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Environmental protesters swarm outside White House as Trump hits milestone

A sea of protesters swarmed in front of the White House on Saturday to voice displeasure with President Donald Trump's stance on the environment and demand that he rethink plans to reverse the climate change policies backed by his predecessor.
The Peoples Climate March, the culmination of a string of Earth Week protests that began with last Saturday's March for Science, coincides with Trump's 100th day in office, the end of the traditional "honeymoon" period for a new president.  Read more.

Outrage as White House Set to 'Roll Out Red Carpet' for Murderer Duterte

Just a few weeks after he congratulated autocratic Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on a controversial referendum win, U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte—who has presided over a violent "war on the poor" in his country and is the subject of a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC)—to the White House.  Read more.

Trump Flees DC Climate Protests for 'Campaign-Style Rally' Marking 100 Days

President Donald Trump's 100-day speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was "deeply disturbing," marked by false claims of crowd size, "surreal," and rife with attacks on the media. In other words, it was par for the course. 
It also featured Trump telling law enforcement to "get him out of here" when a protester interrupted the rally...read more.

The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

Trump skips out on press corps dinner avoiding traditional presidential roasting

The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years.
Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders.  Read more.

SeaWorld Polar Bear Dies After Separation From Lifelong Partner

For 20 of the 21 years she’d been in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego, a polar bear named Szenja shared her enclosure with her best friend, another female bear named Snowflake.
After losing her appetite and energy, Szenja died “unexpectedly” April 18, according to SeaWorld officials. But based on what had recently happened to Szenja, her death should hardly be considered “unexpected.”  Read more.

Louisiana Rape Survivors Could Face Jail if They Don't Testify

Today in rape culture: a Louisiana district attorney who thinks that traumatized rape victims should be punished for refusing to testify.
Leon Cannizzaro, who has served as the district attorney for Orleans Parish since 2008, stands accused of compelling material witnesses to crimes, including rape, to testify -- or face jail time. When Cannizzaro responded to the accusations, it was only to double down.  Read more.

Secret US Military Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa

General Thomas Waldhauser sounded a little uneasy.  "I would just say, they are on the ground.  They are trying to influence the action," commented the chief of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at a Pentagon press briefing in March, when asked about Russian military personnel operating in North Africa.  "We watch what they do with great concern."  Read more.

Chinese Workers Paid $1 an Hour to Make Ivanka Trump's Clothes

Ivanka Trump has again proven that where business, money-making and worker exploitation are concerned, it's like father, like daughter. Workers at a factory in China that makes clothes for the Ivanka Trump clothing line and other labels made roughly $1 an hour, according to a new audit cited by the Washington Post. The workers toiled 60 hours a week to produce clothing they could never afford, such as the "brand's $158 dresses [and] $79 blouses" -- but low wages weren't the only difficulty they endured.  Read more.

US Empirical Agenda Has Killed Tens of Thousands of Children In Syria

For a dead child who is one of the tens of thousands of victims of a civil war egged on by outside powers, there is no difference between a death caused by an airstrike or a chemical attack: The child is dead in both cases. However, the Trump administration used the gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun to self-righteously appear outraged and smug, while so many children are being killed every day by means of "conventional" war.  Read more.

VIVE L’EUROPE! A MACRON WIN WOULD GIVE THE E.U. A LIFELINE

or years now, it has been fashionable on the right to argue that Europe is heading for Armageddon, that it could not survive the consequences of mass immigration, stifling bureaucracy, an overweening welfare state, and restrictive labor laws. This dark view isn’t restricted to believers in Samuel Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” thesis and Trumpian ethno-nationalists, though it is widely shared in those quarters. Last year, I heard a well-travelled and urbane British banker argue for a “leave” vote in the Brexit referendum on the grounds that the European Union was destined to collapse anyway, and it would be better for the United Kingdom to be on the outside when the inevitable happened.  Read more.

Critics blast US shipment of fighter jets to Israel

Israel received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States at the weekend - a new generation of "near-invisible" planes that critics fear will free the country's hand to launch air strikes and spying operations against neighbouring states undetected.
In total, Israel has bought 50 F-35s from manufacturer Lockheed Martin, and claims it will have the first squadron combat-ready before the end of the year.  Read more.

