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2018-03-07: Social Media Postees

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In Photos: White Helmets Media Studio Producing "Evidence of Assad Regime War Crimes"
South Front | Global Research | 2018-03-07
A pro-government media activist, Penelope Stafyla, has released a series of photos reportedly showing a media studio of the White Helmets, which produces "evidence of Assad regime war crimes" in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital of …
globalresearch.ca/in-photos-white-helmets-media-studio-producing-evidence-of-assad-regime-war-crimes/5631130

The 'Human Rights' War on Syria.
Jeremy Salt | Global Research | 2018-03-07
The perfidious role of 'human rights' organizations in the war on Syria has been exposed again with the Amnesty International report on Syria for 2017/18, followed by an equally tendentious article in the Melbourne 'Age' newspaper by Claire Mallinson, …
globalresearch.ca/the-human-rights-war-on-syria/5631249

The Caesar Photo Fraud That Undermined Syrian Negotiations. "A Pattern of Sensational But Untrue Reports That Lead to Public Acceptance of Western Military Intervention"
Rick Sterling | Global Research | 2018-03-07
This article, crossposted on GR in March 2016, explains how the mainstream media works as a machinery of the US that galvanizes the public to support the war of aggression. | Featured image: taken from the PDF version of Rick Sterling's …
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US Planning to Disintegrate Syria, Not Fighting ISIS: Russian FM Lavrov.
Alwaght | Global Research | 2018-03-07
United States troops are continuing their presence in Syria even after its promise to end the mission after their alleged anti-ISIS mission, and this is a pointer to the ultimate intention of the US, which is to disintegrate, Russian Foreign …
globalresearch.ca/us-planning-to-disintegrate-syria-not-fighting-isis-russian-fm-lavrov/5631246

UN Security Council Should Protect Eastern Ghouta.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
Civil defence members sit amid the rubble as they watch an aid convoy of Syrian Arab Red Crescent driving through the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria March 5, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Nearly two weeks ago, after days of fitful negotiations, the UN Security Council passed a resolution that urged parties to Syria's conflict to allow humanitarian aid and medicine to reach nearly half a million desperate civilians trapped in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb under siege by Syrian government forces. The resolution was instructing all parties simply to do what they are required to do under the law of armed conflict. | So far, the Eastern Ghouta resolution has been largely ignored by the Syrian government. And Syria's failure to implement it has only been made worse…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/un-security-council-should-protect-eastern-ghouta

What the Media Won't Tell You About the US' True Intentions in Syria.
Darius Shahtahmasebi | MintPress News | 2018-03-07
While Israel voices its frustration with what it terms as U.S. "inaction," a showdown between Iran and the United States in Syria is becoming increasingly inevitable. | The post What the Media Won't Tell You About the US' True Intentions in Syria appeared first on MintPress News.

What the Media Won't Tell You About the US' True Intentions in Syria

Algeria: 6 Face Trial for Peaceful Protest.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
(Beirut) — Six human rights and political activists face prison terms for a peaceful protest in support of a human rights lawyer on trial, Human Rights Watch said today. Algerian authorities should drop all charges against the six before their new trial session, scheduled for March 20, 2018. | Authorities arrested the six on July 13, 2016, as they prepared to protest at the Ghardaia courthouse, where the lawyer, Salah Dabouz, had a court hearing. They were released the same day but were summoned in October 2017 for a hearing and charged with "incitement to a gathering of an unarmed nature," insulting a public official, and refusing to abide by a law or decree. They are free pending trial. | "Prosecuting people who hold up banners calling for justice and respect for human rights before a courthouse is a telling illustration of…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/algeria-6-face-trial-peaceful-protest

Poor People's Campaign Launches Nationwide Organizing Effort to Fight Poverty.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber II have recently launched the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which has its roots in the activism of the civil rights era. Reviving this campaign is an enormous effort as 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. In this interview, Theoharis discusses the upcoming 40 Days of Action that will begin on Mother's Day.Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. (Photo: NESRI) | The Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the recently launched Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of three kids in a family she describes as deeply committed to improving life for the excluded and marginalized. | South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other peace and anti-apartheid activists were frequent guests in her home, and even as a child, Theoharis…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43762-huge-organizing-effort-40-days-of-action-launching-to-fight-poverty

