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Holocaust meme-tweeting House Republican casts only 'no' vote on resolution condemning antisemitism

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday in a near-unanimous vote passed a bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism. The final tally was 420-1.

Congressman Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, was the only “no” vote, as local Kentucky news producer for Spectrum News John Park, and Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman noted:

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the sponsor of the resolution, H. Res. 1125, “Condemning rising antisemitism.”

The resolution makes noncontroversial statements like, “the Jewish-American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress and is connected to key tenets of American identity,” and “antisemitism is an insidious form of prejudice stretching back millennia that attacks the humanity of the Jewish people and has led to violence, destruction of lives and communities, and genocide.”

The importance of the resolution comes after a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite slaughtered ten Black people at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.

The resolution also says the House “calls on social media platforms to institute stronger and more significant efforts to measure and address online antisemitism while protecting free speech concerns,” and says it “supports the right of Americans to freely exercise their religious beliefs and rejects all forms of terror and hate.”

Congressman Massie has a disturbing relationship with the Holocaust. Last year he posted, and subsequently deleted, a vile meme equating proof of vaccination to the genocide of up to 17 million people by Hiter’s Nazis, as this tweet from a former Obama White House official shows:

Here’s Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaking on the resolution:

Outrage swells after a photo of Florida students holding racist signs appears on social media

Martin County School District superintendent Dr. John Millay is facing two challenges this week. Parents in the Treasure Coast area of Florida are outraged after a photo of six students holding up letters spelling out a racist slur circulated on social media. Some are also concerned after Millay met with a far-right parents group, Moms for Liberty, that reportedly has strong ties to the Republican Party. Some have also called it an “astroturf” group.

“The Martin County School District is committed to promoting and maintaining a learning environment free of hateful, racist and discriminatory actions or conduct,” Dr. Millay said in a statement Tuesday in response to the racist photo, TC Palm reports. “We are moving with all deliberate speed to interview all those who may have been involved in this shameful incident, and, unfortunately, can confirm that the photo is authentic.”

Because they are minors the students’ identities are not being disclosed, but Dr. Millay says they will face “appropriate disciplinary consequences.” The photo is especially not hard to find on social media but NCRM will not post it due to the students’ status as minors.

TC Palm also reported on Millay’s Monday meeting with Moms for Liberty, which claims to be nationwide after being founded less than 18 months ago.

The group advocates against COVID vaccine and mask mandates, critical race theory, and support for LGBTQ rights, while advocating for banning books from school libraries. Last year The Daily Beast profiled Moms for Liberty:

“School books about Martin Luther King Jr. are too ‘divisive,’ claims a conservative group at the center of a Tennessee book ban battle. A story about the astronomer Galileo Galilei is ‘anti-church.’ A picture book about seahorses is too sexy.”

Also last year, Media Matters reported that Moms for Liberty “appears to be using parents as pawns to advance a far-right agenda,” and has “serious GOP connections.”

In a Facebook post on the school district’s page at least one expressed concern about Millay’s meeting with Moms f

“Meanwhile the local county Moms for Liberty chapter (which you were so happy to meet with) is working to make sure that white kids’ feelings aren’t hurt by studying painful aspects of US history. Do you not see a link between whitewashing history and this racist behavior? I wonder how many of these kids’ giggling in the racist photo have parents in Moms for Liberty or are opposed to teaching ‘CRT.’ No doubt these same folks are ready to dismiss this racist incident as just child’s play because it reflects the same values they’ve been teaching their kids at home.”

On that same Facebook post many expressed concern over the racist photo:

“Somehow in their minds, these kids thought this was OK. They need to be taught a lesson to the contrary. It will serve as a lesson for others.”

“Until we know what the true punishment is for these kids it is still not okay it’s being swept under the rug again. I have a son at this school and it’s ridiculous.”

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'You can't take the Fox out of the journalist': critics rip Chris Wallace for 'out of touch' election night claim

The former top Fox News anchor who headed to CNN’s short-lived streaming service will get his own show on the third-rated cable news network. Chris Wallace, the subject of some mockery during Tuesday night’s primary election coverage, will host a CNN show Sunday nights, Axios reports.

“At a time where most news networks are advocacy networks, we at CNN intend to advocate for journalism first,” announced Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. Warner Bros. Discovery is the newly-merged media conglomerate that is now CNN’s parent company.

“Warner Bros. Discovery executives haven’t been shy about their intentions for CNN,” Axios adds, “saying repeatedly that they want to focus the network’s future on nonpartisan reporting instead of personality programming at primetime.”

Wallace was considered one of the best journalists Fox News had. But regardless of which network he works for, many still consider Wallace a right-wing journalist, as he proved Tuesday night.

Wallace was mocked as “out of touch” after declaring that Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who won the Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat, would face difficulty in November’s general election.

“While his authenticity and ‘down-to-earthness,’ if there’s such a phrase, played very well in the Democratic primary, you get to a general election, particularly if you end up with a moderate like [Republican] Dave McCormick, there are a lot of things that the Republicans are going to have, to work with, in going after John Fetterman,” Wallace said.

“This is a guy who’s against limits on abortion, he’s for universal background checks, he wants to end the filibuster, he wants to legalize pot,” Wallace warned.

