the word 'truth' = oxymoron. " | Lanny Davis, the attorney representing longtime Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen, sharply rebuked Rudy Giuliani on Monday for insisting that Cohen has no damaging information about President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter, Davis took Giuliani to task for encouraging Cohen to cooperate with federal investigators, even while insisting that such cooperation would not turn up any criminal wrongdoing by the president. "Did Rudy Giuliani really say on Sunday shows that Michael Cohen should cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth? " he asked. "Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of 'truth'? Trump/Giuliani next to the word 'truth' = oxymoron. "At the end of his tweet, Davis ominously wrote, "Stay tuned. "Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth? Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition. . .

Dean Baker (2018-07-09). Does the US Have Any Leverage on China? counterpunch.org With Donald Trump's trade war with China heating up I thought I should bring in Mr. Arithmetic to clarify the situation. Trump apparently thinks that he holds all the cards in this one because the U.S. imports much more than it exports to China. As I pointed out previously, China has other weapons. For example, More

Staff (2018-07-09). Protesters Heckle Mitch McConnell in Kentucky Restaurant Parking Lot. truthdig.com Less than two weeks after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao—who is married to the Republican senator— were confronted by protesters over the Trump administration's family separation policy, McConnell faced another crowd of critics in a parking lot of a Louisville, Kentucky restaurant. | According to a video posted to Facebook and a report by the Washington Post, as McConnell and two companions exited the Bristol Bar & Grille and walked toward their vehicle on Saturday, a group of Democratic Socialists and other protesters chanted "vote you out" and "abolish ICE." Referencing the administration's family separation policy, some shouted, "Where are the children?" and "Where are the babies, Mitch?" | The protesters had been tipped off about McConnell's lunch location on social media while hundreds of people demonstrated nearby outside Louisville's Immigration and Customs…

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels' Victims. truthout.org A federal judge will hold a hearing today on whether to delay Tuesday's deadline that mandated the reunification of all children under the age of 5 whom the Trump administration separated from their parents at the border. The Trump administration is claiming it needs more time to match children with their parents, including at least 19 parents who have already been deported. The American Civil Liberties Union says less than half of separated children under the age of 5 will be reunited by the Tuesday deadline. As Trump's "zero tolerance" policy crackdown continues, we speak with human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury about how US foreign policy has led to the violence that Central Americans are fleeing, and what happens when people follow the US government's instructions and attempt to apply for political asylum at a legal port of entry. Jennifer Harbury has…

Mike Farrell (2018-07-09). A Plea to the Media: Don't Move On From the Immigration Crisis. truthdig.com Nothing Donald Trump does should distract journalists from staying focused on the plight of families the U.S. has separated for the crime of being poor and nonwhite.

Julia Conley (2018-07-09). All Remaining Charges Dropped Against Trump Inauguration Protesters After 'Epic Failure' to Prove Wrongdoing. mintpressnews.com The government initially charged the protesters with felony rioting, but were able to secure only one guilty plea to the charge. Twenty pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). In Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands, Ecotourism Reeks of Greenwashing. truthout.org Manchac, Louisiana, is located on a narrow strip of land between two brackish lakes, surrounded by cypress trees and abundant wildlife. About 43 miles northwest of New Orleans, Manchac's picturesque wetlands — like the rest of Louisiana's coast — are endangered, with their latest threat, according to some, coming from a resort-style development marketed as "ecotourism" and local economic savior. | What could be wrong with building a hotel and housing development for 2,000 people in environmentally sensitive wetlands, which by their very nature, are located in a flood zone? | "Everything," Kim Coates, founder of "Save Our Manchac," a concerned citizens group, told me recently. She was giving me a tour of the area where developers want to build the $90 million residential project on land controlled by Port Manchac. | Terry Jones, a principal investor and spokesperson for the proposed development,…

Robert Koehler (2018-07-09). Womp, Womp, Racism in a Cage. counterpunch.org "We offer your love to all of our children . . ." the Episcopal priest said, her eyes closed in prayer. Some 170 people were gathered around her, as she stood in a gazebo in a park in Huntsville, Ala. This was one of the 700-plus protests across the country last weekend, as Americans gathered More

Alex Henderson, AlterNet (2018-07-09). These Four Racial Incidents Demonstrate How Empowered Bigots Feel in the Trump Era. alternet.org Racism continues to be emboldened under the current administration. | During a recent BBC interview, veteran gospel/R&B singer Candi Staton had some troubling things to say about the state of race relations in the U. S. in 2018. Staton, now 78 and best known for her 1976 hit "Young Hearts, Run Free," is originally from Alabama and is old enough to remember the days of KKK lynchings and jim crow laws—and Staton told the BBC that "from the White House to the outhouse," racism is still rampant today. Sadly, her analysis is spot on. Here are four recent racial incidents that illustrate how empowered bigots are feeling in the Trump era. 1. Petaluma, California Man Berates Neighbors for Playing Latin Music on July 4Latinos in the U. S. have been celebrating Independence Day for generations, but according to Petaluma, California resident Larry Lappin, those celebrations should. . .

