2019-04-09: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Arreaza: Venezuela Will Send Oil to Cuba Despite U.S. Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Monday that his country will continue to send oil to Cuba despite the U.S. sanctions on vessels transporting oil to the Latin American island. | RELATED: | Punched-Out: US Cancels Deal Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation | "Venezuela will always fulfill its commitments with the brotherly people of…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Ilhan Omar Calls Stephen Miller 'a White Nationalist'. telesurenglish.net United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump's pick to lead ICE., for being a white nationalist to cries of anti-semitism from critics. | RELATED: | Pro-Trump Goon Arrested for Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar | Miller, a policy advisor of Trump's, has been a driving force behind many hard-line immigration policies like the family separations last year. He has advocated for closing the U.S.-Mexico border completely. | In a str…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). US Progressives Threaten to Tank Massive Pentagon Spending Bill. telesurenglish.net Members of the United States Congressional Progressive Caucus are threatening to tank a key budget measure unless the Democratic leadership agrees to boost healthcare, education, and other social services alongside the Pentagon's budget increase Tuesday. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Calls Stephen Miller 'a White Nationalist' Over Rabid Xenophobia | Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan are leading the incentive for an amendment that would add about US$33 billion…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred. democracynow.org As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…

Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick (2019-04-09). Redacted Mueller report to be released within a week. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday that he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week" as he defended his handling of the document. Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier …

Eds. (2019-04-09). An open letter to the Congressional Black Caucus on the U.S.'s attacks on Venezuela and Cuba. mronline.org Greetings. We write to urge you to support the international and domestic efforts to thwart the Unites States' unlawful attempts to change the existing governments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Cuba. | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-09). Sanders again proposes banning right-to-work laws. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS—Going where even organized labor has not openly marched for decades, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind-Vt., has again formally proposed banning state "right-to-work" laws. Sanders, currently among leaders in opinion polls about Democratic presidential hopefuls, rolled out his proposal on April 8 before a Machinists' women's conference in Las Vegas. His reward was loud and …

STAFF (2019-04-09). Does Obama Speak for Progressives? therealnews.com On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?

STAFF (2019-04-09). Calculating the Damage From a Century of Drug Prohibition. truthout.org We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive polic…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-09). Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending. counterpunch.org What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with More

STAFF (2019-04-09). Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers and Stir Racist Hatred. truthout.org As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Step…

Alfred W. McCoy (2019-04-09). America's Self-Inflicted Wound: 100 Years of the War on Drugs. commondreams.org So successful were Reagan Republicans in framing this partisan drug policy as a moral imperative that two of his liberal Democratic successors, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, avoided any serious reform of it. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-04-09). Utah Passed a Law to Protect Noncitizens From Automatic Deportation. aclu.org By reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, lawmakers reduced the harm of an unfair federal immigration law | Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor. | The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravate…

Justin Elliot, ProPublica (2019-04-09). Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. commondreams.org A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Algeria's Parliament Appoints Interim President. telesurenglish.net Algeria's leader of Senate Abdelkader Bensalah will assume the role of interim president after National People's Congress ratified the definitive vacancy of…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Obama Pushes Neoliberal Myths on Health Care at Fundraiser. truthout.org The media-political complex is all abuzz that multimillionaire heiress and Boeing director Caroline Kennedy has named multimillionaire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the latest winner of the Camelot Dynasty's 2019 Profiles in Courage award. | Pelosi is specifically being honored for ramming the Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2010 and tacitly being honored for boldly go…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report Within the Week. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday he expects to release a redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week." | Barr told members of Congress at his first public appearance since receiving special counsel Robert Mueller's report that his earlier projection of releasing a version by mid-April still stood. The report, which is nearly 400 pages long, is being scoured now to remove grand jury information and details that relate to pending investigations. | Democrats scolded Barr over his handling of the report, telling him they were concerned that a…

