2019-04-17: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Trump's Neocon Administration Want War in Venezuela: Gabbard. telesurenglish.net U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii sat down for an interview with MSNBC Tuesday to discuss her campaign for the presidency and her views on a number of topics, including the potential military intervention in Venezuela. | RELATED: | Peruvian Journalist Wins Pulitzer Prize For Critiquing Trump | Gabbard told the Hardball host Chris Matthews that U.S. President Donald Trump is surrounded by "neocon war hawks" that want war with Venezuela, despite the catastrophic effects t…

teleSUR (2019-04-17). Nancy Pelosi Denies Accusations that Ilhan Omar is Anti-Semitic. telesurenglish.net Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attempt to harm the image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Progressives, Democrats Slam Trump over 'Disgusting' Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11 | Pelosi jumped to Omar's defense during a CNN interview this week, saying that the Minnesota congresswoman is not anti-semitic. | "I don't think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I woul…

STAFF (2019-04-17). Pompeo is "Setting the Stage for a War with Iran" therealnews.com In recent congressional testimony, Sec. of State Pompeo linked Iran to al Qaeda and 9/11 and would not say whether he would apply the 2001 war authorization (AUMF) to Iran. Col. Larry Wilkerson discusses the implications…

James Bovard (2019-04-17). Washington's Biggest Fairy Tale: "Truth Will Out" counterpunch.org The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange "must answer for what he has done." Unfortunately, Assange's arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for deceiving the American public. More

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-04-17). Hawai'i in Trouble. counterpunch.org I first visited Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in the early 1980s. The islands retained some of the glorious beauty of their pre-American life. I remember the mountains in Oahu. They are not tall. They are smooth, green, with deep ridges. It's like the Hawaiian goddess Pele drew her fingers over a soft matter at the More

Norman Solomon (2019-04-17). The Toxic Lure of "Guns and Butter" counterpunch.org The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex More

Ellen Brown (2019-04-17). The Public Banking Revolution Is Upon Us. truthdig.com As public banking gains momentum across the country, policymakers in California and Washington state are vying to form the nation's second state-owned bank, following in the footsteps of the highly successful Bank of North Dakota, founded in 1919. The race is extremely close, with state bank bills now passing their first round of committee hearings in both states' senates. | In California, the story begins in 2011, when then-Assemblyman Ben Hueso filed his first bill to explore the creation of a state bank. The bill, which was for a blue-ribbon committee to do a feasibility study, sailed through both legislative…

George Ochenski (2019-04-17). Vote-Trading for Big Coal. counterpunch.org The closing weeks of Montana's legislative sessions are always perilous. Legislators are worn out from more than three months of hearings, floor debates, and living on chicken wings and bacon-wrapped appetizers at nightly "receptions." To say their judgment is clouded would be a vast understatement. But what's going on in the Montana Senate right now More

Middle East Eye (2019-04-17). Trump Vetoes 'Dangerous' Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House has said. | "This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-17). Petition Demanding 2020 Democrats Hold Climate Debate Reaches 30,000 Signatures in Just 48 Hours. commondreams.org "It's no longer sufficient to have a single token environmental question that 2020 candidates get to brush off with a soundbite." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-04-17). Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — On Tuesday, President Trump capped off months of effort in Congress to pass a War Powers Act challenge to the US involvement in the war in Yemen, vetoing the bill and claiming it was a "dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities." The bill, SJ Res 7, was a straightforward bill under the War Powers …

RT (2019-04-17). 'Policy of scapegoating': Ron Paul speaks against US militarism feasting on China & Russia threats. rt.com The US should step away from belligerent rhetoric and wind down its wasteful militaristic policies, former congressman Ron Paul told RT, after its Secretary of State accused Beijing and Moscow of bankrolling the Venezuelan leader.

