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GOP strategist says Trump ‘colluded with the Russians — that’s clear’

Republican strategist Rick Tyler said the publicly available evidence was clear — the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the election.
The former communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Donald Trump Jr. had essentially admitted to collusion by...read more.

Democrats Choose Not To Hold FCC Chair Ajit Pai Accountable Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

Anyone who was expecting Democrats to aggressively and intelligently grill FCC chair Ajit Pai over his egregious lies about his agency's fabricated "cyberattack" story or his deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal was disappointed after the Senate Commerce Committee's much-anticipated oversight hearing on Thursday, which ultimately ended up being a "complete joke" that produced little of substance and few answers to important questions.  Read more.

John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash

When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown weary of Mr. Bortnikov’s denials of Russia’s perfidy — about its mistreatment of American diplomats and citizens in Moscow, its repeated failure to adhere to cease-fire agreements in Syria and its paramilitary intervention in eastern Ukraine, to name just a few issues.  Read more.

Hundreds of US newspapers denounce Trump's attacks on the press

Hundreds of US newspapers have run editorials denouncing US President Donald Trump's attacks on media, in a coordinated effort to promote press freedom.

More than 350 news outlets heeded the Boston Globe's call to runs the editorials on Thursday to promote "press freedom in light of President Trump's frequent attacks on the media".  Read more.

The British Museum’s “Looting” Problem

This weekend, headlines across the internet announced that the British Museum was to “return looted antiquities to Iraq.” Eight tiny artifacts, some of them 5,000 years old, were handed to Iraqi officials in a ceremony on Friday, to be transported to the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad. But the antiquities were not, as the headlines implied, a part of the British Museum’s own collection; they were just identified there after police seized them from a dealer.  Read more.

German Police Attack a Jewish Professor, and Blame it on “a Palestinian”

Republicans can’t confront Donald Trump’s racism — unless they face their own

Is Donald Trump’s naked embrace of racism a template for how the Republican Party should win and keep political power? Or is Trump’s strategy more like a poison pill that will give the Republican Party a temporary high before they come crashing down to Earth?

Last weekend in The New York Times, conservative columnist Ross Douthat argued that “the white strategy” will lead to...read more.

A nation ripe with police problems also has a police shortage

Before he became chief of the Floyd County Police Department last December, Mark Wallace investigated a murder where a man killed his elderly neighbors “just to get himself out of hock.”

Recently, a 911 call from the other side of the spectrum reached Chief Wallace’s dispatcher: a mom requesting an officer to talk to her 7-year-old, who refused to go to school.  Read more.

Kris Kobach, Trump’s Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary

The Hour When Children Die—What Is Going On in Yemen?

A busload of young boys was on a field trip. They were excited. Their summer session of school was over. This was to be the outing to celebrate the end of school. The boys jostle on the bus. It is noisy. One of them covers his ears. They are all laughing. One of their friends is taking a video (which was shown this week on Yemen’s al-Massira television). The video shows the universal joy of being an adolescent, of being filled with anticipation at the field trip.  Read more.

Racism Isn’t Just When You Say N*gger

Americans are plagued by the belief that racism is best proven through speech. If there is no recording of a store clerk or police officer (or president) using a racial slur, then there’s nothing to discuss. Defining racism as who does or does not say “nigger,” for instance, boils bigotry down to mere language rather than realizing it is a more silent and comprehensive web of oppression. For people like Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault Newman, the current “nigger” debate is almost made-for-TV in its simplicity.  Read more.

A ‘Rainbow Wave’? 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever

Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump administration. As a lesbian and a Native American, she became convinced that hard-won progress on issues like gay rights and the environment would erode under Mr. Trump, and thought Kansans in her district might support her as a counterforce to the president.  Read more.

Frederica Wilson explodes at Trump calling a black woman a dog: 'How dare he!'

Trump’s ‘That Dog’ Attack on Omarosa Manigault Newman Is Latest Insult Targeting Blacks

President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism.  Read more.

Repression Intensifies in Argentina After President Empowers the Military

Weeks after Argentina signed a deal for a new $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and only days after hosting G20 leaders in Buenos Aires, Argentine President Mauricio Macri issued a decree July 23 that would allow the country’s armed forces to intervene in questions of domestic security.  Read more.

