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President Donald Trump is dipping into his playbook of distraction and denial, but even his skills at weaving alternative narratives cannot disguise the growing threat he faces from special counsel Robert Mueller.
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On Dec. 1, 2018, a group of Honduran women and children tried to cross the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego in an attempt to seek asylum in the United States. They were met by U.S. Border Patrol agents who, they said, urged them to return to Mexico, threatening them with jail time and denial of asylum if they proceeded to cross.
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3 days ago
Trump is always racing on to his (and our) next distraction. I took my first hit of speed in 1970 during my freshman year in college. That little white pill -- Dexedrine -- was a revelation. It made whatever I was doing absolutely fascinating. Amphetamine sharpened my focus and banished all appetites except a hunger for knowledge. I spent that entire night writing 35 pages of hand-scrawled notes about a 35-page article by the philosopher Ludwig Feurbach, thereby convincing the professor who would become my advisor and mentor that I was absolutely fascinating.Speed was definitely not a respectable drug in those days. I bought mine from a seedy hippie who hung out on the edge of campus with some of my edgier friends. My college was probably one of the few in the country whose infirmary actually prescribed Dexedrine for its students, presumably to keep us from buying it from guys like him.Nowadays, respectable doctors all over the country prescribe speed for people with ADHD,...
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3 days ago
And what Europe could learn from its success
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According to Wells Fargo, a "computer glitch" caused the improper denial of 870 loan modification requests, which led to 545 foreclosures in which Wells Fargo customers lost their homes; the bank is now offering those former homeowners -- some of whom saw the breakup of their marriages as the result of the stress of foreclosure -- insultingly small sums, like $25,000. America is in the grips of a foreclosure epidemic on a scale never seen in this country; Donald Trump's Secretary of the Treasury was a pioneer in dirty mass-evictions based on fraudulent documents; ironically, people who live in high-foreclosure states were more likely to vote for Trump. Wells Fargo is America's biggest bank, and has committed a string of frauds affecting millions of Americans, leading to the collapse of small businesses, credit delinquencies, the "improper repossession" (that is, theft) of their customers' cars (including cars belonging to US military service members stationed overseas), and more....
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A four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online “The Lobby,” the four-part Al-Jazeera documentary that was blocked under heavy Israeli pressure shortly before its release, has been leaked online by the Chicago-based website Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.The series is an inside look over five months by an undercover reporter, armed with a hidden camera, at how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with U.S. domestic Jewish groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), The Israel Project and StandWithUs to spy on, smear and attack critics, especially American university students who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. It shows how the Israel lobby uses huge cash donations, often far above the U.S. legal limit, and flies hundreds of members of Congress to Israel for lavi...
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The U.S. government confirmed that Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met with U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, contradicting a Saudi denial that the talks had taken place.
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The U.S. government confirmed that Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met with U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, contradicting a Saudi denial that the talks had taken place.
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The U.S. government confirmed that Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih met with U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook in Vienna on Wednesday, contradicting a Saudi denial that the talks had taken place.
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Scientists have watched Greenland's colossal ice sheet shrink at an accelerated rate for the last 20 years. Now, researchers have solid proof that the current melting of Earth's second-largest ice sheet — which is about 2.5 times the size of Texas — is quite abnormal compared to previous centuries. Researchers published their report Wednesday in the journal Nature.  "We see now that it's melting faster than at any point in at least the last three and a half centuries, and likely the last seven or eight millennia," Luke Trusel, a geologist at Rowan University and an author of the study, said in an interview. In an unstable political environment where top U.S. government officials sow doubt about or flat-out deny globally-accepted climate science, Greenland's historically unprecedented melting provides more clear evidence about how the planet is experiencing significant climate change. Scientists removing an ice core drill amid inclement weather.Image...
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5 days ago
An attitude of “denial” of the perils of climate change “must not prevail” if mankind is to successfully combat global warming, the Vatican’s Secretary of State warned Tuesday.
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The FCC lied to the public amid their commissioner's crusade to kill net neutrality rules. House Democrats plan to get answers. One of the most contentious battles in the first year of President Donald Trump's administration was the push by his Federal Communications Commission to eliminate net neutrality, the consumer protection that ensures all Internet traffic is treated equally regardless of content.The deregulation, championed by FCC commissioner and former Verizon corporate counsel Ajit Pai over the howls of tech companies and digital rights groups, not only ignited a political firestorm, it laid bare serious irregularities in the FCC's regulatory process. And according to Mother Jones, House Democrats plan to hold Pai and the FCC accountable:"We plan to put the consumer first by pushing policies that protect net neutrality, promote public safety, and provide meaningful privacy and data security protections that are seriously lacking today," ranking member Rep. Frank P...
