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A Video For Every American To Watch: Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred By U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing

  “If the American people can take back control of what is being done in our name, maybe we can finally begin washing away this spreading moral stain.” — Will Bunch, Philly.com [Editor’s Note: Once again, an atrocity in our name and on our dime. As Americans, we are all morally responsible. — Mark L. Taylor] By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (8/13/18) As funeral ceremonies for the 51 Yemenis—including 40 young children—massacred by the latest U.S.-backed Saudi bombing took place in the war-torn district of Saada on Monday, cellphone footage captured by one of the murdered children just moments before the coalition’s airstrike hit…

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Omarosa Explains The Key: ‘There’s One Way To Shut Donald Trump Down’

“If you ignore him, then you starve him of the thing he loves the most ― and that is controversy and attention.” By Nick Visser The HuffPo (8/15/18) Omarosa Manigault Newman says there’s a lone way to combat President Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric and constant attacks on Twitter: Don’t give him the attention. “There’s one way to shut Donald Trump down and that is to just don’t give him the oxygen,” Manigault Newman, who served as an aide to the president until her dismissal in December, said on The Daily Show Tuesday night. “And the oxygen comes from the clicks,…


Bipartisan Betrayal Of America: Not Saying The Words “John McCain” Is The Absolute Least Vile Thing About Trump’s Signing Of Grotesque $717 Billion Military Spending Bill

  By Jake Johnsn Common Dreams (8/14/18) The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) President Donald Trump signed into law during a jingoistic ceremony at Fort Drum on Monday authorizes $22 billion in spending for nuclear weapons that could wipe out the human species, 77 new F-35 fighter jets, and $717 billion in military funding overall, but the corporate media apparently decided that the worst part about Trump signing this “obscenity” of a bill was his failure to acknowledge that it is named after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “Trump snubs John McCain during bill signing intended to honor him,” NBC News complained in a headline that was…


Some Much-Needed Coaching For Dems On How To Talk Politics

 Michael Avenatti Calls On Democrats To ‘fight fire with fire’ As He Considers Presidential Run “When they go low, I say, we hit harder.” By Ben Jacobs The Guardian (8/11/18) Michael Avenatti could become the second person to go from cable news fixture to president. Speaking to a crowd of activists at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding event, Avenatti left the room electrified. The lawyer, who is exploring a potential presidential bid, turned what has been a sleepy presidential pre-season so far upside down. The lawyer for Stormy Daniels has become a national sensation with his ever-constant appearances on cable news advocating for…


Historic Ruling Against Monsanto Finds Company Acted With “Malice” Against Groundskeeper With Cancer

  Democracy Now! (8/14/18) California jurors have awarded $289 million in a historic verdict against Monsanto in the case of a school groundskeeper who developed cancer after using its weed killer, Roundup. We speak with Brent Wisner, the lead trial counsel for Dewayne Lee Johnson, who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Doctors say he is unlikely to live past 2020. Johnson’s was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate causes cancer. Filed in 2016, it was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his illness. Link to Story, Transcript and 17-Minute Video With Merger Pending, Bayer Shares Plunge After…


Freeloader, Deadbeat Nazi Dude Jason Kessler Gets Yelled At By His Dad: “Get out of my room!”

Oh, God, this is rich. I’m guessing this morning little Jason got yelled at for not putting his dirty undies in the hamper and forgetting to rinse out his “My Little Hitler” sippy mug after breakfast. Sad! 2-Minute Video ***** And This Is Probably Who Jason Has A Play Date With This Afternoon WARNING: Vile, ignorant white dude rant. — Ed. 1+-Minute Video (Commoner Call cartoon by Mark L. Taylor, 2018. Open source and free for non-derivative use with ink to www,thecommonercall.org )


Russia Monitor: Trumputin’s Feral Pack Of ‘Best People’ Howl & Gnaw On Their Hind Legs

“President Trump promised he’d only hire ‘the best people’. Did he?” — MSNBC news headline (8/15/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/16/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort has been in court facing 18 charges of bank fraud and lying to the IRS. We await the verdict: Paul Manafort’s Tax- And Bank-Fraud Case Is Heading To The Jury. If convicted, Manafort could go to prison for life. Not only did Manafort not testify, his defense team did not call a single witness. ***** There is much made of Manafort’s trial having no bearing on Trump or the Trump White House,…


Former Naval Intel Office Malcolm Nance On “The Plot To Destroy Democracy”