Dan Bacher (2019-04-17). Senate votes 56-41 to confirm David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary. indybay.org "After all of the clear documentation about his conflicts of interest and his apparent corruption, it's really disappointing to seeing the Senate agree to make this guy the secretary with 56 votes," said John McManus, President of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA).

Curt Wechsler (2019-04-17). Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon. indybay.org Donald Trump's former chief adviser predicted Mr. Trump would "come off the chains" and use the Mueller Report to "bludgeon" his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents. Attorney General Barr's memorandum on Mueller's report left Trump feeling vindicated, triumphant and unleashed.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-17). 'Shameful': With Millions on Brink of Famine in Yemen, Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Complicity. commondreams.org Congress urged to "pull out the stops to confront this president who thinks starving millions of Yemenis is a price worth paying for high arms industry profits." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-16). A Dangerous Hate Campaign Is Ramping Up Against Ilhan Omar. truthout.org Minnesota freshman Congressmember Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Trump posted the video Friday with the caption, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET." Trump's tweet intercut video of the World Trade Center towers burning with video of Omar speaking about the increasing attacks on the Muslim American community after 9/11. Congressmember Omar's comments were originally taken out of context and circulated by right-wing media, from The Daily Caller to Fox News. Congressmember Omar said in a statement, "

Reed Richardson (2019-04-16). Defining Endless War Down – How corporate media factcheckers dismiss nearly three decades of combat in Iraq. fair.org Taking a country to war is the most consequential step political leaders can take. So it would follow that a free press tasked with holding political leaders accountable for such a fateful decision would exercise the utmost scrutiny when it comes to reporting on the costs—both financial and human. | This necessarily rigorous journalistic oversight should never be satisfied with repeating vague claims of progress or accepting easily contradicted evidence about having achieved peace. Literal human lives, both civilian and military, hang in the balance, and so as a war drags on, it becomes increasingly impo…

Richard Rubenstein (2019-04-16). Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange. counterpunch.org Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of the Wikileaks founder in London and the More

Adam Johnson (2019-04-16). Maybe Rich Liberals Don't Hate Sanders Because They Fear He Can't Win, But Because They're Rich. fair.org by Adam Johnson For the New York Times ( 4/16/19), "mainstream Democrats" are found "from canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington." | Why does the New York Times take rich liberals at their word that their concern with Bernie Sanders is that he would lose to Trump, rather than the obvious, glaring fact that his election would run counter to their interests? | The New York Times ( 4/16/19)…

Eds. (2019-04-16). Failure of Trump tax cuts. mronline.org President Trump's corporate and income tax cuts enriched corporations, satisfied those already employed and flush with money, and did little to stimulate the national economy. | Source

Consortiumnews (2019-04-16). PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump & the Bolton-Pompeo Axis. consortiumnews.com Patrick Lawrence eyes the U.S. president's difficulties with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton as he tries to resume peace talks with Pyongyang. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Moon Jae-in's Oval Office meeting… Read more →

Jon Rainwater (2019-04-16). Trump's Veto Keeps U.S. Complicit in Yemen, For Now. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — April 16, 2019 — In response to President Trump vetoing S.J.Res. 7, legislation that directed him to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi/UAE-led war in Yemen, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "Trump can't claim to be ending endless wars while opposing the will of a majority …

United Nations (2019-04-16). UN Security Council condemns Taliban offensive as a blow against 'sustainable peace'. un.org The United Nations Security Council has condemned the announcement by Taliban militants in Afghanistan of its spring offensive, saying it will result in more "unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people".

