2018-06-17: News Headlines

Staff (2018-06-16). Kim Kardashian West to Jerry Brown: Test the DNA of Kevin Cooper. truthdig.com The reality star pleads with the California governor, via tweet, to give death row inmate Kevin Cooper the tests he has been denied, tests that could prove his innocence.

Staff (2018-06-16). Despite Cancer, McCain Maintains His Maverick Ways. truthdig.com PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. | Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from office before 2022 is a lingering one, casting an uncomfortable haze around the future of a seat that can't quite ever be filled. | "John McCain is a one-of-a-kind politician, and there's no replacing him," said Stan Barnes, an Arizona Republican consultant. "No one serving in political office today remembers a time when John McCain was not representing us in Washington." | Some Arizona Republicans have criticized conversations about the future of McCain's seat as…

Bob Brigham, Raw Story (2018-06-16). 'MAGA MAGA MAGA': Roseanne Barr Has Twitter Tirade After Reading IG Report She Believes Helps Trump. alternet.org Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. | Comedian Roseanne Barr praised President Donald Trump after reading the Department of Justice Inspector General report on handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Donald Trump claimed the report " totally exonerates" him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, even though the report had nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. "Things are progressing nicely politically — all the real dirt has been exposed by the IG report — next step will be balls out great! " Barr tweeted early Saturday morning. This prediction was based on her belief in QAnon, a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming top Democrats are running a satanic child sex cult. Barr retweeted two accounts claiming the Inspector General report support their conspiracy theory.

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Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-16). Trump Policy Has Ripped 2,000 Kids From Parents in Just Six Weeks. truthout.org In the six weeks that President Donald Trump's " heartless and cruel" family separation policy has been in effect, nearly 2,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data obtained by the Associated Press and published on Friday. | The staggering figure—which averages out to 47 children ripped from their parents' arms each day—comes as Trump and the Republican Party continue to lie about the White House's responsibility for the so-called "zero tolerance" policy that made family separation a consistent practice. | According to the DHS figures, "1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31," the AP reports. | #FamiliesBelongTogether! https://t.co/v8uFKETyt3 | — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) June 15, 2018 | 2000 children in *six weeks*. Think about the scale of the crime being perpetrated…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-16). The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters. truthout.org Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, city police were watching. | Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. | Then, throughout that day — January 20, 2017 — police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. | It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records I've acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act. | Now the mayor and police department may soon be able to use drones to monitor demonstrations and other…

RT (2018-06-16). 'Bad photos!' Trump blasts media for 'fake' G7 summit reporting & tweets GOOD PHOTOS. rt.com Donald Trump has slammed the "fake news media" for showing his encounters with the G7 leaders in a "bad" light and unleashed a series of tweets depicting his friendly relationship with the world elite, full of coziness and smiles.
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RT (2018-06-16). Debunked: Viral image of crying, caged toddler 'detained by ICE' not what it seems. rt.com A distressing image of a crying toddler locked in a barred cage after purportedly being detained by US immigration officials has gone viral — but despite online claims, it does not actually depict what has been alleged.
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RT (2018-06-16). Soldiers in NY warned not to procreate or end up in 'hospital, newspaper or jail' when on leave. rt.com A photograph of a peculiar army safety briefing has been doing the rounds on social media. In it, soldiers are urged not to add to the population and to stay out of jail, among other things.
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Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump Whines It's 'Very Unfair' DOJ Hasn't Prosecuted Clinton As His Former Campaign Chairman Lands Behind Bars. alternet.org Paul Manafort landed in jail Friday after he was accused of witness tampering. | When President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, you knew Trump would have to tweet about it. Well, he did — and it was even more preposterous than we would have predicted. "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns," Trump wrote. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair! "There's so much that's wrong here. First, Manafort wasn't sentenced — he's been jailed pending trial. It's true that this is unusual for cases involving the types of charges against Manafort, but that's because Manafort took the even more. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump Is Pathetically Trying to Convince People that the G-7 Meeting He Deliberately Undermined Was Actually a Success. alternet.org It was a desperate attempt to deny what the world saw before its own eyes. | Apparently unhappy with the Americans' perceptions of his achievements on the world stage, President Donald Trump began posting pictures of the recent G-7 summit in an effort to show that the meeting was a success. To prove that it was such a success, he sent the following tweets: I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement – where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for! pic. twitter. com/Ib97nN5HZt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018 | The Fake News Media said that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada. They are once again, WRONG! pic. twitter. com/I6eEKEZV6z— Donald. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-15). Barber to UAW: Trump a 'symptom' of white nationalist fears. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—Republican President Donald Trump's racist stands, remarks and tweets are "just a symptom" of white nationalist fears — which have been going for decades — that "the other America" of "the rejected" is increasing in strength and will rise up to take back the country, the Rev. William Barber says. In a stem-winding combination speech […]…