Stan Salett, Independent Media Institute (2018-07-09). Trump Is Creating a New World Order — Where China and Russia Will Be Its Leaders. alternet.org As Trump visits NATO and then Russia, we can't lose sight of how the old world order has been disrupted. | It has become commonplace to describe how we are experiencing dramatic disruptive changes in how we communicate, how we purchase and how we see the world around us. Gone are the chains of bookstores, many newspapers and magazines and many movie theaters. The telex, the fax, the phone booth, all gone. Retail stores and shopping malls are closing in record numbers. Once-powerful media companies are being sold off and dismembered. Our largest taxi companies own no cabs; our largest hotels own no rooms. We no longer use or need travel agents. Welcome to the Age of Disruption. We are living in a period famously described and anticipated by Joseph Schumpeter's monumental work, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. In it Schumpeter coined the phrase,. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-07-09). Less Than Half of Kids Ripped From Parents Will Be Reunited Before Deadline. truthout.org Forcing families that have already suffered the immense trauma of being wrenched apart and jailed separately for weeks to wait even longer before they are reunited, the Trump administration is on pace to unify less than half of detained children under five years old with their parents before Tuesday's court-imposed deadline, the ACLU said late Sunday. | "It's extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under five with their parent," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told the Associated Press. "These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy, and every extra day apart just adds to that pain." | As Common Dreams reported, a federal judge ruled late last month that the Trump administration must reunite children under the age of five within 14 days and all…

TeleSur English (2018-07-09). Integration Can't Be Rhetoric, Must Be Real: Venezuela's Arreaza in Africa. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is visiting several African countries to build South-South relations.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-09). Europe's World Cup Celebrates Diversity. hrw.org England's Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and team mates celebrate after the match between England and Sweden in World Cup quarterfinals, Samara Arena, Samara, Russia, July 7, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This weekend I sat in my local bar in Brooklyn, New York and, alongside an enthusiastic and racially diverse group of English fans, watched England defeat Sweden to advance to the World Cup semi-finals. | That shared moment of sporting pride made me reflect on how the World Cup offers an utterly different worldview from that of xenophobic political leaders, who have been in the news far too much recently. | France, Belgium, and England, the highest FIFA ranked teams remaining in the competition, also reflect high standards in diversity, with many of their star players first and second-generation immigrants. Six of England's…

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-09). Reuters Journalists Charged in Myanmar. hrw.org Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo leave court in a police van in Yangon, Myanmar, July 9, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | A judge in Yangon formally charged two Reuters journalists on Monday for possessing confidential government documents in the latest blow to press freedom in Myanmar. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, detained for the past seven months during preliminary hearings, will now face trial for allegedly violating Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a prison sentence of up to 14 years. | The judge decided to proceed to trial despite strong evidence for dismissal — witness accounts pointing to entrapment, indications of police misconduct in the investigation, and prosecution witnesses with contradicting testimonies. | The two journalists were detained in December after meeting with police officers…

RT (2018-07-09). No pot sacrament for Indiana Church of Cannabis. rt.com You can worship cannabis in Indiana, even build a church in its name, but no amount of worship for the plant makes you eligible to smoke it, the court has ruled. Indiana's marijuana law is one of the strictest in the country.

RT (2018-07-09). Elon Musk shows off 'kid-sized submarine' he thinks can help in Thai cave rescue (VIDEO). rt.com Elon Musk has released videos of a test of his "kid-sized submarine." He announced the vessel would be built to rescue Thai children trapped in a flooded cave hours before the operation started without him.