Warning: Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough"
Tony Cartalucci | Global Research | 2018-03-07
Originally posted in November of 2013, the article, " Nuclear Deal With Iran Prelude to War, Not "Breakthrough,"" warned of a premeditated, documented conspiracy to use a monumental "deal" with Iran as a pretext not for peace, but in …
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The CIA Democrats.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Dozens of former CIA and military operatives are running as Democratic candidates for Congress in 2018.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/dems-m07.html

With Support of 16 Senate Democrats, Big Banks Will Be Able to Sue if They Don't Like Dodd-Frank Rules.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
(Photo: Andrey Popov / Getty Images) | Legislation that would relax major post-financial crisis banking regulations moved one step closer to clearing the Senate and becoming law. | The upper chamber voted on Tuesday 67-32 to limit debate on the bill, setting the stage for its final passage later this week. | Sixteen Democrats backed the motion to advance the legislation; twelve of them are cosponsors. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered no criticism of the bill, in his regular morning remarks on Tuesday, just fifteen minutes before the vote. Every single Republican present backed the measure. | "People in Congress may have forgotten the crash ten years ago, but I guarantee people across this country have not forgotten," said Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a press conference Tuesday morning. | Warren noted she would offer more than a dozen amendments…
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43763-with-support-of-16-senate-democrats-banks-with-more-than-1-trillion-will-be-able-to-sue-if-they-don-t-like-dodd-frank-rules

Activists Storm Washington, Demanding Protection for All Immigrants.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
"We walked with the same resilience and strength that our community demonstrates in fighting for our right to stay in the US," says Maria Duarte, a Dreamer with Movimiento Cosecha. Duarte and Omar Cisneros, her fellow organizer and US-born ally, discuss their march from New York City to Washington, DC, and the steps they are taking to hold Congress — especially Democrats — accountable for not acting to protect immigrants.An immigration activist wears butterfly wings during a protest March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) | Stories like this are more important than ever! To make sure Truthout can keep publishing them, please give a tax-deductible donation today. | Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43759-activists-storm-washington-demanding-protection-for-all-immigrants

Congressmen call for 'foreign agent' tag for Al Jazeera as it 'digs into pro-Israel lobby'.
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-07
A group of congressmen has called for Al Jazeera to be designated a "foreign agent" for its "anti-American and anti-Semitic broadcasts." This coincided with reports the TV network was releasing a film on the US pro-Israel lobby. | RT.com
www.rt.com/usa/420730-aljazeera-foreign-agent-israeli-lobby/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Labor Rallies Behind Laura Moser After She Overcomes Party Effort to Stomp Out Her Congressional Bid.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
In the runoff election in Texas's 7th District, Moser will have the support of organized labor, which has come out against opponent Lizzie Pannill Fletcher. | The post Labor Rallies Behind Laura Moser After She Overcomes Party Effort to Stomp Out Her Congressional Bid appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/laura-moser-race/

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. In one of the most watched Democratic races, progressive Democrat Laura Moser placed second, forcing a runoff against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney who has been criticized for working at a law firm that has targeted unions in Texas.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/texas_primaries_see_surging_democratic_turnout

Ben Carson Just Made a Frightening Change to the HUD Mission Statement.
Tracy Lee, Newsweek | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
Ben Carson wants to emphasize "self-sufficiency" over combating discrimination. | Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is reportedly changing his agency's mission statement, removing anti-discrimination language and promises to Americans of "inclusive communities. " According to an internal March 5 memo to staff, Amy Thompson, the department's assistant secretary for public affairs, said the change was "an effort to align HUD's mission with the Secretary's. . . | Related Stories: Even Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy Is Openly Questioning Ben Carson's Lavish SpendingBen Carson's Department Spent $31K on His Dining Room, Despite Plan to Cut Homeless Housing BudgetParkland Survivor Delivers Powerful Rebuke to NRA's Spokeswoman Dana Loesch…
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Gary Cohn: Mission Accomplished.
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, is leaving the White House after just 14 months — but not before delivering a number of gifts to Wall Street and his old firm, Goldman Sachs. | That list starts with a 40 percent cut in corporate income tax that Cohn, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (another former Goldman Sachs exec), championed. | The sweeping tax overhaul finalized by Congress late last year cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. For Goldman, that translates into a tax savings of around $1 billion a year. | JPMorgan Chase, which paid more than $11 billion in income tax last year, could save closer to $4 billion a year. Wells Fargo will save roughly $2 billion a year, based on its 2017 earnings. | Cohn, who served as president of Goldman Sachs for…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/gary-cohn-mission-accomplished-wall-street-goldman-sachs/

Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout and Record Number of Female Candidates.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-07
This year's midterm elections officially began on Tuesday as Democratic and Republican primaries were held in Texas. Democrats are hoping Texas could become a key state in the party's effort to retake control of the Senate and the House. A record 50 women were on the ballot in what many are calling the "year of the women." On Tuesday, Congressmember Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for US Senate. He will take on incumbent Ted Cruz, who easily won the Republican primary. On the House side, Democrats are putting up candidates in every Texas district for the first time in over 25 years. In one of the most watched Democratic races, progressive Democrat Laura Moser placed second, forcing a runoff against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, an attorney who has been criticized for working at a law firm that has targeted unions in Texas.
www.truth-out.org/news/item/43767-texas-primaries-see-surging-democratic-turnout-and-record-number-of-female-candidates

Conservatives in D.C. Are Sad Because They Can't Get Dates .
Ilana Novick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's hard out there for a right-wing snowflake looking for love. | Pity the single Republican in D. C. Not only do many of them have to work for a man who starts trade (though hopefully not nuclear) wars because he didn't get enough sleep, but as a few GOPers anonymously complained to the Washingtonian, they can't get a date, especially not across party lines. It turns out that as the opportunities for bipartisanship decline in Congress, so do the chances of millennial dating. Conservatives appear to be bearing the brunt of this social sorting–or, at least, complaining about it the most. Contrary to rumors about "coastal elites" and their "bubbles," it turns out the so-called snowflakes are better at dealing with the idea that one can be a Republican and not a Trump supporter. As reporter Mimi Montgomery explains, "While Republicans. . .
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Xi Unbound.
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
Beijing. By the time the Ides of March arrive, the two sessions will be over. The annual meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress, which started on Monday (March 5), will be the first major event in China since President Xi Jinping indicated he would be the great helmsman…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/xi-unbound/

Administration Sues California Over State Sanctuary Laws.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
WASHINGTON–The Trump administration on Tuesday sued to block California laws that extend protections to people living in the U.S. illegally, the most aggressive move yet in its push to force so-called sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with immigration authorities. California officials remained characteristically defiant, vowing to defend their landmark legislation. | The Justice Department argued a trio of state laws that, among other things, bar police from asking people about their citizenship status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities are unconstitutional and have kept federal agents from doing their jobs. The lawsuit named as defendants the state of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. | "I say, bring it on," said California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who wrote the sanctuary state bill. | It is the latest salvo in an escalating…
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Mississippi Just Passed a Disastrous Anti-Abortion Bill in a Major Blow to Roe v. Wade.
Brendan Gauthier, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The bill has unequivocal support from the conservative governor. | The Mississippi State Senate on Tuesday passed by a vote of 35 to 15 House Bill 1510, which would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks except for medical emergencies and "in cases of severe fetal abnormality. ""The Legislature finds that the intentional commitment of [dilation and evacuation procedures] for nontherapeutic or elective reasons is a barbaric practice, dangerous for the maternal patient, and demeaning to the medical profession," the bill states. The Gestational Age Act, as it's called, was first proposed by Rep. Becky Currie in January, and the State House passed it by a vote of 80 to 31 in early February. It will now return to the House for a procedural vote on minor amendments made by the Senate to penalties for offending physicians. In the likelihood that the bill makes its way. . .
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The New York Times Has Learned Nothing From Its Disastrous Coverage of the 2016 Election.
Matt Gertz, Media Matters | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
The Grey Lady seems bent on repeating her most egregious mistakes this November. | In a foreboding sign for New York Times readers, the paper has named one of the pillars of its 2016 campaign coverage to oversee its political coverage leading into the crucial 2018 and 2020 elections. The paper drew criticism during and following the 2016 presidential campaign for too often providing false equivalence between the candidates and focusing on the politics of personality rather than policy. The Times editors announced Patrick Healy as the paper's new politics editor in a March 5 memo. He will be responsible for "building a team for the midterms and the looming 2020 presidential election" in order to cover the "epic battle" ahead. At the Times, Healy has alternated between political reporting — including extensive coverage of Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns –. . .
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As West Virginia Strike Winds Down, Angry Teachers Look to Bolster Progressives in Elections.
Scott Heins | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
As the roars of hundreds of teachers began to fade outside the West Virginia Capitol, Steve Buford walked across the grounds back to his car. "They're gonna pay for this in November," he muttered. A deal had just been announced: School employees like Buford were told they would be getting a 5 percent raise and a temporary freeze on their health care costs. But the state Senate balked and the teachers remained on strike for another week before the raise was approved. Nonetheless, school employees like Buford, 61, a former coal miner turned electrical technician at Riverside High School in Belle, West Virginia, may end their strike this week, but they are not satisfied. Buford, for his part, has his sights set on the 2018 election. | "I don't think this is a strike or a work stoppage. I think this is a…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/west-virginia-teacher-strike-midterm-elections/

Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
On Tuesday, 16 Senate Democrats joined with 50 Republicans to advance a bill slated to roll back key financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would exempt 25 of the nation's 40 largest banks from being subject to heightened scrutiny by the Federal Reserve. If it passes, it would be the biggest weakening of the Dodd-Frank Act since it was signed into law in 2010. The 67-32 vote in favor of a "motion to proceed" now sends the bill back to the floor for debate and possible amendments before a final vote in the coming days. We speak to Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/dems_team_up_with_gop_to

Pushing for Real Change in the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage, Blog for Our Future | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-07
It's time for the progressive wing to take the reins. | Will the Democratic Party open itself up to the new grassroots energy and activism that is rising in American politics, or will its insiders assume they can continue business as usual yet still reap the benefits of the resistance to Donald Trump? A key test will come this week, as the nearly 450 members of the Democratic National Committee gather in Washington to consider the unanimous recommendations of their Unity Commission on party reform. This commission was chartered at the 2016 Democratic presidential convention to make recommendations to ensure the party's presidential nominating process would be "accessible, transparent and inclusive. "The Commission emerged from an effort to unify the party following the bruising primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 21-member Commission has eight members chosen by Sanders, with the remainder. . .
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As Democrats Shift Left on Palestine, 2020 Contender Kamala Harris Gives Off-the-Record Address to AIPAC.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris gave an off-the-record speech at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, on Monday. Her speech, which emphasized the need for a strong relationship between the United States and Israel, came amid a gradual leftward shift on Israel among some members of the Democratic Party. | Democratic lawmakers are increasingly sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians; while not anti-Israel, more and more rank-and-file party members believe the U.S. should be more mindful of Israeli human rights violations. AIPAC is a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying force and has made opposition to former President Barack Obama's Iran deal a key priority. It is also currently supporting legislation to make some support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement — which seeks to hold Israel accountable for violations of international law — a felony.
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/kamala-harris-israel-aipac/

Illinois Democratic Party Chair Funds Mailers Attacking Progressive Candidates.
Michael Sainato | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
The Illinois Democratic machine has unleashed a wave of attacks on fellow Democrats in local races, with state party chair Michael Madigan funding mailers knocking several progressive candidates as Donald Trump stooges and foot soldiers in the tea party. | Madigan's campaign committee has spent nearly $19,000 on mailers attacking two Our Revolution-backed candidates in State Central Democratic Committee elections, Elizabeth Lindquist and Art Bardsley. The postcards say Lindquist and Bardsley are Trump supporters and "members of a group supported by Tea Party activists." The group referenced by the mailers is Represent.Us, which advocates for politicians on all sides of the political spectrum who support an end to gerrymandering, open primaries, transparency in campaign financing, and rooting out corruption from politics. | The attack comes as the Illinois machine faces one of its most credible assaults in a generation,…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/illinois-democratic-party-michael-madigan-mailers/