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-06-15). The Media Should Stop Gifting Trump with Ego-Boosting 'Trump Said' Headlines and Tweets. alternet.org Merely repeating the president just spreads his propaganda. | Writing the word "lied" is apparently so time-consuming, that in their effort to get a headline out the door, it simply can't be accommodated. Otherwise it's difficult to excuse this breaking, big scoop headline from the Associated Press. BREAKING: Trump says officials at FBI 'were plotting against my election'. Or this tweet from the New York TimesPresident Trump said the IG report proved there had been FBI bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing "vicious" texts" between investigators and findings that he said illustrate "criminal" behavior by James ComeyOr the Associated Press . . . again. The Latest: President Trump says the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe shows the FBI was biased against him "at the top level" and was "plotting against my election. "Thanks guys. Just . . . thanks.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). Trump's 2020 Campaign Effort Has Hired Officials from the Sketchy Data Firm Mueller Is Investigating: Report. alternet.org Cambridge Analytica was at the center of a massive scandal concerning the misuse of Facebook user data. | President Donald Trump's campaign is working with former employees of the disgraced data firm Cambridge Analytica, a company that collapsed after its scandalous misuse of Facebook data was revealed and is facing scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press. At least four ex-employees of the firm now work for Data Propria, which performs campaign services similar to those Cambridge Analytica provided, the report says. The employment of workers who were involved with such a scandalous enterprise remains a focus of an investigation into malfeasance in the 2016 election and shows a brazen disregard on the Republican Party's part for even having the appearance of concerns about propriety and election security. Though the leader of the new firm, Matt Oczkowski, denies working. . .

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-06-15). Trump Just Derailed the Latest Republican Immigration Hostage-Taking Scheme. alternet.org This is bad news for the GOP. | Popular vote loser Donald Trump, the mastermind of family separation and child gulags, blew up House Republican's latest legislative effort to blame it all on Democrats when he summarily dismissed a "compromise" poison-pill immigration bill leadership has been negotiating. House Speaker Paul Ryan had been planning on holding votes on two bills early next week, one that hard-line Republicans were demanding, a white supremacist wish list sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and one that was "negotiated" between hardliners and "moderates" who were threatening to force a vote on protections for Dreamers with a discharge petition. That negotiation was basically the moderates completely caving, and the resulting bill draft being another ransom demand from Republicans: Democrats could free the children in those gulags and get protections for Dreamers if. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-15). FBI Reveals It Has Uncovered a Ton of Records that Michael Cohen Apparently Tried to Hide. alternet.org The results of the raid on Cohen's work and home appear to have paid off for the investigators. | When federal investigators searched and seized documents from the work and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump immediately denounced the action taken against his lawyer and seemed fearful about what the records might show. In a new court filing from the FBI on Friday, it has now become clear why: Investigators have uncovered a large trove of documents and data that Cohen appears to have kept hidden. The letter reveals that investigators reconstructed 16 pages of Cohen's documents that had been shredded — indicating that they contained sensitive information he was trying to conceal. The FBI also now has 731 pages of messages that Cohen sent on apps such as WhatsApp and Signal. These programs allow users to message other people while keeping the. . .

