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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018.

“The incarceration rate in this country is just insane,” said Johnnie Moore, an evangelical leader and informal adviser to President Trump.(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP) […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled by the FBI or the department under the Obama administration.

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Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled by the FBI or the department under the Obama administration.

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Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Stone said he could be under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for alleged crimes unrelated to his role in the 2016 presidential election. (Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, (right) prepare to talk to reporters following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2018.

Republicans leaders, worried about possibly losing control of the Senate in the November elections, are racing against the clock to push through as many judicial nominations as they can.(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

Fox News and AP say they’ll conduct an election voter survey designed to replace the traditional in-person exit poll. This follows the 2016 election in which pollsters were criticized for inaccuracy. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

There are two Staceys angling to become Georgia’s first woman governor.One Stacey—Stacey Abrams—is black. She’s the former minority leader of the state House of Representatives. The other, Stacey Evans, is white. She founded her own law firm and has represented the state’s 42nd district since 2011. Both Democrats have years of experience in the state House, and each has pledged to advance an ambitious, progressive agenda for Georgia. But their approaches have been markedly different. Abrams has structured her campaign around minority empowerment and outreach through a targeted, grassroots-style campaign. Evans, meanwhile, with a promise to Bring Hope Back to […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

According the authoritative Freedom House rankings, we have seen over a decade of deterioration in free institutions. Outright massacre is the order of the day in countries from Burma to the Levant, and tyrants no less cunning than Mussolini or Franco subvert the rule of law, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech from Warsaw to Ankara, and from Beijing to Moscow. As was the case 80 years ago, many in the United States would rather step back from a world that seems turbulent but not their problem. Their president wants tariffs and walls, while polls show that for […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president’s eldest son, met in August 2016 with an envoy representing the crown princes of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia who offered help to the Trump presidential campaign, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

Sam Nunberg, confidante of Roger Stone and full-on convert to NeverTrump world, joined Alex Witt on MSNBC on Sunday to give his scattered, rambling, ‘inside’ view of what is going on with the Mueller investigation, specifically how it pertains to Roger Stone.
His view – Roger is going to be indicted on some sort of financial crime – and Roger also knows this and is prepared. Why does he think this? He zeroes in on Andrew Weissman’s part of the investigation (he was the one who oversaw the no-knock warrant on Manafort). Weissman, who was called a ‘legal pitbull’ by […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

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Houston police chief Art Acevedo hasn’t been afraid to go against the conservative orthodoxy so prevalent in his state before. In 2016, he decried the extremism within conservatism that leads to “Second Amendment Solutions,” leading to a confrontation with Rush Limbaugh, who ridiculously claimed there were no such extremists in his party. (Someone get Rush a frickin’ mirror, stat)
And this has been a very difficult week for Acevedo, dealing with the Santa Fe high school shooting.
The day of the shooting, he posted his on his Facebook page:
And he repeated it again on Face the Nation, after […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Kellyanne Conway Defends Sean Hannity's Yellow Journalism:: 'People Are Starved For Unique Content'

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday went to bat for Fox News host Sean Hannity, explaining that he offered “unique content” instead of fact-based reporting.
While speaking to Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter on CNN, Conway opined that Donald Trump was one of the most “transparent” and “accountable” presidents in history.
“I’d love for him to come on your network,” Conway told the CNN host. “But he’s happy to send me — I think we’re into 17 minutes now.”
“What he does is he attacks CNN and he calls The New York Times ‘crooked’ and he smears these news outlets instead,” Stelter […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Trump made no secret of his intense loathing and jealousy of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and owner of The Washington Post, in his hate-filled 2016 campaign rallies. Most folks thought those were just idle threats made by a ranting lunatic. Most folks didn’t think the forces of Heaven and Earth would put this man in power.
Trump wants his base to believe that the USPS’s relationship with Amazon is just an unholy alliance that exclusively benefits Bezos over the already crippled US Postal Service. The ethically dubious Donald Trump is suddenly against the monopolistic tendencies of […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

A few days ago, we reported on the story of Emory Ellis, a homeless man who was arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit bill:
According to his complaint, Ellis, 37, was trying to buy breakfast at Burger King one morning in November 2015 when the cashier asserted that his $10 bill was bogus. Ellis insisted otherwise, and when the cashier wouldn’t budge, Ellis said he would take his $10—all he had to his name—and leave. Instead of returning the bill, restaurant staff called the police. Ellis was arrested and later charged with forgery of a bank note—a crime that can […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran

In the wake of Trump’s flawed reasoning behind the decision to renege on the Iran nuclear deal, it’s important to understand the history of US-Iran relations, says author Medea Benjamin. Her book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, offers a look into the events behind US-Iran relations going back beyond the 1979 American hostage crisis.Supporters of President Donald Trump argue with people protesting outside the White House as President Trump announces the United State’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Mayuk (left) and Kanahus Manuel (right), founders of the Tiny House Warriors, in front of a completed tiny house on the Neskolinth Reserve outside of Kamloops, British Columbia. (Photo: Janice Cantieri)