  “This man is in debt. He is in to Moscow in the way a that a crack who has stolen two kilos of crack is in debt to a Colombian cartel.” — Malcolm Nance [Editor’s Note: Get a dose of reality about the very real gathering civil war threat we are facing. This interview is well worth the time. — Mark L. Taylor] 31-Minute Video ***** The Plot To Hack America – Malcolm Nance [Editor’s Note: Malcolm Nance is a former Navy counter intelligence officer. I would take varying degrees of issue with some of his comments in this…


A Message From Mike Mccabe

Words usually come pretty easily to me. Not now. Words fail when I try to describe how blown away I am by the faith and dedication and passion and farm-worthy hard work of thousands of volunteers who took ownership of this campaign to bring change to Wisconsin. In a democracy, citizens have a duty to be engaged in the political process. You all have gone way, way beyond that call of duty. Your efforts inspired me and lifted me up whenever I was feeling down, and never failed to re-energize me when I was weary. Your response to my candidacy and…


Wisconsn Democracy Campaign Opens The Books On The Financial Side Of The Primary Election

  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (8/15/18) Unless otherwise indicated, this page provides summary financial data for all candidates on the ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer for each candidate’s respective election cycle through the end of the most recent reporting period. Candidates are listed by office (governor first), by party ballot order and alphabetically by name. Clicking on a candidate’s name will show contributor information for the current election cycle when available. (Note: The orgiinal posting of this page did not include contributor lists for all treasurer candidates. They have since been added.) Read the Rest *****…


Will The Economic Costs Of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Authoritarian Rule Be Limited To Turkey?

  The New York Times / The Daily (8/15/18) Turkey is on the verge of an economic meltdown that could infect the global financial system. We examine how the country’s slide toward authoritarianism helped trigger the crisis. Guest: Jim Tankersley, who covers economic policy for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Link to 20+-Minute Audio


Yes, Alex Jones Is A Monster, But Beware: Censorship Never Ends Well

  By Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone (8/13/18) Silicon Valley is changing its mind about censorship. Two weeks ago, we learned about a new campaign against “inauthentic” content, conducted by Facebook in consultation with Congress and the secretive think tank Atlantic Council — whose board includes an array of ex-CIA and Homeland Security officials — in the name of cracking down on alleged Russian disinformation efforts.­ As part of the bizarre alliance of Internet news distributors and quasi-government censors, the social network zapped 32 accounts and pages, including an ad for a real “No Unite the Right 2” anti-racist counter-rally in D.C. this past weekend….


Trump Keeps Yammering On About NFL Players While Giving White Supremacist Supporters A Pass

CNN’s Jake Tapper Rips Trump For Bashing NFL Players, Not White Supremacists By Maru Papenfus The HuffPost (8/10/18) CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed President Donald Trump on Friday for failing to condemn the upcoming white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., while instead bashing NFL players for taking a knee against racism and police violence during the national anthem. Tapper accused the president of “giving a presidential megaphone to one side in a controversial cultural issue.” On Sunday, “white nationalists and bigots … are expected to once again take to the streets, this time in front of the White House, marking one year since their hate-filled…


Trump’s Love Affair With Asbestos Is Finding Its Deadly Way Into Softening Federal Policy

The Russian asbestos company Uralasbest operates a giant asbestos mine in the Ural Mountains is marketing its wares with President Trump’s image.   By Ryan Bort Rolling Stone (8/7/8) Some of President Trump’s most cartoonishly evil policy initiatives have come at the expense of the environment. In the past few months alone, his administration has lifted a ban importing big-game hunting trophies, sought to repeal California emissions standards and released a plan to gut the Endangered Species Act. It’s all done in the name of unmitigated capitalism, to which the president clearly feels the environment is beholden. So too, apparently, is the health of…


SOLD! Democrats Reverse Ban On Donations From Fossil Fuel PACs

  ‘Absolute Failure’ By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (8/10/18) Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents “an absolute failure by the DNC.” The Huffington Post‘s Alexander Kaufman tweeted Friday: @AlexCKaufman Replying to @AlexCKaufman UPDATE: resolution passed in a 30-to-2 vote. from DNC epic: “After hearing concerns from Labor that this was an attack on workers, this resolution acknowledges the generous contributions of workers, including those in energy, who organize and donate…


Experts Warn That If We Don’t Stop Climate Change, CA Fires “Will Seem Mild In Comparison To What’s Coming”

  [Editor’s Note: One of the guests in this Democracy Now! interview provides an excellent description of how the impact of climate change in the Arctic is changing the jet stream, which is having direct impacts on our weather and the wildfire situation this summer. — Mark L. Taylor] Democracy Now! (8/9/18) The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California’s history. It started burning in July—the state’s hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year’s fires have already burned nearly three…


Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ — “Ladies and gentlemen, the last president of the United States.”

