2019-01-04: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). Headlines for January 4, 2019. democracynow.org 116th Congress Sworn In as Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker, House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule, House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee, Trump Repeats Border Wall Demands as Gov't Shutdown Enters 14th Day, Trump Admin Wants to Send More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Brazil: President's Assault on Indigenous Rights Threatens Amazon, Mexico: Mayor Assassinated Hours After Taking Office, Trump Administration Threatens Iran over Its Space Program, Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Faces Criminal Inquiry, Google Uses "Double Irish Dutch Sandwich" Scheme to Avoid Taxes, P…

Katie Halper (2019-01-04). The Factual Reporting by David Sirota That Stirred an Epic Freakout. commondreams.org Journalist David Sirota "reportedly" started a war by writing a piece of journalism based on a congressman's voting record and a single tweet based on some campaign finance data he found surprising. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mathew Ingram (2019-01-04). In 2019, will the tide turn against Facebook and social media? zcomm.org Could this be the point at which public opinion finally begins to turn and people to delete their accounts, or at least stop using the service so much?>

CounterPunch (2019-01-04). Our Top Stories of 2018. counterpunch.org What Brett Kanavaugh Really Learned in High School by JoAnn Wypijewski Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine by Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank Capitalism as an Obstacle to Equality and Democracy by Richard D. Wolff The Mind-Benders: How to Harvest Facebook Data, Brainwash Voters, and Swing Elections by Roberto Gonzales Trump's Travesty of Protectionism by More

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-01-04). Elizabeth Warren's Presidential Bid Leaves Questions to Be Answered. commondreams.org if this nation is to ever have a female president, Warren would be a good first choice, and certainly a much better one than Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-04). Brazil's Bolsonaro Seeks to Grant Police Impunity Over Violence. telesurenglish.net Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro urged Friday the urgent approval of a bill to protect police officers in the country from being prosecuted over crimes committed while on duty. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Open to Hosting US Military Base | The far-right president, elected on a law-and-order platform, warned in a tweet that sky-high violence would only slow if laws were passed to provide police and soldiers freedom from prosecution when on active duty. "The legislative, executive and judici…

RT (2019-01-04). 'Leaked' college clip of dancing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backfires (VIDEO). rt.com Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) has been ensnared in her first congressional scandal: a clip of her and friends performing silly dance moves in college has been leaked and gone viral! |

WSWS (2019-01-03). In deleted tweet, US nuclear command declares itself "ready" to "drop something" wsws.org On New Year's Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to "drop something much, much bigger" than the "big ball" at Times Square in New York.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-03). Netflix Censors Hasan Minhaj Over Khashoggi Killing and War in Yemen. truthout.org Netflix is under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj's show "Patriot Act" from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company that it violated Saudi cybercrime laws. The episode was posted in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Hasan Minhaj sharply criticized the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The censored episode has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube, where it remains available to viewers in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, Minhaj tweeted, "C…

RT (2019-01-03). Trump's 'Game of Thrones' poster leaves everyone puzzled. rt.com President Trump kicked 2019 off in bizarre style, bringing an oversize Game of Thrones-inspired meme poster to his first cabinet meeting. The poster's appearance has journalists, pundits, and the twitterati confused. |

Murderville, GA (2019-01-03). Episode Three: The Patels. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | Shaliesh Patel was visiti…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-02). Five Weeks After The Guardian's Viral Blockbuster Assange-Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged — Just Stonewalling. theintercept.com The U.S. media is very adept at being outraged when they're denounced as "fake news." They should think more about why that attack resonates for so many.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-01). STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year. consortiumnews.com The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted a New Year's tweet that revealed its true values, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com U.S. Strategic Command (or "Stratcom" if you're trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the U.S. Defense… Read more →

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-12-27). #LogOutFacebook: Because of You, We Did. Thank You! naacp.org Thank you. During the week-long #LogOutFacebook protest, you were joined by thousands of advocates, celebrities, elected officials and partners to take a stand, to let Facebook know that they need to do better. You made it known that you will no longer tolerate privacy breaches, hate speech, bias, and misinformation. This logout cycle is done, but our […]

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Hatewatch Headlines 12/20/2018. splcenter.org Facebook's moment of reckoning arrives; Advertisers abandon Tucker Carlson; ADF seeks expansion of Jim Crow-era exemption; and more.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Longtime antigovernment militia organizer calls for 'lone wolf' action against antifa. splcenter.org An antigovernment extremist who has called Islam a mental disorder and urged his followers to shoot black women and children has issued another call to violence, posting a video on his Facebook page urging members of the Patriot movement to engage in "lone wolf" action against antifa.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-20). Ten Good News Stories for Kids in 2018. hrw.org | | Girls in India during a hygiene training as part of the Great WASH Yatra. Himanshu Khagta, WASH United, 2012 | A couple of years ago, a friend following me on Twitter said he found my feed really depressing. "Doesn't anything good ever happen for children?" he asked. | Spreading doom and gloom sometimes seems an occupational hazard of human rights work. But I've taken my friend's words to heart and now, as we approach the end of the year, here are 10 good news stories for kids: | A number of armed forces and armed grou…

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

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