Daily Archives: April 15, 2019

2019-04-15: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-04-15). The American War Machine Is Out of Control. truthdig.com From Somalia to Syria, U.S. wars are off the charts. With the 2020 election around the corner, there might be yet another war on the horizon.

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus. telesurenglish.net Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with Iraq's top security official in Damascus on Sunday (April 14). | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Assad's meeting with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad focused on regional and bilateral issues, according to SANA news agency. | Syrian ambassador to Iraq Sattam al-Dandah was also present in the meeting. | The meeting comes one day after the…

Norman Solomon (2019-04-15). Progressives Push Democrats to Prioritize People Over the Pentagon. truthdig.com The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex — and, so far, they've been able to stall the leadership's bill that includes a $17 billion hike in military spending for 2020. | An ostensible solution is on the horizon. More funds for domestic programs could be a quid pro quo for the military incr…

STAFF (2019-04-15). Omar Says More Death Threats Coming Since Trump Pushed Video. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop." | Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video. | Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitt…

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

Chris Hedges (2019-04-15). Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth. truthdig.com Editor's note: The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a former oil and mining industry lobbyist as secretary of the interior. President Donald Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt, a government official during the George W. Bush administration, easily survived challenges by environmentally minded senators and others. It came amid rapidly mounting scientific evidence that global warming is an existential threat to huge numbers of species, including Homo sapiens. | In the reposted column below, first published on Truthdig on Aug. 19, 2018, Chris Hedges writes about climate change and interviews a scientist who is a…

John Nichols (2019-04-15). Beto Talks About the Costs of War. thenation.com Beto Talks About the Costs of War…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous'. telesurenglish.net The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Mousavi called Pompeo's accusations of Iran's alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs 'ridiculous', while maintaining his country's support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention. | "Donald Trump's U.S. wants to turn Latin…

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to Not Include Palestinian State. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict will be absent of a Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Lawmakers Ask for US Intervention in a Letter to Trump | The Washington Post article said Trump's deal promises to improve the lives of Palestinians, but will not recognize a fully sovereign Palestinian state. | This peace deal is expected to be rolled out some time in late Spring or earl…

Jim Miles (2019-04-15). "The Russians Are Coming" to Canada? Election Meddling? Who to Vote for? globalresearch.ca Chrystia Freeland, jumps on the anti-Russia bandwagon, mimicking the rhetoric stemming from Hillary Clinton's failed presidential run and the fabrications of the DNC, the FBI, CIA, Christopher Steele, and a whole menagerie of other …

STAFF (2019-04-15). Trump Building Up a Campaign Cash Advantage. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. | The haul brings the campaign's cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. | The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. | Trump's fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 mill…

Laila Lalami (2019-04-15). Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake. thenation.com Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake…

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-15). The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive. counterpunch.org "Congressional Democrats and Republicans," reports ProPublica, "are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system." Specifically, the House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the "Taxpayers First Act." If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal for the IRS to "compete" More

Dean Baker (2019-04-15). Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds. counterpunch.org The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact that the Medicare for All (M4A) More

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

Curt Wechsler (2019-04-15). Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon. indybay.org Donald Trump's former chief adviser predicted Mr. Trump would "come off the chains" and use the Mueller Report to "bludgeon" his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents. Attorney General Barr's memorandum on Mueller's report left Trump feeling vindicated, triumphant and unleashed.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics. wsws.org The now defunct International Socialist Organization was funded by government-linked think tanks, wealthy Democrats and right-wing conservative groups.

Green Party (2019-04-15). What is really happening in Venezuela? indybay.org Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

WSWS (2019-04-15). Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams' attack on WikiLeaks. wsws.org We are reposting David North's essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.