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the result of a policy apparently greenlighted by top officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at the US border due to Trump administration policy changes; and the Democratic Republic of Congo lost a human rights hero.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Headlines for June 15, 2018. democracynow.org Republicans Draft Immigration Bill That Would End Family Separations, U.S. Catholic Bishops Blast "Immoral" Trump Immigration Policy, AG Sessions Quotes Scripture to Justify Immigration Policies, White House Press Secretary Confronted over Family Separations, Texas Children's Detention Center Features Trump Mural, Quote, New York Sues Trump Foundation over "Repeated Self-Dealing", DOJ Inspector General: Comey Mishandled Clinton Email Probe, Nicaragua: General Strike Called Amid Mounting Violence Against Protests, Russian Police Arrest British LGBT Protester as World Cup Opens, Argentine Lawmakers Advance Bill to Decriminalize Abortions, Bill Clinton: Norms Have Changed on "What You Can Do to Somebody Against Their Will", American Medical Association Demands Gun Control, Divests from Fossil Fuels, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King Retweets Neo-Nazi, U.S. to Repatriate Remains of Native Children Who Died in Boarding Schools, Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton, Who Advised MLK, Dies at 88…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). India Should Not Reject UN Report on Kashmir. hrw.org A woman watches the funeral of a civilian who, according to local media, was hit by a police vehicle during a protest after Friday prayers, in Srinagar, June 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | India's government dismissed the first-ever United Nations report on human rights in Kashmir as " fallacious, tendentious, and motivated," saying the findings are "overtly prejudiced" and seek to "build a false narrative." | India can — and should — do better in confronting its own human rights failures. | While the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) acknowledged the "political dimensions" of the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, its report sought to highlight the decades of suffering by millions of Kashmiris. | These human rights concerns have been well documented. Cross-border…

Nick Pinto (2018-06-14). NYPD Disputes Gang Database Numbers — but Its Math Doesn't Add Up. theintercept.com Senior New York Police Department officials testifying on Wednesday before City Council hotly contested the claim, published first in The Intercept, that the gang database maintained by the department swelled by 70 percent between December 2013 and February 2018 to include more than 42,000 New Yorkers. | "I've learned not to believe what I read in the papers. I have no comment on The Intercept," said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. "I did not read the entire

, but what I did read, I read some glaring errors." | The Intercept sent the NYPD detailed questions about the gang database before publication. But neither the department nor the mayor's office responded. Instead, in an op-ed in the New York Daily News on Tuesday, Shea defended the department's program, arguing that what the headline described as keeping up a "roster of…

RT (2018-06-14). Bear-ly believable: 5yo boy & wild animal engage in 'jump-off' at zoo (VIDEO). rt.com An Andean bear is the latest animal to become an overnight viral sensation after it joined a five-year-old boy in an impromptu spirited jumping session at Nashville Zoo.
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RT (2018-06-14). HuffPost editor's old tweets reveal anti-Semitic & homophobic jokes. rt.com Old skeletons have been dug up from the Twitter account of The Huffington Post's front-page editor, revealing a history of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets.
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wsws.org (2018-06-13). University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility provides cover for Internet censorship campaign. wsws.org The new program has been established to provide the theoretical backing and material resources needed to further the ongoing efforts to censor the Internet.

RT (2018-06-13). War games: Liberals slam Trump for using 'language of the enemy'. rt.com President Donald Trump's pledge to end "war games" in South Korea came as a surprise to commentators, and was viewed by many as a weighty concession to Kim Jong-un. To Twitter liberals however, the issue was a semantic one. |
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RT (2018-06-13). Fearless raccoon scales 25-storey building in Minnesota, capturing hearts & Twitter handles. rt.com While people all over the world were watching history unfold at the US-North Korea summit in Singapore this week, Minnesotans were glued to an entirely different kind of summit drama.
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RT (2018-06-13). 'Will America wake up?' Republican congressman retweets anti-immigration post from white supremacist. rt.com Iowa congressman Steve King has attracted a backlash after apparently endorsing a Twitter post from a prominent British far-right activist.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-06-13). Iran: Prominent Rights Defender Arrested. hrw.org (Beirut) — Iranian authorities arrested Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the country's most prominent human rights defenders, on June 13, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release her. Nasrin Sotoudeh | © 2008 Raheleh Asgarizadeh | Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, announced the arrest on Facebook on June 13. Khandan also told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) that the authorities who arrested Sotoudeh told him they were taking her to prison to serve a five-year prison sentence she had received in absentia, although the Iranian authorities had neither previously informed her about nor publicly announced the conviction or sentence. She had previously served three years in prison for her activism. | "Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights champion who should be applauded, not jailed, for her tireless…

