Politics

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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Ecuador Claims Assange Had Mysterious “Panic Button”

Business Insider reports: Julian Assange’s arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was carried out in a specific way to prevent him from pressing a mysterious panic button he said could bring dire consequences for Ecuador, its foreign minister said. During this stay, Assange is accused of threatening Jaime Merchan, the Ecuadorian ambassador to the UK, with activating some kind …

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Texas Defies US House Demand For “Voter Fraud” Files

Courthouse News reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton rejected a demand Thursday by congressional Democrats to hand over documents relating to the state’s bungled announcement that 95,000 registered voters may not be citizens, telling federal lawmakers they lack jurisdiction in the matter. First Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey C. Mateer wrote the House Committee on Oversight’s March 28 demand does not …

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Hillary: Assange Must Answer For What He Has Done

Time Magazine reports: Bill and Hillary Clinton on Thursday night were at the first stop in their new speaking tour, and she spoke about Assange. “I think it’s clear from the indictment that it’s not about punishing journalism,” said Clinton. “It’s about assisting the hacking of the military computer to steal information from the United States government.” “I’ll wait and …

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Former Obama WH Lawyer Indicted In Mueller Case

CNBC reports: Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel under President Barack Obama, was indicted Thursday on charges of lying and hiding information related to his work for Ukraine. Craig, a 74-year-old lawyer based in Washington, D.C., was charged by the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, unit. Craig faces up to five years in prison for each …

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James Comey On AG’s “Spying” Claim: What The Heck?

The Week reports: Former FBI Director James Comey is extremely confused about Attorney General William Barr’s spying comments. Comey spoke at a conference in California Thursday, one day after Barr told Congress that he believes spying on President Trump’s 2016 campaign “did occur.” “I don’t know what the heck he’s talking about,” Comey said. He added that Barr’s language was …

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Polish Lawmaker Calls For “Purging Those Not Worthy”

Reuters reports: Critics of Poland’s right-wing ruling party voiced outrage Thursday after one of its senators said Poland should be “purged” of those “not worthy of belonging to our national community.” They said the language used by Grzegorz Bierecki echoed fascists of the 1930s. He said his comments were misunderstood and refused to apologize. “Horrifying, shameful words evoking Europe’s darkest …

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Feds Hit Michael Avenatti With 36-Count Indictment

The Associated Press report: Federal prosecutors said Thursday that attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment in Southern California. Details of the case were scheduled to be made public at a midmorning news conference by U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna and the Internal Revenue Service, Hanna’s office said in a statement to news outlets. The indictment alleges …

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Ecuador’s President: Britain Has Guaranteed Us That Assange Won’t Be Extradited To Death Penalty Country

Reuters reports: Britain has guaranteed to Ecuador that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to a country that has the death penalty, Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said on Thursday after Assange was arrested in London. “In line with our strong commitment to human rights and international law, I requested Great Britain to guarantee that Mr Assange would not …

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ISRAEL: Opposition Concedes Election To Netanyahu

The Associated Press reports: Israel’s Blue and White party leaders are conceding defeat in Israel’s election, saying they will work against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the opposition. Yair Lapid, the party’s No. 2 figure, told a press conference Wednesday that though his party “did not win in this round, I respect the voters.” He said his party will …

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House Votes 232-190 To Restore Net Neutrality Rules, McConnell Declares Bill “Dead On Arrival” In Senate

Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already declared the Democratic net neutrality bill, which passed the House on Wednesday, “dead on arrival” in the upper chamber. Democrats likely never gave their legislation, sponsored by Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, much of a chance of advancing beyond the House. But while Republicans have spent weeks shaping their message …

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LIVE VIDEO: AG Testifies Before Senate Committee

The Associated Press reports: Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday, the second of two days of hearings about his department’s budget. Like …

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