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections.
Scott Tucker | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
The recent California Democrats State Convention denied Sen. Dianne Feinstein an endorsement for a fifth full term, although the party machine and her bank account are still in her favor. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. | Reformers also will inherit clever partisan maneuvers that became quicksand and Machiavellian inspirations that became institutional iron traps. Here is a cautionary tale, as written in an ancient psalm: "They dig a pit and make it deep, and fall into the hole that they have made." | Shortly before California's Proposition 14 appeared on the ballot in June 2010, the topic of the top-two primary system came up at a dinner party where I was a guest.
truthdig.com/articles/californias-democratic-primary-sham-elections/

Pakistani Film Examines Mindset of a Dictator.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-03-07
This morning a friend messaged me, worried that Human Rights Watch will be screening a documentary featuring Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military dictator, at its London film festival. "You might end up glorifying a criminal," my friend warned. | Promo ad for Insha'Allah Democracy screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London March 9-10, 2018. | © 2018 Human Rights Watch Film Festival | I assured my friend that Human Rights Watch's position on Musharraf is clear — far from celebrating him, we want him to be prosecuted for the serious human rights violations that he both committed and was complicit in during his rule. Under Musharraf's watch, the Pakistan government arbitrarily detained hundreds of critics and tortured alleged terrorism suspects. A number of opposition politicians were…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/07/pakistani-film-examines-mindset-dictator

After Victorious Strike, W. Virginia Teacher Sends Message to Oklahoma Educators Poised to Walk Out.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
As West Virginia teachers celebrate victory in their historic strike, Oklahoma teachers are considering following in their footsteps. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that teachers would go strike on April 23 if the state Legislature doesn't approve pay increases and funding for educational needs. For more, we speak with Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher at Grimes Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She made headlines last year when she panhandled on a roadside to raise money for supplies for her classroom. She has since started a foundation called Begging for Education, dedicated to funding classrooms, improving teachers' salaries and fiscal responsibility in Oklahoma. And we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school English teacher in Mingo County, West Virginia, who has a message for her counterpart in Oklahoma.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/after_victorious_strike_w_virginia_teacher

With John Conyers's Resignation, Keith Ellison Will Take Ownership of House Single-Payer Bill.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-07
After Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the dean of the House of Representatives, resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct last year, the future of his marquee cause — establishing a single-payer universal health care system — became uncertain. | Conyers was the prime author and sponsor of H.R.676, which would improve and expand Medicare to every single American, displacing private health insurance companies. With 121 co-sponsors, it has the backing of the majority of the House Democratic caucus. | On Wednesday, Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, stepped up and asked his colleagues for unanimous consent to replace Conyers as the lead sponsor of the legislation. They granted him permission. | Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat, told The Intercept he had spoken ahead of time to Conyers, who gave him his blessing. The Conyers bill, though, is…
theintercept.com/2018/03/07/single-payer-health-care-bill-keith-ellison/

Why the far-right won in Italy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-07
Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official "left" in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/07/pers-m07.html

"We Won!": Teachers End Historic Strike in West Virginia with 5% Pay Raise for All State Workers.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-07
In West Virginia, teachers have ended their historic strike, after state officials agreed to raise the pay of all state workers by 5 percent. The strike began on February 22 and shut down every public school in the state. It was the longest teachers' strike in West Virginia history. For more, we speak with Katie Endicott, a high school teacher and union activist in Mingo County, West Virginia.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/7/we_won_teachers_end_historic_strike

