Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

2019-04-02: News Headlines

Chris Cole (2019-04-02). Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria? globalresearch.ca On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …

South Front (2019-04-02). Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line. globalresearch.ca Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …

Stephen Zunes (2019-04-02). The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run. progressive.org Biden used his leadership to get a Democratic-controlled Senate to give then-President Bush in 2002 the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. democracynow.org We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). As Trump Threatens Another Obamacare Repeal, Mother Warns That Losing ACA Would "Wipe Me Out" democracynow.org Just a week after President Trump's Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as "the party of healthcare." We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washingto…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives. democracynow.org We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.

Kerbie Joseph (2019-04-02). Feminism for the 99% — The Fight for Reproductive Justice. liberationnews.org Reposted from Breaking the Chains Below is talk given by PSL member Kerbie Joseph at the Feminism for the 99% conference hosted by the People's Congress of Resistance on March 23rd in New York City My name is Kerbie Joseph and the most powerful declaration I can stand here and say to all of you …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-02). Union officials to Congress: U.S. 'free trade' pacts trash U.S. workers. peoplesworld.org

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). "The Status Quo Is Not Sustainable": How Medicare for All Would Fill Gaps in Obamacare Coverage. democracynow.org As Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act, we look at the growing case for Medicare for all. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers co-sponsored a House bill last month to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. The bill would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would also eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles. We speak with Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has en…

Global Research News (2019-04-02). Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

STAFF (2019-04-02). "Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags. truthout.org In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid. truthout.org We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the de…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-02). NAACP Condemns GOP Rule-Breaking to Pack the Courts. naacp.org April 2, 2019 Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reckless move to shorten the Senate's consideration for district court nominees and certain executive nominees. "The NAACP strongly condemns Senate Majority Leader McConnell's approach for breaking the rules once again to harm our justice system. "This power grab should fail. Contrary …

STAFF (2019-04-02). Ted Cruz's FEC Suit Could Give Special Interests More Power in Federal Elections. truthout.org Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has sued the FEC in an attempt to overturn rules that limit how much money a candidate can raise to reimburse themselves for campaign loans, Buzzfeed News reported Monday. | Current rules allow candidates to raise up to $250,000 from donors to repay personal loans to their own campaign. Cruz loaned his Senate campaign $260,000 in 2018, just over the repayment limit, and argues that the FEC rul…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). U.S. Calls Puerto Rico 'That Country' as Relief Bill Stalls. telesurenglish.net White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley referred to Puerto Rico as "that country" twice in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday — despite the fact that the island territory has been part of the United States for over 120 years, a day after two disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico Governor Appeals to US Senate to Pass Aid Bill | Gidley's comments came as he defended U.S. President Donald Trump's storm of tweets that morning attacking Puerto Ri…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing. telesurenglish.net Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) says he's going to "act with prudence" regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut their shared border. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | During his Monday morning daily public address, AMLO said he can't talk about an issue that hasn't happened and wouldn't speculate about the possible border closure. | "If I answer that question (about the border stoppage)," the pres…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Two Women Will Make History in 2019 Chicago Mayoral Runoff. telesurenglish.net Lori Lightfoot, the former Chicago Police Board president, and Toni Preckwinkle, the current Cook County Board President, will face off against each other in a runoff election to become the next mayor of Chicago, the third most populous U.S. city. | RELATED: | Record Number of Women Legislators Join US Congress | The two candidates garnered the most votes during the February elections, where 14 candidates competed to replace Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat who has been serving as the 55 mayor of…

commondreams (2019-04-02). Congress Urged to Boost Monarch Butterfly Conservation by $100 Million. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jeff Bryant (2019-04-02). New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools. progressive.org Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all.

Daniel Costa (2019-04-02). Congress and Trump Discover Bipartisanship on Immigration—But Only to Increase H-2B Visas for Captive and Underpaid Migrant Workers. commondreams.org Rodolfo Godinez, from left, Alfredo Rosas Mendoza and Samuel Jimenez, who are all working in the U.S. on H-2B visas, haul gravel July 20, 2017, for Jimenez & Sons Landscaping at a project at a home in Lemont. (Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure From Progressives. truthout.org We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says. | Transcript: | This is…

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-04-02). Trump-Barr's Manipulation of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report of March 22, 2019: The Political Cover-up of the Century? globalresearch.ca "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power …

Yves Engler (2019-04-02). NATO Propaganda Promotes War, Military Spending. globalresearch.ca Third in a four-part series on the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. | The first two installments of the series showed how NATO was set up to blunt the European left and to justify European/North American …