RT (2018-07-09). 'We know where you live': Anti-Trump #resistance threatens Senate leader Mitch McConnell. rt.com Protesters heckled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he left a Kentucky restaurant on Saturday. Incensed at the Trump administration's immigration policy, they chanted "abolish ICE" and shouted "we know where you live." |

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-09). US: Strengthen Targeted Sanctions on Burma. hrw.org Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh on November 12, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters / Mohammad Ponir Hossain | (Washington, DC) — The US Congress should adopt legislation to enhance targeted sanctions against Burmese military commanders who are implicated in serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to congressional leaders with 45 other nongovernmental and faith-based organizations. | Related Content: | Joint Letter to Senate and House Armed Services Committees | The groups said it is "imperative" Congress address the human rights crisis in Burma. The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and other rights groups have found that the atrocities against the Rohinyga amount to crimes against humanity. Important new measures to toughen targeted sanctions…

Jordan Smith (2018-07-09). His Wife Died in a Mass Shooting. Now He's Teaming Up With Her Murderer's Lawyer to Take On Prosecutorial Misconduct. theintercept.com Paul Wilson and Scott Sanders have forged a powerful if unlikely alliance fighting for accountability within the Orange County justice system.

RT (2018-07-09). Basketbrawl: Referees and players in massive on-court bust up. rt.com A major brawl between basketball players and match officials have gone viral on social media after the crazy all-in melee kicked off at a youth game in Atlanta on Sunday.

RT (2018-07-09). US police drag woman face-down by feet during arrest at Atlanta ICE protest. rt.com Atlanta police have released bodycam footage following anger over a viral video of a woman screaming and being dragged by her feet by officers during her arrest at an anti-ICE protest which officers claim was violent.

RT (2018-07-09). 'The Kremlin pays him': The Intercept's Greenwald attacked by MSM after Moscow trip. rt.com The Intercept's Glen Greenwald, who said his visit to Russia was partially meant to combat a toxic McCarthyist environment in the US, has found himself on the receiving end of just such a hysteria.

RT (2018-07-09). Trump 'confident' that Kim Jong-un will 'honor our contract and handshake'. rt.com US President Donald Trump says he is confident that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will honor agreements made when the two men met in June, but said that China may be exerting "negative pressure" on the deal.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-09). NATO: Bolster Inquiries Into Afghan Civilian Deaths. hrw.org NATO helicopters land at an Afghan and US Special Forces base in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, July 7, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (Brussels) — NATO has failed to fully investigate alleged unlawful airstrikes in Afghanistan, which may contribute to rising civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today. Member countries attending the NATO Summit in Brussels on July 10-11, 2018, should call for impartial NATO investigations into airstrikes causing civilian loss in order to minimize civilian harm in future attacks. NATO members should also press the Afghan government to hold its forces accountable for serious violations of the laws of war. | At the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw, member states endorsed a new policy on the protection of civilians that included measures "to prevent, deter, pre-empt, and respond to situations in which…

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-09). Germany: Parliament Urges More Support for the ICC. hrw.org Session of the German lower house of Parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, February 1, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters/Axel Schmidt | (Berlin) — The German parliament adopted a cross-party resolution on June 28, 2018, urging the government to increase its active support for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch said today. The 20th anniversary of the court's founding document, the Rome Statute, is coming up on July 17. | The resolution had support from members from the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU)/Christian-Social Union of Bavaria (CSU), Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the Green Party (Bàºndnis90/Die Gràºnen). The broad support underscores the court's relevance and importance. | "Parliament's resolution is an important signal of Germany's ongoing commitment to the global fight against impunity," said Wolfgang Bàºttner,…

Sarah Toce, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-07-08). 'Vote Him Out': Mitch McConnell Confronted by Protestors in Kentucky — Without Secretary Chao to Defend Him. alternet.org "Where are the babies, Mitch? " protesters demanded. | When your own constituents protest your existence on a quiet Saturday morning, you know there's a problem. Enter: Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky. A large rally was held in downtown Louisville, Ky. on Saturday morning to protest ICE. The Courier Journal reported that McConnell was a no-show and at the demonstration and issued no statements or comments in response. Later in the day, McConnell was leaving dinner at Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville when protesters stormed his car. A group of Louisville residents, including several @DemSocialists members, had a message for Mitch McConnell as he left a local restaurant today. Powerful people like Mitch deserve no peace while they enable the imprisonment of babies in concentration camps. #AbolishICE pic. twitter. com/ruCXhbnKse— Louisville DSA (@dsa_louisville) July 7, 2018The resistance is on. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-08). Historian Explains Why 'Intellectually Lazy' Christians Support Trump: 'If This Is Evangelicalism — I Am Out'. alternet.org "Evangelical support for Donald Trump is also rooted in nostalgia for a bygone Christian golden age," John Fea wrote. | John Fea, an evangelical historian and professor of American history on Sunday published an op-ed detailing why white evangelicals support Donald Trump, calling his fellow Christians "intellectually lazy" for backing the president. "For the last year I have been thinking deeply about why so many of my fellow evangelical Christians support Donald Trump," Fea wrote in USA Today. Fea explained he's wondered why white evangelical Christians are willing to accept Trump's decision to separate children from their parents at the border or turn a blind eye to his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. "What kind of power does Trump hold over men and women who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ? " Fea asked. "Evangelical support for Trump goes much deeper than. . .