Conn Hallinan (2019-04-14). Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak. commondreams.org Diego Garcia is central to the U.S. war in Somalia, its air attacks in Iraq and Syria, and its control of the Persian Gulf, and would be essential in any conflict with Iran. (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Democrats Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar. truthout.org Members of Congress are being urged to speak out against President Donald Trump's latest attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar—one some are characterizing as an incitement of violence against her. | The call is in response to an edited video the president posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. As of this writing, the president has that tweet pinned. | In the video, a short phrase the Minnesota Democrat uttered at a speech last month—"some people did something"—is repeated three times, interspersed with footage of the aftermath of 9…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Trump Faces Outcry over Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump has come under fire for posting a video on his Twitter linking 9/11 with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Trump 'Fuels Hate Against Muslims,' Ilhan Omar Says | The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month to Council of American-Islamic Relations, Muslim civil rights, and advocacy group. | Omar said that Muslims had "lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and…

STAFF (2019-04-14). Take Down 'Dangerous' Tweet of Ilhan Omar Video, Pelosi Tells Trump. truthdig.com The president draws fire for retweeting a video that purports to show Democratic Rep. Omar being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Jim Naureckas (2019-04-14). Which Candidates Are Mentioned Most Often on TV News? fair.org by Jim Naureckas | Curious about how much media coverage the Democratic presidential hopefuls were getting, I asked FAIR intern Teddy Ostrow to do a count, using the Internet Archive's TV News Archive, of candidate mentions in 2019 (1/1/19—4/11/19). He used the list of declared or exploratory candidates on Wikipedia, plus Joe Biden, since he leads most national polls of the race. | Somewhat to my surprise, the results tracked fai…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). CARICOM Nations Meet to Discuss Regional Security Challenges. telesurenglish.net Caribbean leaders held the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community's Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) on Friday. | RELATED: | CARICOM To Present Points on Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana | In a press statement, CARICOM declared that "the crime and security situation in the Region demands greater collaboration and co-operation a…

STAFF (2019-04-14). The Trump Administration Has Thrown Out Protections for Migratory Birds. truthout.org This story was produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization. Get their investigations emailed to you directly by signing up at revealnews.org/newsletter.Under Republican and Democratic presidents from Nixon through Obama, killing migratory birds, even inadvertently, was a crime, with fines for violations ranging from $250 to $100 million. The power to prosecute created a deterrent that protected birds and enabled government to hold companies to account for environmental…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Sanctuary Cities to Welcome Migrants If Trump's Idea Goes Thru. telesurenglish.net Democratic U.S. mayors from "sanctuary cities" said they would welcome undocumented migrants if needed, dismissing President Donald Trump's bid to threat them into supporting stricter immigration policies. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Portland, Oakland, among other mayors from large U.S. cities stated Friday that their communities would accept with open arms those migrants, "just as we…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Finland Election: Leftist Party Set to Win for First Time. telesurenglish.net Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration xenophobic agenda. | RELATED: | Mass Protests Greet Trump as He Lands in Helsinki for Summit | With 100 percent of ballots counted, the Social Democrats, led by 56-year-old former trade union boss Antti Rinne, picked up 40 seats in parliament, after campaigning on a ticket of fierce opposition to the austerity imposed b…

STAFF (2019-04-14). 'Mayor Pete' Makes It Official: He's Running for President. truthdig.com SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. | "I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor," he said after introducing himself as "Mayor Pete." "More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land." He was greeted with cheers of "Pete, Pete, Pete" from an audience assembled in a former Studebaker auto plant. | Related Articles…

RT (2019-04-13). Twitter split in half over Omar again, after Trump posts clip of her 'downplaying' 9/11. rt.com President Donald Trump has whipped Twitter into a frenzy by posting a video with a quote from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's speech mixed with footage of the 9/11 attacks, prompting accusations of inciting anti-Muslim violence.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-13). "Her Life Is in Danger": Dems Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar. commondreams.org "The president is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-04-13). Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps. wsws.org Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

Lee Fang (2019-04-13). These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They're Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway. theintercept.com The Democrats are using a technical loophole in the Federal Election Commission's designations for PACs to take corporate cash.

RT (2019-04-13). New York's Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar's 9/11 comment heats up. rt.com The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community — which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC — to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment.