Joshua Holland (2019-04-16). Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full. thenation.com Legal Experts Say There's No Justification for Refusing to Release the Mueller Report in Full…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Democrats Raise $75 Million So Far, Signaling a Drawn-Out Fight. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates raised about $75 million during the first quarter of the 2020 election, a lackluster sum spread out across more than a dozen campaigns that signals a drawn-out battle likely lies ahead. | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the field by raising $18 million and California Sen. Kamala Harris came in second with $12 million. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke came in third with $9.3 million, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who capitalized on a flurry of publicity to raise $7 million. | The rest of the field of more than a dozen candidates raised $…

STAFF (2019-04-16). Pelosi Says Democrats Must "Hold the Center," Snubs AOC Wing of Party. truthout.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people." | Speaking to CBS's "60 Minutes," the California Democrat said the group aligned with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needs to learn to toe the party's center line. | "Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates," said correspondent Lesley Stahl. "And you yourself said that…

Thea N. Riofrancos (2019-04-16). A Path to Democratic Socialism Means a Path To Climate Justice. commondreams.org Fighting both climate change and extreme inequality simultaneously is adept political strategy. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann Gorden/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-16). US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly. thecanary.co US Democratic Party leader Nancy Pelosi met with three former Labour MPs on 14 April. Two of them helped found The Independent Group after … | Read more US establishment 'centrists' meet UK establishment 'centrists', and Twitter responds accordingly | By Mohamed Elmaazi

teleSUR (2019-04-16). AMLO Scraps Education Reforms from Previous Administration. telesurenglish.net A "so-called" reform for Mexico's education system introduced during the Peña Nieto administration is being shelved, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico to Protect Pemex with Stabilization Funds | The reform was "ineffective" and not in line with the needs of the teaching sector, the president said, adding that Congress…

Renee Parsons (2019-04-16). AIPAC and the Federal Election Commission. mintpressnews.com Today's Members of Congress cower and acquiesce to AIPAC's insatiable demands as the organization has refined its efforts with substantial donations and whatever it takes to assure the election of candidates who are, first and foremost, loyal to Israel.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-16). Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad. thecanary.co Hillary Clinton recently told an audience in New York that Julian Assange "must answer for what he has done". The problem is that, while … | Read more Assange 'must answer for what he has done', says Hillary Clinton — who backed devastating wars abroad | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Middle East Eye (2019-04-16). The Attacks on Ilhan Omar Reveal an America Set Against Muslims. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The bullying has been quite extraordinary. First came the liberal establishment and their conflated accusations of anti-Semitism. Then came the conservatives with their tears. And now, the president has accused her of trivialising 9/11. His supporters, a circus of right wing media and pundits, are insinuating that she is neither fit for Congress nor is she a loyal citizen of the …

WSWS (2019-04-16). An assembly of political bankrupts: Historical Materialism and Jacobin host "Socialism in Our Time" conference. wsws.org A more accurate title for the event would have been, "Democratic Party Politics in Our Time," or, perhaps, "Socialism not now, not ever."

plenglish (2019-04-16). Venezuela Strengthens Peace Diplomacy Despite Coup Plans. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has strengthened diplomacy for peace despite coup and interventionist plans that have emerged in the region led by the United States against Venezuela.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-16). As Sanders 2020 Campaign Gains Steam, Corporate Democrats Reportedly 'Growing Increasingly Nervous'. commondreams.org "Being loathed and feared by the rich is a big reason why Bernie is so appealing, and Democrats who don't understand this by now will never get it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-16). Trump vetoes congressional resolution to end US support of Saudi-led Yemen war. rt.com US President Donald Trump has vetoed a resolution passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives that sought to end US involvement with the Saudi-led war in Yemen. It is the second veto of his presidency.

WSWS (2019-04-16). The Socialist Equality Party candidates in the 2019 Australian election. wsws.org The SEP is standing Senate groups in New South Wales and Victoria and running candidates in the House of Representatives' electorates of Parramatta in Sydney, Calwell in Melbourne and Ipswich in Brisbane.