“CNN’s Chris Wallace says John Fetterman is vulnerable to Republican attacks in the general election because he’s ‘for universal background checks’ and ‘wants to legalize pot,'” tweeted The Recount’s Steve Morris. Polls show 60% of Pennsylvanians support legal pot and 90% support background checks.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says that 'women need to make better choices' in surreal anti-abortion rant

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says the “greatest” choice a woman can make is to become pregnant and to be a mother, apparently unintentionally declaring women should have the right to choose. The far-right Republican extremist opposes all forms of abortion.

“Let me tell you what a woman’s choice is: to be a mother,” Greene shouted into a microphone in an undated video she posted to her official Twitter account Tuesday afternoon. “That is the greatest choice a woman can ever make.”

“Women need to make better choices if we want to be women who make choices,” she added. “Here’s one thing you can choose if you don’t want to become pregnant right now: Choose to not have sex. You can always abstain.”

Greene added that abortion is the work of the devil, and women can “choose to turn away from the evil that has convinced you, and yes it is Satan that whispers in your ear. I’ll say it over and over again. Because he tries to convince you to do something you know is wrong in your heart.”

Her remarks echo those she made last month, saying that Satan manipulates women into having abortions.

Last year Greene came under fire for saying abortion should be banned because, she claimed, it scars women’s souls and being a mother makes women better people.

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POTUS fiercely condemns 'evil' white supremacy as a 'poison' brewed by 'those who pretend to love America'

President Joe Biden unequivocally condemned white supremacism, domestic terrorism, and those who spread the “lie” known as the great replacement theory, during impassioned remarks at the Delevan Grider Community Center in Buffalo, New York Tuesday. The President, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats traveled to Buffalo to grieve and mourn with those suffering after a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite massacred ten Black people in a neighborhood supermarket Saturday.

“White supremacy is a poison,” President Biden declared repeatedly, lamenting that “it’s been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes.”

“No more,” he declared. “We need to say as clearly and as forcefully as we can that the ideology of white supremacy has no place in America. None.”

“Silence is complicity. We cannot remain silent.”

The President also warned that democracy itself in America is in danger as he chastised “those who pretend to love America.”

The President paid tribute to those who were shot and killed on Saturday.

“What happened here is simple and straightforward: Terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate and the vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people as inherently inferior to any other group,” he told mourning community members.

“I call on all Americans to reject the lie,” of great replacement, President Biden implored. “And I condemn those who spread the lie for power, political gain, and for profit.”

“Evil will not win, I promise you,” President Biden declared.

'Not the time to politicize this tragedy' says GOP leader whose rhetoric inspired Buffalo shooter

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Tuesday spoke about Saturday’s racist mass shooting in a predominantly Black neighborhood supermarket in Buffalo, New York, saying that now is “not the time to politicize this tragedy.” 13 people were shot, 10 of them – all Black – died in a massacre by a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite who said he specifically chose the location to target Black people.

Stefanik stands accused of promoting the false and racist conspiracy theory known as the “great replacement theory,” which has been promulgated by far-right extremists, white nationalists, and white supremacists, including Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson more than 400 times.

“I want to take a moment,” Congresswoman Stefanik said Tuesday, “my home state [of] New York, our nation is heartbroken and saddened of the horrific loss of life in Buffalo. This was an act of pure evil and the criminal should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is not the time to politicize this tragedy.”

“We mourn together as a nation,” Stefanik said during a Republican House leadership press conference announcing the creation of the “Hispanic Leadership Trust.”

Stefanik then went on to promote what she said will be the “most diverse” GOP ever.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and top New York Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are in Buffalo today to mourn with the families who lost loved ones in Saturday’s targeted massacre.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the mass shooting is being investigated “as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.”

Video of Stefanik’s remarks here.

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Russian defense analyst blasts 'false' Kremlin narrative & concedes that the war in Ukraine 'will get worse'

It's extremely rare for a Russian military expert to criticize the performance of the country's armed forces.

But according to Mikhail Khodaryonok, a defense analyst, his country's war in Ukraine isn't going according to President Vladimir Putin's plan -- and likely is failing.

The BBC's Francis Scarr, who regularly monitors Russian state TV, posted a subtitled video clip on Twitter in which Khodaryonok offered his bleak assessment of the war effort in Ukraine.

"First of all, we shouldn't take information tranquilizers," he said, "because sometimes information is spread about some morale and psychological breakdown in the Ukrainian armed forces, which are allegedly on the verge of some kind of crisis of morale and so on. All of that, to put it mildly, is false."

Khodaryonok noted that the United States shipments of advanced military weapons to Ukraine are being effective in helping the country defend itself against the Russian onslaught, "despite the resistance of a single senator." Kentucky Republican Rand Paul last week blocked Senate consideration of a new U.S. aid package to Ukraine.

"A million armed Ukrainian soldiers need to be viewed as a reality of the very near future," Khodaryonok said. "and we need to take that into account in our operational and strategic calculations, that the situation in this regard for us frankly will get worse."

Watch the defense analyst's entire take on the Russian war effort below or at this link.

Robert Reich explains how 'shady investors' in private equity are 'rigging the economy' and jacking up costs

Former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich blasted private equity firms for their corrupt manipulation of the tax code in a new video posted to YouTube on Monday.

"Private equity firms are privately owned financial organizations. Here’s how they make money: they buy struggling companies with borrowed money, often using the companies’ assets as collateral for the loans. They then make the purchased company profitable by cutting wages, outsourcing jobs, and stripping assets. Then they resell what’s left of the company, often laden with debt, and pocket the returns," Reich explained.