ursulafaw, Daily Kos (2018-07-08). Giuliani Says He Told Trump Not to Pardon Michael Cohen. alternet.org Michael Cohen is likely looking at a fate similar to former national security adviser Mike Flynn. | Cogency has never been one of Rudy Guiliani's strong suits. Remember his disastrous Fox interview with Sean Hannity where he admitted that Trump paid the $130,000 to Stormy Daniels? Trump "wasn't told, but even if he was told, he wouldn't have remembered it — like I wouldn't have remembered it. "Trump "never said this to the FBI. He never said it under oath. "Today was more of the same. Washington Post: "I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons," Giuliani said in an appearance on ABC News's "This Week. " But he seemed not to rule out that the president might change his mind. "You can't abridge your power to do it. That's something you can decide down the road, one way or the other,"

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-08). Economic Update: Criticizing Capitalism. therealnews.com This week with Richard Wolff: Updates on Colorado's laws favoring co-ops; capitalism and suicide continues; rent control on the California ballot; the effects of U.S. foreign trade controls; the French gov't vs GE; and Ford buys an old train station it helped destroy; interview with Professor David Harvey on Karl Marx's contribution to understanding capitalism…

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-07-08). 'God Bless Him': Rudy Giuliani Explains Why Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Should Cooperate With Mueller Investigation. alternet.org During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that Cohen suggested he would flip on Trump because he puts his family and country first. | Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, on Sunday asserted that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen "should" cooperate with prosecutors. During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that Cohen suggested he would flip on Trump because he puts his family and country first. Giuliani, however, did not not seem concerned. "I don't know what he has to flip over," Giuliani opined. "What I do know is, there is no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump. So we're very comfortable. If he believes it's in his best interest to cooperate, God bless him. He should cooperate. ""I do not expect Michael Cohen is going to lie," he added. "I think he's going to tell the truth as best he can given his recollection. If he does that, we're home free. ""And you aren't worried about anything that is negative or even worse for President Trump? " Bash asked. "I'm very confident of that, and I think we all should be," the president's lawyer insisted. Watch the video clip below from ABC.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-07-08). MSNBC Panel Erupts in Laughter After 'TV Lawyer' Giuliani Claims He Was 'Probably' Present During June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting. alternet.org "This is so incredibly ridiculous. " | An MSNBC panel on Sunday erupted in laugher over Donald Trump's "TV lawyer" Rudy Guliani,whose interview with ABC reminded the guests of AM Joy that the former mayor of New York is really just the president's PR guy. "I don't think I've ever heard a president's lawyer go on TV and say 'oh, he's going to charge him. ' but he seems to think his client will be charged with obstruction of justice," Joy Reid said. Esquire journalist Charlie Pierce noted Giuliani is "out there to change public opinion," not to lead the president's defense. Reid played a clip of Giuliani telling ABC he was "probably" present during the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. "I was probably there that day," Giuliani declared in that clip. "I don't remember it. Did somebody say something to me? I don't know. You know. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-08). Laura Flanders Show: All Families Belong Together — Immigration and Incarceration. therealnews.com Families torn apart at the border and through our prison system. Can we use this moment of public awareness to create change? Emani Davis, a long-standing advocate for children of incarcerated parents and Color Of Change's Rashad Robinson are this week's guests on The Laura Flanders Show

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-07-08). A Psychologist Explains How to Battle America's Online Epidemic of Right-Wing 'Fake News' — And Avoid Civil War. alternet.org This is no time to take refuge in pious failure with our heads held high because when they went low we stayed high on our moral platitudes. There's a right wing troll epidemic going on. | There are lots of things to try in our pressing mission to tool up quickly to disappoint trolls. Overwhelm and overload: Trolls often treat their game as a war of attrition, wearing you down with things you have to answer for and explain. Return the favor. Ask them questions and ride them with unceasing demands and impatience. "He still hasn't answered my questions. " | Chide relentlessly: Mock, deride, ridicule, tease, piss them off in an endless gusher. They like to have it both ways, that you fight unfairly and you don't know how to fight. Show them that you know how to fight. | Do not enable: Never ever. . .