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He's the embodiment of the worst parts of the party. With the death of President George H.W. Bush, many conservatives and former Republicans are nostalgic for the old days of the party and bemoan the dark turn the GOP has taken under President Donald Trump. But as economist Paul Krugman argued Monday, the groundwork for Trumpism had been laid long before his rise.Trump's habit of denying reality and spinning baseless conspiracy theories that fit his preferred vision of the world is a direct outgrowth of the GOP's denial of climate change science, according to Krugman."Donald Trump isn’t an aberration, he’s the culmination of where his party has been going for years," he wrote.Bush the elder does, though, come off relatively well in Krugman's recounting of events. "The G.O.P. wasn’t always an anti-environment, anti-science party. George H.W. Bush introduced the cap-and-trade program that largely controlled the problem of acid rain," he wrote. "As late as 2008, John M...
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The Republican Party has burrowed ever deeper into climate denial even as the damage from a warming planet becomes more and more obvious.
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Immigration judges rejected 65 percent of immigrants seeking refugee status, according to data from Syracuse University
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LONDON (AP) — A new leak website is wrestling with what to make available to the public, an illustration of the difficulty of balancing full transparency with respect for privacy in an age of mass disclosures. The site, dubbed Distributed Denial of Secrets, is aimed at capturing the cascade of leaked data coursing through the […]
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“You don’t start on cocaine, you probably start with marijuana and it leads to other things.” Fox News hosts warned viewers on Monday that “gummies” infused with marijuana are threatening the lives of Americans.On Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade spoke to a sheriff in Florida about a 12-year-old boy who was charged with felonies for sharing marijuana candy with his classmates.“No one talks about this,” Kilmeade complained. “THC is addicting. I know so many people — they say they were told one thing and they get addicted to it and that’s an addicting substance. There is a price to pay for pot.”“It’s not a minor non-violent felony,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd opined. “It’s ruining families and killing people every day across the United States. And we stand here in denial thinking that it’s not a gateway drug to drugs that’s killing people.”“Yeah,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt agreed. “You don’t start on co...
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Opponents of climate-change action depend on the kind of word salads and magical thinking Trump displays.
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Copa Libertadores final: River Plate refuse to play Boca Juniors in Madrid | Football | The Guardian River Plate rejected the decision to play the rearranged second leg of their Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid. Callum Hudson-Odoi scores first Chelsea goal in thrashing of 10-man PAOK | Football | The Guardian Callum Hudson-Odoi stole the show with his first Chelsea goal as they beat PAOK 4-0. Jordan Pickford apologises after mistake leads to Liverpool winner | Football | The Guardian Jordan Pickford said Divock Origi’s goal ‘was a freak one, it hit the bar twice’. Celtic claim Scottish League Cup after Ryan Christie strike denies Aberdeen | Football | The Guardian Ryan Christie’s
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* Netanyahu says allegations are baseless (Adds fresh Netanyahu denial of allegations in speech)
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Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer’s book “Playing President,” featuring an essay about and interview with George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94. THERE WAS NEVER ANY LOVE LOST BETWEEN GEORGE Herbert Walker Bush and me. How’s that for presumption? As if the Skull-and-Crossbones, blueblooded captain of the Yale baseball team, who went on to become the Director of the CIA, would give much thought to the individual reporters who covered him. Trust me, I didn’t welcome the attention, certainly not after he called his good friend and my boss, Otis Chandler, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, to demand that I be fired.Before I get too far ahead of my story here, let me explain that once again, as with Jimmy Carter four years earlier, I had managed to get myself embroiled with a leading candidate for President. This time, the controversy arose over a Republican who, like Carter, was threatening to leave the pack of...
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Kyle Korver showed up to training camp with a smile on his face despite wanting off the Cleveland Cavaliers. Some Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently still in denial of the team doing its best to lose games. Long after their handshake agreement to trade Kyle Korver once LeBron James left in free agency and months since Korver reminded the front office to honor that agreement, the Cavaliers finally dealt the 37-year-old sharpshooter to the Utah Jazz for Alec Burks and two second-round picks on Wednesday.
