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President Trump: ‘I Want to Hate …’

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On an April night nearly 30 years ago, a young investment banker was beaten and raped when she went for a jog in Central Park. The attack left her in a coma. She happened to be white. Five teenagers arrested for the crime — four black and one of Hispanic descent — went to trial. As this newspaper reported at the time, they were “in what the police said was part of a marauding spree by as many as 30 youths in the northern end of the park” that night. 


After being questioned for hours, the defendants gave false confessions that conflicted with one another, and those confessions were captured on video. As The New York Times pointed out in 2002: “The defendants in the jogger case were put on camera after they had been in custody, in some cases, for as long as 28 hours.” 


As one of the five wrote in 2016 in The Washington Post: “When we were arrested, the police deprived us of food, drink or sleep for more than 24 hours. Under duress, we falsely confessed.”


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After serving up to 13 years in prison, the boys were proven right: Another man confessed to the crime and his DNA matched that at the scene of the crime.

The boys, then men, had their convictions overturned, were freed, and eventually reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the city over their wrongful convictions.

How did Trump respond after having called for them to be put to death? In true Trump fashion, he refused to apologize or show any contrition whatsoever.

In a 2014 opinion essay in The Daily News, Trump wrote that the settlement was a “disgrace” and that “settling doesn’t mean innocence.” He continued his assertion that the men were guilty, urging his readers: “Speak to the detectives on the case and try listening to the facts. These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.”

Some people will never admit that they are wrong, even when they are as wrong as sin.

But it is the language in the body of Trump’s 1989 death penalty ad that sticks with me. Trump wrote:

“Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so. I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.”

He continued:

“Yes, Mayor Koch, I want to hate these murderers and I always will. I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them, I am looking to punish them.”

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Trump at a precarious moment in his presidency: Privately brooding and publicly roaring

Trump at a precarious moment in his presidency: Privately brooding and publicly roaring | Government for the People | Scoop.it

"This portrait of Trump behind the scenes is based on interviews with 14 administration officials, presidential friends and outside advisers to the White House, many of whom spoke only on the condition of anonymity to share candid assessments."


"In private, President Trump spent much of the past week brooding, as he often does. He has been anxious about the Russia ­investigation’s widening fallout, with his former campaign chairman standing trial. And he has fretted that he is failing to accrue enough political credit for what he claims as triumphs. 


At rare moments of introspection for the famously self-centered president, Trump has also expressed to confidants lingering unease about how some in his orbit — including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. — are ensnared in the Russia probe, in his assessment simply because of their ­connection to him. 


Yet in public, Trump is a man roaring. The president, more than ever, is channeling his internal frustration and fear into a ravenous maw of grievance and invective. He is churning out false statements with greater frequency and attacking his perceived enemies with intensifying fury. A fresh broadside came on Twitter at 11:37 p.m. Friday, mocking basketball superstar LeBron James and calling CNN’s Don Lemon 'the dumbest man on television.'"

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US intelligence chief: 'The warning lights are blinking red again' on cyber attacks - [similar] to those the United States faced ahead of the September 11 terrorist attacks

US intelligence chief: 'The warning lights are blinking red again' on cyber attacks - [similar] to those the United States faced ahead of the September 11 terrorist attacks | Government for the People | Scoop.it

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats raised the alarm on growing cyberattack threats against the United States, saying the situation is at a "critical point" and coming out forcefully against Russia.

"The warning signs are there. The system is blinking. It is why I believe we are at a critical point," Coats said, addressing the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, on Friday.


"Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack," he said.


Coats compared the "warning signs" to those the United States faced ahead of the September 11 terrorist attacks.


"It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, the system is blinking red. And here we are nearly two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again," Coats said.


Coats said the "worst offenders" are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea -- with Russia the "most aggressive foreign actor, no question. And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy."


Every day, those countries "are penetrating our digital infrastructure and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States," he said.


Some of their targets include the federal government, the US military, state and local governments, and US businesses, he said.

