Daily Archives: April 10, 2019

2019-04-10: News Headlines

South Front (2019-04-10). Video: US and Israel Prepare for Coordinated Campaign Against Iranian Forces in Syria. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria is remaining relatively stable amid the continued limited ISIS attacks on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-militarized zone. | Over the past few …

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

Steven Sahiounie (2019-04-10). Western Spies Among the Jihadis in Idlib: Planning A New Drama? A Chemical Attack? globalresearch.ca There are spies among the Jihadis in Idlib. Movements, storages and plans are well known to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies. Recently, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that European intelligence agents were inside Idlib, and planning …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-10). Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination. mintpressnews.com There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.

STAFF (2019-04-10). Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…

STAFF (2019-04-10). More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Ending America's Hundred Years' War Against Drugs. truthdig.com We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive policing…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-04-10). Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats— John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Eric Swalwell, in that …

Alex Lawson (2019-04-10). Sign on now to support improved Medicare for All. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell's relentless attacks against Americans' health care have opened the door to a new conversation: improved Medicare for All. For years, the conventional wisdom in Washington has been that Medicare for All was a progressive pipe dream. Something that only the fringe of the Democratic Party was talking about. But thanks …

Charles Pierson (2019-04-10). Yemen's Fate is in Trump's Hands. counterpunch.org Congress has finally grown a spine.For the first time in more than forty years, Congress has invoked the War Powers Resolution to demand that the US end its assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US has been involved in the Saudi-led war without the authorization of Congress as mandated by the Constitution. More

commondreams (2019-04-10). Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2019. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Near-Total Abortion Bans Seek to Overturn Roe v. Wade. truthdig.com Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. | Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which means as early as six weeks, when many women don't even know they're pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and a bill in Ohio is nearing final passage. | Similar bills have been filed in at least seven other stat…

STAFF (2019-04-10). AOC Calls Out GOP for Attacking Green New Deal While Supporting Oil Subsidies. truthout.org During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. | "It is not responsible to complain about anything we dislike as 'socialism,' particularly when many of our colleagues across the aisle are more than happy to support millions and potentially billions of dollars in government subsidies and carve-outs for the oil and gas and fossil fuel industry," said the New York congresswoman. | "So the fact that subsidies for fossil fuel…

teleSUR (2019-04-10). Turkey's Erdogan calls for annulment of Istanbul election. telesurenglish.net Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said electoral authorities should annul Istanbul's local elections due to irregularities, notably over the appointment of ballot box officials, the pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Meets Erdogan in Turkey Visit, Both Reject US Intervention in Venezuela | Initial results indicate the main opposition Republican People's Party narrowly won control of Turkey's biggest city in the…

George Ochenski (2019-04-10). Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant. counterpunch.org The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its More

STAFF (2019-04-10). Bernie Sanders Unveils His New 'Medicare for All' Plan. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance. | "It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford the prescription drug he or she needs," Sanders said. "Health care is a human right, not a privilege." | Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination are set to sign onto the updated single-payer health care proposal. The bill's reintr…

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-10). Greens Say 'No to NATO' While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. globalresearch.ca Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below …

Aaron Maté (2019-04-10). Congressman Adam Schiff's Russiagate Delusions Are Not Okay. thegrayzone.com Aaron Maté takes on the grand inquistor of the Russiagate conspiracy, Rep. Adam Schiff, methodically dismantling his deceptive claims, one…

Manar Waheed (2019-04-10). Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future. commondreams.org From airport protests to tragic stories of Muslim families separated, we have heard the outcry for far too long. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ACLU (2019-04-10). The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too. aclu.org Opponents of equality are spewing myths about transgender people and nondiscrimination protections on Capitol Hill. | In the past seven days, the House of Representatives has held two historic hearings on the Equality Act, HR 5, a bipartisan bill that would add explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to our civil rights laws, and update the laws to provide increased protection for all women and people of color. What was most notable from…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2019. democracynow.org Israel: Netanyahu on Track for 5th Term in Office, DHS "Purge" Continues with Deputy Sec. Claire Grady, Reports: WH Wants to Put Border Agents in Charge of Asylum Interviews, AG Barr to Congress: No Plans to Release Unredacted Mueller Report, Mnuchin Says Treasury Consulted with WH on Trump Tax Returns, Bipartisan Tax Bill Would Make Free IRS E-Filing System Illegal, Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements, NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak, BuzzFeed: GOP Told Drug Cos. Not to Comply with Congressional Request, Prosecutors Add Money Laundering Charges in School Adm…