The consequences of the financial industry's monied bonds to lawmakers have caused the costs of two critical commodities to skyrocket.

Housing is the first.

"Private equity has a hand in today’s skyrocketing housing costs. Private equity-backed real estate corporations are buying up both single-family homes and apartment buildings at record rates. In 2021, private equity investors bought nearly one in seven homes in the country’s top metro areas, and private equity-backed corporations now own at least 260,000 homes across the country," Reich said, noting that this, in turn, leads to "higher rent. Faster evictions. Punitive fees. Shoddier repairs and services, if anyone even shows up at all."

The second is healthcare.

"Over the past two decades, private equity in healthcare has exploded from $5 billion to over $100 billion a year, from buying hospitals to staffing emergency rooms to taking over nursing homes," Reich pointed out, citing a particularly egregious example.

"TeamHealth, a staffing agency owned by Blackstone, charges about six times what Medicare charges in emergency rooms. TeamHealth and Envision, another private equity-owned physician staffing firm, are notorious for their use of surprise medical bills. Don’t you just love surprise bills? TeamHealth and Envision doctors aren’t covered by insurance, so when a patient goes to an in-network hospital but is seen by a private equity doctor, the patient gets stuck with a surprise out-of-network bill," he said.

"Beyond eye-popping costs and surprise bills, patients can also expect lower-quality care," Reich continued. "A sweeping study examined private equity-owned nursing homes and found dire effects: staff hours were slashed, jobs disappeared, and the use of antipsychotic medications – which have a host of dangerous side effects – skyrocketed. All this contributed to a 10 percent increase in patient mortality. That’s more than 1,000 lives lost every year on average."

Although he added that the issue does not get the attention that it deserves in the media, Reich did offer a simple solution.

"So what can be done? First and foremost, close the industry’s favorite tax loophole that enables private equity managers to keep their taxes low. The carried interest loophole treats their personal income as capital gains, taxed at a top rate of just 20 percent, instead of the personal income it actually is, with a top tax rate of 37 percent. It’s yet another way private equity is looting America," he said.

"The pattern is clear," Reich concluded. "When private equity gets involved, costs get higher and quality gets lower – while the rich get richer. It’s past time for Congress to rein in this predatory industry."

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'Existential threat' of 'white supremacist domestic terror is likely to get worse' under GOP agenda: scholar

We speak to prominent antiracist scholar Ibram X. Kendi about the epidemic of young white males who commit white supremacist domestic terrorism. This comes as an 18-year-old white shooter sought out a majority-Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, and killed 10 people on Saturday. Kendi says this phenomenon will only get worse if antiracist education is not introduced to white children and children of color alike at their most vulnerable stages of development. Even before critical race theory was under attack, there was a dearth of educators and education that reinforces “the source of racial disparities and inequities in our community is not the inferiority of a particular racial group but this history and presence of racist policies,” he adds. Kendi’s recent piece for The Atlantic is headlined “The Danger More Republicans Should Be Talking About: White-supremacist ideology is harmful to all, especially the naive and defenseless minds of youth.”

Transcript

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AMY GOODMAN:

Professor Kendi, clearly, the vast majority of domestic terror attacks in this country are being perpetrated by white right-wing, white supremacist extremists. And yet what we have in this country is state after state banning teaching about racism, essentially, when they talk about critical race theory, a very loose definition of it. Can you respond to this? I mean, we’re talking about absolute horrors taking place all over this country.

IBRAM X. KENDI:

I think that that is the reason why this crisis of white supremacist domestic terror is likely to get worse, because studies have shown that antiracist education, that antiracist books serve in a protective fashion, particularly from white youth, when they are exposed to white supremacy, because through learning about the history, let’s say, of white supremacy, they’re better able to recognize it. So, then, when they’re approached or they see a white supremacist meme online or a white supremacist enters into their multiplayer video game or they receive messages on 4chan, they’re able to recognize it as not only white supremacist ideology, but also they’re able to recognize it as wrong.
But because we’re in a time in which there’s — even before this so-called attack on critical race theory, there was a very abysmal amount of antiracist education in schools, and there were very few teachers who felt they had the ability or even the courage to teach the truth about race. And that has only declined. And so, there’s almost — there’s even less of an ability to protect particularly white male teenagers, which then makes them even more vulnerable to white supremacist ideology, at a moment in which they’re trying to figure out why there’s so much polarization, what is the existential threat.
Is the existential threat — is the existential problem racism, or is it antiracism? Is it white supremacist ideology, or is it people of color? And clearly, these white supremacists are making the case that it’s the people of color, that they’re the source of their pain, which is something that many of these young white male supremacists are being indoctrinated on, groomed on, and thereby carrying out mass shootings. And this is only going to get worse if we don’t get a handle on it.

AMY GOODMAN:

So, what does antiracist education look like?

IBRAM X. KENDI:

Well, antiracist education, first and foremost, is teaching children about the history of white supremacist ideology, the role that white supremacist ideology played in racial slavery, in settler colonialism, in Jim Crow. It’s also teaching white children and children of color about all the different people of all races who challenged settler colonialism and slavery and Jim Crow and mass incarceration. It’s teaching children that there are multiple cultures, just as there are multiple cultures — or, colors, and we should value them all equally. It’s teaching children that the source of racial disparities and inequities in our community is not the inferiority of a particular racial group but this history and presence of racist policies. It’s teaching children our racial reality, so that they can see that, though we look differently, though we maybe speak differently, we’re all equals, but the cause of these inequities are indeed racism.

