Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

2019-03-07: News Headlines

Tony Wood (2019-03-07). Toward a Global History of the Communist Party. thenation.com A. James McAdams's new history examines the tensions between the communist party as an institution and as an ideal.

L. Michael Hager (2019-03-07). Stop Weaponizing "Anti-Semitism" and "Racism" counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | What's in a word? Plenty, if those words are "racism" or "anti-Semitism." Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar. Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms. All because of those two barbed words. | Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80's yearbook photo could push a governor's political career to the brink raises questions about how the word "racism" is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates. | Northam's ad…

Stephen Cooper (2019-03-07). Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours). counterpunch.org As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality, coupled with my raging but not formally diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, when I click on that deceptively peaceful, More

STAFF (2019-03-07). The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Finally Arrived. truthdig.com Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. | Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's c…

Jesse Jackson (2019-03-07). Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America. counterpunch.org This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State Troopers, Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and a horse-mounted posse wielding billy clubs and water hoses More

Sam Biddle (2019-03-07). Should We Trust Artificial Intelligence Regulation by Congress If Facebook Supports It? theintercept.com Last week, several members of Congress began pushing the resolution with the aim of "supporting the development of guidelines for ethical development of artificial intelligence." It was introduced by Reps. Brenda Lawrence and Ro Khanna — the latter of whom, crucially, represents Silicon Valley, which is to the ethical development of software what West Virginia is to the rollout of clean energy. This has helped make Khanna a national figure, in part because, far from being a tech industry cheerleader, he's publicly supported cracking down on the data Wild West his home district helped create. For exa…

WSWS (2019-03-07). Trump Homeland Security chief defends family separation and caging children. wsws.org Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, one of four congressional hearings Wednesday on aspects of US immigration policy.

Deconstructed (2019-03-07). Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism. theintercept.com Taking a lesson from his 2016 loss to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is dedicating more time in his speeches to discussing systemic racism and discrimination. Will it be enough to win over black voters?

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-07). Progressive Jewish Groups Thank Diverse Coalition That Mobilized to Thwart Democrats' Misguided Rebuke of Omar. commondreams.org "We're witnessing a huge change in our society. Our political leaders are becoming less afraid to speak out against Israeli policy and it's because of our grassroots movements." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-07). Trump vows to boycott 'Fake News' networks after Democrats bar Fox from hosting 2020 debates. rt.com US President Donald Trump is threatening to boycott mainstream media by refusing to appear on their airwaves during the 2020 debates, after Democrats said they'd bar Fox News from hosting its own debates.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-07). Clinton-Era Official Says Left Should Lead Following Center-Right Failures. therealnews.com Bill Black analyzes Assistant Secretary of Treasury Brad DeLong statement that neo-liberals should get out of the way and let the left lead since coalition with Republicans did not work…

RT (2019-03-07). Republicans don pearls for gun control debate, sparking backlash on Twitter. rt.com The sight of Republican representatives wearing pearl necklaces at a gun control debate in New Hampshire sparked a wave of outrage, followed by cries of 'fake news' as both sides contend their meaning.

RT (2019-03-07). California court rules it's 'unconstitutional & undemocratic' to count citizens during census. rt.com A California district court has ruled against the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, claiming it would threaten "the very foundation of our democratic system," and a large chunk of the state's federal funding.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-03-07). H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors. indybay.org The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…

Jake Johnson (2019-03-07). Trump Cancels Report on Civilians Killed by US Drone Strikes. theantimedia.com (CD) — In his latest attack on transparency, President Donald Trump on Wednesday rescinded a rule requiring U.S. intelligence officials to publicly disclose the number of civilians killed by drone strikes. "Shameful, indefensible, dangerous," tweeted Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director with progressive advocacy group Indivisible. "Time for Congress to step in." Trump used an executive order to scrap the three-year-old rule, …

Carla Ortiz (2019-03-06). "Syria is Truly a Country of Love and Peace". War Reporter Carla Ortiz: A Hero of Our Times. globalresearch.ca Forward by Richard Galustian | Carla Ortiz is one of the most unique people of our times, a real hero; a woman who is braver than the most seasoned war reporter. She has spent considerable time the Syrian war zones where …

Kurt Nimmo (2019-03-06). Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria. globalresearch.ca ISIS is not and has never been the reason the United States bombed targets and killed thousands of Syrian civilians. The war on ISIS was about establishing a military presence in Syria, the excuse being an effort to counter Iran's geopolitical aims.

