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The National Congress of American Indians, the largest bipartisan advocacy group for tribes, has repeatedly rebuked or expressed alarm with the administration. It calls Trump’s plan to eviscerate the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, which is filled with sacred sites, a threat to tribal communities and their freedom to practice religion. It accuses the administration of illegally ignoring the concerns of tribes in its rush to greenlight the Dakota Access oil pipeline. It watched the administration disregard its strenuous opposition to allowing states to force work requirements on Medicaid recipients living in sovereign Indian communities, a move that flouts decades of established law.

The Medicaid move puts at risk other laws protecting Native American rights because it creates a precedent of refusing to recognize that tribes are sovereign political entities empowered to make the same decisions as other state and local governments in how programs are administered, said Kevin Washburn, who headed Indian Affairs under the Obama administration. “Are they going to apply this theory to other federal programs?” Washburn said. “The fundamental conception of Indian law is being questioned by this policy.”

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement on climate change drew its own round of condemnation, as dozens of native villages in Alaska face permanent evacuation because of rising seas. Even the package of tax cuts Trump championed were a slight, as they included none of the provisions the alliance of tribes had sought.

And in the short time Trump has been in office, the National Congress on American Indians has twice found itself having to issue public rebukes of the president for his racially charged mocking of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whom Trump calls “Pocahantas.” One episode took place as World War II veterans of Navajo ancestry were being honored at the White House. Behind them was a giant portrait of former President Andrew Jackson, seen as one of history’s most brutal oppressors of Native Americans.



One of the organizers of the March for Our Lives gun violence rally took a swipe at the media for no longer covering the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and encouraged his social media followers to “perpetuate the conversation.”

Matt Deitsch, whose younger brother survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, lamented that the mass shooting has gone the way of others, with declining national media and political attention.

“3 months have passed,” Deitsch tweeted on Monday. “The media has stopped talking about the shooting… same as they did Vegas… Pulse… Sandy Hook.”

“The difference will be that we are still registering new voters, we are engaging new people everyday,” he wrote. “Perpetuate the conversation and we will save lives.”



Two parents whose daughters were killed in the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., are running for two seats on the county school board.

Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty, whose daughters Alyssa Alhadeff and Alaina Petty were two of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, are running to bring “accountability and transparency” to the board, they told Politico.

Alhadeff said that she does not want her daughter’s “life to be in vain.”

“It is my duty to make sure these schools are safe,” she added. “And the only way I’m going to do that is if I get on the school board to make those decisions and make those changes.”

Petty has been working with other Parkland parents and lobbied to state lawmakers to pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, a bill that would implement several statewide gun control measures including raising the purchasing age limit to 21.

“If I get elected to the school board, I can be part of making sure the law gets implemented,” Petty told Politico. “I felt an obligation to work on this legislation to honor my daughter and make sure this never happens again.”


Trump doubles down, blames Hamas and Iranians for the unrest in Gaza. Nikki Haley is at U.N. saying that Israel has shown great restraint.

“Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was a great celebration for the American people.”




Israel’s actions underline that it is weak and that Israelis have not come to terms with the fact that their country’s existence came at the expense of Palestinians, that it was built upon the destruction of another nation, and that as long as it continues to dispossess Palestinians there will never be peace in the region.

No strong nation would gun down dozens of unarmed, caged-in protesters as Israel has done in Gaza in recent weeks; no strong nation would imprison a 16-year-old girl for daring to try to stop an armed soldier from terrorizing her town, as Israel did recently with Ahed Tamimi; and no strong nation would allow its citizens to terrorize an entire captive population, as Israel’s settlers have done with impunity in Hebron and across the occupied West Bank.

The 70th anniversary of the Nakba and 51 years of occupation and recent events in Gaza should serve as a wake-up call for Israelis, long in denial about the reality of the country: Palestinians are not going away. It’s time for them to deal with us as equal human beings who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

Rather than demonizing and dehumanizing Palestinians, and seeking to build walls to separate and control us, Israelis should be asking themselves what type of future they want to see.


Anyone know if Netanyaboob is still being investigated?


He certainly has quite the list of corruption investigations.



