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In the latest contest between Democrats and the administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Rep. Maxine Waters that he wouldn’t come back to Congress if forced to stay past 5:15pm. The comment came as part of a testy exchange between Mnuchin and the California Democrat during Mnuchin’s testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services […]

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When someone says “Assange isn’t a journalist”, they aren’t telling you what Assange is. They’re showing you who they are, says Caitlin Johnstone. Plus Ray McGovern answered the question on CNN nine years ago. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com As discussed Saturday, whenever Julian Assange is in the news and people are defending him you always […]

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News Industry Fights Back on Claims by Trump

April 3, 2019           |                                       

NEW YORK—News industry leaders are fighting back against the charge by President Donald Trump and his supporters that the administration’s summation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report proved that journalists were “so wrong for so long” in their coverage of the Russia investigation. The latest to weigh in was Steve Coll, dean of Columbia University’s […]

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By claiming Trump was colluding with Putin, media outlets distracted from the president’s overt crimes while escalating tensions with Russia. They should own up to their failures. The idea that the media is blameless for the past two years of swirling panic, misinformation and conspiracizing is a cop-out that could turn out to be more […]

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Six Steps Russia Is Taking Toward Restricting Its Internet

March 7, 2019           |                                       

The Russian State Duma on March 7 passed twin bills to stop the spread of “fake news” as well as information that “disrespects” Russia’s government, its symbols, and society. Critics say the legislation, which awaits a presidential signature to become law, is part of a broader Kremlin effort to silence free speech on the Internet. […]

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At the CNN town hall, Sanders opposed U.S. intervention in Venezuela, refused to call Maduro a dictator, or recognize Guaido, but he didn’t call for an end to sanctions – with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon and host Paul Jay The post Sanders on Venezuela – Does His Critique of US Policy Go Far […]

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[NB: Check the byline. /~Rayne] Let’s make like a cable news management team and assess CNN’s hiring of former GOP operative Sarah Isgur Flores as a Political Editor ahead of the 2020 election using a plus-delta analysis. Plus: Education background includes history, political science, and law; she has a JD from Harvard. History and law […]

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“Boom,” wrote Sarah Isgur on Twitter in 2014, quoting a tweet from the publication Free Beacon: “The Clinton News Network is back!” Two years later, Cesar Sayoc was ranting on Facebook about the “Clinton News Network.” By the end of 2018, Sayoc was sending a wave of pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump. Three of the […]

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A new Data for Progress study bolsters warnings that President Donald Trump’s judicial appointees are way further to the right politically than those nominated by past Republican presidents—yet Democrats in the Senate are approaching such appointments “as business as usual,” and infuriating progressive critics who call on them to “recognize the crisis.” Data for Progress, […]

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A new Data for Progress study bolsters warnings that President Donald Trump’s judicial appointees are way further to the right politically than those nominated by past Republican presidents—yet Democrats in the Senate are approaching such appointments “as business as usual,” and infuriating progressive critics who call on them to “recognize the crisis.” “This analysis reveals […]

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Rudy Giuliani had yet another of his limited hangout meltdowns on CNN last night. (This thread has the best summary I’ve seen until CNN posts a transcript.) In it, Rudy significantly moved his previous goalposts on “collusion,” by claiming that he had never said no one on the campaign had “colluded,” he had only made […]

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In the wake of reporting that the potential 2020 Democratic candidate has been “reaching out to Wall Street executives” in order to gauge their support for her possible run, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) responded by saying that what’s more important than the people she might be talking to is her strong voting record on behalf […]

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Japan Announces Pullout From Whaling Commission, To Resume Commercial Hunting

December 25, 2018           |                                       

Japan has decided to pull out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) as it looks to restart commercial whaling. A government spokesman said on December 26 after the Cabinet decision was taken that the resumption of commercial whaling operations would be limited to Japan’s territorial water and exclusive economic zone. “We have decided to withdraw […]

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It is a sign of our times that our media attempt to decipher future government policy by analyzing the president’s tweets, like some bizarre game of telephone. Throughout November, there was speculation of a coming reduction in military spending, and when Donald Trump took to Twitter (12/3/18) to describe the $716 billion budget as “crazy,” […]

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