If FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan "is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies"
Open Internet proponents who have been fighting the Trump administration’s rollback of net neutrality protections, which has been enacted at the bidding of the telecom industry, said Tuesday that Comcast is now threatening legal action, saying the website Comcastroturf.com is infringing on its trademark. Continue reading
US sinking into irrelevancy
While Donald Trump displayed his immaturity by tweeting threats and sniffling during televised interviews, the world’s grown-up leaders were meeting in Beijing to plan major and ambitious global projects foreseen by China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) recreation of the ancient Silk Road. Continue reading
The legislation would "turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight," says Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
The Republican Party is proposing three draconian bills that critics say will turn millions of immigrants into criminals overnight, and also empower Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to enact mass deportations. Continue reading
A civil RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) lawsuit exposing Donald Trump’s associates’ criminal business practices was filed in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of Manhattan on June 20, 2016. The suit was filed by two principals of Bayrock Group, LLC, which developed the Trump SoHo condominium-hotel complex in Manhattan. Continue reading
‘The Global Gag Rule doesn't protect lives; it destroys them.’
President Donald Trump spent part of his first Monday in office following in the footsteps of other Republican presidents by reinstating the Global Gag Rule, officially known as the Mexico City Policy. Continue reading
Decision by U.S. Supreme Court not to review appeals court decision on 2013 law affords 'a huge victory against sham voter ID laws'
Monday brought a victory for voting rights. Continue reading
Kris Kobach is the GOP mastermind behind a secretive system that purged 1.1 million Americans from the voter rolls.
Kris Kobach was spooning down vanilla ice cream when I showed him the thick pages of evidence documenting his detailed plan to rig the presidential election of 2016. Continue reading
The collapse of a tunnel at the massive nuclear waste dump at Hanford, Washington, 200 miles east of Seattle, has sent shock waves through a nuclear power industry already in the process of a global collapse. Continue reading
While it’s hard to keep up with the shifting reports of how the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey came about, President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to directly asking the former head of law enforcement if he was under investigation—a move many said presented a shocking conflict of interest. Continue reading
Donald Trump has showcased in Latin American policy by forging close relationships with two of Latin America’s most dishonest leaders: neoconservatives Mauricio Macri of Argentina and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru. After visiting Trump at the White House in April, Trump called the neo-fascist Macri his “regional ally,” adding that the Argentine is doing a “fantastic job.” Continue reading
Senate Democrats announced a slowdown of committee business on Wednesday as the fallout from President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey continued. Continue reading
Creating the nation’s largest local TV station conglomerate—and raising the frightening prospect of a network that would rival Fox News—conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday it will buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Continue reading
Effort to rewrite libel laws, says press secretary, 'is being looked into substantively and logistically'
White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Monday that the Trump administration is actively—and in his words “substantively”—reviewing the nation’s libel laws as it explores ways it could more easily sidestep First Amendment protections and target press coverage or news stories it deems objectionable. Continue reading
'UMMM . . . SLAVERY'
President Donald Trump is officially the most “fact-challenged” politician that the Washington Post’s Fact Checker has ever encountered, columnists Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee reported Monday, just hours before the president claimed in a radio interview that “people don’t ask” why the Civil War happened. Continue reading
A record-breaking 104 House Democrats are co-sponsoring a Medicare-for-All bill
As President Donald Trump and the GOP attempt once again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a much crueler bill, House Democrats are pushing in the total opposite direction: as of Thursday, a record 104 have signed on to co-sponsor a Medicare-for-All bill. Continue reading
Ajit Pai's plan will 'turn the web into a place where the wealthiest and most powerful can be heard'
Open Internet advocates slammed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai’s plan to dismantle net neutrality, announced as expected on Wednesday, and vowed to fight him “tooth and nail. Continue reading
During the 2016 presidential campaign, disreputable websites attempted to tie Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff to a fantasy tale about a network of pedophiles who trafficked in child sex slaves using, of all things, pizzerias. Members of Donald Trump’s inner circle trafficked in the “Pizzagate” myth using such social media networks as Twitter. Continue reading