Russians who hacked Clinton campaign also targeted French candidate Macron

Hackers linked to the same Russian military unit that hacked Democratic computers in the United States during last year's election also have sought to penetrate the networks of a leading candidate in France's presidential elections, a leading cybersecurity firm says.
Researchers from Trend Micro, a global security software company, said Monday that Russian hackers took aim last month at the...read more.

The Democrats delivered one thing in the past 100 days: disappointment

The distinctive feature of these bleak times is the lack of institutional capacity on the left – the absence of a political party that swings free of Wall Street and speaks to the dire circumstances of poor and working people. As the first 100 days of the plutocratic and militaristic Trump administration draw to a close, one truth has been crystal clear: the Democratic party lacks the vision, discipline and leadership to guide progressives in these turbulent times.  Read more.

Rare Photo of Ella Fitzgerald Goes On Display at Smithsonian

The National Portrait Gallery unveiled a stunning photograph of American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as "The First Lady of Song," on Thursday. At first glance it looks like just another image of the icon caught up in the melody of a song, but a closer look reveals a brief moment of discord between the players.  Read more.

Happy 100th, Ella Fitzgerald

As we approach Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday on April 25, musicians at the Clef Club and many other venues in the country are paying homage to her prodigious career, her glorious, ecstatic voice, her jazz sensibility, her rhythmic surety, and her corporeal and emotional connection to the music she sang.  Read more.

Dennis Kucinich Is Back, With His Sights Set on For-Profit Education

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich launched a four-city, anti-charter school tour in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, telling attendees at a press conference that "public education's financial base is being destroyed by private, for-profit corporate interests."
Kucinich, who served 16 years in Congress, was Cleveland mayor in the late 1970s, and ran for...read more.

Hollande urges French to reject Le Pen in presidential runoff vote

France's outgoing president, Francois Hollande, on Monday urged people to back centrist Emmanuel Macron in a vote to choose his successor next month and reject far-right leader Marine Le Pen, whose place in the runoff represented a "risk" for France.
Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National Front, go head-to-head on May 7 after taking the top two places in Sunday's first round.  Read more.

Reporter who told world of Guernica atrocity and inspired Picasso is hero of new film

Sandbags, rifles and the fatigues of the militia have been familiar sights once more in the hills and valleys of the Basque country this autumn and are only now being cleared away, almost 80 years after the start of the Spanish civil war. But this time it was all make-believe.
The life of George Steer, the British reporter who brought the horror of the bombing of Guernica in 1937 to the public in both Britain and America, has inspired a major English-language film...read more.

Emmanuel Macron vows to be 'president for all of France' after first round win

Emmanuel Macron has told ecstatic supporters in Paris that he intends to govern for all of France as he emerged from a first-round vote as the clear favourite to become the country’s next president.
Appearing at his campaign headquarters in Porte de Versailles with his wife Brigitte after projections gave him...read more.

Emmanuel Macron: The man in pole position to be France's next president

If the polls are to be believed, Emmanuel Macron is poised to do something thought unthinkable just six months ago: getting into the final round of the French presidential race without the support of either of the two major political parties. 
When the 39-year-old resigned from Socialist President Francois Hollande’s government in 2016 to launch his En Marche! (On the Move!) political movement many thought he was doomed to failure.  Read more.

Massive Pro and Anti Government Protests in Venezuela

Miami lawmaker resigns over racial slur scandal

Sen. Frank Artiles resigned from the Florida Legislature on Friday, consumed by a scandal that erupted three days earlier over a diatribe of insults the Miami Republican unleashed against two lawmakers at a Tallahassee bar.
In a letter to Senate President Joe Negron, Artiles said he was stepping down immediately for the sake of his family and the institution of the Senate, whose work ground to a near halt this week as Republican leaders grappled with Artiles’ political future.  Read more.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez's family wants death scene evidence preserved

The family of former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge on Friday to order prison officials to preserve evidence collected after he was found dead in his cell on Wednesday from an apparent suicide.  
The evidence is needed to ensure a full investigation into his death, according to a complaint filed on Wednesday by Hernandez's fiancee on behalf of their daughter.  Read more.

Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference

Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.
Mental health experts claimed the President was “paranoid and delusional”, and said it was their “ethical responsibility” to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.  Read more.

