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Thursday, May 10, 2018
mulvaney 'War on Students': Consumer Advocates Warn Mulvaney's Moves at CFPB Will Lead to 'Open Season on Borrowers'
While "student loan debt is exploding," the watchdog's acting director "is planning to shut down the only federal office fully focused on protecting student borrowers from predatory companies," noted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
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Threat of Larger War Soars as Israel Claims Credit for Massive Attack on "Iranian Targets" in Syria
Syrian government denounced the Israeli bombing campaign as "aggressive conduct" that "will lead to nothing but an increase in tensions in the region"
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Vowing to End Corporate Bullying of Organized Workers, Sanders Unveils Bill to Restore Union Power
"Corporate America understands that when workers become organized, they end up with far better wages and benefits...and that is why, for decades now, there has been a concentrated well-organized attack on the ability of workers to organize."
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Donald Trump Michael Cohen Novartis 'Follow the Money' Back With a Vengeance: Novartis Reportedly Paid Michael Cohen $1.2 Million After He 'Promised Access' to Trump
"This issue may be much more than weird," says Public Citizen's Robert Weissman. "Let's find out."
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Day After Ditching International Deal, Trump Threatens 'Very Severe Consequence' If Iran Restarts Nuclear Program
Despite Trump's "unlawful" withdrawal, Iranian leaders vowed to negotiate with Europe to keep the nuclear deal intact
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rally While Advocates Declare #HandsOffSNAP, Trump Reportedly Wants Even Crueler Requirements for Nation's Poor and Hungry
"Do you know who the #2018FarmBill would hurt? Well, just on the short list are: Women, veterans, children, people with disabilities, workers, and seniors"
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Human Rights Watch Director Decries Expulsion From Israel as Attempt to 'Muzzle Dissent'
"Barring access to those documenting human rights abuses won't hide Israel's mass violations carried out in the context of more than 50 years of occupation."
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Haspel Won't Say CIA 'Tortured' and Refuses to Say If Torture Is 'Immoral'
"Any Democrat that votes to confirm Haspel should never be allowed to live it down."
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press briefing 'Authoritarian Impulses': Trump Suggests Stripping Reporters' Credentials Over 'Negative' Coverage
"I always thought of authoritarianism as a slick and stealthy evil, but our democracy appears to be going down via temper tantrum," remarked one journalist
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Watch: Confirmation Hearing for CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Underway
She was a key figure in a program that tortured people, but Haspel has showed she doesn't want to talk about that
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'Time to Melt Some Phones' on Capitol Hill as Red Alert for Net Neutrality Hits Internet
"Net neutrality is not a partisan issue outside of Washington, D.C. Now we need to get D.C. to catch up with the rest of the country."
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Joe Biden Clarifies He's No Bernie Sanders: "I Don't Think 500 Billionaires Are Reason We're in Trouble"
With 'invisible primary' for potential 2020 Democratic candidates reportedly underway, former vice president stakes a familiar position on how to address the scourge of inequality
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Michael Cohen Donald Trump net neutrality AT&T 'Sketchy as Hell': AT&T Paid Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen for 'Insights' as FCC Worked to Kill Net Neutrality
"Throughout the developing world this is more commonly called 'bribing.'"
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Haspel As Haspel Faces Senate, People Tortured by CIA Have Some Things to Say and Questions to Ask
"Did you know about my abduction and abuse? Were you involved with it? What will you say if President Trump asks you to do something like that again?"
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
As Senators Prepare to Grill Haspel on 'Gruesome' History, Progressives Demand Democrats Stand Against Torture
"That Trump chose someone with one of the most gruesome torture histories to lead the CIA is certainly revealing about who he is. And if the Democrats cannot unite to stop that, that will be further evidence of what they are."
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Effort to 'Provoke Iran'? Right After Trump Nuclear Deal Decision, Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria
"Israel is going to try very hard to goad Iran into an escalation. They have been laying the groundwork for months."
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Gina Haspel CIA Propaganda Denounced as Durbin Sounds Alarm Over Agency Effort to Whitewash Haspel's Torturous Past
"The CIA's effort to promote the Haspel nomination appears to be without precedent in recent history."