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Intellectuals, Politics and Bad Faith

Intellectuals, Politics and Bad Faith | Government for the People | Scoop.it
Indeed, conservative groups are engaged in a systematic effort to impose political standards on higher education. For example, we now know that the Koch brothers have used donations to gain power over academic appointments at least two universities.

So what does all this mean for the rest of us? Mainly, it means that if you’re in any role that involves informing people — whether it’s in education or in journalism — you shouldn’t let right-wingers, as Ferguson would put it, grind you down.

These days, both universities and news organizations are under constant pressure not just to be nicer to Trump but to respect right-wing views across the board. The people making these demands claim to want fairness.

So you need to remember that this claim is made in bad faith. It has nothing to do with fairness; it’s all about power.
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The Christian Right Adopts a 50-State Strategy: "Imagine if we grew and replicated these efforts in each of the 50 states!"

The Christian Right Adopts a 50-State Strategy: "Imagine if we grew and replicated these efforts in each of the 50 states!" | Government for the People | Scoop.it
At an evening conference event at the Museum of the Bible, Barry Loudermilk, a Republican representative from Georgia, emphasized the biblical character of the Trump administration. “How many of you know that we have a church service every Wednesday night right over here in the Capitol building?” he said. “We have dozens of Bible studies that happen throughout the week. We have ministers that do nothing but walk the halls of the office buildings and drop in and pray with members.”

Mr. Domen’s operation in California is just one among many efforts to mobilize pastors across the country into what is effectively an extension of the Republican Party. Watchmen on the Wall, a group organized by the Family Research Council, brings pastors together in Washington and other places. These briefings happen to be concentrated in contested states like North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri.

Also working to mobilize pastors for Republican advantage is Bill Dallas, founder of the data operation United in Purpose, which was a sponsor of this year’s Road to Majority conference. One United in Purpose division, Churches Impacting Culture, “connects churches across the nation that are intentional about impacting American culture using the Bible as their standard of truth.”

“We’ll help the pastor determine who is registered or not registered in their congregation,” Mr. Dallas said in a 2016 interview with Joni and Marcus Lamb of Daystar Television, in advance of the presidential election. If the red wall holds in November, Mr. Domen, Mr. Dallas and their allies will take a lot of credit, and they’ll deserve it.

For now, Mr. Domen exudes the joy of a man who has suddenly found himself on the right side of history. “It is the people of God who will change California and its cities, one city at a time,” he wrote in a blog post titled “Goliath MUST Fall.” But perhaps his ambitions have always extended past California’s borders. “Imagine,” he wrote in another post, “if we grew and replicated these efforts in each of the 50 states!”
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How to Be a Prophet of Doom

How to Be a Prophet of Doom | Government for the People | Scoop.it

In the [September 1961] essay’s*  most remarkable passage, [Hans J.] Morgenthau envisioned the apocalyptic annihilation whose enormity his contemporaries seemed unable to grasp:

'Nuclear destruction is mass destruction, both of persons and of things. It signifies the simultaneous destruction of tens of millions of people, of whole families, generations, and societies, of all things that they have inherited and created. It signifies total destruction of whole societies by killing their members, destroying their visible achievements, and therefore reducing the survivors to barbarism. Thus nuclear destruction destroys the meaning of death by depriving it of its individuality. It destroys the meaning of immortality by making both society and history impossible. It destroys the meaning of life by throwing life back upon itself.
It is easy to ridicule or dismiss Morgenthau’s warnings now. After all, we avoided an all-out nuclear war. If Morgenthau was a “prophet of doom,” his prophecy failed. But this was surely his intention. He was a self-defeating prophet of doom. He foretold a nuclear apocalypse to help us imagine — and so to avoid — what had been unthinkable.'

Today, there are about 9,200 stockpiled nuclear warheads in the world. About 4,300 of these are controlled by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which has been investing heavily in modernizing its forces and ominously flaunting a new range of destructive weapons. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, contrary to President Trump’s triumphalist Twitter announcement, has not promised “denuclearization” in any common-sense understanding of the term.

