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Peter B Collins - 2018-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Secure in the knowledge that it can’t happen now, Chuck Schumer “evolves” on legalizing cannabis, promoting federal decriminalization in new bill…--the “420” shorthand was coined right here in San Rafael in 1971, details here

----18 months after the election was stolen for Trump by...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-20 - Original post - cached version

In lawsuit brought by Greg Palast and ACLU, Kansas Secretary of State found in contempt for blocking voters, lying…..--Kobach’s voter suppression schemes are a major focus of our fresh interview with Greg Palast this week

--also in Kansas, 3 self-styled militia members convicted in plot...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Senate opposition builds to confirmation of Pompeo as Secretary of State, after revelation of Easter meeting with Kim Jong Un….--North and South Korea appear to make progress, discussing formal end to 1950’s war leading to a treaty and US recognition of N. Korea

--UN envoy Nikki Haley...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Michael Cohen fights for attorney-client rights, as judge forces disclosure that Sean Hannity was the unnamed client of Trump’s consigliere….--Reagan appointed Judge Kimba Wood, who Clinton named as Attorney General, but she was not confirmed due to nanny scandal

--Wood says she trusts...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-18 - Original post - cached version

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Greg Palast, whose incredible work is largely blacked out by US corporate media, joins us in studio to talk about how Republicans meddled in the 2016 election.Palast is in the Bay Area to...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s attack on Syria was pure theatrics with instant claim “Mission Accomplished”, but doesn’t prove that Syria used chemical weapons….--blame game continues, as Britain says Syria and Russia are blocking OPCW investigators from Douma

--Norman Solomon comments that that attack as a...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-14 - Original post - cached version

MSM drops everything for breathless coverage of fired FBI director’s new book, as Comey dishes on Trump with embarrassing anecdotes….--Democrats have invested heavily in Comey and Mueller, Republicans who presided over expanding police state—despite Comey’s role in Clinton email case

--...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Pentagon boss Gen. Mattis seeks evidence of Syrian chemical attack and expresses caution about military response escalating “out of control”…--French President Macron claims he has “proof” of Assad’s responsibility

--Trump tweets contradict earlier Trump tweets on Syria, Russia and China...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Attack on Syria appears imminent, as Trump tweets threats at Putin and Assad as Mueller investigation closes in on 45….--Congress gave Trump funding without restrictions, only a few Democrats in Progressive Caucus raise any concerns

--Scott Ritter details two separate narratives on...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-11 - Original post - cached version

On referral from Mueller, Trump-appointed prosecutor got warrants to search Michael Cohen’s files for dirt on Stormy Daniels hush deal…--Trump and Donny, Jr. have displayed expansive view of attorney-client privilege, which is void if used to cover criminal behavior

--legal blogger Ken...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-10 - Original post - cached version

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Andrew Yang, author and founder of Venture for America, is running for president in 2020 as a Democrat, centered on Universal Basic Income idea.Yang ran some successful start-ups before starting...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Dems demonize Trump but waffle on impeachment, even as GOP tells its base impeachment is right around the corner…..--San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is hammering Dems on impeachment with TV ad campaign and 30-city tour

--in replay of Karl Rove 2006 tactics, GOP dares Dems on...

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Cliff Schecter is a progressive media commentator who once worked for Sinclair, the right-wing chain of local TV stations, and he returns to talk about the dangers of concentration of media...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-07 - Original post - cached version

In comments at MLK event in Mississippi, Sanders said Democrats’ business model is failure, Clintonistas intentionally distort them in attacks….--biased Buzzfeed report sparked many angry Tweets

--my old pal Paul Waldman piled on at WashPost

--6 Gaza protesters were killed today by...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-06 - Original post - cached version

British leaders scramble to defend unproven assertions of Russian responsibility for Skripal attack as experts waffle and Yulia Skripal speaks….--Boris Johnson’s exaggerations belatedly produce some skepticism, demands for evidence

--Craig Murray’s challenges are validated by latest...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-05 - Original post - cached version

WashPost reports Mueller told Trump lawyers that their client is a “subject”, not “target” of the investigation—unleashing new speculation…--newly released, heavily redacted Rosenstein memo authorized Mueller to investigate Manafort, after Mueller raided Manafort’s home

--legal eagle...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-04 - Original post - cached version

45 watches too much Fox “News” and is unhinged by threat of Honduran “caravan”, wants to deploy troops on border…
--Trump’s hysteria and fearmongering evoke California Gov. Pete Wilson’s use of Prop. 187 to win re-election, at major cost to GOP future prospects. Watch the 1994 ad here...