“Fuck hope. Seriously, fuck hope. Fuck despair, too. But fuck hope.  “Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work. Hope leads people to believe that tax returns, or a pee tape, or the FBI or an adult film star will save the country. Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out.  “We don’t need hope. We need action.” — Michael Moore, Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Trailer Aims To Expose Trump’s ‘Evil Genius’ Link to Story and 1+-Minute Movie Trailer


Though “Too Late” Now, Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel’s “Torture Journaling”

[Editor’s Note: Keep in mind that through the infamous support of six democratic senators for CIA director Gina Haspel and the absolute silence of the Democratic Party to those votes, the democrats have made support of immoral US torture programs bipartisan; they aligned themselves with Trump and his flying monkey republicans in support of torture. When it comes to torture, the dems are now  just another part of the furry flock. — Mark L. Taylor] By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (8/10/18) Government cables reported in the New York Times on Friday [10/9] “read like torture journaling,” critics said after reviewing the “loud noise, sleep deprivation, forced nudity,…


Trump LOVES Immigrants (When They Benefit Him & His Family)

  First Lady’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens Thanks To ‘Chain Migration’ By Scott Neuman NPR (8/10/18) First lady Melania Trump’s Slovenian-born parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday, benefiting from a path to citizenship known as family-based immigration that the president and others have derisively dubbed “chain migration.” Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, attended a private swearing-in ceremony in Manhattan, according to their lawyer, Michael Wildes, who said the couple had “travailed a wonderful journey” to become Americans. “This golden experiment, these doors that are in America, remain hinged open to beautiful people as they have…


Russia Monitor: Russia’s Highly Placed American Asset

  “Malcolm Nance argues Trump became a ‘witting asset’ to Russia.” — Malcolm Nance, NBC Morning Joe (6/26/18): ‘The Plot to Destroy Democracy’ book release. Dear Fellow Readers, Three former intelligence officers came forward in the last few days to explain that Trump is a ‘witting asset’ of Russia. Russia has “successfully penetrated some of Florida’s election systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections” according to both Florida Senators, one Democrat and one Republican: “An 11 Year-old Girl Hacked A Replica Of The Florida Secretary Of State’s Website Within 10 Minutes – And Changed The (Election) Result”.  Meanwhile, House Intelligence Chair, the…


Ralph Nader On Apple’s CEO Tim Cook— Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones & Wasted, Burned Up Profits

  Apple’s business model rests on low wage-labor in China and gouging iPhone consumers in the U.S.  By Ralph Nader RalphNaderBlog (8/7/18) The New York Times screamed its Headline— “In 1997, Apple was 90 Days from Going Broke. On Thursday [Aug. 2, 2018], It Became the first publicly traded American company to be valued at…$1,000,000,000,000.” The first trillion dollar company! The boosters and commentators cheered, adding, “How High Could it Go?” In CEO’s Tim Cook’s announcement, we learned that there were $20 billion more of the shareholders money spent on wasteful stock buybacks. Stock buybacks enable fatter compensation metrics for Apple’s bosses (see Steven…


Behind The Scenes Of ‘Documenting Hate’ — How We Identified White Supremacists After Charlottesville

By Leila Miller Frontline (8/7/18) The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 was the largest public gathering of white supremacists in a generation. Dozens were injured, and it ended in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a counter-protester who was killed after a car crashed into demonstrators. The violence did not come out of nowhere. It followed a series of increasingly bloody rallies in California, New York City, and even Charlottesville. While city and state officials in Virginia had prepared by mobilizing 1,000 first responders, law enforcement largely stayed back while chaos unfolded. In Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate…


Trump Playing His Trusting Followers As A Bunch Of Chumps

  A Neuroscientist Explains How Trump Supporters Are Easily Hoodwinked Because Of This One Psychological Problem By Bobby Azarian Raw Story (4/7/18) There’s no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would have been political suicide for any other Republican. And almost every time he made one of these shocking statements, political analysts on both the left and the right predicted that he’d lose supporters because of it. But as we have clearly seen over the past year, they were dead wrong every time. Trump appears to be almost totally bulletproof. The only thing that might be more…


DOCUMENTARY — This Is No Practice Run: A Year After Charlottesville And The Nazi Threat Across America Has Grown