Tech’s Military Dilemma

On April 3, President Donald Trump sat down to a private dinner with some close associates, including Peter Thiel, his most loyal supporter in Silicon Valley. Thiel had brought Safra Catz, the co-CEO of Oracle, along to discuss a $10 billion Department of Defense contract to build the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, a cloud computing platform that will eventually run much of the Pentagon’s digital infrastructure...read more.

White Out: The alt-right and other ethno-nationalist groups are falling apart

On Wednesday evening, Laura Ingraham opened her Fox News show with a critique of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who ousted a top House Democrat in a June primary and is virtually guaranteed to become a member of Congress this fall. Conservatives, naturally, aren’t thrilled to see any kind of socialist win a U.S. election, even in a New York City district where Republicans can’t compete. But Ingraham’s opening monologue also carried a more insidious message.  Read more.

Business Models of NSA & Companies Like Google Are About the Same?

Unite the Right 2018 was a pathetic failure

It was supposed to be the start of another show of force by white nationalists: Unite the Right 2, the follow-up to last year’s disastrous and violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, which concluded with a Nazi sympathizer ramming his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, injuring several and killing one.  Read more.

100 Newspapers Prepare to Publish Editorials Rejecting Trumps Media Assault

Amid international outcry over President Donald Trump's treatment of the news media, more than 100 newspapers are planning to publish editorials this Thursday pushing back against his repeated claims that journalists are "the enemy of the people" and defending their right to cover his administration and actions.  Read more.

Video of Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred by U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing

As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenis—including 40 young children—massacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalition's airstrike hit shows the dozens of kids excitedly gathered on a bus for a long-awaited field trip celebrating their graduation from summer school.  Read more.

Progressive Democrat Mike Siegel Challenges Wealthy Right-Wing Rep. Mike McCaul in Texas

Progressive Groups Tackled Tough Races: Winning Some, Losing Others

Berkeley Police Dept Persecutes Counter-Protesters Who Opposed Far-Right Rally

Chicago Police Bolster Distrust With 'Bait Truck' Full of Nikes in Poor Black Neighborhood

On the same day anti-violence protesters shut down Chicago's Lake Shore Drive during rush hour, demanding the resignations of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police in the city launched a sting operation that involved leaving a "bait truck" full of boxed Nike shoes in Englewood—deepening distrust of law enforcement among the South Side neighborhood's mostly black and low-income residents, and provoking outrage among civil rights advocates.  Read more.

SPIKE LEE IS AT HIS SEARING BEST WITH BLACKKKLANSMAN

SPIKE LEE'S WHITE-HOT genre mash-up BlacKkKlansman initiates its course in the early 1970s. It's a time “marked by the spread of integration and miscegenation,” according to an unnamed race theorist in the opening sequence (he’s played with palpable animosity by Alec Baldwin). In Colorado Springs, he continues, a sect of “true, white Americans” sense a movement brewing among...read more.

Cameron Jordan calls Trump 'insecure,' a 'goober' after he criticizes Black players again

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan responded to a pair of tweets from President Donald Trump with his own criticism of the President on Friday morning.

With preseason games opening around the NFL, a new wave of protests to raise awareness to racial inequality and police brutality surfaced...read more.

Court Orders Trump EPA to Ban Pesticide That Harms Kids' Brains

In a "major victory for public health," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Thursday ruled the Trump administration illegally blocked a ban on chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to brain development delays in children and nervous systems issues for all people and animals exposed to it—and ordered that it be outlawed within 60 days.  Read more.

The Ferguson Effect: Why Wesley Bell’s Primary Victory in St. Louis Matters

On Tuesday, in what will go down as one of the most stunning political upsets in St. Louis County history,  Wesley Bell, a criminal justice reform advocate, unseated Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary for the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s seat. McCulloch, an incumbent who has been in office for nearly three decades, is best remembered as the prosecutor responsible for overseeing the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the 2014 non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown.  Read more.

