As Wall Street Vultures Circle, Demands for Immediate Puerto Rico Debt Relief

“Washington must abandon its austerity agenda and support the removal of all manmade obstacles to Puerto Rico’s recovery and reconstruction.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett While Wall Street vultures circle amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis and try to entice Puerto Rico with “relief” offers in the form of more debt, advocates for economic justice are demanding immediate debt relief and federal stimulus Read more »

California lawmakers approve ‘sanctuary state’ bill

Source:  Fox News Lawmakers in California on Saturday passed “sanctuary state” legislation even as President Trump and his administration have vowed to crack down on jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents. The bill approved early Saturday limits police cooperation with federal immigration authorities and is intended to bolster protections for illegal immigrants Read more »

Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to top U.S. court

Source:  Reuters/Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States – manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering – and one the Supreme Court has never curbed. That could soon change, with the Read more »

Now Jeff Sessions Wants to Take Your Privacy Away — Permanently

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling on Congress to “promptly” reauthorize a controversial surveillance measure set to expire on December 31, 2017. Source:  AntiMedia/Derrick Broze Washington, D.C. — On September 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter to the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate urging Read more »

Jimmy Carter Speaks Out Against US ‘Oligarchy’ and Trump’s Diplomatic Failures

Former president bemoans money in politics and says tensions with Pyongyang won’t subside until “we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings” Source:  Common Dreams/Andrea Germanos Former President Jimmy Carter has once again taken aim at money in the U.S. electoral process, saying Tuesday that it makes the nation function Read more »

Here Are the 39 Senate Democrats (and Angus King) Still Not Backing Medicare For All

While seven Democrats have now signed on as co-sponsors of Bernie Sanders’ bill, most have remained on the sidelines Source:  Common Dreams/Julia Conley Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce his Medicare for All bill on the Senate floor on Wednesday, a plan that he has said will cost the U.S. $6 trillion less than the current healthcare system. Medicare Read more »

Congress Struggling to Reach Deal on US Debt Limit

Source:  American Herald Tribune/Kate Harveston Amidst swirling talks of a drastically revised federal budget for 2018, the United States Congress is staring down the possibility of a default if they cannot pass a measure to raise the debt ceiling by October. Students of history will recall that the Obama administration faced similar situations in 2011, Read more »

Israel’s Giving ISIS An Air Force

Source:  American Herald Tribune An aspect of the conflict in Syria that has not received the attention it undoubtedly deserves, has been the role of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in acting as the de facto air force of Daesh [ISIS] and sundry other Salafi-jihadi and rebel groups fighting in the country. Evidence of the Read more »

1.4mn more bogus Wells Fargo accounts emerge with Congress asleep at the wheel

Source:  RT As the tally of fake Wells Fargo accounts balloons to 3.5 million, Congress has yet to discipline the executives, while the financial giant has only paid fines. A coalition of 33 groups is now demanding new hearings and for the bank to be held accountable. Wells Fargo and Company increased its estimate of Read more »

Ditching Watchdog, Betsy DeVos Signals ‘Open Season to Defraud’ Student Borrowers

A week after hiring for-profit college official to oversee fraud unit, Trump’s Education Department terminates relationship with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Source:  Common Dreams/Julia Conley Calling the move “outrageous and deeply troubling,” consumer advocates and opponents of skyrocketing student debt spoke out Tuesday against the Trump administration’s decision to end the working relationship between the Read more »