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After Trent Reznor dissed Ted Cruz at his Nine Inch Nails concert a few days ago, telling his audience that the "pain-in-the-ass" senator "was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to fuck off,” the delicate Texas senator went on the defensive. "To all the gullible reporters who are “reporting” that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking. And for the record, I also didn’t “drink all his beer” the last time...but I would have! #FakeNews To all the gullible reporters who are “reporting” that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking. And for the record, I also didn’t “drink all his beer” the last time...but I would have! #FakeNews https://t.co/ZNr292SCVl — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 29, 2018 When Spin wrote about Reznor's comments yesterday, they had tried to reach out to Cruz for commen...
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Five years ago, I coined the term "peak indifference" to describe a moment when a public health problem -- like climate change, tobacco use, surveillance capitalism, or monopolism -- reaches a tipping point: the moment when the consequences of actions taken a long time ago and very far away start to be felt so widely that the number of people who believe there is a problem starts to grow of its own accord. It's not the moment when a majority of people agree that the problem is real, but it is the moment at which the denial of the realness of the problem reaches its peak, and begins a long, inevitable decline. Peak indifference is the theory that says if you have a real problem that you falsely deny, the consequences of that problem will grow and grow, until you can't deny it any longer. But peak indifference doesn't necessarily mean action. It can mean nihilism. It's easy for recognition to be accompanied by despair: "OK, yeah, I finally admit that you were right all along and smok...
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Reported denial follows an online petition, which called on the Immigration Minister to ban Gavin McInnes from entering.
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There's something truly out of place amid a slew of uneventful news releases on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website: Six bizarre sentences, accusing the Obama Administration of distorting climate science.  Posted to the federal agency's site on Wednesday, the brief missive contends that Obama's scientists improperly influenced the new congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment by focusing on the "worst-case scenario" for climate change this century.  The release, which cited as its corroborating evidence an article from the conservative website The Daily Caller, promotes a profoundly misleading, oversimplified, and politicized view of the climate report, which involved the work of 13 government agencies and 300 climate scientists.  Read more...More about Science, Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Science, and Epa
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There's something truly out of place amid a slew of uneventful news releases on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website: Six bizarre sentences, accusing the Obama Administration of distorting climate science.  Posted to the federal agency's site on Wednesday, the brief missive contends that Obama's scientists improperly influenced the new congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment by focusing on the "worst-case scenario" for climate change this century.  The release, which cited as its corroborating evidence an article from the conservative website The Daily Caller, promotes a profoundly misleading, oversimplified, and politicized view of the climate report, which involved the work of 13 government agencies and 300 climate scientists.  The decision to publish this as an official release — from the chief office of a government agency responsible for the nation's environmental oversight — is rash, and problematic, at best. ...
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Al Gore was on "The Daily Show" on Wednesday, and called out President Donald Trump for denying climate change.
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"The climate crisis is still worsening at a faster rate than our progress in developing solutions," former Vice President Al Gore tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson. "But we're gaining momentum."
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Climate change alarmist and former Vice President Al Gore told Comedy Central host Trevor Noah that President Donald Trump now represents the "face of climate-change denial."
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Poroshenko's comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev aimed at gaining Western support for more sanctions against Moscow, securing tangible Western military help, and rallying opposition to a Russian gas pipeline that threatens to deprive Ukraine of important transit revenue. Moscow and Kiev blame each other for the Black Sea incident, which took place off Russian-annexed Crimea. "Don't believe Putin's lies," Poroshenko told Bild, Germany's biggest-selling paper, comparing Russia's protestations of innocence in the affair to Moscow's 2014 denial that it had soldiers in Crimea even as they moved to annex it.
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The tragic death of Roxsana Hernandez demands answers. On Wednesday, NBC News reported that an independent autopsy of Roxsana Hernandez, a 33-year-old transgender woman from Honduras who died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, found evidence of abuse and mistreatment:The report by Dr. Kris Sperry, a forensic pathologist from Georgia, found that Hernandez had “deep bruising” to the chest wall and “deep contusions extending on to the back.” Sperry also found that Hernandez’s wrists exhibited bruises “typical of handcuff injuries.”In a statement on May 25, the day Hernandez died in a New Mexico hospital, ICE gave the preliminary cause of death as cardiac arrest, adding that that finding was pending an autopsy by the New Mexico medical examiner’s office. That autopsy report has not been released.The Transgender Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights group that hired Sperry to conduct the autopsy, and Andrew Free, a civil rights attorney hired by the Hernand...
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A celebrated Stanford scholar and ex-envoy to Russia is having trouble finding evidence that the Ukrainian government "sympathizes" with paramilitary groups that espouse neo-Nazi ideologies. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Stone reiterated his denial that he had advance knowledge of the group’s plans.