Briahna Gray (2018-06-13). Under Pressure From Progressives, Rep. Ro Khanna Endorses Both Democrats in Contentious New York Primary. theintercept.com On Tuesday evening, New York Rep. Joe Crowley tweeted that he had won the support of progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., in an increasingly heated primary in Queens and the Bronx. By Wednesday morning, following an outpouring of anger at Khanna, the endorsement had become a "dual endorsement" of both Crowley and his opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Khanna's painfully public shift from Crowley-backer to a neutral party undermines Crowley's effort to demonstrate his strong support from the left. It will also leave a mark on Khanna as he navigates his future in Congress and within the progressive movement. | The online firestorm came a day after Crowley announced he had the support of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a fellow New York Democrat, who has spent much of the past year backing women in races across the country. The endorsement was not cost-free for Gillibrand,…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-12). Unmasked anti-Muslim troll Amy Mekelburg connected to Chris Gaubatz. splcenter.org On May 31, the Huffington Post published a story exposing Twitter user @AmyMek, an ardent Trump supporter and prolific anti-Muslim troll. Behind the account is a woman named Amy Mekelburg, who lives in New York City.

RT (2018-06-12). 'Get a picture so we look thin': Twitter roasts Trump over summit lunch gaffe (VIDEO). rt.com The look on his face perhaps said it all: Kim Jong-un appeared bemused, aghast and utterly galled by Donald Trump's call for photographers to make both men look "nice, handsome and thin" prior to their working lunch in Singapore.
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RT (2018-06-12). Trump-Kim summit: Success or failure is in the eye of the beholder. rt.com The Singapore nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong-un was both a wild success and abject failure — depending on who you ask.
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Adam Johnson (2018-06-11). CNN's Warm Welcome to Far-Right Pundit Shows No Limit to Trumpwashing. fair.org Ralph Peters' break with Trump and Fox News was covered in the New York Times ( 6/7/18)… | As FAIR has noted before ( 7/3/16, 12/30/17), centrist and liberal media have a disturbing tendency to rehabilitate some of the most vile, reactionary forces on the American right simply because they say vaguely negative things about Donald Trump—a phenomenon we call "Trumpwashing." In the understandable service of shoring up forces against a destructive president, producers and editors check their memories at the door and help rebrand a laundry list of war criminals, anti-LGBTQ weirdos and Islamophobic media hustlers simply because they also happen to not like Trump. | The latest version of this terrible trend is the recent veneration of retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. A long-time Fox News presence, Peters quit the network…

RT (2018-06-11). He's still at it: Trump launches new barrage at 'bragging' Trudeau & 'unfair' Europe. rt.com US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). Michael Eric Dyson on NFL Protests, Malcolm Jenkins & Listening to Black Americans on Issues of Race. democracynow.org Last week Donald Trump abruptly called off a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, tweeting, "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" While not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did protest by raising a fist during the national anthem, in what has become one of the most enduring images of the protests. Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up a series of signs to reporters in a team locker room in response to their questions about the cancellation of the team's White House visit. For more, we speak with Michael Eric Dyson, professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