ACLU (2019-04-10). The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws. aclu.org The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…

ACLU (2019-04-10). Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future. aclu.org Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…

Aída Chávez (2019-04-10). Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez. theintercept.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…

plenglish (2019-04-10). Tribunes for Sovereignty Deployed in Venezuelan Municipalities. plenglish.com 10 de abril de 2019, 16: 16Caracas, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) All Venezuelan municipalities will install as of this Wednesday "anti-imperialist tribunes in defense of national sovereignty and peace", according to authorities of the United Socialist Party of the nation (PSUV).

WSWS (2019-04-10). Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis. wsws.org The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.

Chicano Mexicano Resistance (2019-04-10). RESTORE MURAL DE LA RAZA. indybay.org SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.

plenglish (2019-04-10). Arab League Leader Condemns US Decision on Golan. plenglish.com Beirut, Apr 10 ( Prensa Latina ) The Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, reiterated his condemnation of the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights during a visit to Lebanon.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-10). 300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'. commondreams.org "To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

David Dayen (2019-04-10). Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left. theintercept.com Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-10). Dems Introduce Bill to End Trump's 'UnAmerican' Muslim Ban. commondreams.org Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation to end President Donald Trump's racist Muslim ban Wednesday, generating support from advocates and lawmakers opposed to the administration's policy."We are happy to see elected officials who are using their legislative powers to dismantle the Trump administration's bigoted policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-10). Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE). rt.com With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. |

WSWS (2019-04-10). New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch. wsws.org The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-10). Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign. theintercept.com In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.

plenglish (2019-04-10). Over 200,000 Soldiers Will Guarantee Safe Easter in Venezuela. plenglish.com Caracas, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 200,000 security officers will be active in Venezuela to guarantee peace and quiet during the Holy Week celebrations, Justice and Peace Minister Nestor Reverol said Wednesday.

Julia Conley (2019-04-10). House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online. theantimedia.com (CD) — Digital rights groups applauded Wednesday as the U.S. House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), in a 232-190 vote, with just one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation. VICTORY! House votes 231-190 to restore #NetNeutrality. The bill (HR 1644) survived an onslaught of amendments pushed by the telecom lobby, while more than …

plenglish (2019-04-10). Bolivian Congresswoman Confident in Evo Morales' Re-election. plenglish.com Doha, April 10 (Prensa Latina) The Plurinational State of Bolivia is already in an electoral race and we have confidence in the triumph of Evo Morales, declared to Prensa Latina Edith Mendoza, delegate for this country in section 140 of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.

RT (2019-04-10). Candace Owens in EPIC clash with Ted Lieu at congressional 'white nationalism' hearing. rt.com Sparks flew in the House of Representatives as Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tried to accuse conservative activist Candace Owens of being an apologist for Adolf Hitler at a hearing on hate crime and white nationalism.

plenglish (2019-04-10). DPRK Denounces New Military Escalation by South Korea. plenglish.com Pyongyang, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday denounced a new military escalation by South Korea, which evades the aspirations for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, local media reported on Wednesday.

RT (2019-04-10). 'Spying did occur' by intelligence agencies on Trump campaign — AG Barr. rt.com Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee that he believes FBI "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe. |

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

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

Adam Johnson (2019-04-09). Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes—No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster. fair.org by Adam Johnson | Progressives—along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans—finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…

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

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

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

Kevin Zeese (2019-04-09). Greens Say "No to NATO" While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO. dissidentvoice.org Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with …

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

teleSUR (2019-04-09). US Senators Propose Ban Online Tricks to Gather Personal Data. telesurenglish.net Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies, like Facebook and Twitter, from tricking consumers into unknowingly giving up their personal data. | RELATED: | Facebook Charged for Racial Discrimination in Housing Ads | "Misleading prompts to just click the 'OK' button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it," Republican Deb Fischer explained in a statement iss…