South Front (2019-03-06). Video: Israel Delivers More Strikes on Syria. globalresearch.ca Late on March 3, battle tanks of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shelled positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near Qars Nafal and Jubata al-Khashab in the province of Quneitra. Local sources said that the Israeli attack did not …

STAFF (2019-03-06). Top Democrats Are Enabling Climate Catastrophe. truthdig.com What follows is a conversation among journalists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and The Real News Network's Paul Jay. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-03-06). Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics. zcomm.org Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-06). AFL-CIO, big biz unite to urge Congress to fund infrastructure. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Repeating a song they've sung for a decade or more, the AFL-CIO and big business, represented by the Chamber of Commerce — are uniting to urge Congress to provide more tax dollars to rebuild and replace the nation's breaking bridges, crumbling roads, creaky railroads, aging airports and stuttering subways, by raising the federal gas tax. …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Greg Grandin on "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America" democracynow.org As the Senate appears poised to pass a resolution to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border, we speak with historian Greg Grandin about his new book, "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America." Grandin writes in his book, "The wall might or might not be built. But even if it remains only in its phantasmagorical, budgetary stage, a perpetual negotiating chip between Congress and the White House, the promise of a two-thousand-mile-long, thirty-foot-high ribbon of concrete and steel running along the United States' s…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Rep. Jayapal: We Must Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar's Right to Critique U.S. Foreign Policy on Israel. democracynow.org House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are expected to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to a House vote this week in a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel. After facing criticism, the Democratic leadership added language in the resolution condemning anti-Muslim bias, as well. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who says, "I just want to make sure that we are protecting the right for the first Muslim woman to be in Congress and to question, legitimately, foreign policy toward Israel."

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-06). Lawmakers ready to pass sweeping HR-1 reform bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With mass citizen backing and union and worker support, lawmakers this week will tackle the central agenda item of the new ruling House Democrats: Comprehensive election and ethics reform. The 662-page "For The People Act," given the highly symbolic number HR1, contains a huge raft of changes. They range from outlawing gerrymandering by mandating non-partisan …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Medicare for All Will Lower Costs & Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone. democracynow.org More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are co-sponsoring a new House bill to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. This comes at a time when as many as 30 million Americans have no health insurance and tens of millions more are either underinsured or struggling to pay their health insurance premiums. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who announced the bill last week.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Jayapal: Democrats Are Ready to Issue Subpoenas If White House Blocks New Requests for Documents. democracynow.org The House Judiciary Committee launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday into President Trump, his businesses and his allies, as lawmakers probe possible obstruction of justice, corruption and other crimes and abuses of power. The committee requested documents from at least 81 people or groups, who now have a March 18 deadline to respond. The list includes his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, WikiLeaks, AMI chief David Pecker, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Trump's charities and the founder of private security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince—who is a…

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-06). The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty. zcomm.org Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…

Katharine Trendacosta (2019-03-06). Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections. commondreams.org Tell your representatives you want them to stand up for real net neutrality. And don't let them redefine net neutrality by supporting one of the other, net-neutrality-in-name-only bills. (Image: Battle for the Net) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-03-06). Kirstjen Nielsen Continues to Insist That There Is No Family Separation Policy. aclu.org During her congressional testimony, Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen dodged questions about her department's vicious border policies. | Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified on Wednesday before the House Committee on Homeland Security, just days after the House passed a resolution to overturn President Trump's emergency declaration on the border wall. | Nielsen has helped Trump push lies and fabrications about the supposed security crisis at the border, when in fact the only crisis…

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-06). The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The US struck first at the 'weakest link' of the decolonization process. The US backed coups in Honduras and Paraguay. Then Washington turned to converting the judiciary and congress as stepping stones for launching a political attack on the strategic regimes in Argentina and Brazil.