RT (2018-06-11). There and back again: RT looks at Facebook eyeing humans for 'fake news' check. rt.com After getting rid of its news trending team and switching to algorithms to combat fake news, Facebook seems to be back on track at hiring human news-checkers. RT looks at the twists and turns of social media giant.
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RT (2018-06-11). Storm in a soda cup: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for eating Chick-fil-A. rt.com Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey seems to spend his time rushing from one crisis to another as the social media platform routinely finds itself in a storm of controversy. The latest debacle sees Dorsey apologizing for eating Chick-fil-A.
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RT (2018-06-11). Woman drives children in cages as 'no room in car,' gets charged after VIDEO goes viral. rt.com A Memphis grandmother has been arrested after a video went viral which appeared to show her releasing two children from animal cages in the back of her car.
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RT (2018-06-11). 'Unmasking the Satanic Jew': Nation of Islam leader loses verified status on Twitter. rt.com The controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is no longer verified on Twitter, likely thanks to a tweet linking to a bizarre three-hour long sermon denouncing Jews. |
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RT (2018-06-10). Fox host calls Trump & Kim 2 dictators, Twitter erupts. rt.com Fox & Friends host and daughter of the US ambassador to Russia, Abby Huntsman, was forced to apologize after she touted the Trump-Kim summit as a "meeting between two dictators" on air. The gaffe caused a storm of ridicule online.
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RT (2018-06-10). 'Betrayal!' Kudlow claims Trudeau 'stabbed US in the back' with G7 comments. rt.com Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has accused the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of 'stabbing the US in the back' with his comments at the G7 summit. Kudlow's comments have come under fire on social media.
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Adam Johnson (2018-06-08). Media Treat Trump Administration's Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective 'Government' Report. fair.org AP ( 6/5/18) | On Tuesday, dozens of media outlets broke what at first seemed to be a major story about "the government" announcing that Social Security and Medicare will be broke in less than 20 years: | Medicare Will Become Insolvent in 2026, US Government Says (AP, 6/5/18) | Medicare's Trust Fund Will Be Depleted in 2026: Trustees Report (The Hill, 6/5/18) | Trustees Report That Social Security Benefits Are at Risk in 16 Years (Forbes, 6/5/18) | Social Security Must Reduce Benefits in 2034 if Reforms Aren't Made (CNN, 6/5/18) | If the lifelines of millions of poor, elderly and disabled were going to crumble in less than a generation, this would be major news indeed. But they're not really. Or, at least, we have no objective reason to believe they will, since the authors of…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). Going "Full Dictator"? Trump Claims He Has Right to End Mueller Investigation or Pardon Himself. democracynow.org As President Trump celebrated his 500th day in office Monday, many legal experts warned that the country could soon face a constitutional crisis as the president continues to attack special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On Monday, Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" He also tweeted, "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself." Over the weekend, The New York Times published a 20-page confidential letter written by Trump's lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller, in which his lawyers claim Trump is above the law and thus cannot have illegally obstructed the Mueller investigation. Trump's attorneys also claim the Constitution gives the president power to terminate the Mueller probe. We speak to Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch in Philadelphia. His latest column is headlined "The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him."

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2018-06-17: Social Media Postees

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Despite Cancer, McCain Maintains His Maverick Ways
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-16
PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. | Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from office before 2022 is a lingering one, casting an uncomfortable haze around the future of a seat that can't quite ever be filled. | "John McCain is a one-of-a-kind politician, and there's no replacing him," said Stan Barnes, an Arizona Republican consultant. "No one serving in political office today remembers a time when John McCain was not representing us in Washington." | Some Arizona Republicans have criticized conversations about the future of McCain's seat as…
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'MAGA MAGA MAGA': Roseanne Barr Has Twitter Tirade After Reading IG Report She Believes Helps Trump
Bob Brigham, Raw Story | alternet.org | 2018-06-16
Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. | Comedian Roseanne Barr praised President Donald Trump after reading the Department of Justice Inspector General report on handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. President Donald Trump claimed the report " totally exonerates" him of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, even though the report had nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Barr echoed Trump's enthusiasm for the IG report. "Things are progressing nicely politically — all the real dirt has been exposed by the IG report — next step will be balls out great! " Barr tweeted early Saturday morning. This prediction was based on her belief in QAnon, a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming top Democrats are running a satanic child sex cult. Barr retweeted two accounts claiming the Inspector General report support their conspiracy theory.