No wonder Netanyahoo and Trumpcorp get along so well, literally two peas in the same pod –very sad for the citizens in these two countries


As far as I know yes. But he knows how to play people. Between yesterday’s ‘celebration’ and his recent saber-rattling against Iran, his popularity shows no real sign of flagging. Netanyahu certainly knows how to use fear towards his ends.

Popularity of Israel’s Netanyahu rises as Iran tension flares

JERUSALEM, May 11 (Reuters) – Israel’s tough stance on Iran has boosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity at home, and he can expect more good press in the coming days when the United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem.

Three corruption investigations against Netanyahu, who has hardly been out of the headlines for weeks, show no sign of denting his popularity among his support base.


Bribe Bribe Bribe. I guess the emoluments clause in the Constitution is null and void.

White House can’t explain how Chinese financing of Trump-linked project doesn’t violate Constitution

“The Trump Organization is involved in a project in Indonesia building hotels, golf courses, residences — it is getting up to $500 million in backing from the Chinese government,” Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times said during Monday’s press briefing. “Can you explain the administration’s position on A, how this doesn’t violate the emoluments clause; and B, how this wouldn’t violate the president’s own promise that his private organization would not be getting involved in new foreign deals while he was president?”

Shah didn’t even attempt to answer Bierman’s question. “I’ll have to refer you to the Trump Organization,” he said.

Bierman pushed back, pointing out to Shah that “the Trump Organization can’t speak on behalf of the president as the president — the head of the federal government, the one who is responsible, who needs to assure the American people, and they don’t have that responsibility.”

But Shah wouldn’t budge.

“You’re asking about a private organization’s dealings that may have to do with a foreign government. It’s not something I can speak to,” he said, before calling on another reporter.

A National Review report about the Chinese government’s involvement in financing “an Indonesian theme park that will feature a Trump-branded golf course and hotels” came just one day after Trump posted a bizarre tweet on behalf of the Chinese phone company ZTE — a company that had been hit hard by the Commerce Department for violating a ban on American companies “selling components to ZTE for seven years after it illegally shipped goods made with U.S. parts to Iran and North Korea,” according to Reuters.

During Monday’s briefing, reporters repeatedly grilled Shah about what prompted Trump’s tweet promising to help ZTE — especially since the tweet came on the heels of a campaign in which Trump accused China of “the greatest single theft in the history of the world,” saying things like, “we can’t continue to allow China to rape our country.”

Shah had no good answers for them.


Well now we know what that tweet was about

From Bernie:

You can’t make this stuff up. During the campaign, Donald Trump promised over and over again that he was going to bring back American jobs that have been outsourced to China. But just yesterday, Trump tweeted a pledge to help a state-owned telecom company in China get back into business because there were “Too many jobs in China lost.” What hypocrisy! Instead of pledging to help create jobs in China, maybe just maybe, President Trump should direct his Commerce Department to help bring back the many thousands of telecommunication jobs in the U.S. that have been shipped to low-wage countries like China.


Orange Swampy Thingy is a stupid, pathological liar. The Bernster isn’t the first one to point out this fact!


I got a petition from Change.org this morning that contained a pretty shocking video. It’s about Goodwill Industries, which I thought was pretty okay. Spoiler: It’s not.

The petition is at https://www.change.org/p/goodwill-industries-international-pay-disabled-workers-a-real-wage?recruiter=6804957&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=329976
They are asking for minimum wage protections for workers at Goodwill and other “sheltered workshops”.


I actually went to a Goodwill recently, hadn’t done that in years, and the young man at the cash register was very glum. When I wished him a good day, he basically said, “Yah, no”. He was miserable. I felt bad for him.



It’s a VERY good article.

When Black Women Try to Take Seats of Power, They’re Met With a Litany of Criticism

Derisive judgments were on full display in a recent New York magazine article that ostensibly explored the campaigns of the two women—Stacey Abrams, who is Black, and Stacey Evans, who is white—running to become Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

What the article offers, however, is a litany of demeaning characterizations of Abrams, including suggestions that she is “uppity,” financially ill-equipped, unmarriageable, and someone who plays the so-called race card. In short, the article is a regurgitation of some of the most demeaning and hostile labels that Black women come up against whenever they attempt to claim seats of power.