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Watch: Sanders Responds to Trump's "Reckless" Decision to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal
Sanders warns that the president has "put our nation on a dangerous path"
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'This Is How the Iran War Started': Grave Warnings as Trump Ditches Nuclear Deal
"Today's unnecessary, reckless, and dangerous actions by Donald Trump will endanger our national security, further isolate us from our allies, and increase the likelihood that we become trapped in another unnecessary and avoidable war."
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Melania Trump Plagiarizes Obama Administration... Again: 'Be Best' Initiative Takes Whole Pages From 2014 Project
Melania Trump's use of a document published by Barack Obama's FTC adds an layer of irony to an initiative dedicated to fighting cyberbullying—while President Donald Trump frequently attacks his opponents online
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young protesters To Redistribute Wealth and Battle Inequality, UK Proposal Would Provide Every 25-Year-Old With £10,000 "Citizen's Inheritance"
"The effects would be profound," experts say
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'Making Child Labor Great Again': Trump Draft Proposal Would Roll Back Teen Worker Safety Rules
Worker advocates said the proposed rollback "would be a tragic mistake and would lead to the death of teenage workers"
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'Evil, Evil, Evil': Protester Condemns Sessions During Unveiling of Trump Policy to Rip Immigrant Families Apart
"The Trump administration's shameful cruelty will be a dark stain on our nation's history."
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Trump Iran Deal With Trump Set to Spark 'War-Risking Crisis' By Killing Iran Deal, Poll Shows 63% in US Support Nuclear Accord
"Just like Iraq was a war of choice, this will be a crisis of choice. Trump's choice. Remember this if/when the war begins."
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Mueller Mueller Refuses Trump Lawyers' Request to Respond in Writing to Interview Questions
"If Trump lies to investigators, he risks prosecution for knowingly making a false statement to federal agents."
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'Despicable on Every Level': After Massive Gift to Rich, Trump Demands $7 Billion Cut to Child Health Insurance
"This proposal is a shameful betrayal of children. This administration and congressional Republicans passed a massive tax giveaway to their donors and big corporations, and now they want vulnerable children to pay for it."
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Following 'Horrific' Allegations of Assault and Abuse Against Women, NY AG Schneiderman Resigns
"This is unacceptable in any scenario, but especially when the abuser is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of New York."
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Monday, May 7, 2018
Oliver North, Whose 'Very Name Is Synonymous With Corruption and Disgrace,' Is NRA's Next President
"Can Oliver North even own a gun?"
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Activists participate in a protest in front of the White House October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Amid Warnings Withdrawal Would 'Put US on a Path Towards War With Iran,' Trump Says Nuclear Deal Decision Coming Tuesday
US exiting deal would bring 'historic regret' to the US, Iran's Rouhani warned
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CIA Accused of 'A to Z Cover-Up' as Manchin Suggests He's Open to Voting for Haspel
Haspel's meetings with Manchin and other Democrats came as the CIA wheeled a single box of classified information on her record into the basement of the Capitol building
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seattle chase #ShutDownChase: Environmentalists Occupy Bank's Seattle Office to Denounce Its Funding of Climate Disaster
350.org Seattle says that since President Donald Trump took office, "JPMorgan Chase has quadrupled its investments in tar sands and increased its financing of coal by 2,100%."
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Mirroring the Powerful They Often Cover, Major Newspapers Dominated by Graduates of Elite Schools, Study Finds
Social networks students obtain upon entry to schools like Harvard and Yale help to secure a path to jobs at influential media outlets
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Image depicts pollution that will come from the future Entergy gas plant. (Image: NoGasPlant) 'Mind-Boggling': Paid Actors Flooded City Council Meetings to Win Approval of Fossil Fuel Power Plant
"They paid us to sit through the meeting and clap every time someone said something against wind and solar power," said one actor.