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Kim Kardashian West to Jerry Brown: Test the DNA of Kevin Cooper
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-06-16
The reality star pleads with the California governor, via tweet, to give death row inmate Kevin Cooper the tests he has been denied, tests that could prove his innocence. | The post Kim Kardashian West to Jerry Brown: Test the DNA of Kevin Cooper appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters
Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2018-06-16
Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, city police were watching. | Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. | Then, throughout that day — January 20, 2017 — police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. | It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records I've acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act. | Now the mayor and police department may soon be able to use drones to monitor demonstrations and other…
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Soldiers in NY warned not to procreate or end up in 'hospital, newspaper or jail' when on leave
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-16
A photograph of a peculiar army safety briefing has been doing the rounds on social media. In it, soldiers are urged not to add to the population and to stay out of jail, among other things. …
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'Bad photos!' Trump blasts media for 'fake' G7 summit reporting & tweets GOOD PHOTOS
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Donald Trump has slammed the "fake news media" for showing his encounters with the G7 leaders in a "bad" light and unleashed a series of tweets depicting his friendly relationship with the world elite, full of coziness and smiles. …
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Debunked: Viral image of crying, caged toddler 'detained by ICE' not what it seems
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-16
A distressing image of a crying toddler locked in a barred cage after purportedly being detained by US immigration officials has gone viral — but despite online claims, it does not actually depict what has been alleged. …
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The Media Should Stop Gifting Trump with Ego-Boosting 'Trump Said' Headlines and Tweets
Mark Sumner, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Merely repeating the president just spreads his propaganda. | Writing the word "lied" is apparently so time-consuming, that in their effort to get a headline out the door, it simply can't be accommodated. Otherwise it's difficult to excuse this breaking, big scoop headline from the Associated Press. BREAKING: Trump says officials at FBI 'were plotting against my election'. Or this tweet from the New York TimesPresident Trump said the IG report proved there had been FBI bias against him ahead of the 2016 presidential election, citing "vicious" texts" between investigators and findings that he said illustrate "criminal" behavior by James ComeyOr the Associated Press . . . again. The Latest: President Trump says the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe shows the FBI was biased against him "at the top level" and was "plotting against my election. "Thanks guys. Just . . . thanks.
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Trump Is Pathetically Trying to Convince People that the G-7 Meeting He Deliberately Undermined Was Actually a Success
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
It was a desperate attempt to deny what the world saw before its own eyes. | Apparently unhappy with the Americans' perceptions of his achievements on the world stage, President Donald Trump began posting pictures of the recent G-7 summit in an effort to show that the meeting was a success. To prove that it was such a success, he sent the following tweets: I have a great relationship with Angela Merkel of Germany, but the Fake News Media only shows the bad photos (implying anger) of negotiating an agreement – where I am asking for things that no other American President would ask for! pic. twitter. com/Ib97nN5HZt– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018 | The Fake News Media said that I did not get along with other Leaders at the #G7Summit in Canada. They are once again, WRONG! pic. twitter. com/I6eEKEZV6z– Donald. . .
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Trump Whines It's 'Very Unfair' DOJ Hasn't Prosecuted Clinton As His Former Campaign Chairman Lands Behind Bars
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Paul Manafort landed in jail Friday after he was accused of witness tampering. | When President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, you knew Trump would have to tweet about it. Well, he did — and it was even more preposterous than we would have predicted. "Wow, what a tough sentence for Paul Manafort, who has represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other top political people and campaigns," Trump wrote. "Didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob. What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair! "There's so much that's wrong here. First, Manafort wasn't sentenced — he's been jailed pending trial. It's true that this is unusual for cases involving the types of charges against Manafort, but that's because Manafort took the even more. . .
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-whines-its-very-unfair-doj-hasnt-prosecuted-clinton-his-former-campaign

Barber to UAW: Trump a 'symptom' of white nationalist fears
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2018-06-15
DETROIT–Republican President Donald Trump's racist stands, remarks and tweets are "just a symptom" of white nationalist fears — which have been going for decades — that "the other America" of "the rejected" is increasing in strength and will rise up to take back the country, the Rev. William Barber says. In a stem-winding combination speech …

