Thursday, January 10, 2019

Common Dreams:
"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) unflinching support for taxing the wealthiest Americans at a rate doubling what they currently pay each year made waves among conservatives over the weekend—but at least one likely Democratic presidential candidate's backing of the proposal may indicate that it may soon get broader support from the party. 

On ABC's 'The Week,' former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro unequivocally told George Stephanopoulos that he has 'no problem' forcing Americans who make more than $10 million per year to pay far more than they currently pay in taxes. ...

Republicans attempted to attack Ocasio-Cortez's proposal—but were able to only by entirely misrepresenting what she said on '60 Minutes,' suggesting that she supports taxing all Americans' income at 70 percent.

-->The NYT hasn't covered this movement to make the filthy rich pay their fair share of taxes. Only an opinion piece by Paul Krugman mentions the growing support for tax reform. 


Common Dreams:
"The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) in Alabama has come under righteous fire after caving to Zionist pressure and rescinding its decision to award the prestigious Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award to  activist, academic, black icon, daughter of Birmingham and supporter of the BDS movement Angela Davis, who's spent decades fighting for the civil rights they supposedly stand for. In October, the Institute said they were 'thrilled to bestow this honor' on Davis, 'one of the most globally recognized champions of human rights, giving voice to those who are powerless to speak.'

Now they've taken back the offer and cancelled the February gala where she would have received it because 'upon closer examination of Davis’ statements and public record, we concluded that she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria' for the award. Noting Davis' passionate criticism of Israel's ethnic cleansing, activists promptly called bullshit. 'To argue that Angela Davis is unworthy of a civil rights award is beyond shameful,' said Jewish Voice For Peace. 'And to dance around the fact that it’s due to her outspoken support of Palestinian rights makes it outrageous.' "

-->The NYT doesn't do stories like this that makes the Israel Lobby look bad. It didn't cover this controversy, and only included an AP version of the story on the NYT's website. 


The Guardian UK:
"Meet Dr Miriam Adelson: the record-breaking Republican donor driving Trump's Israel policy. The 73-year-old has played a pivotal role in forming the couple’s interests and alliances in the US, where she is a naturalized citizen, and in her native Israel, according to public records and interviews with people who know her socially and professionally. Evidence suggests that she is the driver in the couple’s political and philanthropic activities, whether pushing for the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv or donating an unprecedented $113m to this year’s midterm elections.

'Everybody says it’s Sheldon, but it’s Miriam,' says Michael Cherry, the associate chief justice of the Nevada supreme court, who sits on the board of the Las Vegas methadone clinic that the Adelsons founded. ...

Miriam turns out to be far wealthier than her husband, who was ranked #21 on the Forbes 2018 billionaire ranking. ... Worth $17.4bn at the current stock price, her holdings make Miriam wealthier than a number of the world’s richest men, including Rupert Murdoch and Charles Schwab."

-->An Israeli citizen and one of the world's richest billionaires is paying for Trump's support of Israeli apartheid. One might think that the NYT would be interested in this story, but it wasn't. How is it that an English newspaper does such a better job tracing Israel's influence in the U.S. than our own media?

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