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-04-12). Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press. thecanary.co Tulsi Gabbard has accused those involved in arresting Julian Assange of trying to send a "message" to "the people, especially journalists". Gabbard, a major … | Read more Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press | By Mohamed Elmaazi

Jeffrey St. Clair (2019-04-12). Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted. counterpunch.org The main difference between the anonymous leaks from US intelligence officials about RussiaGate peddled nightly on MSDNC, CNN, the NYT and the Washington Post and Julian Assange's exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is that what Wikileaks published turned out to be true. In this system, you're only held accountable for exposing the truth about imperial power. More

Robert Fisk (2019-04-12). What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi. counterpunch.org Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests More

Paul Street (2019-04-12). On False Dichotomies, Real and Fake, at MSDNC. counterpunch.org Photograph Source Spud of Inside Cable news — CC BY 2.0 | Not a False Dichotomy: (Eco-)Socialism or Exterminist Capitalism | Antonio Gramsci would be impressed by the "liberal" Democratic Party broadcast network MSNBC, whose function is to advance the political hegemony of finance capital between drug, car, business consulting, insurance, and financial services commercials for affluent Baby Boomers. | Last Wednesday the discussion became spirited on an "expert panel" convened by MSDNC morning host Stephanie Ruhle, a former leading global derivatives trader. The topic that animated Ruhle and her guests was Am…

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. counterpunch.org The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…

Yoav Litvin (2019-04-12). To Be or Not to be a Zionist? counterpunch.org Jewish American progressives are falling for the oldest trick in the Zionist playbook: the conflation of Zionism with Judaism. The ultimate victims of this propaganda ploy are always Palestinians. Sheldon's Party Last Sunday, Sheldon Adelson's Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) welcomed President of the United States, serial sexual harasser and inspiration to murderous white supremacists worldwide — More

United Nations (2019-04-12). Sudan military committed to 'ensuring stability' and 'peaceful transition' says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters' rights to be upheld. un.org Sudan's military has an "overarching duty" to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.

John Pilger (2019-04-12). John Pilger: The Assange Arrest Is a Warning From History. mintpressnews.com That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies, writes John Pilger,…

United Nations (2019-04-12). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya. un.org Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.

Fight Back (2019-04-12). When labor won in Jacksonville: Lessons for a strategic alliance in the South. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – Dixie money rules in Jacksonville, Florida, but it shouldn't. | Backed by developers and big business, Republicans won big in last month's city elections. Democrats declined to field a candidate for mayor, left seven city council seats uncontested and offered no concrete platform for the struggling working class majority. It's no surprise that less than 25% of registered voters turned out. | The dismal election results have sparked important conversations about politics and strategy. Jacksonville has seen an explosion of activism and people's movements in the last five years, but this has not t…

Adam Barbanel-Fried (2019-04-12). The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having. thenation.com The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having…

United Nations (2019-04-12). Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency. un.org The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern", according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-12). Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona. splcenter.org A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

Nafeez Ahmed (2019-04-12). Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria. mintpressnews.com In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…

2019-04-15: Social Media Postees

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Syria's Assad meets with Iraqi security adviser in Damascus
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with Iraq's top security official in Damascus on Sunday (April 14). | RELATED: | Arreaza Meets Syria's Assad, Says Venezuelan Right Promotes 'Violence, Death' | Assad's meeting with Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayyad focused on regional and bilateral issues, according to SANA news agency. | Syrian ambassador to Iraq Sattam al-Dandah was also present in the meeting. | The meeting comes one day after the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrias-Assad-mee…

The American War Machine Is Out of Control
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
From Somalia to Syria, U.S. wars are off the charts. With the 2020 election around the corner, there might be yet another war on the horizon.
truthdig.com/articles/the-american-war-m…

Progressives Push Democrats to Prioritize People Over the Pentagon
Norman Solomon | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
The current political brawl over next year's budget is highly significant. With Democrats in a House majority for the first time in eight years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and most other party leaders continue to support even more largesse for the Pentagon. But many progressive congressmembers are challenging the wisdom of deference to the military-industrial complex — and, so far, they've been able to stall the leadership's bill that includes a $17 billion hike in military spending for 2020. | An ostensible solution is on the horizon. More funds for domestic programs could be a quid pro quo for the military incr…
truthdig.com/articles/progressives-push-…

Omar Says More Death Threats Coming Since Trump Pushed Video
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop." | Her statement late Sunday followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Minnesota Democrat and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video. | Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitt…
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Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
Editor's note: The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed a former oil and mining industry lobbyist as secretary of the interior. President Donald Trump's nomination of David Bernhardt, a government official during the George W. Bush administration, easily survived challenges by environmentally minded senators and others. It came amid rapidly mounting scientific evidence that global warming is an existential threat to huge numbers of species, including Homo sapiens. | In the reposted column below, first published on Truthdig on Aug. 19, 2018, Chris Hedges writes about climate change and interviews a scientist who is a…
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Beto Talks About the Costs of War
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Beto Talks About the Costs of War…
thenation.com/article/beto-orourke-war-p…