Dakota Access Pipeline Mogul Cut $250,000 Check for Trump's Inauguration

Financial disclosures filed on Tuesday reveal that corporate chiefs, including those with pending business before then-incoming President Trump, provided much of the financing for the festivities around his inauguration.
Complying with federal law, the Trump Inaugural Committee disclosed its donors to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Tuesday, showing total contributions of more than $106 million -- a new record.  Read more.

‘Bill O’Reilly is not going to be recorded favorably in history,’ Rep. Maxine Waters says

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has a heated history with Bill O’Reilly.
The combative TV host and commentator compared the African American lawmaker’s hair last month to a “James Brown wig” — then extended a cursory apology for his “jest,” calling his comments “dumb.”
Waters, from Los Angeles, forcefully dismissed O’Reilly and his remarks.
So perhaps it comes as no surprise that she is happy with how O’Reilly’s departure from Fox News went down.  Read more.

Asian Innocence, Black Guilt: What David Dao Tells Us About Violence and the White Imaginary

If you've been online in the past week, you've seen the video. A shaky camera follows David Dao, an older Asian man, as he is dragged by aviation police down the narrow aisle of a crowded United flight. His stomach is exposed, and his glasses hang precariously below his nose. Moments after his removal, he somehow reboards, blood dripping from his mouth and ear, moaning: "I have to go home," and, "Just kill me." 
One week and dozens of think pieces later, there is much to glean from the messy national conversation about race, policing and violence that ensued in the aftermath of Dao's bloody removal from United 3411. At its core, the spectacle of Dao's removal is a reminder of the tenuous relationship between Asian racialization and a US carceral state founded on the conflation of Blackness and criminality.  Read more.

Victim of Alt-Right Attacks at Berkeley Trump Rally Speaks Out

The streets of Berkeley, California, became the scene of violent clashes Saturday during a planned “Patriots Day” rally between pro-Trump white supremacists and anti-fascist counter-protesters.
“The alt-right, militiamen, nazis, fascists, Trump supporters ... held a rally in Berkeley and took downtown,” Mother Jones senior editor Shane Bauer said...read more.

Police probe possible terror, racial motives in Fresno triple-slaying

The suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was already being sought for a killing at a motel last week, police said. Investigators are not sure if terrorism was involved in Tuesday’s apparently random shootings, despite Muhammad’s invoking of the Arabic phrase meaning, “God is great,” said Fresno police Sgt. Mark Hudson.  Read more.

War and Peace and War

At the end of last year, the world celebrated what seemed to be the end one of history's longest standing internal wars. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who had brokered a peace deal with the guerrillas of the FARC-Ep received the Nobel Peace Prize. Even after the narrow, but defeating plebiscite in October, Colombia’s Congress was still able to ratify an adapted version of the peace deal with the guerrilla troop in December.  Read more.

Hopes for survivors fade after rubbish dump collapse

The death toll in a disastrous collapse of a rubbish dump in Sri Lanka rose to at least 29 on Monday, as traumatised residents accused authorities of ignoring their previous warnings over the site's safety.
Rescuers continued digging through heaps of mud and rubbish that collapsed on to a clutch of homes near a rubbish dump just outside...read more.

Nuns Take On Wells Fargo

In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel / I see lots of funny men / Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun / Some with a fountain pen.”
The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days.
For example, while you’d get hard time in prison for robbing a bank at gunpoint, bankers who rob customers with a flick of their fountain pens (or a click of their computer mouse) get multimillion-dollar payouts.  Read more.

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas' Execution Spree

A federal judge on Saturday issued an injunction blocking Arkansas from its rush to carry out 6 executions in less than two weeks, siding with the plaintiffs who argued that the "assembly line" killings could subject inmates to a torturous and botched execution.
Eight inmates were initially slated for the mass execution, set to begin on Monday, but on Friday the Arkansas Supreme Court granted an emergency stay in the...read more.

The Legacy of Monsanto's PCBs: Oozing Pus, Birth Defects and Immune Problems

The people of New Bedford, Massachusetts, have always been tough. When New Bedford was the whaling capital of the world, seven men would hop into a 25-foot rowboat to chase -- and harpoon up close -- furious 50-foot whales weighing 85 tons. After petroleum replaced whale oil around 1900, New Bedford workers then kept 70 textile mills humming day and night. After textiles moved away, from the 1940s onward New Bedford supplied the world with electric gear. But when those factories began to close in the 1960s, they left behind some awful secrets -- 572 chemically poisoned plots of land within the city's 24 square miles, including land where unsuspecting townspeople built two public schools. In the early 1980s, local people learned that their prized harbor -- all 18,000 acres of it, including its bounty of fish and lobsters -- had been rendered dangerously toxic by factory wastes.  Read more.