    “Nazism was cruel because Nazis were cruel; and the Nazis were cruel because cruel people tended to become Nazis.” — Zygmunt Bauman By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (8/9/18) If you haven’t already seen it, set aside an hour to watch the PBS Frontline/ProPublica “Documenting Hate” documentary to get up to speed on just how deeply the Nazi movement has embedded itself into modern America. Under the ever fascist-friendly leadership of Donald Trump, the nation that defeated Nazism in Europe 70 years ago now has the virus of fascism running freely in it’s veins. And that virus is…


Portland Police Aligned With Fascists In Recent Protest Melee

  Lesson 17. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over. — Timothy Snyder, ‘On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century’ ***** ACLU Of Oregon Comment On The Portland Police Bureau’s Response To Protests ACLU of Oregon (8/5/18) PORTLAND, Ore. — After the violence against protesters and observers yesterday [8/4] in Portland, David Rogers, executive director of the…


ProPublica — Using The Power Of The Crowd To Document Hate

  By Rachel Glickhouse ProPublica (8/7/18) Today [8/7] we’re debuting a documentary with Frontline that chronicles some of our reporting on hate groups over the past year. Reporters A.C. Thompson and Ali Winston have been investigating the rise of white supremacist groups in the U.S. after the violent August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Their work is part of a project at ProPublica called Documenting Hate. The project, which started shortly after Election Day in 2016, has an ambitious goal: collect as much data as we can to make up for the wholly inadequate records collected by the government. We’ve been asking people…


Memphis Police Created Facebook Profiles To Spy On Black Activists

  TeleSur (8/7/18) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department, accusing them of illegally surveilling members of the Black Lives Matter movement. Following the lawsuit, the City of Memphisreleased documents detailing several tacticsused by the Memphis Police Department (MPD) to keep track of activists and their activity on social media. According to the documents, the operation was led by the department’s Office of Homeland Security. This project was designed to “deal with threats” to the Police Department or to the city of Memphis, but its focus was redirected towards groups and individuals staging local protests, The Guardian has reported….


Rep. Ron ‘Wall Street’ Kind Betrays The Needs Of Wisconsin With Cowardly 0-For-5 Stance On Bills Important To Our Future

By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (8/9/18) For those who closely watch Rep. Ron ‘Wall Street’ Kind there is a clear understanding of the two Ron Kinds. The first is the upbeat, sunny, good looking, glad-handing pol with the rolled up sleeves waving to the crowds at the annual Westby Syttende Mai parade. The second is the corporate D.C. functionary casting reliable votes making things easier for Wall Street bankers and, with his recent falling into line to support the mind bending $717 billion annual War Department budget, military contractors. The democratic republican As the story below details, on…


Retired Intel Officer Malcolm Nance: How Russia Is Methodically Destroying Western Democracy

  Commonwealth Club (7/11/18) Retired intelligence officer Malcolm Nance knows about Vladimir Putin and the threat he poses to American sovereignty. From the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our elections to Putin’s persistent presidency, Russia has a looming presence. Nance suggests this presence isn’t benign but part of a greater plan to break down western democracy. His new book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin’s Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West, exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout the United States and Europe. By seeking to create antidemocratic sentiment around…


Oh, C’mon, Just Say It! Why Can’t Journalists State The Obvious?

  “Sometimes things are exactly as they appear.” By Mike Lofgren Common Dreams (8/2/18) According to an Annenberg survey, only a quarter of Americans can correctly name the three branches of the federal government. Is that sad fact, like the weather, something that just happens, beyond anyone’s control? Or does something make Americans resistant to the most elementary information? Could the manner in which that information is conveyed to them be so needlessly complex and hedged that people just give up and prefer blissful ignorance? We have seen this phenomenon on display in the way in which the mainstream media hem…


Madison, Wisconsin “Shaken” By Shooting At Community Radio Station WORT-FM

Democracy Now! (8/8/18) It’s been three days since a masked gunman opened fire on a Madison community radio station early Sunday morning, injuring one person. A station DJ who was shot in the buttocks was taken to the hospital and later discharged. No arrests have been made. WORT-FM is a member-controlled community radio station broadcasting to South Central Wisconsin that has been on the air since 1975. The Madison police say they do not believe the attack was motivated by hatred of the media. We speak with political writer John Nichols on the community response to the shooting. Link to Story,…


Hush-Up! When Intolerance Is Institutionalized Bullies Win, Freedom Suffers & We Can No Longer Agree To Disagree

  “Free speech for me but not for thee.” — Nate Hentoff By John Whitehead The  Rutherford Institute (8/6/8) “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” ― Benjamin Franklin What a mess. As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to—or even allow for the existence of—other viewpoints, we are fast becoming a nation of people who just can’t get along. Here’s the thing: if Americans don’t learn how to get along—at the very least, agreeing to disagree and…