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senators backing net neutrality Senate Democrats Prepare Final Push to Save Net Neutrality as Support for 'Red Alert' Campaign Grows
"If you don't see your senators on this list, they need to know how you feel about #NetNeutrality TODAY," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) tweeted alongside a roster of lawmakers supporting an effort to restore regulations
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GOP tax scam New Analysis Suggests Some Republicans Have Finally Realized How Unpopular It Is to Lavish Corporations and the Rich With Huge Tax Giveaways
Some Republicans may finally be succumbing to the fact that "massive tax cuts to the wealthy, rich CEOs, and big corporations don't resonate with voters."
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Emboldened by Hostile Anti-Choice Rhetoric and Policies, Report Shows Intensified Attacks on Abortion Rights in 2017
"We cannot be silent as others continue to publicly vilify doctors and clinic staff, thereby jeopardizing their personal safety, in order to advance their own personal and political agendas."
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Deploying 'Tough on Terrorists' Euphemism, Trump Backs Haspel With Open Embrace of CIA Torture
"The President is defending his CIA Director nominee *because* she participated in illegal, immoral torture. That's a true danger in these times."
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Iran Trump Rouhani Nuclear Deal Rouhani Says Iran Prepared to 'Confront America's Plots' If Trump Ditches Nuclear Deal
"America is making a mistake if it leaves the nuclear accord."
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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Gina Haspel Gina Haspel Sought to Withdraw Nomination Over Torture Role: Washington Post
"The takeaway for every United States Senator should be that they need a lot more information about Haspel than they're currently getting," says ACLU's Faiz Shakir
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The Catonsville Nine on May 17, 1968. Just Ahead of 50th Anniversary, 'Catonsville Nine' Honored for 'Important Role in Antiwar Movement'
State sign now erected across the street from where the Catholic group, led by the Berrigan brothers, burned nearly 400 draft files to protest the Vietnam War
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US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu 'Nixonian': To Kill Iran Deal, Trump Camp Hired Israeli Spy Firm to Dig Up Dirt on Obama Officials
This "is a chillingly authoritarian thing to do."
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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Protesters outside the NRA convention on Friday Fed Up With "Tragedy After Tragedy," Student-Led Rally Denounces NRA's "Dangerous Agenda" With Protests Outside Convention
Students behind the event are "a prime example of how the young people are going to change the world," says March for Our Lives
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Protesters hold signs reading 'No planet B' and 'Climate emergency' CO2 Levels Hit Record, April Temp Hits Record, and 'We Keep Burning Fossil Fuels'
April gave clear signs the climate crisis is deepening
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In 2017, the NSA tripled the amount of data it collected from U.S. phones. (Image EFF Photos/flickr/cc) Tripling Its Collection, NSA Sucked Up Over 530 Million US Phone Records in 2017
"Overall, the numbers show that the scale of warrantless surveillance is growing at a significant rate," says POGO's Jake Laperruque.
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Friday, May 4, 2018
These are among the USDA's proposed symbols for foods produced using genetic engineering. Trump's USDA Proposes Deceptively Cute Images for GMO Labels, But Nixes the Words 'Genetically Modified'
"The images are just as insulting to consumers as the law, which the chemical and junk food industry lobbyists spent $400 million to pass," says Katherine Paul of the Organic Consumers Association
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Immigrant Rights Advocates Denounce Trump DHS for 'Shameful and Cruel' End to Protection for Hondurans
In "another unconscionable attack on immigrants," the Trump administration will force 57,000 Hondurans out of the country—bringing the total number of people who have lost TPS under Trump to 425,000
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Adjusting Its Criminal Complaint, Watchdog Groups Says Guiliani's Statements Only Further Incriminate Trump
"It's not often that the president's lawyer goes on television and appears to confirm one of our complaints."
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Watch Live: Sanders Joins Philly DA Larry Krasner for Roundtable Discussion on America's 'Broken' Criminal Justice System
"There can be no debate, whether you are a conservative or liberal or something in between, that we have a broken criminal justice system," Sanders said
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"Torture is wrong" #BlockHaspel: As Clock Ticks, Groups Ratchet Up Pressure to Stop Torturer Gina Haspel From Heading CIA
"Gina Haspel was complicit in torture and must not be promoted to CIA director," says the Center for Victims of Torture
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Trump Said Some Stuff About Rudy Giuliani, Stormy Daniels, How Great Everything Is, and "Witch Hunts"
Before hitting the friendly skies on his way to the NRA convention in Texas on Friday, the president had a few things to say directly to the press
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protest After Achieving 'Something Truly Historic,' Arizona Teachers Head Back to Classrooms With Sights on November Elections
"The #RedforEd fight continues. And since lawmakers aren't getting the job done, we will."