Peter B Collins - 2018-04-03 - Original post - cached version

In coverage of acquittal of Orlando shooter’s widow, gross misconduct by FBI and prosecutors is omitted from most MSM reports….--the full story is at WhoWhat Whyand The Intercept …..the AP report got parts of the story, and the NY Times ignored misconduct

--Israel responded to...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-30 - Original post - cached version

3 weeks after Patrick Martin published report on former spies and soldiers running for Congress, Politico and WashPo catch up...--new reports don’t mention intelligence veterans, just military vets: Politico story is here,  WashPo report is here , and original WSWS series is here

--The...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

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Journalist A. C. Thompson of ProPublica shares the results of his deep investigation into Atomwaffen, an armed white extremist group that is implicated in 5 murder cases in the past year....

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-29 - Original post - cached version

As California, Arizona suspend robot car tests after fatal accident, Guardian reveals AZ Gov. Doug Ducey secretly approved testing program….--the Guardian report is here

--NY Times reports that Trump’s former lawyer, John Dowd, discussed pardons with lawyers for Manafort, Flynn, possible...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-28 - Original post - cached version

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Independent journalist, historian and author Gareth Porter returns to talk about John Bolton's appointment as Trump's third national security advisor, and the real risk of war he brings...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-28 - Original post - cached version

John Paul Stevens was one of 4 dissenting votes in 2008 Heller decision, which supported claim of personal gun rights….--read Stevens’ op-ed here

--Sacramento police shooting of unarmed black man sparks ongoing protests

--in Baton Rouge, the cops who killed Alton Sterling escape...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Scrappy, independent media outlet MintPress News reveals Orlando shooter’s father was FBI informant; new FBI boss wants phone access….--read the MintPress scoop here

--NY Times report on Chris Wray’s fear of “going dark” is here

--Trump joins allies, bounces 60 more Russian...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-24 - Original post - cached version

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Patrick Martin researched and wrote an important series of articles on the crop of Democratic candidates for House races this year.  His findings reveal a major shift "from being the party for...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Most chaotic week yet: Trump recruits bloodthirsty hawks to scare Little Kim, tanks markets, signs budget after veto threat….--Replacing McMaster with John Bolton, Trump signals strong prospects of war with Iran, North Korea

--Gareth Porter outlines Bolton’s obsession with Iran

--...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-23 - Original post - cached version

After stonewalling Cambridge Analytica data abuse, Facebook founder Zuckerberg gives 4 “exclusive” interviews and offers unconvincing apologies, promises to improve….--in Guardian op-ed, Barry Lynn and Matt Stoller offer 9-point plan for regulating Facebook

--with only 2 dissenters,...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

As Saudi prince visits Washington, Senate Dems provide vote margin to abrogate responsibility for war powers; US role in Yemen continues….--10 Democrats enable Trump to continue US partnership with Saudi Arabia in its bloody war, as Trump praises Saudi Arabia as great customer of US weapons...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-22 - Original post - cached version

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Alison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew and president of Council for the National Interest, details many elements of Israel's information management programs and how facts are supplanted by propaganda.Weir recently...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Facebook stonewalled on data grab by Cambridge Analytica, exposing the depth of information Facebook collects on its users, for profit….--Zuckerberg remains silent as British Information Commissioner seeks warrant and blocks Facebook contractor from auditing Cambridge Analytica

--in US,...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Augmenting Britain’s claims of Russian nerve agent attack, US says Russian hackers can sabotage our power plants, using dubious “evidence”….--NY Times breaks the story, linked to new sanctions announced Thursday

--but they left out the "evidence", a reconstructed screen shot, available...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

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Prof. Lisa Hajjar has written widely about torture and Guantanamo; she returns to offer informed opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. Hajar is a professor of sociology...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

War drums grow louder, as US levels sanctions on Russia, joining UK in blaming Putin for nerve agent attack without proof….--Russian denials are dismissed as TrumpCo lumps Salisbury incident with cyber attacks called NotPeyta and Dragonfly

--Russia is a likely suspect, and listener Bob...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-15 - Original post - cached version

In WashPost, former federal prosecutor Nelson Cunningham explains the legal landscape: Robert Mueller’s final report may never be made public…--read Cunningham’s analysis here

--GOP legal beagle Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy puts a little daylight between Intel report and his view

--...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Trump tweet’s Tillerson firing, and musical chairs move torturess to CIA boss, as GOP-run House Intel ends its useless Russiagate investigation…..--leaks to Bloomberg say Mueller almost finished with obstruction case, but might wait to file charges

--Roger Stone’s claims of contact with...