Barber to UAW: Trump a ‘symptom’ of white nationalist fears

Trump's 2020 Campaign Effort Has Hired Officials from the Sketchy Data Firm Mueller Is Investigating: Report
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-06-15
Cambridge Analytica was at the center of a massive scandal concerning the misuse of Facebook user data. | President Donald Trump's campaign is working with former employees of the disgraced data firm Cambridge Analytica, a company that collapsed after its scandalous misuse of Facebook data was revealed and is facing scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Associated Press. At least four ex-employees of the firm now work for Data Propria, which performs campaign services similar to those Cambridge Analytica provided, the report says. The employment of workers who were involved with such a scandalous enterprise remains a focus of an investigation into malfeasance in the 2016 election and shows a brazen disregard on the Republican Party's part for even having the appearance of concerns about propriety and election security. Though the leader of the new firm, Matt Oczkowski, denies working. . .
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trumps-2020-campaign-effort-has-hired-officials-sketchy-data-firm-mueller

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-15
Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the result of a policy apparently greenlighted by top officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at the US border due to Trump administration policy changes; and the Democratic Republic of Congo lost a human rights hero.
http://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/15/top-human-rights-tweets-week

HuffPost editor's old tweets reveal anti-Semitic & homophobic jokes
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-14
Old skeletons have been dug up from the Twitter account of The Huffington Post's front-page editor, revealing a history of anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429794-huffpost-editor-offensive-tweets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Bear-ly believable: 5yo boy & wild animal engage in 'jump-off' at zoo (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-14
An Andean bear is the latest animal to become an overnight viral sensation after it joined a five-year-old boy in an impromptu spirited jumping session at Nashville Zoo. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429697-bear-jumping-boy-zoo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility provides cover for Internet censorship campaign
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-06-13
The new program has been established to provide the theoretical backing and material resources needed to further the ongoing efforts to censor the Internet.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/06/13/csmr-j13.html

War games: Liberals slam Trump for using 'language of the enemy'
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-13
President Donald Trump's pledge to end "war games" in South Korea came as a surprise to commentators, and was viewed by many as a weighty concession to Kim Jong-un. To Twitter liberals however, the issue was a semantic one. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429617-trump-war-games-twitter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'Will America wake up?' Republican congressman retweets anti-immigration post from white supremacist
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-13
Iowa congressman Steve King has attracted a backlash after apparently endorsing a Twitter post from a prominent British far-right activist. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429647-republican-retweets-bnp-immigrants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Fearless raccoon scales 25-storey building in Minnesota, capturing hearts & Twitter handles
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-13
While people all over the world were watching history unfold at the US-North Korea summit in Singapore this week, Minnesotans were glued to an entirely different kind of summit drama. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429653-raccoon-scales-building-minnesota/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Iran: Prominent Rights Defender Arrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-06-13
(Beirut) — Iranian authorities arrested Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the country's most prominent human rights defenders, on June 13, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release her. | Nasrin Sotoudeh | © 2008 Raheleh Asgarizadeh | Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh's husband, announced the arrest on Facebook on June 13. Khandan also told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) that the authorities who arrested Sotoudeh told him they were taking her to prison to serve a five-year prison sentence she had received in absentia, although the Iranian authorities had neither previously informed her about nor publicly announced the conviction or sentence. She had previously served three years in prison for her activism. | "Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights champion who should be applauded, not jailed, for her tireless…
http://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/13/iran-prominent-rights-defender-arrested

Under Pressure From Progressives, Rep. Ro Khanna Endorses Both Democrats in Contentious New York Primary
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2018-06-13
On Tuesday evening, New York Rep. Joe Crowley tweeted that he had won the support of progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., in an increasingly heated primary in Queens and the Bronx. By Wednesday morning, following an outpouring of anger at Khanna, the endorsement had become a "dual endorsement" of both Crowley and his opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | Khanna's painfully public shift from Crowley-backer to a neutral party undermines Crowley's effort to demonstrate his strong support from the left. It will also leave a mark on Khanna as he navigates his future in Congress and within the progressive movement. | The online firestorm came a day after Crowley announced he had the support of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a fellow New York Democrat, who has spent much of the past year backing women in races across the country. The endorsement was not cost-free for Gillibrand,…
theintercept.com/2018/06/13/ro-khanna-joe-crowley-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/