World's oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117

Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world's oldest person and the last surviving child of the 19th century, died on Saturday, swearing to the end on her diet of two raw eggs a day.
"She reached an incredible finish line," said Silvia Marchionini, mayor of the town of Verbania in northern Italy where Morano lived on the shores of Lake Maggiore.  Read more.

Le Pen Boosting Appeal to French Jews

Marine Le Pen has been courting French Jewish voters, who feel they’ve become left out in their left-run country, particularly in light of the sharp increase of open anti-Semitism, The Conversation reported Wednesday.
In recent decades, the Jewish community has turned to the right, and in 2007 Jews enthusiastically supported right-of-center presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy.  Read more.

Marine Le Pen’s loathsome rewriting of Holocaust history

WHEN A front-runner in France’s impending presidential election obliterates history by denying the country’s well- documented complicity in deporting tens of thousands of French and foreign Jews to Nazi death camps, it is clear something sinister is afoot in the birthplace of the Enlightenment.
Characterizing France as a victim rather than a willing and even enthusiastic participant in World War II’s mass liquidation of ...read more.

List of visitors at White House to be kept secret

WASHINGTON — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building.
The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns on Friday, but the decision angered government watchdog groups who accused Trump of reneging on his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.  Read more.

BP trying to get leaking oil well under control on Alaska’s North Slope

A BP oil and gas production well in Alaska’s North Slope blew out Friday morning, and on Saturday afternoon, the well was still not under control as responders fought freezing temperatures and winds gusting up to 38 mph.
Efforts to get the well under control were also being hampered by damage to a well pressure gauge and by indications that the...read more.

Prison and Profits

It turns out that the immigration crackdown that DJT’s ICE is pursuing, though hard on illegals and their families by producing terrible uncertainty for them, is not without its bright side. The light that provides a bright side is shining on the shares of stock in the Geo Group and CoreCivic, and on jails in a number of Texas counties.  Read more.

Assad Suggests Chemical Attack Was “a Play” Staged by Al Qaeda and the U.S.

BASHAR AL-ASSAD, the Syrian president, suggested in an interview broadcast on Thursday that social media evidence of a deadly chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in northern Syria last week was fake. The images that shocked the world, he said, were most likely of “a play,” staged by Islamist rebels affiliated with both Al Qaeda and the United States.
Speaking to the French news agency AFP in English, Assad first noted that the town of Khan Sheikhoun, where the mass poisoning took place, “is under the control of Al Nusra Front, which is a branch of Al Qaeda — so the only information the world has had till this moment is published by Al Qaeda.”  Read more.

Ask Yourself: Will Donald Trump EVER Become President?

It’s been a week now since Donald Trump once again became our president.
Here’s how it happened.
After he unleashed missiles on a Syrian airfield, members of Washington’s national security establishment and elite pundits swooned. Top Democrats and Republicans led the way. Good soldiers all in the military-industrial-political complex, they stood smartly at attention and saluted the commander-in-chief for sending a message to the world, although exactly what the message meant remains far from clear.  Read more.

What's Causing the Winter Haze in China?

Pentagon Admits to Killing 18 US-Backed Syrian Forces in Friendly Fire Incident

The Pentagon on Thursday admitted to accidentally killing 18 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Tuesday during a coalition operation against the Islamic State (ISIS).
"A coalition air strike in support of partnered forces fighting ISIS south of Tabqah, Syria, resulted in 18 Syrian Democratic Forces personnel killed April 11," reads the statement from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).  Read more.

U.S. dropps 'mother of all bombs' for first time in Afghanistan

The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.
It was the first time the United States has used this size of bomb in a conflict. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the...read more.

Excessive Use of Antibiotics Turns Food Into Catastrophic Threat

The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that antibiotic use in animal husbandry, poultry farming and aquaculture in the US is over four times USDA recommended levels. Meanwhile, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has estimated that 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the USA are used on animals.  Read more.