About 4,000 of the world’s nuclear warheads are in the hands of a United States president whose nuclear “policy” oscillates between antagonizing and inexplicably praising the ruthless leaders of nuclear states. Trump is now supported by a secretary of state and a national security adviser who hold even more alarming views. And yet most of America seems to be in denial.

What would Morgenthau say to us now? And would we listen?


*“'Death in the Nuclear Age,' an essay in Commentary magazine that detailed in stark terms the cost a nuclear war would exact on humanity. It was both a warning and an attempt to spread existential fear."

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Give a Lower Voting Age a Try

Give a Lower Voting Age a Try | Government for the People | Scoop.it
WHEN D.C. COUNCIL member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) introduced legislation in 2015 to lower the voting age to 16, he was pretty much laughed down. He recalled the skeptical questions: “‘How can you convince me that a 16-year-old is mature enough, smart enough, engaged enough?” The bill died in committee.

When the proposal was reintroduced this week, a majority of council members signed on as co-sponsors and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) expressed support. One reason for the different reception — and why the nationwide push for lowering the voting age has been reinvigorated — is the thoughtful and influential activism of young people following February’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Upending decades of political tradition is clearly provocative, and the council should proceed carefully in deciding whether to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local and federal elections. A case could be made that 16-year-olds lack the life experience to make informed choices. But we think a more compelling argument can be made in favor of lowering the voting age as a measure that could encourage lifelong civic engagement.
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John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment | Government for the People | Scoop.it
Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century.
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Joan Baez Performs 'The President Sang Amazing Grace' in New Animated Video

Joan Baez Performs 'The President Sang Amazing Grace' in New Animated Video | Government for the People | Scoop.it

“I was driving when I heard ‘The President Sang Amazing Grace,’” Joan Baez told The Atlantic, “and I had to pull over to make sure I heard whose song it was because I knew I had to sing it.” The 77-year-old folk legend included the song in her final album, Whistle Down The Wind, released in early March. Originally written and performed by Zoe Mulford following the 2015 mass shooting in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Baez’s rendition of “The President Sang Amazing Grace” has been animated in a powerful new video by Jeff Scher, premiering on The Atlantic today.

“[When Barack] Obama sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at the service for the Charleston Church shooting victims, it was deeply moving,” Scher told The Atlantic. “Somehow Obama, with his humble singing voice, turned grief into grace. With humility, compassion, and a two-hundred-year-old hymn, he made us feel that the evil deeds of a sick individual could not shake the bonds of our common humanity.” For Scher, Obama’s performance expressed the emotions of “what it was like to be an American on that day— to have a great leader lift us up from despair.”

Baez’s performance lends the song a complex mix of emotions. “I love her voice at this stage in her career,” said Scher. “She still sings like an angel, but there is weather in her voice now, and it gives gravity to the sorrow.”


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Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe’s notes as ‘Fake Memos’ 

Trump rails against Mueller investigation, dismisses McCabe’s notes as ‘Fake Memos’  | Government for the People | Scoop.it
President Trump fired off angry tweets Sunday morning railing against the Justice Department special counsel’s Russia investigation and attacking the integrity of former FBI director James B. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, charging that their notes from conversations with him were “Fake Memos.”

For the second straight day, Trump was unrestrained in his commentary about Robert S. Mueller III’s expanding investigation, which is probing not only Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign, but also whether the president has sought to obstruct justice.

After Trump’s personal attorney, John Dowd, called Saturday for an end to the Mueller probe, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday urged the president and his legal team to cooperate fully with the investigation and warned of serious ramifications if they did not.
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What Trump and Putin Have in Common

What Trump and Putin Have in Common | Government for the People | Scoop.it
Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day that his favorite turkey had been stolen. He called his sons together and told them: “Boys, we are in great danger now. My turkey’s been stolen. Find my turkey.” His boys just laughed and said, “Father, what do you need that turkey for?” and they ignored him.

A few weeks later the Bedouin chief’s camel was stolen. His sons went to him and said, “Father, your camel has been stolen. What should we do?” And the chief answered, “Find my turkey.”