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

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Video: US and Israel Prepare for Coordinated Campaign Against Iranian Forces in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
The situation in Syria is remaining relatively stable amid the continued limited ISIS attacks on the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-militarized zone. | Over the past few …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-war-us-israel-p…

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-10
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/10/vicio…

Western Spies Among the Jihadis in Idlib: Planning A New Drama? A Chemical Attack?
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
There are spies among the Jihadis in Idlib. Movements, storages and plans are well known to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Russian allies. Recently, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that European intelligence agents were inside Idlib, and planning …
globalresearch.ca/western-spies-among-th…

Democratic "Superdelegates" May Once Again Rob Bernie Sanders of the Nomination
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-10
There is no denying that the need to defeat Trump at all costs will be the rallying cry used to push Democratic voters to fall in line behind the eventual nominee, regardless of whether the nominee was chosen by voters or by superdelegates.
mintpressnews.com/democratic-party-super…

Pompeo: Sanctions Increase "Pain and Suffering" in Venezuela (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Sec. of State Mike Pompeo recently openly admitted that the sanctions are causing pain and suffering and that this would accelerate the process of toppling the Maduro government. Mark Weisbrot discusses the approach and what Democrats and progressives could do to stop this…
therealnews.com/stories/pompeo-sanctions…

More Sanctions on Venezuela: Operation Florida 2020 (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-10
Senators Menendez and Rubio introduced a bipartisan bill to intensify the sanctions that are strangling Venezuela's economy. Mark Weisbrot says this is largely possible because members of Congress are unaware of the suffering the sanctions are causing in Venezuela…
therealnews.com/stories/more-sanctions-o…

Ending America's Hundred Years' War Against Drugs
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive policing…
truthdig.com/articles/ending-americas-hu…

Democratic Socialists of America endorses Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2019
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/04/10/dem…

AOC Calls Out GOP for Attacking Green New Deal While Supporting Oil Subsidies
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-10
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Republicans for attacking the Green New Deal as "socialism" while also supporting billions of dollars in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. | "It is not responsible to complain about anything we dislike as 'socialism,' particularly when many of our colleagues across the aisle are more than happy to support millions and potentially billions of dollars in government subsidies and carve-outs for the oil and gas and fossil fuel industry," said the New York congresswoman. | "So the fact that subsidies for fossil fuel…
truthout.org/articles/aoc-calls-out-gop-…

Near-Total Abortion Bans Seek to Overturn Roe v. Wade
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. | Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which means as early as six weeks, when many women don't even know they're pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and a bill in Ohio is nearing final passage. | Similar bills have been filed in at least seven other stat…
truthdig.com/articles/near-total-abortio…

Blowing Smoke on the Colstrip Coal Plant
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
The increasingly desperate efforts by politicians to "save" Colstrip's antiquated and enormously polluting coal-fired power plants is reaching the stage that's leaving facts, economics and the "free market" far behind. Unfortunately, Montana's congressional Republicans, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte, are among those blowing the most smoke about Colstrip, its climate impacts, and its…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/10/blowing-smok…

Turkey's Erdogan calls for annulment of Istanbul election
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-10
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said electoral authorities should annul Istanbul's local elections due to irregularities, notably over the appointment of ballot box officials, the pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Meets Erdogan in Turkey Visit, Both Reject US Intervention in Venezuela | Initial results indicate the main opposition Republican People's Party narrowly won control of Turkey's biggest city in the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkeys-Erdogan-…

Dem presidential hopefuls make pitches to 3,000 building trades activists
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-10
WASHINGTON–It's called, in political parlance, "a cattle call." The phrase refers to what happens when presidential hopefuls parade their positions, one by one, before a group, large or small. And that's what nine Democrats– John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tim Ryan, Terry McAuliffe, Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Eric Swalwell, in that …
peoplesworld.org/article/dem-presidentia…

Sign on now to support improved Medicare for All
Alex Lawson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-10
Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell's relentless attacks against Americans' health care have opened the door to a new conversation: improved Medicare for All. For years, the conventional wisdom in Washington has been that Medicare for All was a progressive pipe dream. Something that only the fringe of the Democratic Party was talking about. But thanks …
peoplesworld.org/article/sign-on-now-to-…