Trump's 'Deal of the Century' to Not Include Palestinian State
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
U.S. President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict will be absent of a Palestinian state, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. | RELATED: | Bolivian Lawmakers Ask for US Intervention in a Letter to Trump | The Washington Post article said Trump's deal promises to improve the lives of Palestinians, but will not recognize a fully sovereign Palestinian state. | This peace deal is expected to be rolled out some time in late Spring or earl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trumps-Deal-of-t…

Iran Calls Pompeo's Accusations of Meddling in Venezuela 'Ridiculous'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Mousavi responded on Sunday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's allegations of meddling in Venezuelan internal affairs. | RELATED: | Iran Orders 60,000 to Evacuate Flood-hit Oil City | Mousavi called Pompeo's accusations of Iran's alleged meddling in Venezuelan affairs 'ridiculous', while maintaining his country's support for a peaceful settlement, absent of foreign intervention. | "Donald Trump's U.S. wants to turn Latin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Calls-Pompe…

"The Russians Are Coming" to Canada? Election Meddling? Who to Vote for?
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-15
Chrystia Freeland, jumps on the anti-Russia bandwagon, mimicking the rhetoric stemming from Hillary Clinton's failed presidential run and the fabrications of the DNC, the FBI, CIA, Christopher Steele, and a whole menagerie of other …
globalresearch.ca/russians-coming/567448…

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

Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake
Laila Lalami | thenation.com | 2019-04-15
Why Focusing All Our Energies on the Presidency Is a Big Mistake…
thenation.com/article/democrats-2020-ele…

The Government is Hard at Work Keeping Tax Preparation Complicated and Expensive
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
"Congressional Democrats and Republicans," reports ProPublica, "are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system." Specifically, the House Ways and Means Committee just advanced a bill perversely called the "Taxpayers First Act." If passed by Congress and signed into law, it would become illegal for the IRS to "compete"
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Medicare for All 64-Year-Olds
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
The push for universal Medicare was given new momentum by Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination. While it is still quite far from becoming law in even an optimistic scenario, it is certainly now treated as serious political position. This is probably best demonstrated by the fact that the Medicare for All (M4A)…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/15/medicare-for…

Trump Building Up a Campaign Cash Advantage
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-15
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. | The haul brings the campaign's cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. | The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. | Trump's fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 mill…
truthdig.com/articles/trump-building-up-…

Trump Is 'Going To Go Full Animal' Says Steve Bannon
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2019-04-15
Donald Trump's former chief adviser predicted Mr. Trump would "come off the chains" and use the Mueller Report to "bludgeon" his opponents and ignore congressional oversight requests for documents. Attorney General Barr's memorandum on Mueller's report left Trump feeling vindicated, triumphant and unleashed.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/15/1882274…

Trump campaign raises $30mn in 2019, same as Sanders & Harris combined
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
US President Donald Trump's reelection campaign reports it has been awash with donations that have surpassed the $30 million milestone in the first quarter of the year. His likely Democratic rivals are lagging far behind. | …
rt.com/usa/456504-trump-campaign-donatio…

Who funded the ISO? An analysis of the financial basis of pseudo-left politics
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-15
The now defunct International Socialist Organization was funded by government-linked think tanks, wealthy Democrats and right-wing conservative groups.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/15/fund…

Falsifying history and repudiating democratic rights: Floyd Abrams' attack on WikiLeaks
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-15
We are reposting David North's essay, first published over eight years ago, in defense of Julian Assange against efforts by the US media and government to discredit the WikiLeaks founder after the 2010 release of the Iraq War Logs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/15/floy…

What is really happening in Venezuela?
Green Party | indybay.org | 2019-04-15
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland | DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/12/1882272…