AMY GOODMAN:

Well, I want to thank you both for being with us. There is so much more to talk about, and, of course, we’ll continue this discussion. Ibram X. Kendi has a piece in The Atlantic, which we’ll link to, 'The Danger More Republicans Should Be Talking About: White-supremacist ideology is harmful to all, especially the naive and defenseless minds of youth,' professor of humanities at Boston University, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. And Nikki McCann Ramírez, associate research director at Media Matters, joining us from Washington, D.C.
We will stay in Washington as we talk about the abortion protests, the hundreds of protests that took place nationwide this weekend. We’ll speak with Renee Bracey Sherman of We Testify.

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New White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gives thanks to 'barrer-breaking people' on her first day

On her first official day as White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre proudly announced, “I am obviously acutely aware that my presence at this podium represents a few firsts. I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman, the first of all three of those to hold this position. I would not be here today if were not for generations of barrier-breaking people before me. I stand on their shoulders.”

“I benefit from their sacrifices, I have learned from their excellence. I am forever grateful to them. Representation does matter, you hear us say this often in this administration, and no one understands this better than President Biden.”

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'The best fascists you'll ever see': Comedian trolls male anti-choice activists demanding their civil rights

A group of anti-abortion demonstrators protesting in Washington, DC over the weekend were brilliantly heckled by a trio of comedians led by Walter Masterson.

Masterson, Maximillian Clark, and the Jolly Good Ginger had approached two cisgendered white males who were earnestly questioning when they would be granted their constitutional rights.

"Oh my God! Yes! I want to get a picture!" Masterson exclaimed upon finding his unbeknownst subjects, who unsuspectingly engaged.

"Oh my God, these are like, I love them. They're like the best fascists you'll ever see," he said.

One of the men, donning a red USA cap, asked Masterson, "when does life begin?"

Masterson was fully armed with a response.

"Life begins at ejaculation!" he proclaimed.

"No! Life begins at erection!" Clark interjected, which Masterson began blasting into his megaphone.

"When do we get rights?" the hat-wearing, budding misogynist asked, although he was drowned out by Clark's next argument.

"Life begins when you first find a letter from your true love in the sixth grade and you think, maybe, maybe she is the one, and you may never actually touch this woman but a life has begun in your heart. And we have to protect that life," he quipped.

The unamused albeit undeterred forced birther pressed Masterson a second time.

"When does life begin? When do we get rights?" he asked.

"Yes, yeah... straight white Christian men are the most oppressed people in America," Masterson replied. "Oh my God, if you see a straight white man please give them a hug."

Bro denied being religious while insisting that he has no civil liberties, asking a third time when he will get his rights.

Masterson's reply was on-point.

"Yes, that is a great question. When do straight white men get rights? When do we do it? When does it end?" he joked. He then threw himself onto the ground screaming, "the oppression, oh, oh, oh my God... did you see what Antifa just did?"

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Finland admission to NATO could spark Russian 'escalation spiral': Green Peace activist

Finland’s president and prime minister say they plan to end decades of neutrality and join NATO. Sweden is also expected to seek NATO membership. The Kremlin says Russia sees the expansion of NATO on its borders as a threat. “People on both sides will suffer,” says Reiner Braun, executive director of the International Peace Bureau, who warns Russia will escalate in response and move more nuclear weapons near the 830-mile-long Finland-Russia border.

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AMY GOODMAN:
This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.Finland’s president and prime minister announced their support Thursday for Finland to join NATO, ending decades of neutrality. The leaders called on Finland to apply for NATO membership without delay. Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia. Sweden is also expected to join Finland in seeking NATO membership, something few discussed prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia responded to the news by threatening to take retaliatory steps in order to stop what it calls threats to its national security. The New York Times reports the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO increases the prospects of a broader war between Russia and the West.
We go now to Berlin, Germany, where we’re joined by Reiner Braun, the executive director of the International Peace Bureau, German peace activist, historian, author, who has campaigned for years against NATO.
Can you talk about this decision made by Finland’s president and prime minister and the significance of this? It looks like Sweden is, you know, at their side in this.

REINER BRAUN:

You know, it’s, again, a significant change in the security system in Europe. Above all and first, it is a break of a contract. Finland has a contract with Russia — first contract is from 1948, the second one is a new one from 1992 — which described neutrality and friendship between Finland and Russia as the background of their common relations. And Finland has not — had not canceled this treaty, so they are going against this treaty, which is a quite illegal action they are doing.
The second point is the relations between Central Europe or NATO and Russia by the military spending is about 50 to one up to now. Now it will be 70 or 80 to one. And it is obvious that Russia will be react. So we have again a continuation of the escalation spiral in the center of Europe, and this is not peaceful. What should be the next? Should be the next Moldavia and Georgia? Should be the next that we — that Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan will join NATO? It will be the next, Japan?
And what are the reactions of Russia? They will bring more nuclear weapons to the border of Poland and the Baltic countries. They will enlarge their military spending. Peoples on both sides will suffer. So it is definitely a step absolutely on the wrong direction, which is definitely not helpful for coming to a new security architecture after hopefully ending so quick as possible the war in Ukraine.
What we need are negotiations, and for Finland, which has a history of neutrality — Finland was a country of the OSCE and the CSCE agreements. There were the meetings, were in Helsinki. This time will be over. Finland will give up its independent, active position bringing East and West together, only for joining NATO, only for being a very small part in the NATO architecture. This is really an unpolitical and unsecurity step for a calm security system in Europe.