A few weeks later the chief’s horse was stolen, and again his sons asked what they should do. “Find my turkey,” the chief said.

Finally, a few weeks later his daughter was abducted, at which point he gathered his sons and told them: “It’s all because of the turkey! When they saw that they could take my turkey, we lost everything.”

I retell that story today because it’s helpful in understanding how and why we failed to contain the egregious behavior of both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
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Graham: Trump firing Mueller would be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency'

Graham: Trump firing Mueller would be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency' | Government for the People | Scoop.it

“Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a stern warning Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

"As I said before, if he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency," the South Carolina Republican said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Trump keeps up attacks on Mueller, McCabe, Comey
"The only reason that Mr. Mueller could be dismissed is for cause. I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller," Graham said, later adding he believed the Mueller was "doing a good job."
Graham called for Mueller to be able to carry out his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election "independent of any political influence."
"I pledge to the American people, as a Republican, to make sure that Mr. Mueller can continue to do his job without any interference," he said.”

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We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making

We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making | Government for the People | Scoop.it

“Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan had devised a plan to bend the public narrative to their own designs: “Start looking for [Jewish] numerology and crisis actors.”

The voices from this dark corner of the Internet quickly coalesced around a plan of attack: Use details gleaned from news reports and other sources to push false information about one of America’s deadliest school shootings.

The posters on anonymous forums, a cauldron of far-right extremist politics, over the next few hours speculated about the shooter’s ethnicity (“Hope the kid isn’t white”) and cracked off-color jokes. They began crafting false explanations about the massacre, including that actors were posing as students, in hopes of blunting what they correctly guessed would be a revived interest in gun control.

The success of this effort would soon illustrate how lies that thrive on raucous online platforms increasingly shape public understanding of major events. As much of the nation mourned, the story concocted on anonymous chat rooms soon burst onto YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, where the theories surged in popularity.”

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Opinion - Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

Opinion - Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands | Government for the People | Scoop.it

"The voice, if I had to guess, belongs to that of a white American male in late middle age. The accent is faintly Southern, the manner taunting but relaxed. It’s also familiar: I’m pretty sure he’s left a message on my office number before. But the last voice mail left almost no impression. Not this time.

'Hey Bret, what do you think? Do you think the pen is mightier than the sword, or that the AR is mightier than the pen?'

He continues: 'I don’t carry an AR but once we start shooting you f—ers you aren’t going to pop off like you do now. You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, rather than me shoot you, I hope a Mexican and, even better yet, I hope a n— shoots you in the head, dead.'

He repeats the racial slur 10 times in a staccato rhythm, concluding with the send-off: 'Have a nice day, n— lover.'"

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Anderson Cooper: 1 White House, 2 messages

Anderson Cooper: 1 White House, 2 messages | Government for the People | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump's message on the Russia investigation differs from that of his national security team, which warned of Russia's interference in US political elections. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.
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Is Trump Carrying Out Putin 'Honey-Do List' a Treat to USA National Security? Is There a Hidden Agenda?

Is Trump Carrying Out Putin 'Honey-Do List' a Treat to USA National Security? Is There a Hidden Agenda? | Government for the People | Scoop.it
MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace tore into President Donald Trump for dismissing the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help him win. 

The Senate on Tuesday issued a report agreeing with that analysis. 

Trump, however, has dismissed investigations into Russian meddling as a “witch hunt” and disputed the conclusions of the intelligence community.   

“What is left on Vladimir Putin’s honey-do list that Trump hasn’t done?” Wallace asked MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance. “What hasn’t Trump done that Vladimir Putin would’ve wanted him to do?”

Nance’s reply: lifting the sanctions put in place after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014. 

Nance predicted the upcoming summit could set the stage for that. 