Former Obama Official Timothy Geithner’s Wall Street Grift, Paydays, Bullying Of The Poor & Democratic Party Drift

Why did Geithner and Obama both declare that Wall Street bankers had committed no crimes, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary?  By Richad Eskow OurFuture.org (7/20/18) What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue? If you care about economic justice, or if you want the Democratic Party to win more elections, the answer is: more than you might think. Mining the Poor Geithner made some (presumably unwelcome) news last week when it was reported that Warburg…


The US War Machine Is Ramping Up & Spreading Across Africa

“Peace does not define U.S. foreign policy. Everything is geared toward intimidation and war.” By Vijay Prashad Independent Media Institute (8/1/18) Last week, on July 26, the United States House of Representatives passed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which will then go on to the U.S. Senate and finally to the U.S. president. It is worthwhile to note that 139 Democrats, including the entire Democratic Party leadership, voted for this bill. This Act provides the U.S. government with $717 billion for a year’s military spending. This is $100 billion more than was spent last year (which is itself more than…


A Slaughter In Silence: How Trump’s “America First” Policy Enabled Ethnic Cleansing In The DRC

  Democracy Now! (8/3/18) The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world as a wave of extreme violence sweeps the country. Some 2 million Congolese fled their homes last year, nearly 7 million Congolese are now internally displaced, and another 500,000 have fled to other parts of Africa. According to the United Nations, 13 million Congolese are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The international media has largely ignored what’s happening, but this week Vice News published a shocking investigation into a recent case of ethnic cleansing. Hundreds of machete-wielding militiamen swept…


Health Care: The Cost — And Savings — Of Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan

  On Point / WBUR (8/2/18) Did a conservative think tank just give Bernie Sanders the evidence for his “Medicare for All” plan? We’ll ask them and Sanders. Guests Dylan Scott, heath care policy reporter for Vox. (@dylanlscott) Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent senator from Vermont. Introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2017. (@SenSanders) Charles Blahous, senior research strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Former senior economic adviser to President George W. Bush. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, reporter at Kaiser Health News. (@caheredia21) Link to 47-Minute Audio Vox: “Bernie Sanders’s $32 trillion Medicare-for-all plan is actually kind of a bargain”…


Denouncing ‘Centrist, Corporate Democrats,’ Cynthia Nixon Declares: ‘This Is a Time to Fight’

“We need to elect better Democrats.” By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams (8/4/18) New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Friday called for a transformation of the Democratic Party, and said “we have to turn the system upside down” in order for the party to be “a vehicle for all working people in this country.” The actress and activist, who’s hoping to beat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s Democratic primary next month, made the remarks at the Netroots Nation annual conference taking place in New Orleans. “The Democratic establishment doesn’t like primaries,” she argued, because it sees a challenge to incumbents as hurting the…


Records Reveal “Lax” Supervision, Sexual Activity At Chicago-Area Shelters Housing Immigrant Children

  By Duaa Eldeib, Jodi S. Cohen & Melissa Sanchez ProPublica (8/2/18) Soon after Christmas 2015, three boys were left unattended in the TV room of a Des Plaines shelter that houses immigrant children and is operated by Heartland Human Care Services. One boy performed oral sex on an older boy, state child welfare records show. The older boy then tried to penetrate him from behind. When that was unsuccessful, the younger boy performed oral sex on the older boy a second time. The third boy in the room, the youngest, had been playing video games. He then walked to the door to…


In Court Papers, NRA Stresses Financial Pressures & Says It May Have To Shut Down NRA-TV

  By Alex Yablon The Trace (8/1/18) The National Rifle Association typically portrays itself as an indomitable force. But an ongoing court case has the gun group taking inventory of its wounds. In a new legal filing, it contends that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign to pressure insurers and financial services companies to cut ties with the NRA could deeply harm its financial health and ability to “fulfill its advocacy objectives.” In the complaint, entered July 20 and first reported by the New York Law Journal, the NRA claims it has lost income and access to banking services as a…


Did Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina Trigger NRA Leadership Shake-Up?

  By David Corn Mother Jones (8/3/18) On May 7, the National Rifle Association released a curious press release declaring that Oliver North, the key player in the Iran-contra scandal and an NRA board member, was “poised to become” the group’s president. Earlier that day, Peter Brownell, then finishing his first term as NRA president, had announced that he would not seek a second annual term in order to devote more time to his family business, a firearms retail company. This changing of the guard—and how it happened—was odd. For fifteen years, the NRA leadership had followed a specific pattern: an officer…