Violating International Law, Trump Renews Venezuela Sanctions.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Trump renewed Obama's sanctions against Venezuela, declaring it an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US, violating international law in the process, says CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot. Also, the US threatened the main opposition presidential candidate if he doesn't boycott the upcoming election…
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Donald Trump is Toronto's Rob Ford on Steroids.
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
It's not just the US which has had its "Howard Beale moment". Well before Donald Trump became president, there was a similar populist uprising which took place north of the 49th parallel in Toronto, Canada's largest city. Despite generally being perceived as a liberal city, the 2010 Toronto mayoral election (during which Rob Ford was…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/donald-trump-is-torontos-rob-ford-on-steroids/

Italian Government in Chaos as Far-Right Parties Surge.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-07
Italy's election on Sunday didn't produce a clear winner, making the task of negotiating a coalition government particularly challenging. Raffaele Laudani, professor at the University of Bologna, discusses possible outcomes…
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The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Donald Trump may have startled Republican lawmakers with his sudden and unexpected support for background checks and other gun control measures, but a closer look at his comments to lawmakers reveals his continued adherence to the core of the pro-gun script that he has been following all along. | At his meeting with lawmakers on February 28 Trump buckled down on the idea that the real problem is the existence of gun-free zones, arguing that eliminating gun-free zones "prevent [mass shootings] from ever happening, because [the shooters] are cowards and they're not going in when they know they're going to come out dead." | The president's repeated efforts to disparage the idea of gun-free zones fit with the earlier call for arming teachers made by Trump and one of his most powerful financial and ideological backers — the dark knight of…
truthdig.com/articles/killing-children-age-disposability-parkland-shooting-gun-violence/

Trump's Brand Is Ayn Rand (Video).
Robert Reich | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-07
Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand's character Howard Roark in "The Fountainhead," an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn't meet specifications he had it dynamited. | Others in Trump's circle were influenced by Rand. "Atlas Shrugged" was said to be the favorite book of Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of state. Rand also had a major influence on Mike Pompeo, Trump's CIA chief. Trump's first nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, said he spent much of his free time reading Rand. | The Republican leader of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, required his staff to read Rand. | Uber's founder and former CEO, Travis Kalanick, has described himself as a Rand follower. Before he was sacked, he applied many of her ideas to Uber's code of values, and even used the cover art for Rand's…
truthdig.com/videos/trumps-brand-ayn-rand-video/

The Greek Left and Its "Macedonian" Drift or How We Open the Door to the Fascist Menace!
Yorgos Mitralias | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-07
So, it is a "distasteful surprise" that Mikis Thedorakis publicly rubs himself up against apologists for racism, anti-Semitism, anti- communism and the nightmare of "ethnic purity"? Undoubtedly distasteful, but not a surprise. And if the problem were only Mikis, it would not be much harm. However, since it is not just him but also several others, the problem is enormous, and…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/07/the-greek-left-and-its-macedonian-drift-or-how-we-open-the-door-to-the-fascist-menace/

As Eastern Ghouta Besieged, What is the Answer for Syria?
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-06
The Syrian government has a license to kill in Eastern Ghouta, and the world is failing to act, says Yasser Munif of Emerson University. But is intervention the answer, and what is to be done about the right-wing militants trying to topple Assad?
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UK government lies exposed over civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-06
Airwars estimated that the number of civilians killed last year by the US-led coalition against IS was between 11,000 and 18,000.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/06/civi-m06.html