Sorry Kanye, Black Voters Don’t Buy Celebrity Trump Endorsements

Kanye West and Dennis Rodman’s recent endorsements of Donald Trump have not impressed black voters in competitive districts whose deep dissatisfaction with the president could play a “key role” in the midterms, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decision is the latest to find that ethnic minorities associate Trump with racism, and that they are...read more.

Security camera footage shows yet another Sikh man getting brutally beaten in central California

Security camera footage has captured two younger men savagely beating a 71-year-old Sikh man in the city of Manteca, California.

The Stockton Record reports that 71-year-old Sahib Singh this week was accosted by two assailants early on Monday morning in the area of Graystone Park.  Read more.

Missouri Votes to Repeal GOP Attack on Unions

In another sign that the American labor movement is newly energized and emboldened in the face of attacks by the right-wing Supreme Court, the Trump administration, and Republican-controlled state legislatures, Missouri workers on Tuesday mobilized in large numbers to crush a GOP-crafted "right to work" law that would have further crippled unions in the deeply red state.  Read more.

Reformer Wesley Bell Ousts Prosecutor Who Let Michael Brown's Killer Off the Hook

In a remarkable upset victory that could have a "transformative" effect on St. Louis's deeply racist criminal justice system, progressive reformer and Ferguson city council member Wesley Bell on Tuesday handily defeated 27-year Democratic incumbent Bob McCulloch in the race to become St. Louis County's top prosecutor.  Read more.

New Details About Wilbur Ross’ Business Point To Pattern Of Greedy Criminality

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last three years, pitting a private equity manager named David Storper against his former boss: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The pair worked side by side for more than a decade, eventually at the firm, WL Ross & Co.—where, Storper later alleged, Ross stole his interests in a private equity fund, transferred them to himself, then tried to cover it up with bogus paperwork. Two weeks ago, just before the start of a trial with $4 million on the line, Ross and Storper agreed to a confidential settlement, whose existence has never been reported and whose terms remain secret.  Read more.

Ahed Tamimi Is Free, but 400 More Palestinian Children Remain in Military Jails

n July 29, 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi was released from an Israeli prison. Her mother Nariman, who was present in February when Tamimi slapped an Israel Defense Force soldier in the face and who filmed the incident, was also released. Tamimi had been imprisoned since the February incident, for which she was charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence. Tamimi and her mother are part of an activist family that has been attempting to show the world the nature of the Israeli occupation.  Read more.

The Legacy of Infinite War

While so much about the War on Terror turned Global War on Terrorism turned World War IV turned the Long War turned “generational struggle” turned “infinite war” seems repetitious, the troops most associated with this conflict -- the U.S. Special Operations forces -- have seen changes galore. As Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ), chairman of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, pointed out in 2006, referring to Special Operations Command by its acronym: “For almost five years now, SOCOM has been leading the way in the...read more.

'Random Acts of Flyness'

Gore Vidal: A 7-part interview series with Paul Jay

The Saudi-US Agenda Behind Destroying Yemen

Trump Reverses Ban on GMOs and Bee-Killing Pesticides in Refuges

While regulators in other regions of the world have recently worked to ban bee-poisoning pesticides called neonicotinoids that scientists have long warned could cause an "ecological armageddon," the Trump administration just reversed an Obama-era policy that had outlawed the use of neonics and genetically modified crops in the nation's wildlife refuges.  Read more.

Grass Fed Beef Market Grows Exponentially - Still at Risk

Grass-fed beef is one of the few positives in a worsening agriculture economy. One hundred percent grass-fed beef sold under a third-party certified label offers ranchers up to a 50 percent premium for those who sell directly, and up to 25 percent for those who sell into supply chains, according to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. There are now an estimated 3,900 grass-fed cattle producers, up from just 100 in 1998.  Read more.

Economic Update: We Can Do Better Than Capitalism

Obama Says Inequality Led to Rise of the Right, but Takes No Responsibility for It

Mueller Passes 3 Cases Focused on Illicit Foreign Lobbying to Prosecutors in New York

Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has referred three investigations into possible illicit foreign lobbying by Washington insiders to federal prosecutors in New York who are already handling the case against President Trump’s former lawyer, according to multiple people familiar with the cases.  Read more.