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Terrified by Progressive Enthusiasm Sweeping the Nation, Corporate Democrats Planning 'Counterrevolution'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Corporate Democrats are terrified of the wave of progressive enthusiasm that is sweeping the country in red and blue states alike, and—according to reporting by NBC News on Sunday—they are beginning to organize a "counterrevolution."
Warnings of 'Iraq War Redux' as Bolton and Pompeo Are Reportedly Leading Push to 'Foment Unrest' in Iran
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Iran
'Profound' Threat to Press Freedom Looms as Ecuador Prepares to Hand Assange Over to UK
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Amid new reports that Ecuador is preparing to withdraw aslyum protections from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and hand him over to British authorities within the next few weeks, journalists are raising alarm at the serious threats to press freedom such a move could spawn, given that the U.K. may decide to extradite Assange to the United States—where he could face "prosecution for the act of publishing documents."
'This Is Zero Hour': Youth-Led Marches Across the Globe Demand Immediate and Ambitious Climate Action
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Declaring that climate change is "an issue of survival" that must be confronted with urgency, youth activists across the globe on Saturday kicked off three days of marches and demonstrations to pressure elected officials to "reject the corrupting monetary influence of fossil fuel executives" and act in the interests of the planet and future generations.
Justice Department Releases FISA Applications That Accused Trump Adviser Carter Page of 'Conspiring With the Russian Government'
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
"That the FISA materials hurt the GOP narrative is not surprising since Rep. Devin Nunes admitted he never read the source documents on Carter Page. In fact, the first Nunes memo was such a disaster that I can't wait for the second one."
Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
In an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" that will air on television Sunday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said U.S. President Donald Trump "really sold the American people out" during the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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We Shouldn't Take the Bait on 'Catch and Release'
by Stacy Sullivan
People are not fish, and using a phrase, even one with the valence of a humane practice, serves to dehumanize the human beings being led away in handcuffs.
Geithner's Grift, Paydays, and Democratic Drift
by Richard Eskow
What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue?
Pompeo, Religion, and Regime Change in Iran
by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
"The Trump administration, committed to neither secularism nor freedom within the content of its own governance, is transparently adopting the form of 'supporting Iranian voices' for ends that cannot be genuine."
Chuck Schumer's Actions on the National Stage Get Little Scrutiny From His Local Press
by Theodore Hamm
Whether he can successfully mobilize the resistance against Kavanaugh remains to be seen. Why he gets treated with kid gloves by the NYC press continues to be a mystery.
Inside WikiLeaks: Working With the Publisher That Changed the World
by Stefania Maurizi
Silenced and cut off from the outside world, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last six years with no access to sunlight, fresh air, or proper medical treatment.
How a One-Word Loophole Will Make It Easier for the US to Sell Weapons to Governments That Kill Civilians
by Alex Emmons
Arms control experts are raising concerns about a possible loophole in the Trump administration’s new arms export policy, arguing that it gives the administration further cover to sell weapons to some of the world’s worst human rights violators.

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