James Wright (2019-04-02). Jeremy Vine is under heavy fire for 'joking' about Jeremy Corbyn getting assaulted. thecanary.co On 1 April, Jeremy Vine stood accused of trivialising a recent assault on Jeremy Corbyn. "Attack on our democratic process" Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot … | Read more Jeremy Vine is under heavy fire for 'joking' about Jeremy Corbyn getting assaulted | By James Wright

John Nichols (2019-04-02). When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success. thenation.com When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-02). Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4—'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'. consortiumnews.com As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more →

Clark T. Scott (2019-04-02). "The More Effective Evil" counterpunch.org The old adage needs to be updated. It should now read as follows. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me scores and scores of times over decade after decade, I must be a democrat and a republican. A few years back, when Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford made the accurate assessment that Barrack Obama More

Adam Eichen (2019-04-02). The Case for Using Ranked Choice Voting in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries. commondreams.org Want more democracy in the primaries? Join the movement for ranked choice voting. (Photo: Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeff Faux (2019-04-02). Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration. thenation.com Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…

Jacob Bacharach (2019-04-02). Nancy Pelosi Believes in Nothing. truthdig.com Last month, Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the Washington Post that incensed an increasingly socialist flank of the Democratic Party. "I don't think we should go down that path," she said of President Trump's possible impeachment, before adding the president of the United States is "just not worth it." | It was unclear, in this context, what "worth it" meant to Pelosi. In the same interview, she claimed that Trump was unfit for office "ethical…

SIPRI (2019-04-02). Global Arms Trade: USA Increases Dominance; Arms Flows to the Middle East Surge, Says SIPRI. globalresearch.ca The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014—18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009—13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004—2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace …

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization. telesurenglish.net Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…

Fight Back (2019-04-02). Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Donald Trump's Only Strategy Is to Create Crisis and Claim to Fix It. truthout.org "I alone can fix it." | Donald Trump's declaration during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016 was ostensibly meant to sell the political neophyte as uniquely situated to solve the intransigence that has plagued both parties. But in practice, another Trump tagline — "I love chaos" — has served as the president's prevalent guidance since his party took huge losses in the midterms. | First, he needlessly shut down the federal government to make a case for his border wall. Now, unhappy with the accelerating rate of illegal border crossings, Trump is threatenin…

Jake Johnson (2019-04-02). Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen. mintpressnews.com "Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."

RT (2019-04-02). 'Creepy Uncle Joe' memes not going anywhere as 2nd woman accuses Biden of crossing 'line of decency'. rt.com A second woman has come forward to accuse 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden of creepy almost-sexual harassment, while the former Vice President's damage control attempts have Twitter up in arms.

plenglish (2019-04-02). Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela. plenglish.com Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

RT (2019-04-02). Sniff, touch & run: Will Democrats survive own #MeToo moral hype in 'Bidening' scandal? rt.com When a Republican faces #MeToo-style accusations, be it President Trump or Judge Kavanaugh, Dems are usually the first to condemn. But when men among their own ranks come under fire, they water down the scandal or find a pretext.

plenglish (2019-04-02). China Appreciates Seoul's Effort to Resume Talks on Peninsula. plenglish.com Beijing, Apr 2 ( Prensa Latina ) China expressed Tuesday its appreciation for South Korea"s efforts to resume talks on denuclearization and peaceful resolution of the situation on the neighboring peninsula after the stagnation emerged at the Vietnam summit.

WSWS (2019-04-02). After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike. wsws.org In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

Jubilee USA Network (2019-04-02). Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate. indybay.org On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.

Daniel Haufler (2019-04-02). The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism. indybay.org The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.

Vanessa Beeley (2019-04-01). Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance. globalresearch.ca Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-01). Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …

Robert Fisk (2019-04-01). Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel? counterpunch.org Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-01). Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness. consortiumnews.com Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more →

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

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Will the UK Continue to Launch Strikes Against ISIS in Syria?
Chris Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
On Saturday (23 March) the Syrian Defence Force announced that ISIS' last stronghold, the small town of Baghuz on the banks of the Euphrates, had been captured. With that, ISIS' so-called Caliphate was at an end. | When British MPs …
globalresearch.ca/will-uk-continue-launc…

Video: US Says Syrian Army Must Withdraw from Golan Heights' Contact Line
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Over 50 ISIS members were eliminated by strikes of the US-led coalition in the outskirt of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the Euphrates Valley over the past few days, local sources reported. The airstrikes were a part of the …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-says-syrian-a…

Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelas-chief-supre…

The Other Reason Biden Shouldn't Run
Stephen Zunes | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
Biden used his leadership to get a Democratic-controlled Senate to give then-President Bush in 2002 the unprecedented authority to invade a country on the far side of the world that was no threat to the United States.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-other-rea…