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To the editor: The federal government’s National Climate Assessment does not merely remind us of the threats to our society posed by climate change. It states unequivocally that the effects of our consumption of carbon-bearing fuels are upon us today and paints a dire picture of the future if we...
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The same disinformation campaigns that epitomize the divisions in US society -- beliefs in voter fraud, vaccine conspiracies, and racist conspiracies about migrants, George Soros and Black Lives Matter, to name a few -- are a source of strength for autocracies like Russia, where the lack of a consensus on which groups and views are real and which are manufactured by the state strengthens the hand of Putin and his clutch of oligarchs. In a new Harvard Berkman Center paper, Common -Knowledge Attacks on Democracy, political scientist Henry Farrell (previously and security expert Bruce Schneier (previously) team up to explore this subject by using information security techniques, and come to a very plausible-seeming explanation and a set of policy recommendations to address the issue. Farrell and Schneier start by exploring the failures of both national security and information security paradigms to come to grips with the issue: Cold War-style national security is oriented around Cold...
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After the Guardian released an anonymously-sourced report on Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s alleged meetings with Julian Assange, Wikileaks says it was asked for comment, but its denial was not included in the article. Read Full Article at RT.com
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A Chinese scientist has claimed that a pair of twin girls were born having had their genes altered using CRISPR gene-editing, representing a controversial step forward with the technology. But the hospital named by the scientist denies involvement and experts worldwide have voiced outrage.
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Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch. None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic elite—eight families now hold as much wealth as 50 percent of the world’s population—while demolishing government controls and regulations always creates massive income inequality and monopoly power, fuels political extremism and destroys democracy. You do not need to slog through the 577 pages of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” to figure this out. But economic rationality was never the point. The point was the restoration of class power.As a ruling ideology, neoliberalism was a brilliant success. Starting in the 1970s, its Keynesian mainstream critics were pushed out of academia, state insti...
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This weekend, a senior Saudi prince said that the CIA’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi can’t be trusted — a stance that seems to match the one held by Donald Trump this week. After a series of varying explanations that included an initial denial of any involvement at all, the Saudi government has finally said that the Washington Post columnist was killed by Saudi agents in a premeditated attack in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The CIA findings were called into question this weekend by a high-ranking member of the Saudi royal family, Prince Turki al-Faisal.
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To the editor: Some 20% of our public schools still strive to deny their students complete, accurate instruction on human evolution? How could this happen 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that denial unconstitutional? The answer: Undue deference to religion persists in our supposedly...
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"The decision to release this damning report when families are beginning to celebrate the holidays and newsrooms are short-staffed is a brazen attempt to bury the truth." In a move environmentalists and journalists denounced as a blatant effort to bury facts that conflict with the president's denialism and pro-fossil fuel agenda, the Trump administration used the Friday after Thanksgiving to quietly release Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), which warned "Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization" and concluded that "greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are the only factors that can account" for planet-threatening warming."Climate change is spawning more extreme weather, causing irreparable harm to communities, costing billions of dollars a year, and leading to countless deaths. We can stop climate destruction, but only if we act quickly to end the use of fossil fuels."—Wenonah Hau...
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Andy Byford, the head of New York City Transit, may have been stretching the truth when he blamed the rise in turnstile-jumping for coming fare hikes. But Manhattan DA Cy Vance is nowhere near the truth in pretending that his decision to stop prosecuting the crime has nothing to do with the subway system’s woes....
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The New Jersey man whose brother was one of four dead in the mysterious Colts Neck mansion inferno is innocent of arson and “any other potential charges,” his lawyer is insisting. Paul Caneiro’s lawyer issued the staunch denial related to charges his client faces for allegedly setting fire to his own home in Ocean Township...
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President Trump vastly inflated the economic benefits of a Saudi arms deal to explain away his defense of the regime's denial in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It was far from the first time Trump touted false figures as a means to an end.
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The editorial board was clearly hesitant to criticize Trump. In a clearly strained opinion piece, the Wall Steet Journal editorial board — which tends to be as breathlessly supportive of the current White House as Breitbart or Fox News — issued a nevertheless stinging critique of President Donald Trump's defense of Saudi Arabia.As convincing evidence has accumulated indicating that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman directly ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including reports that the CIA has "high confidence" in this conclusion, Trump has stood fast by his administration's Middle East ally. The president issued a statement Tuesday casting doubt on these conclusions, essentially claiming the facts are unknowable while amplifying Saudi propaganda that attacked Khashoggi as an "enemy of the state."The Journal's editorial board said Trump's "crude statement" did little to help himself or the country."The bloody realities of the Middle East a...
