2018-03-12: Social Media Postees

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White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-12
Trump had said the age should be raised to 21, but a newly revealed plan calls for a commission on school safety–headed by Betsy DeVos–to examine the issue. | The post White House Softens Stand on Age Rule for Assault Gun Buyers appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Another For-Profit College Lobbyist to Join DeVos Education Department.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to the news during a press conference held at the Heron Bay Marriott on March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images) | This article originally appeared on Republic Report. | Politico reports that Diane Auer Jones is joining Betsy DeVos's Department of Education Department as senior policy adviser to the secretary. Jones has been working at the U.S. Department of Labor since November, and worked in the George W. Bush administration as assistant secretary for postsecondary education. | But in between, Jones was, from 2010 until 2015, senior vice president and chief external affairs officer at Career Education Corporation, meaning she was a full-time lobbyist for a predatory for-profit college. | Illinois-based Career Education Corp., whose schools have included American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University, and Sanford-Brown, was getting…
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This Is History Now: Is the "American Dream" Over for Black Boys?
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
The educational system is failing Black boys, and no Marvel superhero is coming to fix the problem. The answer lies in offering appropriately trained teachers and equitable educational options instead of limiting opportunities and possibilities for students of color.(Photo: pathdoc / Shutterstock; Edited: JR / TO) | As a parent of three children, including one son, I have witnessed Black boys start to lose interest in their studies in elementary school. | Years ago, I walked down the hall of my neighborhood Chicago public school, and outside one classroom sat a little boy on the floor. He had been kicked out of the classroom by his teacher and relegated to a space on the floor in the hallway. I don't know how long he sat there, but I do know time spent in the hallway was time away from learning. | Author Jawanza…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43802-this-is-history-now-is-the-american-dream-over-for-black-boys