Common Dreams staff (2019-04-09). WATCH: Attorney General Barr Says Mueller Report to Made Public 'Within the Week'. commondreams.org U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a House subcommittee on Tuesday morning that the report submitted to the Justice Department by Special Counsel Robert Mueller would likely be made available to both Congress and the public "within the week." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families and Caged Children. truthout.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-09). Gravel Declares Presidential Bid to Highlight Anti-Interventionism and Direct Democracy. consortiumnews.com The former U.S. senator, 89, who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record, and ran for president in 2008, says he's not entering to win but to inject crucial issues into Democratic primary debates. By Joe Lauria Special to… Read more →

commondreams (2019-04-09). This Week, Activists Will Take to the Bikes to Urge Members of Congress to Reject Bernhardt for Interior Head. commondreams.org ______________________________…

The Global Research Team (2019-04-09). Global Research Strives For Peace. globalresearch.ca Dear Global Research Readers, | This is a year of change. Alliances are shifting, loyalties changing, and inaccurate and misleading comments are ripe, everywhere we look. Questions need to be asked — and answered — of political demagogues, controlling institutions, and …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-04-09). Millionaire Pelosi Repeats Insurance Co Lies on Medicare for All. indybay.org The outrage of robot voting in San Francisco for the Democratic incumbent when it is not possible for a Republican to win is brought home with the re-election of 79 year old millionaire Democrat Rep Nancy Pelosi, who again repeats the insurance company lies about Medicare for All, HR 1384.

RT (2019-04-09). Eric 'Nukes for Gun Control' Swalwell announces 2020 presidential run. rt.com Another moderate centrist is joining the pack of Democratic candidates surging forward to the 2020 US presidential election — only this one has Twitter-threatened to use "nukes" on gun owners.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-09). Media Watchdog Debunks Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories With Study Showing Facebook Is 'Not Censoring Conservatives'. commondreams.org Reaffirming earlier findings, the media watchdog group Media Matters for America released a study Tuesday showing that contrary to Republican claims, Facebook is not censoring right-wing users or messages. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-09). AIPAC Targets Bernie Sanders in Facebook Ads Focused on Key Democratic Primary States. theintercept.com Bernie Sanders is the target of an ad campaign on Facebook paid for by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobbying group.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-09). WATCH LIVE: Tens of Thousands of Net Neutrality Defenders Tune In as House Votes on Save the Internet Act. commondreams.org "Any holdouts in Congress need to stop neglecting bipartisan public demand for net neutrality safeguards and support of this bill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Leon Kunstenaar (2019-04-09). Daraka Larimore-Hall holds fundraiser in San Rafael. indybay.org Candidate for Chair of California Democratic Party impresses progressive Democrats in Marin.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-09). Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted. commondreams.org "How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

plenglish (2019-04-09). USA Fines British Bank for Violating Blockade on Cuba. plenglish.com Washington, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) British bank Standard Chartered will pay 1.1 billion dollars for allegedly violating U.S. blockade on Cuba and sanctions against Iran, Syria, Sudan and Myanmar, the US Treasury Department reported today.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-09). Mitch McConnell's Lie-Filled Tirade Against Medicare for All Draws Cheers From For-Profit Hospital Industry. commondreams.org Indicating that Republicans are shifting their focus away from "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act and toward the growing momentum for Medicare for All, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged a group of hospital officials to join the fight against the proposal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-09). #EndTheLies, Declare Reproductive Rights Advocates as Senate GOP Pushes 20-Week Abortion Ban. commondreams.org Reproductive rights advocates came together on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to combat misinformation used by Republican lawmakers to push anti-choice legislation—including a bill currently before Congress that would impose a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-08). Tulsi Gabbard calls out establishment journalist for pushing Trump closer to 'war with Russia'. thecanary.co Journalist Fareed Zakaria recently accused Donald Trump of failing to 'fully confront' Russian president Vladimir Putin for his alleged "aggression in the Western hemisphere". … | Read more Tulsi Gabbard calls out establishment journalist for pushing Trump closer to 'war with Russia' | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). The Syrian American Council's Pressure Campaign to Censor One of Its Major Critics. globalresearch.ca The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal's launch event for his new book …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-08). Are Death Threats the New Norm for Zionists and the Rampaging Right? mintpressnews.com Ilhan Omar is not the first prominent politician to challenge Zionism or its methods of shoring up support in the U.S. She is, however, the first Hijabi in Congress.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-04-08). No To NATO: Time To End Aggressive Militarism. dissidentvoice.org "No to NATO" Protest Washington DC, March 30, 2019 (Photo from UNAC) This week, the Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries met in Washington, DC. NATO was greeted with bi-partisan support from Congress and by protesters who held actions and events from Saturday, March 30 through their meeting at the US …

