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  • Public Citizen: Trump’s National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
    Source: www.denocracynow.org Public Citizen: Trump’s National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism; New Interior Sec. David Bernhardt May Violate Trump’s Ethics Rule on Lobbyists in His Administration; Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding; Agitate, Agitate, Agitate: A Key Lesson from Abolitionist Frederick Douglass on His 201st Birthday; Ibram X. Kendi on Frederick Douglass: “The Only Way We Can Be Defeated Is If We Stop Struggling.”  
  • Ilhan Omar Grills Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams on U.S.-Backed Genocide, Death Squads & Massacres
    The new U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday on U.S. efforts to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Abrams spoke three weeks after the U.S. recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s new president. Since then, the U.S. has placed sweeping sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run oil company and rejected calls for an international dialogue to resolve the crisis. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams was also linked to the 2002 coup in Venezuela that attempted to topple Hugo Chávez. Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota questioned Abrams about his record on Wednesday during his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • Atlanta School Cheating Scandal: The Untold Story of Corporate Greed & Criminalization of Teachers
    Source: www.democracynow.org As teacher strikes in Denver and Los Angeles join a wave of recent labor actions bringing attention to the plight of the American public school system, we take a fresh look at one of the largest public school scandals in U.S. history. Public schools in Atlanta, Georgia, were thrown into chaos in 2015 when 11 former educators were convicted in 2015 of racketeering and other charges for allegedly facilitating a massive cheating operation on standardized tests. Prosecutors said the teachers were forced to modify incorrect answers and students were even allowed to fix their responses during exams. The case has fueled criticism of the education system’s reliance on standardized testing, and elicited calls of racism. Thirty-four of the 35 educators indicted in the scandal were African-American. We speak with Shani Robinson, one of the 11 convicted teachers, who has written a new book on the cheating scandal with journalist Anna Simonton. It’s titled “None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators.”
  • Denver Teachers Strike over Bonus-Based Pay System, Demanding Reliable Salary Plan & Better Wages
    Source: www.democracynow.org Public school teachers in Denver, Colorado, are striking for the second day, after negotiations between the teachers’ union and the school district failed to reach a contract over the weekend. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association is demanding an increase in teachers’ base salaries rather than putting money in incentives and bonuses. The Denver teachers walked out Monday following 15 months of negotiations over a controversial bonus-based pay system that educators say leaves them unable to predict their salaries and guarantee financial security. The starting salary for a Denver teacher for the 2019-2020 school year is $43,255, according to The Denver Post. This is the district’s first teacher strike in 25 years. We speak with Henry Román, a Denver elementary school teacher and president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association.
  • Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State
    Glenn Greenwald: As Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Amazon Builds Global Surveillance State; Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic; “This Is Just the Beginning”: Greenwald on Rising State Violence & Homophobia in Bolsonaro’s Brazil; Greenwald: How Can Democrats Support Trump’s Push for Regime Change to Seize Venezuela’s Oil?
  • Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain
    Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain; Ocasio-Cortez & Markey Unveil Sweeping “Green New Deal” to Radically Shift U.S. Off Fossil Fuels; Dems Accuse Trump Admin of “State-Sponsored Child Abuse” as Separated Migrant Children Scandal Grows.  
  • Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia’s Top Officials Must Step Down
    Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia’s Top Officials Must Step Down; Meet Victorina Morales, an Undocumented Immigrant Who Spent Five Years as Trump’s Housekeeper.
  • “Liar-in-Chief”: Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump’s SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
    Source: www.democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women’s suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-American woman to give the Democratic response. We’re joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and one of the first Muslim women in Congress. Her guest at last night’s presidential address was a Liberian woman who fled to Minnesota in 2000 due to civil war and is now facing the threat of deportation from the United States.
  • What’s Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully?
    What’s Next for Venezuela as U.S. & Opposition Reject Negotiations Aimed to End Crisis Peacefully? Trial of El Chapo Highlights Failure of U.S. War on Drugs, But Will U.S. Ever Be Held to Account?
  • Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo
    Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo; As Virginia Governor Waffles on Blackface Yearbook Photo, NAACPLeader Calls His Apology “Invalid”; Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal; Lights Back On at NYC Jail After Hundreds Protest, But Prisoners Still Without Heat in Winter.
  • “Do We as a Society Have a Right to Kill?”: Chinonye Chukwu’s Film “Clemency” Examines Death Penalty
    “Do We as a Society Have a Right to Kill?”: Chinonye Chukwu’s Film “Clemency” Examines Death Penalty; A Modern-Day Lynching?: “Always in Season” Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism
  • Stacey Abrams: “We Have to Work Harder” Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote
    Stacey Abrams: “We Have to Work Harder” Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote; Dialogue: Women’s March Leaders on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism & More; Tessa Thompson & Time’s Up Call on Hollywood to Work with More Women Directors in #4PercentChallenge; “RBG” Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery.
  • As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump’s Attempted Coup
    As U.S. Moves to Oust Maduro, Is Invading Venezuela Next? Allan Nairn on Trump’s Attempted Coup; Allan Nairn: Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide; A War for Oil? Bolton Pushes Privatization of Venezuela’s Oil as U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure on Maduro.
  • “Untouchable”: Women Testify to Harvey Weinstein’s Decades of Sexual Abuse in Powerful New Film
    Source: www.democracynow.org “Untouchable”: Women Testify to Harvey Weinstein’s Decades of Sexual Abuse in Powerful New Film; Exclusive: Ex-Harvey Weinstein Employee Breaks Silence on Her Memo That Helped Take Down Movie Mogul.
  • Regime Change Is Not the Answer: Rep. Ro Khanna Speaks Out Against U.S.-Backed Coup in Venezuela
    Source: www.democracynow.org Regime Change Is Not the Answer: Rep. Ro Khanna Speaks Out Against U.S.-Backed Coup in Venezuela; “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”: Film Explores How Joseph McCarthy’s Ex-Aide Mentored Trump & Roger Stone.

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