Bernie Sanders Unveils His New 'Medicare for All' Plan
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-10
WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance. | "It is not a radical idea to say that in the United States, every American who goes to a doctor should be able to afford the prescription drug he or she needs," Sanders said. "Health care is a human right, not a privilege." | Four of Sanders' fellow senators and rivals for the Democratic nomination are set to sign onto the updated single-payer health care proposal. The bill's reintr…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-unv…

Greens Say 'No to NATO' While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below …
globalresearch.ca/greens-say-no-nato-war…

The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
Opponents of equality are spewing myths about transgender people and nondiscrimination protections on Capitol Hill. | In the past seven days, the House of Representatives has held two historic hearings on the Equality Act, HR 5, a bipartisan bill that would add explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to our civil rights laws, and update the laws to provide increased protection for all women and people of color. What was most notable from…
aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-nondiscri…

Congressman Adam Schiff's Russiagate Delusions Are Not Okay
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-10
Aaron Maté takes on the grand inquistor of the Russiagate conspiracy, Rep. Adam Schiff, methodically dismantling his deceptive claims, one…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/10/congressman-a…

Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future
Manar Waheed | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
From airport protests to tragic stories of Muslim families separated, we have heard the outcry for far too long. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/10/congre…

The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/womens-right…

Yemen's Fate is in Trump's Hands
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Congress has finally grown a spine.For the first time in more than forty years, Congress has invoked the War Powers Resolution to demand that the US end its assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their war against Houthi rebels in Yemen. The US has been involved in the Saudi-led war without the authorization of Congress as mandated by the Constitution.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/10/yemens-fate-…

Congressional Action to End the Bans–Now and Into the Future
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-10
Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/congress…

RESTORE MURAL DE LA RAZA
Chicano Mexicano Resistance | indybay.org | 2019-04-10
SAN JOSE PEACE AND JUSTCE CENTER | 48 S. 7TH STREET | SAN JOSE, CALIF.
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Arab League Leader Condemns US Decision on Golan
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-10
Beirut, Apr 10 ( Prensa Latina ) The Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, reiterated his condemnation of the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights during a visit to Lebanon.
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House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-10
(CD) — Digital rights groups applauded Wednesday as the U.S. House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), in a 232-190 vote, with just one Republican joining the Democrats in supporting the legislation. VICTORY! House votes 231-190 to restore #NetNeutrality. The bill (HR 1644) survived an onslaught of amendments pushed by the telecom lobby, while more than …

House Votes to Restore Net Neutrality as Millions of People Watch Online

Tribunes for Sovereignty Deployed in Venezuelan Municipalities
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-10
10 de abril de 2019, 16: 16Caracas, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) All Venezuelan municipalities will install as of this Wednesday "anti-imperialist tribunes in defense of national sovereignty and peace", according to authorities of the United Socialist Party of the nation (PSUV).
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New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/10/nzrc…

Dems Introduce Bill to End Trump's 'UnAmerican' Muslim Ban
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation to end President Donald Trump's racist Muslim ban Wednesday, generating support from advocates and lawmakers opposed to the administration's policy."We are happy to see elected officials who are using their legislative powers to dismantle the Trump administration's bigoted policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Candace Owens in EPIC clash with Ted Lieu at congressional 'white nationalism' hearing
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-10
Sparks flew in the House of Representatives as Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) tried to accuse conservative activist Candace Owens of being an apologist for Adolf Hitler at a hearing on hate crime and white nationalism. | …
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Over 200,000 Soldiers Will Guarantee Safe Easter in Venezuela
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-10
Caracas, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) More than 200,000 security officers will be active in Venezuela to guarantee peace and quiet during the Holy Week celebrations, Justice and Peace Minister Nestor Reverol said Wednesday.
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Norwood Jewell, the UAW and the Flint water crisis
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/10/jewe…

'Spying did occur' by intelligence agencies on Trump campaign — AG Barr
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-10
Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee that he believes FBI "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign in 2016. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe. | …
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DPRK Denounces New Military Escalation by South Korea
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-10
Pyongyang, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday denounced a new military escalation by South Korea, which evades the aspirations for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, local media reported on Wednesday.
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Wendell Primus, the Most Powerful Staffer in Congress, Represents a Generational Divide on the Left
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
Wendell Primus's generation of liberals strives not to make the world a better place, but to make it less bad than Republicans want.
theintercept.com/2019/04/10/wendell-prim…