AMY GOODMAN:

Can you talk about the letter that you helped co-write, both to President Putin and President Zelensky of Ukraine, calling for ceasefire?

REINER BRAUN:

You know, for us was May 9th a historical day, which made Europe free from fascism. And the countries which bring the most victims were the Soviet Union, which included Russia and Ukraine. So, our letter was to say, when you make your speeches on the 8th or the 9th of May, after these speeches, you should come together and negotiate for peace in the tradition of the victory above the fascist system. And you should think about ways how you can combine again the people of these two countries, which have so many things in common, which have so many things in their common history, which have so many things together in the languages, in the agricultural system, in the treaties, in educational system. And we have to overcome this horrible split between these two countries.
And the first point which we are calling for was and is ceasefire. The 8th and the 9th of May passed. It is a pity that we could not start with the negotiations. But we will continue working on ceasefire. And I think we need more international pressure for these negotiations. And for me, the pope was sending a very interesting and very hopeful sign for starting these negotiations. I hope other political leaders in the world — maybe Macron, maybe Xi from China — will follow to bring these two countries, Russia and Ukraine, at the same table for negotiating.

AMY GOODMAN:

Can you explain what the peace summit you and a number of other groups are planning in June in Spain?

REINER BRAUN:

You know, there is a NATO summit. And NATO is the biggest military alliance in the world. NATO is the biggest military spender. Sixty percent of the whole money which is spending worldwide is spending by the NATO countries. So, this NATO summit will send signs in the absolutely wrong direction: more militarization, more actions against Russia and China, more encircling of these two countries.
And we want to protest and convince more parts of the public that this is the wrong way. This is the way to catastrophe. This is a way in a new nuclear war will be the final nuclear war. We cannot do this kind of politics when you want to solve the climate problem, when you want to overcome hunger. Hunger becomes much stronger since we have the Ukrainian war. How should these people in Africa survive when there are no crops any longer coming from Ukraine and Russia?
So, we want to say signs that we need an alternative politics. So our summit is a summit for making propaganda and actions for a policy of common security, which on the background says we have to take in account the security interests of all countries. And we need, nationally and internationally, a process of disarmament. It is not possible to spend any longer 2 trillion of U.S. dollars for military purposes, when people are suffering and when we do not know how to solve the climate problems.

AMY GOODMAN:

Well, Reiner Braun, I want to thank you for being with us, executive director of the International Peace Bureau, German peace activist, historian and author, who has campaigned against a U.S. air base in Ramstein and also against NATO.

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Black YouTuber brilliantly punks KKK leader known as 'America's most racist man'

In a video released online on Friday, America's "most racist man" was pranked by a British YouTuber.

Niko Omilana, who received 49,628 votes and finished in fifth place in London's 2021 mayoral race, traveled to Harrison, Arkansas — which he described as "America's most racist town."

In a local Walmart, Omilana was told that Thomas Robb was the leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Police then asked him to leave the store.

Omilana set up an interview with the man by saying it was for "BBC" and asked him to give a shout-out to supporters of the KKK in the United Kingdom who voiced excitement for the interview on social media.

The first username was "imap_ussay" which the KKK leader pronounced as "I'm a p*ssy" according to the subtitles provided on the YouTube video.

The second username was "byelleem" which was pronounced as "BLM" (Black Lives Matter).

The two of them then had a conversation about "BBC," with the KKK leader seeming to believe stood for "British Broadcasting Corporation" while the interviewer suggested it referred to "Big Black C*ck."

Omilana got Robb to say "I've enjoyed this BBC."

"We've had reporters from every European nation, we have BBC here before a number of years ago," Robb said.

"So this is the second time you've had a BBC?" Omilana asked. "You've had a proper deep experience with the BBC?"

"Thomas Robb, leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has taken this BBC," Omilana said as he shook hands with the man.

"You just got BBB'd," he said as he departed.

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'She definitely elevated the position': Peter Doocy praises Jen Psaki after her final White House briefing

Friday was White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's final day and one of her most frequent sparring opponents is singing her praises.

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy's relationship with Psaki has been contentious since the early days of President Joe Biden's administration. Doocy and Psaki traded barbs on almost a daily basis on issues ranging from the war in Ukraine to COVID-19 to gas prices and to how Biden has handled public protests over the impending loss of abortion rights.

Biden even once referred to Doocy as a "dumb son of a bitch."

But after Psaki concluded her final briefing on Friday afternoon, Doocy expressed gratitude for having had the chance to work with her.

"Those things live on for a long time, and because she was such a good sport when I, me and the rest of the people in the briefing room would challenge her – especially when we would go in with topics that maybe anybody else was not covering – a lot more people who maybe just get their news on Twitter or on TikTok or in Instagram have a chance to see that something is an issue that is being talked about at the briefing," Doocy said.

"And usually the way that she and I would go back and forth, you can learn a lot in a minute with three questions and three answers about a topic maybe you otherwise never would have seen," he continued. "And so she definitely elevated the position and I think reached a lot of people in a news environment where sometimes you only have a minute to tell somebody about something."

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Israeli Defense Forces attack peaceful funeral procession of slain Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist

Israeli soldiers on Friday brutally beat Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of longtime Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed earlier this week while covering an Israeli military raid on a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

London-based artist Khadijah Said shared Al Jazeera's footage of the assault by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), describing it as "one of the most horrifying things I've seen."