I wasn’t familiar with Rep. John Yarmuth, but I certainly am now!

This twitter thread:

I’ll post the rest of the Yarmuth’s tweets in bullet points:

– We are witnessing the use of unabated brutality and force against civilians to stifle civil unrest. America must expect and demand more from its close allies.

– The disingenuousness of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s claim that the new U.S. Embassy is any part of a “pursuit of peace” is exposed by the Israeli soldiers meeting expected protesters onsite with gunfire at close range.

– I remain a strong supporter of Israel and the two state solution and urge both sides, the Palestinians and Israelis, to cease the senseless violence.

– So long as unrest is met with bloodshed, cries for peace ring hollow and hopes for a better future in the region will remain nothing more than a dream.


Socialists Push Phoenix Mayor Stanton to Support Single-Payer Health Care

Local leftists are pushing Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to support single-payer health care before he resigns to run for Congress.

The Phoenix chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America submitted a citizen petition to the City Council on May 2, urging Stanton and the council to support a universal system of national health insurance like the so-called Medicare for All plans that have been introduced in Congress.

Because Stanton must resign by May 30 in order to run for Congress under state law, DSA members believe this could be their last opportunity to compel him to take a stand on single-payer.

Citizen petitions are a simple way to force an item onto the City Council’s agenda. Per the city charter, any individual can submit a written petition, and the council is required to act on it within 15 days. As a result, the council must take some action on DSA’s petition at its formal meeting on Wednesday.


Of course, the City Council doesn’t set national health care policy, which city staff noted in a brief response to the petition: “The City Council does not have the authority to change federal law.”

So, approving the petition would mean a statement of support and nothing more.

DSA members, however, see an election-year opportunity to push Stanton on an issue that has become a litmus test for Democrats.

“In this political climate, a lot of Democrats are trying to establish themselves as progressive candidates,” said DSA Phoenix member Taylor Hines, 31, the chair of DSA Phoenix’s health justice caucus. “I think this is just another opportunity to show that they are serious about progressive reforms.”


4 states have primaries today. Bernie suggested votes for the following in PA:




N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

North Korea has cancelled Wednesday’s high-level talks with South Korea because of anger over its joint military exercises with the US.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the exercises were a “provocation” and a rehearsal for an invasion.

It also warned the US over the fate of the historic summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump that is scheduled for 12 June.

Some 100 warplanes, including an unspecified number of B-52 bombers and F-15K jets, began the Max Thunder drills on Friday.




It appears as if the US stance “I win you lose” isn’t going over so good.


Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korea canceled a high-level meeting Wednesday with South Korea and threatened also to call off a historic summit planned later this month with the United States due to ongoing military exercises between the South and the U.S., South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

The two Koreas were set to hold a meeting later Wednesday at a border truce village to discuss setting up military and Red Cross talks aimed at reducing border tension and restarting reunions between families separated by the Korean War.

But hours before the meeting was to take place, Pyongyang canceled the meeting and also questioned whether next month’s talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump would happen, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency.


No. Korea takes its orders from China. The Chinese are the powerhouse in that region. Keep an eye on their actions. They have nothing but long-time contempt for the US. This latest bunch of looneytune idiotic FRightwingnuts just proves their point.


With the 2 ego-maniac’s involved one could not stand for the other going around bragging about winning over the other. The only way something will happen is China and the US sit down with both Koreas and hash something out. It will be a “deal” that both sides hate but it would be a deal that would work. Sorry Trumpcorp any deal wont involve “bragging rights”.


WOW! On the Neera part (not the stupid joke)

The @BernieSanders agenda

Universal health care
Raise minimum wage
Equal pay
Rebuild infrastructure
End institutional racism
Stop the war on drugs
Univ. child care
Immigration reform
Combat climate change
Jobs guarantee
Undo Citizens Utd
Automatic voter reg.
Crim justice reform

Sanders speech at the CAP conference just finished. It was titled “Focus On Criminal Justice” but he talked about pretty much everything.

WOW again!

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