Diego Garcia: The "Unsinkable Carrier" Springs a Leak
Conn Hallinan | commondreams.org | 2019-04-14
Diego Garcia is central to the U.S. war in Somalia, its air attacks in Iraq and Syria, and its control of the Persian Gulf, and would be essential in any conflict with Iran. (Image: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Democrats Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-14
Members of Congress are being urged to speak out against President Donald Trump's latest attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar–one some are characterizing as an incitement of violence against her. | The call is in response to an edited video the president posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. As of this writing, the president has that tweet pinned. | In the video, a short phrase the Minnesota Democrat uttered at a speech last month–"some people did something"–is repeated three times, interspersed with footage of the aftermath of 9…
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Trump Faces Outcry over Video linking Ilhan Omar to 9/11
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-14
United States President Donald Trump has come under fire for posting a video on his Twitter linking 9/11 with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. | RELATED: | Trump 'Fuels Hate Against Muslims,' Ilhan Omar Says | The video spliced news footage of 9/11 with a clip from a speech Omar gave last month to Council of American-Islamic Relations, Muslim civil rights, and advocacy group. | Omar said that Muslims had "lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm tired of it, and…
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Take Down 'Dangerous' Tweet of Ilhan Omar Video, Pelosi Tells Trump
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-14
The president draws fire for retweeting a video that purports to show Democratic Rep. Omar being dismissive of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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Sanctuary Cities to Welcome Migrants If Trump's Idea Goes Thru
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-14
Democratic U.S. mayors from "sanctuary cities" said they would welcome undocumented migrants if needed, dismissing President Donald Trump's bid to threat them into supporting stricter immigration policies. | RELATED: | Trump Bids to Send Migrants to Democrat-run Sanctuary Cities | Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Portland, Oakland, among other mayors from large U.S. cities stated Friday that their communities would accept with open arms those migrants, "just as we…
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Which Candidates Are Mentioned Most Often on TV News?
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2019-04-14
by Jim Naureckas | Curious about how much media coverage the Democratic presidential hopefuls were getting, I asked FAIR intern Teddy Ostrow to do a count, using the Internet Archive's TV News Archive, of candidate mentions in 2019 (1/1/19–4/11/19). He used the list of declared or exploratory candidates on Wikipedia, plus Joe Biden, since he leads most national polls of the race. | Somewhat to my surprise, the results tracked fai…
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'Mayor Pete' Makes It Official: He's Running for President
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-14
SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. | "I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor," he said after introducing himself as "Mayor Pete." "More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land." He was greeted with cheers of "Pete, Pete, Pete" from an audience assembled in a former Studebaker auto plant. | Related Articles…
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Finland Election: Leftist Party Set to Win for First Time
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-14
Finland's leftist Social Democrats won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's general election, holding off the far-right Finns Party which surged on an anti-immigration xenophobic agenda. | RELATED: | Mass Protests Greet Trump as He Lands in Helsinki for Summit | With 100 percent of ballots counted, the Social Democrats, led by 56-year-old former trade union boss Antti Rinne, picked up 40 seats in parliament, after campaigning on a ticket of fierce opposition to the austerity imposed b…
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The Trump Administration Has Thrown Out Protections for Migratory Birds
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-14
This story was produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization. Get their investigations emailed to you directly by signing up at revealnews.org/newsletter.Under Republican and Democratic presidents from Nixon through Obama, killing migratory birds, even inadvertently, was a crime, with fines for violations ranging from $250 to $100 million. The power to prosecute created a deterrent that protected birds and enabled government to hold companies to account for environmental…
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These House Democrats Pledged Not to Take Corporate Cash — but They're Using a Loophole to Do It Anyway
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-04-13
The Democrats are using a technical loophole in the Federal Election Commission's designations for PACs to take corporate cash.
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Twitter split in half over Omar again, after Trump posts clip of her 'downplaying' 9/11
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-13
President Donald Trump has whipped Twitter into a frenzy by posting a video with a quote from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's speech mixed with footage of the 9/11 attacks, prompting accusations of inciting anti-Muslim violence. | …
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Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-13
Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.
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"Her Life Is in Danger": Dems Urged to Speak Out After Trump's Latest Attack on Ilhan Omar
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-13
"The president is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…
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New York's Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar's 9/11 comment heats up
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-13
The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community — which runs quite a few newsstands in NYC — to boycott the New York Post after it scathed Congresswoman Ilhan Omar over her controversial 9/11 comment. | …