“I think he will arbitrarily, straight across the board, in defiance of law, at the end of the Putin-Trump summit, will declare Russia good boys and will say we need to lift the sanctions,” he said. “I really think he’s in their pocket, you know.”
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Before family separations, Trump quietly removed protections for migrant kids

Before family separations, Trump quietly removed protections for migrant kids | Government for the People | Scoop.it

Laura Barrera, an immigration lawyer in Las Vegas, is representing a 10-year-old boy whom the federal government is considering deporting. After crossing the border from Mexico alone, the child was picked up by immigration authorities and eventually placed with a stepparent – a legal U.S. resident.

But Barrera says the future of that child, like many others, is far from certain because of the steps the Trump administration has taken in recent months, including:

Collecting and sharing more information, including fingerprints and resident status of adult sponsors and other adults in the household of children awaiting decisions. This data collection can discourage relatives or family friends already in the U.S. from coming forward to help the child, possibly leaving the child waiting in federal detention for months. However, administration officials counter that the data collection will enable officials to do a better job of keeping track of unaccompanied children while they await deportation decisions.


Allowing immigration judges to revoke the designation of “unaccompanied” to exclude children from that category once they are placed in the custody of a responsible adult. This means children lose certain rights that give them extra time to make their claims, including at least two opportunities to collect documents and make a case to fight deportation.


Requiring lawyers from the Department of Homeland Security to oppose any delays in deportation proceedings. Previously, state courts and federal agencies were given time to find safe housing for children while they determined the risk of returning them to their home country. “Now the Department of Homeland Security is fighting everything,” said Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge in Los Angeles and president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.


Making it easier for a federal immigration judge to discount the validity of children’s testimony about the dangers they face. In recently issued guidelines, the Justice Department cautioned immigration judges that vague, speculative or generalized testimony may not meet the burden of proof required for asylum or refugee status. Critics say that contradicts immigration courts’ own requirements that judges take into account a child’s age, the fact that the child arrived in the U.S. unaccompanied and that he or she may be acting without a lawyer.


Failing to renew a federal program that provided legal help to unaccompanied children. The AmeriCorps program had provided $4.4 million to nonprofit organizations that trained and recruited lawyers. It was not renewed nearly a year ago, even though the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan contractor and think tank with a long history of working with the Department of Justice, had found in a 2016 report that the program helped immigration courts run more smoothly.  In early June, another program that would have provided legal aid to some unaccompanied children through funding from the Department of Health and Human Services was put on hold.

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Legalizing marijuana is fine. But don’t ignore the science or its dangers.

Legalizing marijuana is fine. But don’t ignore the science or its dangers. | Government for the People | Scoop.it
I am also a neuroscientist, and I can see that the story is being oversimplified. The debate around legalization — which often focuses on the history of racist drug laws and their selective enforcement — is astoundingly naive about how the widespread use of pot will affect communities and individuals, particularly teenagers. In our rush to throw open the gate, we might want to pause to consider how well the political movement matches up with the science, which is producing inconveniently alarming studies about what pot does to the adolescent brain.
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Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found

Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found | Government for the People | Scoop.it
Many of the world's amphibians are staring down an existential threat: an ancient skin-eating fungus that can wipe out entire forests' worth of frogs in a flash.

This ecological super-villain, the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has driven more than 200 amphibian species to extinction or near-extinction—radically rewiring ecosystems all over Earth.

“This is the worst pathogen in the history of the world, as far as we can tell, in terms of its impacts on biodiversity,” says Mat Fisher, an Imperial College London mycologist who studies the fungus.
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Exclusive: Satellite images reveal show of force by Chinese navy in South China Sea

Exclusive: Satellite images reveal show of force by Chinese navy in South China Sea | Government for the People | Scoop.it

HANOI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese naval vessels are exercising this week with an aircraft carrier in a large show of force off Hainan island in the South China Sea, satellite images obtained by Reuters show. 


 Satellite photo dated March 26, 2018 shows Chinese ships south of Hainan, China. Planet Labs/Handout via REUTERS
The images, provided by Planet Labs Inc, confirm a Chinese carrier group has entered the vital trade waterway as part of what the Chinese navy earlier described as combat drills that were part of routine annual exercises. 


 The Liaoning carrier group last week traversed the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese defense ministry.