NY Becomes 1st State to OK Free Tuition at Public Colleges for Eligible Students

You get a degree! Everybody gets a degree! New York just cleared the way to become the first state in the United States to make tuition free for middle- and low-income students at two- and four-year public colleges.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo first introduced the plan in January, with lawmakers agreeing to include it in the state budget.  Read more.

Anti-Civil Rights Judge Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

Tesla Just Passed GM to Become America’s Most Valuable Carmaker

Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. surpassed General Motors Co. to become America’s most valuable carmaker, eclipsing a company whose well-being was once viewed as interdependent with the nation’s.
A week after topping Ford Motor Co., Tesla climbed 3.3 percent Monday, lifting its market capitalization to $50.9 billion. The electric-car maker ended the day valued at about $64 million more than GM. Musk’s company is now within $1 billion of Honda Motor Co. and cracking the top-five automakers worldwide.  Read more.

Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game and Reflection of Deep Systemic Crisis

Alabama governor resigns as scandal leads to criminal charges

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to campaign finance violations and linked to his relationship with a former adviser, ending a year-long scandal that has enveloped the state's government.
The guilty pleas were part of an agreement with prosecutors that called for him to step down, said Ellen Brooks, special prosecutor appointed by the state Attorney General Steve Marshall to investigate Bentley. Read more.

Groups Sue for White House, Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs

Watchdog groups are suing the Trump administration (again), this time for failure to disclose records of visitors to the White House and to President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower residences.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in New York federal court by Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), the non-profit National Security Archive, and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, charges that the ...read more.

Shell Oil Execs Oversaw 'Vast Bribery Scheme' in Nigeria

Damning new evidence shows oil giant Shell took part in a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars. 
Internal Shell emails seen by Finance Uncovered and Global Witness show how the world’s fifth biggest company took part in a scheme which deprived Nigeria and its people of $1.1 billion in a murky deal for access to one of Africa’s most valuable oil blocks, known as OPL 245.  Read more.

Trump Became President by Bombing Syria

“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States” last night, CNN host Fareed Zakaria said when asked about the significance of Trump’s airstrikes on Syria (New Day, 4/7/17). “I think this was actually a big moment.”
His explanation is worth quoting at length for its distillation of the classic pundit attitude toward presidential violence:  Read more.

Alabama Supreme Court allows impeachment of governor to proceed

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled on Saturday that impeachment proceedings against Governor Robert Bentley can start next week, halting a court order that had blocked hearings stemming from his relationship with a former aide.
Bentley, a 74-year-old Republican, has battled impeachment efforts over the last year and has defied calls from political leaders that he stand down.  Read more.

Democrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack

Amidst growing calls for greater military action in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack, the United States military launched more than fifty Tomahawk missiles at the al-Shayrat airfield near Homs. Democrats along with neoconservatives, who long pushed for U.S. military forces to topple President Bashar al Assad’s regime, advocated for military force in response to alleged chemical attack.  Read more.

Twitter pulls lawsuit over anti-Trump account, says summons withdrawn

Twitter Inc on Friday dropped a lawsuit it filed the previous day against the U.S. Homeland Security Department, saying the government had withdrawn a summons for records about who was behind an account critical of President Donald Trump.
A lawyer for the social media company, Mark Flanagan, wrote in court papers that a U.S. Justice Department lawyer told Twitter about the withdrawal of the summons...read more.

Disgust as Corporate Media and DC Politicians Gush Over Trump's New War

Corporate media and D.C. politicians on both sides of the aisle are falling over themselves to shower praise on President Donald Trump for unilaterally bombing a Syrian air base on Thursday, demonstrating that Washington's hunger for war continues no matter who is at the controls.
Some talking heads' praise for the new war effort has been so over-the-top that it alarmed viewers...read more.

Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto, Protecting Public Schools from DeVos Agenda

Yesterday the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill meant to protect public schools against the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos.
Maryland has a rightwing Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, who has appointed a pro-privatization state board of education.
But Maryland also has a legislature controlled by Democrats. They hold a veto-proof majority.  Read more.

Donald Trump's biggest fans desert him over Syria air strikes

Many of Donald Trump’s most prominent fans have abandoned him after his decision to launch air strikes on Syria.
In what was a quick and extreme U-turn from previous positions, Mr Trump ordered US missile launches at an air base in the country, in response to a chemical weapons attack. It represented a break from many of Mr Trump’s campaign positions, primarily a promise that he would focus on “America first” and oppose intervention elsewhere in the world.  Read more.