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Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
Tulsi Gabbard has accused those involved in arresting Julian Assange of trying to send a "message" to "the people, especially journalists". Gabbard, a major … | Read more Major Tulsi Gabbard says Assange's arrest is designed to send a 'dangerous' message to the press | By Mohamed Elmaazi…
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Roaming Charges: Tongue-Tied and Twisted
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The main difference between the anonymous leaks from US intelligence officials about RussiaGate peddled nightly on MSDNC, CNN, the NYT and the Washington Post and Julian Assange's exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan is that what Wikileaks published turned out to be true. In this system, you're only held accountable for exposing the truth about imperial power.
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What Ivanka Told Us About Trump's Meeting With el-Sisi
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president and wife of Middle East "expert" Jared Kushner — he who has supposedly produced a Middle East "peace plan" to be revealed after Benjamin Netanyahu wins the Israeli elections — has just given her support to a regime which has locked up women political prisoners, "disappeared" others, and whose army forcibly carried out virginity tests…
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On False Dichotomies, Real and Fake, at MSDNC
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Photograph Source Spud of Inside Cable news — CC BY 2.0 | Not a False Dichotomy: (Eco-)Socialism or Exterminist Capitalism | Antonio Gramsci would be impressed by the "liberal" Democratic Party broadcast network MSNBC, whose function is to advance the political hegemony of finance capital between drug, car, business consulting, insurance, and financial services commercials for affluent Baby Boomers. | Last Wednesday the discussion became spirited on an "expert panel" convened by MSDNC morning host Stephanie Ruhle, a former leading global derivatives trader. The topic that animated Ruhle and her guests was Am…
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Sudan military committed to 'ensuring stability' and 'peaceful transition' says senior diplomat, as UN rights chief appeals for protesters' rights to be upheld
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
Sudan's military has an "overarching duty" to refrain from using violence against protesters and ensure that their human rights are protected amid concerns of a further escalation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Friday.
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The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…
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John Pilger: The Assange Arrest Is a Warning From History
John Pilger | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies, writes John Pilger,…
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Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.
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The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having
Adam Barbanel-Fried | thenation.com | 2019-04-12
The Conversations Democrats Need to Be Having…
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When labor won in Jacksonville: Lessons for a strategic alliance in the South
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-12
Jacksonville, FL – Dixie money rules in Jacksonville, Florida, but it shouldn't. | Backed by developers and big business, Republicans won big in last month's city elections. Democrats declined to field a candidate for mayor, left seven city council seats uncontested and offered no concrete platform for the struggling working class majority. It's no surprise that less than 25% of registered voters turned out. | The dismal election results have sparked important conversations about politics and strategy. Jacksonville has seen an explosion of activism and people's movements in the last five years, but this has not t…
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Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-12
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern", according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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To Be or Not to be a Zionist?
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
Jewish American progressives are falling for the oldest trick in the Zionist playbook: the conflation of Zionism with Judaism. The ultimate victims of this propaganda ploy are always Palestinians. Sheldon's Party Last Sunday, Sheldon Adelson's Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) welcomed President of the United States, serial sexual harasser and inspiration to murderous white supremacists worldwide –…
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Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.
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Berniecrats feeling burned as Sanders keeps mum on Assange's arrest
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-12
A day after Julian Assange was arrested, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the time to post a video… about himself. Fans quickly flooded the comments, demanding that Sanders take a stand for Assange. | …
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Read the Constitution! Twitter drags House Democrats over Assange & free speech
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-12
The Democrat-majority House Foreign Affairs Committee went after an RT America reporter and described WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange as a "criminal who weaponized stolen information." Twitter was not amused. | …
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Former Commander Reveals Turkey's Close Ties with ISIS in Syria
Nafeez Ahmed | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
In an explosive interview, a former ISIS commander has claimed that the terror group cooperated directly with Turkish state intelligence agencies for years on areas of "common interest". | The source said that senior Turkish government officials had numerous meetings with ISIS representatives to coordinate activities and that this also involved providing support and safe harbour to foreign fighters in the country. President Erdogan "was working hand in glove with ISIS" according to the US government counter-terrorism consultants who interviewed the ex-ISIS official. | The relationship raises questions about Turke…
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