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'Worst Mistake I Ever Made': Union Support Nosedives as Workers Express Regret for Trump Votes
"Trump is for the rich," one union member said
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With Scathing Letter to Paul Ryan, House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation and Says He Was Fired for Fair Tax Prayer
"You may wish to outright 'fire' me, if you have the authority to do so, but should you wish to terminate my services, it will be without my offer of resignation, as you requested."
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Bezos Last Year, Amazon Paid No Federal Income Taxes. Now, It's Trying to Kill a Local Tax That Aims to Help the Homeless
"This is what corporate power and oligarchy is all about," says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
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Bernie Sanders Yemen Saudi Arabia Warning of 'Another Never-Ending War,' Sanders Demands Answers Over US Ground Troops in Saudi Arabia
"I'll be seeking further clarification on these activities. We must prevent the U.S. from getting dragged into another never-ending war."
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Thursday, May 3, 2018
'Red Alert for Net Neutrality' Gains Steam as Internet Heavyweights Back Campaign
"We will finally force lawmakers to let us know if they stand with the 85 percent of Americans who support net neutrality—or with the cable companies that want to manipulate the internet in service of greater profits."
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Tim Berners-Lee 'From Utopia to Dystopia' and Back Again: Internet Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Calls for 'New Web' That Reclaims Original Democratic Principles
He dreams of a system "in which people have complete control of their own data; applications and data are separated from each other; and a user's choice for each are separate."
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NBC Sources Allege Feds Monitored Cohen's Phone and Picked Up at Least One Call With Trump White House
According to NBC's sources, Trump called Cohen at least once following the FBI raids of his personal attorney's offices, but the president was told by his legal team not to call Cohen again.
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Progressive Media Outlets—Including This One—Decry Facebook's Plan to Act as Gatekeeper of "Trustworthy" News
"Fake news is bad, Zuckerberg acting as the world's ultimate gatekeeper is bad, users deciding which news orgs are 'trustworthy' is bad, Facebook is bad."
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Trump, Manning 'Advocacy at Its Finest': National Teacher of the Year Hands Trump Notes From Her Immigrant and Refugee Students
"I just had a very, very brief moment so I made it clear that the students that I teach... make the United States the beautiful place that it is."
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Javad Zarif Iran Nuclear Deal Denouncing US Imperialism, Iran Charges It Is Trump Who Has 'Consistently Violated' Nuclear Deal
"Bluster or threats won't get the U.S. a new deal, particularly as it is not honoring the deal it has already made."
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UN Chief Implores Trump to Maintain 'Important Diplomatic Victory' and Stay in Iran Nuclear Deal
The president is widely expected to scrap the agreement next week
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Avenatti Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Predicts Trump 'Will Not Serve Out This Term. I Guarantee It.'
"And there's no way to dress this up," said Michael Avenatti. "You can try to put lipstick on the pig morning, noon, and night, and it's still gonna be a pig."
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'Legal Peril' for President After Giuliani Admits Trump Repaid Stormy Daniels Hush Money
"Trump's own lawyer has now handed the DOJ evidence that President Trump committed criminal violations of federal law."
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Interior Dept. Secretary Ryan Zinke posing for a photo last month with his Ranger hat on backwards. (Photo: NPS) Zinke and Lamar Alexander's Big Plan? We Must Kill the Planet to Save the National Parks
New joint op-ed touts legislation that would fund national parks' infrastructure repairs with leases for oil and gas drilling
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Fighting Off Foreign Payments Lawsuit, Trump Asserts 'Absolute Immunity'
Former White House ethics chief Norm Eisen said that if the court accepts this argument, it would effectively mean the president "is beyond the reach of the law."