South Africa's ANC stands by President Jacob Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has won the backing of the ruling ANC party, which rejected calls for him to resign over a controversial cabinet reshuffle.

The African National Congress on Wednesday acknowledged growing calls for Zuma to step down, admitting to "serious and difficult disagreement" over the president's sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last week.  Read more.

One Arrested After Deadly Truck Attack In Stockholm

Authorities in Sweden say they have made one arrest after a truck drove into pedestrians on a major shopping and tourist street in Stockholm Friday, causing multiple injuries and fatalities.
The vehicle, a stolen beer delivery truck, plowed through the pedestrian street and crashed into an upscale department store. Four people died and 15 were injured, according to police.  Read more.

Bolivian UN Ambassador Blasts US for Another Illegal Attack

Wielding an image of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during his infamous "weapons of mass destruction" speech that helped make the case for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in2003, Sacha Llorenti, the Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, blasted the United States for its unilateral military action against Syria saying it is "vital to remember what history teaches us."  Read more.

Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms

When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose all encounters with foreign government officials over the last seven years.
But Mr. Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of...read more.

C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed

The C.I.A. told senior lawmakers in classified briefings last summer that it had information indicating that Russia was working to help elect Donald J. Trump president, a finding that did not emerge publicly until after Mr. Trump’s victory months later, former government officials say.
The briefings indicate that intelligence officials had evidence of Russia’s intentions to help Mr. Trump much earlier in the presidential campaign than previously thought.  Read more.

Dutch Men Hold Hands in Solidarity With Attacked Gay Couple

From Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
The outpouring of support came after the married couple, Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, said they were attacked by a gang of youths while holding hands on their way home from a party early Sunday.  Read more.

Donald Trump's senseless Syria strikes accomplish nothing

Donald Trump, the man who just over a month ago wanted to bar entry of all Syrian refugees into the United States, now wants us to think that he cares deeply about Syrian children. I don’t believe it.
What I do believe is that our president is a bad actor. He was a bad actor on his old television show, and he’s still a bad actor today. And he’s a bad actor in both senses of the term, which is to say his actions are poorly executed and morally questionable.  Read more.

Joan Baez Goes Viral With 'Nasty Man,' a Protest Song for the Trump Era

Joan Baez, protest singer of the peace and civil rights movements of the 1960s, has gone viral with a protest song for today's Trump era, called "Nasty Man."

The song features roses in the Rose Garden telling President Donald Trump that he "owes the Earth a pardon;" pokes fun at the president for his border wall plans and Melania Trump's notable absence from the White House...read more.

Trump to Axe Amtrak for 220 Cities

In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump's "morally obscene" budget proposal: Amtrak.
The president's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network, meaning 220 cities will lose all passenger service...read more.

Surveillance drones to be used for first time at Boston Marathon

Stepping up security measures, authorities will use surveillance drones, equipped with zoom lenses and infrared at this year's Boston Marathon. More than 30,000 runners are expected to attend, and around a million spectators.
The two drones will fly 400 feet above the starting line, tethered by thin wire, where long-distance lenses, electro-optical and infrared cameras will send video feed to police command centers.  Read more.

What Happened to Trump's Lie About Millions of 2016 Illegal Voters?

An April 4 email from the Courage Campaign -- a California-based grassroots organization -- warns that voter suppression by Republican state legislators is still going strong: Republicans have ramped up voter suppression tactics around the country. In Wisconsin, local officials gave false information to voters. In Arizona and Mississippi, cuts in voting hours and locations resulted in voters waiting for hours in lines before casting their votes on election day. And stringent voter ID laws in six states around the country may have deterred hundreds of thousands of voters from turning out in 2016.  Read more.

After Deadly Navy SEAL Raid, Yemeni Villagers Suffer More U.S. Attacks

Medicare for All: Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death

Where are the screams about those death panels now?  As Trump-Bannon-Ryan and friends craft their healthcare path forward with the leaders of the swamp team, no one is crying “foul” about the bold, proud creation of those famed death panels.  I found it almost fitting that some of the latest negotiations happened on the golf course with the tweeter-in-chief and his close pal and darling of libertarians everywhere, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky).  And the American taxpayers paid for all of this fun on the links.  Read more.