Why the Panic over Korea Peace Talks? (2/2).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-11
As President Trump and Kim Jong-Un agree to historic talks, centrist voices are expressing alarm based on a self-serving and false reading of history, says Timothy Shorrock…
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Why Won't the U.S. Give Peace a Chance?
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-11
Give peace a chance, the song urges. | But the United States won't have it. | Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. "The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," the statement said. Considering that the Korean crisis and a derpy emergency management official had Hawaiians jumping down manholes a few months ago, this news comes as a relief. | Then comes the rub. The South Korean statement continued: "[North Korea] made it clear that it would have no reason to keep nuclear weapons if the military threat to the North was eliminated and its security guaranteed [my emphasis]." | In other words, the DPRK is saying–reasonably–we'll get rid of our nukes but only if you promise not to invade us. That guarantee…
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Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-11
Analysts see the congressional balloting as a test of the democratic viability of the political party that emerged from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which fought the state for 52 years until a historic peace deal was reached in 2016. | The post Colombia's Former Guerrillas Face First Electoral Test appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Progressives Fight Democratic Establishment to Join Bernie Sanders in Senate.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
Progressive candidates are challenging establishment Democrats and incumbent Republicans in Senate races across the country, but they face an uphill battle with little or no help from the Democratic Party, even in states easily won by Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential primaries.Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks about health care on Capitol Hill, June 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images) | Want to see more coverage of the issues that matter? Make a donation to Truthout to ensure that we can publish more original stories like this one. | The Democratic Party is currently facing a surge of progressive opposition in primaries, even in regions of the country where Democrats have not been competitive in recent years. | Dozens of progressive candidates are running for local, statewide and congressional races, with several candidates out-raising establishment opponents.
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Women Are Poised to Change California's Justice System.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-11
Three progressive black candidates are running for district attorney offices, and if they win, they could play a major role in reducing or amplifying race-based incarceration. | The post Women Are Poised to Change California's Justice System appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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How to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through State Government Taxes.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
Illinois demonstrators rally in support of a tax on Chicago financial exchanges and other progressive taxes on November 2, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: Scott Olson / Getty Images) | Truthout doesn't take corporate money and we don't shy away from confronting the root causes of injustice. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? | New progressive taxes are needed at the state level to generate much-needed revenue for anti-poverty programs while also curbing the excessive power the wealthiest 1 percent currently hold over our political system. Case in point: the new federal tax law that will lower taxes on the wealthy, despite majority support among US taxpayers for substantial taxes on the rich. And while opponents will no doubt argue the contrary, a joint Stanford University-Treasury Department report shows that high taxes do not drive millionaires…
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Massive Protest in British Columbia as Thousands March to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
Harriet Prince, 76, of the Anishinaabe tribe, marches with Coast Salish Water Protectors and others against the expansion of Texas-based Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on March 10, 2018. (Photo: Jason Redmond / AFP / Getty Images) | You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. | Disregarding an injunction won by the pipeline company a day before the planned protest, thousands of people marched in Burnaby, British Columbia on Saturday to protest the expansion of a Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and export terminal that First Nations and climate justice campaigners say would threaten local waterways, erode Indigenous rights, and increase planet-warming carbon emissions. | #protecttheinlet and #stopKM. Go home to Texas, #KinderMorgan. We don't want you here. #cdnpoli #waterislife #blackfish…
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Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover Condemn U.S. and Canada Over Venezuela Sanctions .
April M. Short, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-11
Chomsky and Glover are among 154 signatories asking the U. S. and Canada to reconsider the sanctions. | After the U. S. and Canada imposed sanctions on Venezuela's socialist government Friday, Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover joined 154 signatories in an open letter to Washington and Ottawa condemning the sanctions. The letter explains that the sanctions will worsen political tensions and make life harder for Venezuela's poor and urges the governments to reconsider. "Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela," the letter states. While the letter points to an attempt by the U. S. and Canada to topple Venezuela's leadership, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has said he believes the sanctions are part of an international right-wing conspiracy intended to remove him and take control of the OPEC nation's oil. . .
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At New Health Office, Civil Rights Mean Doctors Can Say No to Patients.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-11
At Truthout, we refuse to subject you to ads or "sponsored content" — we believe in producing journalism with integrity. If you agree, please support us with a donation today! | The Trump administration is embarking on a sweeping effort to redefine civil rights in health care, with critics accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of sidestepping the rights of patients to soothe a far smaller constituency: conservative nurses, hospitals and other caregivers. | The department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has been greatly strengthening and expanding protections for health care providers who have religious- or conscience-based objections to procedures such as abortion. By way of explanation, officials cite 36 complaints OCR received from, or on behalf of, those working in the health care system from President Donald Trump's election through early January of alleged affronts to religious beliefs…
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Nearly 30,000 Los Angeles School District support staff to vote for strike authorization.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-10
The unions in Los Angeles are working to keep the struggles of school workers and teachers separate, while preventing a united movement of the entire working class in defense of public education.
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Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals.
Harry Blain | MintPress News | 2018-03-10
That should've happened so fast that Congress couldn't step in. These were the words of Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen at February's prestigious Munich Security Conference, in a panel discussion on whether President Obama should have used military force against the Syrian government in 2013. | The senator's comments succinctly capture the "don't ask us" mantra that the current United States Congress has increasingly followed when faced with questions of war, peace, and America's role in the world — a clear abdication of its duties under Article 1 of the constitution. | But not every Congress has rolled over so easily. | Indeed, in the past Congress has asserted itself in ways that now seem almost unthinkable: denying and opposing presidential requests for arms sales, scrutinizing intelligence agencies, and questioning…

