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California Governor Jerry Brown signs nation’s strictest net neutrality rules into law

California Governor Jerry Brown today signed net neutrality legislation into law, setting up a legal showdown pitting his state against Internet service providers and the Federal Communications Commission.

The California net neutrality bill, previously approved by the state Assembly and Senate despite protests from AT&T and cable lobbyists, imposes rules similar to...read more.

Trump Accused of Rigging FBI's Kavanaugh Probe By Imposing 'Outrageous' Limits

ust 24 hours after caving to pressure from the Senate and requesting an FBI probe into the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump is reportedly already working to impose strict limitations on the scope of the investigation—a move that has been denounced as a flagrant attempt to further rig the process in Kavanaugh's favor.  Read more.

Ted Lieu: No employer would hire sexual assault suspect who ‘yells at you’ and lies during interview

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) suggested on Sunday that Republicans are not being honest about their support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because no other job interviewer would approve someone facing sexual assault allegation who “yelled at you” during the interview.  Read more.

Blasey Ford/Kavanaugh Testimony Exposes Deep Misogyny

Eastern Europe’s Far Right Rewriting History of Nazi Holocaust

An Ex-Marine’s View of the US ‘Forever War’

Californians Demand Jerry Brown Sign Net Neutrality Bill Immediately

With just over 48 hours left before the deadline for California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the nation's gold standard net neutrality bill into law and restore the protections repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC last year, a coalition of open internet advocacy groups delivered 90,000 signatures to Brown's office...read more.

Blasey Ford, White Male Privilege and the Reckoning to Come

The TV talk would have you believe Brett Kavanaugh saved his nomination on Thursday afternoon. The talk is wrong. Kavanaugh’s nomination, at least before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was never in need of saving. All the Republican majority members of that committee required to pass him along to a full Senate vote was an excuse, no matter how tattered or shameful, to hang their hat on. They weren’t just “saving” Kavanaugh, however. In every way that matters, they were trying pathetically to save themselves.  Read more.

ABA, Yale Law School dean call for FBI probe into Kavanaugh allegations

The American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening to halt the confirmation vote for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying it should not move forward until an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him can be completed.  Read more.

'Unions Are Lying, Cheating Rats': Leaked Video Reveals Amazon's Belligerent Anti-Worker Tactics

As Amazon works to combat its public image as a starvation-wage employer by doling out mere pennies in pay hikes and deploying an army of workers to sing the company's praises on Twitter, a video leaked on Wednesday revealed that the trillion-dollar company is continuing to work feverishly behind the scenes to crush any attempts by workers to unionize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.  Read more.

It's Difficult to Overstate How Unhinged, and Legitimately Scary, That Trump Presser Was

"I was saying things that nobody in the room even understood," said the President of the United States. This was certainly correct, in a sense, though Donald Trump was referring to meetings he'd held with representatives of the Japanese government. It also applied here, in a press conference Wednesday featuring...read more.

Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System: Apartheid is Not Hidden Anymore

Julie Swetnick Says Judge Kavanaugh Was 'Present' When She Was Gang Raped

In a bombshell development in the already contentious confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, longtime government employee Julie Swetnick, in a sworn declaration signed under penalty of perjury, alleges that during house parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and other high school friends of his caused...read more.

UK Labour Alarms Elites With Plan to Democratize Workplace, Public Ownership

Outrageous: Why is the US is Supporting a Genocidal War in Yemen?

Government Failures and Collusion Created the 2008 Financial Crisis

Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.  Read more.

Fossil Fuels Divestment Reaches $6.24 Trillion

The Capitalist Manifesto: Let Poor People Die

The original Capitalist Manifesto was a 1958 book by economist Louis O. Kelso and philosopher Mortimer J. Adler. In their view of a properly conducted democratic capitalist society, a sort of modern-day Homestead Act was envisioned, in which all Americans would participate in the "capitalist revolution" of growing stock portfolios.  Read more.

Anne Hathaway denounces ‘white privilege’ at star-studded gala dinner

“That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness...this myth is wrong,” she lectured, to whoops and cheers from the liberal crowd. According to Hathaway, this “myth” keeps money in the hands of the rich, like her, and out of the hands of “the free,” whoever they may be.  Read more.

Freedom Flotilla Missions Will Continue ‘Until Palestine Is Free’

In August, the crew and passengers of the Freedom Flotilla ships, Al Awda and Freedom, returned to their home countries after being hijacked, interrogated and imprisoned by Israeli commandos. The outcome may have appeared anticlimactic, since many supporters had hoped for a triumphant arrival by the flotilla ships in Gaza Harbor and a  breaking of Israel’s illegal 12-year land and sea blockade of the small Palestinian enclave.  Read more.

Military and Weapons Manufacturers Invited in Classrooms

At Open Future festival Steve Bannon praises nationalists and fascists in Europe

Protesters voiced their anger on Saturday as Steve Bannon took part in a controversial live debate in which he defended far-right political figures in Italy and Hungary.
Speaking in New York at the Open Future festival organised by the Economist, Donald Trump’s former aide hailed Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister, and Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, for attempting to protect the “sovereignty of their country”.  Read more.

Social Security: An Economic Engine That Benefits Everyone

Mention Social Security and most people immediately think of the monthly checks received by the program’s 62 million beneficiaries.  Each day we see and hear how retirement, disability and survivor benefits keep people afloat and prevent them from falling into poverty. (Nearly half of beneficiaries rely on Social Security for all or most of their income).  But that money isn’t just a lifeline to beneficiaries and their families, it’s an economic boon for...read more.

Media Coverage of Hurricane Florence Leaves Out Crucial Information

At least 6 dead, nearly 1 million without power from Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday, battering the state with a powerful combination of wind and rain. The storm has been linked to several deaths, according to officials. Some areas are grappling with intense flooding, while hundreds in the city of New Bern required rescue in the...read more.

Outrage as Facebook Gives Right-Wing Magazine Editorial Oversight

When Facebook selected the right-wing, Iraq War-boosting magazine The Weekly Standard as an official fact-checking partner last year as part of its effort to combat "misinformation," progressives warned that the conservative publication would use its power to suppress accurate articles published by center-left and left-wing outlets.  Read more.

Elizabeth Warren says Break Up the Banks and Jail the Bankers

With Saturday marking the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared Thursday night that the only way to avoid another crisis is to break up the Wall Street banks that caused it and hold wealthy executives...read more.