Ian Reifowitz, Daily Kos (2018-07-08). Right-Wing Identity Politics Propelled Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court — Will Trump Follow Suit And Appoint a Woman? alternet.org The selection of Clarence Thomas would be loudly echoed by Trump nominating Amy Barrett. | "Whaddya mean I'm anti-women? Look at my Supreme Court woman over here! " Can't you just imagine Donald Trump—wearing that sh*t-eating grin he's always got when he thinks he's being clever—saying something like that tomorrow night while presenting Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court? Trump could do that in an attempt to wipe away the stain of decades of misogyny, of his proclamations of pussy-grabbing, and of the dozen women who have publicly, and in great detail, accused him of sexual assault. He could do it just a few days after making light of the #MeToo movement while attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren for having claimed American Indian ancestry—based on what her own ancestors told. . .

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-07-08). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: July 6, 2018. therealnews.com Dharna and Khalilah talk about the local movement for affordable housing, a workers strike at a local Target, the price of water, the prevalence of wrongful imprisonment and the effect of Justice Kennedy's resignation on the Supreme Court

Javier Sierra (2018-07-08). " °Vergàºenza! °Vergàºenza! °Vergàºenza" a la administración Trump. peoplesworld.org Cientos de miles de indignados manifestantes gritaron esta palabra por todo el país durante el sábado, 30 de junio, Día Nacional de Acción para la Unidad Familiar de los Inmigrantes. "Vergàºenza" iba dedicada a la administración Trump y su inhumana y cruel política de "tolerancia cero", y separación y detención de familias inmigrantes. Ya sabemos […]…

RT (2018-07-08). 'Why is he picking on little kids?' Footage shows cop pointing gun at children. rt.com A video showing an El Paso policeman aiming his weapon at a group of young children while he was responding to a disturbance has gone viral, angering locals and people online over the cop's actions.

RT (2018-07-08). Musk touts 'kid-sized submarine' to rescue stranded Thai footballers will be built 'in 8 hours'. rt.com Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of Tesla and Space X, has billed himself as a would-be savior of the Thai junior football squad that is trapped in a flooded cave. He is apparently building a tiny submarine out of space rocket parts.

RT (2018-07-08). Fist fight causes evacuation at US mall, shoppers fear active shooter (PHOTO, VIDEOS). rt.com Terrified shoppers ran for their lives in a California mall after a mass brawl sparked panic that led some people to believe that there was an active shooter in the area.

Maryam Saleh (2018-07-08). Our Country, Our Stories: In New Memoirs, Syrians Describe Life — and Death — in Wartime. theintercept.com Two new revelatory memoirs on Syria come at a critical moment, as everyday Syrians are increasingly written out of their country's story.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-07-08). MSNBC Does Not Merely Permit Fabrications Against Democratic Party Critics. It Encourages and Rewards Them. theintercept.com The network routinely allows outright lies to stand if aimed at critics of Democrats, especially fabricated allegations of being Kremlin agents. The latest is Malcolm Nance.

Laura Dean (2018-07-08). Ethiopia Touts Good Conditions in Factories for Brands Like H&M and Calvin Klein, but Workers Scrape By On $1 a Day. theintercept.com In a notoriously exploitative industry, factories in Ethiopia pay some of the lowest wages of any garment factories in the world.

RT (2018-07-08). Brazen woman accused of selling drugs in courtroom right before her court appearance. rt.com A Kentucky woman hauled before a judge for making a series of threats has been accused of using her court date as a chance to sell methamphetamine.

RT (2018-07-08). 'Their hands are all over it': China behind N. Korea's condemnation of US talks, Sen. Graham says. rt.com Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has accused Beijing of being behind Pyongyang's condemnation of recent talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while making bizarre threats to North Korea's leadership.

RT (2018-07-08). Kitchen worker pulls gun on man who 'brutally' sucker-punched her colleague (VIDEO). rt.com A Milwaukee politician is appealing for people to help track down a man who was filmed sucker-punching a restaurant worker in a "sickening" and "brutal" unprovoked attack.

Human Rights Watch (2018-07-08). US Justice Kennedy's Legacy on Gay Rights. hrw.org U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy arrives for U.S. President Donald Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | President Donald Trump is set to announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who will step down this summer after 30 years on the bench. A swing vote on a deeply divided court, Kennedy sided with the majority on many troubling decisions but was also a key figure in several that advanced human rights protections, including on gay rights, abortion rights, and affirmative action. | In Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law prohibiting same-sex sexual activity. It was a 6-3 ruling with Kennedy writing the majority opinion. It invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states,…

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