George Ochenski (2019-03-06). Dereliction of Congressional Duty. counterpunch.org Last week's congressional testimony by Michael Cohen riveted the nation as President Trump's long-time lawyer, fixer and co-conspirator spilled the beans on his former boss. But Montana's Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, told reporters they were too busy "meeting with Montanans all day" to watch or listen to the hearings. More

commondreams (2019-03-06). Fmr. Nuclear Launch Officer Tells Congress to Take Up 'No First Use'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Rebecca Vilkomerson (2019-03-06). I'm Jewish, and I Find the Hypocrisy of Republican Islamophobes Hounding Ilhan Omar Breathtaking. commondreams.org As one of two of the first Muslim-American women in Congress, Ilhan Omar is facing a specific set of demands and attacks.(Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

JewsWithIlhan (2019-03-06). An Open Letter: We are Jews Who Stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. mintpressnews.com We are Jews who stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. She has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism since tweeting that GOP threats against her and Representative Rashida Tlaib for criticizing Israel were "all about the Benjamins baby." When asked to clarify who is paying members of Congress "to be pro-Israel," Omar replied, "AIPAC!" | There is absolutely nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the noxious role of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which spends millions each year to buy U.S. political support for Israeli aggression and militarism against the Palestinian people. As the NYC chapte…

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Chile's Cities Are the Most Air-Polluted South American Cities. telesurenglish.net On Feb. 5 AirVisual and Greenpeace published the 2018 World Air Quality Report, research built with data from more than 3,000 cities, which points out that Chile has nine of the ten South American cities with the worst air quality. | RELATED: | Chilean's Biodegradable Plastic Bag Dissolves in Three Minutes | According to the global air quality ranking,…

Fight Back (2019-03-06). South Florida students rally on anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On February 28, the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of South Florida for the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a nearby gas station. The trial of Zimmerman became a national phenomenon with him walking free due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The shooting is still fresh on Florida's mind, with many questioning the judicial system that let a man off with murder. | The protest was aimed at the jud…

splcenter (2019-03-06). SPLC statement on Florida Senate bill that would fund private school vouchers with public school money. splcenter.org The Florida Senate Education Committee today endorsed a proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis that would take more taxpayer money away from public schools and give it to unregulated private schools.

commondreams (2019-03-06). 350 Action on 'Green New Deal' Senate Floor Debate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Joyce Nelson (2019-03-06). Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz. counterpunch.org Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III. On February 26, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced More

commondreams (2019-03-06). Activists Deliver 750,000+ Petition Signatures Urging the Senate to Revoke Trump's National Emergency Declaration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-03-06). 'The system was raping me': 1st US female combat fighter pilot reveals sex abuse by superior officer. rt.com Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, told a Senate panel she was raped by a senior officer while serving in the Air Force but did not report the assault, as she did not trust the system.

Greg Grandin (2019-03-06). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn. counterpunch.org On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape. More

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-06). DNC Bars 'Propaganda Outfit' Fox From Hosting Primary Debates. commondreams.org "The process of publicly considering Fox News as a host gave the network undeserved legitimacy," wrote one political journalist | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-03-06). Clapper claims he 'didn't lie' about NSA spying on Americans, but 'didn't understand' the question. rt.com NSA director-turned-cable-news-pundit James Clapper is still insisting he wasn't lying when he told a congressional panel the NSA wasn't spying on American citizens — three months before Edward Snowden told everyone it was.

