2019-04-03: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell on the Brink of Packing Courts With Extremists. truthdig.com The Senate majority leader is expected to exercise the so-called "nuclear option" this week in order to expedite the confirmation process.

STAFF (2019-04-03). Mitch McConnell Poised to Allow the Courts to Be Packed With Extremists. truthout.org With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expected as early as Wednesday to use the so-called "nuclear option" to speed up the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's right wing judicial nominees, progressives raised alarm and urged Americans to pressure their senators to stop the "reckless court packing" by the Republican Party. | "McConnell has signaled he is ready to use the so-called 'nuclear option' to further pack the courts with Trump's lifetime judicial appointments," tweeted the progressive advocacy group 5 Calls. "Tel…

Christopher Black (2019-04-03). A Threatening Monster. globalresearch.ca President Trump used to attack President Obama as being weak with regard to Syria for not being more ruthless in the American led war of aggression against Syria, a prelude to war with Iran; that he had drawn red lines …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-03). As GOP Deploys 'Nuclear Option', New Reports Detail Damage Done By Trump's Far-Right Takeover of Judiciary. commondreams.org Regardless of how the 2020 presidential election plays out, President Donald Trump has already ensured that he has shaped the American political landscape for generations to come, thanks to the dozens of judges he has confirmed to federal positions in just two years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-04-03). US senators press energy chief to reveal details of nuclear cooperation with Saudis. rt.com The US lawmakers have demanded answers from the Energy Secretary Rick Perry who allowed a number of US firms to share sensitive nuclear energy information with Saudi Arabia, under the public radar.

RT (2019-04-03). HUNDREDS of US troops died in Iraq… because of Iran, US special envoy claims. rt.com After assigning Iran the blame for mass death in both Syria and Yemen, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook declared Tehran responsible for 608 US soldiers losing their lives while invading Iraq.

Craig Murray (2019-04-02). The Chagos Islands and the Dark Soul of the British Labour Party. globalresearch.ca Even if you think you know all about the Chagos story — an entire population forcibly removed from their island homeland at British gunpoint to make way for a US Air Force nuclear base, the people dumped destitute over a …

Tyler Durden (2019-04-01). Radioactive Fukushima Particles Found in Alaska's Bering Strait. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Radioactive particles from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have drifted as far north as a remote Alaskan island in the Bering Strait, according to scientists at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. Seawater collected last year near St. Lawrence Island contained a slight elevation in levels of cesium-137, a man-made radioactive isotope formed during …

unitedEditor (2019-03-23). The never-ending FATF dispute in Iran. uwidata.com One of the most complicated debates among politicians and economists in Iran is whether or not the country should join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)… but what is the FATF and why has it become the center of such an important dispute? The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers …

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

Jon Rainwater (2019-01-31). INF Treaty Latest Victim of Trump's Nuclear Petulance. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 31, 2019 — Ahead of the Trump administration's expected suspension of U.S. obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and formal announcement of its intention to withdraw from the treaty, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "The INF Treaty put the kibosh on a class …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-01-30). No-First-Use Bill Would Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2019 — In response to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introducing legislation to establish a policy that the U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: …