RT (2019-04-16). Bernie Sanders stuns establishment with Fox News town hall success. rt.com US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on Fox News for an hour-long town hall special on Monday night — and much to the shock and surprise of Fox and other media, the democratic socialist not only survived, but thrived.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-16). House Democrats Ramp Up Probe of Trump's Finances With Deutsche Bank Subpoena. commondreams.org The only major bank that President Donald Trump has been able to count on for financial backing was among those that were issued subpoenas Monday, as House Democrats ramp up their probe of the president's finances. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kei Pritsker (2019-04-15). Watch | The Top Five Special Interests Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Think about who gets rich off of the Venezuela regime-change agenda. It's the same people that said we had to invade Iraq in order to prevent nuclear apocalypse. It's the same people who said the world would stop turning on its axis if we didn't carpet bomb Libya and Syria.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-15). Headlines for April 15, 2019. democracynow.org Democrats Slam Trump Threat to "Release" Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities, Rep. Ilhan Omar Sees Spike in Death Threats After Trump 9/11 Attack, NYC: Yemeni Bodegas Boycott NY Post over Cover Attacking Rep. Omar, ICC Will Not Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan, Sudan: Military Leadership Challenged by Ongoing Protests, Algeria: Protesters Call for Removal of Ruling Elite After Fall of Bouteflika, Libya: U.N. Warns of Mounting Casualties as Fighting Escalates, Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill Palestinian Teen, Pakistan: Minority Hazara Protest After Suicide Bomb Kills 24, South Korea Lifts 66-Year-Old Abor…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-15). Campaign calls for Twitter to suspend Trump for 'inciting hatred' against Ilhan Omar. thecanary.co Calls are growing to suspend Donald Trump's Twitter account. Because on 12 April, he pinned a vile video-led tweet of progressive congresswoman Ilhan Omar. … | Read more Campaign calls for Twitter to suspend Trump for 'inciting hatred' against Ilhan Omar | By Fréa Lockley

STAFF (2019-04-15). "Stunning and Revealing" — DCCC Demands Loyalty Oath From Political Consultants. therealnews.com As Jeff Cohen points out, political fear of progressives and corporate power have pushed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) towards strategies for stopping primary challenges…

STAFF (2019-04-15). Medicare for All Divides Democrats but Might Unite the Nation. therealnews.com Michael Lighty speaks on Sanders' Medicare for All bill, the corporate-fueled war inside the Democratic Party, and the battle for American minds…

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-04-15). Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga leads anti-Sissi campaign in Washington. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In their second summit at the White House, President Trump met Egypt's military dictator, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, on April 9, praising him for being a "great president who has been doing a fantastic job." Meanwhile, earlier that day, members of the U.S. Congress, human rights organizations, and activists at a hearing condemned el-Sissi's human rights …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-15). Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. thecanary.co Neera Tanden, a long-time ally of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has joined other establishment insiders in celebrating the arrest of transparency … | Read more Hillary Clinton ally suggests Assange is a 'fascist'. But Twitter hits back. | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Michael Arria (2019-04-15). Group of Centrist Democrats Undermine Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill. shadowproof.com A group of Democrats plans to severely weaken a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2024. | The lawmakers proposed an alternative piece of legislation that would regionalize a wage increase, establishing a minimum wage floor that would vary by area. | In January, the Raise the Wage Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and in the House by Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.). | The b…

RT (2019-04-15). 'She is out of control!': Trump takes fresh aim at Ilhan Omar after 9/11 furor. rt.com US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his heated criticism of Democrat Ilhan Omar, accusing the congresswoman of anti-Semitism and claiming "she is out of control."

RT (2019-04-15). Pick old man Biden, talk trans rights, make Ilhan Omar the star: 5 ways Dems can lose 2020 to Trump. rt.com The Democratic Party appears to be ignoring the warning signs along a road that could see Donald Trump celebrate a mathematically unlikely victory next November.

RT (2019-04-15). Trump campaign raises $30mn in 2019, same as Sanders & Harris combined. rt.com US President Donald Trump's reelection campaign reports it has been awash with donations that have surpassed the $30 million milestone in the first quarter of the year. His likely Democratic rivals are lagging far behind.

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