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Most Americans are unaware of the substandard conditions in ICE prisons, many of which are corporate-operated.  Carlos Hidalgo has done two stints at the ICE prison in Adelanto, California; he...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Using slippery spy lingo, Prime Minister May blames Russia for March 4 incident that left “retired” double agent and daughter ill….--Putin has repeatedly asked for arms reduction talks, 4 senators respond, and corporate media ignores them

--Trump pursues a nuclear deal with North Korea as...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-10 - Original post - cached version

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Peter van Buren returns to discuss the plan for a summit meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.  Van Buren, who was assigned to Seoul for 4 years, shares his insights on North Korea...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-10 - Original post - cached version

An alien to diplomacy, Trump quickly agrees to meet Kim Jong-un, replacing tense standoff with uncertainty of mano-a-mano negotiations….--Trump did not consult with Rexxon Tillerson or anyone else outside White House

--State Dept. veteran Peter van Buren, who served 4 years in S. Korea,...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-09 - Original post - cached version

MIT study shows that false information travels faster, further on Twitter; don’t blame bots….it’s humans who share sketchy content….--federal court begins trial of suit brought by Tweeters who claim Trump doesn’t have the right to block them

--NY Times reports that right wingers are...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Among Dem congressional challengers, the largest group is former military and intelligence types, as establishment attacks progressives in several states….--in Houston, progressive Laura Moser wins Dem field despite attacks from DCCC

--in Illinois, Old Guard leader Mike Madigan drops...

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Scott Ritter, the weapons inspector who dispatched the myths of Iraqi WMD's before the US invaded, has insights into Russiagate, based on his stint in Russia with Marine Intelligence, and...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Presenting as a skilled, crafty negotiator, “Little Kim” shocks US and South Korea with offer to suspend nuclear, missile tests…--over dinner with South Korean delegation, Kim shows he can turn on a dime, faster that Trump

--in new, wide-ranging interview about Russiagate, former UN...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-06 - Original post - cached version

US intelligence community, preoccupied with the Russiagate psy-op, missed North Korea’s weapons breakthrough, and Putin’s new weapons systems recently revealed…--NY Times misses the lede in analysis of Trump vs. Russia on “election meddling” and the new arms race: the CIA, once again, missed the...

Peter B Collins - 2018-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Isolated and under Mueller’s scrutiny, Jared Kushner is on borrowed time in White House as his business, political scams are exposed…--beyond Russiagate coverup, failure to disclose key info, and loss of top security clearance, Kushner led effort to punish Qatar after loan for KushnerCo fell...

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Jen Briney hosts the impressive podcast series, Congressional Dish. She reads all of the key bills passed by Congress, and watches important hearings.  While most Americans are distracted by...

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Activists Adam Eichen, Rabbi Michael Pollack and Rachel Murphy invite you to join their barnstorming effort to restore democracy in Pennsylvania.Eichen returns to our podcast, where he and co-...

Peter B Collins - 2018-02-27 - Original post - cached version

Supreme Court decline’s Trump demand for immediate review of DACA suspension, easing hostage status of Dreamers, who remain in Limbo…--after phone call with angry Trump, Mexico’s president aborts visit to US, b’cuz Mexico ain’t gonna pay for Trump’s wall

--in my new podcast at WhoWhatWhy...

Peter B Collins - 2018-02-24 - Original post - cached version

At The Intercept, Greenwald and Risen spar over Russian meddling, while The Nation offers 2 views from Dreyfuss and Maté….--you can watch the Risen-Greenwald exchange here

--Drefuss offers some interesting speculation based on Dutch intel, while Maté looks at hyped reactions to Mueller...

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Pulitzer winner David Cay Johnston returns to talk about his new book, describing Trump's army of termites bent on destroying agencies and regulation.Johnston published The Making of Donald...

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