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Australia’s prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of “continuing down a path of denial” after they refused an invitation to a meeting ...
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Australia's prime minister accused senior Muslim community leaders on Wednesday of "continuing down a path of denial" after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists.
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Australia’s prime minister has accused senior Muslim community leaders of “continuing down a path of denial” after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister has accused senior Muslim community leaders of “continuing down a path of denial” after they refused an invitation to a meeting to discuss the threat posed by Islamic extremists. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s tweeted response on Wednesday to the Islamic leaders’ request for a postponement of Thursday’s meeting […]
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President Donald Trump reacted to an order from a federal judge on Tuesday to halt enforcement of his order to deny asylum to the migrant caravan crossing into the United States illegally at the Southern border.
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Trump's reaction could inspire more attacks on the free press. President Donald Trump is continuing to back the Saudi regime, despite overwhelming evidence that its most powerful leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is directly implicated in the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.In a farcical statement about the killing — strewn with superfluous exclamation points — the president lashed out at Iran and repeated bogus Saudi talking points about Khashoggi being an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood."Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!" the statement said. On the contrary, reports suggest that the CIA is convinced that the crown prince ordered the killing himself. David Laufman, a former top counterintelligence official in the Justice Department, condemned Trump's cowardly...
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In a statement, the president said “we may never know all the facts” surrounding the journalist’s killing.
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PARIS (AP) — The U.N. culture and education agency is teaming up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and WJC President Ronald Lauder unveil the interactive “Facts about the Holocaust ” site at the cultural agency’s Paris headquarters on Monday. It features […]
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The only way for the party of old white dudes, rape, homophobia, forced pregnancies, Islamophobia, homophobia, selfishness, pollution, climate denial, unchecked police violence and murder, xenophobia and hatred of Latinx people can get and keep power is by cheating: voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. In California, the 2018 elections hold out a hint of what the GOP would look like without cheating. The state party's flirtations with white supremacy 20 years ago with an anti-migration initiative "eviscerated" its support among Latinx people, and ever since, its star has been has been sinking, and as the national party has moved to defend rape, pollution, climate denial, the elimination of health services for all but the super-wealthy, blanket bans on abortion, and naked hatred of every kind of brown person: Latinx people, African-American people, and any person of Muslim faith or Arab extraction. The result was a total rout of the California GOP. Even Orange County (political b...
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It’s come to this with the Cleveland Browns. The NFL club’s GM on Sunday morning had to issue a politely worded denial that its next head coach probably won’t be former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. ESPN reported hours earlier that Rice “is on the team’s wish list to interview” for the job. The […]
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The Cleveland Browns are offering plausible deniability over reports that a significant politician may take over as their new head coach.
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The CIA has concluded Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media. Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, was reportedly given assurances that it was safe for him to attend the consulate in a phone call with the Saudi ambassador to the US, Khalid bin Salman, who is the brother of the Crown Prince. The Washington Post reported on Friday night that the US intelligence agency intercepted a call from the Crown Prince to his brother Khalid in which he instructed him to telephone Khashoggi. It is not clear if Khalid bin Salman knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but it is the clearest evidence yet that the order to murder the journalist came from the very highest levels of the Saudi government.  Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied that the Crown Prince had any involvement in the death of Khashoggi, who had been a fierce critic of Mohammed bin Salman.  Saudi Crown Prince...
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After reading Clay Helton’s take on his job status, it is obvious that he is either in denial, clueless, or an incredibly good liar. And if he seriously believes that there is nothing wrong with the USC football program, we can add delusional to the list. He may very well be a wonderful guy, as...
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The wealthy give plenty of excuses for our outrageously unjust society. They just go to show that extreme wealth can destroy your brain.  As we try to grasp the reasoning behind cuts to life-saving programs while billion-dollar incomes and trillion-dollar profits are being made, we must understand that extreme wealth deadens parts of the brain. Empathy and honesty go first. Then rationality, as evidenced by some of the outlandish excuses given by the very rich for their abuses.1. Excuses for InequalityHere's what Goldman Sachs adviser Brian Griffiths said about it: "We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all."U.S. wealth distribution has become so extreme that nearly half of America has, on the average, ZERO WEALTH (debt exceeds assets). As for income, the richest 1% seemed to perform the impossible from 2009 to 2011, capturing MORE THAN 100% of the new income gains (income decreased for the other 99%).As irrati...
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