Nick Dearden, director of U.K.-based Global Justice Now, said that the IDF's "horrific" attack—which included the use of stun grenades, tear gas, and batons—showed "an apartheid state in action" and "should be front-page news everywhere."

Thousands of Palestinians gathered for Abu Akleh's funeral service in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

The slain Palestinian-American journalist—described as "an icon in Palestine and the wider Arab world" by Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based network where she worked since 1997—was buried alongside her deceased parents in the Mount Zion Protestant Cemetery.

Abu Akleh, 51, was fatally shot in the face on Wednesday while reporting on the IDF's ransacking of the Jenin refugee camp. Al Jazeera accused Israel of "blatant murder." Human rights groups have demanded a thorough and transparent investigation of the killing, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to pursue justice at the International Criminal Court.

Pallbearers almost dropped Abu Akleh’s coffin on Friday when the IDF attacked them near St. Louis French Hospital. "Police eventually allowed the family to drive the casket to a Catholic church in the Old City, which was packed with mourners, before sealing off the hospital and firing tear gas at scores of protesters," Al Jazeera reported.

According to the news outlet, Israeli forces arrested at least four mourners, including at least two men who hoisted the Palestinian flag in occupied East Jerusalem.

"Two men were arrested for actually raising the Palestinian flag," said reporter Imran Khan. "That's actually illegal under Israeli law."

"When Shireen's car carrying the casket actually came in, there was a Palestinian flag on display in the back of the car," Khan added. "The Israeli police actually smashed that window in and took the flag."

'Free speech' Republicans are pushing a Joseph McCarthy-like plan to silence abortion rights activists

Anti-abortion activists have a long history of demonstrating in front of the homes of abortion providers. But with the U.S. Supreme Court likely to overturn Roe v. Wade and some pro-choice activists demonstrating in front of justices’ homes, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and other MAGA Republicans are calling for draconian crackdowns — and their inspiration, journalists Andrew Perez and David Sirota emphasize in an op-ed published by The Guardian on Friday, May 13 — is the notorious Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin.

“Prominent Republican lawmakers, conservative operatives and Beltway pundits are demanding the government arrest demonstrators — and to do so, they are citing a McCarthy-era statute passed to stop people from protesting against the prosecutions of alleged communists,” Perez and Sirota explain. “Ignored in the discourse is a past ruling from the Supreme Court effectively blessing conservative protests at the homes of abortion clinic workers.”

Republicans, Perez and Sirota argue, are trying to create a distraction — and some journalists are falling for it.

“Conservative operatives want Washington reporters focused on inane questions like who leaked the Court’s draft opinion,” Perez and Sirota warn, “and they want journalists and Democrats to criticize protesters who are outraged by the Court’s overriding lack of respect for people’s bodily autonomy…. Corporate news outlets are taking the bait, fretting about the leak and calling for arrests over peaceful demonstrations.”

Perez and Sirota add, “Like usual, they are focused on narrow flashpoints of anger and upheaval that will likely prove temporary, rather than the far more sweeping and ominous impact of the Court’s looming ruling to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision and allow states to force people to carry their pregnancies to term. Even as the nation is poised to enact an injustice of historic proportions, those in power and their chosen mouthpieces only appear to care about one thing: upholding the rights and privileges of the ruling class, and ensuring they remain safely ensconced in the Washington bubble.”


On May 10, Hawley sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding that he “vigorously investigate and prosecute” pro-choice activists who are nonviolently protesting outside of Supreme Court justices’ homes. This is rich coming from, of all people, Hawley — who, on January 6, 2021, raised his arm in solidarity with an insurrectionist mob of Donald Trump supporters who wanted to overthrow the 2020 presidential election results. Some members of the mob violently attacked the U.S. Capitol Building that day; some of them set up a hangman’s gallows and wanted to lynch then-Vice President Mike Pence because they believed he had betrayed then-President Donald Trump.

“The supposedly ‘limited and justifiable’ anti-picketing statute being cited by all these people — 18 USC § 1507 — was enacted as part of the Internal Security Act of 1950, a law requiring communist organizations to register with the government,” Perez and Sirota explain. “This particular statute was specifically written to respond to reports of protests outside federal courts during U.S. prosecutions of alleged Communist Party leaders.”

Another irony where Hawley is concerned is the fact that he often paints himself as a champion for the 1st Amendment who bravely stands up to left-wing “cancel culture.” And he isn’t the only Republican who rails against “cancel culture” but now wants to shut down protests against a likely Supreme Court ruling.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has defended the January 6, 2021 demonstrators, claiming the left is trying to silence them. But now, Cruz has a problem with pro-choice protestors. He is also calling for prison time for the person who leaked Justice Samuel Alito’s majority draft opinion calling for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is another Republican who defended the January 6, 2021 demonstrators but is now railing against pro-choice demonstrators. On May 10, Blackburn tweeted, “The safety and security of Supreme Court Justices are under threat for attempting to uphold their constitutional duty.”

Moreover, Blackburn views the Biden Administration as anti-privacy, but is all for the High Court overturning not only Roe v. Wade, but also, 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut (which made access to contraception a federal right for married couples).


Liberal economist Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor in the Clinton Administration, has been stressing that Republicans who speak of “freedom” are, in reality, obsessed with “power” and trying to “impose their narrow ideology on everyone else.” And he views the likely doom of Roe v. Wade as an example of GOP authoritarianism in action.Perez and Sirota argue that when it comes to outrage, Hawley is being quite selective.