Once Upon a Time, Congress Actually Fought Saudi Arms Deals

The Health Care Bait-and-Switch.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-10
On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…
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What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem?
Belle Chesler, TomDispatch | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? | "It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. " | — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolOver the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social media and through the halls of the large suburban high school where I teach visual arts. A group of senior girls, spurred to action by the horrors of the Parkland massacre and emboldened by watching videos of its protesting students, organized a walkout of their own. Though it was an uncharacteristically cold, snowy day in our part of Oregon, hundreds of students marched out of school, engaging in what was certainly, for many of them, their first act of civil disobedience. I. . .
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How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome.
Phillip Smith, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain. | Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality–not to mention space-time–and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning. It wasn't just the music of the master, either–LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak. Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern. . .
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L'avvertimento nucleare di Putin.
Manlio Dinucci | Global Research | 2018-03-10
Il discorso del presidente russo Putin sullo stato della nazione, dedicato alle questioni interne e internazionali, ha suscitato in Italia scarso interesse politico-mediatico e qualche commento ironico. | Eppure dovrebbe essere ascoltato con estrema attenzione. Evitando giri diplomatici di parole, Putin …
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Religious Freedom Is a Progressive Value and a Cornerstone of Our Democracy.
Frederick Clarkson, Political Research Associates | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-10
The Christian Right has been appropriating religious freedom to advance its agenda–frequently saying what religious freedom is not, but not much about what it is. | (Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the author's speech at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and first appeared at PoliticalResearch. org)Religious freedom is a central issue of our time. It has figured prominently in recent decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court. It was a major theme of the presidential election of 2016. And it has been a major theme of the Christian Right in both its evangelical protestant and Catholic expressions, as part of an effort to enact their religious and political agenda. In June, the Supreme Court will announce its decision in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where it will be decided whether businesses can discriminate. . .
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Betsy DeVos Just Tried to Take Away the Ability of States to Crack Down on Abusive Student Debt Collectors.
Zaid Jilani | The Intercept | 2018-03-09
The declaration is not an official rule, but the Department of Education appears to be attempting to present it as if it has the force of law. | The post Betsy DeVos Just Tried to Take Away the Ability of States to Crack Down on Abusive Student Debt Collectors appeared first on The Intercept.
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Striking Illinois grad students speak out against attacks on higher education.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-03-09
The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/03/09/uiuc-m09.html

Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit.
Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .
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The Unfairness of Context.
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
It doesn't seem fair. And the unfairness is especially apparent when it's put in context. It is not as though he wanted to spend thousands of dollars on a personal phone booth, or use government funds to pay for charter or first class air travel around the world. And the criticism is not directed at…
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Make-Believe America: The US is Said to Have Full Employment, Misleading Statistics.
DPCR | Global Research | 2018-03-09
Americans live a never-never-land existence. The politicians and presstitutes make sure of that. | Consider something as simple as the unemployment rate. The US is said to have full employment with a January 2018 unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from …
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A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet With North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Truthout Stories | 2018-03-09
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting US president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul. | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. This is South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong speaking to reporters Thursday night, in the dark, outside the White…
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Fukushima: A Human-Made Disaster Brought on by Bad Faith.
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
"Nearly seven years after the triple reactor meltdowns, this unique nuclear crisis is still underway," Greenpeace International's Shaun Burnie wrote in a blogpost last December. The word "unique" is an understatement but true. The March 11, 2011meltdowns are the world's first combined earthquake-tsunami-reactor catastrophe. Moreover, while other power reactors have run out-of-control, melted down and…
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Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace?
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
Give peace a chance, the song urges. But the United States won't have it. Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. "The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," the statement said. Considering that the Korean…
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South Korea: Trump, Kim Jong Un to Meet 'by May'.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries. | The South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters of the planned meeting outside the White House, after briefing Trump and other top U.S. officials about a rare meeting with Kim in the North Korean capital on Monday. | No serving American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. The U.S. and North Korea do not even have formal diplomatic relations. The two nations remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. | Seoul had already publicized that North Korea had offered talks with the United…
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Dennis Peron: Anti-War Activist.
Fred Gardner | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
Dennis Peron died in January. On Sunday March 11 there's going to be a memorial for him at Café Flor in the Castro. Everybody knows that Dennis was an indispensable leader in the medical marijuana movement and in the fight for gay rights. Not everybody knows about his role in the peace movement. After Dennis…
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A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/a_step_toward_peace_south_korea