300+ Groups to Congress: #GreenNewDeal 'Must Transform Our Food System and Revitalize Rural America'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-10
"To address the climate crisis, the Green New Deal must transform our food system and revitalize rural America," a large coalition of green groups told Congress Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Reparations for slavery in 2020: Justice at last or attention seeking by Democrats? (DEBATE)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-10
With Democratic frontrunner Cory Booker mulling plans to compensate descendants of slaves, the controversial campaign issue has some hoping it could tackle racial inequality, and others saying we need to let sleeping dogs lie. | …
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Bolivian Congresswoman Confident in Evo Morales' Re-election
plenglish | plenglish.com | 2019-04-10
Doha, April 10 (Prensa Latina) The Plurinational State of Bolivia is already in an electoral race and we have confidence in the triumph of Evo Morales, declared to Prensa Latina Edith Mendoza, delegate for this country in section 140 of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.
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Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democratic Party, Take New Swipes at Ocasio-Cortez
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., both took aim this week at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., an escalation of recent attacks by ensconced elements of the party against newer members of Congress. | Ocasio-Cortez, who is often charged by Democrats in Congress with dividing the party, has not responded to either Pelosi or Bustos, and did not respond to a request for comment. The latest attacks by party leaders on the Bronx freshman suggest that they feel under siege or sense an opening to crush a nascent insurgency threatening to reshap…
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Julián Castro Got Off Easy for Ethics Trouble in the Last Presidential Campaign
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-10
In 2016, then-HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated a federal law while campaigning for Hillary Clinton; the Obama administration chose not to reprimand him.
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Barbara Lee's Startling Vote to Boost Military Spending
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-09
What Barbara Lee did on the House floor three days after 9/11 — speaking prophetic words and casting the only vote against a green light for endless war — remains the bravest wise action in Congress during this century. The contrast was jolting last week when her vote enabled the House Budget Committee to approve a bill with…
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US Senators Propose Ban Online Tricks to Gather Personal Data
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-09
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies, like Facebook and Twitter, from tricking consumers into unknowingly giving up their personal data. | RELATED: | Facebook Charged for Racial Discrimination in Housing Ads | "Misleading prompts to just click the 'OK' button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it," Republican Deb Fischer explained in a statement iss…
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Utah Passed a Law to Protect Noncitizens From Automatic Deportation
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-09
By reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, lawmakers reduced the harm of an unfair federal immigration law | Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor. | The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravate…
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Bill to End Yemen Siege Passes–No Thanks to MSNBC – After Khashoggi outrage passes, cable network goes back to ignoring US-backed humanitarian disaster
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-09
by Adam Johnson | Progressives–along with a handful of libertarian-leaning Republicans–finally passed a bill in both houses of Congress last week to invoke the War Powers act and end US support for the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen, an entirely one-sided war that's killed thousands of Yemeni civilians over the last four years with assistance and direction of the US military. | The bill's proponents achieved this human rights victory with virtually no help from America's leading libe…
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Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…
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Does Obama Speak for Progressives?
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-09
On Saturday in Berlin, President Obama said progressives shouldn't attack other progressives, saying it's a "circular firing squad." But are corporate Democrats within the progressive camp?
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Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/kirstjen_n…

Gravel Declares Presidential Bid to Highlight Anti-Interventionism and Direct Democracy
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-09
The former U.S. senator, 89, who read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record, and ran for president in 2008, says he's not entering to win but to inject crucial issues into Democratic primary debates. By Joe Lauria Special to… Read more ?…
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Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/9/trump_purg…

Greens Say "No to NATO" While War Parties Give Standing Ovations to NATO
Kevin Zeese | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-09
Greens are political activists and can be found in every movement for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace. They do not organize as Greens but as people who are part of the popular movement. The article below about the week of protests against NATO highlights Greens who participated, often as organizers with …
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Global Research Strives for Peace
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-09
Dear Global Research Readers, | This is a year of change. Alliances are shifting, loyalties changing, and inaccurate and misleading comments are ripe, everywhere we look. Questions need to be asked — and answered — of political demagogues, controlling institutions, and …
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