“Hawley, for example, didn’t call for anyone to ‘vigorously investigate and prosecute’ the insurrectionists who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol last year,” the journalists note. “In fact, he cheered on those protesters shortly before the insurrection, and since then, his campaign has been selling merchandise sporting pictures of him raising a fist to those insurrectionists.”

'Pro-life' right-wingers call for executions and civil war over abortion rights

Anti-choice activist Abby Johnson, who spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention, joined radical right-wing broadcaster Stew Peters on his program Tuesday night to discuss what the future might look like if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as it appears imminently poised to do.

For Johnson and Peters, their vision of a Roe-free America entails executions of abortion providers and possibly civil war.

Johnson said that while many states will immediately move to outlaw abortion if the court strikes down Roe, that means little “if there’s no criminal penalty behind procuring an abortion.” Harsh penalties must be enacted, Johnson suggested. “If it’s murder, then it needs to be treated like murder.”

“That’s right,” Peters agreed. “We need a governor with the balls to stand up and say that: ‘I will bulldoze every single Planned Parenthood facility in my state. I will bulldoze any facility that facilitates this murder of unborn babies, preborn, real living people. I will make it a criminal offense to fund anybody that does this, and if you’re found out funding murder or carrying out murder, you will be executed. Period.’ That’s what needs to happen.”

“If we truly believe that abortion is murder, then we need to start acting like it,” Johnson responded.

“Abortion is murder, and those who carry it out should be executed,” Peters declared. “This is the most powerful prayer in recent history answered by God for the entire world to watch and witness and see his greatness, his glory, his power. This is a time that we all need to unite. We’re at war. This is a war.”

“Absolutely,” Johnson replied. “We went to war over slavery, right? Why? Because there was a group of people who were seen and treated as subhuman. And right now, in our country, there is a group of people who are seen and treated as subhuman. We are, in our society, at war, but maybe it means more than that. And maybe it should. If there was ever a time, if there was ever an issue for us to actually go to war over—when this becomes illegal, and if these clinics try to remain open and kill these babies, then maybe direct action needs to take place. If there was ever an issue for us to stand up and say, ‘This is something that we are willing to physically fight for,’ this is it!”

Lindsey Graham grilled on Fox News about leaked audio praising Biden

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is at the center of controversy for his recent Fox News interview.

At the time, he was asked to offer an explanation for the leaked audio that was released to raise awareness about the new book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” which was co-written by New York Times' reporters, Jonathan Martin, and Alexander Burns.

Instead of standing by his words, where he praised President Joe Biden, he pivoted to criticizing him. Then, he moved on to sucking up to former President Donald Trump. The interview stemmed from the audio being featured on CNN on Tuesday, May 10. In the clip, the Republican lawmaker spoke with Martin amid the Capitol riots. At the time, he said, "the country would eventually move on from the incident and realize 'we’re better than this.'”

In the recording, he also admitted that he believed Biden would likely be the best presidential candidate to move the country in the right direction. “Yeah, totally, he’ll be maybe the best person to have, right? I mean, how mad can you get at Joe Biden?” he said.

Graham was confronted about those remarks. During his Thursday appearance on “Jesse Watters Primetime,”

“Joe Biden. The best person to have? Do you really believe that?” Watters asked him.

Graham said, “I was wrong.”

“I’ve known Joe for 30 years,” he said. “He’s a nice guy, but he’s been a disaster as president.”

He added:

After that, Graham echoed a common political theme among Republican voters: praising Trump. “They didn’t do this on Trump’s watch because they were afraid of him,” he said. “Nobody fears Joe Biden abroad, and at home his policies are failing.”

Watters refrained from pushing the issue but did criticize the South Carolina lawmaker for “speaking to New York Times reporters.”

“If I was a senator, I’d never do it,” Watters said.

Graham conceded that was "very good advice."

Donald Trump may face charges for the 'serious crime of espionage' over classified documents: Lawrence Tribe

Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe offered his analysis to MSNBC viewers after The New York Times published a bombshell story under the headline, "prosecutors pursue inquiry into Trump's handling of classified material."

Tribe is a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, where he taught constitutional law for fifty years.

"On this day of truly historic escalations in those investigations into the ex-president and his inner circle, questions now arise about how the Justice Department will juggle all of it and weather all of it," MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace reported.

"The five sitting House Republicans and close allies of the ex-president are the first members of Congress to receive subpoenas from the Jan. 6th select committee and the DOJ moving ahead with its probe of Donald Trump's sensitive including sensitive government documents. Our next guest says we should see all of it and reassurance that Attorney General Merrick Garland is taking steps to hold Trump accountable. Joining me is Laurence Tribe, professor (emeritus) of constitutional law in Harvard and has argued and won 35 cases in front of the Supreme Court," Wallace said, not noting his loss against her old boss in Bush v. Gore.

Tribe explained his thoughts on the DOJ investigation.

"Nicole, I find that quite reassuring and it really brings back memories back from 2017, I think it was, when Donald Trump, right after firing the FBI director called [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergey Lavrov and [Russia Ambassador to America] Sergey Kislyak into the Oval Office by revealing the identity of a Mossad Israeli agent who was involved in an undercover operation to discover an Islamic plot to create methods of going through American airports without detection and carrying bombs," he said. "So we know we're dealing with a guy who is not particularly careful about classified information and if he can get some bragging rights by sharing it with adversaries he's willing to do it."