Aída Chávez (2019-03-06). Small-Dollar Donors Are Playing a Growing Role in Congressional Campaigns. theintercept.com Freshman House Democrats, many of whom made it to Congress on pledges of reforming campaign finance, are chipping away at Wall Street's influence in Congress. | First-term Democratic members relied less on corporate donors in the 2018 midterm elections and raised higher percentages of campaign cash through small-dollar donations than the Democratic incumbents who ran for re-election, according to a new report by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Economic and Policy Re…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-03-06). There Are 106 Democratic Co-Sponsors for Medicare for All. What's Up With the Other 130? commondreams.org A week after the introduction of comprehensive single-payer healthcare legislation, Congressional Democrats are split over the bill.Rep. Pramila Jayapal's (D-Wash.) bill has the support of 106 other House Democrats, but there are still 130 members of the majority party who have yet to sign on. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

WSWS (2019-03-06). Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges. wsws.org This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-06). After Locking Migrant Children in Cages, DHS Chief Tells Congress, 'They're Not Cages'. commondreams.org After months of outrage over the Trump administration detaining migrant children in "cages," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted to members of Congress on Wednesday, "We don't use cages for children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-06). Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

2019-03-07: Social Media Postees

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Stop Weaponizing "Anti-Semitism" and "Racism"
L. Michael Hager | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | What's in a word? Plenty, if those words are "racism" or "anti-Semitism." Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar. Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms. All because of those two barbed words. | Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80's yearbook photo could push a governor's political career to the brink raises questions about how the word "racism" is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates. | Northam's ad…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/stop-weaponi…

The Time for Medicare-for-All Has Finally Arrived
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-07
Last week, as the media focused on President Donald Trump's North Korea summit in Vietnam and the congressional testimony of his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, a largely overlooked news conference took place, announcing legislation that could save millions of lives. Seattle Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced the Medicare For All Act of 2019, the latest attempt to pass single-payer health care. Jayapal's bill has 106 co-sponsors, close to half of the Democrats in the House. | Jayapal is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus in the House. Among the bill's c…
truthdig.com/articles/the-time-for-medic…

Why Twitter Brings Out My Worst Self (and perhaps yours)
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
As a full-time freelance writer — having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails — Twitter brings out my absolute worst self. With my insuppressible, hereditary, Type-A personality, coupled with my raging but not formally diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, when I click on that deceptively peaceful,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/why-twitter-…

Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-07
This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State Troopers, Dallas County Sheriff's deputies and a horse-mounted posse wielding billy clubs and water hoses…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/07/selma-the-bi…

H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Needs 218 CoSponsors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-03-07
The New Medicare for All bill, HR 1384, has 106 Co-Sponsors and needs 218 to pass. There are 236 Democrats out of 435 members in the House, yet only 106 Democrats support this litmus test bill. See www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/hou…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/07/1882171…

Trump Cancels Report on Civilians Killed by US Drone Strikes
Jake Johnson | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-07
(CD) — In his latest attack on transparency, President Donald Trump on Wednesday rescinded a rule requiring U.S. intelligence officials to publicly disclose the number of civilians killed by drone strikes. "Shameful, indefensible, dangerous," tweeted Elizabeth Beavers, associate policy director with progressive advocacy group Indivisible. "Time for Congress to step in." Trump used an executive order to scrap the three-year-old rule, …
theantimedia.com/trump-cancels-report-ci…

Republicans don pearls for gun control debate, sparking backlash on Twitter
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-07
The sight of Republican representatives wearing pearl necklaces at a gun control debate in New Hampshire sparked a wave of outrage, followed by cries of 'fake news' as both sides contend their meaning. | …
rt.com/usa/453248-pearls-gun-debate-new-…

Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism
Deconstructed | theintercept.com | 2019-03-07
Taking a lesson from his 2016 loss to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is dedicating more time in his speeches to discussing systemic racism and discrimination. Will it be enough to win over black voters?
theintercept.com/2019/03/07/cornel-west-…

Trump Homeland Security chief defends family separation and caging children
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-07
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, one of four congressional hearings Wednesday on aspects of US immigration policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/07/niel…

California court rules it's 'unconstitutional & undemocratic' to count citizens during census
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-07
A California district court has ruled against the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, claiming it would threaten "the very foundation of our democratic system," and a large chunk of the state's federal funding. | …
rt.com/usa/453214-california-citizenship…