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tear gas Police Unleash 'Brutal Attacks' on Austerity Protesters in Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico
While "inhumane and strikingly antidemocratic" budget cuts are imposed on the U.S. territory, outrage after law enforcement used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up May Day demonstrations
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'Intentionally Unconstitutional': Part of National Ploy to Outlaw Abortion, Iowa GOP Approves Extreme Anti-Choice Bill
"Dangerous" legislation "weaponizes fetal heartbeat," with aim of challenging Roe vs. Wade at the Supreme Court
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Progressive groups on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 after delivering 400,000 petition signatures to Congress in support of the Iran deal. (Photo: Ben Wikler/flickr/cc) Despite Trump-Netanyahu Efforts to Sabotage Deal, Public Support for Iran Nuclear Pact at All-Time High
A new Morning Consult/Politico survey shows that 56 percent of registered voters back the agreement—a record high.
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heat map On Sweltering Planet, Hottest April Temperature Ever Recorded on Earth Hits Pakistan
"We need to dramatically increase our ambitions" in terms of combatting global warming, the UN climate chief said this week
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With Weapons Deal on the Line, Ukrainian MP Admits Government Ended Cooperation With Mueller Probe to Keep Trump Happy
"In every possible way, we will avoid irritating the top American officials," said Ukrainian member of parliament and ally of President Poroshenko. "We shouldn't spoil relations with the administration."
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Trump Rosenstein Justice Department 'Very Blatant' Threat Against Rosenstein as Trump Warns He May 'Get Involved' With DOJ
"The president of the United States is overtly threatening to obstruct justice."
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Refusal to Speak with Special Counsel Could Result in Presidential Subpoena, Mueller Told Trump's Legal Team
The president's repeated attacks on the Special Counsel's investigation make a subpoena appear increasingly likely, legal analysts say
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Anti-drone demonstrators 'A Dangerous Low': Trump Ignores Deadline for Reporting Civilians Killed by US Drone Attacks
"The victims of our government's lethal actions deserve better, as does the American public in whose name the Trump administration is secretly killing people."
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Thanks to Trump Tax Cuts, Major Corporations Set to Spend 'Obscene' $1 Trillion Rewarding Investors Instead of Workers
Apple announced Tuesday it will spend $100 billion buying back its own stock—333 times the amount it has spent on one-time worker bonuses
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Sanders, Dem Senators Call for Federal Probe After Mulvaney Boasts About 'Pay-to-Play' Tactics
"Our 'We the People' republic depends on public officials serving the public, not using their public trust to consolidate power or enrich themselves or their associates."
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Most Unwelcome: Prominent US Human Rights Campaigners Denied Entry to Israel
"The abusive treatment," said Columbia University law professor barred from entering, "ironically illustrates how the state of Israel refuses to respect the political and civil rights of its own citizens, of Palestinians, and of human rights defenders globally."
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Man Celebrated for Throwing Shoes at 'Criminal' Bush Is Running for Iraqi Parliament
"When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, George Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people."
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cars States Representing 44% of US Population Sue Trump's EPA for Blocking Auto Emissions Standards
"The evidence is irrefutable: today's clean car standards are achievable, science-based, and a boon for hardworking American families."
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"You're the One Creating the 'Bad' Schools": Nation's Top Teachers Denounce Devos During Closed-Door Session
"We had a listening session with Betsy DeVos today, but I don't think she heard us."
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'Project Trumpmore' Raising Funds to Carve US President's Face on Melting Iceberg
"Let's build the biggest ice monument ever to test if climate change is real," says Finnish group behind the effort
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Netanyahu Iran Israel Nuclear Weapons As Trump and Netanyahu Joins Forces to Torpedo Iran Deal, Here's a 'Typically Ignored' Fact: Israel Has Nuclear Weapons
"How can this hypocrisy continue, with Israel having hundreds of nuclear weapons, no inspections and no adherence to any nuclear treaty calling out Iran on nuclear weapons?"