Tracy Keeling (2019-04-08). Jeremy Corbyn's 'advice' to a US congresswoman shows he's anything but a hate figure. thecanary.co The Sunday Times published a full frontal assault on Jeremy Corbyn on 7 April. The outlet released a story that effectively branded him a … | Read more Jeremy Corbyn's 'advice' to a US congresswoman shows he's anything but a hate figure | By Tracy Keeling

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-04-08). As House Votes US Out of Yemen, Saudis Bombs Leave Scores of Schoolchildren Dead. mintpressnews.com This latest attack came just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution invoking congressional authority under the War Powers Resolution to direct the president to end U.S. participation in the devastating Saudi-led war against Yemen.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Kings Bay Plowshares: Peace Activists Face 25 Years for Action at U.S. Nuclear Submarine Base. democracynow.org A group of peace activists have been jailed for over a year before trial for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons. The action took place on April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Armed with hammers, crime scene tape and baby bottles containing their own blood, seven anti-nuclear activists secretly entered Kings Bay—one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world—under the cover of night. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the six nuclear ballistic missile submarines kept there. Each submari…

STAFF (2019-04-08). What is NATO Good For? therealnews.com As foreign ministers gathered in Washington to celebrate NATO's 70th anniversary and deliberated about its further extension, prominent peace activists also gathered to present a critique of NATO. Carmen Russell reports from DC…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-08). Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen. globalresearch.ca The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. | Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization …

Margaret Flowers (2019-04-08). No to NATO: Time to End Aggressive Militarism. globalresearch.ca This week, the Foreign Ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries met in Washington, DC. NATO was greeted with bi-partisan support from Congress and by protesters who held actions and events from Saturday, March 30 through their meeting …

teleSUR (2019-04-08). Brazil and US Work to Destabilize Venezuela, Bolsonaro Says. telesurenglish.net Bolsonaro said on Monday he was working with the U.S. in order to destabilize the Venezuelan Army. | During an interview with Jovem Pan radio, Bolsonaro said that if there is a military invasion in Venezuela, he would seek the counsel of Brazil's National Defense Council and Congress on what action his country should take. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | "We cannot allow Venezuela to become a new Cuba or North Korea," the right-wing president said.

Various (2019-04-08). Over 40 Groups Call on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Military Intervention. venezuelanalysis.com Several US groups are pressuring Congress to oppose sanctions and military intervention against Venezuela.

John Nichols (2019-04-08). Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College. thenation.com Why Democratic Contenders Now Call for Abolishing the Electoral College…

teleSUR (2019-04-08). Nicaragua Government Ready to Continue Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net The government confirmed today its "will and commitment to continue working towards national understanding" was unchanged. | RELATED: | Association of Caribbean States Begins Summit in Nicaragua | The Government released a press statement which indicated that a significant step forward in the peace process was made. According to the text, the government and the opposition found an agreement to strengthen the rights and guarantees of the population, as well as a deal on the release…

Dan Bacher (2019-04-08). Committee Votes to Move David Bernhardt's Nomination as Interior Secretary to Full Senate Vote. counterpunch.org The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 4 voted 14-6 to move the nomination of Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former Westlands Water District and oil industry lobbyist, to a full Senate vote, setting the stage for a contentious and heated debate. In his lobbying disclosures, Bernhardt has listed "potential legislation regarding More

Aram Mirzaei (2019-04-08). Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran. mintpressnews.com While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…

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