Clinton-Era Official Says Left Should Lead Following Center-Right Failures
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-07
Bill Black analyzes Assistant Secretary of Treasury Brad DeLong statement that neo-liberals should get out of the way and let the left lead since coalition with Republicans did not work…
therealnews.com/stories/clinton-era-offi…

Should We Trust Artificial Intelligence Regulation by Congress If Facebook Supports It?
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2019-03-07
Last week, several members of Congress began pushing the resolution with the aim of "supporting the development of guidelines for ethical development of artificial intelligence." It was introduced by Reps. Brenda Lawrence and Ro Khanna — the latter of whom, crucially, represents Silicon Valley, which is to the ethical development of software what West Virginia is to the rollout of clean energy. This has helped make Khanna a national figure, in part because, far from being a tech industry cheerleader, he's publicly supported cracking down on the data Wild West his home district helped create. For exa…
theintercept.com/2019/03/07/artificial-i…

Progressive Jewish Groups Thank Diverse Coalition That Mobilized to Thwart Democrats' Misguided Rebuke of Omar
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-07
"We're witnessing a huge change in our society. Our political leaders are becoming less afraid to speak out against Israeli policy and it's because of our grassroots movements." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/07/progres…

Trump vows to boycott 'Fake News' networks after Democrats bar Fox from hosting 2020 debates
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-07
US President Donald Trump is threatening to boycott mainstream media by refusing to appear on their airwaves during the 2020 debates, after Democrats said they'd bar Fox News from hosting its own debates. | …
rt.com/usa/453210-trump-boycott-fake-new…

"Syria is Truly a Country of Love and Peace". War Reporter Carla Ortiz: A Hero of Our Times
Carla Ortiz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Forward by Richard Galustian | Carla Ortiz is one of the most unique people of our times, a real hero; a woman who is braver than the most seasoned war reporter. She has spent considerable time the Syrian war zones where …
globalresearch.ca/carla-ortiz-hero-our-t…

Video: Israel Delivers More Strikes on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Late on March 3, battle tanks of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shelled positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near Qars Nafal and Jubata al-Khashab in the province of Quneitra. Local sources said that the Israeli attack did not …
globalresearch.ca/israel-strikes-syria/5…

Trump Breaks Another Promise: Troops Will Remain in Syria
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
ISIS is not and has never been the reason the United States bombed targets and killed thousands of Syrian civilians. The war on ISIS was about establishing a military presence in Syria, the excuse being an effort to counter Iran's geopolitical aims.
globalresearch.ca/troops-remain-syria/56…

Top Democrats Are Enabling Climate Catastrophe
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-06
What follows is a conversation among journalists Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and The Real News Network's Paul Jay. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
truthdig.com/articles/top-democrats-are-…

Why the Outrage? "Jewish Power" Party is the New Norm in Israeli Politics
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Otzma Yehudit's platform only reinforces the existing "core values" of Israel, the same values that AIPAC itself champions without the slightest regard for human rights, international law and the principles of true democratic values…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-the-outrage-je…

The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-democratic-par…

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Medicare for All Will Lower Costs & Expand Healthcare Coverage to Everyone
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-06
More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are co-sponsoring a new House bill to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. This comes at a time when as many as 30 million Americans have no health insurance and tens of millions more are either underinsured or struggling to pay their health insurance premiums. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who announced the bill last week.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/6/rep_pramil…

An Open Letter: We are Jews Who Stand with Representative Ilhan Omar
JewsWithIlhan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-06
We are Jews who stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. She has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism since tweeting that GOP threats against her and Representative Rashida Tlaib for criticizing Israel were "all about the Benjamins baby." When asked to clarify who is paying members of Congress "to be pro-Israel," Omar replied, "AIPAC!" | There is absolutely nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the noxious role of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which spends millions each year to buy U.S. political support for Israeli aggression and militarism against the Palestinian people. As the NYC chapte…
mintpressnews.com/open-letter-we-are-jew…

