Politics

De Blasio Vows To Ban New “Classic Glass And Steel” Skyscrapers As Part Of NYC’s Climate Change Effort

Gothamist reports: New York City will get its own Green New Deal, Mayor and rumored 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, in honor of Earth Day. With the city’s wildly inefficient waterfront glass and steel skyscrapers as a backdrop, de Blasio outlined what his office calls “a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts,” …

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TRAILER: AOC Documentary Knock Down The House

Vox reports: Knock Down the House is the rare documentary about today’s American political landscape that might make you shed happy tears. And after a triumphant festival run — including winning the Audience Award for US Documentary and Festival Favorite Award at its Sundance premiere in January — it’s coming to Netflix and select theaters on May 1. For months …

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UKRAINE: Comedian Elected President In Landslide

Deutsche Welle reports: Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy appeared set to win the Ukrainian election by a substantial margin, exit polls showed on Sunday. Polls showed Zelenskiy winning 73% of the vote, beating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko in the run-off elections. “We have accomplished this together,” Zelenskiy said in a speech. “All citizens of the post-Soviet countries, look at us! Everything is …

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Court Rules US House Can Ban Secular Invocations

Roll Call reports: The House chaplain scored a legal victory on Good Friday, when a federal appeals court ruled he could not be ordered to allow a self-described atheist to offer a secular prayer to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, in his official capacity as the …

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#YellowVest Rioters Turn Ire To Notre Dame Donations

Deutsche Welle reports: A total of 60,000 police were deployed across France on Saturday as the country prepared for the latest protest by the “gilets jaunes” or Yellow Vest demonstrators. At least 5,000 police were being stationed in Paris alone, as authorities warned protesters to keep away from Notre Dame cathedral and the banks of the Seine. For many Yellow …

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POLL: Record 65% Back Legalization Of Marijuana

CBS News reports: Sixty-five percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legal — a record high in CBS News polling. Most view marijuana as less harmful than alcohol and believe it is less dangerous than other drugs. Many opponents of legalization, however, think it leads to a rise in crime and most favor the federal government taking action to …

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LIVE VIDEO: Bill Barr Holds Presser On Mueller Report

CBS News reports: The Justice Department is planning to release the Mueller report this morning. Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have scheduled a news conference at 9:30, Eastern time. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team spent 22 months investigating Russian interference in 2016 presidential election. Barr has said the roughly 400 page report is …

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Ecuador: Assange’s Poop-Smearing Was The Final Straw

CBS News reports: Ecuador revoked Julian Assange’s asylum status because he smeared his feces on the walls of the country’s embassy, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said. In an interview with CBS News’ partner BBC News, Moreno said Assange “even attacked some of the guards, something that definitely can’t be tolerated.” “He exhausted our patience and pushed our tolerance to the …

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Barnes & Noble Offers Free Mueller Report Download

CNN reports: Bookseller Barnes & Noble will offer special counsel Robert Mueller’s report for free as an e-book. The redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and President Donald Trump’s campaign will be available on Nook devices and in the free Nook app sometime after its release Thursday. Customers with a Nook tablet can preorder the …

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AOC Makes Time’s “100 Most Influential People” List

CNN reports: An Egyptian soccer hero and a sporting legend who just completed an improbable comeback. The first woman to be speaker of the house and the youngest woman elected to Congress. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. Those are just some of the individuals selected for this year’s edition of Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of …

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PERU: Former President Dead In Suicide During Arrest

Reuters reports: Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head early on Wednesday after police arrived at his home to arrest him in connection with a bribery investigation, the interior ministry said. Garcia, 69, underwent emergency surgery at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital and suffered three cardiac arrests, Health Minister Zulema Tomas said in broadcast comments. Garcia was one …

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NYC Museum Cancels Gala To Honor Brazilian President

The New York Times reports: The American Museum of Natural History said Monday that it would no longer host an event at the museum by an outside organization that was to have honored President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, whose environmental policies have come under fire. The announcement followed days of criticism that a prominent institution dedicated to nature and science …

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Ecuador Govt Deluged With 40 Million Cyber Attacks

Agence France-Presse report: Ecuador said on Monday it has suffered 40 million cyber attacks on the webpages of public institutions since stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of political asylum. Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, said the attacks, which began on Thursday, had “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and …

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US Verbally Pledged No Death Penalty For Assange

ABC News reports: The process of moving Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy started a year ago, on March 7, 2018, when the Ecuadorians made their first request to the U.K.: a letter asking for written assurances that the U.K. would not extradite Assange to a country where he could face the death penalty, according to the Ecuadorian Interior Minister …

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Bernie’s Medicare Plan Earns Cheers At Fox Town Hall

Axios reports: Democratic 2020 frontrunner Bernie Sanders defended being a millionaire, called for immigration reform, criticized President Trump and won applause for his “Medicare for All” plan at a Fox News town hall Monday. Moderator Bret Baier asked the Vermont senator if the 180 million people on private insurance would lose it under Sanders’ proposal. Sanders said millions of Americans …

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Releases Ten Years Of Tax Returns

Via press release from the Sanders campaign: Sen. Bernie Sanders today released 10 years of tax returns including his 2018 return. The release, nine months before the first votes are cast, recognizes the changing expectations that all candidates, not just nominees, should release their taxes. The Sanders’ tax returns, which are straightforward and uncomplicated with few additional forms or deductions, …

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Ecuador President: Assange Used Embassy For Spying

The Guardian reports: Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, Ecuador’s president has said in an interview with the Guardian. Moreno’s move against Assange has proved controversial in Ecuador. The previous president, Rafael Correa, has accused his one-time political ally of “a crime humanity will never …

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SNL Takes On Arrests Of Assange And Avenatti [VIDEO]

Slate reports: It is a rare treat these days to see Kate McKinnon do an impression without extensive makeup, and Pete Davidson, who rarely gets much to do in sketches, pulls off an entire monologue without breaking. But the star is undoubtedly Michael Keaton as a gum-chewing Assange, strutting around the holding cell boasting about being the “King of Chaos” …

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Bolsonaro: Crimes Of The Holocaust “Can Be Forgiven”

The Times Of Israel reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven, but shouldn’t be forgotten. The far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended. “We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. …

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NEW YORK: Ruben Diaz Announces Bid For US House

Patch reports: The city councilman who recently drew fire for his inflammatory remarks about gay people says he will run for Congress to give conservatives and moderates a voice in Washington. Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. said he will run to replace U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, who is not seeking re-election in 2020. The Bronx Democrat — who drew widespread criticism …

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