Mayuk (left) and Kanahus Manuel (right), founders of the Tiny House Warriors, in front of a completed tiny house on the Neskolinth Reserve outside of Kamloops, British Columbia. (Photo: Janice Cantieri)
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Tiny houses are a trendy way to live minimally and downsize — but for a First Nations community in British Columbia, they’re an act of resistance.
Since the fall, indigenous women of the Secwepemc Nation — calling themselves the Tiny […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer delivers a speech on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bo Rader/ Wichita Eagle / TNS via Getty Images)

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer delivers a speech on Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: Bo Rader/ Wichita Eagle / TNS via Getty Images)
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed a bill into law on Friday that will allow adoption agencies to refuse same-sex couples.
The bill, known as the Adoption Protection Act, was designed to insulate religious organizations that want to discriminate against the LGBT community. Approved in the Kansas Legislature earlier this month, the bill permits agencies to refuse homes “for foster care or adoption when the proposed placement of such child would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Similar adoption bills are being […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

To Survive the Trumpocalypse, We Need Wild Disability Justice Dreams

(Photo: Lauren Walker / Truthout)
For years, awaiting this apocalypse, I have worried that as sick and disabled people, we will be the ones abandoned when our cities flood. But thinking of the histories and visions of disability activism, I am dreaming the biggest disabled dream of my life — not just of a revolutionary movement in which we are not abandoned, but of a movement in which we lead the way.(Photo: Lauren Walker / Truthout)
This story is the tenth in Truthout’s “Visions of 2018” series, in which activist leaders answer the question: “What would you like to see created, built, […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Truthout.org – Blog

Matt Yglesias quotes Cory Booker:
“I am so frustrated with the obvious changes going on between my dad’s age and now,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) delivering a stem-winder of a midday keynote address Tuesday at the Ideas Conference, hosted in Washington by the Center for American Progress to celebrate its 15th anniversary. “It’s like we inherited this incredible house from our parents and we trashed it.”
….Without stinting the importance of the civil rights movement, he also argued Tuesday that “you don’t even need to use race as one of the lenses” to understand how kids born into low-income families are […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Elections News

Leading Off

● Malaysia – parliament (May 9)

In a potentially groundbreaking development for Malaysian democracy, the opposition Pakatan Harapan alliance won a parliamentary majority for the first time ever in elections earlier this month, delivering a major defeat to the right-of-center Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has ruled the country ever since it won independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.​

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​This victory was particularly notable because BN had gone to the limit and beyond in a desperate effort to retain power: They threw opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in prison on trumped-up sodomy charges for a second time; they gerrymandered electoral […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Fri, May 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Colorado’s Democratic-run state House and Republican-majority state Senate have unanimously voted to refer two state constitutional amendments to the ballot this November that would create independent redistricting commissions to handle congressional and state legislative redistricting following the 2020 census. Colorado also had a divided government during the previous round of redistricting, but Democrats’ control of the state Supreme Court allowed them to pass modest gerrymanders of the state legislature because they were able to appoint a majority to the existing bipartisan commission, which these new commissions would replace.

There are two separate measures creating two separate commissions because Colorado’s constitution limits […]

Fri, May 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● New Hampshire: New Hampshire’s Republican-run state legislature has finally passed a long-debated bill that would impose new residency restrictions on voters in a naked attempt to suppress Democratic-leaning college student voters. GOP Gov. Chris Sununu has long acted as thought he’s opposed to the bill, but he has meticulously avoided promising to veto it. Instead, he has asked the state Supreme Court to issue an advisory opinion regarding the proposal’s constitutionality, and he’s said he’ll sign the measure if the justices deem it valid.​

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​At issue is how this bill defines what it means to be a resident […]

Fri, May 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Rafael Nadal survives a stunning fightback from world number three Alexander Zverev to win an eighth Italian Open. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

From Meghan’s old school to ex-pats in Spain, millions of people were doing the same thing on Saturday. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Sierra Leone’s new sports minister, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, wants domestic league football to resume in 90 days as he aims to restore peace in his country’s FA. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

A source close to the Chelsea owner says the renewal process is taking “a little longer than usual”. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Activists say there has been an evacuation but Syrian officials deny any ceasefire deal. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

With weeks to go until Saudi women are allowed to drive, activists face arrests and death threats. […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

What exactly do the North Koreans mean when they say they’re willing to denuclearize? And how exactly would they do so? These are the key mysteries at the heart of the upcoming Trump-Kim summit—and indeed they threatened to derail the whole thing this week when Kim Jong Un objected to National-Security Adviser John Bolton’s vision for it. In a statement attributed to Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea chastised Bolton for his invocation of the “Libya model” of unilateral denuclearization as a template, noting that the “world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq […]

Sun, May 20, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

The 75-year-old mayor of Thessaloniki is treated after being attacked by about a dozen people. […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Portuguese giants Benfica complete the signing of Nigeria international defender Tyronne Ebuehi from Dutch club ADO Den Haag. […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

OSLO, Norway—Late last year, Russian authorities in Moscow arrested a 62-year-old retired Norwegian border guard and pensioner named Frode Berg and accused him of being a spy. According to Russian officials, since 2015 Berg had been mailing envelopes of cash to an unknown recipient; in exchange, they said, Norwegian intelligence acquired information on Russia’s nuclear submarines in the far north. At the time of his arrest, Berg was carrying an envelope with 3,000 euros in cash.In late April, Berg admitted to having worked for Norwegian military intelligence, but as an unwitting courier. Over the years, he had been mailing cash […]

Sat, May 19, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

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