"Massive Win for the Environment": New York State Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
In a move celebrated by activists as a " massive win for the environment," New York state lawmakers agreed to ban most single-use plastic bags statewide as part of a $175.5 billion budget deal announced Sunday. | New York is the third state to outlaw plastic bags. California voters ratified a state law in 2016, and all of Hawaii's counties have enacted simila…
truthout.org/articles/massive-win-for-th…

Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the de…
truthout.org/video/congresswoman-slams-t…

"This President Is Cruel": Congresswoman Slams Trump for Fighting Against Puerto Rico Disaster Aid
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the fight in Congress over disaster aid for Puerto Rico since it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, one of the deadliest storms in U.S. history. On Monday, two competing disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. A companion to a January package passed in the House failed after Republicans objected to the lack of relief funding for recent flooding in the Midwest. Another Senate bill supported by Republicans fell short of the 60 votes needed. It contained just $600 million for Puerto Rico's food stamp program, a number Democrats say is far too low as many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the devas…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/this_presi…

U.S. Calls Puerto Rico 'That Country' as Relief Bill Stalls
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley referred to Puerto Rico as "that country" twice in an MSNBC interview on Tuesday — despite the fact that the island territory has been part of the United States for over 120 years, a day after two disaster relief bills stalled in the Senate. | RELATED: | Puerto Rico Governor Appeals to US Senate to Pass Aid Bill | Gidley's comments came as he defended U.S. President Donald Trump's storm of tweets that morning attacking Puerto Ri…
telesurenglish.net/news/White-House-Refe…

Ted Cruz's FEC Suit Could Give Special Interests More Power in Federal Elections
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has sued the FEC in an attempt to overturn rules that limit how much money a candidate can raise to reimburse themselves for campaign loans, Buzzfeed News reported Monday. | Current rules allow candidates to raise up to $250,000 from donors to repay personal loans to their own campaign. Cruz loaned his Senate campaign $260,000 in 2018, just over the repayment limit, and argues that the FEC rul…
truthout.org/articles/ted-cruzs-fec-suit…

NAACP Condemns GOP Rule-Breaking to Pack the Courts
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-02
April 2, 2019 Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP, made the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reckless move to shorten the Senate's consideration for district court nominees and certain executive nominees. "The NAACP strongly condemns Senate Majority Leader McConnell's approach for breaking the rules once again to harm our justice system. "This power grab should fail. Contrary …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-condemns-gop-rule…

Congress and Trump Discover Bipartisanship on Immigration—But Only to Increase H-2B Visas for Captive and Underpaid Migrant Workers
Daniel Costa | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Rodolfo Godinez, from left, Alfredo Rosas Mendoza and Samuel Jimenez, who are all working in the U.S. on H-2B visas, haul gravel July 20, 2017, for Jimenez & Sons Landscaping at a project at a home in Lemont. (Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Two Women Will Make History in 2019 Chicago Mayoral Runoff
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Lori Lightfoot, the former Chicago Police Board president, and Toni Preckwinkle, the current Cook County Board President, will face off against each other in a runoff election to become the next mayor of Chicago, the third most populous U.S. city. | RELATED: | Record Number of Women Legislators Join US Congress | The two candidates garnered the most votes during the February elections, where 14 candidates competed to replace Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat who has been serving as the 55 mayor of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Two-Women-Will-M…

Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure From Progressives
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says. | Transcript: | This is…
truthout.org/video/democrats-drop-corpor…

As Trump Threatens Another Obamacare Repeal, Mother Warns That Losing ACA Would "Wipe Me Out"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
Just a week after President Trump's Justice Department supported a federal court ruling to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, Trump changed course in a series of tweets Monday and said he is willing to wait until after the 2020 presidential election for Congress to vote on a new healthcare plan. Trump has vowed to replace the ACA so that the Republican Party will be known as "the party of healthcare." We speak with Jamie Davis Smith, a mother of four, civil rights attorney and member of Little Lobbyists and Health Care Voter. Her daughter Claire has multiple severe disabilities. In a recent op-ed for The Washingto…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/as_trump_t…

Congress Urged to Boost Monarch Butterfly Conservation by $100 Million
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
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Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) says he's going to "act with prudence" regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut their shared border. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | During his Monday morning daily public address, AMLO said he can't talk about an issue that hasn't happened and wouldn't speculate about the possible border closure. | "If I answer that question (about the border stoppage)," the pres…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexicos-AMLO-Say…

