Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS

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U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine. Guests are Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept.

David Cay Johnston: Trump is “Appallingly Ignorant” on Healthcare & Puts Greed Above Human Lives

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The Congressional Budget Office has warned that 32 million Americans would become uninsured over the next decade if Obamacare is repealed without an alternative in place. Seventeen million would become uninsured next year alone.

Dr. Carol Paris: We Must Make It Toxic for Politicians to Not Get on Board with Single Payer

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As the Republican healthcare bill collapses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement.

The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From

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The Trump administration has released its plans for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Observers say they are surprisingly similar to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump withdrew from in one of his first acts as president.

Outrage Mounts as Saudi Arabia Plans Imminent Executions for 14 Accused Pro-Democracy Protesters

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As Donald Trump vows not to let human rights concerns interfere with U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, the country is set to execute 14 men, including Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, who was only 17 when he was sentenced to death five years ago.

New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women’s Care & Slashing Medicaid

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A revised Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would gut Medicaid, give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and defund Planned Parenthood, making it harder for women to access breast cancer screenings and basic reproductive services.

A Further Blow to Democracy in Brazil? Glenn Greenwald on Conviction of Lula Ahead of 2018 Election

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been convicted on corruption charges and sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. Lula, widely considered one of Brazil’s most popular political figures, is the front-runner in the 2018 elections.

Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton

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The White House is in disarray following revelations that Donald Trump Jr. supported an effort by the Russian authorities to share information incriminating Hillary Clinton in an attempt to help Trump win the election.

Battle For the Net: Mass Day of Action Aims to Stop Trump’s FCC from Destroying Free & Open Internet

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On Wednesday, nearly 70,000 websites and organizations are planning to take part in a massive online protest to save net neutrality. Participating websites will reportedly display messages on their homepages and encourage users to take action to save the internet as we know it.

Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead & 700,000 Displaced

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Iraq’s nine-month-long battle to retake Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State is coming to an end, but the humanitarian crisis is not. According to the United Nations, almost 700,000 residents are still displaced — nearly half living in emergency camps.

Dystopian Nightmare: Eyewitness Decries Police Repression at G20 Summit as 100,000 Take to Streets

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Mass demonstrations have erupted across Hamburg, Germany, as world leaders gather for the G20 summit, where Donald Trump is meeting with other world leaders. About 100,000 protesters took to the streets and have staged sit-ins in an attempt to disrupt the first day of the summit.

Embraced by Far-Right Gov’t in Poland, Trump Claims Future of Western Civilization is at Stake

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In a major speech in Poland, Donald Trump said Western civilization is at stake, as he warned about the threats of “terrorism and extremism.” He was cheered on by supporters of Poland’s right-wing government, who were bused in to the speech. Meanwhile, Trump is facing criticism after skipping visiting the Warsaw ghetto uprising monument.