Greg Grandin on "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-06
As the Senate appears poised to pass a resolution to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border, we speak with historian Greg Grandin about his new book, "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America." Grandin writes in his book, "The wall might or might not be built. But even if it remains only in its phantasmagorical, budgetary stage, a perpetual negotiating chip between Congress and the White House, the promise of a two-thousand-mile-long, thirty-foot-high ribbon of concrete and steel running along the United States' s…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/6/greg_grand…

Fmr. Nuclear Launch Officer Tells Congress to Take Up 'No First Use'
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
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Rep. Jayapal: We Must Protect Rep. Ilhan Omar's Right to Critique U.S. Foreign Policy on Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-06
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are expected to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to a House vote this week in a direct rebuke of recent comments by Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar questioning the U.S.'s relationship with Israel. After facing criticism, the Democratic leadership added language in the resolution condemning anti-Muslim bias, as well. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who says, "I just want to make sure that we are protecting the right for the first Muslim woman to be in Congress and to question, legitimately, foreign policy toward Israel."
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I'm Jewish, and I Find the Hypocrisy of Republican Islamophobes Hounding Ilhan Omar Breathtaking
Rebecca Vilkomerson | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
As one of two of the first Muslim-American women in Congress, Ilhan Omar is facing a specific set of demands and attacks.(Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Tell Congress to Stand Up for Real Net Neutrality Protections
Katharine Trendacosta | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
Tell your representatives you want them to stand up for real net neutrality. And don't let them redefine net neutrality by supporting one of the other, net-neutrality-in-name-only bills. (Image: Battle for the Net) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Dereliction of Congressional Duty
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Last week's congressional testimony by Michael Cohen riveted the nation as President Trump's long-time lawyer, fixer and co-conspirator spilled the beans on his former boss. But Montana's Republican congressional members, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, told reporters they were too busy "meeting with Montanans all day" to watch or listen to the hearings.
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The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
The US struck first at the 'weakest link' of the decolonization process. The US backed coups in Honduras and Paraguay. Then Washington turned to converting the judiciary and congress as stepping stones for launching a political attack on the strategic regimes in Argentina and Brazil.
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AFL-CIO, big biz unite to urge Congress to fund infrastructure
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-06
WASHINGTON–Repeating a song they've sung for a decade or more, the AFL-CIO and big business, represented by the Chamber of Commerce — are uniting to urge Congress to provide more tax dollars to rebuild and replace the nation's breaking bridges, crumbling roads, creaky railroads, aging airports and stuttering subways, by raising the federal gas tax. …
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Kirstjen Nielsen Continues to Insist That There Is No Family Separation Policy
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-06
During her congressional testimony, Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen dodged questions about her department's vicious border policies. | Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified on Wednesday before the House Committee on Homeland Security, just days after the House passed a resolution to overturn President Trump's emergency declaration on the border wall. | Nielsen has helped Trump push lies and fabrications about the supposed security crisis at the border, when in fact the only crisis…
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Chile's Cities Are the Most Air-Polluted South American Cities
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-06
On Feb. 5 AirVisual and Greenpeace published the 2018 World Air Quality Report, research built with data from more than 3,000 cities, which points out that Chile has nine of the ten South American cities with the worst air quality. | RELATED: | Chilean's Biodegradable Plastic Bag Dissolves in Three Minutes | According to the global air quality ranking,…
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South Florida students rally on anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-06
Tampa, FL – On February 28, the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of South Florida for the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a nearby gas station. The trial of Zimmerman became a national phenomenon with him walking free due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The shooting is still fresh on Florida's mind, with many questioning the judicial system that let a man off with murder. | The protest was aimed at the jud…
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Jayapal: Democrats Are Ready to Issue Subpoenas If White House Blocks New Requests for Documents
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-06
The House Judiciary Committee launched a wide-ranging investigation Monday into President Trump, his businesses and his allies, as lawmakers probe possible obstruction of justice, corruption and other crimes and abuses of power. The committee requested documents from at least 81 people or groups, who now have a March 18 deadline to respond. The list includes his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, WikiLeaks, AMI chief David Pecker, the Department of Justice, the FBI, Trump's charities and the founder of private security firm Blackwater, Erik Prince–who is a…