Feminism for the 99% — The Fight for Reproductive Justice
Kerbie Joseph | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-02
Reposted from Breaking the Chains Below is talk given by PSL member Kerbie Joseph at the Feminism for the 99% conference hosted by the People's Congress of Resistance on March 23rd in New York City My name is Kerbie Joseph and the most powerful declaration I can stand here and say to all of you …
liberationnews.org/feminism-for-the-99-t…

"The System Is Rigged": Democrats Drop Corporate and PAC Money Amid Pressure from Progressives
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
We look at the growing push for lawmakers to refuse money from corporate political action committees, as more than half of the Democrats newly elected to Congress have vowed not to accept such donations. We speak with Congressmember Nydia Velázquez of New York, a long-term legislator who has stopped taking corporate PAC donations. "In order to return trust [to] our democratic institutions, we need to … allow for the voters to feel that their voices are heard and that they don't have to write a big check in order to gain access into our congressional offices," she says.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/2/the_system…

New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
Congress members confronted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over a proposed budget increase for a program funding charter schools that quickly closed, or never opened at all.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration
Jeff Faux | thenation.com | 2019-04-02
Trump Is Laying a Trap for Democrats on Immigration…
thenation.com/article/trump-immigration-…

The Case for Using Ranked Choice Voting in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primaries
Adam Eichen | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Want more democracy in the primaries? Join the movement for ranked choice voting. (Photo: Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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When Socialism Was Tried in America–and Was a Smashing Success
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-02
When Socialism Was Tried in America–and Was a Smashing Success…
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Nancy Pelosi Believes in Nothing
Jacob Bacharach | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Last month, Nancy Pelosi gave an interview to the Washington Post that incensed an increasingly socialist flank of the Democratic Party. "I don't think we should go down that path," she said of President Trump's possible impeachment, before adding the president of the United States is "just not worth it." | It was unclear, in this context, what "worth it" meant to Pelosi. In the same interview, she claimed that Trump was unfit for office "ethical…
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Trump-Barr's Manipulation of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller Report of March 22, 2019: The Political Cover-up of the Century?
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government, which is the true ruling power …
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"The More Effective Evil"
Clark T. Scott | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
The old adage needs to be updated. It should now read as follows. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me scores and scores of times over decade after decade, I must be a democrat and a republican. A few years back, when Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford made the accurate assessment that Barrack Obama…
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Jeremy Vine is under heavy fire for 'joking' about Jeremy Corbyn getting assaulted
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-02
On 1 April, Jeremy Vine stood accused of trivialising a recent assault on Jeremy Corbyn. "Attack on our democratic process" Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot … | Read more Jeremy Vine is under heavy fire for 'joking' about Jeremy Corbyn getting assaulted | By James Wright…
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Consortium News' Record on Russia-gate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 4–'The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate'
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-02
As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the "scandal" started with Democrats funding the original dubious allegations of Russian interference, wrote Joe Lauria on Oct. 29, 2017. The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate By Joe Lauria… Read more ?…
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"The Status Quo Is Not Sustainable": How Medicare for All Would Fill Gaps in Obamacare Coverage
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-02
As Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act, we look at the growing case for Medicare for all. More than 100 Democratic lawmakers co-sponsored a House bill last month to dramatically revamp healthcare in the United States by creating a Medicare-for-all system funded by the federal government. The bill would expand Medicare to include dental, vision and long-term care, while making the federally run health program available to all Americans. It would also eliminate health insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles. We speak with Dr. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, which has en…
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Sarah Martin reports from Venezuela, opposes U.S. intervention
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 27, 80 people filled 4200 Cedar to witness a report on the conditions in Venezuela delivered by Sarah Martin. Martin, a longtime peace activist and member of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), joined members of organizations such as International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Canadian Peace Council, and United National Antiwar Coalition as part of an international peace delegation organized by the U.S. Peace Council and Black Alliance for Peace. The delegation's stated intention was to bring a message of solidarity to the Venezuelan people, to witness firsthand the effects…
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Global Arms Trade: USA Increases Dominance; Arms Flows to the Middle East Surge, Says SIPRI
SIPRI | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
The volume of international transfers of major arms in 2014–18 was 7.8 per cent higher than in 2009–13 and 23 per cent higher than in 2004–2008, according to new data on arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace …
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Selected Articles: Lawyers Worldwide: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …
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Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…
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Minnesota joins national protests for end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela, around the world
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-02
Minneapolis, MN – On March 30 around 100 people gathered at the busy intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis to participate in the national call for action issued by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). UNAC's original call was to draw attention to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) 70th anniversary but as the United States' attempts to force Juan Guiado into power in Venezuela became more aggressive, the focus of the protest shifted more to #HandsOffVenezuela. | Kim DeFranco, a member of Women Against Military Madness and the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, open…
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Donald Trump's Only Strategy Is to Create Crisis and Claim to Fix It
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
"I alone can fix it." | Donald Trump's declaration during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016 was ostensibly meant to sell the political neophyte as uniquely situated to solve the intransigence that has plagued both parties. But in practice, another Trump tagline — "I love chaos" — has served as the president's prevalent guidance since his party took huge losses in the midterms. | First, he needlessly shut down the federal government to make a case for his border wall. Now, unhappy with the accelerating rate of illegal border crossings, Trump is threatenin…
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Jewish Groups Accuse GOP of Weaponizing Anti-Semitism to Prolong Slaughter in Yemen
Jake Johnson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-02
"Just as they did earlier this year, Republican leaders may again shamefully exploit concerns over bigotry against Jews to stall a totally unrelated bill that would help put an end to U.S. support for the war in Yemen."
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Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public–and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …
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After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/02/nzte…