Can Trump, Kim, and Moon Make Peace in Korea? (1/2).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-03-09
After months of bellicose rhetoric and fears of nuclear war, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have agreed to historic face-to-face talks. Independent journalist Tim Shorrock and Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ discuss the prospects for an agreement and the overlooked role of South Korea in getting both sides to the table…
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Bernie Sanders Blasts Democratic Party's Attacks on Progressives as 'Appalling&#039
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
The Vermont senator holds nothing back in an interview with the Associated Press. | Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season. Speaking with the Associated Press, Sanders said that it's "appalling" and "not acceptable" for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose mission is to help candidates win in local districts nationwide, to be choosing favorites–as evidence shows it has– in Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. "What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told AP. "That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics. " Related Stories: Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump TrollsTrump HUD Appointee Helped Spread False Rumor About Hillary Clinton and SatanismFormer Jared Kushner Associate George Nader Was Previously Indicted for Child Pornography…
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ICE Is Aggressively Targeting Activists Who Speak Out Against Them.
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Alejandra Pablos is the latest progressive activist to be targeted. | According to a report by Rewire News, a Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention. Pablos, who is affiliated with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), also works for the pro-choice program known as "We Testify" which shares stories and accounts on abortion access through the National Network of Abortion Funds. Her network NLIRH condemned her detention and released a statement on Wednesday. The group said, "Our hermana en. . .
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to Labour People About Gender.
Elliot Murphy | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
The culture wars show no sign of abating. From digital blackface to charges of Nazism being levelled at those who claim that men are on average taller than women, orthodox social justice ideologues now carry great influence far beyond university campuses and theatres. As Jen Isakson and Ross Speer summarise:…
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West Virginia Teachers Win–Will the Legislature Try to Undercut Their Victory?
Kalena Thomhave, The American Prospect | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
West Virginia's teachers won a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees. But will the legislature's corporate tax cuts slash public services to pay for the raise? | The West Virginia teachers' strike, which had become the longest in the state's history at nine days, ended Tuesday with a deal to increase the pay of teachers as well as all state employees by 5 percent. (Previously, union leaders had struck a deal for a 5 percent pay raise of teachers with only a 3 percent raise for state employees. With the Republican state Senate initially balking at the deal, rank-and-file teachers were rightfully skeptical that the legislature would agree to the raise, and continued striking. ) The increasing costs of the teachers' health insurance was another driver of the strike; Republican Governor Jim Justice has promised to set up a task. . .
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Stormy Daniels Hilariously Ridicules One of Her Most Vicious Trump Trolls.
Travis Gettys, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Twitter justice is served. | Stormy Daniels has been fielding a lot of hateful tweets from Trump supporters, and she's been responding to some of them. But the former adult film actress singled out one Trump apologist Thursday night for a special dose of mockery, because he apparently thinks the president is married to his daughter. I actually took a screenshot of my favorite troll a couple days ago. I laughed so hard I couldn't even respond. When someone can't even insult you correctly ( you're all welcome. Enjoy) pic. twitter. com/KcTGns82xw– Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) March 9, 2018The mix-up was especially ironic in light of Daniels' claim that Trump compared her to Ivanka during their brief relationship, which his attorney reportedly paid her $130,000 not to reveal in the weeks before the 2016 election. "We had really good banter," Daniels told InTouch, about. . .
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Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game.
Eugene Robinson | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…
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These 3 Women Could Change the California Justice System for Good.
Liz Posner, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
These candidates are part of a wave of progressive district attorney hopefuls. | District attorneys can play a major role in reducing (or amplifying) race-based incarceration in America's largest cities. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King announced in February that he is launching a political action committee to help elect reform-minded DA candidates and draw national attention to the issue. "No position in America, no single individual has a bigger impact on the criminal justice system–including police brutality, but the whole crisis of mass incarceration in general–than your local district attorney," King said. "They are the gatekeepers of America's justice system. "In the past several years, progressive newcomers have unseated conservative old-guard incumbents in places like Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Philadelphia, Houston, Denver and Jacksonville, to great effect. The importance of diversifying the office of district attorney cannot be. . .
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ICE Is Aggressively Targeting Activists Who Speak Out Against Them.
Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Alejandra Pablos is the latest progressive activist to be targeted. | Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention. Pablos, who is affiliated with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), also works for the pro-choice program known as "We Testify" which shares stories and accounts on abortion access through the National Network of Abortion Funds. Her network NLIRH condemned her detention and released a statement on Wednesday. The group said, "Our hermana en la lucha and poderosa Alejandra was detained in Arizona. . .
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How an Alabama Town Is Fighting Against Cancerous & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping–No Thanks to Trump's EPA.
Democracy Now! | 2018-03-09
Residents of Uniontown, Alabama, have lived with the Arrowhead landfill, which is twice the size of New York's Central Park, have protested shipments of toxic coal ash–the residual byproduct of burning coal–from a massive spill in Kingston, Tennessee, believed to be the largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. For two years, nearly 4 million tons of coal ash was also shipped by rail from a mostly white Tennessee county to Uniontown. Coal ash contains toxins, including arsenic, mercury and boron, that can affect the nervous and reproductive systems and cause other health problems. According to the EPA, people living within a mile of unlined coal ash storage ponds have a one-in-50 risk of developing cancer. In 2013, some Uniontown residents filed a complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This week, the EPA dismissed the claim, saying there was "insufficient evidence." We speak with Ben Eaton, vice president of Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice and a resident of Uniontown, Alabama; and with Mustafa Santiago Ali, former head of the EPA's environmental justice program.
www.democracynow.org/2018/3/9/how_an_alabama_town_is_fighting_against