The photos, taken on Monday, show what appear to be at least 40 ships and submarines flanking the carrier Liaoning in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of the Chinese military’s growing naval might. 


 Sailing in a line formation more suited to visual propaganda than hard military maneuvers, the flotilla was headed by what appeared to be submarines, with aircraft above. 


 Jeffrey Lewis, a security expert at the California-based based Middlebury Institute of Strategic Studies, said the images showed the first confirmation that the carrier was joining the drills. 


 “It’s an incredible picture,” he said. “That’s the big news to me. Confirmation that, yes, the carrier participated in the exercise.”“

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There’s another huge threat to the Internet. And the public doesn’t seem to care.

There’s another huge threat to the Internet. And the public doesn’t seem to care. | Government for the People | Scoop.it

“This alert [from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation] provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors.”

— Joint DHS and FBI memorandum, March 15, 2018

One curiosity of the cyber-age is that the American public seems relatively unconcerned by what, arguably, is the biggest threat from the Internet: attacks on the nation’s “critical infrastructure” — the electric grid, payment networks and water systems, among others.

The reaction to the recent DHS-FBI “alert” is a case in point. The report received middling media attention the day it was issued — and then coverage virtually vanished. Americans and their news outlets seem more preoccupied with President Trump’s endless political crises and Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.

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NRA Takes Aim At ‘March For Our Lives' Rally, Mocks Gun Violence Survivors

NRA Takes Aim At ‘March For Our Lives' Rally, Mocks Gun Violence Survivors | Government for the People | Scoop.it

As hundreds of thousands of protesters prepared to gather in Washington and other cities across the U.S. on Saturday to demand meaningful gun reform, the National Rifle Association took to social media to mock the “March For Our Lives” event and the young gun violence survivors who spearheaded it.

The group posted a membership-drive video to Facebook with a scathing caption about the looming protest marches on Saturday morning.

“Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous,” the post declared. “Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”

Join the NRA, the group added, to “stand and fight for our kids’ safety.”

Thousands of protesters packed Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the March for Our Lives gathering on Saturday. The more popular protest chants included “Not one more,” “Vote them out” and “The NRA has got to go!”


The “March For Our Lives” protest was led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed last month in a shooting rampage. 

The young activists gave eloquent, impassioned speeches at the D.C. event, excoriating lawmakers who have failed to act to reduce gun violence and the NRA for lobbying against sensible gun control legislation. 

“If we move on, the NRA and those against us will win,” said 17-year-old survivor Delaney Tarr.  “They want us to forget. They want our voices to be silenced. And they want to retreat into the shadows where they can remain unnoticed. They want to be back on top, unquestioned in their corruption, but we cannot and we will not let that happen.”

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NRA TV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Published on Mar 4, 2018 The NRA's streaming lifestyle network aims to boost gun sales, often by using an ominous tone that would make just about anything sound terrifying...including muffins.“

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Sally Kohn: What we can do about the culture of hate | TED Talk

Sally Kohn: What we can do about the culture of hate | TED Talk | Government for the People | Scoop.it
We're all against hate, right? We agree it's a problem -- their problem, not our problem, that is. But as Sally Kohn discovered, we all hate -- some of us in subtle ways, others in obvious ones. As she confronts a hard story from her own life, she shares ideas on how we can recognize, challenge and heal from hatred in our institutions and in ourselves.
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Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans - The New York Times

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans - The New York Times | Government for the People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — President Trump appeared on Sunday to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsel examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and raising questions about whether he might seek to shut it down.

Mr. Trump has long suggested that allegations that he or his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the election were a “hoax” and part of a “witch hunt,” but until this weekend he had largely heeded the advice of lawyers who counseled him not to directly attack Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for fear of aggravating prosecutors.

Now as Mr. Mueller extends his inquiry with a subpoena to the Trump Organization evidently in search of business ties with Russia, the president appears to be losing his patience. While his lawyers had reassured him that the investigation would wrap up by Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then early in the new year, it seems increasingly clear that Mr. Mueller is not about to conclude his inquiry any time soon.
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