'Creepy Uncle Joe' memes not going anywhere as 2nd woman accuses Biden of crossing 'line of decency'
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
A second woman has come forward to accuse 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden of creepy almost-sexual harassment, while the former Vice President's damage control attempts have Twitter up in arms. | …
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Senate Disaster Funding Fails Over Puerto Rico Aid Debate
Jubilee USA Network | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
On Monday the Senate failed to pass disaster relief funding to benefit Americans impacted by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters. Republicans and Democrats clashed over recovery aid amounts for Puerto Rico and two separate proposals could not muster enough votes for passage.
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Peruvian Government Opposes Military Intervention in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Lima, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government is against any military intervention in Venezuela, Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said before the International Relations Committee of the Congress of the Republic.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

China Appreciates Seoul's Effort to Resume Talks on Peninsula
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-02
Beijing, Apr 2 ( Prensa Latina ) China expressed Tuesday its appreciation for South Korea"s efforts to resume talks on denuclearization and peaceful resolution of the situation on the neighboring peninsula after the stagnation emerged at the Vietnam summit.
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The Struggle against Authoritarian Populism
Daniel Haufler | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
The US finds itself in the worst crisis of its democracy in decades, perhaps even since the Civil War. The political system has failed. Trump constantly mocks the constitutional state and democracy. The Democrats are absolutely obliged to protect the country from an authoritarian coup from above. Voting Trump out of office is the only realistic way out.
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Sniff, touch & run: Will Democrats survive own #MeToo moral hype in 'Bidening' scandal?
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
When a Republican faces #MeToo-style accusations, be it President Trump or Judge Kavanaugh, Dems are usually the first to condemn. But when men among their own ranks come under fire, they water down the scandal or find a pretext. | …
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Syria: Suspected Al-Qaeda Chemical Attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh Bells Ring in Defiance
Vanessa Beeley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Al Skeilbiyyeh — on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces …
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Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …
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Why Does the US Continue to Grovel to Israel?
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
Is there any other country on Earth with which America would dare collude on such a scale? Forget the "special relationship" with the crackpots in Britain, or the New World coming to the rescue of the Old World in the Second World War. There's only one special relationship that matters right now — and we all know what that is. Having given its blessing to all Jerusalem as Israeli property and having now handed Golan to Israel as a possession — for "to annex" means "to take possession", does it not? — Donald Trump has undermined the entire foundation of "land for peace" enshrined in Security Coun…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/01/why-does-the…

Pelosi and McConnell Crank Up NATO Madness
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-01
Norman Solomon calls for all forms of pushback against a militarized political culture welcoming a NATO chief to Congress this week. By Norman Solomon NormanSolomon.com When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell teamed up to invite… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/31/pelosi-and…

Meet Lorena Garcia, 36-Year-Old Queer Activist of Color for U.S. Senate in Colorado
Millennial Politics Team | millennialpolitics.co | 2019-04-01
36-year-old activist Lorena Garcia is running against Republican Cory Gardner in Colorado and could become the first openly queer woman of color ever elected to the U.S. Senate.
millennialpolitics.co/lorena-garcia/

Is the FDA Misleading Congress About the Safety of Imported Medicines?
Gabriel Levitt | thenation.com | 2019-04-01
Is the FDA Misleading Congress About the Safety of Imported Medicines?
thenation.com/article/canarx-prescriptio…

What to Know About the Census
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-01
Today marks exactly one year out from the 2020 Census — the official counting of the United States population, a constitutional requirement occurring once every ten years. The decennial Census is a crucial facet of our Republic because its results serve as the basis for redistricting, the enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocating congressional …
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