'Angels in America' Teaches Us How to Survive Under Trump.
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-03-09
"The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of 'Angels in America'" | A book by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois | In one of my high school theater classes, our (admittedly ambitious) teacher asked me and my best friend to read a scene from Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America." And not just any scene: He wanted us to act out the breakup between Prior Walter, who has been diagnosed with HIV and is suffering terribly, and his lover, Louis Ironson, who is in the process of leaving Prior because his illness has become too much for Louis to handle. The assignment could have interacted badly with our heightened teenage emotional states, but instead, I remember it as a moment that deepened our friendship and began my love affair with Kushner's remarkable two-part play. | That our teacher assigned an excerpt of "Angels…
truthdig.com/articles/angels-america-teaches-us-survive-trump/

Labor History in Real Time.
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
I love West Virginia. I love the people, the mountains, and the history of a people not dependent on the corporate state. Yes, Virginia–there is a history of West Virginia not dependent on the corporate state. The early northern European settlers here were self-sufficient agrarians– hunting, fishing, foraging, farming, and making their own rye whiskey for…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/labor-history-in-real-time/

Acidhead on the Run.
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2018-03-09
On September 13, 1970 LSD champion and 60s counterculture hero Timothy Leary escaped from a prison in San Luis Obispo, California. He did so with the help of the underground revolutionary group the Weather Underground (WUO). The escape and Leary's eventual trip to Algeria was funded by the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a group dedicated…
counterpunch.org/2018/03/09/acidhead-on-the-run/

Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War.
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research | 2018-03-09
Today, people are finally waking up to the dangers of a world war, which might emanate from the highest levels of the US government. | We are no longer dealing with a hypothetical scenario. The threat of World War III is …
globalresearch.ca/towards-a-world-war-iii-scenario-breaking-the-big-lie/5348384

One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study.
Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story | AlterNet.org | 2018-03-09
Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling–one of the study's co-authors–of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"–including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .
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Trump Seeks Congressional Funding for 60,000-Man Army to Overthrow Assad.
Eric Zuesse | Global Research | 2018-03-09
ISIS, or ISIL, or Islamic State, has been almost completely defeated in Syria, but the U.S. Department of Defense is requesting an increase instead of a decrease in funding to support "Vetted Syrian Opposition," or fighters in Syria against Syria's …
globalresearch.ca/trump-seeks-congressional-funding-for-60000-man-army-to-overthrow-assad/5631433

Viral Apologies and Jeremy Corbyn: Espionage Claims and the Failed Tory Campaign.
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | Global Research | 2018-03-09
It was public, expressive and demanded. The apology by Ben Bradley, a social media hazard but also Tory member of the UK House of Commons, is something that will put detractors of Labour's Jeremy Corbyn on notice. While accusations have …
globalresearch.ca/viral-apologies-and-jeremy-corbyn-espionage-claims-and-the-failed-tory-campaign/5631450

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