"Now when we find all of this apparent top secret information finding his way to unsecured boxes to Mar-a-Lago, it's very encouraging that the Department of Justice isn't simply asking who packed the boxes, but what did the president then of the United States on his way out of the Oval Office have in mind in taking that information? Did he use it for his own benefit?" he wondered.

"That would be a serious crime of espionage so there is both a national security angle and a potentially criminal angle and the most encouraging thing to me, because I'm worried about accountability so that we don't have a repeat of all of these things in 2024 of the attempted coup and insurrection," Tribe said. "What is most important to me is that no one should be above the law and the attorney general and his top deputy and associate attorneys general, people like Lisa Monaco should be taken at their word when they say they're going to follow the evidence wherever it leads right into the Oval Office, right into the former guy, so stay tuned."

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Junior throws a bizarre hissy fit at POTUS over baby formula shortages and American aid to 'the Ukraine'

Donald Trump Jr. published a video on his Rumble channel on Thursday in which he rants and raves about President Joe Biden's sympathy toward Americans who are struggling to feed their families amid global supply chain disruptions.

Biden gave a speech on Wednesday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 40th Annual Conference in which he touted the benefits of his American Rescue Plan while blasting Republicans for trying to block it:

The American Rescue Plan provided eviction relief, funding for states and cities to allocate to landlords and renters — help them keep a roof over the heads — 5 million households.
Remember those long lines you’d see on the television and people lining up in all kinds of vehicles just to get a box of food in their trunk? How quickly we forget people were hurting.
And what did the MAGA crowd want to do? Forget it. Forget it.
God, this is the United States of America. The idea that people would have to wait in line an hour or hour and a half to get a box of food in their trunk — it’s just unbelievable.

Watch Biden's full address below:

President Biden Addresses the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 40th Annual Conference www.youtube.com

Biden's concern for the well-being of his citizenry threw Junior into a tizzy. The eldest son and lesser namesake of former President Donald Trump proceeded to blame Biden for shortages of staples like baby formula.

It was Junior's father, however, who in 2019 signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – which replaced the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement enacted in 1998 by then-President Bill Clinton – that restricted baby formula's import from our Northern neighbor. Product recalls by the Food and Drug Administration have also led to sparse grocery story shelves.

But in Junior's universe, all consumer woes are the president's fault and only he has the power to fix them (unless his dad is in office, in which case whatever goes wrong is because of the Democrats).

In his three-minute rant, Junior suggested that Biden has no idea that he is "actually" the commander in chief and that he needs to be reminded of that fact.

After showing a clip of Biden's quote mentioned above, Junior wondered by Biden needs to "yell about things" (a very rich accusation coming from Junior, who regularly rage-posts), given that he is "supposedly" the leader of the free world.

Junior falsely associated the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine with the scarcity of baby formula.

"Joe Biden will be outraged when he finds out. He will probably be more outraged when he finds out that he's the president of the United States. I'm not sure he knows these things," Junior said.

Next, Junior declared that the cancelation of oil and gas exploration in Alaska is fueling inflation, which it is not, before circling back to disparaging the president's mental faculties and predicting that the United States will run out of food.

"Um, ya think he knows he's in charge? Does he have any idea? Um, I wonder how long it's gonna take to find any kind of food in Joe Biden's America," Junior rambled, "because it feels like we're getting there really quickly, guys"

The Trumps are not suffering from hunger or a lack of money, and the lavish parties that are periodically thrown at the family's numerous estates appear to be smashing successes.

Junior then failed to comprehend why Biden is so popular and urged his fans to vote for Republicans in the midterms so that all of America's problems can be solved.

"What a joke. Total clown show," Junior groaned, adding that Biden "didn't do anything" as a Senator, that "nothing has changed" since he took office, and that the federal government is wasting resources by sending money to "the Ukraine."

Watch below:

Joe Manchin joins Republicans in blocking the Women's Health Protection Act

Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Wednesday afternoon voted against legislation that would codify into federal law the right to abortion. The vote 49-51 vote against allowing debate to proceed on the Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 4132) required 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.

The failure to move the legislation forward comes just weeks before the Supreme Court is widely expected to strike down Roe v. Wade, which for 49 years has protected women’s constitutional rights to abortion.

Senator Manchin earlier had told reporters he opposes abortion but believes Roe v. Wade is precedent and said he would have voted to codify it into law. He claimed today’s legislation went too far and implied the conservative justices seeking to overturn the 1973 decision may not have been forthcoming about their intentions during their confirmation hearings.

The vote was expected to fail. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says his goal was to get every Senator on the record.

The vast majority of Americans support a woman’s right to choose. But because of how the Senate was originally envisioned by the founders and because of the legislative filibuster the majority are not being represented.

“The 49 senators who support the Women‘s Health Protection Act represent over 41 million more people than the 51 senators who oppose it,” wrote Vox’s legal expert Ian Millhiser.

In addition to codifying Roe v. Wade into law, the Women’s Health Protection Act expands abortion access and eliminates countless requirements put in place by the states that make it harder for a woman to obtain an abortion. Some of those restrictions include wait times, requirements women to be shown imaging of the fetus, and increase costs by requiring travel due to restrictions designed to reduce the number of legal providers.

Sen. Machin specifically said he opposes striking down those state laws.