Unmasked anti-Muslim troll Amy Mekelburg connected to Chris Gaubatz
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2018-06-12
On May 31, the Huffington Post published a story exposing Twitter user @AmyMek, an ardent Trump supporter and prolific anti-Muslim troll. Behind the account is a woman named Amy Mekelburg, who lives in New York City.
http://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/06/12/unmasked-anti-muslim-troll-amy-mekelburg-connected-chris-gaubatz

Trump-Kim summit: Success or failure is in the eye of the beholder
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-12
The Singapore nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong-un was both a wild success and abject failure — depending on who you ask. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429514-media-twitter-reaction-trump-kim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'Get a picture so we look thin': Twitter roasts Trump over summit lunch gaffe (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-12
The look on his face perhaps said it all: Kim Jong-un appeared bemused, aghast and utterly galled by Donald Trump's call for photographers to make both men look "nice, handsome and thin" prior to their working lunch in Singapore. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429495-trump-kim-fat-handsome/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Storm in a soda cup: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for eating Chick-fil-A
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-11
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey seems to spend his time rushing from one crisis to another as the social media platform routinely finds itself in a storm of controversy. The latest debacle sees Dorsey apologizing for eating Chick-fil-A. …
http://www.rt.com/news/429396-twitter-dorsey-chick-fil-a/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

He's still at it: Trump launches new barrage at 'bragging' Trudeau & 'unfair' Europe
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-11
US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429363-trump-twitter-europe-trudeau/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Michael Eric Dyson on NFL Protests, Malcolm Jenkins & Listening to Black Americans on Issues of Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-11
Last week Donald Trump abruptly called off a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, tweeting, "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" While not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did protest by raising a fist during the national anthem, in what has become one of the most enduring images of the protests. Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up a series of signs to reporters in a team locker room in response to their questions about the cancellation of the team's White House visit. For more, we speak with Michael Eric Dyson, professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."
http://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/11/michael_eric_dyson_on_nfl_protests

'Unmasking the Satanic Jew': Nation of Islam leader loses verified status on Twitter
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-11
The controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is no longer verified on Twitter, likely thanks to a tweet linking to a bizarre three-hour long sermon denouncing Jews. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429416-louis-farrakhan-twitter-verified/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Woman drives children in cages as 'no room in car,' gets charged after VIDEO goes viral
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-11
A Memphis grandmother has been arrested after a video went viral which appeared to show her releasing two children from animal cages in the back of her car. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429394-memphis-woman-children-cages/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

There and back again: RT looks at Facebook eyeing humans for 'fake news' check
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-11
After getting rid of its news trending team and switching to algorithms to combat fake news, Facebook seems to be back on track at hiring human news-checkers. RT looks at the twists and turns of social media giant. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429384-facebook-fake-news-check/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

'Betrayal!' Kudlow claims Trudeau 'stabbed US in the back' with G7 comments
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-10
Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow has accused the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of 'stabbing the US in the back' with his comments at the G7 summit. Kudlow's comments have come under fire on social media. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429342-trump-kudlow-trudeau-g7/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Fox host calls Trump & Kim 2 dictators, Twitter erupts
RT | rt.com | 2018-06-10
Fox & Friends host and daughter of the US ambassador to Russia, Abby Huntsman, was forced to apologize after she touted the Trump-Kim summit as a "meeting between two dictators" on air. The gaffe caused a storm of ridicule online. …
http://www.rt.com/usa/429357-fox-news-trump-dictator/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Going "Full Dictator"? Trump Claims He Has Right to End Mueller Investigation or Pardon Himself
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-06-05
As President Trump celebrated his 500th day in office Monday, many legal experts warned that the country could soon face a constitutional crisis as the president continues to attack special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On Monday, Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" He also tweeted, "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself." Over the weekend, The New York Times published a 20-page confidential letter written by Trump's lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller, in which his lawyers claim Trump is above the law and thus cannot have illegally obstructed the Mueller investigation. Trump's attorneys also claim the Constitution gives the president power to terminate the Mueller probe. We speak to Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch in Philadelphia. His latest column is headlined "The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him."
http://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/5/going_full_dictator_trump_claims_he

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