Human Rights

As Trump Divides, One Lawmaker Remains Huuugely Popular with American Voters

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:43
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

While it seems that the American public holds a dim view of most of its elected officials these days, a recent Fox News poll highlighted one lawmaker who has seemingly won over the majority of voters: Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The survey, published Wednesday, found that 61 percent of respondents said they view the Independent senator from Vermont, an avowed Democratic socialist, favorably.

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UN Praises Iran's "Exemplary" Leadership in Hosting Refugees

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:41
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The United Nations praised Iran's "exemplary" refugee resettlement program this week, saying the country's decades-long effort to house approximately 3 million displaced Afghans was "a story that's not told often enough."

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U.S. Supreme Court’s Assumption That Outside Groups Are Independent Is Proven False at the State and Local Levels

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 12:03
Public Citizen

The U.S. Supreme Court’s assumption in its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that outside entities can be assumed to be independent of candidates is demonstrably false for state and local elections, as well as at the federal level, according to a new Public Citizen report (PDF).

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The Management of Unleashed Insanity

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:31
Todd Gitlin

Richard Nixon lied about wars and cover-ups, but otherwise his evasions and spins were in the mainstream of American political discourse. He was not in the regular practice of calling black white. By the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan was so mentally impaired as to make it unclear what he knew and when.

But the present situation, a regime that systematically assaults truth, is unprecedented.

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Weakening CFPB Would Allow Credit Bureaus To Run Amok Again

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:22

A leading consumer group warned that special interest attacks designed to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would also jeopardize its efforts to rein in the Big Three credit bureaus, which make mistakes that deny financial or employment opportunity to millions. The group added that since 2011 the successful CFPB has returned nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers harmed by Wall Street banks, debt collectors, payday lenders, credit bureaus and other financial players.

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G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Global Economic Stability

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:21
Jubilee USA Network

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meet today and tomorrow in Baden-Baden, Germany.

"Debt reduction, tackling global tax avoidance and trade policies are being discussed at the G20," stated Jubilee USA's executive director Eric LeCompte who tracks the meetings. "Already we see some new dynamics on issues like trade with new leadership coming from Washington."

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Tillerson Puts Preemptive Strike Against North Korea 'On the Table'

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:29
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that "all options," including a preemptive strike, are on the table when it comes to dealing with North Korea—the clearest signal yet from the Trump administration that it would consider taking military action against the nation.

At a joint news conference with South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Tillerson said the U.S.'s "strategic patience" approach was over and that it would not engage in talks with Pyongyang unless the hermit kingdom gives up its nuclear weapons.

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Kellyanne Conway Isn’t as Crazy as You Think With That Microwave Comment

Brennan Center - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:28
Kellyanne Conway Isn’t as Crazy as You Think With That Microwave CommentMichael PriceMarch 17, 2017

Kellyanne Conway earlier this week was right to raise concerns about the security of “smart” devices connected to the Internet, even if it was an attempt to distract from Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower.

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US Military Bombs Syrian Mosque During Evening Prayers, Killing Dozens

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:26
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

U.S. military officials have confirmed that a U.S. aircraft struck a mosque outside of Aleppo, Syria during evening prayers on Thursday, killing dozens of civilians, in an attack that many are calling a war crime.

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What Lies Ahead for Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Program?

Brennan Center - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:24
What Lies Ahead for Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Program?Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:30amMedia Source: The AtlanticWhat Lies Ahead for Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Program?
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Local Official Says US-Built Apache Helicopter Behind Massacre of Refugees

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:16
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

At least 31 Somali refugees are dead after the boat they were traveling in from Yemen to Sudan was attacked by what might have been a U.S.-made Apache helicopter.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed "dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals."

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If "Ryancare" Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:15
Ellen Brown

"The Canadian plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. . . . We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing." — Donald Trump, The America We Deserve (2000)

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The President's Attack on Public Broadcasting Puts Him at Odds with the American People

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:58
Tim Karr

On Thursday, the president proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a main revenue source for hundreds of local NPR and PBS stations across the country.

The cuts, part of Trump’s first federal budget proposal to Congress, would zero out the $445 million annual allocation the CPB receives to underwrite popular programming like Democracy Now!, Fresh Air, Frontline and the PBS Kids lineup, and help keep local public television and radio stations on the air.

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‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 09:01
Richard Eskow

With typical bombast, Donald Trump dubs his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. No, it won’t make America great again. It reflects a hardness of the heart and a sickness of the spirit that are unworthy of the American people.

Chances are, the great leaders of this country’s history wouldn’t even recognize its vision of America.

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The Public is Clueless About the Federal Budget and It's the New York Times' Fault

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 08:55
Dean Baker

Paul Krugman criticized the Trump administration for its budget, which would cut or eliminate many programs that benefit low and moderate income people.

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An Orgy of Unnecessary Cruelty

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 08:47
Robert Reich

The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

1. His new budget comes down especially hard on the poor – imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities, nutrition for new mothers and their infants, funds to keep poor families warm, even “meals on wheels.”

These cuts come at a time when more American families are in poverty than ever before, including 1 in 5 children. 

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The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools

Common Dreams - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 08:20
Bill Bigelow

“Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish-American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing.

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Let 'Em Die

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:35
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Rant time. Some obscene realities of Thursday's proposed budget: One golf trip to Mar-a-lago costs the same as 419,000 seniors' Meals on Wheels (slash), three weeks of Trump Tower security = PBS's budget (cut), $54 billion hike to the military = 1,543 years' funding for Institute of Peace (gone), starving poor kids, veterans and the (the often Trump-voting) elderly is "compassionate" because feeding them isn't "showing any results." Q: Who are these people? A: Morons and monsters.

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Kellyanne Conway Isn't as Crazy as You Think With That Microwave Comment

Brennan Center - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:58
Kellyanne Conway Isn't as Crazy as You Think With That Microwave CommentThursday, March 16, 2017 - 6:00pmMedia Source: FortuneKellyanne Conway Isn't as Crazy as You Think With That Microwave Comment
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DOJ Docs Raise Questions About Gorsuch's Views on Torture and Executive Power

Common Dreams - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 16:30
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

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