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NYC Striving for 'Just and Moral Economy,' Workers Rise Up for May Day Protests Worldwide
Sen. Bernie Sanders noted Tuesday that the fight for "decent wages, decent benefits, and decent working conditions for all workers" is a daily one
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To Thwart Corporate Greed and Defend Consumers, FCC Called on to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
"Greed and a desire to reach deeper into people's wallets by taking away their choices are the only things motivating this deal."
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Who Leaked—And Why—the Dozens of Questions Mueller Wants to Ask Trump?
Trump declares the leak "disgraceful," but at the moment all clues lead to this conclusion: It was probably Trump's own legal team.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein In Gift to Trump, House GOP Members Draft Rosenstein Impeachment Articles
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell called the move "sickening," and predicted that midterm voters won't "look too kindly on people who think their job is to protect the president rather than to protect our democracy."
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Trump Iran Nuclear Weapons John Bolton "Clerical Error"? Trump White House Forced to Retract False Claim Iran Has Nuclear Weapons Program
"The details matter when you're talking about nukes, people."
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Monday, April 30, 2018
Benjamin Netanyahu Iran In 'Bizarre' PowerPoint Event, Netanyahu Channels Iraq Invasion Rhetoric to Push US Towards War With Iran
"Netanyahu is trying to manipulate 'facts' to kill the Iran nuclear deal. He wants to drag us into another war. Don't let him."
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Students Unload on Hypocrisy of NRA Announcing Gun-Free Zone at Upcoming Convention
"If only American schoolchildren could be given the same protection from gun violence these hypocrites demand for themselves."
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 Red Alert for Net Neutrality 'Red Alert for Net Neutrality': Campaigners Announce New Effort to Overturn FCC's Assault on Open Internet
The coordinated action will begin May 9, when Democrats have said they will take steps to force a vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution
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Federal Probe Demanded After Trump's Billionaire Pal Carl Icahn Receives EPA Waiver Worth Tens of Millions
The owner of CVR Energy served as Trump's regulatory adviser and met with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt ahead of his nomination
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Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, 'Terrible Day for Journalists All Over the World': Dozens Killed as Coordinated Attack Targets Reporters in Kabul
Second explosion targets journalists who came to cover first blast; Islamic State claims responsibility.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, April 29, 2018. Proving Eager to 'Get the War Started,' Pompeo Ramps Up Anti-Iran Rhetoric in Israel and Saudi Arabia
"Less than three years after Iran signed the Iran Deal and began dramatically cutting back its nuclear program, Israel, Saudi, and the U.S. are fast coordinating a military attack on Iran."
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DOJ Quietly Removes References to Press Freedom and Gerrymandering From Policy Manual
While many in the political media rushed to the defense of the White House after Michelle Wolf's WHCA monologue, the Trump administration indicated once again that it has no intention of defending journalists
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Michelle Wolf 'Pathetic': To Shield Elites From Deserved Ridicule, WHCA Apologizes for Michelle Wolf's Epic Performance
"To many in the U.S. media, the worst sins aren't bombing and killing people or embracing policies that cause mass suffering...The worst sin remains: breaching civility protocols [that] protect D.C. elites."
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Sunday, April 29, 2018
asylum seekers Caravan of Central American Asylum Seekers Greeted by Supporters at Border
Immigrant rights advocates gathered on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence as hundreds of people prepared to apply for asylum
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Wolf Comedian Michelle Wolf Delivers 'Scathing' Roast of Trump and His Cronies at Correspondents' Dinner
"She heaped irreverent contempt on D.C. power centers because that's what good comedians do," remarked Glenn Greenwald
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Kim, Moon North Korea to Close Nuclear Test Site, Change Clocks to Match South
Kim Jong Un reportedly said that if trust can be built through diplomacy, "there's no reason for us to live a hard life with nuclear weapons."
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Saturday, April 28, 2018
voters Upholding Texas Photo ID Law, Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Voting Rights
Critics maintain that it "is one of the most discriminatory and restrictive measures of its kind"
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protest Human Rights Advocates Demand Worldwide Arms Embargo as Gaza Protests Continue
"The international community must act concretely and stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel," says Amnesty International
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