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Lawmakers ready to pass sweeping HR-1 reform bill
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-06
WASHINGTON–With mass citizen backing and union and worker support, lawmakers this week will tackle the central agenda item of the new ruling House Democrats: Comprehensive election and ethics reform. The 662-page "For The People Act," given the highly symbolic number HR1, contains a huge raft of changes. They range from outlawing gerrymandering by mandating non-partisan …
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SPLC statement on Florida Senate bill that would fund private school vouchers with public school money
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-06
The Florida Senate Education Committee today endorsed a proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis that would take more taxpayer money away from public schools and give it to unregulated private schools.
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350 Action on 'Green New Deal' Senate Floor Debate
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
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Activists Deliver 750,000+ Petition Signatures Urging the Senate to Revoke Trump's National Emergency Declaration
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
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Another War for Oil on the Agenda? Thank Ted Cruz
Joyce Nelson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
Very important identical bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and House in late February, but you've likely not heard of them — even though they could literally blow up the Middle East and take the world much closer to World War III. On February 26, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced…
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Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-06
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …
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Bernie Sanders Is Beating Kamala Harris 2-1 Among Black Democratic Primary Voters, New Poll Finds
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-03-06
Three weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading all other announced candidates in support from black voters, a new poll finds. The only potential candidate who polled better with African-Americans than Sanders, according to the poll by Morning Consult, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a campaign. | Despite a persistent notion that his supporters are disproportionately white male "bros," the new survey suggests that Sanders is actually slightly…
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'The system was raping me': 1st US female combat fighter pilot reveals sex abuse by superior officer
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, told a Senate panel she was raped by a senior officer while serving in the Air Force but did not report the assault, as she did not trust the system. | …
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There Are 106 Democratic Co-Sponsors for Medicare for All. What's Up With the Other 130?
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
A week after the introduction of comprehensive single-payer healthcare legislation, Congressional Democrats are split over the bill.Rep. Pramila Jayapal's (D-Wash.) bill has the support of 106 other House Democrats, but there are still 130 members of the majority party who have yet to sign on. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Ilhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…
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Democratic leaders step up witchhunt against Congresswoman Omar on phony anti-Semitism charges
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
This intimidation and character assassination is part of a drive to criminalize all criticism of the Israeli state's oppression of Palestinians by equating it with anti-Semitism.
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Clapper claims he 'didn't lie' about NSA spying on Americans, but 'didn't understand' the question
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
NSA director-turned-cable-news-pundit James Clapper is still insisting he wasn't lying when he told a congressional panel the NSA wasn't spying on American citizens — three months before Edward Snowden told everyone it was. | …
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The Climate Denier Enablers
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Are the leaders of the Democratic Party paying lip service about climate change and creating conditions for a climate denier President to ignore the crisis? — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay…
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Small-Dollar Donors Are Playing a Growing Role in Congressional Campaigns
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-06
Freshman House Democrats, many of whom made it to Congress on pledges of reforming campaign finance, are chipping away at Wall Street's influence in Congress. | First-term Democratic members relied less on corporate donors in the 2018 midterm elections and raised higher percentages of campaign cash through small-dollar donations than the Democratic incumbents who ran for re-election, according to a new report by Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Economic and Policy Re…
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After Locking Migrant Children in Cages, DHS Chief Tells Congress, 'They're Not Cages'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
After months of outrage over the Trump administration detaining migrant children in "cages," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted to members of Congress on Wednesday, "We don't use cages for children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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DNC Bars 'Propaganda Outfit' Fox From Hosting Primary Debates
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-06
"The process of publicly considering Fox News as a host gave the network undeserved legitimacy," wrote one political journalist | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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