In the Face of Trump's Volatility, DACA Wends Its Way Through Courts.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-06
Demonstrators raise their fists in protest of President Trump's attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, outside of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 5, 2018. (Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images) | As members of Congress worked against the March 5 deadline Donald Trump had imposed to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), two federal district courts ruled that DACA would continue — for now. On March 6, a third district court judge found Trump's termination of DACA to be lawful. The conflict among the courts of appeals increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will review the case. It remains to be seen whether Congress or the courts will ultimately take action to protect the Dreamers.Demonstrators raise their fists in protest of President Trump's attempts to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, outside…
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Wall Street Just Sent Democrats and Republicans a 'Sweet Thank You Note' for Doing Its Bidding.
Jake Johnson, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
A new "Bank Lobbyist Act" is on the verge of sailing through Congress. | They don't call it the #BankLobbyistAct for nothing. Big bank lobbyists have worked tirelessly to shape the massive deregulatory bill currently making its way through the Senate, and on Monday 13 financial institutions delivered what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass. ) derided as a " sweet thank-you note" to the Democrats and Republicans whose support has the measure's passage all but certain. Signed by American Express, KeyCorp, SunTrust, and ten other banks, the letter expresses "appreciation and support for S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," which is scheduled for a procedural vote on Tuesday. "Bipartisan cooperation and compromise has led to the creation of legislation that would make sensible and incremental changes to existing regulation, support the extension of credit, and spur economic. . .
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'Millennials v NRA: Vietnam War-style protests may make Congress more responsive' .
RT | RT US News | 2018-03-06
Congress is made of millionaires who just suck up money — but pressure is building for them to be more responsive to public will, with millennials out there with NRA boycotts, investigative journalist Dave Lindorff told RT. | RT.com
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Is Congress Silencing Interns Who Have Been Sexually Harassed or Abused?
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Both Republicans and Democrats have demanded staffers sign non-disclosure agreements. | An anonymous former congressional intern told Vox that a confidentiality clause in her nondisclosure agreement might have contributed to her remaining silent about harassment by a superior when she was just 21 years old. The Vox report highlighted a particular item in interns' nondisclosure agreements on Capitol Hill, saying it could create a culture of silence over workplace abuse. The report analyzed two NDAs from both Democratic House and Senate offices, and sought the insight from employment lawyers who said that while much of the content in the NDAs was standard, one stipulation stood out for its potential silencing of complaints against harassment and abuse. The text in the NDA says that interns will have access to "information designated as confidential or secret by the government, matters involving the personal or. . .
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CBO Warns Bipartisan Bank Bill Heightens Risk of Financial Crisis.
David Dayen | The Intercept | 2018-03-06
The Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Monday that bank lobbyists had successfully altered language of the so-called Citigroup carve-out, potentially allowing mega-banks Citi and JPMorgan Chase to add leverage and put more debt-fueled risk on their balance sheets. CBO gave Citi and JPMorgan a 50 percent chance of convincing regulators to let them take the carve-out, and their lobbyists are still working to increase that probability to 100 percent. | Factoring in the reality that the major banks will be lobbying regulators in the Trump administration could plausibly increase the likelihood of their success. | CBO's cost estimate of S.2155, the bipartisan bank deregulation bill that faced its first test vote today, was obtained by the Washington Post on Monday and released publicly Tuesday morning. S.2155 would cost taxpayers $671 million over a 10-year period, CBO estimated, because of the…
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Sen. Chris Murphy: The US Is Exporting Violence and Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-06
On Capitol Hill, three US senators have introduced a bill that would force Congress to vote for the first time on whether to continue US support for the Saudi-led coalition's war in Yemen. The measure was introduced by Republican Mike Lee, Democrat Chris Murphy and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, who noted that the Constitution gives Congress — and not the president — the power to declare war. For more, we speak with Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut. | TRANSCRIPT | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: I then asked Senator Murphy about his support for a new bipartisan bill to end US involvement in Saudi Arabia's devastating war in Yemen. | SEN. CHRIS MURPHY: Well, we're obviously, rightly, focused on the violence that the federal government and the US Congress facilitates in our own country because of our inaction, but we also need to talk about…
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Millennials Interrupt Fracking Lobbyist Meeting at Trump Hotel in D.C. (Video).
Varshini Prakash, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-06
Young people are rising up to reject corporate influence. | Washington D. C. — A dozen young people interrupted the opening reception to an oil and gas lobbying event Monday at the International Trump Hotel in Washington, D. C. The annual 2018 "Congressional Call-Up" event, which focused on influencing federal officials in Congress and at the Environmental Protection Agency, was held by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a lobby group representing oil and gas companies. Before the opening reception, over a dozen young people–part of the Sunrise Movement, a millennial-led group looking to make climate change an urgent political priority in the 2018 midterm elections–stood in the reception entrance inside the Trump International Hotel. During the interruption, attendees displayed a banner that read "Oil Lobby Money Buys Climate Wrecking Politics," sang a song to the tune of "God Bless the USA," and spoke about the. . .
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