President sits down with Associated Press to rail against the media, dismiss his 100-day threshold, and discuss his broken pledges
President Donald Trump spoke with Associated Press journalist Julie Pace on Friday, and the transcript of the interview, released Sunday night, shows the president as bombastic and unstable, alternately dismissing his 100-day threshold and boasting about his accomplishments during that time. Continue reading
'This is the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics. The public interest suffers, and we are poorer—economically and civically—for it'
At its April open meeting on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to give yet more handouts to the telecommunications industry, lifting a price cap on broadband services and reinstating a loophole that lets broadcasters monopolize airwaves. Continue reading
Despite professional rule barring them from doing so, psychological experts have argued that ‘too much is at stake to be silent any longer’
A group of mental health professionals gathered at Yale University Thursday to discuss what they believe is their duty to warn the public of the “danger” posed by President Donald Trump. Continue reading
Move comes after a series of recent efforts to shield President Donald Trump from public scrutiny
The Trump administration has permanently shut down public access to the sidewalk outside of the south fence of the White House, among other restrictions, USA Today reported Wednesday. Continue reading
Meanwhile, Trump appoints immigration hardliners to key agency posts
In “the Trump era,” as Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it last Tuesday, immigration officials will undertake a harsh crackdown on undocumented migrants—a campaign one veteran federal prosecutor described as “fucking horrifying.” Continue reading
President's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network
In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump’s “morally obscene” budget proposal: Amtrak. Continue reading
North Korea was not the first power on the Korean peninsula to pursue the acquisition of nuclear weapons. That distinction goes to U.S. ally South Korea under the dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. Ironically, as the U.S. corporate media joins the Pentagon in rattling war sabers against North Korea, the daughter of the South Korean leader who gave the green light to a South Korean nuclear arsenal, Park Geun-hye, was recently placed in prison on criminal fraud charges following her impeachment and removal from the South Korean presidency. Continue reading
Vice President Mike Pence signed the draconian legislation 'with a prayer' as governor of Indiana last year
A federal judge on Friday blocked a core provision of Indiana abortion legislation that Vice President Mike Pence lauded when he signed it into law “with a prayer” last year, the Associated Press reported Monday. Continue reading
In Neil Gorsuch, the corporate class have their perfect manservant for the Supreme Court. Continue reading
Late in 2016, the Rwandan government indicted several senior French Army generals for crimes against humanity, including genocide for their role in the 1994 Rwandan holocaust. Continue reading
Presidential son-in-law to head new innovation office tasked with reforming and privatizing federal government
Bringing President Donald Trump’s notion of government as corporate enterprise to fruition, the White House on Monday announced that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be leading a sweeping government overhaul, leaning on business leaders to solve pressing national issues while looking to privatize key government functions. Continue reading
An Egyptian Constitutional Court case and protests in Egypt and Maldives are the results of a Saudi Arabian initiative to acquire islands near and far from the radical Wahhabist-ruled kingdom. Last year, the Egyptian government agreed to transfer to the Saudis sovereignty over the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The move came after an official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Cairo. Observers believe the deal was a result of a large infusion of Saudi cash—estimated to be billions of dollars—into Egypt in order to bolster a sagging economy. Continue reading
Some members of the 9/11 Truth movement may be sorely disappointed now that a major bête noire of the events of September 11, 2001, is one of four finalists to build the new FBI building and associated campus. The current FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington is no longer suitable for the bureau due to a host of problems, including concrete falling from its facade and an often-times failing and putrid-smelling sewage system. Continue reading
WMR has learned from informed sources in the nation’s capital that the Department of Homeland Security has, on the orders of the Trump White House, reactivated the Central Intelligence Agency’s old extraordinary rendition airline fleet to conduct expedited removal from the United States of undocumented immigrants. During the George W. Bush administration, a network of CIA front companies that managed a fleet of aircraft conducted kidnapping and torture operations known as “extraordinary rendition.” The targets of these operations were alleged terrorists. A number of innocent people were caught up in the CIA’s dragnet. Continue reading
Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'
Cut the bureaucratic mess. Continue reading