2019-02-13: News Headlines

Doug Johnson (2019-02-13). A Preliminary Ranking of the Democratic Primary Contenders. counterpunch.org Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders by twelve points, and Sanders leads Kamala Harris, in third place, by ten points in this week's #10at10 preliminary rankings. Launched on social media on January 14, the model emphasizes two particular factors — how a candidate is polling on average versus other announced or potential Democratic candidates and how she More

Will Bunch (2019-02-13). Media Promised Better Coverage of the 2020 Race, and All I Got Was Kirsten Gillibrand's Fried Chicken. commondreams.org We need to do better than Tweety McTweetface.(Photo: MEG KINNARD / AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson (2019-02-13). John Bolton Threatens Iran Over Debunked Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons. mintpressnews.com As Iranians this week mark the 40th anniversary of their country's 1979 revolution, President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton declared in a message to Iranian leaders on Monday that he doesn't think they will "have many more anniversaries to enjoy"—a comment that was immediately perceived as a direct threat of war. | In a video posted to the White House's official Twitter page on Monday, Bolton echoed false assertions and repeatedly debunked claims by the Trump that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and described the…

RT (2019-02-13). 'Magnificent!': Trump's jaguar appreciation tweet gets trolled over sons' hunting hobby. rt.com President Donald Trump's mysterious sharing of a tweet appreciating jaguars has prompted speculations about its meaning and trolling over his own family's penchant for gunning down and posing with other magnificent beasts.

RT (2019-02-13). 'Get lost in a cave together': Twitter backlash after Dorsey names Elon Musk most 'exciting' tweeter. rt.com Controversy-plagued Elon Musk is Twitter's most exciting and influential user, the platform's CEO Jack Dorsey has said, sparking an internet riot against his peculiar choice of Twitter idol.

RT (2019-02-13). AIPAC launches fundraising campaign on back of Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic' tweets — reports. rt.com Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC is apparently trying to cash in on the controversy caused by Ilhan Omar's tweets in which she slammed the overbearing power the Israeli lobby has on US lawmakers. But some say it's an ill-timed effort.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

STAFF (2019-02-12). When Did Mark Zuckerberg Learn Facebook Targeted Children? truthdig.com Two U.S. senators and a coalition of child health and privacy groups sent letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today after documents obtained by Reveal showed Facebook knowingly duped children into spending money, and then declined refunds from upset parents and children. | "These findings point to a problematic culture of putting profits ahead of your users' financial wellbeing and raise serious concerns regarding the company's willingness to engage responsibly in its interactions with c…

James Carroll (2019-02-12). Doomsday Redux: Just How Many Minutes to Midnight? commondreams.org "It may seem counterintuitive to compare the manufacture of what's called a 'mini-nuke' to the creation of the 'super' almost six decades ago," writes Carroll, "but honestly, what meaning can 'mini' really have when we're talking about nuclear war?" (Photo: Bulletin of Atomic Scientists/Facebook) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-02-12). 'Sorry, not sorry?' Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweet, reigniting controversy. rt.com Freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been forced to apologize by senior House Democrats for a series of "anti-Semitic" tweets — but her apology has set off another round of hysteria for not being apologetic enough.

RT (2019-02-12). Feminist sues Twitter after getting banned for saying 'men aren't women'. rt.com Canadian feminist writer Meghan Murphy is taking Twitter to court over its policy on transgender-related speech after she was booted from the platform for questioning the prevailing gender dogma.

RT (2019-02-12). Retailer pulls 'fake news' shirt after journalist's Twitter meltdown. rt.com Luxury retailer Bloomingdale's has yanked a t-shirt reading "Fake News" from their stores, after a journalist called them out on Twitter, sparking a massive backlash.

RT (2019-02-12). #StandwithIlhan: Social media users defend Ilhan Omar after her forced apology over anti-Semitism. rt.com Social media users are flocking to #StandwithIlhan after Rep. Ilhan Omar was pressured to issue an apology for her tweets about the Israel lobby's influence over US politicians, after she was accused of anti-Semitism.

RT (2019-02-12). Twitter lambastes Esquire for feature on Trump-supporting white teen during Black History Month. rt.com Esquire magazine has stepped on something of a cultural landmine with its latest feature piece, detailing the life of a young white, middle-class teenage boy. Both the timing and the article's subject have irked many on Twitter.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

RT (2019-02-11). Racism or just an ugly shoe? Katy Perry's new 'blackface' footwear sparks outrage. rt.com Retailers have been removing Katy Perry's new sandals and loafers, designed to resemble a human face, after their 'black' version got slammed for being racially insensitive. The news has received a mixed response on Twitter.

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

Fred_F (2019-02-07). Student climate strike: 'It's our future'. greenleft.org.au After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-07). Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data. therealnews.com Google, Amazon, Facebook, among others, have developed ecommerce rules that would benefit them and, with the help of the US government, hope to have them adopted by the World Trade Organization. CEPR's Deborah James discusses the implications

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

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